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I watched Mary Poppins yesterday and I decided to make a thread with my opinions on movies I've watched and will watch this year, with rating scores. Feel free to agree or disagree, I just request you be tolerant. My opinions may not reflect the majority's, so take them with a grain of salt.

Is this a copy of EWW or Godot's reviews? I hope not, lol, since they all have their own style and I want yo write in my own style. Not everything will be bad but not everything will be good, either.
 
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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2


I had seen the first movie and wanted to see this second one. While it's not a cinematic wonder by any means, I was left satisfied. This movie explains Flint's obsession with science and crazy inventions through Chester. It follows through with the initial plot device about how food comes to life. (Don't think about it. Just accept it.)

When Chester, Flint's childhood hero, asks him to relocate so they can clean the island and he can follow his dreams of becoming a renowned scientist, he accepts the proposition. The movie makes this offer seem evidently dangerous from the beginning, and the characters evidently blind for taking this offer. The police guy even says "okay, suspicious ghost guy, if you say so" and follows because he preferred not to question the authority of the yellow tape. Then, Chester purposefully manipulates Flint to distancing himself from his friends, though he's reluctant to do so. Finally, he realizes he was just being played and helps fix his mistakes and ultimately defeat the "evil" corp.

All in all, I think it's a light comedy, and the use of evident tropes only really helps it.

Really, I'd give it a 10/10 for what it was. No high expectations for it, and it was ingenious even so.
 
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Hey, Isa, love your first movie review. And no, what you're doing isn't too similar to a certain other review thread. Honestly I've seen both Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs and I loved both of them. I'll definitely be watching this thread from here on out, good luck to ya.
 

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Thank you a lot, Godot! Haha yeah, love your style and definitely don't want to copy it, so good. And nice, I liked both of them as well.

Well, on to the next one.

The Return of Mary Poppins
This was definitely an interesting movie. I really tried to get into it, keeping in mind that things were going to be different to the first movie, but to be honest I was left sort of disappointed. I'm trying to review it first as a standalone movie. As in, not comparing it to the original Mary Poppins movie.

So I haven't read the Mary Poppins story, but I've heard that this movie is more similar to the story that the original movie was, at least in terms of Mary Poppin's personality. So credit for that. Be aware that there may be some spoilers in my review, so if you would rather not get spoiled, skip this part. the story.

Anyway, the family has suffered from a loss: Michael's wife and the children's mother. They are trying to overcome that, but on top of that loss, they are going to lose their house because Michael asked for a loan from the bank. So Mary Poppins returns to bring magic back and "take care of the Banks children again". So they have a few magical adventures and try to find the certificate that George Banks had shares in the bank so they can use those shares to pay the debt.

In the end, things work out well for everyone and the family goes happily up.

To me, at least, it lacked some story depth, to be honest. We know the mother was an important person, but we don't know much about her to relate to the emotional loss they are going through and this is never really solved apart from "things are never really lost". We see hints of romance between the local leerie and Jane, but that's not really that important to the story. And the broken bowl is forgotten about completely after leaving it off to get it fixed. Plus, the main plot point isn't even that necessary because of a bank deposit they had made years ago.

Besides all that, the songs were good but not spectacular. Some people say they loved them, but I have heard other catchier and more magical tunes. The acting was all right, the sceneries were nice, but I wish we would have gotten to see more of the context of the movie. As in, what was happening with everyone outside of
the bank apparently just taking people's monies out of greed for no other apparent reason.

Like I said on another thread, I'm giving this movie a 7/10, though if I was to compare it to the original one and nitpick, I could be rating it lower. But, well, for now I'll stay with that 7/10. Enjoyable but could have been done better.
 

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Ok this isn't a movie, but a show. Once Upon A Time. It's basically a mash of fairy tails and Disney references, but twisted.

The basic premise, and what the first episode shows, has to do with a fairy tail we all know well: Snow White. The first episode shows Prince Charming riding his horse to save Snow White. But once he finds her, the dwarfs tell him she's dead. Despite this, he gives her one last kiss, and she wakes up.

