Stitch! The Movie (2003)

Lilo and Stitch in another film adaptation. Ohana is the soul of the film, as Stitch feels he has no ‘cousins’ and can’t belong in Hawaii. But all is about to change when Jumba is exposed with having stolen all of the other 625 experiments that were made before Stitch. Evil experiments I might add, as Stitch once was.

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I love this film. I used to watch it as a child all the time and remembering loving it! Happily, after watching it recently at the age of 22, I still found it funny, having a good giggle. It’s such a fun, easy-watching film. Stitch is adorable as ever and Lilo is even more determined in her persistent ways. She’ll do anything for Stitch and all Stitch wants are his cousins, the 625 other experiments. I used to be obsessed with learning about different experiments, I used to ask my cousin to draw me different versions of Stitch. So as you can tell, seeing the different experiments in this Disney Stitch movie, is a film of pure nostalgia and enjoyment.

‘Stitch! The Movie’ is classic Lilo and Stitch and classic Disney. There’s a new evil enemy in space, whose set his sights on Jumba. Hiring Gantu for his evil work, Nani and Lilo’s family are once again attacked by outer-space aliens. But as Lilo always is, she will never let Jumba be abducted by the evil Dr Hämsterviel, or Hamster Wheel as they comical call him. So an adventure begins where Lilo and Stitch team up together to travel to space to try and pull off another miracle as Cobra Bubbles calls it.

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You can tell more money was put into the original ‘Lilo and Stitch’, but you wouldn’t really expect any different, would you? ‘Stitch! The Movie’ is a fun sequel, to enjoy a little more of this adventure of a human and alien friendship. We meet the original characters, including the brilliance of Pleakley. Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it a classic to be remembered? Probably not. It’s an easy-watching film, that’s a guarantee for a good giggle and an enjoyable watch. If you love ‘Lilo and Stitch’, then this one is still fun to add to the collection of Stitch occurrences! I love it anyway.

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Avengers: Endgame (2019)

I now understand the fuss… I understand why this has smashed box office scores. I understand why this film was sold out across the world. Yeah, I get it. This film has such a perfect, wholesome ending to the original Avengers. I know they are making new Marvel films, but I truly believe this to be the perfect final ending of the amazing originals: Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye. It was perfect for all these characters, all the way to end. Ok, I might have said this before, that Marvel has dragged it out for too long, but I take it back for this ending to be concluded. It was truly a brilliant film and I cannot contest otherwise.

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‘Infinity War’ told us that Thanos was successful. He was successful in making 50% of Earth’s population disappear. This included some of the new heroes: Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). Only a few were left behind to pick up the pieces. The world has become broken and lost. A lot happens when everyone loses someone, tragic, drastic changes. Our heroes that are left behind becomes ones we don’t recognise; Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) are examples in particular. Others become desperate in fixing the world, unable to move on: Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans).

Can Marvel make a film longer? Yes! Three hours ‘Endgame’ is. But so much happens, and it really doesn’t feel like it is that long. Everything that happens makes so much sense in the film that you can’t really take any of it out. Plus, you cannot predict any of it. Well maybe you can predict some parts just before they are about to happen, like just before. Nevertheless, don’t go into this film having the plot predicted and easy, it’s a film to absorb you and shock every element.

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ is a mass of action scenes with the usual excellent special effect, of the familiar comedy of the loved characters and of an emotional rollercoaster to take you on. The film gets your shocked, sad, hopeful and laughing. I have to mention the phenomenal moment that got me cheering for the film (not literally…) – the absolute love for the women power was empowering. I really can’t say there was any part in the film that I didn’t enjoy. I was hooked from beginning to end, lost in the cleverly thought-out plot that was intriguing and brilliant. Every character was perfect in their execution and reasoning in the plot, we needed them all and they all came to a hell of a finale. Although, to have a full understanding of every second, you do need to watch all other Marvel films connected, however, I haven’t seen them all and it still made sense to me.

Captain Marvel (2019)

Let’s bring it all the way back to the beginning. To the beginning of earth’s understanding of out of space threats. To the creation of Marvel. It is the start of all stories.

I didn’t have my hopes up with this film, it’s just another film I was going to see. And to begin with, I wasn’t completely sold. But soon enough, I was absorbed into the film. I loved the music, who doesn’t love a bit of No Doubt and TLC? Then of course the special graphic effects were amazing, when are they not nowadays? ‘Captain Marvel’ was so fast pace, it was a great escapism to get lost into.

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Vers (Brie Larson) has completely forgotten her identity after a crash made her lose her memories. Living on the planet, Kree, she finally has the opportunity to use her powers that were given to her to fight for her country. In her first mission, an ambush is set waiting for her. Landing on earth, she finds her emotions always get in the way of her mind as she tries to track down the enemy’s target. But that’s not the only thing she discovers, but instead everything she’s forgotten. You become warped into an enemy that can shapeshift. You have no idea where they are as they could look like anyone. It’s fun and simple.

I really liked her story. I wouldn’t say it was the most shocking, because I could kind of tell where the whole movie was heading. But regardless, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy watching it unfold. I did love all the originality of the beginning of Marvel. Definitely enjoyed all the connections to unasked questions in all the other films. We see the return of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) – which I have to say, they did well to look younger – his story of how he first found out about space troubles. Plus, there’s a cat, and it’s amazingly hilarious. Other than the cat, I can’t say the comedy was hit there as usual in Marvel films, unfortunately.

