So Infinity War has been out for over a week now, which means that Thanos demanding my silence can be broken, right? Because I’ve been silent for far too long already now and Thanos has caused a hell of a lot of drama to still be out here making demands. Just saying. If you’ve watched it, you’re either crying, frozen in shock or somehow managing to do both at the same time. Have you booked in for a therapy session yet? If not, I recommend you do so asap, as this movie did not come to play.
I’ve seen it twice. The first time I saw it I was horrified, pained, ruined. The second time I saw it I was all of the above but I tried to hold myself together a little more. This is not to say that I wasn’t sat next to my sister sobbing as pretty much everybody started disappearing. Let’s not beat around the bush here, I personally recorded 14 deaths in this film.
- Doctor Strange
- Black Panther
- Star Lord
- Power Stone (the orb) – last seen when it was handed over to the Nova Corps in Xander in Guardians of the Galaxy, we find out at the beginning of Infinity War that Thanos destroyed Xander and took it
- Space Stone (the tesseract) – obtained from Loki, who handed it over to him before he died in order to save Thor’s life
- Reality Stone (the aether) – taken from The Collecter in Knowhere right before Thanos seizes Gamora
- Soul Stone (in Vormir) – traded Gamora’s life for it
- Time Stone (eye of Agamotto) – surrendered by Strange in Titan in exchange for Stark’s life
- Mind Stone (Chitauri sceptre/Vision) – taken in Wakanda when Thanos used the time stone to reverse Wanda destroying it
- Loki can’t be dead
- Thanos should not have been able to obtain the Soul stone because he does not love Gamora
- Nebula has always wanted to kill Thanos, even more now that he has killed Gamora
- Vision must be able to come back somehow. Shuri did not fully isolate the mind stone from him, but she must have successfully isolated some parts of him from it, which means that some parts of him can come back in some way
- Iron Man is going to be integral to defeating Thanos otherwise Strange would not have saved him
- They are going to need Thor to defeat Thanos, he demonstrated his strength when he used his hammer and wounded him
- Wanda has to come back as she was strong enough to hold Thanos off and destroy an infinity stone at the same time
- Eitri created the infinity gauntlet – is there something he can do to help destroy it?
- After being overpowered by Thanos in the opening fight scene, Hulk refusing to come out the whole movie is very strange and needs to be explored and explained! He isn’t the first to ever be defeated in a fight by him, so why is he so scared?
- We’re going to have to rely on Captain Marvel helping to sort out all of this mess, which I sort of don’t like as we know nothing about her really
And how refreshing it was to see a film where there wasn’t just space for one or two prominent black figures. There was space for everybody and copious amounts of it too. I think that with the way things are today, many black people have just become used to settling for that handful of faces like ours that we see in mainstream media. But to have so many faces that you can identify with, not just at the forefront of one film but truly brought into the spotlight internationally and as part of such a massively successful franchise like Marvel is tremendous. Just something as small as seeing an abundance of deep skin tones and natural hair is honestly a huge breath of fresh air. We’re starting to see more of our people represented naturally in the media. It’s something that still needs a lot of work in terms of how we are portrayed, particularly in terms of hair and make-up for me. I’m starting to see a lot of natural hair, but it’s always shown in one way – either out in an afro or out in natural curls. This is great don’t get me wrong, but we now need to steer away from the idea that the natural black woman only has one look. There are actual hairstyles that you can do with natural hair, just like with European hair or Asian hair and this is something I was so proud to see in Black Panther. There’s such a variety of incredible things about black people that they glorify.
This film was exhilarating. So before I even get into the review, you need to know that it’s definitely a must see film. You have to make the time to see it, otherwise you’re missing out on one of the most exciting films you will have seen this year.
Now I don’t generally like watching action films. That’s not because I’m a “typical girl” who gets offended by action and shies away from watching violence. It’s really just because I don’t enjoy watching violence unless it’s set within a fantasy realm. Other action films that show normal people fighting are simply not engaging for me, so I prefer not to watch them.
I saw the trailer for this film when I went to watch Beauty and the Beast a few weeks ago and immediately I knew I had to see it. It sounds quite silly, but as a woman, there is just something really empowering about watching other women in lead, action roles. That was a major pulling factor for me. Plus the fact that it was a superhero action film, which is the kind of fighting I actually quite enjoy watching!
