The Big Short – Film Review

Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 22 January 2016

Genre: Biography, drama,

Director: Adam McKay

Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt…

Description: A biographical film about the financial crisis of 2007-2008 which resulted in people getting evicted from their homes, foreclosures and prolonged unemployment. This films follows the events leading up to the collapse and the four people in high-finance that predicted the event years before it actually happened.

My Thoughts: I went to see this film for two reasons (Haha! I originally wrote for two years… I did not see this film for two years! Although it felt like it at times…). Reason #1: I like watching films about real-life things that have really highly changed society and the world for whatever reason and films about things that will highly change the society or the world (such as climate change or the further development of technology etc.) anyway, so I went to see this film because I thought it would be really insightful and I hadn’t previously been aware of the banking crisis of 2007-08. Reason #2: I went to see it is because it had Christian Bale in it, and he’s a really big inspiration to me. The other members of the cast were really good as well.

After going to see this film for the insight into the collapse I didn’t understand it at all! I was so confused the whole way through the film and although I know they were all bankers they could have simplified it slightly and made it easier to understand for those of us unfortunate enough not to understand the complicated world of finance.

They did have a few moments when they ‘paused’ the film of sorts and gave you a little explanation of what was going on but I found it even more annoying than if they hadn’t said anything at all! I would rather not understand it the whole way through than have this annoying explanation given to you by people that aren’t even in the film to begin with, for example there was one time when it was Selena Gomez who was playing poker (or something along those lines) and she randomly started explaining it to us and it was really weird and a bizarre way of filming a film(although Selena Gomez did make the most sense out of the film out of all of them) and the other example (which was shocking!) was a scene in which this random blonde woman was in a bubble bath sipping champagne (we’d never seen her before and never saw her again) and she was explaining the story to us and it was okay that she was explaining the story to you, if that’s how they wanted to film it but why the bubble bath?! They wouldn’t have done that with a guy would they? If they had a guy say the exact same lines that the woman said they would not have put him in a bubble bath and have him sip champagne so why do it with the woman?! It’s so freakin’ sexist and it made me really annoyed throughout the whole film like how are people so blind to the fact that it’s sexist to have a female in a bubble bath sipping champagne explaining the complicated world of banking, I am not going to understand the information more if she is in a bubble bath so why do it? And if they’re not blind to the fact that it’s sexist why do they think it’s exceptable? Urgh!

Anyway… moving on.

There were a few other weird filming choices, for instance they had a thing for zooming into someone’s face and making you stare at a cinema screen full of someone’s mouth or their eyes and it was really weird and didn’t really add anything to the film. Also, there was a part of the story that they added in that I didn’t think was necessary and they didn’t properly continue it on throughout the rest of the film, let me explain – there was a small part of the film in which Christian Bale’s character Micheal Burry explained how he had always felt socially awkward and a bit of an outsider and this is because he lost one of his eyes in a childhood illness and he now has a glass one and then it showed you an example of an awkward situation in which he was at school playing a football game and someone pushes him over and his glass eye falls out and everyone stares at him and laughs but then whenever you saw Christian Bale I paid particular attention to his eyes and neither of them looked glass (obviously because neither of them are) but I feel like they had spent the time putting that into the story so they should have done something that made it look like Christian could have a glass eye and if that wasn’t possible why put that element of his character into the story at all?

There were a lot of moments when the screen/scene was really blurry and I thought it was a real shame, there were a lot of moments in which it happened and I don’t know whether it was a stylistic choice or whether it accidentally ended up like that and they didn’t think it was worth going back and re-filming it, or it could even have been the cinema screen I don’t know but it was annoying.

Don’t be fooled by the top billing actors for the film because Christian Bale and Brad Pitt are billed in the top four and they both feature in the film for like twenty minutes and the reason why this bothered me is because there were some people that had much bigger roles and weren’t billed in the top and it’s insulting to them because they have a much bigger part than Christian or Brad but I think because Christian and Brad have already lead really successful careers they’re being billed at the top to convince people to come and see it but I feel like it’s unfair to the more main cast.

