As a writer, I cried and laughed all the way through this movie. I cannot begin to explain to you all how much it means to have a movie accurately portray both sides of being a writer. It’s not all fun and games, or struggling to find the right word. Trying to balance your reality with your own delusional fantasies can be really challenging, and at times it’s maddening. This film perfectly captured that. It acted beautifully by the talented Dan Stevens, and captured the true heart of bringing the characters to life. I learned so much about Charles Dickens life and how he wrote his books, that I left wanting to make serious headway on my own. If you want some writing inspiration to start a novel, or finish the one you’re on, then watch this. It’s nothing less than beautiful. This gets another 9/10 stars from me, and I cannot wait to watch it next Christmas and make it a tradition.
I will admit that I haven’t read the book nor have I watched the original movie, this is a first-time experience for me. I was left speechless after this amazing story that was so well developed I couldn’t find a single flaw. The acting was flawless, which I expected going in considering the cast, and the plot twist at the end was awesome! Poirot was acted very well, and the way they presented the era and time-appropriate speech and props, it was all done to an amazingly high standard. This movie hasn’t done very well, but I cannot see why. I don’t have a single negative comment to say about this movie, other than the fact that it’s one of films that wouldn’t be as enjoyable if you knew the ending, so I couldn’t re-watch it with the same excitement. 9/10 stars from me, and I hope they do another!
After seeing both movies in the cinema, I can honestly say that Justice League was better. I’m usually a massive MCU fan, but Thor Ragnarok was a giant let down. It had the potential for some amazing action scenes, with great tension and pacing, but it was ruined by the overused one-lined comedy of the movie. I love the comedy that they use in Marvel movies, but this was too much and it ruined the balance of the film. The soundtrack was also poorly constructed, with a lack of good paced music fitting the right scenes. It does have some fantastic character development and emotional engagement with the audience, but this was let down by an information dump at the beginning of the film. In the space of half an hour we learnt everything we needed to know about the entire movie. This left little room for suspense and no room for plot development. It was one giant exposition of a movie and I feel really let down by Marvel, especially with the lead up to Infinity War. On the other hand, Justice League presents us with a new mix of heroes and vigilantes, each with their own problems and issues. This film wasn’t great, but it did at least develop the plot, present a good soundtrack, and pace the story, which is more than I can say for Thor Ragnarok. I think what Justice League failed to do was present realism, they really prevented me from being able to relate to the characters and the story by presenting them in a pedestal-like fashion. Wonder Women’s character development and The Flash’s comedy really kept this film afloat. It had a good mixture of heroes with the old and the new, and some we haven’t seen before. I enjoyed the addition of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and I think he did a really good job portraying a character that hasn’t been on screen before. The only major let down was that it felt more like a prequel, as if they created an entire story just to bring Superman back so they could form Justice League, and it felt really forced. So, in conclusion, I give Thor Ragnarok a 5 stars out of 10 and Justice League a 7 stars out of 10 and am left really disappointed and eager to see if either franchise can redeem themselves in the future.
A brilliantly well-paced movie, with jaw-dropping stunts and CGI scenes. A beautiful balance between raw emotion, exciting action, engaging character development, and a fantastic plotline. More exciting than its predecessor, but less comical, although, I still found myself laughing at its hilarity. The action scenes in this franchise are very well shot, as they centralise to the centre of the screen, meaning you never have to look around the screen and struggle to follow the action. This makes the action scenes feel as though you’re really there. With a great cameo appearance from Elton John, one of the most inclusive celebrity cameo’s I’ve ever seen, this film has an amazing balance of comedy and action. Also, if you’re a fan of Channing Tatum, he makes a quirky little addition to this already hilarious movie. A great night out at my local cinema watching a film I knew was going to be just as classy as its characters. I eagerly await its next instalment. This gets a 10 out of 10 stars from me – I was left truly stunned by its awesomeness.