I didn’t know much (if anything) about Wonder Woman before watching this film – which would make my sister absolutely horrified to read, so I hope she doesn’t read this post. Diana is actually princess of the Amazons, which I found out as we followed her childhood at the beginning of the film. Because I studied Classical Mythology during my first year at university, I was really intrigued by that side of her character. Although I struggled to remember all of the many, many versions of each myth during my studies, I really did find the topic as a whole very engaging. So when I was hearing names like Zeus and Ares and Hippolyta, I found myself even more drawn into the film.
So I feel like we’re all here because we love a bit of superhero action. Which means that you’ll probably be pleased to hear that all of the action sequences were so well put together, I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen. I loved the way Diana would put her arms together in a cross, making her two arm bands clash and create this enormous wave of power. She also had an illuminating lasso of truth, which she would wind around anyone she wanted in order to force them to tell the truth – as the name suggests. Furthermore, the shield and her gorgeous costume really made her look the part. She is beautiful.
Hearing that I loved the film’s focus on women and that Diana was such a strong woman herself, you might be slightly flummoxed by the fact that a woman who is so empowered by the strength of her identity as a woman, ends up in what is basically a world dominated by men for the majority of the film. But she doesn’t just fade into the background. Diana doesn’t take direction from any of the men in the film and she not once is she made out to be inferior to them. For the majority of the film, it is Diana who leads the men into dangerous territory. More than this, we also see her reacting to instances of threat before the men are even able to respond themselves. So there is no woman who is in desperate need of being rescued, only equals fighting in the same war. What I saw in this film, was a very strong woman proving that she could be just as badass as all of the male soldiers fighting in the war. Granted, she did have the assistance of being an Amazonian but still…
In terms of story line, what we follow is Diana’s quest to defeat Ares. In the film, as in mythology, Zeus created mankind. But his jealous son Ares corrupted them and caused all of the wars and fighting that is so well known to us now. Zeus then created the Amazons, a tribe of warrior women, to help restore purity to mankind. Therefore, Diana’s purpose in a sense, is to defeat Ares and therefore stop all the war and fighting.
This would be simple if we were rooted within Diana’s mythological world. However, this seemingly straightforward plot is complicated by the intertwining of history and myth through the event of World War I. Diana rescues an American spy/soldier played by Chris Pine, who leads her into the world as we know it and entices her into the task of helping him defeat the Germans by telling her he will help her find Ares. So what we essentially have throughout the film, is Diana’s mythological explanation for war as the explanation for why World War I is taking place. Which means that she is either delusional or that our German villain is actually a mythological villain in the dress of World War I. So there’s this at first slightly unsettling waiver of time. But it actually all works out really well and proves to be quite easy to follow! Which seems strange for me to say as I usually hate any type of fiction associated with wars, but I was really impressed by the plot of this film and I loved the fusion of myth and history.
As with all films these days, there is a love story, which I am a complete sucker for. I really have to commend this film on the way it portrayed the romance – it was so natural, not overdone at all. There was one scene in particular where I was expecting to see a lot more than I did and I was actually disappointed for a moment or two that it had been done so subtly. But then I sort of realised that there was no need to show anymore than what they did. After all, this was not a Nicholas Sparks movie adaptation, it was a DC comic adaptation. And what I came for, was the action.
Everything in this film felt so seamless to me. I’m no expert on comics, as previously disclaimed, however I found this film very easy to follow and understand. It even had it’s fair share of humour, which I’ve learnt is actually quite important to the telling of any story – even serious ones.
The only criticism I have (and it’s very small!) is that Gal Gadot who plays Wonder Woman in the film, really should have had a more muscular frame. I get that it’s not easy for everybody to tone up and gain weight if they are naturally very slim. But for the point of the role, with her being a female warrior who has undertaken years of what looked like very intense training, it would have been more realistic to see some more muscle definition in her arms and thighs. Particularly as her costume is very skimpy and reveals much of her body! Which I am not bashing at all because quite frankly I would wear her outfit to the supermarket if I could.
