November Criminals (Bluray Review)

Director; Sacha Gervasi
Drama/Crime
1h 25 minutes
Out on Bluray.

After Baby Driver, it is pretty safe to say that Ansel Elgort is a rising star with a shining future. Here, in November Criminals, though equally enchanting in his performance, the weak storyline overshadowed his talent. The plot was flat, dull, and nothing extraordinary. There was nothing interesting or captivating about it. Once the plot is revealed, you’re sitting there as a human question mark wondering if that was it?

Two high school friends, besides finding out that there is more to their relationship than just best friends, they get themselves involved in trying to solve the murder of a friend.

It was predictable, and it lacked uniqueness and something fresh. 4/10 Not something I’d ever recommend.

Bluray extras:
Taking care – Making November Criminals.


COPY from Sony Home.

Fifty Shades Freed (press-screening review)

Director; James Foley
Romance/Thriller
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th

Words cannot express the pure bliss and excitement that I felt when attending the press screening for what must be one of the most anticipated movies in 2018 (mostly by ladies).
As most of you know I was devastated after Fifty Shades of Grey, the director had pretty much slaughtered the movie adaption, and it was just painful to sit through something that I had looked forward seeing with every bit of my heart and soul.
When the second one came out, I had zero exceptions for it but
decided to see it anyways, and I finally left the theater with a grin from ear to ear, it wasn’t perfect but definitely a tremendous step up from the first one.
It was a better script, the monologues were much more satisfying, so were the scenes, the clothes, it felt much closer to the novel that we had come to adore so much.
Now, the third book, the final goodbye to the characters we have fallen in love with, swept away by, and in ache knowing this is the end, was great.

One thing these movies never fail with is the music, the sound adds a glorious essence of beauty and depth to every moment, and that alone had me smiling like an idiot and getting goosebumps.
The song at the end did it for me, I was bawling my eyes out to the last moment when they were slowly wrapping it up.

If you have read the books, you most certainly know what the film is about, for those who yet have not taken the time to read the fantastic, thrilling, and enticingly love story of Mr. Grey and Miss Steele, then here is a little brief information about the storyline.

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are back, this time as Mr. and Mrs. But it ain’t all rainbows and roses after the wedding, they must now face one of the biggest threats out there, Jack Hyde, a man who will stop at nothing for his revenge.

As much as I enjoyed it, I felt as that they could’ve rounded it up to two hours, and added some lines that were missing from the book, or skipped a sex scene or two, and add something else. Besides that, you get enough. I cannot for the life of me figure out why so many are bashing it, especially on IMDb. Haters gonna hate.

I was smiling, crying, and sitting on needles through the thrilling scenes that had me gasping for air. If you have seen the two first ones, you must, of course, check it out. If you haven’t, don’t judge it too quickly simply because the first one was bad.

Dakota and Jamie shines in the last chapter, I could finally see them as Grey and Ana, and I loved that! Thank you to Erika for writing these books, and thank you to the entire cast and crew for bringing Fifty Shades to life. They will be missed. 7/10



The Beguiled (Bluray review)

Director; Sofia Coppola
Drama/Thriller
1h 33 minutes
Out on Bluray.

Quite the disappointment to be honest, or maybe it was me who simply expected something completely different than what the trailer had me believing.
I wanted more thrill, more raw uncertainty on what would go down. It all felt pretty well predictable, I thought I’d be gasping for air, left in awe due to the shock, that I’d be spun around, but it was an hour and a half of dullness, thinking that something was about to happened but never did, the build-up was flat, and so was the story and plot.

However, the acting was what kept me going, I continued watching it toward the very end for the sole purpose that Kidman was phenomenal, a brilliant performance that had me admiring her entire being and character. There is an essence of elegance and peace around her, and that alone is enough to check this film out.

A wounded solider (Colin Farrell) arrives at girls school in Virginia, causing a havoc of the darkest in betrayal and jealousy.

Not something I’d strongly recommend to someone, but also not something to completely turn away from. If you have an hour and half to spare, it is a pretty decent film to kill time with, nothing more, nothing less. 5/10

Bluray extras;
A shift in perspective.
A southern style.

Copy from SONY.

IT (Bluray review)

Director; Andy Muschietti
Horror/Drama
2h 15 minutes
Swedish premiere; September 13th

Andy Muschietti has truly outdone himself in this remarkable remake, the horror classic from the 90’s based on one of Stephen King’s novels, It. A film for this, and future generations to enjoy and be a part of.

