Movie Review

La La Land |Movie Review

Happy Monday Wonderlanders,

Yesterday, I got to spend a few hours with my mom. And let me tell you I felt like a 5 year old again but, the time spent with her was priceless. We ended up going to watch La La Land, which is brand new musical playing in theaters. Initially, when I chose the movie I knew very little about it, only that it had Emma Stone was in it and I like her as an actress. la-la-land

Synopsis:
Mia, an aspiring actress, serves lattes to movie stars in between auditions and Sebastian, a jazz musician, scrapes by playing cocktail party gigs in dingy bars, but as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.(IMBD)

Movie Rambles:

I wanted to see this movie the moment that I saw a trailer of this movie on youtube. I really enjoyed this film. It had a very independent film vibe to it and it was designed as a video collage. I was surprised that this movie was a musical because I wasn’t expecting it at all. Looking back, it does remind me a little of “Across the Universe.”  I thought that  the movie was very well designed to showcase both of the lives of jazz musician Sebastian and an actress named Mia.

I really enjoyed the story between Mia and Sebestian. I thought that the relationships were complicated yet well developed. The characters were put into difficult situation as they tried to find their own dreams while trying to be supporting of each other. This movie portrayed how one supports someone that they really care about however, it also portrays the hardships of having dreams and putting another’s dream before your own.

I loved how Hollywood was portrayed and that a lot of the movie was done in a coffee shop on a filming set. It was very easy to put yourself in the shoes of the main character, if you have visited “Universal Studios”. I was really able to get a feel of actually being in the coffee shop that Mia worked at  and being surrounded by the celebrities and the set life.

Although, I was really satisfied with the movie as a whole. I was disappointed with the ending, as I had my own hopes for how it would have ended. I definitely recommend this movie to anyone who likes a good love story that revolves around dreams.

The most important thing I got out of this movie, was that dreams are just as important as love and that to love is to dream. But, it also got me thinking that maybe you can have it all an epic love and reaching all of your dreams.

ONE LOVE,

Rina

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Book Review, Movie Review

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them| Movie/Script Review

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themSynopsis:

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf. (Goodreads)

Review:

I have to say that I was not part of the hype, when the scripts for the rest of the Harry Potter world started coming out. Frankly, I have still yet to read the cursed child. But, one of my friends asked if I wanted to see the movie for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. I was stoked to say the least. In the back of my mind I remembered that there was a small book about fantastic beast that was out around the time Harry Potter was really big. So, I went on Amazon looking for the e-book, and that was when it happened I stumbled upon the script of “Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find them”. I clicked the “Buy Now”, button and downloaded the script. Best decision of a day well spent, I thought so.

I will be honest I am not a fan of scripts. I like novels, I like getting to the know the characters and having the setting painted right before my eyes. So, how is a script different. Well, the setting is described to you. There are small notes that say what is happening on the stage but there is no actual description or painting of what the world looks like. Secondly, because.a script is meant to be seen and not just read, the actors bring the flare. However, if I had to compare a script and a novel to book to movie adaption. The script wins, it was on point with the movie. I remembered some of my favorite quotes by character and sure enough I was not disappointed when they came up in the movie.

Enough, with how different a novel is from a script. Let’s talk about Newt. He was fantastic. I loved his character. I thought he was written perfectly. And the actor was so fit for the role. Newt, is an intelligent collector of magical creatures. But, what made me love him was that he was so humane to them and reminded me slightly of a common day animal activist. He was also knowledgeable. I think this story was a great example that people are afraid of what they don’t understand. The story shows how all the animals that were in Newt’s collection escape out of his suitcase and it is his job to find them. The unique thing about this animals is that they are all very different, exotic and they are causing mayhem in New York. With the help of some magical friends Newt, has a hard job a head of him trying to get back all his animals. Also, there is an evil wizard on the lose that is wanted for murder, and it’s not Voldemort. Have I convinced you yet to read this script?

Final Thoughts: I give the movie and the script 5/5 stars. It was captivating, and intriguing. Yet, the story was very heartwarming. I loved that the script stayed true to the movie. I loved Newt as the main character. I immensely enjoyed seeing the world that was created based on the instructions in the script. The world, of the suitcase was a safe and wonderful place, and every reader and movie enthusiast should definitely consider visiting it.

To Happy Readings, and peace on Earth!

One Love Always,

Rina

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Movie Review

The Lady in the Van – Movie Review

Synopsis: A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. (Imdb)

Lady in the Van PosterDirector: Nicholas Hytner

Writer: Alan Bennet

Staring: Maggie Smith- Miss. Shepard

Alex Jennings- Alan Bennet

Run Time: 104 minutes

Review: This movie was phenomenal. I honestly can’t express how great it was. First of all, Maggie Smith was in it ( fans of Harry Potter, she plays Professor McGonagall). Do I even have to say more? Secondly, the entire story is filled with humor. There are so many funny parts in this movie, and the story is just really heart felt.

It follows a writer, who has this little old lady Miss. Shepard move in across the street in her little van. Through out the movie, you get to know this lady and learn about her life as a young woman and the demons that she faces on the daily basis. I loved this movie, it was so interesting. It kept my attention because it flashed from the present life of Miss.Shepard to the past life of a young Miss.Shepard. You got to see her life experiences and how she ended up living out of a van. Although, there was lighthearted humor in this film there was also a mystery that surround, Miss.Shepard. Who was she? And what happened to her? This movie takes place in a nice suburban neighborhood, where Miss. Shepard and her van decide to make there permanent stay. The members of the neighborhood, all have different views about this, but Alan Bennet through circumstances comes to befriend Miss. Shepard becoming a permanent member in her life.

I highly recommend you to check this movie out, it will have you laughing, and lift your hearts spirits. Maybe even make you cry but only just a bit. The events in this film are based of nonfictional occurrences. As well as a novel, written by Alan Bennet, which you can bet I will be checking out very soon.

Warm cups of tea, and too just a few more chapters.

Marina

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