But overall, I honestly don’t think I have enjoyed a superhero film this much in a while. It was absolutely thrilling to watch. So it’s definitely one that I would highly recommend you make the time to go and see.
I’ve never been really into Disney or fairytales. I like them, but I don’t remember the ins and outs of the stories that well and I certainly don’t have a favourite princess or Disney movie to ramble on about. Beauty and the Beast was always my sister’s thing when we were younger. If we had to dress up as princesses, she was Belle and I was always Aurora. I wasn’t that keen on going to the cinema to see this film either, as I felt like I could just wait for it to come out on DVD and watch it then. Usually I get bored halfway through watching films in the cinema, but this was honestly incredible and I’m not joking when I say I barely took my eyes off the screen.
The visuals of the film are undeniably arresting and although some have stated that it is over-saturated with decadence and magic, to the point where it seems to be begging us to acknowledge it as a fairytale, I completely disagree. I expected nothing less than what I was given on screen. You don’t go and watch a Disney film for it’s subtlety, you’re drawn to it by it’s magical magnetism, beautiful costumes and enchanting characters.
Having Emma Watson cast as Belle was a major pulling factor for me. I absolutely adore Emma Watson – she’s so classy and naturally beautiful and many of you will agree with me when I say that I feel like I’ve grown up watching her. She was always my favourite character in the Harry Potter films and I just feel like there’s nothing to dislike about her. In the film, as expected, she did not disappoint. I think she has a beautiful singing voice and for those of you that might feel like highlighting the auto-tune, I feel like all singing in films is auto-tuned so just be quiet. You could hear that it was Emma singing and I think she did a brilliant job.
I really loved all of the songs in this film, especially the one about Gaston. The theatrical elements of the film were enthralling. I loved the actual musical score of the film too and it’s something I would die to go and watch being performed by a live orchestra. As the music was playing, I could just imagine all the instruments playing together and I think it would just be such an amazing experience to watch that translated into a live musical performance.
Character wise, Luke Evans as Gaston was incredibly gorgeous. I wasn’t too keen on the appearance of the beast when he became human again, but that’s just personal preference. Emma Watson was stunning, I thought Josh Gad as LeFou was perfect and seeing such a racially diverse cast was very refreshing. Gugu Mbatha-Raw (you may remember her from the 2013 film Belle) and Ray Fearon (who voiced Firenze the centaur in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone) are just two. The inclusion of interracial couples and a multi-racial cast has definitely sent out some very important messages about diversity to audiences.
I’ve read a few reviews that slate Disney’s presentation of LeFou as gay for the fact that his sexuality is supposedly adapted to screen as a tool of humour, rather than as a serious aspect of his identity. To some extent, I do agree that part of LeFou’s humorous appeal in the film is centred around his sexuality, however I don’t feel that there is anything sinister in this. For me, the humour was in the fact that Gaston was too self-absorbed to even take notice of LeFou’s over the top adoration of him. It’s all light hearted and he would have been a humorous character even if he was straight. His humour has more to do with his bubbly personality than it has to do with his sexuality. I think the reviews that imply his being gay is essentially what makes him funny in the film, is actually what plants the prejudice rather than the script itself.
Aside from this, there were lots of little humorous moments woven into the script and they really made for a more enjoyable watching experience. There was one moment when the enchanted household items were trying to convince the beast to smile at Belle and his attempt at a smile was this really funny, beastly grimace instead. The beast’s guzzling of his soup at the very grand dining table was another note worthy point of humour. Another moment was when the piano was asked to play during Belle’s dinner and he mentioned that he had cavities that were impacting his ability to properly play. Standout characters were definitely Lumier and Chip. Lumier was just fabulous the whole way through the film – he was so lively and enchanting – and as soon as I heard Chip’s voice, my heart melted – he was so cute!
The pace of the film felt just right. Nothing was unnecessarily prolonged and the romance was given just enough time to develop into something very believable. Belle and the beast’s interactions adapted perceptibly on screen from immediate distaste, to forcibly suffering one another’s company, to realising that they have quite a bit in common and then actually growing to enjoy spending time with one another.
