2019 is going to be an amazing year, that’s what they all say. I’m interested in seeing the number of movies that come out this year. 2018 was a great year for movies but it was a weird year for ME seeing them lol. I hope I can do even better this year and see the ones that I really want to see.
I’m sure there is also going to be a lot of movies that pop up during the year that won’t be on this list but that’s fine because this list contains the movies that I know about.
So, just like last year, I’m going to do my most anticipated movies by month.
Glass- January 18:Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. I still have to watch Unbreakable, but Split was legit so I’m down for this movie.
What Men Want- Feb 8: A woman is boxed out by the male sports agents in her profession but gains an unexpected edge over them when she develops the ability to hear their thoughts. This has Taraji P. Henson in it, and it’s like What Women Want, which I really enjoy lol. I hope it’s good since 2018 wasn’t very nice to Taraji with those other two movies.
Happy Death Day 2U- Feb 14: Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one so I’m down for this one.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World- Feb 22: When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first. The first two are fantastic movies, so I would imagine that this would be the same. The animation looks better than ever and I’m excited!
Chaos Walking- March 1: A dystopian world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called Noise. Apparently, it’s based on a YA novel, these don’t usually do well when they’re “dystopian” at least not consistently, but Tom Holland is in it sooo I’m there.
Greta- March 1:A young woman befriends a lonely widow. I saw this trailer on YouTube and it looks bonkers! I’m down.
Captain Marvel- March 8:Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Need I say anything more? I’m excited. I just hope Brie Larson kicks butt in the role because I love her, and I think she’s a great actress, but the trailers don’t do anything for her acting ability.
Us- March 15: A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited. But Alyx, I thought you didn’t like scary movies… I don’t know. However, I want to support the culture lol and it looks interesting. Sooooo I’ll be there… scared, watching through my fingers.
Dumbo- March 29:A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer. I know people don’t like these “live action” Disney remakes but I’m optimistic and open to them. I have always loved Dumbo the animation movie so I’m excited about this one! Dumbo is so precious!
Avengers: Endgame-April 26: The Plot is unknown. Listen, Infinity War kicked me in the stomach so I’m ready. I don’t even care if they have the Care Bears come down and do a Care Bear stare, I’m there.
John Wick: Chapter 3- May 17: Plot Unknown but it’s the third installment in the series. John Wick kicks ass and I’m there.
The Sun is Also a Star- May 17: A teenager finds love at a difficult time in her family’s life. I really loved the book so I’m looking forward to the film. I wasn’t too impressed with the casting (I like Yara Shahidi but Natasha is Jamaican and described as having darker skin). Plus, Everything, Everything the film was okay so I’m like hmmm but I am optimistic.
Aladdin- May 24, 2019: A live-action retelling of the 1992 Disney film of the same name. I AM SO OPTIMISTIC! I’m curious because Guy Ritchie has a certain style and I wonder if it’ll fit this kind of movie. I really hope it’s good and I’m there.
Dark Phoenix- June 7: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. I’m optimistic lol, I don’t think X-men Apocalypse was that great but there were parts of it I liked. The last time dark phoenix was done it wasn’t very good, so we’ll see how this turns out. I mean, the promo photos were pretty great so… optimistic.
Toy Story 4-June 21, 2019. When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Do we really need another Toy Story film? Not really… but will I be watching it? Most definitely.
Spider-Man: Far from Home-July 5, 2019: Peter Parker and his friends go on summer vacation to Europe, where Peter finds himself trying to save his friends against a villain known as Mysterio.I AM SO EXCITED! I really enjoyed Tom Holland in Civil War and I thought Homecoming was great, so I hope they keep that vibe they had in the first movie and make the sequel even better.
The Lion King- July 19, 2019: CGI re-imagining of the 1994 Disney classic. I wouldn’t call it “live action” it’s a CGI remake and I’m there. I thought the teaser was lovely, Simba was so precious and I’m curious to see how they’ve updated it. I’m into it.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood-July 26, 2019:A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles. This has a great cast.
The New Mutants-August 2, 2019: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Another year and no movie, so I’m still waiting to see it!
It: Chapter Two-September 6, 2019: Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. I loved the first one…. another horror lol I know, I might even go past my “3 a year” quota if there are some I want to see, and I want to see this one. Great cast (though I still don’t like Chastain as older Beverly) and I’m interested to see how our adult Losers Club takes down Pennywise.
Zombieland 2- October 2019: Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family. I LOOVE the first one and it seems like the original actors are back so I’m there!
Kingsman 3-November 8. Plot unknown. I loved the first one, the second one was just okay, so I hope this one brings the trilogy back to being solid.
Frozen 2-November 27. Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf are going far in the forest to know the truth about an ancient mystery of their kingdom. I don’t even care, I love the first one. It doesn’t bother me at all nor is it annoying so I’m ready to see what happens next. The only thing that annoyed me was them playing that super long Olaf Christmas short in front of Coco. That was uncalled for.
Jumanji 2- December 13. Plot unknown.I really liked the first one to my surprise so I’m curious to see what they do for the sequel.
Little Women-December 25: Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War. I LOVE Little Women and I’m excited for this adaptation. I love Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and the other great acting talents in this film. It’s also being directed by Greta Gerwig who did Lady Bird which I loved so yeah, exciting.
Star Wars: Episode IX-December 20. Plot unknown. I have come to terms that I am not a big Star Wars fan. I enjoy the movies and I have enjoyed the new trilogy, so I’m interested in seeing the last one.
Not really Anticipating but want to see:
The Kid Who Would Be King- Jan 25: Looks like it’s about King Arthur. I mean, it might be terrible, but the trailers seem fun.
Serenity- Jan 25: I have no idea what this movie is about, but I like Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey.
Miss. Bala- Feb 1:Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film. It reminds me of all the other films that are similar to this but it looks nice and I enjoy Gina Rodriguez.
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part- Feb 8:No idea what this movie is about but the first one is cute so why not.