Although I didn’t understand the film I think everyone was really good acting wise, they all seemed really dedicated to the film and I felt like it meant a lot to them being in the film and that really came through in the scenes (although they are actors so… yeah, they’re supposed to be good performers), but I think you can really tell even if someone’s a good actor if they’re really dedicated to something. And I could really tell with some of the cast members that they were.

I think if you actually understood it (which I didn’t and I was also the only young person in the cinema, everyone else was like 60-70… :/) and it was the kind of style that you like then this would be a really enjoyable film full of great actors! But I didn’t understand it and I didn’t like the style of it but it’s still in cinemas so if it takes your fancy go and see it!

I’m not going to give this film a star rating due to the fact that I didn’t properly understand the plot and therefore feel like I can’t give it an accurate review.

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your own thoughts please feel free to leave them in the comments section below this post!

If you’ve reviewed this film yourself on your own blog then please feel free to leave a link and I’ll make sure to check it out!

Warnings: Alcohol consumption, swearing, some nudity. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast please click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1596363/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: The Big Short is a film about the financial crisis of 2007-08, in which loads of people were left homeless and unemployed. This financial crisis which threatened the collapse of large financial institutions came about by banks not properly doing their jobs when it came to lending people mortgage money and therefore they ended up lending people money for houses they couldn’t afford and then having to take the houses away from the people after they had failed to pay back the mortgage in time, this not only resulted in people being homeless and unemployed but also resulted in banks losing loads of money. For more details on the financial crisis of 2007-08 please click the link to the Wikipedia page about it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_crisis_of_2007%E2%80%9308

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The Maze Runner – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 53 mins

Rating: 12

Genre: Action, mystery, sci-fi, young adult,

Director: Wes Ball

Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Ami Ameen, Blake Cooper, Will Poulter…

Description: When a teenager wakes up in complete darkness he has no idea where he is, no idea of anything actually. He doesn’t know who he is, he doesn’t know how old he is, he doesn’t know who his parents are, he doesn’t even remember his name. Suddenly he is a member of a very tiny community consisting only of boys, and the worst part is there is no escape. They live in a tiny piece of land and the only thing surrounding them for miles is a huge maze – the only way to escape is through the maze and people have been trying for years. Not only that but there are strange creatures that live within the maze and anyone that’s still in there when night comes… never make it back out.

My Thoughts: I absolutely loved the book of The Maze Runner, (You can read my review of the book here) it was really good and so tense and I felt like it was kind of original and it was a really strong idea for a YA book and of course, it’s become really successful and I really think it deserves that success.

There are quite a few negative things to say about this film… they changed some really key elements of the book in the film, they completely changed the order of things and some of the things that happened, happened in a completely different way (I can’t properly explain what I mean without giving the book away but if you’ve read the book and see the film you’ll understand, if you haven’t but do then you’ll also understand. But for those of you that haven’t read the book and haven’t seen the film or have seen the film but haven’t read the book you’ll just have to be confused… sorry.) and I feel like they actually made it harder for themselves making the changes to the story that they did. And it made the story not quite as good as the book and not as engaging or edge-of-the-seat like. But still, that being said I was on the edge of my seat the whole time… haha!

It was slightly sexist (and I don’t mean because there was only one girl) because when Teresa (Kaya Scodelario) comes into it she’s hiding on top of this wooden structure throwing rocks at all the boys below asking to be left alone. Like, I hate to break it to you… but girls don’t behave like this, we do not hide and throw things at people when we want some quiet time, we either find a quiet private place or we ask politely to please be left alone, if the politeness doesn’t work we may ask in a more serious tone. Anyway… it was sexist for that reason.

I feel like if you looked passed all of the changes in the story and all of the bits left out and watched it either as if a book of it had never existed or you watch it as if you haven’t read the book (which you might not  have done), therefore making it basically as if the book didn’t exist then it was a really good film! Amazing, even.

