The Jungle Book (2016) | Movie Review

I literally finished this book last week, so to delve right back into this world so quickly, was awesome as I really got to see how it would adapt to screen…once again. I actually think this was one of the best book to movie adaptions I have seen in a while, and definitely beats the original. I didn’t think it would be possible, but it really did.

This was what I would call a more mature version of this film, and featured a great script full of so much heart and fitted this amazing cast well. The visual effects and the array of camera shots throughout really made this what it was. I was truly impressed. It helped bring forward the main concept for this particular movie, that being the feeling of belonging, and being accepted for what you are.

The characters were brought to life in a way we didn’t get to see before, especially Shere Khan, who was brilliantly voiced by Idris Elba. His low gravelly tone fit this character perfectly, making him a villain you love to hate.

I also felt that Akela, the leader of the wolf pack, was very reminiscent of Aslan from Narnia. I am not sure if anyone will think that once they have seen it, but I found it to be very familiar, but in a good way.

Something I really loved about this was how different Bagheera and Baloo were portrayed in this, than in the first movie, as well as the book. Baloo in particular was shown to be a bit of a hustler, or as Bagheera calls him, a ‘con artist’. However, over the course of the movie, we see how they evolve into the characters that we know and love, including how Baloo’s friendship with Mowgli causes him to change his ways, and finally care for someone other than himself.

If you want action, adventure, and whole lot of bravery, this is just the movie for you. A classic reinvented, and a love that will remain for years to come.

Chloe Lauren x

Angry Birds The Movie | Movie Review

So I finally got around to watching this movie after being told it was ‘laugh out loud’ funny by several people who urged me to see it.

Hmm. How do I put this nicely?

It was funny, to a certain degree, but it definitely wasn’t roll on the floor, dying of laughter funny like I thought it was going to be. I think I laughed a couple of times, and that was mainly at the jokes that only adults would understand, including a sneaky reference to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (cheeky), as well as certain parts of dialogue between the characters, mainly from the character Chuck with whoever he is speaking with. Apart from that, not really!

To be honest, I think after watching Paddington last year, the bar for family comedies, was raised pretty high, because that was hilarious (if you haven’t see it, you have to!).

I have never played the game. I was never really interested. I know, how dare I not join in with this world wide phenomenon. However, I know what it involves so I wasn’t particularly expecting much from it in terms of plot, but it ended up having an interesting and somewhat decent concept.

Angry birds go to anger management classes. See? Interesting as well as slightly humorous!

I really liked how they mentioned why the character Red is as angry as he is, by touching on the subject of bullying when he was younger. I still felt as though it could have had more to it than just one mini flashback.

The pigs were seriously annoying, and I don’t know what it is about them, but I found them rather creepy, even when I found out the voice of Leonard, the King of the Pigs, was Bill Hader. I guess that was the idea though. If so, then clearly they succeeded there.

When the idea from the game was finally introduced towards the end, during the battle between the Birds, and Pigs, I think it gave the movie that something extra, which makes people feel part of the story line, because of the familiarity. Not for me though. Also, it allows for the main characters to be seen in a totally different light, and finally get the acceptance they never knew they wanted. Obvious and predictable, but still makes you smile.

Oh and for any YouTube fans out there, these two minor but lovable characters are voiced by Ian Hecox, and Anthony Padilla from the popular YouTube channel, Smosh! I literally just found that out. Awesome right?

Chloe Lauren x

You Are Never Too Old To Start Again

The Intern sees Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro), a 70 year old who lives alone after unfortunately losing his wife, finds a new lease in life when he takes a position as a senior intern at an online clothes company run by the constantly busy Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

This movie may not be the best piece of cinematography you will see this year, or perhaps ever, but it will definitely send you off feeling good because of its heartwarming nature and the themes it deals with throughout.

