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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – 2018

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Based on the novel by Jenny Han, Lara Jean keeps love letters to all the boys she has ever loved in a teal hatbox given to her by her late mother. But what will she do when the letters are sent out to all the boys she’s loved before.


Ratings:

IMDb: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Metacritic: 62%

Bechdel Test: Pass

notacatblog: 7.6/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

I was expecting nothing from this movie. Absolutely nothing. Didn’t look like my cup of tea, looked like just like every other painful high school movie, so I was expected to be unamused by this film. But I was pleasantly surprised, it was honestly pretty good. Not to mention the aesthetics and colours of the entire film just topped it all off. It’s definitely worth a watch if you have the time.

I would recommend this to, really anybody. My father even enjoyed this film…

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that this is an adaption of a book so if you do enjoy the film, give the book a read too!

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

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Crazy Rich Asians – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Crazy Rich Asians – 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. She’s also surprised to learn that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse — Nick’s disapproving mother. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


Ratings:

IMDb: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Metacritic: 74%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 8.9/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

Okay, I applaud these guys for such an original concept but I guess I’d have to aim my admiration towards the author of the novel this is original based on. This movie explored a concept many people in the film industry never attempted as many could never relate to the isolation of immigration as expressed so perfectly through Rachel’s Chinese-American perspective.

I would recommend this to anyone who has experienced the lavishes of Singapore or for anyone struggling with the same issues expressed in this film. But then again, I who experienced neither of the above, still enjoyed this movie and have thus ordered the book.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is this is an adaption of a novel which I have heard great things about so if you are interested, give it a read!

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

Ant-man and The Wasp – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Ant-man and The Wasp – 2018

Ant-man and The Wasp

Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.


Ratings:

IMDb: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 87%

Metacritic: 70%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 8.1/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

okay, I’m not gonna lie, I was not expecting much from this movie. Ant-man’s kinda always been the butt of marvel jokes but hey, they surprised me with this. The film wasn’t too bad.

I would recommend this film for anyone still traumatised by Infinity War and looking for something a little more light.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that if you’re not caught up with the rest of marvel’s films, maybe get on to that before this one. My sister went to see this without seeing the first and she was pretty confused at first… and, well, there are some Infinity War spoilers but let’s not get into that.

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

Three billboards outside ebbing Missouri – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Three billboards outside ebbing Missouri – 2017

Three billboards outside Ebbing Missouri

Mildred Hayes, a hard-nosed mother is seeking justice for her murdered daughter. With no arrests after seven months, Mildred puts up three roadside signs to goad Ebbing police chief into action. But the law – and especially Sam Rockwell’s hot-headed deputy – don’t take kindly to the provocation. And the townsfolk are on their side. But Mildred doesn’t care about ruffling a few feathers. In fact, she’s happy to pluck the whole bird. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


Ratings:

IMDb: 8.2/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Metacritic: 88%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 8.7/10


Conclusion – personal thoughts and recommendations

I really liked this film (I really thought it would win the Oscar). It’s an original idea which is interpreted quite quirkily and not to mention a very important message of a mother’s love for a child. I would definitely love to see another film with this kind of quirk if given the opportunity.

I would recommend this film to anyone interested in seeing a film that differs from others but can handle a bit of dark humour

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that this film is quite dark and contains mature themes.

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

Oceans 8 – recommendation and review (spoiler free)

Oceans 8 – 2018

Ocean’s 8

Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million. (Adapted from Google synopsis)


Ratings:

IMDb: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Metacritic: 61%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 6.5/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

Ocean’s 8 wasn’t a bad movie if I’m being perfectly honest here. But, it wasn’t that great either… The movie had so much potential with the hype behind it, the female all-star cast and the cult classic series to follow but honestly, they lost the flow of it. The Oceans’ series has a particular flow to it and if only they stuck to it, the movie might have been a lot different. The whole mission was just too easy and it shouldn’t have been because it’s a $150 million heist. It was unrealistic and with it, the plot lacked. With that being said, the movie was still entertaining and that’s what brought up the rating for me.

I would recommend this film to anyone who has seen and was a fan of the original Ocean’s movies and willing to try something of that same genre but to be warned that it’s not one of those remakes that follow the original plot down to the minimum.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that this is based on an earlier franchise and, although irrelevant to the plot, is highly recommended to watch before seeing this film.

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

Solo: A Star Wars Story – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Solo: A Star Wars Story – 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins a gang of galactic smugglers, including a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission — the Millennium Falcon. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


Ratings:

IMDb: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

Metacritic: 62%

Bechdel Test: Fail

notacatblog: 7.3/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

I didn’t find this movie as bad as everyone’s putting it out to be. Yes, it failed the bechdel test and yes it had no one from the original cast but honestly where I think they messed up was the release date. Personally, I think Disney got a bit too greedy. Disney was (and still is) at the top this mid-year from the release of Avengers: Infinity War and The Incredibles 2, and by releasing the Star Wars film at the same time I believe was just a bit too much pressure for the standalone film in cinemas. Perhaps when it’s released we will see a different outcome but I’m not too confident. With that aside, I thought the change in plot was quite thrilling with the young Han-Luke naïveté comparison. It’s definitely worth a watch in my opinion.

I would recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of the Star Wars series or looking for something new to the storyline as this one is definitely a fresh face amongst the movies.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that this film is a prequel to the original series so watching it without that context is a bit of a waste.

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!

The Incredibles 2 – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

The Incredible – 2018

The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles 2

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Jack Jack, Violet and Dash to navigate the day‑to‑day heroics of “normal” life. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


Ratings:

IMDB: 8.4/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Common Sense Media: 4/5

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 8.9/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

I’ve waited 14 years for this film and I’d wait another 14 years if they make another Incredibles as good as this one. The quality of the animation was absolutely astounding and the storyline was evolved for the modern day audience.

I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed the first Incredibles movie when they were kids and anyone willing to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind before seeing this film is that it is a sequel so if you haven’t seen the first one it would be good idea to do that first (if you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade and a half). Another thing to keep fully aware of is the epileptic warning as throughout the film there are scenes that could potentially trigger an epileptic fit or seizure. Please be aware and be careful!

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments!