Love, Simon Movie Review

I had high expectations going into this move. I fell in love with Albertalli’s characters and writing style. I was a little afraid of what the movie would portray, but all of those fears were put to bed.

For those unfamiliar with the novel, Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) is an average seventeen-year old boy with a big secret. Simon loves his friends and his life, but he feels like something is missing until he starts talking to Blue. Simon and Blue share the same secret. Simon must come to terms with who he is and what he wants in life, and of course there are speed bumps along the way.

Love, Simon is an uplifting movie. It is laugh-out-loud funny with snarky banter, pop culture jokes, and teenage humor. But the movie is also an emotional one. Simon’s secret is revealed and the fall out is devastating at times.

There are plenty of teenage “right of passage” scenes, from parties to relationships, to classic lunchroom conversations. But this is not a typical movie. This is the best movie I have seen in quite some time. You can truly connect with the characters. You feel Simon’s highs and lows. You experience heartbreak, falling in love, shame, laughter, and everything in between along with the characters. Even if you are unfamiliar with the book, this is a great movie to see.

Love, Simon is based off of Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. The film is set to release in theatres on March 16.

Rating: 5/5

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2018 Movie Releases

Every new year brings in new box office releases. I think this will be a great year for movies. While most of the movies I’m excited to see are sequels/continuations of a series, they are still going to be huge hits. Here’s what I’m looking forward to watching this year:

Maze Runner: The Death Cure (1/26)

  • Thomas embarks on a mission to find a cure for a deadly disease known as the “Flare”.

Fifty Shades Freed (2/9)

  • In this final installment, Christian and Ana are now married. But, Ana’s former boss is out to get revenge after being fired from SIP. I admit that I never finished this book, but the movies intrigue me, so I will be seeing this one.

A Quiet Place (4/6)

  • A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and communicating in sign language. The trailer for this film is stunning and a movie that has minimal dialogue will be hard to keep today’s audiences entertained. I’m excited to see how this one turns out.

Avengers : Infinity War (5/4)

  • The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy must team up to stop Thanos.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (5/25)

  • This movie follows Han Solo and Chewie’s adventures before joining the rebellion

The Incredibles 2 (6/15)

  • Mr. Incredible is left to care for Jack-Jack while Elastigirl is out saving the world. With the promise of new villains and the discovery of Jack-Jack’s powers adults and kids are excited about this one.

Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom (6/22)

  • This is one of the movies I am most excited to see this year. I’m convinced the anticipation is going to kill me. I was stoked to see Jeff Goldblum in this movie. The island’s dormant volcano comes to life and endangers the dinosaurs to what can be another extinction-level event.

Ant Man and the Wasp (7/6)

  • As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (7/13)

  • Dracula, Mavis, Johnny and their family take a family vacation on a Monster Cruise Ship. I am not ashamed to admit that I am excited to see what shenanigans this crew stirs up. I thought the first two movies were adorable. I’m sure this one will live up to it as well.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (7/20)

  • Not much has been related about this movie yet, but with the amazing cast in the first movie I cannot wait to see what happens next. Apparently in this sequel, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (11/16)

  • This is the other movie I am most excited to see this year. Grindelwald escapes custody of the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) and attempts to rally pure-blood wizards to rule over non-magical peoples. Newt agrees to help Albus Dumbledore stop Grindelwald’s plans.

Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (11/21)

  • This sequel is another highly anticipated sequel where there will be a box office battle for kids that are excited about this movie and the kids at heart who have waited for this next installment. This movie is supposed to follow Ralph in Internet data space along with Vanellope von Schweetz where they will encounter new realms, characters, and road bumps along the way.

Aquaman (12/21)

  • Aquaman will be the sixth DC Extended Universe movie to release. I’m excited for this movie (and all of the other extensions) after seeing Justice League last year.

 

What are you looking forward to seeing this year?

Justice League Movie Review

Justice League released 10 days ago and has grossed less than expected. I’m not a cinematic expert, but I am still a fan of this movie.

I’ll admit, I have not been a die-hard comic book or superhero fan my entire life. But over the past few years, I have come to my senses and I love these movies.

Justice League is visually stunning. The action shots and the pace of the movie are on point. I do not feel like this movie was rushed. With a run time of just under 2 hours, I do think it could have been longer. We see small glimpses at the newest superheroes to join the league-Aquaman, Cyborg, and the Flash but there is not a lot of their back stories. It is understandable that perhaps we don’t learn much because they all have forthcoming movies and introducing them all would take too much time. But they all just feel thrown together.

