Aladdin (Press-screening review)

Director; Guy Ritchie
2h 8 minutes
Disney Live Action/Adventure/Family
Swedish premiere; May 22end

The middle eastern tale brought from the Thousand and a night saga – one who inspired the Disney animated version that came out in 92.
Now, several years later, we get to once again rediscover magic carpets, genies, and forbidden love.
Aladdin, the story about two completely different worlds colliding into one – a street boy and an Arabian princess who can only marry a prince. Despite their faith, they meet and change the written rules, proving once again that love does conquer all.

I had my doubts on how they would live up to the phenomenal classic from 92, though pleasantly surprised by the end of the film, I was still somewhat disappointed, not fully satisfied with what they delivered.

The visual deserves all the cred. I was charmed by the colors, the costumes, and set – in awe of the beauty and depth of the Middle Eastern vibes.
I enjoyed the new song Speechless performed by Naomi Scott who portrayed Jasmine, such sensational voice, however, not truly fitting for the role. Jasmine is an Arabian girl, and Scott didn’t fully represent it. Mena Massoud, playing Aladdin was what surprised me the most, I wasn’t sure when seeing the trailer, but as I was eased into the film, the more I saw him in the role, the more I liked and accepted him as the character.

And, though I didn’t buy Will Smith as the genie, I do get why he was cast.
The genie is an over the top character, there are no boundaries for him and there has to be someone who can basically take such persona and exaggerate, and not many in today’s business can do that. Besides, Robin Williams did leave some pretty huge shoes to fill.
I do wonder though if they could’ve worked with an animated version of the genie (same look as the Disney version perhaps) as a tribute to Robin yet Will doing the voice? I don’t know, but it was just wrong. Maybe Jim Carrey? He got some great face expressions.
Mark Hamill, even Bill Hader would be a better fit.
The rap gave me chills, the movements in Prince Ali had my inner child cringing – even now remembering and thinking back.
And some scenes were brutally messed up when moved up in speed, it was more like the camera jumped rather than it being planned and part of the movie.
Also, whoever was the brain behind casting Marwan Kenzari as Jafar was too far off, not knowing what they were doing. It was just awful, nothing, nada, close to the original.

What I did love, was the A whole new world scene.
I mean, that brought some memories and I was floating on cloud 9 – dreaming, completely blissful and enchanted as they swept off on a magic carpet ride under the stars above waters, singing together one of Disney most romantic and recognizable songs – and staying authentic to the original was the most fantastic part of it all.

In conclusion, it wasn’t great nor bad. Would I recommend it? Sure. Would I watch it twice? Probably not. 6,9/10
Now, let’s see what The Lion King will be like and I’m eagerly waiting to see who’ll be cast in the live action film of The Little Mermaid, one of my favorites, so they better not butcher it!



Extremely wicked shockingly vile

Director; Joe Berlinger
Biography/Drama/Crime
1h 50 minutes
Out on Netflix.

Efron is brilliantly convincing as Ted Bundy, portraying someone who is a savage, manipulative and one expectational liar. From beginning to end, the movie truly captures your soul and never lets it go, grabs ahold of you entirely and you’re trapped under this spell of fantastic acting, great visual, and a gruesome story – one based on real events.

Personally, look wise they didn’t match at all – if you compare both Bundy and Efron. Based sole on Bundy’s description as a handsome man and a charming character that had it easy with the ladies, then I totally get casting Efron. And though the look wasn’t there, Efron made up with one exceptional performance among side one great ensemble.

The script is quite fast paced which is what I enjoyed the most, it doesn’t start off dull nor does it become it either – they get right to the point, and there wasn’t any unnecessary dragged out scenes, which made the movie a whole lot more enjoyable.
The visuals of the late ’70s were beautifully shown and so was the costumes, sets, and locations.

If you’ve heard the story you already know the plot, about a serial-killer who practically lived two lives – having everyone around him convinced he wasn’t this dark, twisted, and insane monster capable of the horrid things he was being accused of, though he later admitted to 30 murders and the youngest victim was only 12, Kimberly Leach.

It’s despicable, reading it and not being able to wrap your head around how someone can be this mentally ill, and then seeing it being played in front of you on the screen, yet, you can’t help but to watch and be fascinated at the same time how the brain of a psychopath is wired. Doing this on one side, and living as a loving husband and father on the other.