I really loved the cast and characters; Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) is definitely one of the best characters and I love the mystery behind him, obviously because he doesn’t remember anything he’s full of mystery and also the ambition of the guy, I really like how he reacts to the situation and I feel like if I were in his situation I would behave a lot like he does. Minho (Ki Hong Lee) is another really great character, I feel like he’s kind of the badass of the group but a good badass rather than an annoying evil one. He’s like the strong one who everyone looks up to and he puts on a strong face when actually he’s just as terrified as everyone else. And then Newt (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), he’s the other character that particularly stands out. Being the leader I always feel like he’s kind of sensible and always knows what to do but he’s kind and fun at the same time. He’s the kind of person I would want to hang out with if I were to ever encounter someone like him. I just feel like there’s a really good selection of characters with a really big range of characteristics and I really like that in a film or book, but I do wish they had made Teresa a bit more like she is in the book rather than a pathetic, hormonal/emotional teenage girl who can’t behave sensibly.

I love the thrill of films like this and even though you know nothing seriously bad is ever going to happen to the main characters (especially when you’ve seen the trailer for the second one) but at the same time you can’t help feeling nervous the whole way through the film because you’re worried something bad is going to happen. I think the thing with me is, I really get into the story and it’s like reality and the TV blend together until I’m living in the film and I feel like it’s me in the life and death situation rather than whoever’s on the screen at that moment and I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing but it certainly improves my TV experience I feel.

I really do suggest watching this film, whether you’ve read the book or not read the book, whether you want to read or see the film – just do it anyway. Seriously, it’s a great film and when it ends you’ll be desperate for more (I was so desperate I watched it again only about four days after watching it the first time… :/)

5/5 stars. And I know I said it missed out loads of important details but I can get past that.

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your thoughts please leave them in the comments below. If you’ve written your own review of the film feel free to leave a link and I’ll make sure to check it out!

If you’ve read the book please go over to my book review and post your thoughts there. (Or if you’ve got your own review of the book you can leave a link, which I would love to check out!)

If you haven’t read the book or seen the film but you’re planning to then remember this review and come back and leave your comments then.

 Warnings: Some violent scenes, a few scenes featuring swearing (a couple of made up swear words but it’s obvious what they mean.), scenes of threat, some scenes may be upsetting to younger audiences. For Full details click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790864/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast please click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790864/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Other Information: The Maze Runner is based off the first book in a series written by James Dashner. The second film in the series is out on DVD 1st February 2016.

Where She Went – Book Review

Title: Where She Went

Author: Gayle Forman

Length: 260 pages

Genre: Romance, drama, YA Fiction, Music,

Release Date: 26 April 2012

Publisher: Totally Random Books

Description: It’s been three years since Mia and Adam where in the emergency room the day that Mia’s entire family died. Adam’s band has got insanely successful and he’s now touring, doing interviews and recording albums. Mia’s at Julliard and also on the road to success. They loved each other and then it ended, but when they meet back up again three years later they realise maybe the things that happened three years ago were all a mistake, maybe they’re not ready to be without each other just yet.

My Thoughts: I was surprised when Where She Went was from Adam’s point of view, and I really liked it to be honest, I felt like it was really unique. I know that some people do books where every chapter is from a different perspective but it still changes throughout the book and this was just from Adam’s point of view and I really liked it, it was really nice getting to know Adam a bit more, I also really love books about rock stars!

I thought Gayle Forman had come up with a really great story and the way she developed the story in Where She Went from If I Stay was really good, I liked how it was three years in the future and as the story developed you learnt what happened in the past as the book went on.

I think Mia and Adam are really great characters, Gayle Forman’s characterisation is really good, Mia and Adam are so amazing as a couple and they’re great when they’re not together (but less so). One of the things – for me – that makes a book really good, and I mean like really good is when you want the characters in the book to be your friends and I felt like that when I was reading Where She Went, I wanted these people to be my best friends, I wanted to be able to say “Mia and Adam are my best friends”, I wanted to log onto Twitter and be able to follow them, and to be able to create characters that make you feel like that is honestly a gift, Gayle Forman is a really gifted writer to be able to make you feel like that towards the characters she creates and I’m just so glad she took the time to share these characters with us!

