Noelle

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It is December, so I hope you all are ready for a volley of Christmas movie reviews! Let’s kick things off this time with Noelle, a 2019 Disney production.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

The Rating:

To kick off the traditional series of Christmas movie reviews, we’re taking a closer look at Noelle. I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I feel like I’m running out of X-Mas stuff to talk about. That also means I’m now diving into movies I’ve never even heard before and will hopefully pleasantly surprise me. Noelle is one of them.

I just browsed through Disney+’s section of remotely Christmasy-looking things, and this was the first film to catch my eye. An Anna Kendrick flick? I’m sure that’s gonna be nice. Well, turns out it was more on the cringe side of things but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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The Sword in the Stone

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Today I bring you one of my all-time favorite Disney movies. After reading The Guinevere Deception a while ago, I was in the mood for some more Arthurian stuff. My go-to movie on that front is The Sword in the Stone!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Another of the fantastic animated creations from the Disney studios, this is the animated version of The Once and Future King, a T. H. White story. This is the story of King Arthur in childhood as he is being instructed by the magician Merlin and his owl, Archimedes. Although it doesn’t stick to the original story and something of the quality of myth is lost, the animation is superior and the tale intriguing and amusing. A delight for the whole family.

The Rating:

I may be a little biased as this is a movie I watched as a kid and loved it so much then.

Well, even after years, this film still holds up. Although it’s not the best Disney flick out there it is so much fun to watch and just all around enjoyable. Also, it features one of my all-time favorite Disney characters!

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The Mandalorian: Season 1 – A Review

Hello, my darling readers!
Catching up with all the reviews I meant to write ages ago, I proudly present to you The Mandalorian – one of the most hyped shows of 2019. Was it good? Was it bad? Let’s see!

The Plot:

This show follows the titular Mandalorian bounty hunter and his exploits across the galaxy…

The Rating:

Okay, so hands down, I only came for baby yoda. As much as the show tried to built up the big reveal of Mando’s face, sorry, I don’t care.
Let’s be real, Disney should have called it the Baby Yoda Show. That precious green nugget took the internet and my heart by storm.

Of course, it’s super obvious that this was a marketing thing Disney did and Baby Yoda is their latest cash cow. But you know what? I am not even made. Baby Yoda is just far too adorable.

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Aladdin (2019)

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Disney is currently busy turning all my beloved childhood favorites into live-action movies. I wasn’t that over the moon with Beauty and the Beast but still wanted to give Aladdin a shot. So let’s see how this one turned out!

The Plot:

You know the deal: blue genie, cute guy from the streets, princess, and a power-hungry dude, lots of singing…

The Rating:

By turning all the famous animated films into live-action remakes, Disney has found a very profitable source of income.
Well, I grew up with the original films and they hold a special place in my heart. So, of course, I had to check out the new version of Aladdin.

First of all, let me say this was better than expected. Not flawless but decent.
I enjoyed the casting for both Jasmin and Aladdin and think these actors both did a great job. I was curious to see what Will Smith would do as Genie. Robin Williams left giant footsteps to fill, so it was not easy for Smith to step in his shoes. At times I had the feeling Smith was holding back, not wanting to compete with Williams thus making for a rather bland Genie in several scenes.

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Book Talk: Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Hello my lovely readers!
In this post I’ll share my views on one of the most famous children’s books of all time: Peter Pan. Let’s see if this classic made it on my favorites list!

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Cover from Goodreads)

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Cover from Goodreads)

 

The Plot:
Peter Pan, the boy who will never grow up, crosses paths with the Darling children. Impressed by Peter’s tales about Neverland, Wendy, John and Michael step right out the window and fly with him. Many adventures, lost boys, fairies and pirates await them in Neverland…

 

The Rating:
Many people will hate me for this review but I really did not like this book. I absolutely adored the Disney film which was just magical, so I was excited to finally read J. M. Barrie’s novel. But honestly, hadn’t it been for reviews sake, I wouldn’t even have finished.
First of all, the characters are so annoying. All of them. Peter is not funny at all but bossy and super narcissistic. Wendy is just about the most shallow characters ever (well, just about all of the characters in this story are) but she also feels rather stupid in this version. One of the main problems is that not a single one of the jokes is actually funny. None of the characters are the slightest bit likable. If a guy like Peter showed up at my window, I wouldn’t run away with him, I’d shut the window. Continue reading

Movie Mania: Pinocchio (1940)

Hey guys!
Can you believe that I’ve never seen Disney’s famous movie Pinocchio until a few weeks ago?
Well, I’m finally catching up with the classic, so let’s see what I think about it!

 

The Plot:
I’m sure, you are familiar with the story. Gepetto, an elderly woodworker, finishes as wooden marionette. He wishes on a star for the doll to become real a boy. When he wakes up the next morning the puppet has come to life.
Pinocchio wants to be  a real boy, but he still has a lot to learn…

 

The Rating:
Pinocchio is quite magical.
The animation style reminds me of my childhood. It gives me a fuzzy warm feeling somewhere deep down. But nostalgia aside, Pinocchio is one of Disney’s best movies. They managed to find the balance between light fun and earnest topics. Pinocchio’s struggle, the tale of vice and virtue is told wonderfully. Without too much finger pointing and a sprinkle of fairy dust, we learn what is right and what is wrong. Continue reading