Christopher Robin (2018)

Disney has recreated the famous Winnie the Pooh, a story which I hope would never end and will be remembered. Some may recognise that there has just been a Winnie the Pooh film, ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ however they are not connected and instead tell rather a different story. This ‘Christopher Robin’ embeds our beautiful Hundred Acre Wood characters in a story of adventure and takes us on a journey of growing up and remembering to smile and enjoy life along the way. Of course with Winnie the Pooh at the forefront and a grown-up Christopher Robin believing Pooh to be something of his past.

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Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) is all grown-up, with a wife, Evelyn (Hayley Atwell) and a daughter, Madeline (Bronte Carmichael). And with an all-very serious job, with his important papers and missing time away from his family to dedicate everything to his work. But who else to appear than a “silly old bear” to help Christopher Robin find his way to the important things in life. With a fascination in a red balloon and the need to be polite to everyone, Winnie the Pooh crawls his way through the tree door Christopher Robin used to appear from. And into his old best friend’s life he crashes after decades. And this is where our beautiful little adventurous journey begins. Winnie the Pooh is in London, not in Hundred Acre Wood, and he is smiley and saying ‘hello’ to everyone that passes to their astonishment of a talking bear in a little red top.

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I truly loved this film, it was beautiful, emotional and full of nostalgia. It was funny and played on the heart strings at the same time. All very clever in a simple plot (it didn’t need to be anything complicated), something for the whole family to enjoy. The voice of Winnie the Pooh is so perfect, the reminiscing of the Pooh we remember in childhood as Jim Cummings once again voices this excellent bear.

Pooh is actually an extremely comical character, he got me laughing a few times with his whispered games or his confusion to people’s reaction to him. Eeyore is also an hilarious character, a character riddled with sadness but comical in the way he becomes to dull and gloom about every little thing, for example as he sadly says goodbye to the bucket he landed in head first. We go on an adventure of Christopher Robin learning what it’s like to be young again, to not be so serious about every little thing, the importance of smiling and laughing, of imagination and playing. So just alike to this stunning moral, you don’t have to be a child to watch this film, actually most in the cinema with me were adults. It also goes without saying that the animation was phenomenal. I would recommend this film if you believe it would be one you would enjoy, it certainly wasn’t a let-down! 

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Christopher Robin: “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something”.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (2017)

The fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film and I’m happy to announce there is a glimpse, sadly not enough, but a glimpse of the cursed Will Turner! But most of it is revolved around Will’s son, Henry, played by Brenton Thwaites, who they couldn’t have chosen a better actor because I’m completely sold that Henry could be Will and Elizabeth’s son… Obviously, it wouldn’t be a Pirates of the Caribbean film if Johnny Depp wasn’t back as Captain Jack Sparrow, and he’s back as fabulous as ever with his classic comedy which got me laughing throughout the film.

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‘Salazar’s Revenge’ or ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ as the original title brings in a new enemy. If you hadn’t guessed… Salazar (Javier Bardem). An undead Spanish Captain trapped in the Devil’s Triangle determined once free to get his revenge on the one and only Jack Sparrow. And of course, he is set free pretty damn quickly with the rest of his undead crew and his skeleton ship which tore the sea bleeding pirates. Salazar has one rule, in every kill he does, he leaves one man alive to tell the tale.

Also introducing another new character, Carina (Kaya Scodelario), who declared a witch but just in fact a woman of science is sentenced to be hung. Of course, Jack Sparrow is also sentenced to death and Henry Turner is also sentenced to death for being a ‘apparent’ traitor. And this is how they meet, off they go to find another ocean myth, the trident of Poseidon. Joining the crew is Jack’s trusty side-man Gibbs (Kevin McNally) and all the others. The trident is supposedly told to be the only answer to destroy all of the sea’s curses. A new adventure but being careful of the Salazar’s ship at every wave because he’s swallowing ships whole.

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’ is an excellent fifth film. It has brilliant special effects, apart from the extremely edited young Johnny Depp. But anyway, the film is brought to life on the sea once again, amazing as all the other films. Happily, Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is back as he stands strong in his pirate beliefs and loving himself. His story is particularly great in this one. There are also some enjoyable flashbacks which just bring more depth to the characters and create the whole feel of the Pirates coming back to our beloved screens. Once again, it is a long film, but as are all the other Pirates of the Caribbean’s. I also loved the occasional hints and reoccurring’s of old Pirates of the Caribbean films as it brings a familiarity to the screen, rather than a recycled one, I think it works brilliantly and makes the film that more amazing.

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Jack Sparrow is back as clumsy and drunk as usual, as he stumbles through life with two new allies, Henry and Carina. Henry determined by this love for his father, Carina motivated by her passion in science and astronomy. This film is an excellent addition to the well-loved Pirate films. It’s action-packed, comedy full and with nail-biting suspense with Salazar on everyone’s tail. I would definitely recommend this film especially if you love all the others, because happily this is one that is not a let-down. Besides, it’s Captain Jack Sparrow!!