I haven’t read very many books about people who are musical and I often think it shouldn’t work because you can’t make someone imagine music by using words and it’s much better to have a film about people that are musicians rather than books because it’s just easier to imagine, in fact someone I know was surprised when they found out that the film Pitch Perfect was based on a book because she didn’t understand how you could write a book about music and I sort of see what she meant but Where She Went really worked, every chapter started with the lyrics off Shooting Star’s (Adam’s band) new album and it was really clever because it made you understand the psychology of Adam’s character a little more and the lyrics were so good, they were amazing and every time I read the lyrics I wanted to look the album up online and listen to it because it was so amazing and so emotional and I just don’t know how Gayle Forman has done it, created a book so emotional and so good and done all of the most impressive things in writing fiction and done them phenomenally well!

When I started reading If I Stay (You can read my review here) and found out there was a sequel, I though “There’s no way that there can be a sequel that will actually be good, it just won’t work – not with the storyline of this book.” and the sequel was just as good, maybe even better! I was so impressed with it! And I feel like it would still make sense if you read it without reading If I Stay which was good.

If you’ve read If I Stay or watched the film I would really suggest reading this book because it’s so great, and if you’ve missed Mia and Adam then this is definitely a way to make you not miss them anymore because it’s really amazing! I didn’t even realise how much I liked the book until I started properly thinking about it whilst writing this review…

5/5 stars

If you’ve read this book and would like to agree or disagree with what I’ve said then please feel free to leave a comment, I would love to read them!

If you’ve read If I Stay then please feel free to leave your comments on the book here.

If you’ve got your own review of Where She Went on your own blog then please feel free to leave a link to the post and I’ll make sure to read it (and if you’ve got your own review of If I Stay then go over to my review and post a link to your review there).

And if you haven’t read Where She Went but you’re planning to then remember this review and come back and leave your comment then.

Other Books In Series: If I Stay (Book one).

Other Books By The Author: You Can’t Get There From Here, Sisters In Sanity, Just One Year, Just One Day, I Was Here.

Author’s Website: http://gayleforman.com/

 

Sorry For My Absense

This is just a short post apologising for the fact that I haven’t posted anything recently.

Let me explain…

So at the end of December I decided to start scheduling my reviews so you would hopefully have a review every day and that worked for about a month but then it got to the point where I was staying up until about 11PM watching a film and then reviewing for you guys and 11PM is quite late to be up reading reviews anyway so I probably wasn’t getting as many views as I would usually get anyway, then I decided that it was stupid to be staying up really late exhausting myself just so that I could publish a review no one was going to read until the next morning, so I took a break from my blog for a bit just to distress a little bit and focus on other things but now I’m back and I’m going to review/schedule loads of posts for you but from now on I’m only going to post one review on Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s. So you’ll always get a review on weekends and that means that I have a whole week to watch and read stuff and maybe even go to some events and then I can get all those reviews written up in time for the weekend, and that way you’re still getting lots of reviews and I’m not getting stressed out and staying up late.

As usual the plan for my blog could change very soon, for instance I might start separating my reviews a bit more so you would get one on… Thursday, Saturday and Tuesday for example (not saying that will happen but it’s a possibility), at the moment my schedule is constantly changing so that means that my blog will have to constantly change with it but I am trying to make it all work.

Thank you to all my readers and followers who read my reviews and like and comment on them it really makes me happy when you do and just keep doing that!

Also, if any of you would like me to read a particular post or review you’ve written or check out your blog please leave a link in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to check them out!

Lastly, if any of you would like to suggest some things that I could maybe read or watch and then review then leave those down in the comments below too!

What We Did On Our Holiday – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 35 mins

Rating: 12

Release Date: 26 September 2014

Genre: Comedy, drama,

Director(s): Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkins

Cast: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Conn0lly, Ben Miller, Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge, Harriet Turnbull…

Description: When three kids go on holiday to Scotland to celebrate their Granddads birthday with their parents they have to pretend that everything is fine between them all when in actual fact, their parents don’t live in the same house anymore and are getting divorced. And it’s a pretty eventful holiday as well…

My Thoughts: I seem to be having a theme this week of cheerful comedy type films and this was definitely a great comedy, it reminded me very much of Outnumbered but in a good way because Outnumbered is amazing! But it had that misbehaving-children-that-the-parents-don’t-know-what-to-do-with vibe and I think that’s one of the best kind of comedies, children being funny is so much funnier than adults being funny and one of the reasons why is because you can actually imagine children saying the things they do and acting the way they do. But with adult comedies it always seems slightly over the top and silly.