Alita: Battle Angel- Feb 14: The trailer seems interesting, it reminds me of Astroboy… I mean if anything the graphics look good.
Five Feet Apart-Mar 22: A pair of teenagers with life-threatening illnesses meet in a hospital and fall in love. I’m not to sure if I think it’ll be any good, but I want to see Cole Sprouse not in Riverdale and I wonder if it’ll make me cry.
Shazam! – April 5: We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam. I’m not really anticipating this one, I’m just interested in seeing it because it looks fun.
The Best of Enemies- April 5:Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration. I saw this trailer when I saw The Hate U Give and it looks good and Taraji P. Henson is in it so even more reason to see it.
Little- April 12:A woman is transformed into her younger self at a point in her life when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear. I’m definitely going to see it to support! Plus it looks like it’ll be a good time.
Pokémon Detective Pikachu- May 10: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective. I just want to see what happens, plus I think the Pokémon designs are pretty dope.
Rocketman- May 17: The story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin. Taron Egerton is playing Elton John… sure lol. I like Taron, so why not.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters-May 31: The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. I enjoyed the first one minus the boring human stuff but this one seems interesting.
The Secret Life of Pets 2-June 7: Plot unknown. The first one is cute so I’m into seeing the second one.
Hobbs And Shaw- August 2, 2019: A spinoff of The Fate of the Furious, focusing on Johnson’s US Diplomatic Security Agent Luke Hobbs forming an unlikely alliance with Statham’s Deckard Shaw. I like both characters in the franchise, they were both fun in The Fate of the Furious, so this should be fun to watch.
Artemis Fowl- August 9, 2019: Artemis Fowl II, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund the search for his missing father to restore the family fortune. I read the book in middle school and I remember liking it, so I’m curious to see how the movie holds up. I will read the book again to truly compare but I can’t help but think this will be another A Wrinkle in Time mess.
Spies in Disguise- Sept 13:When the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. Voice talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland, and the trailer was charming so sure, I’ll watch it.
Gemini Man- Oct 4: An over-the-hill hitman faces off against a younger clone of himself. It’s basically like Looper with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levitt it seems like, but I’m interested in seeing it.
Joker- October 4. A failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic murderer. lol sure, why not.
The Addams Family-October 11. An animated version of Charles Addams’ series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family. It has a great cast being led by Oscar Isaac who is always a win in my book… but I’m not like off my seat for it even though I really enjoy The Addams Family. I’ve always thought that if they ever did anymore live action films Oscar Isaac should play Gomez Addams.
Charlie’s Angels- November 1. Plot Unknown. LOL sure. I’m curious.
Sonic the Hedgehog-November 15. A cop in rural town of Green Hills will help Sonic escape from the government who is looking to capture him. lol I’ve always liked Sonic… I think he looks a little weird on the poster, but I will wait to pass judgement when it’s released.
I’m sure there are movies that will pop up throughout the year that won’t be on this list but I’ll probably add more as I discover more.
What movies are you anticipating this year? Let me know in the comments below!
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2018 is going to be an amazing year, that’s what they all say. I’m interested in seeing the amount of movies that come out this year. I think I did better in 2017 than I did in 2016 and I hope I do even better in 2018 with seeing the movies I want to see and being a reviewer and doing my thing.
I’m sure there is also going to be a lot of movies that pop up during the year that won’t be on this list but that’s fine because this list contains the movies that I know about.
So, just like last year, I’m going to do my most anticipated movies by month.
**Jan is usually a hard month because generally everything that comes out is terrible. Most times the good ones were released limited in December, but hit large theaters in January IE: Split, Hidden Figures. So we’ll see what we got.
Molly Game’s, The Post– were limited releases but I believe they come out everyone Jan 5. 2018. I want to see them both. Most likely Oscar contenders.
Proud Mary – Jan 12.- She is a hitman, who works for an organized crime thing, and when she meets a little kid, things change. It looks interesting, I like Taraji P. Henson and I’m interested to see her in a role like this. She did something like this with Smoking’ Aces, so I’m interested to see her do even more than that in this movie.
BLACK PANTHER- Feb 16. : T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. I MEAN this movie needs no introduction. It’s BLACK PANTHER! I have been following the Marvel Studios movies since the beginning, I have read the comics and I think this character is so awesome and interesting. So is his story. The cast! THE CAST IS AWESOME! My husband is in this movie and I’m excited to see him be the villain. I’m so ready.
Annihilation Feb. 23: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition where the laws of nature don’t apply. This looks SO GOOD! Plus, Oscar Isaac is in it and that’s all the prompting I need to see a movie he’s in. Also this is done by the same people who did Ex Machina and that movie is fantastic. So yep, signed up.
A Wrinkle in Time – Mar 9: After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him. I read this book as a kid, and I remember loving it. I need to reread it as an adult, but I’m excited. It looks great, it has a great cast, I love the diversity in it and I think it could be something wonderful. I’m excited.
Thoroughbreds- Mar 9: Two upper-class teenage girls in suburban Connecticut rekindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. Together, they hatch a plan to solve both of their problems-no matter what the cost. It looks really good. The two lead actresses, especially Anya Taylor-Joy, have been good in what I’ve seen with them. I’m curious.
Tomb Raider- Mar 16: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared. I love the new video games, I’ve played both of them and thoroughly enjoy them. I think Alicia Vikander is a great actress, it’ll be interesting to see her do an action role like this and while I know a lot of people are like “meh”, I’m interested to see what happens and how the movie turns out. I know it’s based on the newer games, so Lara is younger, I’m interested in that.
Ready Player One- Mar 30:When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg. Hopefully, I’ll read the book first, doubt it, lol and I have no idea what it’s actually about but the trailer makes me excited. Every time I see the DeLorean car from BTTF, I get excited, plus hearing the “Pure Imagination” instrumental in the theme song, I’m so curious. SOOOOO ready.