I can’t stress enough how perfect this film was. For what feels like the first time ever on this blog, I literally don’t have one bad word to say about it. I loved all the songs, I loved all the magical elements and I loved the timeline of events and general piecing together of the fairytale. If you haven’t seen this yet, then you definitely have to go and see it in the cinema. It’s so worth the time and the money and I guarantee you will love it.
One evening last week I took a bowl of Ben and Jerrys ice cream to bed with me and decided that I was in the mood to watch a romantic film. When Me Before You popped up on Netflix, it felt like the right time to give it a chance. I wasn’t keen on the book. Having said that, I didn’t really give it a fair chance. I started Me Before You maybe a year ago now, got about two chapters in and gave up. Maybe I was tired or stressed but it seems obvious that I made a mistake, because I absolutely loved the film.
Being a huge Game of Thrones fan (honestly really is one of the best TV series ever made!) I was interested in seeing how Emilia Clarke settled into a very different role. Daenerys Targaryen is very stoic and statuesque, whereas Louisa Clark is a bit of a scatter brain, dresses in all colours of the rainbow and has a very vibrant and chatty personality. It was really strange to see Emilia Clarke acting as what seemed more like a young girl than an actual woman and although at first I wasn’t entirely convinced, I did manage to build a strong likeability for Louisa’s character.
For those like me who haven’t read the book, the film follows the story of two characters – Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. When the film begins, Louisa is working happily in a café. Until she gets made redundant that is and is forced to find a new job elsewhere. Louisa’s quirkiness makes it difficult for her to fit into a bog standard office or professional career, so she ends up going for an interview to be a carer instead. Her client is Will – who has been left paralysed from a motorbike accident. As I’m sure you can imagine, we then follow their journey to falling in love with one another as they grapple to consider how a relationship like theirs could work.
There was nothing overly special about the casting choice of Sam Claflin as Will Traynor, apart from the fact that he is very obviously quite beautiful. There didn’t seem to be any real chemistry between himself and Emilia Clarke, but they portrayed the chemistry between Louisa and Will exceptionally, regardless. The romance of the film was established perfectly. As was the issue of physical intimacy – which was neither overplayed nor underplayed. Visually, everything really did feel as if it was slotting into place.
Overall, the film was oddly quite a joy to watch. Although there are some notable sad parts to it and it will make you weep uncontrollably as it approaches its end, it is an enjoyable experience overall. Most of you have probably seen it by now but for those of you who haven’t, I really don’t want to give too much away. But it will be going in my box of romantic films to watch on a rainy day, with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for sure!
Considering that I am the most critical person ever, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really enjoyed this film. It went above and beyond my expectations and it’s definitely one that I would say is worth seeing – maybe even buying on DVD too!
For those who don’t know, this is the film version of the Paula Hawkins novel with the same title. We follow the story of Rachel, a divorced alcoholic who has lost her job but still rides the commuter train into the city everyday regardless. Whilst riding the train, she forms a distant attachment to a couple that she watches repeatedly from the window of the train. They live on the same street she used to live on with her ex-husband, before he had an affair, moved in with the other woman and had her baby. Shocking, I know. Rachel envies the fact that they have the life she lost. The seemingly perfect, love filled marriage and a beautiful home to go with it. So when she notices the woman, Megan, kissing another man out in her back garden and then Megan goes missing, Rachel finds herself entangled in a story that she shouldn’t even be a part of.
If you’ve read my review of the book (and if you haven’t, then you can do so here), you’ll know that I really detested it. If I remember correctly, I actually completely battered Paula Hawkins writing of the story. I didn’t feel that it was emotional enough and although the plot was a very interesting one, it just didn’t properly come together for me. The movie however, cemented everything that I wish the novel had.
However, I do just have to mention that the film (unlike the book) is set in America. For me, that did take away a chunk of the authenticity. The train was completely different, as were the houses and the streets that Rachel was peering into. It’s not a major deal, as I still loved the film. But I think that one of the huge appeals of this novel was that British readers could firmly root themselves in where everything was taking place. With the film, it was very different. There was one scene where the train was going by a clear, beautiful lake or river and it was just the complete opposite to what I had pictured. I pictured a train full of business men and women slouching against velour seats, chugging mini bottles of wine and rubbing aggressively at their eyes as they tried to stay awake on the journey home. I pictured a row of terraced houses on one side and a wall of graffiti on the other. Instead I got a beautiful, detached suburban house on one side and a pretty expanse of water on the other.