David Tennant is an amazing actor, he was definitely the best Doctor in Doctor Who and I was devastated when I found out he was leaving and this is the first thing I’ve watched with him in since then and it was really nice. He played his part really well.

Rosamund Pike was also great, the only other thing I’d seen her in was Gone Girl and I didn’t like her in that very much but I thought she was really good in this!

One of the kids in the film created a chip jenga and to be honest with you I absolutely loved the idea! It was so amazing and looked like so much fun! I might even make my own chip jenga next time I have chips because it would just be so entertaining, not knowing if the chips were going to topple down or not and instead of stacking them back on top I’d eat them, it was so inspirational!

I haven’t watched all that much British television (especially not films) as there is just so much more American stuff out there and so much more successful American stuff but when I do watch British stuff it’s really nice, I can relate to it so much more because in America there are different laws and society is different and I feel like British things are a bit more laid back and relaxed whereas American TV is more dramatic and emotional, but don’t think I’m being horrible about American TV because I’m not! I love American TV, it’s so great and insightful and inspirational but I just think that sometimes it’s nice to have a little taste of home.

This film was really funny but at the same time it had a deeper meaning but it didn’t take the deeper meaning too seriously, it was kind of relaxed and natural rather than making this big drama of things and I think it was really good because I felt like it was showing you what life was really like, kind of, rather than everything being dramatic. It’s hard to explain without giving things away about the film but if you watch it you’ll probably know what I mean.

This film was a really great film about growing up, growing old, relationships, love, forgiveness and most importantly life. And I would really recommend it to all families, it would be perfect for a movie night with a takeaway!

5/5 stars.

If you have seen this film and would like to share your thoughts about it please feel free to leave a comment! If you’ve written a review of this film yourself then feel free to share a link in the comments and I’ll make sure to read it! And if you haven’t seen it but you’re planning to (hopefully because of my review) then remember to come back here afterwards and share what you thought!

Warnings: Some kissing, alcohol consumption, swearing. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2725962/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer of this film and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2725962/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Bad Neighbours – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date(UK): 3 May 2014

Genre: Comedy

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Cast: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Rose Byrne, Ike Barinholtz, Carla Gallo, Halston Sage, Christopher Mintz-plasse, Jerrod Carmichael…

Description: When the house neighboring Mac and Kelly Radner’s gets turned into a fraternity house they are forced to live next door to them, but they hope that the president of the fraternity will understand that they have a young baby and be considerate when it comes to partying. It turns out that’s not the case and so it becomes a full-on war between the two neighbours.

My Thoughts: As usual, I saw a trailer for this film when it was first coming out although I never actually got around to watching it, but I remember thinking it looked good and I wanted to watch it.

I think Bad Neighbours had a really unique storyline, and I know this is unlikely to be true but it’s the only film I’ve seen with this storyline and I thought it was a good storyline.

I really liked the conflict that was going on between Mac (Seth Rogen), Kelly (Rose Bynre) and Teddy (Zac Efron) and everyone else in the fraternity house and it was just really funny and entertaining to watch the new ways they tormented each other, it was a bit like how I felt when I used to watch Tom And Jerry and I know that’s probably a really bad comparison but you know what I mean, like, that excitement you got when you didn’t know who was going to win or who was going to come up with the thing next. It was great!