One thing I loved about this movie was how there is such an unexpected but yet so special friendship that forms between Jules and Ben throughout. However, at first she seems reluctant to get to know him, but their relationship soon evolves to the point that he becomes a trusted confidant, as well as a sort of father figure to her, which is something she needs. From the beginning you see she needs someone to keep her grounded and to be honest with her, especially when there happens to be a problem that could effect her work and home life.

Something you are likely to take away from this movie, is that you may get older physically, but it doesn’t mean you have to feel your age, and conform to what is expected of you. Age is just a number, and doesn’t mean your worth is gone, but probably the complete opposite, as by that age, you have seen a lot and been through so much, making it more likely that you become an asset and someone to look up to. Experiences are everything, especially in this day and age.

I have to say there were a few things I didn’t quite understand about this, mainly to do with Jules and her husband. From first glance it seems like the perfect home life, but as the movie goes on, their secrets are unveiled and you see how her husband breaks her heart, but yet she thinks what he is doing is something to forgive him for. I wouldn’t! Some of their moments together, just seriously made me cringe, and I seriously did not get it. At all!

Ok, at first I was expecting this to be a film that I was going to seriously end up hating, and although it wasn’t the best movie I have seen in a while, it actually didn’t end up being as bad as I thought. That taught me not to judge!

Chloe Lauren x

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3 Movies I Am Seriously Excited About!

Hey Guys,

We are now in June, meaning we are 6 months into 2016, and already in the Summer months. It’s crazy. Where has the time gone? So far this year, we have had some brilliant movies come out, including my favourite so far, Zootopia.

This made me wonder about the next half of the year in film and what we have to look forward to. Is there anything worth watching? The simple answer, yes! Keep reading, and hopefully you will have 3 new, upcoming movies, to add to your list.

Finding Dory

The forgetful but truly lovable Dory returns for another adventure, but this time, it’s not Nemo who needs finding. It’s Dory.

This movie has been on my mind since Ellen announced it on her show a few years back. It has been a long wait, but thankfully, there isn’t much time left to wait before we get to be reunited with one of the most iconic characters of the 00s.

If you haven’t seen the first movie, Finding Nemo, you better catch up soon, because this is released June 17th.

Doctor Strange

An arrogant ex surgeon, gets a new start when he is given the chance to train with a sorcerer, which he will then hopefully use to save the world against evil.

I haven’t heard too much about this so far, but do I know that the trailer looks amazing, the cast is practically perfect, and it is from the minds of Marvel. Basically, those are what you need for a success in the box office, and something which will be an instant hit with the public. I can’t wait!

Doctor Strange is set for release November 4th.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rebellion soldier, Jyn Erso is given the dangerous mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, along with only a few others available to help.

Ia absolutely love Star Wars, and I know a lot of you do too! I just find the action and the adventure to be so thrilling and exciting, and the story lines, to be so well thought out, apart from episode 1, 2 and 3 obviously, but let’s just forget they exist. The characters, and the way they all fit together in the way they do, just adds something really special to the movies.

Now this isn’t part of the main story you have been following, but it does have many familiar elements that will certainly comply with the worlds you have seen before. It will definitely be a great distraction for anyone who is seriously waiting on episode 8. At least this will tide me over until then.

Rogue One comes out December 16th. Now that is a long wait!

What movies are you excited about? What has been your favourite so far this year?

Chloe Lauren x

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5 Facts About Disney’s Zootopia You Need To Know!

Hey Guys,

I did this once before with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, quite a while ago now, where I told you 5 facts that you may not have known about the movie (you can check that out here). It went down quite well, so I thought let’s do it again, but this time, for the movie that has taken 2016 by storm, Zootopia.

1) Disney Pays Homage To Frozen

Over the last few years, Frozen has become the biggest hit for Disney Pixar, making it a franchise people love and adore, so it only makes sense that Disney would want to honor its success in any way possible, and Zootopia is no exception.