The movie is an extraordinary tribute to not only the original, but also to the writer behind the story as well. The eye for every detail in every moment does not go unnoticed, from the vision, sound, to script – from beginning to end, it’s simply flawless.
You’ll have the creeps crawling through every nerve of yours just by seeing the credits, the melodic yet unpleasant soundtrack of children softly singing, the gray and rainy day, to the performance of every single actor involved.

I wouldn’t call it a hardcore-hands-down horror film, but the thrill and suspense is there, and it wasn’t so much ”jump-in-your-face” type of scenes, but tension, shadows, and sound building up and the atmosphere that delivered that great scary touch to it, along side with the amazing work from the makeup and costume department when it came to Pennywise (the clown), and the other ”monster” like characters.

The actors, who were mostly children, were brilliant, truly phenomenal in every aspect of their act.
One that is already such a talent, is Finn Wolfhard. You might recognize him from the amazing hit tv-show Stranger Things that is streaming on Netflix. Oh Lord, what a joy it is to observe and listen to him, I don’t care how young he is, I literally want to be friends with him, he’s definitely the coolest kid on the block!

Another one that blew me away, (well they all did), but especially, was Jack Dylan Grazer. I don’t know if it was his role, the outfit, but he literally reminded me of Steve Carell in a mini version. He was fantastic. They were all amazing, probably more talented than most grown up actors to be honest.
Superb job from the entire cast and crew. It was a perfect cocktail of drama, horror elements with a dash of comedy thanks to the epic comebacks the kids had for each other. 9/10 And applause to our Swedish actor for giving such classic character justice with his supreme act.

Bluray extras;
Deleted scenes.
The losers’ club.
Pennywise lives.
Author of fear.



Copy from Fox Movies.

Baby Driver (Bluray review)

Director; Edgar Wright
Action/Crime
1h 52 minutes
Out on Bluray!

Though running at a rather dull and slow pace, I couldn’t keep my eyes away from the screen, which says a lot considering nothing EPIC ever happened.
You hope, you pray, and it has you believe that something is about to completely turn your stomach upside down of the thrill and action, but it doesn’t, yet you sit there with your eyes glued due to the phenomenal performance, stylish vision, and the sensation of being a part of the team; screaming cliché and vanilla type of characters, it is still a film worth your time.

Baby (Ansel Elgort) a getaway driver who must pay off his debt to a crime boss by being a driver to the heists planned and covered by the boss’s team, until his final one goes wrong.

It has en essence of elegance and style wrapped around its weak story. 5/10

Bluray extras;
Over 20 minutes extended and deleted scenes.
Mozart in a go-cart.
Ansel drives.
Animatics.

+ more




Bluray copy from UIP.

Transformers: The Last Knight (Bluray review)

Director; Michael Bay
Sci-Fi/Action
2h 35 minutes
Out on bluray!

I absolutely adore the Transformers franchise and Mark Wahlberg himself. He was my second celebrity crush after seeing him in Fear (first was DiCaprio in Titanic), then his work as both an actor and producer has always been something that I’ve enjoyed watching through the years.
Whether it is a thrillingly speedful action flick like Shooter or comedy like Ted and Daddy’s Home, I simply love the roles he has taken on since his days as Marky Mark, sadly, I just feel that he doesn’t belong in here.
These movies just keep getting worse, lacking the soul and heart the first film had, I cannot wrap my head around how on earth they have become so bad when once, being a massive blockbuster that I would look forward seeing.

I kind of lost interest when the fourth movie came out, when welcoming a whole new cast and introducing a brand new story, yet the plot in a way always remains the same.
Suddenly, we had to say goodbye to Shia LaBeouf as Sam, and get familiar with the new faces that were taking over; a father (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter.
Shia was like a shooting star, definitely one a kind, and any other actor after would only be compared him. So, I think it was rather clever from Bay to start from the beginning, it just didn’t work out, and I believe it is time for us fans all around the globe to send a final farewell to the films we’ve come to love.

With Prime gone and the good and bad at war, Cade is in-between a battle of both trying to protect the Autobots while finding out more about the Transformer’s history alongside Vivian (Laura Haddock).

A messy disaster that won’t capture your attention, just pure agony, knowing that the Transformers you once adored so much, is gone. 3,9/10

Bluray Extras;
Merging Mythologies – The secret of Transformers history.
Climbing the ranks.
The royal treatment.
Alien landscape.

+ more.



Bluray copy from 20th century Fox.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Press-screening review)

Director; Jake Kasdan
Adventure/Comedy
1h 59 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 22end

An adventurous ride that will you have you laugh from beginning to end, a blasting and thrillingly roller coaster that has everything one seeks in movies of these genres, and a little more.

It has been twenty-two years since Jumanji came out, a true classic ‘till this day, and it was a blast to finally once again be able to be a part of the new adventure. This time, not only welcoming new faces but also a more modern twist to the story and plot.