A Quiet Place- Apr 6: A family lives an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound. This might be one of the two horror movies I want to see. The trailer is so interesting in that it’s silent the entire time because the family has to be silent. I’m interested plus Emily Blunt is great.
New Mutants- Apr 13: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. It’s X-men… I’m down.
Avengers: Infinity War-May 4:The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe. NO INTRODUCTION! I’M ALREADY STRESSED OUT! I cannot wait. Again, I’ve been with these movies since the beginning and I’m ready to see what happens, I know I’m going to flip out because people (probably Steve *cries*) are gonna die. I can’t take the pressure. I’m excited. I can’t wait!
Untitled Laika Project- May 18: No details on this movie yet but I LOVE LAIKA (Coraline, Paranormal, The Box-Trolls, Kubo and the Two Strings) and I have no idea what it is but I want it. They denied me last year so… bring it on!
Solo: A Star Wars Story- May 25: Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian. So I’m interested because I like Star Wars, this probably a little less anticipated but anticipated. Donald Glover is a great casting choice and I think the actor playing Han Solo could be good, but who knows, so we’ll see. Plus, it’s Star Wars.
Deadpool 2- Jun 1: This description is super long lol so I didn’t copy it, but I enjoyed the first one so I’m interested in the second one. It’ll be great to see what Ryan Reynolds does next with this character he was born to play.
Incredibles II- Jun 15:Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world. I don’t know how I really feel about this synopsis and if it’s true BUT I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE I CAN HARDLY STAND IT!! I love the first one to pieces, it’s my favorite Pixar movie and I can’t wait. I hope they really get the family in there like they did the first time. I know they’re not older like the rest of us, which is cool, but if they do a Incredibles III, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack should be aged up and kicking even more butt!!
Ant-Man and the Wasp- Jul 6: As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. I mean, it’s Marvel and I liked Ant-Man so I’m interested, plus I can’t wait to see what they do with Janet and how she comes back. I’m curious.
Mission Impossible 6- Jul 27: No idea what the plot is but I love these movies. So I’m down.
Robin Hood- Sept 21:A gritty take on the classic Robin Hood story. I love Robin Hood stories AND I LOVE TARON EGERTON! So enough said.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix- Nov 2:Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world. I liked the young characters in X-Men: Apocalypse even though the movie was not very good. I want to see Sansa become the Dark Phoenix and I want to see the newer actors in the iconic roles… get rid of Mystique for a while though please *rolls eyes*.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms- Nov 2:A young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. I love the Nutcracker and I’m interested to see what Disney does… it looks too much like Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland which I don’t care for, but I have hopes they fix that.
Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald- Nov 16:The second installment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander. Anticipating it but not like super excited, I’m interested in seeing what they do. The first movie was meh, so I hope this one handles everything better, plus I love a lot of the cast members.
Wreck It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet- Nov 23:6 years after the events of “Wreck-It Ralph”, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. This first one was very surprising and I enjoyed it quite a lot, so I’m excited to see where they’re gonna go with this. Plus, there is supposed to be a whole thing with the Disney princesses and I can’t wait to see what that is.
Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse- Dec 14: The plot is secret still but the TRAILER LOOKS AMAZING!!! The graphics are amazing. Oh my goodness, I’m excited. Plus it’s Miles Morales.
Mary Poppins Returns- Dec 23: In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. I love the first one, it’s a classic so I’m interested in seeing what they do. I think Emily Blunt will be a great Mary Poppins and LIN MANUEL MIRANDA is in it. So yeah it’s great.
Not really Anticipating but want to see:
12 Strong- Movie about the horseman during the war. It looks interesting and I like Chris Hemsworth.
Samson- Feb. 16: After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with Supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God. This looks horrible and I want to see just how bad it is lol.
Every Day- Feb 23:Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Angourie Rice), a 16-year old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named “A” who inhabits a different body every day. I read this book and I liked it a lot. I’m interested to see how they handle the story. Hopefully they won’t try to be too heavy-handed with some of the stuff I thought the book was being heavy handed about. It’s a movie based on a YA book so while the book was good, we’ll see if the movie can enhance the story.
Game Night- Feb 23: Max and Annie, have a weekly couples game night. It gets kicked up a notch when Max’s charismatic brother, Brooks, arranges a murder mystery party, complete with fake thugs and faux federal agents. It looks fun but I also have a feeling it’ll be super stupid, so sign me up. (this also says it’s coming out in March sooo who knows lol)
Red Sparrow- Mar 2.: Ballerina Dominika Egorova is recruited to ‘Sparrow School’ a Russian intelligence service where she is forced to use her body as a weapon. But her first mission, targeting a CIA agent, threatens to unravel the security of both nations. It has a good cast, though it seems like it should have been the Black Widow movie instead, since Natasha has a similar story in the comics. It’ll be interesting to actually see Jennifer Lawrence do action stuff, that’s not running and shooting arrows.
Alpha- Mar 2: A story of survival set 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. It has Kodi Smit-McPhee and I really like him, he’s a very good and likable actor. I saw a trailer when I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it doesn’t look like anything special, but I’m interested to see the bond between him and the wolf (I love wolves).
Love, Simon- Mar 16:Everyone deserves a great love story. But for Simon it’s complicated: no-one knows he’s gay and he doesn’t know who the anonymous classmate is that he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, scary and life-changing. It looks interesting, I think it’s based on a YA book, at least it feels like it. I think it’ll be good, but I’m not in anticipation for it. Plus, I like the young actors in this, mostly Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson.
Pacific Rim Uprising- Mar 23:Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat. I enjoyed the first one for the most part, and I like John Boyega… sooo interested.
A Star Is Born- May 18:A movie star helps a young singer/actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. I have no idea what this movie is, but Anthony Ramos is in it and I’m interested in seeing him in a movie. Also said to be released nationwide in October.
