The Theory of Everything

An astounding insight into the life and deterioration of the motor neurons of Stephen Hawking. Eddie Redmayne has outdone himself in his portrayal, it was so raw and believable. In an interview with Ellen he said he trained for his roll by taking dance classes in order to learn how to contract and control different muscles and we can see that he has been successful in his endeavors.

The movie itself was motivational, made you really appreciate the fact that if you blessed with good health then you should be grateful, and it makes you question yourself; if he could accomplish so much in his state then who are you to not have accomplished your own dreams. Defying the odds is something that we should try to accomplish everyday since time is so limited and isn’t guaranteed. It also touches on the themes of love, and how unwavering, unconditional and nondiscriminatory it can be. And how the simple act of loving and being loved can change an entire outlook on a futile situation.

Summary: Motivational and brilliant acting. Good time passer

Summary: 6/10

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The Hobbit

Set back in time to the period of the discovery of the ring and the beginning of the return of Sauron, the hobbit takes us back on an adventure in Middle Earth. Luckily, those of you who haven’t seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy aren’t at a disadvantage since the story is not dependent on the first set of movies but rather it complements it instead.

This journey is more light than the first movies, with an exceptional actor in the form of Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins in the youth. It shows the first deviation from the norm as Bilbo becomes the first Hobbit to embark on an adventure. Over the span of the trilogy, he is persuaded by Gandalf to become the Burglar for a dozen dwaves on their quest to reclaim their home which has been taken hostage by the dragon, Smaug.

Stunning cinematography once again by Andrew Lesnie and wonderful vision and directing by Peter Jackson. I LOVE looking at these movies just to see how beautiful they make the scenery look, especially at Rivendell. The dragon was also beautifully created, especially when he was breathing fire, absolutely remarkable.  I’m not a huge action film fan, but this trilogy balances it wonderfully by intertwining many different themes into it. There is something for everyone within this saga.

The only problem I have with these movies are the fact that they are so stretched out and long. However, this can be rebutted with the fact that the plot is developed adequately with all this extra time.

Summary: Adventure and action packed, hard to start and commit the hours to watch however, it’s even harder to stop watching it.

Rating: 8.5/10

Interstellar Review

……………………………………………………………………………………. <—- That’s you and I both waiting for something to happen, which is exactly what I did a lot of in this movie.

SO many rantings and ravings and Oscar buzz, and I was so very disappointed and dissatisfied. The plot was so holed, the time it took for things to heat up, they could have used towards knitting everything better together. Yes, it was beautifully filmed, those scenes actually made me believe they were on another planet sometimes so props to the effects team in that movie. Yes, the ending was interesting, and it made you think about that fickle friend we call fate. And it brought to life all those assumptions we have about space. But, the story had so many gaps and everything that was happening was too much of a coincidence. It made it seem totally unbelievable that a story could fall into place so easily.

To summarize without giving much away, a man lives with his two kids and their father. They live in our world which has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer sustain life and mankind must think about relocating to another planet. The man finds the location of the secret base where they are going to carry out this project and is recruited to help pioneer the voyage as he is the best flyer and mankind depends on him which forces him to forsake his children in the hope of finding another planet where they can survive on.

Summary: I guess it’s worth the watch to see all the scenery. It’s long so make sure you’ve got the time.

Rating: 6.5/10

Women, Men and Children Review

This movie revolved around the dangers of the era we currently live in. About how the internet has ruined us in some ways. We’ve got your cheating couple who use the internet to find partners, a boy who has erection problems because porn has ruined his life, slutty girls bearing all on the internet. It was also about life as we know it. Overprotective mothers, mothers who are more like a friend, fathers who can’t relate to their sons.

Definitely an indie life movie. Probably a good show to show to kids so that they see how ridiculous the things they do is on the grand scale of things. Might stimulate some self reflection.

Summary: It’s about being more disconnected from the world and life in an age where there are more means to stay connected. A good time passer.

Rating: 6/10

The Interview Review

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There’s something about a James Franco and Seth Rogen pairing that is unlike anything that I have ever experienced. I literally typed in Seth’s name into google to find the correct spelling and James’s name appeared next to it. They have this unmatched chemistry which is hard to find between two lead actors.

