The Fault In Our Stars | Movie Monday

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Review:

Hazel Grace Lancaster (Shailene Woodley), a 16 year old with Thyroid Cancer is forced to go to a support group by her mother (Laura Dern), where she meets Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort). There is an instant connection between the two, but Hazel is slightly more hesitant than he is about it.

Hazel introduces him to her favourite book, An Imperial Affliction. Their growing friendship and relationship stems from their joint love for this book and leads them to writing to, and later going to Amsterdam to meet the author himself, Peter Van Houten (Willem Dafoe). The trip is cut short when Augustus gives Hazel with terrible news which sets the tone for the rest of the movie and sticks that way until the very end.

I have seen this movie quite a few times now, and liked it, but just not as much as I did with the book. The book had so much more depth to it and even mentions an ex girlfriend of Augustus who also had Cancer and lost her battle. That was actually my favourite part of the book as it made me connect with Augustus much more, but this was not put into the film adaption, making it lack a bit in what I wanted to see.

I should have known that parts of the book wouldn’t make the final cut, but I guess that’s just how it goes. Oh well!

This is a movie that will probably make you cry, or at least bring you close to it. It will also make you laugh due to the comedy aspect being brought in as well as the sarcastic comments that are passed between the characters. Isaac was the one character in particular who made me laugh more than anyone else. Without him, the comedy would have been cut short and it would have been just dramatic all the way through. It made light of a very tough subject and made it easier for the audience to get a grip on what was going on.

I tell you one thing this movie did that the book didn’t, it made me identify more with Hazel. In the book she seemed to annoy me slightly, but on screen she was portrayed very well by Shailene Woodley. Also, it really made me despise Van Houten more than before. He was so much more arrogant and for some reason though, I thought that was great as he was definitely a character you love to hate.Well done to the Willem Dafoe for that!

Finally, don’t get me wrong, I love Ansel Elgort, but I am more in love with Augustus Waters, so much so that the ending for me was extremely heartbreaking. Thankfully, I read the book beforehand so I knew what was coming, but it still hit me, and if you haven’t seen it yet, or you haven’t read the book, it will hit you too.

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Lonely Girl Awards The Fault In Our Stars: 3.75 / 5 Stars

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Not So ‘Fantastic Four’ | Movie Review

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Fantastic Four, is the reboot that had everyone talking from the very moment of its release, but perhaps not for the right reasons.

It has seen nothing but bad reviews, from what I have seen anyway, but I was told by many people that it was sill worth a watch just to get my own opinion of it. For all they knew, I could have liked it. You never know right? Well what I do know is, I didn’t!

When people say ‘The original was better’, usually it is right, but in this case it was such an understatement. I couldn’t even finish the entire movie. Yes. It was that bad.

The cast were not the problem. I would say that that was one of the only things that was right about this film. The main problem was actually in my opinion the script they had to work with. I am sorry but everything from character development, to speech between characters was just terrible. It just didn’t work at all, which was a shame, because of the talent they had working on this project!

Nothing seemed to flow correctly. One minute you are seeing one thing, the next it is  something completely different. Huh? What? Even the change in personality for certain characters was too jumpy between scenes and for some unknown reason, friendships grew just like that, and in a matter of seconds a problem could be resolved. It didn’t make sense to me!

I hate talking bad of movies but I had to be honest. I couldn’t get into it at all. It was seriously frustrating to me. I was truly hoping I would like it despite what I have heard. Sorry Miles Teller. I still love you!

Lonely Girl Awards Fantastic Four: 1 / 5 Happy Faces

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Paper Towns Review | Movie Monday

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Paper Towns sees Quentin (Nat Wolff) pine for years over his neighbour, Margo (Cara Delevingne), when suddenly she takes him on a one night adventure, which consists of an interesting revenge plot. The two of them spend the night going from one place to another, undergoing a series of tasks which brings Q out of his shell and allows the two to bond.

The night together means a lot to Q but what happens when his time with Margo comes to an end and she just leaves with not even a word?

I watched this movie with my mom, but it was a lot to convince her to see it with me because she wasn’t much of a fan of The Fault In Our Stars. I have to say, she was thoroughly impressed by this though, so that in itself must be worth something.