So because the Evil Queen didn't win, she cast a curse that would send all the fairy tail characters into a world without magic: our world. And the curse must be broken by Snow's and Charming's daughter.

I will admit some arcs are developed in one episode and then forgotten or not given a lot of importance, which is sad. But overall, in my opinion, despite the flaws, the writers manage to create a compelling story where one normal woman must become the hero and the villains are given a chance at redemption. Nothing is really as it seems.

Negative commentary:
-I would have liked it if all the arcs were actually concluded even if they are small.
-Sometimes it seemed like the writers threw in references just for the sake of it.
-Some characters grow up fast (the kid actors). Which can't really be helped, but I wish they could have given a reasonable explanation within the show about why.

Positive commentary:
-I love the worldbuilding and character backstories. Gives some depth to classic characters we would normally not think twice about.
-The message about strength, love, forgiveness and redemption.
-I like the way the episodes unfold: the main story is paralleled by backstory, mostly of the Enchanted Forest. This buildup helps the suspense and we only get to see one piece of the puzzle at once (though this can also become confusing or create some unfinished arcs that are sometimes only really there for the episode's conveniente.
-The acting. Most of it is done really well by actors like Lana Parilla and Robert Carlyle.

I personally give the series a 9. Not perfect, could definitely be improved on, but still really good.
 

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I'll talk about OUAT again because I'm rewatching it. Spoilers ahead!

Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold
He's so badass, gosh. The series should have him as a protagonist because his backstory is really interesting. He originally becomes the Dark One to save his son from the ogre wars. He makes a living by making deals. So of course in Storybrooke he's a pawnbroker. He has selfless and selfish plans. And Robert Carlyle's acting is on point. Seriously. Well, anyway, he Sort of gets corrupted by magic and he can see the future so he plans ahead.

True Love
So we hear a lot about true love in fairy tales. But they twist the concept a bit here, which I'm not sure about. To explain, basically the whole reason why the Evil Queen is so set on making Snow miserable is because she kind of ruined the queen's chance at a happy ending (accidentally). And then at some point Snow loses her memories of ever meeting Prince Charming and becomes set on revenge too. Like, with the Queen it makes more sense because it's been building, though at the same time Regina is really taking things out of proportion, but at least she'd done evil things in the past so her heart was already tainted by evil. But Snow White is practically the embodiment of goodness, so how does forgetting someone she only met a couple of days ago change her so much? (To be fair he is her true love but... Still?) Like, dang. Imagine if people were that petty in real life.....
 

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Mamma Mia
I've been listening to a lot of songs from this movie lately and I want to watch it again. But until then I wanted to talk about the songs.

The talented actors in this movie also have great voices, and something I really loved about the movie was how the songs really fit with the plot and tell a story on their own. The difference is that the movie was Made to fit the songs and not the other way around. So you see songs like "Our Last Summer" or "The Winner Takes it All". The scenes in the movie are beautifully made, with gorgeous scenary and emotional singing.

I could feel the nostalgia in Our Last Summer and Colin Firth has a very gentle and sweet voice. And it's really nice how the three guys tell Sophie about their time with her mom.

And in The Winner Takes It All maybe Meryl Streep doesn't sing perfectly but heck, the emotion in her voice really moved me. It was a very emotional scene, and you can hear how Donna is melancholic and defeated but she doesn't want to have any bad feelings towards Sam (Pierce Brosnan's character).
 

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And I watched Aladdin. The live-action version. I know people were super iffy on Will Smith as the Genie and I personally was too. But I approved of Will Smith playing his own kind of Genie and not trying to imitate Robin Williams's Genie. If that makes sense.

Will Smith usually plays sassy characters and the genie in this version is not too different from that, other than the obvious having to serve another (well, he played an excellent role being humble in Pursuit of Happiness and Seven Pounds if you've seen those, but he plays as Someone who has all the answers in Hitch. Well, he plays his Genie similarly to Hitch, and this version's Genie was also written that way. It's not Robin Williams' huggable familiar Genie, but he's still humane and someone we can end up relating to. Also there was another change to the story, but it's basically revealed in the first scene.