We are taken on another humour filled journey with these two in the interview. James is the interviewer at a celebrity tabloid station and Seth is his producer / Sam Gamgee to his Frodo Baggins (LOTR references, there are a lot of these in the movie so get familiar if you aren’t).

Seth is becoming disgruntled with the lack of substance and importance of the interviews that they broadcast. James, suggests that they interview North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. After successfully landing an interview with him as he is secretly a fan of the show, the CIA uses the two to aid in the execution of the dictator who has threatened to send missiles to the US.

To be honest, I thought it was all made up stuff until that whole scandal with Sony occurred (I am not a member of the US so please forgive me). It was refreshing that the two created a movie based on actual events but with a docile approach to war and disagreements. The movie probed into the human nature of corrupted people, which makes us realize that they are just like us, sometimes events in life just molds us into something cruel. Kudos to the duo for using another approach to deal with war as well. In an action film, there would have been no other alternative but brutal killing. However, using comedy, they were able to show that everyone is the same and it’s always best to avoid war.

Throw in a puppy that was cuter than life itself and this was one of the best comedies I’ve seen in a while. It’s rare to find gems like these where humour doesn’t come across as trying too hard to be funny.

Summary: Must commend these guys for pulling off a ridiculous movie that still managed to keep me engrossed till the end.

Rating: 7/10

Begin Again Review

I highly anticipated this movie and it did not disappoint! It stars a wonderful array of actors including Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and guest appearances by Cee Lo Green. 

It’s so rare to find movies that don’t center around a love story and although this movie hits the theme of love many times, it is mostly based around the love of music instead. It also touches on how music drives people’s passions, how they are able to pick up subtle emotions from lyrics, how they can paint a bigger picture and create musical masterpieces from hearing a simple melody and how they use it to overcome many challenges in life. It also hits themes such as how music has become less about the artist and their expression, and more about how an audience receives it and how well it sells.

As a typical indie/ underground music fangirl, this movie had me, and the songs? Wow! Everyone knows Adam knows what he’s doing but who knew Keira could sing so angelic. The main song, Lost Stars, is so beautiful as well. The lyrics relate to everyone.

The story revolves around a couple consisting of two songwriters/singers who move to the U.S since the boyfriend has gotten a deal with a record label due to his involvement in the soundtrack for a movie. They are portrayed as madly in love with each other and music until the guy falls for another girl from his record label. The girl goes to stay with her friend instead who insists she perform at an open mic night at a pub. By chance, a troubled and former owner of a record label hears her and decides to offer her a record deal, in hopes of getting hired back into his company. However, he is refused since she does not have a demo CD. He decides that they do not need the label and they proceed to make the album using random locations through makeshift methods to make an authentic album. While working on the album, it also proves to be his redemption by patching up his broken family life.

Summary: If you are a lover of music, you will be a lover of this movie. It was absolutely perfect in every way besides making Adam seem like a slight douche. It will definitely make you feel euphoric and leaves you with a smile on your face. Movies like these are why they came up with the term “Feel good movies”

Rating: 10/10

The Maze Runner Review

One word to describe this movie? – Holy Shit! That’s right, one word couldn’t cut it.

Now, I know you might be thinking that I’m biased because of Dylan O’Brien (see my Teen Wolf Review), and you are absolutely correct because my boy can act! I haven’t read the book as yet so what you’re getting now is my impression without any expectations.

It started off with a bang, giving this aura of excitement and fear of the unknown. My boy Dylan aka Thomas, has woken up with no recollection of anything besides his name. He finds himself in a field surrounded by walls which make up a maze and a band of boys. The boys have made a mini society with everyone responsible for something in order to earn their keep and to keep the peace. Thomas is intrigued by the maze despite the risks and finds himself wanting to be a runner whose job is to try to map every aspect of the maze in an attempt to find a way out. On Thomas’s arrival things start going south.. and despite how badly I want to tell you what happens, I can’t be that douche, you’d have to watch it to find out.

What I can tell you however, is that this movie had me on the edge of my seat. It gave that adrenaline rush and the events of the movie were not predictable at all. It was all new ideas and very unique while secretly addressing deep rooted issues like how society is run in the real world if one is able to pick up on the subtle comparisons.

Summary : Great adventure combination with action film! Excellent acting and the way the film is shot is beautifully done as well.

Rating : 8/10