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Movie night happened again. My husband was an absolute trooper. The first movie, Logan Lucky was right up his alley. The second one, Game Over, Man! wasn’t, but it was still good fun. I also lined up I Kill Giants, but when I watched the preview I knew that would send him straight upstairs. I stuck it out, though, so I’m going to review all three.
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I finally had the chance to watch A Wrinkle in Time. Ava DuVernay has worked on powerful films that earned given critical acclaim, but this is the first film of hers I’ve seen. In this film, Ava has directed a beautiful story that would be visually stunning even without sound. Now I want to go back and watch her other work. Continue reading
I read Fifty Shades of Grey back in the day like everyone else and loved it! Back then, I was a Twilight fan who was looking for something darker. When I heard they were coming out with a movie in ’15 I was ecstatic to see it all play out on the big screen. Unfortunately, the movie wasn’t that wonderful, but I wasn’t upset. I had already drank the Kool-aid, and I was invested. I couldn’t wait to see Fifty Shades Darker. I’ve been eating up every trailer for the last two months! February 11, 2017 couldn’t come soon enough!
Last week, I reclined my seat back with my best friend in tow. This was just the preliminary viewing, mind you. I already had a second date to see the movie with my sister-in-law and niece scheduled.
Did I mention I am a super fan? I re-read the series in January in preparation for Darker. So, two viewings of this movie is definitely warranted to get the full effect. But now I have a small problem. I could barely get through the first viewing!
It isn’t the acting, the actors were good and believable (it doesn’t hurt that Christian is much hotter this go around). My biggest problem is how the story is delivered; the transition from page to screen. Exposition overload!!! The dialogue sounded like they were reciting from pages from the book. And believe me when I say spilling fact after fact doesn’t move the story, it hurts it!
Perhaps my issue is that I know the book too well. I mean, when Ana is writing on his skin and asks if the scars are burns, all I could think was...wasn’t that established in the first movie?
As a reader, I will likely always have this problem when a book I love goes to film. I wanted this movie to be good, better than the last one. I wanted to love it, because I love the characters from the book. But to say I was very disappointed is, in fact, the understatement of 2017.
Sadly, I will have to cancel my second viewing plans.
This review is a tad bit late, but better late than never! In its opening weekend, I watched the final installment of The Hunger Games. I was a huge fan of the books when they came out, reading the entire series in less than a week. Then I found and read other books by Suzanne Collins because I love her story telling style.
However, when the movies came out, I was still swept up in Twilight Fever, so my energy was never completely given to The Hunger Games Craze. The movies were all very well done (of course, not as good as the books as is so often the case). This final movie was awesome. I feel that they wrapped 90% of the series up for me in an action-filled tiny little bow, with a couple of exceptions.
That’s it, though. The rest of it was engaging, exciting and well performed. The final installment did not disappoint, and I plan to add this movie to my collection when it comes out on DVD.