Overall, an entertaining movie for the interested one. 6/10



The Upside (Bluray review)

Director; Neil Burger
Comedy/Drama
2h 6 minutes
From January 11th 2019

Copy provided by Sony HOME

I’m not going to compare it to the classic, ”will become historic”, and charismatic French version, that would be cruel to the crew behind this American version, and after all, they still deserve cred for not only trying but actually managing to still deliver a heartwarming and somewhat entertaining film, nonetheless.

If you’ve seen the original then you are more than familiar with the story and plot, the only difference is basically the language.
The movie is based on a true story and an unlikely yet amazing friendship between two different worlds of people, a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man from the darker side of town.
They bark on a journey, and it becomes a roller coaster of laughter, frustration, tears, and love, all wrapped into one soul-sweetened script.

I’d recommend the original version, all the days of the week, But, don’t judge this one too quickly, even though I didn’t truly buy Kevin Hart in this sort of role, he’s still a brilliant actor. 6/10

Extras;
Deleted scenes
Gag reel



What men want (Review)

Director; Adam Shankman
Comedy/Romance
1h 57 minutes
From; February 8th

If you think you are gonna get the charming, charismatic, entertaining film from 2000 featuring Mel Gibson yet from a females point of view – you are in for a disappointment.
I truly enjoyed What women want, and miss those types of scripts and films, so I was beyond thrilled when seeing the trailer to What men want, figured it’d be equally fun and cute, but I just ended up wasting 2 hours of my life, and wondering why movies like these are still being created.

The basis is the same, the ability to hear thoughts. But instead of a man being able to get inside the head of a woman, here, a woman gets inside the head of a man.
Ali Davis (Henson) works at a male-dominated environment and one day during a frustration, trying to understand men, she has a tarot reading, hits her head afterward and suddenly starts hearing what all the men want, what first seems like a nightmare she slowly sees as a blessing and to her advantage.

The script was poorly written, dull, and zero humor which overshadows Taraji P. Henson phenomenal talent as an actress, she’s always fantastic, I mean, Cookie Lyon must be one of the greatest character ever created and written and she nails it perfectly with both finesse and brilliance, but here she shines away due to the bad film. 3/10 And that is only because of her work, besides that, don’t waste your time,



Avengers: Endgame (press screening review)

Director;Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Adventure/action
3h 1 minutes
Swedish premiere; April 24th

A masterpiece, flawless like an uncut ice, trimmed to pure perfection with the finest of movie-making talents. The plot, the vision, the storyline, the writing, the acting, the sound, every inch and part and bit was brilliantly made from beginning to end.
Everything you crave, need and want from a hero movie you will get and so much more. Every vein inside of you will chant, your soul will climax, and your heart will make it through a hell of an emotional roller coaster throughout this film.

The Russo brothers delivered this years cinematic experience that is a must see by every single soul walking the face of this Earth. Not a single moment goes to waste and every second was used successfully into creating a movie that will be enjoyed and praised by many. What you’ve been waiting for – you will get and you will love every piece flashing on that big screen in front of you.

The universe was left in ruins after Avengers: Infinity War, one snap and many of our beloved characters gracefully faded away into thin air, now, the remaining Avengers must collide their forces and undo Thanos action and restore what was ruined.

You will be left in awe due to the fantastic visual effects, gasp to the thrilling action that almost lifts you up out of your seat and ears will want to pray to the lord for cover because of the sound. From chock to laughter, to tears, you’ll might even need therapy afterward.
A Marvel creation made to impress even the most cynical. 10/10



Glass (Review)

Director; M. Night Shyamalan
Thriller/Sci-fi
2h 9 minutes
From January 2019

He introduced Unbreakable, left us in awe with Split and ended with Glass. From the year 2000 has M. Night Shyamalan given us three psychological thrillers that makes you think and use your brain to the very core. It’s not your typical thriller/Sci-fi, it is a script that with its depth, intrigued and heavy dialogue, and supreme acting, will leave you gasping for air, moments after the credits, leaving you stunned with question marks because you don’t feel like you’ve had enough.

Glass is the third film in the trilogy, Unbreakable that came out in 2000, Split from 2016, and now Glass. There is a red thread, so you must obviously watch all 3 to comprehend the complexity of the story and plot. James Mcavoy plays, well, he’s split. A man diagnosed with 24 personalities, one more diffuse than the other, a multiplex persona who switches from one personality/character to another in a matter of minutes, seconds even. His story is brought up in the 2016 release, and we get to meet just a few of the names, here we get introduced to a few others while bringing back Mr. Glass and David Dunn from Unbreakable.