I might be a few months late with this series, but after binge watching it in the space of 24 hours because I was absolutely hooked from the first episode, I’m granting myself rights to writing this blog post. So if you haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, then I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It is absolutely brilliant and I don’t have a single bad word to say about it. There wasn’t one boring episode or scene in the whole first season. Unlike many other programmes I’ve watched, this one had me hooked minute-by-minute. I’m not the type of person who will draw the curtains and binge watch Netflix for an entire week, yet that’s exactly what I did with this. I am eagerly awaiting season two. So eagerly in fact, that I had to blog about it asap. So here are 8 things I need to see in season two!
1. More Will
I adore Barb! The fact that she was never rescued and that nobody really seemed to care about her disappearance really makes my heart ache. Her mother never bothered asking after her. As far as I can remember, she just told Nancy to tell Barb to give her a call when she found her… And as great as Nancy was in battling the demogorgon and everything, I feel like she kind of gave up on Barb in the end. Granted Elle did pronounce Barb “Gone. Gone. Gone.” but if someone pronounced my best friend gone and then found the boy who had been taken to the same place she was, I would be fighting to get in there and look for her myself. So, we need Barb to come back somehow. We just need it.
3. Chief Hopper’s backstory
Jim had a family, once. Something happened to his daughter and his wife and when the season starts, he’s all alone – washing pills down with beer and smoking in his bathroom between brushes of his teeth. He drug abuses to combat the grief of his daughter’s death, who to me, it seems like died of cancer. However, I feel like there could be more to this. Could his daughter be in the Upside-Down like Will and Barbara were?
4. Terry Ives.
So we know that Terry is Eleven’s mother. When Terry was younger, she was involved in paid government investigations without knowing that she was pregnant. These investigations effected her daughter, Eleven, making her into the extraordinary being she is now. Eleven was taken from Terry by Dr. Brenner and it was all covered up as a miscarriage, even though Terry tried to sue Dr. Brenner for it. I want to see more of this. We get glimpses but I want to see the whole thing played out on screen.
5. Nancy and Jonathan – please!
There is something going on here. This is not just friendship – or it could be, but I’d rather it wasn’t. Jonathan and Nancy have a cute, special little connection. They click. More so than Nancy and Steve do. I mean just think about that Christmas present Nancy bought Jonathan – a camera! I’m weeping! This is the romance that needs to happen. Forget Steve – he’s cute, but lets face it he’s just not cut out for this world.
6. Parenting Tips from Joyce
When Karen (Mike and Nancy’s mum) comes over to Joyce’s house with her little casserole and her perfect little blonde daughter Holly, Joyce looks dishevelled and slightly crazy. She has holiday house lights up all around her house, that she’s been using to communicate with her son Will. Meanwhile, Karen has beautiful bouncing curls, time to make casseroles and the audacity to parade her beautiful little girl around in front of a woman whose son is missing. The Wheeler’s are almost as bad as poor Barb’s mother is! Karen never knows where her children are or what they’re up to and she constantly overlooks everything. It might be a matter of time (it was the 80s then and 2017 now) but still! I think she could learn a thing or two from Joyce, who never gives up on her son throughout the whole season.
7. Eleven and the others
Elle is short for ‘Eleven’ because Elle is number 11. Literally, as you can see in the picture above, she is marked as number 11. So where are all the others that were marked before her?
8. The Demogorgon
So we know that during Dr. Banner’s experiments, Eleven unexpectedly made contact with the monster – later named the Demogorgon by Mike and his friends – and opened up the gate to the Upside Down, which is the parallel dimension that the monster came from. The monster is now… gone? Elle killed it in the classroom, but is it the only one? Is the gate now closed? It seems unlikely, because the series ends with Will throwing up a slug-like thing that Hopper was supposed to have pulled fully out of his mouth when he found him in the Upside Down world. So what happens next – with the experiments and the Demogorgon?