All of the characters were really great! I really loved all of their personalities and I really like comedy couples. I also like it when people make adults seem like really cool and fun – not that they aren’t cool and fun! But I feel like in films usually adults are always underestimated and are always just so calm and relaxed and they don’t ever do anything really and so I like it when films show you that other side of adults, the side where they’re still like you, the side that makes you realise that they are more like you than you even know. My experience of adults is they’re basically teenagers trapped inside adult bodies, they are the exact same as they were when they were a teenager only they have a job and maybe kids and their body is aging but on the inside they are still exactly like teenagers and I like it when films properly show you that. And all of the college guys were really funny and Zac Efron and Dave Fraco were amazing as always (I love how they quite often work together) and there was a slightly emotional scene close to the end of the film with Zac and Dave and it was really good and possibly the best scene in the whole film! And I think they did it really well and it changed the atmosphere and meaning of the film a little bit and it was just great!

I felt like there was a really over-the-top sexual reference theme that wasn’t really necessary and it was just kind of weird and really un-entertaining.

I really love pranks, I’ve watched quite a few pranks done by Youtubers on YouTube (obviously) and they’re some of the best videos, they’re so funny and this film had a  lot of pranks in it and it was really funny!

I’ve been waiting to watch this film for just under two years now and it didn’t disappoint, it was just as good as I expected it to be and there wasn’t anything like deep or emotional that you had to think about it was just an easy to watch funny comedy that kept you entertained and wasn’t complicated, it was just a really good film. And in some comedies I feel like they add things that would be dramatic if they happened in real life and they make it really comedy like and in some films I really hate it and it really annoys me that they don’t take the serious things seriously but in this any of the things that happened that should have been serious and dramatic and weren’t were done well enough that I didn’t mind, it just went with the flow of the film and it was fine.

I would really recommend watching this film if you love comedies or you’ve been waiting to watch this for some time because it won’t let you down! And I would definitely suggest watching this film if you need a bit of cheering up.

4 and a half/5 stars. And the only reason I didn’t give it 5 was because of the unnecessary sex things.

Warnings: Smoking, alcohol consumption, drug taking, swearing, violence, sexual references, sexual scenes, nudity. (This film basically has it all…) For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide (May contain spoilers):  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2004420/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast please click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2004420/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Happy Christmas – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 22 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 26 June 2014

Genre: Comedy, drama

Director: Joe Swanberg

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Weber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg…

Description: Jenny has just broken up with her boyfriend and decides to spend Christmas at her brother’s house with his wife and baby. But she isn’t the most mature and reasonable adult around.

My Thoughts: I was scrolling through Netflix this morning looking for something to watch and this was the thing that looked most appealing, although it was only rated 1 star but that’s never stopped me before.

I really like Anna Kendrick, I think she’s really cool and an amazing actress and she’s always in things good (Okay, maybe that’s not entirely true but she does always play her roles well, I feel). As always Anna Kendrick was great, although her character wasn’t likeable she wasn’t supposed to be and I think she did the part justice.

I feel like the film had an okay amount of characters, it wasn’t as many as I would have liked but it wasn’t shockingly low either. And I think all the characters had great personalization, I just think there was a really wide layout of personalities and it was really interesting seeing all of the personalities be connected to one another.

I was expecting it to be a lot more comedy and a lot less serious stuff, like there was a lot of moments when Jenny (Anna Kendrick) was taking drugs and doing things that probably weren’t a very good idea and I was expecting it to be more like festive and comedy, like Jenny cooked Christmas dinner but burnt the turkey and cooked the wrong vegetables or accidentally put chocolate sauce on the dinner instead of gravy, or accidentally knocked the Christmas tree down and broke all the decorations or something, but it wasn’t like that at all and there wasn’t really any comedy to it and there also wasn’t any amount of festiveness like Christmas wasn’t even mentioned other than once and then there was Christmas day but it wasn’t mentioned the day before that it was Christmas Eve it was just this silent thing where it was going to be Christmas but no one spoke about it… it was weird. And I feel like therefore it doesn’t really deserve the title it was given.

I feel like although the film was partially about Jenny moving in with her brother and having a really messed up life and not handling things very well there wasn’t really a storyline, like her making bad decisions wasn’t really like the storyline it felt more like a second storyline and there should have been a more main storyline and there just wasn’t, it felt more like I was watching the boring everyday life of an actual family, you know just like the everyday stuff that happens, just like normal life rather than all the dramatic and cheesy stuff that happens in films for peoples entertainment – it just felt like I was spying on a family, and that was A) kind of creepy and B) not very interesting.