Overall I liked how the actors portray their characters. It's not the same as the animated version, but it doesn't have to be. It has its own unique touch. But I do recommend not going in whith the expectation of seeing the same version because then you probably will end up disappointed. Obviously the basic story is there, but it has some twists. The singing was good, too, and Jasmine was given more protagonism, and there are also some new songs.

If I had to give this movie a score, I'd give it a 9/10 as a standalone and for what it was. Not perfect but really well done. As a comparison with the animated, I stay with the animated, but the live-action was still a good watch.
 

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Today I watched this movie, and it was very pretty. I have watched it before, but watching it again was interesting. First off, that beginning always hits my feels. Only from that sequence starting with Carl and Ellie as kids and how he's super shy and silent and she's super chatty but they both have the same interests, to them marrying and growing old together... The hope and shared dreams of having a baby when he sees a baby on one cloud and then she sees babies on all the clouds, to the despair of finding out they can't have children. And their dream of travelling to South America and how they save and save only to always have to use their money for something else. They continue doing things together and living their life, but always having that one unfulfilled dream. And then, finally, he buys the tickets only for her to die... Saddening.

And this is only the beginning. Afterwards, we get to see how rigid Mr Fredricksen had become living alone, almost having nothing to live for. And that sequence where the workers break the mailbox and he's super upset and hits the man on the head and he shows remorse, pain and regret. I couldn't watch that part, but I know it well, anyway.

And then, well, all the prettiness and hope of him taking off with the balloons, unrealistically but joyfully. And of course I forgot Russell, but Russell basically comes from nowhere to teach Mr Fredricksen a thing or two. And then, Mr Fredricksen's story finally having a hopeful and new perspective when he realized Ellie has considered everything they had gone through an adventure, and she asked him to live his own. And then the chairs end up together and the house ends up right where they had wanted to live, only they weren't in it. And finally, with Russell and Dog, Carl finally begins a new life and a new family. A new Ohana. That's the core, to me. Everything else is great, too, but this is something I feel strongly about now. Oh sure, Kevin and Dog are wonderful, the dogs are scary and Charles Muntz being obsessed are also part of the story, but they, with Russell, are more secondary. This is really Carl's story and his adventure. Which is, I think, just perfect.

10/10
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One of my favourite movies. It really encapsulates what it feels like to grow older and the desire to relive one's youth. Right in the feels.
 

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Yeah exactly! ^-^

The Lion King

Anyway watched the Lion King. Wasn't going to watch it but my mom did want to, so.

As far as realism goes it was well made. But that's not the point, is it? You don't just focus on the scenary when telling a story. But the realism is not the only problem here. They forgot about animal behaviour. I'll put it this way. Animals can't talk. So what do they do? Body language. A sad or scared animal slumps its body and lowers its ears. An angey animal shows its teeth. And so on. Un here? None. Of. That. It was as if the animals were just having a walk on the park ? Like when the hyenas were attacking Simba and when Mufasa was going to scold Simba. On the original one you could clearly see his fear or sadness and not just because of his facial expressions but because of his body language too. In this one his ears were still raised and his body was still raised too, like it didn't affect him. Really, even we humans show our emotions through body language.Though we have learned to control it more, but it's still there.

The other thing is the voice acting, and obviously the little differences in characters which end up leaving us with a sense of ...this is not really what I came to see. Which kind of I could have seen the original one, and wouldn't have really minded.

As for positives: they tried new things, and I guess that's good, but the problem is some of those nee things failed to have a lot of impact. So, eh. The first scene was nice, with the animals and stuff, but after that it seemed like whoever made the whole movie didn't really care about the little aspects that together made the animated Lion King such a great hit.

3/10
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As I alluded to in my questions thread, this is just indicative of the latest in a long line of remakes that don't have the fans' interests at heart. They just exist to exploit your nostalgia and don't really care about how good they can actually retell/reimagine a classic. It could have been tasteful, but they blatantly aren't. Just low effort exploitation to keep the mighty Disney machine crunching away.
 