What Happened to Monday? (2017)

Scrolling through Netflix and this one intrigued my flat and I. Never heard of it before and a new film of 2017. With an interesting different plot, we decided it was the film to watch. An action, futuristic, pessimistic, sci-fi life. A world of 2073, where overpopulation is at it’s most extreme.

When grandfather Terrence Settman (Willem Dafoe), takes in his seven identical grandchildren, it’s more of a problem than just a large number of children to look after on your own. The city has adopted a new scheme to reduce the mass problem of overpopulation, one harsh and brutal. The Child Allocation Act. Any siblings are to be taken away from their families, and sent asleep, to be awoken in a life much later on, one less populated. There must only be one child to every family. This is monitored through bracelets that must be worn and scanned when going into any other sector of the city. An extremely controlled city. Crime is brutal when a sibling is taken and snatched away by the Child Allocation Bureau.

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So Terrence comes up with an idea to save his seven grandchildren, they all become one identity, the identity of Karen Settman, who looks the same and acts the same. With seven children and seven days of the week, they all can only leave the house one per day, on the day of their name. Monday goes out on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday, etc etc etc. And this works all the way up to them being 30 years old, but things escalate when Monday disappears. This is where the action speeds up, tensions rise and it becomes very violent. Probably a good place to mention that this is a film for older ages, it is quite graphic and explicit, also it swears a lot.

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All seven Karen Settmans are played by the same actress, Noomi Rapace. I’ve personally never seen her in a film before, but she is brilliant in this. All seven siblings are of course all different as they are all different people pretending to be one. In the home we know them as their true selves. Monday is Miss Perfect or the one who disappears. Tuesday’s life is dominated on drugs. Wednesday is sporty, constantly punching or working out. Thursday is the rebellious one, hating the life she has been dealt. Friday is the technological mind. Saturday, the party girl. And finally, Sunday the believer. Quite stereotypical in roles, but that is how it is portrayed, they are the main characteristics that shine through. But they are characters that are brilliant and appreciated amongst the film.

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Throughout the film, there are flashbacks to their childhood, building their characteristics and their life as secret and hidden. As “what happens to one of you, happens to all…”, they all must look the same, never be found out. This is done through end of day meetings, where they tell each other what they have experienced. The extremes they go to is impressive, but routine is destroyed when one sibling goes missing, then quickly another.

I really enjoyed ‘What Happened to Monday’. It is such a different plot to many other films I’ve seen before. Pre-warning it is very pessimistic, nothing seems like it’s going to get better. It is tense and you route for the sisters as they struggle through this controlled society. I would definitely watch it again. It was confusing in some places, but that just brings the audience in more to understand the mystery of where Monday has actually disappeared to. Are you not a little intrigued anyway?

Nanny McPhee (2005)

“The person you need is Nanny McPhee. The person you need is Nanny McPhee.”

Mr Brown (Colin Firth) has seven extremely naughty children. After their mother died they felt unwanted and replaced, so rebelling is the way they went. They got rid of the last seventeen nannies, so what’s another nanny to them? The mission is to get rid of this new nanny, but not so easy as it sounds. Introducing Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), a government nanny. A magical nanny. A monobrow, bulging nose, warts and a stuck-out tooth, this nanny has strict rules and unconventional ways of teaching them. But one thing you need to know is one rule about this nanny, she has Sunday afternoon’s off, and… “When you need me but do not want me, I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go.”

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There is actually quite a lot to the plot, which makes it such a great film. Set in the past but relating to their struggles; a conflicted and in pain father trying to do all he can to keep his children safe and together. A strict Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) ordering her nephew-in-law to remarry for a motherly figure in the children’s lives. Seven children feeling abandoned by their father as they rebel against him in the dark not knowing what he is doing for them. Seven children just wanting to spend time with their father and still grieving over their lost mother. The leader of the children, the eldest son, Simon (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), headstrong and the most upset. Also meet the scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald), dedicated in becoming educated. Finally, the cook, Mrs Blatherwick, which I can’t really come to grips with when I found out who plays her. The woman who repeatedly claims the children won’t disturb her in her kitchen, “I have it in writing”, or the woman who thinks the family won’t be all together happily until it “snows in August”; this is played by Imelda Staunton, the one and only Professor Umbridge, in a character that couldn’t be further away from the hated Professor who tortures Harry in Hogwarts.

This is a brilliant film, it’s a great comedy and fantasy family film, but also has a lot of emotional moments with the lost mother, but this all adds to the heart-warming overall feel of the movie. It’s a must-see film, one of the classics! It’s one of those films that can be enjoyed by everyone, fun and creative, but also beautiful and heartening. All the children are creative and different in their own way to bring something new to the film, the rebellions are fun and comical, the struggles are real, but the family is a big one and one to love. It’s just a great film, that makes everyone feel wonderful in the end. If you haven’t seen this film then I wonder what you’re doing tonight, adding this film to the list and watching it straight away! It’s never a let-down. Happily, there is also a second film, ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ and this one isn’t a let-down either! How can a creative film great as this one be one to not to be watched?

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Even if she pops out from nowhere, Nanny McPhee “did knock”.