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My biggest issue with this movie is that Steppenwolf is not memorable. As far as villains go, he falls flat. He’s big, brooding, and determined to bring back the old ways of the world but other than that there is not much drive to him. Other than his obvious stature, he is not frightening. For someone that is supposed to be the driving force for uniting the Justice League, he is not an interesting villain.

The movie is riddled with moments of comic relief. The Flash (Ezra Miller) is a spunky character who doesn’t quite fit in. He’s an outsider who doesn’t understand social interactions. So he comes off as awkward and quirky. But this makes him relatable. In a band of attractive and physically strong heroes, Barry Allen is all of us. He doesn’t understand brunch, he’s constantly hungry, he’s never sure what to say, and he also runs weird but he is also extraordinary. Sure, he isn’t a whiskey drinking badass like Arthur Curry, doesn’t have ungodly strength like Superman and Wonder Woman, isn’t half robot like Cyborg, and doesn’t have Bruce Wayne’s money. But he is an adorable young man who we can easily identify with. There is also some banter from Wonder Woman, especially with Aquaman. These moments help to break up the inevitable doom-like feeling of saving the world.

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The biggest criticism I’ve heard of this movie is that there is “no plot.” There seems to be a bunch of superheroes running around and this big bad man brings them all together. But, that’s not quite it. The world has lost hope after the death of Superman. He was their beacon. Other heroes are afraid of the spotlight or don’t want it. Bruce Wayne rallies superheroes, new and old to face a common enemy and save the world. Saving the world and coming together is essentially the plot of a superhero movie, but when it’s DC and not Marvel, people freak out.

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Overall Review: 4/5

Happy Death Day Review

Happy Death Day is a story of Tree Gelbman perpetually living the same day, Monday, October 18, which is also her birthday. Tree is a college student who keeps waking up in a dorm room and has to go through the motions all over again—facing class, her roommate, sorority sisters, and people she would rather avoid.

This is not a horror movie and it also does not make a great “slasher film,” it is cutesy and predictable. You can guess the killer just by watching the commercials of this film. The movie is also riddled with clichés and stereotypes. The characters are traditional college students portrayed in movies but that we have never met in real life.

One stereotype in this movie is particularly frustrating. Tree’s sorority sisters are portrayed as obsessed with their looks and the image they put off. The sorority president shames another member for eating during lunch. The traditional stereotype is tired. It is exhausting to see sorority women only care about their looks, partying, and sleeping with fraternity men.

The “Groundhog Day” sentiment is also worn-out. This movie does poke fun at itself, but this is the second movie like this released this year.

The acting was great, however. Tree, played by Jessica Rothe, is dynamic and manages to turn a grim situation into a small comedic relief. Carter Davis, played by Israel Broussard, is the sensible person Tree needs in her life. These two leads work well together and make this movie worthwhile.

Overall, I would recommend this movie. I would not call it a “must see” but it is a decent movie.

 

Rating: 3/5

IT Review

**Spoiler Free!**

Caveat: I have not read the book by Stephen King and I have not seen the original movie. 

If you’re going into this movie like me, you have no idea what to expect. The movie takes place in the town of Derry, ME. Children slowly start disappearing one by one. But, there’s a pattern. This seems to happen every 27 years and the incidents date back for centuries. A group of young kids team up to discover who is behind the disappearances and what happens to the children that have vanished.

IT has been called a “horror film” and a “horror drama.” The remake of IT is not a scary monster movie. While there are some scary moments, I would not call this a horror film. There are some humor aspects, the band of kids make jokes that are pretty crude. But, this story is an emotional one. It plays on your heartstrings and general fears. What happens when your little brother, friends, or someone you care for disappears? How far would you go to find out the truth?

The kids are relatable. It’s very realistic that you were in this bank of misfits–the “loser’s club,” or you knew these kids growing up.

While not terrifying, the story is gripping. There are elements for everyone to stay consumed. There are some terrifying moments. The director, Andy Muschietti, chose to continue to play on many traditional fears that have followed many of us into adulthood. I think I laughed more during this movie than I was “scared.” The humor is not overpowering, but it helps solidify the characters’ relationships. The band of kids feels real. And because of this, we can relate to and understand their fears.

Overall, I liked this movie. It was cinematically beautiful. Specifically looking at the house/sewer system the latter part of the movie takes place in, there are so many details that make you not want to look away from the screen. The house truly feels disturbed haunted by despair; while the sewer is a breeding ground for fear. I don’t think that this movie will be a huge blockbuster hit, but I do think it’s worth viewing.

Rating: 3.5/5

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