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Was this the best Marvel film I’ve ever seen? Probably not. But I still enjoyed the story very much, particularly loved Vers back story and lost past. And I adored the connections to other films, the realisation of questions you didn’t even ask in previous Marvel films. I even enjoyed the plane fights and Vers growing into her powers. It’s an enjoyable escapism and a brilliant original story. You know you’ll have to watch all Marvel films before ‘Avengers: Endgame’ anyway!

Venom (2018)

Marvel is back again with a new movie, a new character, because they’re coming out extremely quickly at the minute. With all the rush of new films, I have actually become a bit bored by the constant craze of Marvel. Although, I have to admit, here I am still going to see the new ones, this one on release date… So there must still be some intrigue that even I can’t shake.

‘Venom’ is brought to our screens and it was not a let-down, I absolutely loved it! I can tell you one good reason why I enjoyed this film so much in two words: Tom Hardy! I am a huge fan of this man anyway, but that doesn’t mean I’m bias, ok it does, but it shouldn’t! He was phenomenal. He plays the main protagonist Eddie Brock, the man who shies away from confrontation but is not afraid to ask for the real truths, that’s until his life comes crashing down, he loses his love, his house and his beloved job. Just to top it all off, in a space mission gone wrong an alien form decides that Eddie’s body is the one that is going to be his new “ride”. This is when Eddie Brock is no longer just Eddie Brock, Eddie Brock becomes Eddie Brock and his alter-ego Venom.

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Venom was hilarious. He’s chatty and talks back, tries to dominate but ultimately saves Eddie’s life more than once, although it is his fault he’s in that trouble… He’s sassy and blunt, it really is comical genius. Whether I was supposed to find it that funny is a different question. Eddie and Venom squabble as they are stuck in the same body, Eddie confused about the whole situation and Venom just wanting to eat people. Eddie begins as a lost character, talking to the voices in his head, and soon learning what this form is that has entered his body and the powers that is has actually given to a human being.
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The graphics of this film were phenomenal, they brilliantly created amazing action scenes, where human was torn from alien and alien was erupted from human. The car chase in particular was an excellent scene, I was absorbed into the whole film, caught up in the action and thrill of it all. It is quite a long film, but it has so much in it. I would recommend this film, even someone who’s gone off Marvel, this one brought me back. Tom Hardy again is brilliant. Watch as Eddie Brock tries to discover what is happening at the Life Foundation, but ends up discovering a bit too much.

Passengers (2016)

Well Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, recognisable actors, which is a high advertising sell point, and one of the reasons I wanted to see this film. Another? Just looks different. It’s not the same-ish things coming out at the minute, it’s completely different. Throw in a bit of romance, bit sci-fi, some tense moments, some emotional moments, occasional bit of wit; ultimately a very different drama from many I’ve seen before. And that personally is great for me. Something different, something new, how would you know if you would like it or not?

So if you’ve watched the trailer you would know that it’s about two people that wake up on Starship Avalon 90 years too soon. They were supposed to stay in their hibernation pod asleep for 120 years, while the Avalon travelled from earth to a completely different planet named Homestead II. These two that wake up too early are, mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) and writer/journalist, Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence). Both recognisable actors, like I’ve already said. Chris Pratt from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, and others; Jennifer Lawrence from ‘Hunger Games’ films, also in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘House at the End of the Street’, literally so many, understandable because she’s great! They both are great actors and play these characters brilliantly well, which adds to the effect of the film and make it that much better. There is also Michael Sheen in the film, who plays the bartender Android robot, again played amazingly, needed as he is a robot! As you can probably guess, there isn’t many other characters to take notice of; besides, they’re on a ship and everyone else is still asleep…

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Anyway, as regards for the trailer. You think the film is going to go one way, clearly and purposely done to think this way, however, this is not the truth of the film itself. And as I say time and time again, I am not a reviewer to spoil films, so if you want to uncover the truth of the film, then you’ll have to watch it, even in a midst of frustration that you were so far misled. I have to admit, I hate a trailer that shows all the best parts of a movie, or tells you everything that’s going to happen. Even though this trailer is quite open in what will happen, there is so much else not said. So many underlining questions for the audience to ask, even in the end, not all questions are answered, yet it is a satisfying closed end; without sounding like a complete contradiction there. A trailer you think you know everything, but that changes in the film.

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I have to admit, there are parts of the film that feel a bit blocky; felt like editing was quite sharp and skipped a chunk. Although the film was mostly consisting over two years, so it’s kind of needed. Also, the trailer assumes that the tense chaotic part of the film is throughout it, whereas that’s mostly at the end. The beginning is more devised around the romance element of the film, then that passes and in comes the chaotic tense drama. Gravity disappears. There’s a power cut. The ship starts to increase in heat. Etc, etc, etc. Although, saying this there were hints throughout the film that things weren’t going right, well the audience knew more than the characters, so we know there’s something going wrong.

Overall, I actually really enjoyed the film. Ok, so there were some sections that were a bit slow, but by the time I knew it, I was intrigued, absorbed, I had to watch it all. I needed to know the ending. Because you couldn’t guess, well I couldn’t anyway, and I guessed the ending of ‘Now You See Me 2’, just saying… It is a beautiful film, with amazing visual effects to get yourself lost in space, a place we are so unfamiliar of. Yet we are warped into a romance of unlikely souls, a film with a lot of emotion, I won’t lie to you, I did nearly cry at one point… It was amazingly played, amazingly made, I would watch it again. It wasn’t perfect, but it was different to what we are so used to.

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I hope I’ve made you a little intrigued to what was so different to the trailer anyway…