It was an easy to watch film that really didn’t take any concentration but that was it.

Although I think 1 star is a bit harsh so I’m going to give it 2 and a half/5

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your opinion please feel free to write them in the comments section! If you’ve written a review of the film yourself then make sure to leave a link to it in the comments and I’ll check it out! I’d love to hear what you think!

Warnings: Drug use, alcohol consumption, swearing, sexual content. For full details please click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

 Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2955096/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 

Bachelorette – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 27 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date: 16 August 2013 

Genre: Comedy, romance,

Director: Leslye Headland

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, James Marsden, Adam Scott, Kyle Bornheimer…

Description: Friends Regan, Gena and Katie are all bridesmaids at their high school friend’s wedding, but they’re not too keen on the idea. And on the eve of the wedding everything starts falling apart and they make mistakes that they have to sort out in a matter of hours.

My Thoughts: I watched this film on a day when I wasn’t really doing anything and I was a little bit under the weather and I wanted something easy and cheerful to watch, and it was that but I’m not sure what else.

The characters had nothing going for them, you didn’t care about any of them at all. They were all really unlikeable and I just hated them.

The romance element of the film was kind of dull and it wasn’t really romance-y it was just a load of people on the eve of someone’s wedding sleeping together.

It was slightly offensive and that made me hate it a little bit more.

I feel like the film was too easy going and cheerful and I feel like it really needed to be spiced up by some drama but all the things that happened in it that could have been dramatic were all twisted into a way that they were just supposed to be comedic and funny and I didn’t like it, I feel like it should have taken the dramatic things more seriously.

Everything that happened was really predictable and your usual rom-com comedy.

Although it was an easy film that didn’t take up too much concentration and didn’t have anything sad or depressing in it and it was just generally cheerful and I know that’s what I set out for and it was that, but there was nothing more to it than that. There wasn’t even like a deeper meaning plot to the story, or some kind of life lesson. It was just plain and simple.

I would watch this film again at a sleepover or something because I think it would be a good sleepover film but I wouldn’t watch it again on my own.

3/5 stars.

If you’ve seen this film and would like to share your thoughts please leave them in the comments below or if you’ve written your own review you are more than welcome to share a link in the comments section that I will make sure to read! I would really love to know what you thought of the film!

Warnings: Swearing, drug taking, alcohol consumption, strippers feature, a few sex scenes. For full details click the link to the IMDb Parental Guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1920849/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg 

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1920849/?ref_=nv_sr_1

If I Stay – Book Review

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Length: 209 pages

Genre: Romance, drama, YA Fiction, music,

Release Date: 7 May 2009

Publisher: Random House

Description: Mia is seventeen, a cellist, in love and thinking about going to University. Mia has a lovely and supportive family, an amazing boyfriend and some great friends, not to mention she’s an uber talented musician.  Everything is perfect for her really, until she’s going to her parents’ friends house with the family, driving along the snowy road, Mia is and never will be prepared for what happens next.

My Thoughts: I watched the film of If I Stay in early July last year, before I had this blog. And I remember watching it with friends and thinking that it was really bad, that it had no proper storyline and nothing was particularly happening and I just didn’t care what actually was happening. Although, in the film’s defence I did watch this film at about one in the morning so maybe my ability to accurately criticise it wasn’t at it’s best.

Anyway, I picked up this book from my shelf because I thought it was a relatively short book and it would be an easy read because I’d seen the film. It’s also always nice to give the book a shot even if the film was bad and the film a chance even if the book was bad (although less of a chance). Okay, back to the point, my point is I was really pleasantly surprised with the book.

When I saw the film I really hated Mia, I thought she was really annoying and she just didn’t seem like a real person. I couldn’t relate to her at all. When reading the book I felt completely differently, I loved Mia from the first paragraph and I could instantly relate to her, she was such an inspirational character I felt and I think she handled things really well. There were other characters that I really liked as well, I really loved Kim and Teddy they were really great characters, I don’t really remember them from the film. I think all of the characters were great to be honest, and I could relate to almost all of them and they all had great personalities and it was just really great to get to know them whilst reading the book.