Ocean’s 8- Jun 8:Debbie Ocean gathers a crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala. I’ve never seen the original or the remake with Clooney, but it looks interesting. It has a good cast.
Sicario 2: Soldado- Jun 23:The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro. The trailer looks good, I want to see it. The first one was phenomenal, such an intense ride. Hopefully the intensity remains now that we’re no longer looking through the eyes of an innocent viewer.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation- Jul 13: Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel. I like the other two, they’re really cute so I’m gonna see this one.
The Equalizer 2- Aug 3:Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2014 film, “The Equalizer”, which is based on the TV series about a retired agent who’s a hired gun for vengeance. I think the first one was awesome, so interested to see what happens next.
The Darkest Minds- Sept 14: After a disease kills 98% of America’s children, the surviving 2% develop superpowers and are placed in internment camps. A 16-year-old girl escapes her camp and joins a group of other teens on the run from the government. Based on a YA book, but it sounds interesting and I like Gwendoline Christie, Mandy Moore and Amandla Stenberg.
Venom- Oct 5. Plot unknown. As of right now I’m curious, I’m not excited I just wanna see some stuff.
The Jungle Book OR Mowgli- Oct 19:A human child raised by wolves, must face off against a menacing tiger named Shere Khan, as well as his own origins. I like this story, and while Disney did their version, I’m interested to see this “darker” take. So, yeah.
Mortal Engines- Dec 14: Many years after the “Sixty Minute War,” cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources. I know it’s based on a book, never heard of either until I saw the trailer once and it looks interesting. It’s being directed by Peter Jackson and he has a knack for having a great directive eye in which his films always look good.
Aquaman- Dec 21:Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world. I enjoyed Jason Momoa in Justice League, so I’m interested in seeing what this film will be like. For one thing, I hope the underwater scenes are much better than they were in JL and I hope they let Mera do cooler stuff like she actually can do in the comics AND that they figure out some way to have they converse underwater without having to always do the water bubble thing because that’s lame. So, curious lol.
Bohemian Rhapsody- Dec 28:A chronicle of the years leading up to Queen’s legendary appearance at the Live Aid (1985) concert in 1985. I don’t know much about Freddie Mercury, though I do like Queen a lot, but Rami Malek is in this so I’m interested and I love him.
Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.
Cast and Characters. I’m not going to go into huge detail about anyone because that would spoil the film, but I will make mention of everyone who’s important and prominent in the movie.
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker. He is a former powerful Jedi Master who has been in self-imposed exile. There is a lot that he doesn’t reveal that happened between him and Ben Solo and he’s very against Rey being there at first as well. He keeps to himself, doing his normal routine. I think it’s very easy to tell that Luke is afraid of something, he doesn’t want any kind of repeats, so he’s unwilling to do anything that’s Force related with other people. I never quite considered Mark Hamill as Luke, to be that interesting a character, I don’t know if it’s because he’s not that good in person (he’s a great voice actor) but I thought he was very interesting here. I still don’t think he’s that great of an on-screen actor but I liked this version of Luke. Very secretive, and while he’s a grouchy old man, there is still a lot he has to learn himself. Never stops learning.
Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa. She is Luke’s twin sister, and the leading general in the Resistance. She is leading an evacuation of the Resistance Base because the First Order is attacking. Leia is upset in the beginning because Poe breaks from order, and then more stuff happens and she ends up being hurt in the process causing command to pass to Vice Admiral Holdo. Later, Leia is there and prominent but I thought it was a lot of passing of the torch to Poe. Carrie Fisher is great in this film, she is a great mixture of grace, leadership and humor. As an older woman, she’s not nearly as physical as she was, but her influence is within her ranks and I think that’s just as important. Her relationship with Poe, I find to be very interesting, as well as her relationship with Kylo Ren. Fisher has a lot of emotional moments that require silent and just her expression, I think that’s some very strong acting from her.
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren. Basically a servant and apprentice to Supreme Leader Snoke. He is strong with the dark side of the Force and leader to the Knights of Ren (something we still have not seen yet). He was born Ben Solo and it’s clear that he is battling with the light side as well. There is a scene in the trailer where we see his smashed helmet, which is a result of his temper tantrums. At this point, there is no reason for him to hide his face, everyone knows who he is lol. It’s like he’s still trying to prove himself, but at this point, what are his motives? What is his end game? Obviously, he’s struggling, after killing his father, but where does he go now? There is a lot that’s interesting about Kylo Ren, he thinks he’s right in all that he believes in, or wants to believe in and that’s interesting. I think Adam Driver is a very good actor, but he spends a lot of time moody and broody, staring into space and what not, get’s old. I liked it better towards the end when he was losing his mind lol. It’s more fun.
Daisy Ridley as Rey. She is a highly Force-sensitive scavenger, who has joined the resistance and goes to find Luke Skywalker, with the hopes that he would train her. Rey spends a lot of movie, trying to appeal to Luke, to get him to not only train her but to come back and help, as he’s the only remaining Jedi. She’s eager to learn, though something ends up happening where she often speaks with someone else and they both have interesting conversations that seem to put in the air, what will happen in the future? Will there just be a balance of light and dark? I think Rey while strong in her stance, also has a chance to do some bad things. I believe in the light lol, but ya know we’ll see. I like Daisy Ridley, I think as Rey, she has this innocence about her, as well as this vulnerability that rivals the strength she obviously has. I like that about her.
John Boyega as Finn. He’s a former stormtrooper of the First Order who defected to the Resistance. I like Finn and I feel like a lot of that has to do with John Boyega, I’m going to get into him more later. John Boyega does a great job at making Finn likable and unlikable because you just don’t know what he might do considering where he came from.
Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron. First of all, I love Oscar Isaac and I love Poe Dameron. He’s my favorite. I’m glad that he has more to do in this film. I resent the posts I’ve seen about him being the “Jar Jar Binks” of this trilogy and I find that highly ridiculous. Poe is a Commander and the best pilot in the galaxy. Poe makes choices that do put people in danger, and he’s trying to do it for the good of the Resistance, something that he has dedicated his life to. In the beginning, he defies Leia’s orders, which causes him to get into trouble. I also believe the mission at the beginning was also his idea, which it seemed to have been going well, but war is unpredictable. He has a great moment with General Hux over the “call line”. Still hilariously sassy. Because he gets into trouble with Leia, when Holdo takes over, she basically holds that against him and keeps him out of the loop, which makes him believe that her methods are passive and he wants to do something active. Poe does have a character arc in this film, it’s not in the forefront but it’s important for his character in this film. I think Oscar Isaac is a fantastic actor, he is great in everything I see him in and as Poe, I think he’s likable consistently, I might be biased, but I think it’s true. I was on his side, because a lot what happens, does seem a bit ridiculous and could have been worked out better, if they would have told him! He is definitely the Leia of the trio.
Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. A member of the Resistance who works in maintenance. She meets Finn after he wakes up and they at first have a nice conversation, then it turns a bit antagonist, then it turns into a new working friendship. I like Rose, she’s spirited, emotional and strong. Very likable character.
Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. Dude is mysterious, he is the leader of the First Order and Kylo Ren’s master. Andy Serkis is always a win.
Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux. He’s not as prominent in this one as he was in the first one, perhaps that because he was the Head of Starkiller Base and that was destroyed in he last movie haha, but here, he’s trying to regain control of things and obviously he hates Kylo Ren. What I think is funny is some of the mannerisms Domhnall Gleeson does for him, like when he’s angry, how he tries to contain it and he starts to shake like a volcano about to erupt. Since he’s not in this one as much, I had a good time watching his reactions to things.
Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. So, I’ve never heard of her before, and it seemed that Poe was equally shocked that Holdo was her. I don’t think it was because she’s a woman, because obviously Leia is the shiznit, but that it was her. She’s interesting in that she was passive in some of the choices she makes and she seems to do things for the greater good as well. Laura Dern is good.
Benicio del Toro as DJ. He’s an underworld codebreaker and an interesting fellow. Not in the movie a lot, but I wonder what will become of him as the story goes further. He left an impression. Benicio del Toro is always good.
Thoughts on the Story. So The Force Awakens, was about a beginning, about the force “awakening”, not to mention the first steps for many of our characters. This film, I think the title is very interesting in how it’s used for the movie. In this movie, there is a lot going on, but the main through line, I think is balance and will that balance be tipped one way or other. Every character has their own story going on, they’re all fairly interesting. I think the main idea of balance will continue to be a thing, and I wonder how it will play out in the next and final film of this trilogy. We have a maturing villain and a heroine who is doubting herself and her purpose.
The Effects/Music. Being that it’s a Star Wars movie, there is no short supply of special effects. It’s still so cool to see the Rebels (Resistance) and the First Order go at it and seeing them battle it out with their ships. The design of a lot of the creatures we see are also really cool, I want the giant horse creatures and I want the Crystal dogs. So cute. John Williams composes the score, which is classic, and it’s amazing as well. Hearing the Star Wars theme and the accompanying music to intense scenes, it helps up the ante, feels intense. There’s also a great moment with Rey, where it’s like multiple Reys, never-ending and it was really cool.
There is a moment specifically that happened towards the end of the film where all the sound cuts out and it’s a silent moment. My breath was caught in my chest, it was so intense, the effects were awesome. It was a very effective scene.
The Connection Between Characters. I didn’t want to necessary say “friendships” because not all of relationships are friendships but I think the way these characters are all connected is interesting. Finn and Rey have their thing, from the first movie, I mean, when Finn wakes up, he’s looking for Rey and the first thing he asks Poe is “Where’s Rey?” so their relationship, which I thought was something created pretty good in the first, continues in this one, even though they’re not together at all. I think Finn and Poe‘s friendship is also a strong one, I kind of felt like Poe took the place of that Stormtrooper who died in TFA, for Finn, he’s part of the reason why he broke ranks and then he meets up with Poe who welcomes him in with no trouble. Finn and Rose become a new friendship that I thought had a lot of potential. Luke and Leia‘s sibling relationship is beautiful. Kylo and Rey have some interactions but I won’t go into that much, which I thought was very interesting. Luke and Rey don’t really have that “mentor/mentee” thing going on, but their interactions are also interesting in that he senses the power within in her, and she wants to understand that power. Leia and Poe definitely have a mutual respect going on, not to mention a “mentor/mentee” thing and I love it. I wish it was explored more in general but she wants him to learn that there is more to being a leader than glory and blowing things up with his jet and he just want to do the right thing even if that means making hard choices. I think all of these relationships between these characters are probably some of the stronger aspects of this movie, a lot of them don’t get the time they deserve to be fleshed out, but I think there is strength behind all of them.
Character Arcs. This kind of goes hand in hand with the previous point, but a lot of characters have to deal with a lot of internal revelations in this movie. Luke, Rey, Kylo, and Poe probably most notably who go through a lot in this movie, that makes them come out different in the end. That’s important for characters. I won’t go into it but I liked the stories and I hope that though they had arcs in this film, that doesn’t mean those characters get pushed to the side in the third one.
The Balance. I think this film does a good job in showing that the dark side is alluring. It has been something to fear in the past, and while it still is, I think this film does something the others haven’t really done and that is show that the dark side could be something that could actually win out against the light. That was a very smart choice. Plus, it balanced emotion and humor, in that it’s funny, but not like there need to be laugh tracks funny, and the emotion is important because the characters deal with things, or make choices that are very emotional, especially when it came to Leia and Luke.
