The 15:17 to Paris – recommendation and review (spoiler-free)

The 15:17 to Paris  – 2018

The 15:17 to Paris
The 15:17 to Paris

From Clint Eastwood comes “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride. In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. (Adapted from Google synopsis).


Ratings:

IMDb: 5.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes: 23%

Metacritic: 45%

Bechdel test: fail

notacatblog: 6.7/10


Conclusion – Personal thoughts and recommendations

Okay, this film did get A LOT of backlash. It was literally deemed “Eastwood’s worst film ever.” But, I actually quite enjoyed this movie. The ideas behind it, I thought, were very impressive how all the little things align perfectly for this one event. Especially since this actually happened. I don’t know, I think people are being too harsh just because the film had Eastwood’s name behind. I recommend giving it a go, I enjoyed it.

I would recommend this film to anyone interested in seeing a film that differs from others but can handle a bit of violence, especially those who can sit still and listen to the story for an hour and a half (or however long this film goes for).

To conclude, a good thing to keep in mind is that this film is quite violent towards end as it does contain a reenactment of a shoot so it is important to be advised of that.

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

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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!

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!