How Far I’ll Go #Moana #Review

M O A N A 

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Cast: Alui’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Andy Tudyk

Rating: 5/5 (It’s Disney)

My Review: 

“If you wear a dress and have an animal sidekick, you’re a princess.” – Maui 

Well if that is the only criteria I am taking a trip to the pet store! One of the many things I loved about Moana was the fact Disney was not taking itself too seriously. It was full of off the cuff remarks that related to previous Disney movies as well of course the now famous Disney Easter Eggs.

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Moana is drawn to that line where the sky meets the sea. Moana is in love with the ocean and the ocean has chosen her too. It is her destiny to get Demi-God, Maui, voiced superbly by Dwayne Johnson to restore the heart of Tafiti to its rightful place. However, Moana has a problem. Moana’s father, the village chief will not allow anyone to sail past the reef out into the ocean. Moana’s grandmother, the village crazy lady who “loves to dance with water” inspires her granddaughter to go as it is the only way she will be happy.

The movie is full of memorable characters and songs. Maui’s song “Your Welcome” is one of the best comical songs I have really enjoyed since the Genie sang “A Friend Like Me”. Maui is an interesting character you are never really sure if you like him or not till you get towards the end of the movie.

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I did enjoy his little tattoo friend. Reminiscent of the Muses from Hercules. If all tattoo’s were like him I would consider getting one. I really did enjoy the banter between him and Maui. Of course the song “How Far I’ll Go” was my favourite song of the whole movie. I had heard it a few times before I had seen the movie and it is now one of my favourite Disney songs. It encompasses my desire to travel at the moment.

The CGI animation as always is well executed. I did have a slight issue with some of the pacing of the movie, however I expect at some point in the future there might be a Moana DVD with extra scenes as I have a feeling there were quite a few cut out.

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The character who stole the show however, besides Pau (the pig) who was so cute, was Heihei the Rooster. That rooster had me in crying with laughter.

As well as being full of fun and laughter, there are some lovely touching moments. My daughter told me she was moved to tears a few times while watching the movie.

I honestly did not expect to enjoy Moana as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

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My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 5

The final part of my 101 Favourite movies. As I mentioned in my first post I’m sure I have missed some out but this is the list as it stands at the moment. I am sure it will evolve. I hope you have enjoyed it?

Part 5

Three Wishes (1995)

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Pay It Forward (2000)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (2009) – The Spirit of Adventure with Carl and Ellie

What Dreams May Come (1998) – I love the concept of this movie

The Notebook (2004) – This is a pretty movie

Little Women (1933)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

High Society (1956)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Brave (2012) 

Letters to Juliet (2010)

The Snowman (1982)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Ice Age (2002)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Hercules (1997)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Even though I like the first one, I prefer this one. Both looking forward and dreading War of the Planet of the Apes.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

So that is the end of my 101 Favourite Movies. Have you thought about your 101 Favourite Movies? It is not as easy as I think.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 4

The penultimate post…

As you may have noticed with the previous 3 posts that my movie tastes are fairly tame. I am not a fan of gratuitous violence, obscene speech or anything that I consider to be horror, I value my sleep far to much to watch anything too disturbing. I tend to stick with family features, comedies and musicals. The next 20 movies prove my point… lol! Sorry for being so dull…

Part 4

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) – The wonderful Robin Williams.

Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014)

Clueless (1993)

White Christmas (1954)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Mean Girls (2004)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The Burbs (1989)

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1991)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Labyrinth (1986)

The NeverEnding Story (1984) – This was the first movie I saw at the cinema.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Zoolander (2001)

About Time (2013)

So what do you think of Part 4? Let me know x

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 3

Well here we go again… Part 3 in no particular order.

Part 3

Titanic (1997) – I did love this movie so much when it was released. 

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Sadly I identify with Josie’s school days…

Men in Black (1997)

The Lion in Winter (1968) – Katherine Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses 

Great Expectations (1946)

The Goonies (1985)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rebecca (1940)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Roman Holiday (1953)

A Knights Tale (2001) 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

Avatar (2009)

 

My Fair Lady (1964)

The Sound of Music (1965)

What do you think of Part 3 ? I have changed it several times…. Let me know?

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 2

Here is Part 2 of My 101 Favourite Movies List – 21 – 40

As I mentioned before they are no particular order…. enjoy!

Part 2

Independence Day (1996)  – Well I had to add it didn’t I…. Plus I love Will Smith in this. Shame the second one was a bit of let down. 

The Jungle Book (2016)

 

The Princess Bride (1987)

National Treasure (2004)

The Avengers (2012)

Star Wars – The Force awakens (2015) 

La La Land (2016)It was wildly over-rated but I loved the soundtrack. 

E.T – The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

A Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves (1991) This is the movie that opened my eyes to the whole world of movies. Before I used to watch movies but after this I appreciated the costumes, settings, the art of the performance etc… I credit it with changing my perspective when I was about 12 years old. 

Les Miserables (2012)

Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) 

Unbreakable (2000) I enjoy M.Night Shyamalan movies because his concepts are really interesting he just has trouble executing them. I think a lot would or do work better as novels however this is one that worked well. 

