Film Reviews November 2016

I’ve seen a few films in the last month or so but once again, not as much as I should have done. These are the four that stood out the most to me.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Based in the Harry Potter universe, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them is about a young wizard called Newt Scamander who visits New York on his way to Arizona accompanied by a mysterious suitcase full of magical creatures.

I love, love, loved this film. So much. As I said in a previous post, it’s been awhile since I’ve been sitting in the cinema watching a film and all the while thinking over and over, “this is amazing”.

You definitely don’t need to be a fan of Harry Potter to go and see this film. It’s a whole different story that just happens to be set in the same world as the famous franchise. It was interesting to see a wizarding world set in America but I’m really glad it was set in the past for some reason. I think just because so many films these days are set in places like New York etc. and I wanted to see something different. Being based in the 1920s, it was definitely different!

I’ll be interested to see where they take the story next as apparently there’s going to be about 4 other films after this one.

5 out of 5 stars

 

Moana

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This film isn’t out until Friday but I actually saw it last Saturday for a preview offered to Cineworld unlimited members. Topher was working but I went along with Claire and Steve. It’s about the daughter of a Hawaiian chief who saves the world with the help of a demigod (voiced by The Rock) and the dumbest chicken I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but lets just say that it’s almost a week later and I’m still singing the songs from it. Darn catchy.

As you know I’m a big Disney fan so I loved the film but I’m not sure how well someone who isn’t a fan would enjoy it. It’s not normally Steve’s kind of film but he said he was surprised to find that he really enjoyed it. So it’s definitely worth a try. There’s plenty of action and comedy in there and it’s nice to see a another film that empowers young girls. I’ll be dragging Topher along in the next week or so to see it.

4 and a half out of 5 stars

 

A Street Cat Named Bob

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Based on a true story and is also a book, A Street Cat Named Bob is about a busker, recovering drug addict called James who is befriended by a cat who ends up changing his life for the better. It’s definitely a feel good story.

I remember the book came out a few years ago and my mum read it. She tried to lend it to me but I didn’t like the sound of the title. It sounded like a cat going through a rough time and I didn’t like the idea of that. I kind of wished she actually explained what it was really about but oh well. I’m glad I didn’t read it back then as I would have seriously wanted a cat and it was 3 years later we got our babies!

I just wanted to go home and cuddle my cats all through watching this. Bob is such a sweetheart! Fun fact, the real Bob is actually in a few of the scenes playing himself!

4 and a half stars out of 5

 

Dr Strange

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I’m not usually a fan of Marvel movies but this one was an exception. I didn’t know the story at all before going and that was something I liked. It’s about a former neurosurgeon who is actually called Dr Strange. He goes on a journey to heal his hands that were injured in an accident and stumbles across a whole new world of mystic arts.

The film was certainly funnier than I expected it to be and there was plenty of action and story to back it up with. It’s one of those films that you could sit down with a variety of people and everyone would enjoy it. From the looks of things, it appears that there’s going to be a sequel to this or at least a collaboration with some of the Avengers so I’m not so sure if I’ll be watching those. But as a stand alone film I really enjoyed it.

4 out of 5 stars

 

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