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Movie Review – Everything, Everything

Movie Grade: A

Everything, Everything was perfect. I truly mean everything about this movie was awesome. Before I get into most of the review, I have to talk about the thing that kept me spellbound throughout the entire movie. I literally felt saturated in wonderful, soft fabric. I don’t know if they did this on purpose: if they did, kudos to them. If it was just great set design and wardrobe choices, again, kudos to them. Every room in the movie had wonderful fabrics, from pillows to blankets to rugs. Every outfit that Maddy wears is amazing. I just felt wrapped up in security, warmth, and love, the entire movie. That was my favorite part.

The movie itself had great actors that nailed the story. Each member of the cast did a great job bringing this movie to life. I was mesmerized the whole time. It’s been a long time since a movie made me feel good. This one did just that.

This movie would make a great mother/daughter date. The movie from the angle of a mother, versus the angle of the daughter…really makes you think. As the mother of a 25 year old and a grandmother of a 4 year old, I could see both sides. It was tugging on my heart strings; the circle of life is an amazing thing. Just when you think you have life figured out, another curve ball is coming your way, no matter what your age is.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this movie. I did, and was happily rewarded with a masterpiece.

 

Movie Review – Beauty and The Beast (live action version)

Grade: B

I saw the movie with a Disney fan, and she was really impressed with this rendition of Beauty and the Beast. The theater was packed (with several showings sold out), and at least four women attended in formal ball gowns. People applauded at the movie’s end.

I was expecting more, though. More spectacle, more rousing musical numbers, and a better connection to the characters. I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this more. It was pretty enough, but nothing to get worked up about. The visuals were kind of dark, the pacing plodded, and I thought the acting was better in the animated version. I love Emma Watson, but she really had to carry this entire film, and I don’t think she was up to the task. Maybe it was a problem with the direction. Hard to say. The titular Beast was a no-show in the charm department, and the guest starring household appliances were essentially props. (Pity – normally actors like Ian McKellan and Stanley Tucci can do a lot with a little.)

Even the effects underwhelmed. The big musical numbers – Be Our Guest, Beauty and The Beast – didn’t hit the full marks I’d anticipated. Things just fell a little short of what they should have been.

I think many people were happy because of what I can call the Disney Effect. I’ve noticed people get really excited about new “princess” films, in the way that I get about science fiction movies. It’s clearly a ‘thing’, and my sense is people were super relieved that the live action outing of B&tB didn’t suck. 😉

Since the target audience seemed pleased, I’ll give the film a solid B. In comparison, I’d give the animated variant an A. That one really hit it out of the ballpark, setting a high bar for Disney Princess films…this one was just sort of there. I hope the live action Little Mermaid film does it better.

Movie Review – Passengers

Grade: A+

I am exhausted from a long, late night movie, so I will be short and sweet tonite. Mainly, I want to say: SEE THIS FILM. I never give an A+ rating, and this movie deserves it.

Chris Pratt is a treasure; Jennifer Lawrence brings her A-game, and this movie is a pure delightful mix of romance, science fiction, adventure, and just…beauty. It was hard to find Peetimes, since each moment was a pleasure and a joy.

I saw this film in a rear corner, in a mediocre room, with a small screen and tinny sounds, and it still knocked my socks off. I swear; I cannot find my socks. See this in a great theater, with 3D, with good sound…I will get out to see this properly again as soon as possible. FANTASTIC.

UPDATE: I just saw this film again, in 3D. I recommend the 3D version, even though it wasn’t filmed with that in mind, simply because this movie is so beautiful. On a 3D screen, the space scenes really made me feel like I was there, which is a sort of wish-fulfillment for my geeky soul. The glasses didn’t make anything noticeably darker. It just made everything in space prettier.

NEW NOTE: It seems that if you loved Gravity, you may not like Passengers. And vice-versa. You can tell where I fall on this spectrum. To those berating Jim’s big decision, I ask you – what would YOU have done in his situation? Sometimes I think the critics judge too harshly, without taking human nature into account. In any case, this film is a lot more like The Martian than Gravity, or any of those other uber-serious sci fi films.