Four teens, while stuck in detention discovers an old tv-game and get sucked into the jungle where the game plays out and become the avatars they chose. They must now work together to break the curse of Jumanji; the only way for the game to come to an end, and so they can return back home.

It is humor all the way out, I laughed several times throughout, the chemistry between the cast truly shines in every scene, and you will have a joy watching them all together in the beautiful place and scenery that is the jungle.

Don’t walk into the theater expecting it to be a remake of the original, you’ll only start comparing them, and it ain’t what this movie is.
For two hours, put the old version to the side, and enjoy this film with a pair of brand new eyes and an open heart and mind. It won’t be the Jumanji you remember and loved so much, but it won’t disappoint you. 7/10



The greatest showman (press-screening review)

Director; Michael Gracey
Biography/Musical
1h 45 minutes
Swedish premiere; December 25th

I’m not a fan of musicals, the only one that I find tolerable and actually find myself enjoy watching is, Mamma Mia. Other than that, I simply find it annoying and close to ridiculous, but that took a whole new turn after watching The Greatest Showman.

I cannot find the correct words to express the exclusivity of it.
It wasn’t simply your typical average looking musical, it was pure magic, from beginning to end.
It is so extraordinary that it will transport you into a dreamful world of flawless image, stunning movements, and brilliant performances; a motion picture that is just the finest of pure perfection, down to every single scene.
It reminded me why I loved movies so much, that is what this film does to you – suddenly, you’re a child again. Your heart and soul chanting with glory, every bone and muscle wants to burst out and dance right there on the spot.
For a brief moment, you will find yourself in this enchanting atmosphere, praying that it’ll never come to end.
You won’t even know how to continue with your life after it, how to even cope when coming back to reality.

The details were perfect, there is no doubt about it. Every scene was the essence of beauty and wonder, a cocktail that left me drunk swimming in bliss and joy. Once the film ended, besides one glistening tear escaping my eye, (truly a vision for sore eyes), I just couldn’t wait for the actual premiere so I could go see it once again. Like a drug, I got addicted to it, craving for even a crumb of more that is everything this film holds.

I loved it. I worshiped it. I bow to it. 10/10


Also, I’d like to thank 20th Century Fox Movies for besides delivering breakfast, they also delivered lunch due to the technical issues that dragged out the time. It was definitely not necessary, or something they had to do, but it was very kind and highly appreciated.

The shape of water (press-screening review)

Director; Guillermo del Toro
Fantasy/Drama
2h 3 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 14th 2018

It definitely won’t be for everyone, and that is the beauty of it.
Its uniqueness, oddness, and authenticity of the script; the thrillingly-strange romance between a human and an aquatic creature.
We’ve all seen movies through history where the ”monster” captures our heart. We see the beauty in their darkness, and suddenly we see them in a whole new light, and just like that? We’re cheering for them, yet, they never get their happy ending.
King Kong, Frankenstein, etc. There are several movies where the ”monster” never gets the girl, and finally, Del Toro changed that.

In a research facility in the 1960’s, a mute cleaning lady develops a relationship with an aquatic creature.

I genuinely enjoyed it, though again, I’ve always been into scripts out of the ordinary. The combination of the time era, the ”forbidden” romance between two completely different species, the weirdness of the plot, and rareness of it all captures your interest. I did ask myself several times, ”what the hell did I just see?”, ”are they for real?” and that was the humor and freshness of it.

In all its strange and close to even an uncomfortable story, there is a delightful tale that will grab ahold of your soul. 7.7/10


The Disaster Artist (press-screening review)

Director; James Franco
Biography/Comedy
1h 44 minutes
Swedish premiere; February 9th 2018

Another piece by James Franco that delivered laughter and a glimpse of insight into what is known to be the best worst movie ever made, The Room by Tommy Wiseau. Walking into the screening without any sort of expectations, or having watched the trailer, was one of the best decisions I had ever made. Because otherwise, I wouldn’t have given it a fair chance and missed out on a brilliant performance by Franco, a joyful comedy, and a great time.

Jame Franco is simply phenomenal and stays true to his character from beginning to end. Besides his acting, his heart and soul radiates through, helping you as a viewer to find compassion, love, and care for him despite his strange, odd, and eccentric persona.

Greg (Dave Franco), a struggling yet shy actor who hasn’t find a way to break through his shell takes on Tommy Wiseau, portrayed by James Franco as his mentor. Together they move to the city of angels to make their dreams come true. A weird friendship that blossoms thanks to their common dream and goal, to be Hollywood stars.

I had a blast, it’s an abstract motion picture piece of art. 7/10