Thursday, September 10, 2015

Monthly Movie Review: August 2015

So, I've decided to make a monthly movie review, combining all the reviews for the movies that I watched during one month into a post. Because it's easier this way, and I don't want to have too many posts for movie reviews since I'm not a movie critique. 

I'll start with the movies that I watched last month, even though it's already a week in September.

Inside Out: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars!)

Review: Inside Out was such a lovely movie. All the emotions left such a big impact to me. Nowadays, I often find myself wondering what it would be like if our emotions really do speak and act in our mind. Mine would definitely be conquered by Anger and Sadness.

In Riley's life, she was mostly affected by Joy, while the others were okay with it, Sadness finds it a little bit too sad for her because she rarely gets to control. Joy tries to make sure Sadness doesn't control Riley too much, but it gets to a point that Sadness couldn't help but interfere. I know Joy only wants the good for Riley, but the way she treated Sadness is just too much. I felt sad for Sadness.

It gets interesting when Joy and Sadness got sucked into the memory tube (wait, is that even the name? I forgot the tube's name) and Riley's emotions started to crumble when Anger, Disgust and Fear took control. I'd skip the journey Joy and Sadness went through because you need to watch it yourself, but just so you know, I'm still feeling miserable that Bing Bong had to disappear. He is only an imaginary friend of Riley's, but Bing Bong is just so happy-go-lucky that I started to become fond of him.

All in all, Inside Out actually helped me deal with my emotions now (a bit. Ha ha). I try to let my Joy take control of my life, more than Anger and Sadness.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E: At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo's only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars!)

Review: Oh the thrill that I feel whenever I watch an amazing action movie. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. definitely exceeded my expectation, it even went beyond that. I quite enjoy stories with the background of the past, even though they're mostly fiction, it helped me to grasp how the past used to be. Solo and Kuryakin were enemies at first, working together only when both sides had the same goal. It was hilarious how they bickered with each other, what with Solo's sarcasms and Kuryakin's temper.

I gotta say Solo is quite a charming guy. (he's British, what did I say about British guys again? Yeah, I love them) His deep voice is just worth all the time listening to. And despite his constant sarcastic remarks to Kuryakin, he still saved Kuryakin when Kuryakin drowned.

While Kuryakin is.. well, simply Kuryakin. He's so adorable, and his thick accent is just ♡♡♡♡♡ And the way he talks to Gaby, treating her as his fiancee, is just so smooth. It looked almost real, though they were just being undercover. But of course, it's obvious they liked each other more than they can admit.

I need more Solo-Kuryakin and Kuryakin-Gaby moments, so please please please let there be a sequel to this movie.

Pitch Perfect 2: It's been three years since the Barden Bellas (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson) became the first all-female group to win a national title. All seems well until a botched Lincoln Center performance for the president leads to a scandal that strips them of their performing duties, causing internal tension and strife. With the world championships on the horizon in Copenhagen, Denmark, the women must get their act together for their one and only shot at redemption.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5)

Review: Yup, surprise surprise. No 5-star for Pitch Perfect 2. To be honest, I have not yet even watched the first Pitch Perfect, so I'm a little bit behind in knowing the people and the plot. But I got the gist, a bit, perhaps? Anyway, I guess I was expecting too much when I watched Pitch Perfect 2. The first half of the movie bored me a little, though.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all in for musical movies, but Pitch Perfect 2 just didn't capture me as much as I was expecting it to (how can I not, when everyone else seemed to love Pitch Perfect so much?) But in the end, I did like the movie after all. Just not too much. I'm very fond of acapella groups, and I think the Barden Bellas is a great one.

The Giver: Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) lives in a seemingly idyllic world of conformity and contentment. When he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), an old man who is the sole keeper of the community's memories, Jonas discovers the dangerous truths of his community's secret past. Armed with the power of knowledge, Jonas realizes that he must escape from their world to protect himself and those he loves -- a challenge no one has ever completed successfully.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5)

Review: The Giver had a rather great plot, but the ending was a little bit disappointing. I like the fact that the importance of memories, emotions and family bond were focused in this story, and it was interesting that the people in the community saw their world in black and white. (Little me would have questioned if people from the past really had a black and white life haha)

Though The Giver and The Receiver (Jonas) were the only ones able to see colours because of the memories, it's still a bit confusing how they're able to gain the memories. Like, all the memories were from different people throughout the world. How did they got it? Did they suck it out of people's mind? 