Finn’s involvement. Did Rian Johnson just not know what to do with Finn? Does he not like Finn? I don’t get it. In the first movie, he had a bit more to do, he was the one we all thought was going to be the force user (which lets be honest, would have been really cool) but he wasn’t, that’s fine. But then he’s just… I don’t know what it is. I like Finn, but he’s so underused and underdeveloped. WHY!? He has his own motives for things he does, he hates the First Order for what’s happened to him, and what they’ve done to other people. But it felt like they made him go on this silly mission with Rose, to get him out-of-the-way because they just don’t know what to do with him. He was unconscious when Rey left to find Luke, that’s fine. Thinking about it, I have no idea what could have been doing considering what happened in this movie, and plus spoilers, but something that doesn’t feel like he shouldn’t be there. HE SHOULD BE THERE, especially making it such a big deal of him in the first movie. *sighs*
Some Character Designs. I hate Snoke’s look. I hate it. They should have just add Andy Serkis be on-screen as himself, with maybe some prosthetics or something. But noooo, we need to do motion capture because he’s the king of motion capture. No. That was stupid. It was unnecessary use of technology. I also did not like Holdo’s look. In the pictures they released of her, it looked nice and intriguing but in the actual film, I thought it looked pretty bad. In the pictures, the dress laid better and her hair looked better but in the actual film, her dress looked brown compared to the plum color. I don’t know, it just looked sloppy.
Wasted Side Plots and Characters. There are a lot of side plots going on. A lot. The whole thing with Finn and Rose felt like a waste of time, without it, the movie would have been shorter lol, but a waste of time. Captain Phasma shows up in the film again, and unfortunately she’s underused AGAIN. You have Brienne of Tarth in your movie and you don’t use her the way you should? What’s wrong with you guys. Phasma should have been up and through this movie. I hate it when they try to make stuff and characters seem important and they’re just not. It’s so annoying because you can literally just lift them right from the movie.
New Characters. We get a few new characters in this film, Holdo, D.J. and Rose mostly and while I liked Rose, I don’t think she was needed in the film. Kelly Marie Tran was great and her character was cool but if you erase her, and replace her on the adventures with Poe, I think it would have made much more sense. We already know there is a friendship between Poe and Finn, and I think it would have been cool to see them go on that adventure together, like with Han and Luke in the original trilogy. I’m glad Rose was there, more diversity but she felt out-of-place and unnecessary, at least the way they used her. I know why Holdo and DJ were there but meh lol. Both interesting characters and the actors were great but just felt like they were there…just because.
What Happened? So, outside of characters getting arcs, and things happening that could change the way things go in the third one, a part of wondered what exactly happened in this film. There’s a lot going on, but it felt like a lot of was just wasted space and that nothing really happened till the end. Maybe that was the point but when I was thinking about the story, and what was accomplished, there was a lot that happened but at the same time, it didn’t feel like anything actually happened. This movie felt like a bridge.
Overall, I quite enjoyed The Last Jedi. Yes, there were some problems with it, but overall, I had a good time. The acting was good, the characters are still interesting, the new ones and the classic ones from the original trilogy. It was great to see certain characters deal with arcs that put them in a new place, physically, emotionally, spiritually that means a lot for them, hopefully in the third film. I love the effects in the film, especially on the creatures in the film, I want miniatures of all of them. Plus the effects of the space battles, and the design of the planet with the red salt, that was awesome. Some strong aspects of the movie, are the relationships between characters in this film. A lot of them are built up more from the first film and are given more to do, that benefit their characters and the plot in ways. I like how the movie focuses on the balance between light and dark and how similar they are and they show just how alluring the dark side could be. I liked that Kylo and Rey are similar in that they’re trying to find out who they are and are almost paralleling each other’s stories. That’s really cool. With that said, I do think this movie does a huge disservice to Finn’s character in that they don’t seem to know what to do with him, he just feels there and useless and he should be useful and important. I didn’t like the design of Snoke, I think it was a waste to use Andy Serkis in that way, and I did not like how Vice Admiral Holdo looked on-screen. While I enjoyed the new characters, I think Rose especially was unnecessary to have been as important as she was. I liked her but she didn’t feel important to the story. It also felt like nothing really happened in this movie, or at least a lot that happened was just make the movie long. Overall, I liked it and I had a good time.
Rating: 4.30 out of 5 stars.
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Summary: Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.
So I read the book for class, so I was able to think about that a lot while watching the movie. There are some differences but I think overall this movie was a solid adaptation of the book. I liked the book but not as much as other people have, it was just good. I actually liked the movie more. But anyways… I tried not to let the book get in the way too much it’s hard when the book is so fresh. ONWARDS!
Cast and Characters.
Jacob Tremblay as Auggie Pullman. Auggie was born with Treacher Collins syndrome (look it up). He is a 10-year-old boy and the movie begins with him getting ready to go to public school, the 5th grade. He’s never been to school before and he’s not very happy about it, but as time goes on, and he begins to make friends, he loves school (even though he’s still mad his mom sometimes for making him go) and I like Auggie for the most part. I think Jacob Tremblay was a great choice for this character as he has this way of being so cute, likable and also a bit annoying lol. I mean, Auggie is a kid but he’s also a bit spoiled considering he’s been the center of attention all of his life. I liked the fact that Auggie had this thing where he could tell a lot about a person by looking at their shoes… shows that he’s human and a kid. He may have dealt with a lot, but he’s still a kid. He’s whiny, he’s spoiled but he’s loyal, and funny, and he loves Star Wars (just like Jacob) and it’s clear he loves his family, including his dog Daisy. Auggie is a great kid, and he is a KID and I think sometimes people forget that about him when reading the book or watching the movie, he’s still a kid. He’s not going to perfect and I think this movie did a good job at that, showing that he does have a little smart mouth, that he too can judge people. He felt like a kid. Jacob Tremblay is great and I can’t wait to see more from as he gets older.