Two Elephants dressed as Anna and Elsa make a quick cameo that you could very easily miss if you are not paying full attention.

Oh and did you know that Kristen Bell, the actress who voices Anna, plays a Sloth in this movie, which incidentally was inspired by an interview Bell had on the Ellen Show. Ellen helps everyone!

2) Nick Wilde Was Originally The Protagonist

One of Zootopias directors, Byron Howard had the idea to have Nick as the protagonist rather than Judy, but changed it only a year before it was meant to be released. Apparently Judy’s personality made a better fit for her to become the main protagonist within the film rather than Nick.

If you take a close look at Nick throughout the movie, you will be able to see that he resembles Robin Hood, from the Disney classic, Robin Hood. Coincidence? I think not!

3) Mufasa Is Back… Sort Of

Mayor Lionheart, the brave and almighty lion who looks over the proceedings of Zootopia, was inspired by the much loved Mufasa from the Lion King. I think it is safe to say, we will always love Mufasa more though.

4) The Newscaster Changes

Did you know that dependent upon where you live in the world, the animal playing the newscaster will change? For example if you live in the US or Canada it will be a Moose, for the UK it is a Corgi, a Panda for China, a Koala for Australia, etc. Basically just the animals we automatically associate with these countries.

5) Fancy A Bit Of Breaking Bad?

In the scene featuring the ‘Night Howler’ in the lab, two rams deliver coffee to the lab. Their names are Walter and Jesse which is a reference to two of the leading characters from the hit show, Breaking Bad.

Have you seen Zootopia? If not, how come?

In fact, if you haven’t you can check out the review I wrote about the movie, right here!

Chloe Lauren x

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If I Stay Review | Movie Monday

If I stay follows Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) a High School student who, along with her parents and younger brother, get caught in a horrific car accident leaving her in a coma, but still able to see everything that is going on around her, as well as the family and friends that come to visit whilst she is in hospital.

This heart wrenching movie has such a strong concept which is portrayed well throughout as well as remaining consistent as the story goes on. With a main character and relationship that you can’t help but root for from the very beginning.

A theme which is at the forefront of this film, is the idea of standing out, and not being afraid of being who you truly are. We see this through the flashbacks that occur at almost every scene, which in turn tell a story of Mia’s life before the crash, where we see her as a classical musician, but whose family are into music which is a little heavier, leaving her feeling like an outcast. However, we find that her family and boyfriend, Adam, love her regardless, probably more so, for being different.

I think this is an important message to send out, especially to a younger audience, who think that they need to change to fit in, when really, it makes them more susceptible to self loathing later on. Everyone is different, so we should celebrate that, and help people love their individuality, and thankfully, this movie helps to see that.

The romance between Mia and Adam plays a major role to the story line, as we get to witness how she slowly gets brought out of her comfort zone, to become something we didn’t see in the beginning. The development for the character of Mia was done so well, and most of this was thanks to their relationship.

Adam was very surprising to me, as I didn’t expect him to be the way he was, but you can really tell he cares about Mia, especially when he joins her bedside at the hospital. This was one of the best scenes in the entire movie, and where you truly see their love for each other as something more than childish, but true in a way. He is even open to letting her go, which is definitely a touching moment, and one that shows Adam’s character development.

A special movie about the bond between family, as well as the importance of loving every moment as though it were your last. This is definitely a movie for those who are looking for something to make even your heart cry (great picture made for you there) as well as something to make you think. Such an amazing adaption of a book I love and hold dearly.

Chloe Lauren x

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Fantasy Is Our New Reality!

Hey Guys,

Are you fans of Fantasy movies? Let’s face it, have you seen Harry Potter or Lord Of The Rings, because that is probably the reason most people love that genre? If you said yes to one or both of these questions, then maybe you have noticed the following cliches. To be honest, if you have read books in the Fantasy genre, you will have noticed them also.