Frequency (2000)

Star Trek into Darkness (2013) Chris Pine and Benedict Cumberbatch in the same movie… that is all I am saying. 

Phantom of the Opera (2005) 

The Holiday (2006)It’s just a great feel good movie. 

The Lion King (1994)I remember sitting at the cinema and the opening scene just gave me chills, it was so fantastic.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)  – My favourite Shakespeare comedy. 

So this is the end of Part 2… I hope you don’t think there are too many turkeys in there? Part 3 coming soon.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 1

One of the items on my 101 Things in 1001 Days is to create a list of My 101 Favourite Movies. I have actually done it… I am almost 100% positive that I have missed out a number of movies that I really, really like but this is as good as it is going to get for now. Also if I listed all of my favourite movies I might have to make a 1001 Movies.

There are a number of reasons why I consider these my favourite movies, story line, special effects, performances etc… sometimes though it is because of the feeling I got when I watched them. They may have sparked my imagination, made me feel good or maybe sad. I suppose what I trying to say is that I cannot justify my choices, I just like them.

Where there is a series of movies that I enjoy I have just included the movie I have watched the most from that series.

As it is such a long list I thought I would split it into five different parts, four of 20 and one of 21 to make it easier to read.  I have not categorised the movies or put them in order of preference.

Part 1 

Ever After (1998)I love this movie so much.

Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989) – I love Sean Connery

The Matrix (1999)to be honest this is the only movie I actually like in the trilogy. 

Casablanca (1942) – Here’s looking at you, kid!

The Dark Knight (2008)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)This is a movie I put off watching for ages but it really is an interesting story with great performances. Out of all the movies on this list this is the only one I have only ever watched once, but I would watch it again. 

Lord of the Rings – Return of the King (2003) 

Jurassic Park (1993) – The original and the best. 

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) – How can anyone not enjoy this movie. 

Toy Story 3 (2010) – It broke me……

Beauty and the Beast (1991) – My favourite Disney Animation.

Back to the Future (1985)

The Prestige (2006) 

Singing in the Rain (1952)

Some Like it Hot (1959)

The Green Mile (1999) – This is a bit of a strange one because I really enjoy the concept.

Stand By Me (1986) 

Hairspray (2007)I love John Travolta’s performance in this. 

Grease (1978)and in this… nearly 30 years earlier… lol! 

My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) This was one of the first DVD’s I owned so I watched it over and over again, also with directors commentary, at a time when it was all new.  

So this is the end of Part 1… what do you think?

I Can Save Today. You Can Save The World.

#WonderWoman

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W O N D E R   W O M A N 

CAST : Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davies

DIRECTOR : Patty Jenkins

RATING : 4.5/5

THE BLURB : Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

MY REVIEW :

While I endured Batman vs Superman there was one moment in particular that caught my attention. It was the moment we saw a photo of Wonder Woman taken with a band of four during World War 1. I wanted to know more about that photo, who were those men? And, what was Wonder Woman doing during World War 1? That was the movie I wanted to watch. Someone out there obviously had the same idea because that is the movie I got and I really enjoyed it.

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(l-r) SAÏD TAGHMAOUI as Sameer, CHRIS PINE as Steve Trevor, GAL GADOT as Diana, EUGENE BRAVE ROCK as The Chief and EWEN BREMNER as Charlie in the action adventure “WONDER WOMAN.” ©Warner Bros. Entertainment/Ratpac Dune Entertainment. CR: Clay Enos.

This movie is not without its flaws but I am not going to spend my time pointing them out, they are fairly obvious. Instead I want to mention what wonderful job all the actors did in their respective roles.

Gal Gadot our leading lady, Diana Prince AKA Wonder Woman, is simply beautiful in her role. She proves that a female superhero can be just as fierce and loyal as any male but also empathetic stating that she “chooses love”.  Chris Pine was also very good in his role as Steve Trevor. Initially I thought he was just going to reprise his role as Captain Kirk. As much I love Chris Pine, I do find he plays a lot of his roles very similar. However, you cannot help but like Steve Trevor and his comical secretary, Etta Candy (Lucy Davies).  Sameer, Charlie and The Chief are also fun.

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The action sequences were engaging, I enjoyed the soundtrack that went along with them. I was interested in the way DC managed to combine the horrors of the Great War especially the introduction of chemical warfare. The scientist Dr Maru nicknamed Dr Poison was a character who was quite chilling in appearance as well as in nature. I felt as though her role should have been bigger.

For a DC movie there is quite a big dollop of humour which I would have associated more with the Marvel Movies which could be the reason why I liked it so much. Patty Jenkins did a really good job as the first female director of a Superhero movie. I think it is thanks to her that we have a movie that appeals to all, rather than just teenage boys.

I am hoping that this movie marks a turning point in the recent history of DC movies. Overall I really enjoyed this movie despite its flaws. It has erased some of mistakes made with Batman vs Superman which leads me to hope that there is some hope for The Justice League Movie.