I did mention the ending was disappointing. Though I appreciate Jonas stumbling and dragging himself with Gabe through Elsewhere, I just don't find it amusing that all the memories and emotions were returned as soon as Jonas crossed the border of Elsewhere. But maybe that's the best ending there is, and I've yet to read the book, so I don't know the exact ending.

Oh but hey, TayTay's in the movie too ♡♡♡ I still prefer her being blonde though.

ATM: Er Rak Error: Sua (Ter - Chantavit Dhnasevi) and Jib (Ice - Preechaya Pongthananikorn) are like any other couple in this world except for one exception: for the past 5 years they have kept their relationship a secret since the bank where they are employed has a strict "No Fraternization" policy. It's not a big deal until they decide to get married. The only problem? Which one of these two Type-A overachievers will put marriage before a career and resign? With neither willing to take the leap of faith they both turn incident into opportunity when an ATM glitch in Chonburi province cashes out over $130,000 baht. The terms are simple: whoever is able to recover the money first gets to keep their job. The couple will turn into no holds barred competitors. Who will literally "go big" in their career or "go home" in this romantic comedy about what two people won't do for each other in the name of love? It's the age old battle of the sexes but this time around how can victory be easily declared in a war where there are no more traditional "rules of engagement".

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars!)

Review: Talk about cute romance, I'm all into it. ATM: Er Rak Error is not exactly your typical romance movie, but we all have heard of a forbidden relationship, right? Normally the family objects, but in this movie, they were colleagues and workers in the company weren't supposed to date. Jib already fired some workers for dating, so either Jib and Sua were bound to quit their job if they want to continue dating.

Jib and Sua's relationship were adorable, but at the same time it's hilarious to see them fighting to solve the problem after Jib suggested that whoever finds out who took extra money from the ATM can keep their job. The ending was too sweet I might have cringed a bit, but it was still cute. 

I think I need a guy like Sua in my life too, haha.

Poltergeist: All seems well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Soon, youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, or so the family thinks. It's not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home, holding Maddy captive and forcing the parents to consult a team of parapsychologists who engage the supernatural entities in a battle for the girl's freedom.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ (2 out of 5)

Review: I've probably watched too much horror movies that I'm often left disappointed when I watch any new horror movies. Poltergeist was one of them. The first half of the movie was alright, when all the ghosts only do what poltergeists do; moving things and throwing things. But when Griffin was grabbed by the huge tree beside their house and Kendra was attacked by "something" and Maddy was taken away, I felt like it was too much.

I don't know what to say about this movie, I probably didn't enjoy the portal thing the most. But I really, really hate clowns. Too many clowns in Griffin's attic room. Just no.

Lucy: When a boyfriend tricks Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) into delivering a briefcase to a supposed business contact, the once-carefree student is abducted by thugs who intend to turn her into a drug mule. She is surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful chemical, but it leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities, including telekinesis and telepathy. With her former captors in pursuit, Lucy seeks out a neurologist (Morgan Freeman), who she hopes will be able to help her.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3.5 out of 5)

Review: I would have given a 4-star for Lucy, if it had a different ending. I enjoyed the movie, the actions, combined with all the science fictions things were great. It would be amazing if you could change your hair colour and clothes and stop people whenever you want, but you simply can't. I'm fine with that though, it was a movie anyway. But in the end, when Lucy disappeared and claimed that she is now "everywhere", I felt like it was too ridiculous. 

But in any way, I did like the movie. Scarlett Johansson fits the emotionless badass girl type so much.

Till next time ♡ Love, Humaira

1 comment

  1. I've watched Inside Out and Lucy and my ratings are the same as yours. Inside Out is wonderful! Love it so much! And yeah, Lucy could've been better if it had a different ending. The Man from U.N.C.L.E and ATM: Er Rak Error sounds interesting. Putting them in my Must Watch Movie list! I also have The Giver recorded on my tv and I'm gonna watch it after this. To be honest, I recorded the movie because there's Odeya Rush. I just love her! >3<