The Prophecy That Binds Them

Way before the protagonists are born, there is usually something set in stone, sometimes literally, that will indicate that they are to go on to defeat a higher and darker power, or something along those lines.

You Are The Chosen One

For most of the main characters, their lives growing up were difficult and like torture, so of all people, they are the least likely to be special, right? Wrong! They are the ones that always get told they are have a certain power or will defeat evil. Oh and obviously everyone is special.

Anyway, even if you are the ‘Chosen one’, you need your friends on your side, to bring you back down to reality, like Hermione is doing here.

Good Must Face Evil

The lead up to the final battle could easily take up until the very last movie. That is usually how it will play out, and you know evil will be defeated, but you still manage to get taken back by what happens to to your favourite characters throughout these scenes. We all know how it ends. Good will always prevail!

English Accents Are Key

Who doesn’t love a good English accent? I know I do, when it’s not mine that is. However, I am unsure as to why that is the only accent that they actually go with, especially for those who are gifted with being wise.

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The Wise One

Everyone knows, or should know, that these stories wouldn’t be complete without the likes of Dumbledore, and Gandalf for example. They add something special to the movies, as well as giving hope and strength to the main characters when they need it most.

Chloe Lauren x

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Zootopia Review | Movie Monday

Never have I ever seen a movie, let alone an animated movie, that was so reminiscent of the lives we all lead on a daily basis. These animals have basically managed to show us the realest piece of cinematography I have seen in a while, whilst at the same time battling some serious issues that still go one today, but in a way that even children can understand and comprehend. I am of course referring to how they use the idea of stereotyping, dependent on how each individual animal is. Take Nick for example, he is a fox, and because he is a fox, he is feared and seen in only one way, a criminal, who can’t escape the label, and because of this, has taken on this way of life as a result.

Oh and discrimination seems to find its way into this film also when Nick wants to buy something from a shop, it may have been for the wrong reasons, but before they knew why, they sent him away for not belonging there. This also happens to a few of the other characters, such as my moms favourite, Officer Clawhauser, who was just so sweet, and did not deserve the injustice he received!!!

Is this fair? No! Does this still happen today with us? Yes!

However, as well as the bad sides to life, you also have Judy Hopps, a small Rabbit, who aspires so much to be a police officer, but who’s family and other people she encounters along the way, does not believe in her enough to do it, due to her size and who she is and where she comes from. Thankfully, she manages to inspire the audience as she ignores what others say and still fights for what she wants. See, even the smallest of people can make it big and make a difference, so there is still hope for me yet.

The growing friendship between Judy and Nick is important as it knocks the previous barriers down, and shows that giving someone a chance, and believing in them can go a long way. I love this! Although Nick starts off very cocky and confident, you can tell that all he wants is someone to see him for who he is, rather than the species he is, and this is why their friendship just constantly works, even through all of the hardships they face.

As well as hitting these issues well on the head, we also have the comedy aspect that Disney obviously couldn’t forget about, and in this film, it was mainly the scenes involving the Sloths that will have you laughing, especially that of Flash. Obviously the perfect name for a Sloth right? No better fit!

You will quickly fall in love with this movie, its main characters, and the friendships that come with it, as well as having to think, especially after it is over, about how some people are still treated today. Well done Disney for spreading such a great message to your viewers.

Chloe Lauren x

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1o Movie Adaptions To Watch Right This Minute

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Hey Guys,

As a fan of literature, I am no stranger to my favourite books being turned into movies. The only problem being, they are not always translated well on screen but I have to learn to accept that movies only have a limited amount of time so they can’t squeeze every last detail into the movie. That really pains me to say but it is true.

However, that aside, some adaptions are just fantastic and I’m so glad that they were turned into films, because I get to relive every last moment and see my favourite characters for myself. Those moments are the ones that make my heart melt. Yes ok, I’m a total nerd.

Anyway, here are the ten movie adaptions I personally think you should watch this very moment!