Julia Roberts as Isabel Pullman. She is Auggie’s mother. Isabel is a superwoman, she has home-schooled Auggie and has dealt with the stress and pain of him having many surgeries. She has her faults and I think she recognizes them mostly when it comes to her daughter but for the most part, she’s a good mom. She wants Auggie to fit in at school, she wants him to have friends and be comfortable but it’s easy to tell that she has a hard time with it, even though it was her idea. I thought Julia Roberts was great, she had great chemistry with Jacob Tremblay, great with Owen Wilson and Izabela Vidovic. She felt like a mom, a wife, and the strong backbone of this family. She has some great funny lines and moments and she, of course, has great delivery.
Owen Wilson as Nate Pullman. Auggie’s father and a bit of a comedian. Nate is the dad who is cool, but it’s not “in your face cool”, he just is and I think Owen Wilson has a good balance of being a bit of a dork and being cool that it works out well for him. I loved the scene at the end with him and Auggie, it was emotional and sweet.
Izabela Vidovic as Olivia “Via” Pullman. Auggie’s sister and probably one of my favorite characters because I can relate in ways. She is in high school and it’s her first day as well but her parents are more worried about Auggie, she feels overshadowed due to her brother’s difference. She doesn’t love him any less, she doesn’t hate him but she is a teenager and it does bother her to the point where she lies to the cute boy about being an only child. She just wants the focus for once. I saw Izabela Vidocic play a young Kara Danvers in Supergirl and I thought she was good there, she’s really good here too. Very sympathetic and emotional.
Daveed Diggs as Mr. Browne. It’s so great to see him in a movie! He plays Auggie’s English and homeroom teacher. He is a quirky guy but he’s kind, and I love how he interacted with the kids, especially Auggie. There’s a great moment during a school picture and I love what he did. I thought Daveed did very well, he didn’t overdo it. He didn’t feel like a Broadway actor trying to be a movie actor (they can overdo it sometimes). He works in the movie and plus, he’s beautiful lol.
Noah Jupe as Jack Will. I loved this kid. I liked him in the book too, but he first meets Auggie when he and two other students are charged with showing Auggie around the school before the term starts. He starts off really quiet and observant, just watching Auggie and he even stands up for him a few times in the beginning. Jack is the kid who struggles with what he should do, he doesn’t want to be treated badly for being nice to Auggie but at the same time, he doesn’t want to be mean to Auggie either. He does end up becoming Auggie’s best friend and their friendship is a strong part. I just discovered that Noah Jupe is British and I wouldn’t have known that from his role in the movie, he does an American accent so well. I was a little worried about him at first because he would overdo some stuff, but as the movie went on, he just felt more natural in his role.
Millie Davis as Summer. Summer is sweet, she watches Auggie for a while and it’s easy to tell that she struggles with what she should do but when she decides to be his friend, they become fast friends. She’s also loyal to him. It’s sweet. Millie Davis was good, but I did think she was a bit too over the top sometimes but otherwise, she was good.
Bryce Gheisar as Julian. This kid… I didn’t like him in the book and I didn’t like him here either. He was the main bully. I don’t think he was as bad as he was in the book, at least that I remember, but after meeting his parents, it was easy to see where he gets it from. Bryce Gheisar did a good job but he manages to have these weepy eyes that make you feel a bit bad for him… sometimes.
Auggie and Jack’s Friendship. I thought this was a strong part of the book, and it’s a strong part of the movie. In the beginning, Jack is with Julian and Charlotte to show Auggie around, he is the nicer of the two boys and he immediately, while at school, goes to sit with him at lunch. Of course, something does happen that breaks them apart, but it’s easy to tell that Jack really does like Auggie and wants to be his friend. Their loyalty to each other is quite astounding, yes they have a snag in there, but they were both so affected by it that you know it’s true friendship.
The Pullman Family. The family dynamic is also a big one. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson have never done a movie together before, but they felt like a married couple and I thought they had good chemistry with each other. I also loved the relationship between Via and Auggie, her section is probably one of my favorite sections of the book and movie and it’s clear she loves her little brother, she holds no ill will towards him, but she does feel overshadowed, like a child with a “sick” sibling would. The four of them together also worked really well. They felt like a family.
The Directing. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that Stephen Chbosky (Perks of being a Wallflower) directed and helped write the script for this movie. I think he did such a great job adapting Perks (he wrote the book) into a movie (he directed the movie) that it makes sense that he was as close to the book with this movie as possible. I loved a lot of the transitions in the movie, and I loved how it looked or how certain things were shot. I didn’t care for the breaking up of the parts, but I loved the little additions of the astronaut as what Auggie’s wants and sees himself as.
The Music. Marcelo Zarvos composes the music for the movie and I liked it quite a bit. It has a whimsical feeling to it.
The Story. I think the story has a lot of different layers going on. It has Auggie’s story of feeling accepted and learning how to accept his difference, his parents in how they deal with their children, Auggie’s sister Via having to find her own way, and the other kids in deciding to be kind. At its core, it’s a story about acceptance for everyone involved. It’s a sweet story. It also handles bullying, something that has always plagued schools, even adults, and this movie really hits on that. It’s also a story about family.
Heartwarming. This is a sweet movie. The Pullman family feel like a real family, with everyone having their own worries, their own struggles, especially Via. Also, watching the kids become friends, and seeing Auggie’s struggles and emotional roller coasters, and even learning a bit into other people’s lives, it’s one of those movies that makes you feel good overall.
Long. Boy, this movie feels soooo long. It’s just under two hours and it feels like it just kept going on. I can’t imagine really young kids really sitting through this. At some point, it felt like the movie should have ended (I felt the same way about the book) and it just kept going and I was like “oh yeah, I forgot they had some more drama to go”. I really think the structure of the storytelling doesn’t do it a lot of favors and without doing it just like the book, might have helped it.
Summer’s Character. I do think it’s sad to note that Summer’s character was greatly underused in the movie compared to the book. I’m all for Auggie and Jack’s friendship but Summer was technically the first friend, they did a lot together. The movie brushes over her. We don’t meet her family, she doesn’t do the science project with Auggie, she hardly says much as the movie goes on after their first meeting and the first couple of times she talks to Jack. It was kind of odd. I liked her in the book, she was one of my favorite characters, so it was sad and disappointing that her character was so minimized in the movie.