I loved Split, I found it intriguing, dark, fascinating, and brilliant. Glass, however, was duller to my taste. The slow pace had me snoozing off every now and then that I quickly lost interest. It’s a good movie, it just isn’t great nor as near as phenomenal as Split.
And though I thought I would get some answers, I was left with more questions instead.

David Dunn (Willis), uses his supernatural powers to track down Kevin (McAvoy), the man from Split. Once he thinks he finally has him, Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson) takes them both and locks them in, trying to solve the case once and for all, wondering what causes these men to believe they are supernatural.

I wouldn’t say that if you enjoyed the first two you’ll automatically enjoy this one, at least that wasn’t my case, but it’s worth a watch. 6/10



Johnny English Strikes Again (Bluray Review)

Director; David Kerr
Action/Comedy
1h 29 minutes
Out on Bluray
Copy provided by Sony Home

Not too shabby, not being such a big fan of the first one I didn’t quite know what to expect of the sequel, well, to be completely honest, I didn’t have any expectations at all.
I kept stalling and dragging out the time to sit down and watch it, I just wasn’t in the mood for it, but yesterday decided to once and for all to sit down and watch it, just so I could post this reviews for you guys,sooo,you’re welcome.

It took me by surprise on how much I actually enjoyed it, I don’t recall laughing this much during the first one, hence the uncertainty to watch this one.
Atkinson is a legend, the man oozes humor and is the embodiment of pure comedy. All you have to do is to look at him and you will laugh, your face will light up, and I mean that in the sweetest and most genuine possible way ever.
Truly one of a kind, a fine actor who should always stick to this genre because he does it so effortlessly and perfect, nailing it every time.

Johnny English Strikes Again, the title itself says it all. He is back and equally raw and clumsy. After a massive cyber attack in Britain, English must come back after his retirement and track down the hacker.
Bough and Johnny himself partners up and hop on an adventurous ride filled with old school gadgets, cool cars, and loads of shenanigans. A joyful ride for the entire family. 6.5/10

Extras;
The comedy genius Rowan Atkinson
The cars
The gadgets
Location and design
+ much more



The Act (Review)

Creators; Nick Antosca & Michelle Dean
Crime/Drama/Biography
1h
Season 1

A must see. A tv show based on a true story, a story so twisted, monstrous, and ill that you won’t be able to let it go once its finished, you are going to crave for more, every bit and piece of one of the most horrendous stories in criminal history. It almost becomes an obsession, because you cannot figure out how someone can go to such length to control someone, when loving someone so strongly, reaching unhealthy levels.

The Act is based on the nightmare story about Gypsy Blanchard and her overprotective mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Following the story for quite some time now, by both documentaries and news articles it is said that Gypsy is guilty of second-degree murder and her boyfriend of first-degree murder because of the killing of her mother, Dee Dee. Killing someone is always wrong, you aren’t the one to decide over someone else life, but watching and following this, I can’t help but stand by Gypsy’s side, completely understanding her and what drove her to such extreme.
Dee Dee had her daughter believe that she needed a feeding-tube, had her teeth removed, that she had Leukemia, MS, an allergy toward sugar, and that she had the mentality of a 7-year-old. Controlling every aspect and angle of Gypsy’s life, watching her every move and counting every breath, she kept her sick in order that Gypsy would always need her and never leave.

The show is brilliantly made, thrilling to watch, and both Patricia Arquette and Joey King are PHENOMENAL. I strongly recommend everyone to watch it and get hooked on the heart-wrenching and soul-shattering story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. 10/10



Second Act (review)

Director; Peter Segal
Comedy/Drama
1h 43 minutes
From; January 4th

Peter Segal gives us a sweet, charming, and a quite lovely film, nothing more, and nothing less.
I wouldn’t call it ”comedy” per-say, I don’t recall laughing once nor even so much as cracking half a smile, yet, it was heartwarming.
A semi-predictable script with a fantastic cast.

I cannot help but become completely smitten by Jennifer Lopez whenever I see her, she is most certainly a girl crush of mine. I simply adore her, she has an essence of charm and beauty that radiates through the screen that is quite impossible to ignore. However, I feel like she isn’t reaching her full potential with scripts and movies like this one. She can do so much more, yet here we are.

Maya, a 40-something woman without any fancy educations decides to reinvent her life and wants to show what street-smarts can do.
After 15-years at the same place as a store worker, she gets a call from a big brand wanting to take her in as a consult, little does she know that the reason behind that position is because of a decision she made when she was 16 and is now coming face to face with a special someone she never thought she would ever see again.

It’s a cute movie, definitely worth your time. 5/10