1) Shawshank Redemption

A man who is wrongly accused of murdering his wife and her lover is sentenced to life imprisonment.

2) Pride And Prejudice

Elizabeth Bennet meets and falls for the rich Mr Darcy, who seems to be reluctant when it comes to falling for a girl who isn’t of the same social class. They both have to overcome their problems with the other, as well as with society.

3) The Blind Side

A true story about a young boy who gets taken in by the Tuhoy family, saving him from life on the streets. He gets treated like one of their own, and quickly finds a talent with American Football.

4) If I Stay

Mia and her family get caught in a car crash, leaving her losing her family, and her being in a coma. She must decide whether she will stay or leave forever.

5) Harry Potter (Pretty much all of them)

We all know this one, but for those who don’t because you live under a rock, or maybe you hate wizards: Harry Potter is a boy who realises he is a Wizard, and joins Hogwarts, where over the course of the next few years, he along with his friends, Ron and Hermione will be probably be found at the forefront of any trouble, or fights that may begin.,-daniel-radcliffe-and-emma-watson-in-harry-potter-and-the-order-of-the-phoenix-(2007)-large-picture.jpg

6) The Secret Garden

A young English girl who was brought up in India, has to move in with her Uncle in Yorkshire, forcing her to adapt to a new life. She soon hears about a secret garden that has been hidden for 10 years, and finds herself wanting to find it, along with her new friend Dickon.

7) Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

Charlie Bucket lives in a small house with his parents, and all of his grandparents, when one day a competition is announced for 5 children from around the world to visit the legendary chocolatier, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.

8) The Maze Runner

Thomas is left within a community made up of only boys who are stuck in the middle of a maze, and are looking for an escape. He becomes what is known as a ‘Runner’ and soon finds himself helping some of the others find their way out for good.

9) The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

An 8 year old boy whose father is in charge of a Concentration Camp during the War, becomes part of a forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the fence.

10) The Devil Wears Prada

This movie is basically just Meryl Streep! Must I say more to convince you? Oh alright then! A young graduate finds herself as the intern of top fashion designer Miranda Priestley, making her social life harder to keep.

There you go, the movie adaptions you should watch! Yes right now. You have your marching order, no excuses!

What’s Your Favourite Movie Adaption?

Chloe Lauren x

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We All Need A Hero! I Know I do!

Hey Guys,

We all love Superhero movies! Who doesn’t? They are filled to the brim with action and adventure, Heroism and honor. There is just something about them that makes you want more and that is probably why at the moment they are some of the biggest movies around. However, along with this success will come many superhero movies, all of which will follow in the footsteps of those before it, meaning we will have seen many cliche ideas, so here are just five of them.

The Cape Is Everything:

Now I am aware that this isn’t in every single superhero movie, but if you look back at all of the classics, they all had a cape, and obviously, Batman and Superman would be nowhere without theirs.

The Science Experiment That Went Wrong:

Ladies and Gentleman I give you the Hulk. Not only was he himself made from a failed experiment, but Dr. Bruce Banner and Tony Stark accidently managed to make the villain from Age Of Ultron, with the work they were doing. Oops!

Not All Superheroes Actually Have Powers. Some Are Just Super Rich:

The two that come to mind straight away are Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, and Tony Stark who we all know to be the infamously arrogant but lovable Iron Man. If it wasn’t for the money they had, would they have been as effective?

The Traumatic Experience Which Makes Them Want Revenge:

Superhero’s are known for remaining cool, right? Nope! A lot of them are easily swayed by the idea of revenge when they see something happen to someone they love. They always make up for it in the end though. Well, that is the idea anyway.

The Significant Other That Always Ends Up In Trouble:

Every time! This one is slightly overused, well very overused. Why do they always have to be shown as weak? I know the villains do this to spark something from the hero, but still, can’t there be another way. At least once. Please Marvel (and DC) be a little different for once.

Chloe Lauren x

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