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Film Reviews – December 2016 & January 2017

I can’t believe I haven’t written one of these since November! To tell you the truth, we haven’t been going to the cinema as much as we’d like so it felt a bit silly to just do a post with only two film reviews for the month. So i’ve saved up and here are 5 new reviews for you!


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“A spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people has a malfunction in its sleep chambers. As a result, two passengers are awakened 90 years early.” – IMDB Chaos ensues…

This is one of those weird ones where I enjoy watching the film but as soon as it’s over I start poking holes in the plot. So many in this one! There was a whole controversial aspect to this film which wasn’t revealed at all in the trailer so that was a bit shocking. If you haven’t seen it, don’t read about it just go and decide for yourself. Personally I do agree that the situation is messed up but you have to ask yourself what would you have done if it was you?

 3 and a half stars

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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A stand alone story in the Star Wars universe set just before A New Hope, Rogue One focuses on the story of the heroes who plotted to steal the plans for the Death Star.

I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Star Wars fan but I would happily sit and watch the films. So with that in mind I wasn’t particularly looking forward to Rogue One’s release. I’m really glad I didn’t read anything about this film or even see a trailer before going to see it as I think I enjoyed it more that way. I loved all the different characters and the story was paced nicely.

 4 out of 5 stars

Why Him?

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Ned Fleming’s Christmas is about to be turned upside down when he finds out his daughter is dating a free spirited obnoxious billionaire.

As soon as I saw the trailer for Why Him? I knew I wanted to see it. I love a good comedy every now and again so it looked like a good option. I wasn’t expecting too much from it but I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with how much Topher and I both enjoyed it.

4 out of 5 stars


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Based on a true story, Lion depicts the tale of a young boy called Saroo who gets stranded thousands of miles from home. Eventually he is adopted by an Australian couple and 25 years later sets out to find his lost family.

Bring the tissues for this one. I was gripped at every moment of this film and was so emotionally invested in the character. The whole cast were amazing and I really hope this film gets all the Oscars it’s nominated for. I definitely recommend this film.

 5 out of 5 stars

La La Land

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“A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.” – IMDB

Now watch me get controversial. I didn’t enjoy this film. Sorry to what seems like everyone on the internet but I really didn’t. I love musicals. I love romance. La La Land makes me want to go watch a real romantic musical.

It’s weird because from the trailer I can see why I should like it and there were a couple of aspects that I enjoyed. Ryan Gosling was great and Another Day of Sun is still stuck in my head. But overall the whole film just felt forced.

I wasn’t invested in the couple which I was surprised at because I’ve seen this pair in Crazy Stupid Love and their chemistry was great. Maybe it was Emma Stone I had a problem with? I usually like her as well but I’m not entirely sold on her casting in this.

All the way through this film both Topher and I kept looking at each other as if to say “why isn’t this over yet?”. And there was one point where I literally sunk down in my chair with silent laughter because it was so cringe. Plus how many times did they repeat that one song? So much so that it lost it’s whole meaning when it was used at the end.

Such a shame – I really don’t get it but I’m glad I went to see it and made up my own mind. Now please excuse me while I go watch a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film.

2 out of 5 stars

What films have you been enjoying recently?

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