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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)


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).


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).


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!

Not a normal post but still important

Hey guys! So this isn’t a normal review post but I’m just here to say that I’m fundraising to fight animal cruelty via the RSPCA cupcake day!

Don’t feel pressured to donate but I just thought this would be a great way to get the word around for this incredible cause. Thanks again and I’ve got a post ready for tomorrow as per usual! Link below!

Jurassic world: Fallen Kingdom – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing return to the island of Isla Nublar to save the remaining dinosaurs from a volcano that’s about to erupt. They soon encounter terrifying new breeds of gigantic dinosaurs, while uncovering a conspiracy that threatens the entire planet. (Adapted from Google synopsis)


IMDb: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 51%

Metacritic: 51%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 5.7/10

Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

This wasn’t a bad movie, I will admit that much. But damn was it dark. I don’t usually become too emotional in a film but this film left me in excessive sobs in the cinema oh my. Other than that, they did exceed my expectations but wow was some of it messed up.

I would recommend this to anyone who has seen or is a fan of the cult series that precedes but with the warning to animal lovers that it is very dark in relation to animal cruelty on a mildly large scale.

To conclude, a good thing to remember is this is not a kids movie! Don’t just bring your kids to the cool dinosaur movie, no it’s a very frightening film. You have been warned.

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

Get out – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

Get out – 2017

Get out

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


IMDB: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 99%

Meta critic: 84%

Bechdel test: pass

notacatblog: 8.9/10

Conclusion – personal thoughts and recommendations 

This. Film. Was. Chilling… honestly terrifying. Get out Created such a new sense of suspenseful atmosphere that I was left confused and bordering paranoid in my own home. They way they structured this movie left you to wonder, what is happening? This was such a clever and morbid film that all I can really say is, hats off to Jordan Peele

I would recommend this film to, well, anyone really but especially those who can handle a little suspension for a while as the horrorific parts don’t come til much later. This film really leaves you in a state of unease throughout and for that I commend them, no one likes a schlock horror.

To conclude, a good thing to remember is this film is quite violent and can be a bit frightening to younger audiences so please keep an eye out for the ratings before watching this film.

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

Black panther – recommendation and review (spoiler-free).

Black panther – 2018

Black Panther

After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.


IMDB: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%

Metacritic: 88%

Bechdel test: Pass

notacatblog: 8.3/10

Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

Black Panther was a very highly anticipated film, and they did not disappoint. I was excited for something new but I was slightly worried that it wasn’t going to live up to the hype. Like of course it’s a good thing for the diversity in the cast in comparison to the other films from the MCU, but without a good storyline, the message wouldn’t have the same affect. So for that, I’m glad my worries weren’t met. I truly did enjoy this movie.

I would recommend this film to anyone who was/is considering seeing the film, especially now that it’s available on iTunes. I would also recommend this to those who aren’t big fans of superhero movies because this does take a different approach to the genre, you won’t be disappointed.

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that the film is a continuation on the other Marvel films so although you don’t necessarily need that background knowledge, it’s still good to have seen Captain America: Civil War before hand to get a feel for the movie.

If you choose to see it, enjoy! And comment your opinion on the film in the comments or on my in-depth review of the film (warning: review contains spoilers from the film).