Movies I Watched In December – From Worst To Best

Hello my dear pumpkins and happy Friday!

So this is the last post I publish in Lebanon which means, I am going back to my regular posting hours, so 9:30am in Canada. I like my blog routine in Canada better because I get to finish everything I need to do before 11:30am. The rest of the day I get to study, chill or just go out. Anyways, let’s stop rambling. Today, I am going to share with you 4 mini reviews of the movies I watched this month [the new movies because I watch way more than just 4 movies per month :P]

Don’t forget to check out my previous post: The Silk Canvas Protective Primer by Tatcha – Review & Dupes and let’s get into this one!

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Mowgli: Legend Of The Jungle [2018] 2.5/5

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The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

Andy Serkis’ decidedly non-Disney Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle may have intended to offer a darker, grittier take on the classic Kipling stories, but the end result proves to be more of a murky muddle.

“A human child raised by wolves must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins.” I was extremely disappointed in this movie even though I loved the cast, I mean seriously, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Christian Bale? the story is of course the same as the Jungle Book but this one is much darker and focuses on another aspect than the previous live-action Jungle Book. We get to see Mowgli among humans and we get to discover the Indian rituals. Even though, I love dark movies, I didn’t like this one at all because there was something missing, Andy Serkis should have went all the way with his ideas, the movie is just in the middle, in the gray area, you know? On top of that, I didn’t like the CGI [how the animals were made] and I really wished we saw more of Cate Blanchett. On another note, the story was building up way to slowly, there was nothing that drew me into this movie, that made me want to stay on my couch and watch it. Another thing, I don’t mean to bash the movie cause it’s not horrible to be honest but I felt like the performance of the actors/actresses was a bit pushed and too artificial, I don’t how to explain that but I didn’t feel like their acting was genuine and real.

Bird Box [2018] 3/5

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TheWrap Yolanda Machado

Bullock’s performance is brilliant — she takes all these internalized fears and crafts a character who has already disconnected from emotion. Throughout the films, she challenges what “maternal” means in circumstances this dire.

“Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety”. I really enjoyed “Bird Box”, I was very impressed by Sandra Bullock’s performance, from the first scene, I was paralyzed onto my couch [and that was a problem because afterwards, I was not that thrilled, that scene was major and they played it too soon, I feel] . I really loved how the story was unleashing, going back and forth from present to past, past to present so how it all started to how they were trying to reach shelter however, the movie lacked the element of surprise. I was also a bit lost about what was the entity that was making people commit suicide, I feel like there was a bits and bits missing from the story. “Bird Box” is also very similar to “A Quiet Place” that came out last year and I can tell you that “A Quiet Place” is a better thriller, probably one of the best I’ve watched, so I’d recommend that one. In general, I feel like “Bird Box” was a bit too overhyped for what it is however I did finish it and did enjoy it!

Mary Poppins Returns [2018] 3.5/5

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Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

This is a wall-to-wall smile of a movie: big of heart and large in scale, lavishly staged, beautifully photographed and brimming with show-stopping musical numbers.

“Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives.” There are many things I’ve loved in this movie and that includes the visuals; the art direction is so on point and beautiful, I loved the cinematography and moreover, loved how the scenes were staged theatrically. Emily Blunt is also truly amazing as Mary Poppins, I can’t imagine another better actress to play that role than her, she is truly talented,  her character is so memorable and lovable. Nevertheless, the reason why I am only rating it a 3.5/5 is because the songs are not memorable at all and it’s a musical, the music is major. I do recommend it because I had fun watching it and enjoyed it a lot but I am not going to say that it is a must-watch.

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse [2018] 4.5/5

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TheWrap William Bibbiani

It’s incredibly thrilling to watch, impressively emotional throughout, and easily the best Spider-Man movie since “Spider-Man 2.”

“Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.” Honestly, I didn’t expect to love this movie that much but it is so good.  The animation is amazing, definitely inspired by a comic-book hence why I loved it, I loved the plot, it builds up really well and the idea of a parallel universe is awesome, I loved the editing [sound and image], the visuals are so impressive and it has some hilarious moments. Watching this movie is a pure joy and is very emotional, I definitely recommend it. Nonetheless, like most cartoon movies, I didn’t get attached to the characters, they just didn’t have enough depth, I do feel like teenagers could easily relate to the characters [my brother did].

5/5: Excellent!

4/5: Very Good

3/5: Good

2/5: Bad

1/5: VERY bad! 

That’s it for these mini movie reviews. I hope you enjoyed reading them and if you did, don’t forget to give this post a ‘like’ and to follow my blog.

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