I could actually see the storyline that was developing in the book whereas in the film I couldn’t really see it at all, it was kind of like a load of messy scenes just there to pass time. I thought the storyline was really good, and I liked how it jumped backwards and forwards in time and how she was thinking about her past to help her in the present and how she was always summing up the pros and cons.

I had a really detailed image of everything that was going on in the book and I really like that, I get it with most books you’re constantly imagining what’s going on but sometimes I just have a vague image of like your average kitchen or an average bedroom but this was different, when I read a book where my image of the scene I’m reading is so clear it’s almost like I’ve been there before then you know it’s a good book. Sometimes when I’m reading I know I’m basing my image on a place in my hometown or a place that features a lot in a TV programme etc. and I can place why I’m imagining those thoughts but when my brain can just come up with these completely realistic and detailed images of places that aren’t inspired by or anything like any places I’ve ever seen I can always tell the book I’ve read is a good one. That’s one of the ways I tell, I sit there and think, I have a really detailed image this book must be good.

I’m really glad I decided to give this book a chance and read it even though I didn’t like the film (although now I’m desperate to give it another go, and really pay attention to what’s going on.).

I really suggest reading the book even if you didn’t like the film because from what I remember they are both so different and I think it’s a real eye-opener of a book. And that it teaches you a lot about life and to be grateful for everything and everyone you have because you never know when they will be ripped from your hands, you never know when it’s the last time you will ever see someone laugh, smile, cry, shout, show any sign of emotion at all, hell even breathe. So I just think we should all be grateful for what we have. There’s a quote I’m quite fond of – though I don’t know who it’s by – that goes ‘Love what you have before life teaches you to love what you’ve lost’ and it’s kind of a quote I live by, whenever I’m a little bit down or I’m feeling sorry for myself or jealous of other people for whatever reason that quote always pops into my head and makes me feel better. You may feel like there are people out there that have it better than you but remember there are also people out there that probably have it worse than you, and I think this book makes you realise that just a little bit more.

5/5 stars.

If you’ve read this book (or the film) and would like to share your thoughts please leave a comment telling me what you thought (If you agree or disagree with what I’ve said, or have anything to add to it.). If you’ve written your own review of the book (or the film) please free to leave a link to your blog post in the comments section and I’ll make sure to read it! I’d love to know what you all think of If I Stay!

Other Books In The Series: Where She Went (Sequel).

Other Books By The Author: I Was Here, Just One Day, Just One Night, Just One Year,  Sisters In Sanity, You Can’t Get There From Here.

Author’s Website: http://gayleforman.com/

The Big Question: What would you do?

Good morning! I might not have time to write a review of something today so I’m writing this post now so that if I don’t have the time then at least I’ve posted something today.

We’re going to play a little game.

We’re going to pretend that I’m a genie and I’ve granted you three wishes, one of your wishes was to interview somebody who’s work you really liked (singer, actor, dancer, musician, director, author etc.). I, being a genie of course granted you this wish. So my questions to you are…

What would you do? What questions would you ask? Who would you ask the questions to?

I quite often find myself thinking what questions I would ask people if I had the opportunity, for instance I was only just thinking of theoretical questions I would ask Ian Somerhalder if I ever got the opportunity. And it can be quite fun, but then kind of depressing when you realise that you’re probably never going to get to interview that person, but I think it’s still interesting to think of what questions you would ask.

You don’t even have to think about it in huge detail, just think up a question that you would like to ask someone who’s work you like or who inspires you and leave the question along with who you would ask it to in the comments section! I would really love to know the kind of things people would ask! (The person you ask a question to can even be dead, if you would want to ask a question to a dead person). The only thing I ask is that they’re someone in the public eye, although I know we probably all have questions we would like to ask friends that we’re no longer friends with, or family members who have died or moved away. But the point of this exercise is to figure out what you would ask someone that’s known by a lot of other people.

I really hope you take your time to comment because it would really mean a lot to me!