Little Women

Hello, guys!
I know it’s been a hot minute since this year’s Academy Awards were handed out but I am finally catching on my reviews. So today I bring you one of the films I had high hopes for only to see it being awarded only with the Oscar for costume design. This movie deserved better.

The Plot:

The latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel! We follow the March sisters: Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth as they try to navigate through life, transitioning from children to adults.

The Rating:

I guess I should start this review by informing you that I have not seen any of the previous adaptations (although I am really curious about the one with Winona Ryder) nor have I ever read the book. In fact, I wasn’t even familiar with the plot apart from what the trailer provided us with.

Nevertheless, I went to see this film on the very first day it aired for the very first screening here in Austria.

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Book vs. Movie: The Circle

Hey guys!
It’s book vs. movie time. Today I chose a very recent adaptation released in 2017. The Circle is based on David Eggers 2013 novel. So let’s get down to business!

 

The Plot:
Mae just got very lucky. Her friend Ally got her a job at the Circle. The single most influential company in the world. They are not only revolutionizing the internet but also the world. Mae is eager to become part of everything circle related and ends up being the flagship of the company by going fully transparent and streaming every aspect of her life…

 

Book vs. Movie:
David Eggers wrote a fascinating and dark novel that hits the spot. He brings up so many ideas and even if some of them may sound a bit weird or ridiculous at first, I am convinced that the world he pictures isn’t far away. What he mentions feels very credible which is exactly why this very Orwellian story is so scary.
While is ideas are highly intriguing, his characters are not. Especially Mae, the main character, seems to be incapable of forming a single (critical) thought of her own. She annoyed me just so much, I wanted to smack her and shake her. I understand that the only way for the story to work like this is a characters like hers, but still – Eggers had me rolling my eyes at her several times. Let’s be honest, not everything makes sense to 100% but it’s still a very good book.
However, the movie is a bit of a letdown. While the in the novel Eggers takes his time to let the full implications of everything sink in, the film presentation just sucks. Continue reading

Old vs. New: Beauty and the Beast

Hey Guys!
Maybe you saw my recent post on Disney’s remake of the Beauty and the Beast. While watching the new movie, you can’t help but compare it to the original animated film, so I decided to share my thoughts on that matter. 🙂

 

The Plot:
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truly loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisons Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled into he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daughter who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?

 

Old vs. New:

Let me begin with the 1991 animated film. The first time I saw this movie was when probably around kindergarden-age. It immediately became one of my most beloved Disney films (and believe me, I had and still have a vast collection). The heroine is not a princess but just an ordinary girl who doesn’t fit in. Over the years the film grew even dearer to me, as I could relate to that feeling very well.
Belle has always been one of my favorites because she’s so active. She’s not waiting for some Prince to rescue her, instead she sets out to rescue her father (and then later the beast). I love how she doesn’t swoon over Gaston like all the other girls. She talks back and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. In the 90s Belle was a different kind of Disney princess!
The movie was wonderfully made with tons of love for details. Not only is there a lot of magic going on, Beauty and the Beast also has some of the best side-kicks ever!
Last but not least: the music. I’ve seen lots of Disney films, but this one really has some of the best songs. Even after all these years I can still song along to almost every track featured!

Let’s move on…
I was quite surprised to find out that the 2017 version of the story is basically a scene by scene recreation of the 1991 movie. They threw in two or three additional scenes but in general there’s not much difference. So you will get to hear your favorite songs and even your favorite bits of conversation!
When I went to the cinema, I had actually hoped for something a new, a fresh take and not the same thing in green. However, if you ignore that, the 2017 remake is a really nice film. The casting is absolutely divine and simply every actor and actress is so on spot, it’s unbelievable. Another point the remake can score with are the special effects. It all comes to life and gets so very real. You can tell that a lot of effort and money went into that part and it paid off.
So, the 2017 Beauty and the Beast is a very well made movie, that will both give you that fuzzy warm nostalgia feeling and reach a new generation unfamiliar with the old film. However, the thing that bothers me is that throughout the entire film I had the distinct impression that the only reason it was so close to the original, is to make tons of money with minimal effort. That most certainly worked out for Disney!

 

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Movie Mania: Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Hello folks!
Today I choice one of 2017 highest grossing films for my review. Disney did a life action remake of the famous 1991 animation movie The Beauty and the Beast. I adored that movie when I was little, so naturally I had to check out the remake!

 

The Plot:
You all probably know the fairy-tale: a cold-hearted prince is turned into a beast for his cruel actions, only to be saved by finding someone who truely loves him. Well, a few years later he imprisions Maurice, who got lost in the woods and stumbled intot he castle. Turns out, Maurice has a daugther who comes along to save him. Is this the beast’s chance for love?

 

The Rating:
Let me explain something straight away: I was aware that this is a remake of the 1991 movie, but I really hadn’t expected this. Basically what we get is a scene by scene recreation. Except for maybe two or three additional scenes it is exactly the same film just with real actors. It’s the same songs, the same characters even the same sentences everybody gets to utter.
On the positive side we have an amazing cast that was perfectly chosen to resemble the animated characters. I was honestly amazed that they really found actors and actresses who resemble to original ideas so much.
Furthermore, the special effects are top-rate. So we get a fairy-tale that truly is magical. Continue reading

Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters – Movie Edition

Hey Guys!
About half an eternity ago I did a post where I described myself in 3 TV show characters. Today I’m going to continue: it’s movie time!

 

Hermione Granger (Harry Potter):
I remember seeing the movie in theaters and thinking: That is so me. Her attitude, her looks, her ambition. Even the sarcastic comments and that she’s constantly correcting everybody. Although I may not be that hyper-motivated when it comes to studying, I’m always well prepared and ahead of time. 100% me.

 

Lydia (BeetleJuice):
Beetlejuice is one of my all time favourite Tim Burton films. He’s one of my favourite directors and for this movie he got Winona Ryder on board. I love almost all of her 80s and 90s flicks but her role as Lydia is the most relatable for me. She has no friends, a taste for the dark and unusual. I was (and I guess I still am) a very weird kid with a slight obsession for the obscure. So yeah, you see the connection…

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Movie Mania: The Bling Ring

First movie review in ages!

Recently I’ve been very caught up in checking out TV shows but I finally found some time to catch up with my movie to-watch list. One film that was waiting right at the top is The Bling Ring starring fabulous Emma Watson. But is it really that good?

 

The Plot:
The story is very simple: Some kids break into the homes of celebrities while they are away. For some time they enjoy the jet set life but sooner or later they are bound to be discovered… Continue reading