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Yeah, I agree with you and I also agreed with your answer on your AMA. Oh well. I won't completely lose faith, but I'll be careful and I hope people are, too. (Also, I talked a little more about live actions in general in the Disney thread.)

And this has kind of reminded me about people's criticism to Pokémon Sword and Shield... But anyway. It was what it was, and I commend your determination to not watch this movie Luke, lol. :)
 

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Star Wars IX

I don't remember when I watched it, but I thought it was good. I have heard/read both positive and negative comments. I personally liked the way they developed the relation between Rey and Ben, though I would have liked to see his arc developed more. In a way it made sense for him to go back to the light side but it also seemed a bit abrupt. I liked the characters though I read a fanfic where Poe and Fin end up together and I would have liked to see that for real, but it seemed like this movie threw us a couple of ships out of nowhere only to end up in nothing.

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I would have liked for Ben and Rey to end up together and somehow him redeeming himself, but instead they just kiss and then he dies (I understand why the writers may have done this, but still. Also there was a fan's theory/headcanon where he doesn't die, because we never actually see his Force Ghost or whatever). Also, we never get to see Rey's reaction to the last events except to say her name is Rey Skywalker. I mean, she has a guy who stalks her mind for ages, they fall in love (apparently?) he dies saving the universe and she has no telltale signs of how this affected her? Maybe I'm just rambling right now, but this is one of the reasons why I prefer books. In a book you can learn more about a character than just the visuals.

Anyway, I won't rate this movie with a number but I will say that I was satisfied after watching it.​
 

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So this week I watched Parasites with my family... You know, the one that received an oscar?

Oh. Boy.

I normally at least somewhat enjoy a movie, but I have to say this one made me feel uncomfortable. Maybe from a really objective view I could sort of see why it won an Oscar, except not really, unless it was because movies last year just weren't good.

I get it. It's a sort of parody/critique against classism. But it's not the only movie that did that, is it? But anyway, that's not the only reason I disliked it. Maybe it just wasn't my type of movie, but I didn't like the conniving ways of the lower class family. They forge their way into being hired. They lie about who they are...

All right. Maybe when we look at it in an objective way, that doesn't sound so bad. But I will be honest. The way they did it sickened me a bit. Though I also admit the higher class family (I use these terms because I don't remember the last names but I don't mean it as an insult) were very naive. And it's like they never even question the lies their other employees were feeding them. And then the movie just gets better (I'm being sarcastic, but it depends on who you ask, I guess) when the housekeeper knocks on the door. Then it becomes more violent and you never know what's going to happen with the whole basement thing and at some point before the basement plot I just stopped watching. But then I was just sort of waiting/wanting them to get discovered and thrown out.

The part where the housekeeper and her husband threaten the other family with the video proof that they are lied about who they were was interesting because the p arasite family were finally getting what they deserved (sort of) though then things get complicated again. And the rich family never even suspect anything and probably would never had if it wasn't because the house keeper's husband manages to escape. I was satisified in the end in a twisted sort of sick way because like I said the parasite family deserved something bad to happen to them (and in the end, besides one loss, they escape almost without any consequence, and while I don't think the rich family deserved to have one of their members die, I do think they weren't being empathic at all and actually were acting spoiled and thick.

Positive points:
  • Acting. Wow. They are great actors. The audience can get what's happening and how they feel.
  • Story. Despite me not liking it, I have to admit it was well developed and coherent.
  • Symbolism. It's deeper than just what meets the eye.
Negatives (though these can depend on opinion)
  • Mature themes
  • Edgy/not very realistic
  • Not an original concept (it being a critique to classism, though I think the specifics were particular/more original)

I'm not going to rate this one either, maybe because it's harder for me to feel unbiased about a movie I felt so strongly about. It just made me uncomfortable and I will very probably not watch it again, but after analyzing it, if I try to be objective, it wasn't a bad movie in and on itself. I'm just not sure if it really deserved an oscar, but to each their own.
 
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