At first, I was very skeptical about Cara playing Margo, but you know what? I genuinely thought she did a great job and was more convincing than I thought she was going to be. I wish she was in the movie more though.

She along with Nat Wolff, had such a great on screen chemistry as both friends and in a more romantic light. This was portrayed well throughout.

In the book I wasn’t much of a fan of Margo but after Cara’s representation of the character, I feel like I knew her much more as well as actually beginning to like her more than I did before.

This movie features as a coming of age road trip that Q takes, along with his friend’s in order to find Margo. This trip takes them from Orlando to an area in New York which is classed as a ‘Paper Town’. The journey in itself can be seen as a representation of Q at the same time, as we see the development of him, as he goes from being a very timid teen who does practically nothing, to being spontaneous and having the kind of confidence Margo has at the beginning. The development of Q is slow and steady and moves along nicely just like the movie does. I think this adds something so special.

The down fall I would have to pick out, is towards the end, and how the movie finishes. It is not exactly the ending you would want, and this is the one moment, I think Margo is shown to be very arrogant, and wasting Quentin’s time. I was slightly disappointed by this, and how it was left, especially after finally liking Margo as a character.

However, overall it was a great movie which I would say did the book justice. I am so happy to say that, because usually a movie adaption is a difficult task, due to book fans expecting more than they sometimes get, but the entire cast and production was just wonderful. A great family movie!

Oh and did you know there is an AMAZING cameo? Just watch and you will see what I mean!

Lonely Girl Awards Paper Towns: 4 / 5 Happy Faces

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Pan Review | Movie Monday

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My mom, the amazing woman that she obviously is, won tickets with Free Radio a while back to see a screening of Pan on the new XPlus screens in Showcase Cinemas before it came out. It was like a serious VIP style experience, from red carpets to free popcorn and drinks. Awesome!!!

Then the actual movie began, and that is when things became REAL!

Pan is the untold story hat you wish you had seen before. It shows a totally different side to the tale we all thought we knew. It is like a door you can go through in order to see the real Peter Pan, and the boy he was way before he went to Neverland.

We see Peter (Levi Miller) like we have never seen him. We witness his early life and how he ends up becoming the legend we have all grown to love. We even get to meet Hook (Garrett Hedlund), otherwise known as James and the friendship he and Peter once had.

Sometimes even the worst of enemies can begin as friends!

This movie has some very strong characters, from Peter to Hook, who are totally different to what I would have perceived them to be originally. I definitely had a preconception that Hook was going to be extremely arrogant. This may have been true for a short while but it didn’t last long. It turned out, he is actually a really sensitive guy, who realises what actually matters, especially his friendship with Peter, as well as a blossoming relationship with Tiger Lily.

I don’t think I could actually talk about this movie without mentioning the amazing portrayal of both Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and Captain Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). These two characters were perfect additions to the film and added so much depth to the overall story.

Tiger lily, the princess of a tribe in Neverland, befriends Hook and Peter, and assists them on their journey. She was probably my favourite character and was really an excellent representation of the female power. It was awe inspiring. Also, I love how passionate and loyal she was throughout, such a genuine character.

Blackbeard, the villain, played by one of my favourite actors, was played so well and became someone you can’t help but love to hate, which I imagine was the main intention. I never thought Hugh Jackman was the best choice for this part but I was so wrong.

Oh, and just for the record, did you know that there are scenes which include Amanda Seyfried and Cara Delevigne? Well you do now! It’s ok, I am just here to help you all!

This film really outlines the idea of feeling alone, and trying to find where you belong in this big world. This concept was very true for almost every characters, specifically Peter who had no belief in himself and the abilities others knew he had. This was mainly due to no one having faith in him previously.

At first, he comes across as having so much strength mentally, but this turns out to be a front he has learned to put on, just as it does with James, especially when we get to know more about them.

Throughout, Peter strives to fill a void, from not just his mother but who he is as a person, as well as having something to finally fight for.

Pan, a magical adventure which is special and will have you ‘hooked’ in on the storyline so quickly, you won’t even believe it has happened. What you have seen before, is nothing compared to this!

Lonely Girl Awards Pan: 5 / 5 Happy Faces

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