Peanut Butter Falcon (Stockholm Movie Days review)

A few days ago I attended the Stockholm Movie Days 2020, a day filled with several different movies that are premiering this year, though sadly I couldn’t attend both days and all the films, I managed to make (personal opinion) the most important one – one that I will remember for a long time, hoping that it’ll wake the interest of more directors and writers to create more pieces like these.

Director; Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz
1h 37 minutes
Drama/Comedy
Swedish premiere; March 20th

A film that captures your heart and never lets it go. You wrap your entire soul all around the story, writing, acting, and visual like a big bow and you feel truly blissfull throughout the entire movie – happy that movies like these are still being made, leaving the theater with a smile from ear to ear, thankful that stories with depth haven’t become a lost art.

Peanut Butter Falcon wins it all in every aspect, it was a fantastic movie that made me smile, laugh, and even feel chock at sudden moments that one wasn’t expecting.
It is interesting, intriguing, and you get hooked, unable to do anything else than getting lost in this heartfelt movie that will make it very far. Its sweetness will get inside the hearts of many, camp there and stay for a while – making you feel all warm and fuzzy.

Zack played by the incredible Zack Gottsagen, a young man with down syndrome with dreams to attend a wrestling school escapes the caring home he is staying and also leaving his caregiver, Eleanor (Dakota Johnsson) behind to fulfill his dreams, along his journey he meets Tyler (Shia Labeouf) who shows him the joys in life he thought he would never get to explore.

Strongly recommended, a movie that not only has your essence float on cloud 9, but it teaches you so much about bonding, acceptance, friendship, love, and following ones dreams no matter the circumstances. 8/10




It: Chapter two (Blu-ray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Fantasy/Horror
2h 49 minutes
Copy provided by 20th Century Fox Movies
and special thanks to Sara & Marianne

Following the highly anticipated film from 2017, chapter two is a new chapter with an old demon known as It, continuing the haunt and his mission to torment Beverly, Bill, Mike, Richie, Ben, Eddie & Stanley once again – several years later.

I wanted to genuinely love it, but my heart failed miserably to do so, my soul carefully trying its hardest to enjoy it since it so much enjoyed the first one, ecstatic to finally see it ever since an announcement for a sequel was released, and though it wasn’t terrible, it wasn’t what we fans deserved after the brilliance that was the first movie.

27 years later, the losers are all grown up, shattered around the land doing their own things until one phone call gatherers them all back to where it all once began, facing the one they terrify the most, It.

I am once again lost at where to place this film, genre-wise it is more of a comedy meets dark thriller than a horror. The horror essence is subtle, slowly making itself known throughout the movie, however, I felt it wasn’t enough to call it a horror film.
The acting, just as superb as the first, personally I am fully satisfied with not only the chosen actors to play the losers as adults but also how they managed to find actors who actually looked what one would’ve thought they would look like as older. The ”demons” tormenting them were okey but nothing that would keep you up at night, and I believe that the length for this genre was a tad to long.

Something that I think would be quite intriguing and entertaining to see would be an origin story of It – to explore more him and his roots. That is what I wanted more of, where it all began for him, the creation of this demon who has become a cult, history, and do I even dare to say the legend of nightmares? No offense to Freddy.

In conclusion, it’s a great film to keep you entertained on a rainy Saturday afternoon, do you need to buy it? No.
Can you wait until Netflix does? Yes.

Extras;
Behind the scenes
Commentary by director
+ more



Frozen 2 (press screening review)

Directors; Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
Animation/Adventure
1h 40 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

A cinematic experience at its finest – a film animation that’ll leave even the most skeptic in a trance, a nirvana state of mind with its polished to perfection visual and music that will make your ears want to chant in delight.

Frozen 2 delivers everything and a little bit more, a fantastic sequel for the entire family to enjoy from beginning to end. With its stunning scenery, beautiful costumes, entertaining storyline, and hilarious dialogues, the movie will invade your body and camp inside your heart. With its lovable characters returning for a second adventure, you are in for a ride of love, magic, and strength, all wrapped into a magnificent work – the best animation film of this year!

Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristof, and Sven embark on a quest to find answers about an enchanted Forrest, one that keeps calling for Elsa through a familiar song her mother used to sing to her, hoping to find the origin to Elsa’s power, they instead find something else.

The songs are powerful, with depth in every melody, key, and word – making you feel invincible, capable of everything and anything. I had goosebumps through each of the tracks, truly realizing how brilliant the writers of Disney were when creating this piece.

The eye of detail is shown in every scene and second of the movie, in the wrinkles of the costumes, the lines in their faces, and so much more, nada goes unnoticed.

Truly a blast, I strongly recommend the whole family to enjoy this magical film, one that’ll bring a massive smile and laughter to your face. 8/10 Disney once again delivers – L O V E D it.

It would’ve gotten a full 10 if it weren’t for the fact that they showed the Swedish version at the press screening, which was a disappointment, Josh Gad as Olaf is EVERYTHING, so why ruin it? There are no kids at the screenings so they should stick to showing the original version.


The Irishman (Review)

Director; Martin Scorsese
3h 30 minutes
Biography/Crime
Streaming on Netflix

Cinematic art at its finest – Scorsese truly knows how to capture the viewer with the classic film format that he uses while gathering a few legends, all of them delivering one of the best performances this year. The Irishman is everything and little bit more, a superb film that must be experienced, with its brilliant script polished to perfection, magnetic and soul capturing acting, awe-inspired visual, sound, and costumes – the movie takes gangster films of this decade to a whole new level, making once again history alongside classics such as Good Fellas, Scarface, Godfather, Once Upon a Time in America, and so many others – with this film being released new generations get to finally experience the magic of radiant gangster stories.

Pesci is outstanding, Pacino mesmerizing, and De Niro – well, a fine master that never fails. The makeup department must take home the Oscar for their work on this movie, seeing these actors in different timelines of their lives and careers throughout the 3 hours and 30 minutes, not had they only aged gracefully like fine wine, but it was extremely well done, even up close, the details were incredible.

The movie, based on the memoir by Charles Brandt – Heard You Paint Houses from 2004, showcases the may or may not involvement of the mafia hitman Frank Sheeran (De Niro) revolving the death of Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) – all wrapped into a roller coaster of drama, crime, money, depth, and questioning loyalty. With Frank Sheeran narrating his own story from beginning to end, beautiful scenery, and dialogue out of this world, it is a movie you cannot miss. It is going to make you think, wonder, and be in awe – almost in a nirvana state of mind. 9/10

Spider-Man: Far from Home (Bluray review)

Director; Jon Watts
Action/Adventure
2h 9 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Yes! Yes! And YES! Tom Holland has truly made this Marvel character his own, with his boyish charm and radiant charisma, the actor has delivered besides a fantastic performance, an outstanding new take and fresh look on the spidey we all know so well by now thanks to the beloved comics.

Besides a grim villain and an entertaining plot, this story was exactly what we needed after Avengers – Endgame. It’s fun, fast-paced, and with its great visual, sound, and acting, the movie is definitely worth your time, especially if you’re a Marvel fan.

The witty writing overshadowed the somewhat small cliches moments that came up every now and then, you only notice them by paying attention, and not something that’ll ruin the script or effects – a brilliant installment to the franchise.

Following the tragic events after Endgame, Peter Park (Holland) must on his own face the new threats threating his world, all while balancing school and love. 7/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Cast bloopers
Suit up
+ much more



The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Bluray review)

Directors; Chris Renaud & Jonathan del Val
Animation
1h 26 minutes
Copy provided by Sony Home

Following the previous journey that came out in 2016, we get to once again bark on a roller coaster of meanings, fun, and heart – The Secret Life Of Pets 2 is a great sequel for everyone to enjoy no matter how old you are, it is an entertaining, laughable, and cute film, ready to steal your heart with its endearing moments – everything wrapped into a fantastic animation flick truly worthy of your time.

The story revolves around Max and his fluffy pet friends, following their secret lives and shenanigans throughout the hours the owners are at work. With its great voice over actors, beautiful colors, sound, and visuals with a well-written script and story, the movie truly captures your soul, especially if you are a pet-owner yourself. 5/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
80 minutes of original content
Two mini-movies
+ more



Good boys (review)

Director; Good Boys
Comedy
1h 30 minutes
From 2019

The Goonies, Stranger Things, and It. – These movies and many others have through the years created this charismatic and charming setting revolving a group of kids, feeding off each other and their endlessly energy-hype that normally only little boys can radiate.

Good Boys was entertaining, yet, somehow it wasn’t as brilliant as the movies I mentioned above. It was rather dull at times, the script seemed forced almost like a desperate attempt to come off as fun and it failed.
It’s dumb, it is 90 minutes of pure stupidity as it goes along and nothing more, it is not a movie that should be taken seriously – because having little kids dropping the F-word, playing with adult toys, or talking about sex isn’t comedy. But you will get a few smiles in, not a full-on laugh out loud moments unless you are equally dumb, but it’s worth a watch. 4/10



Raising Dion (Review)

Creators; Carol Barbee & Dennis Liu
Sci-Fi/Drama
50 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

I haven’t complained this much during a tv-show in ages.
First of all, let me start with that it ain’t all that bad, as much as I practically demolished it negatively episode by episode, I was still hooked on it – unable to stop myself from watching.
It is a kid-friendly-easy to watch and somewhat enjoyable show yet with the downsides of terrible acting and most of all, the creation of a certain character.

Dion, the kid who the show practically revolves around annoyed the living hell out of me – I’ve never experienced such dislike toward a child’s acting as I did when watching this show, he is obnoxious, annoying, irritating, and simply disturbing on a whole other level – his work of portraying this role is terrible and gut-wrenchingly bad.
I enjoyed the script, it had potential, it is the right story just with the wrong actors that sorts of ruin the good in the story and visual.
And the fact that kid NEVER listens to the mother just made me flip several times throughout, she never gets mad or puts him in place, always too emotional and pretty much lets him get away with everything.

The second character that annoyed me was Pat, Dions godfather. Toward the end, he becomes obsessed with Nicole (Dion’s mother) but in an annoying and ugly way – not the hot obsession like Ben Foster in Hostage, Mark Whalberg in Fear, or Michael Ealy in The Perfect Guy. Those roles had a slight essence of sexy in their possession behavior, here you just wanted to whoop his ass.

In conclusion, you love to hate on it! You want to continue watching it because in all its bad, it grabs you and doesn’t let you go and before you know it, you’ve binged the entire first season without realizing it. 4/10