The Kid Actors. So I don’t want to condemn all of the kids in the movie, but lord, mostly at the beginning of the movie, they weren’t very good. I think most notably Bryce Gheisar (Julian), it was just so cringy. Even Elle McKinnon (Charlotte) was a bit too much at times. I mean, they’re kids so I want to give them a past but it’s so obvious. There is one particular part where Summer (Millie Davis) is talking to Auggie and he’s accusing her and she gets all emotional about it, but it was really bad acting lol. While I love Jacob Tremblay, he even suffers from a bit of overacting. Yes, they’re kids but I’ve seen that kid do something AMAZING in Room so, it was just odd to me.
The Emotion/The Story. So I didn’t want to necessarily call this movie “emotionally manipulative” like I have seen from critics of the book and by extension the book, but there is something about this movie (and the book) that I don’t really like. While kids are bullies and do terrible things, it just felt over dramatic to the point of ridiculousness, especially the scene in the forest towards the end. It seems to make me want to cry, it’s trying to make me cry at parts and it feels like it’s trying way too hard to make me cry. The scene at the end did make me tear up but that felt organic where at other times, it felt insincere.
Set up like a book. So in the book, there are parts in which certain characters get to have a point of view and we learn more about them. In the movie, they do the same thing. There are parts where character’s names come up on-screen “Auggie”, “Via”, “Jack Will”, “Miranda” and we get to see a bit more into their lives. While in the book that works, I don’t think that really works in the movie. I don’t mind when timelines aren’t linear and you have to go back to see what happened to someone before but it just flowed weirdly in the movie. They were obviously trying to follow the book and it is a unique thing but it just makes the movie feel even longer. I also understand why Miranda’s part was involved, just like in the book, but I think it’s unnecessary from a story standpoint. They cut out Justin’s point of view, they should have cut Miranda’s as well.
Overall, I liked Wonder for the most part. It’s a nice family movie and it has it’s messages and important plot points to pull from it. I thought the acting was great, the music was beautiful, and whimsical, especially during the scenes with Auggie daydreaming. I loved how the film looked and it’s a very strong adaptation of the book, I was able to think “oh yeah that’s straight from the book”. I thought the friendship between Auggie and Jack Will was a very strong element, both young boys did a great job portraying the growth of the friendship. The Pullman family was also a great relationship portrayed on screen. However, I do have some gripes with the film. I do think the kid acting from supporting characters comes off a bit over the top, or hokey and I want to give them a pass because they’re kids, but it’s pretty annoying so I can’t really. Half a pass. I think the movie tries too hard to be like the book that while it’s a good adaptation, it makes the movie feel too long, and drawn out with some of the pacings. It also tries to take the structure of the book and I don’t think it works as well as it does with a book. I also think the movie tries a too hard to get tears from viewers, I’m a crier in general but I didn’t feel any of the emotion it was trying to make me feel until maybe one or two parts at the end. I think Wonder from book to movie is solid, and I think kids who loved the book will love the fact that it’s a movie. If you didn’t like the book, I doubt you would like the movie much but again, the acting is great. I liked the movie more than the book because of the acting from the main cast.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
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So full disclosure, I am not going to be reviewing this movie in how it pertains to other Star Wars films or other works. I did not grow up watching Star Wars, I’m sure I would have if we had the films because my mom loves them, she tried to get me to watch them with her, but it would always be on tv and always be in the middle of the movie and that’s lame. I’d seen bits and pieces but never the whole thing. So, I did a marathon last year to prepare for The Force Awakens and I must say I really like them, but I don’t have nostalgic ties, nor do I know everything. So this review is going to be solely on this film, I may mention the ties I noticed but nothing serious.
Summary: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.
Cast and Characters. There are a lot of characters in this film, but I’m only going to talk about the six that are on the poster up top. I may mention other people as “secondary characters” but the ones up top are the most interesting.
Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso. When we first meet her, she’s a kid and she witnesses some stuff with her parents. Years later, she is being detained by the Empire but the Rebels free her. She is first “employed” because they want her to use her relationship with someone to get them close. I think she was an interesting character, she was very reactive to things, everything that happened drove her forward because of her reactions to them. It may not have been until later but it was mostly reactive. I really like Felicity Jones, I think she’s a great actress and I liked her in this role, I think Jyn could have easily been unlikable but Felicity maintains a likability about her.
Diego Luna as Cassian Andor. He was interesting, I mean of his first scenes was a bit…curious. He said a few things of his background but I would have liked to known more about him. He is a Rebel Alliance Captain and intelligence officer. He spends most of the film working alongside Jyn to take care of a mission provided by the counsel and while he does seem to make some choices that are probably different than what he might have done in the beginning, and he does go “rogue” to do a mission, he ultimately stays the same… I think Diego Luna had a bit of gravitas with this character which works for Cassian.
Alan Tudyk as K-2So. An imperial enforcer droid who has been reprogrammed for the Alliance. He is the source for most of the humor in the film, it’s mostly a dry wit, which I think isn’t for everyone. I love dry wit so he was funny to me, but a lot of times people didn’t laugh in my theater so it will depend. I like his loyalty to Cassian and their friendship. He does start off disliking Jyn and some of his comments to her are hilarious. His design is also great because he’s so tall and he looks kind of scary.
Riz Ahmed as Bohdi Rook. I think he was my favorite out of the group because I’d say he makes the most change out of everyone. He was also interesting. He was an Imperial cargo pilot and defects to the Rebel Alliance to deliver a message from Galen Erso. He goes through it a bit at the beginning due to his previous job with the Empire, but I think he was very useful to the group. He starts off a bit neurotic and almost like he’s scared of everything that’s going to happen and while he maintains that neuroticness, I think he does a 180 by the end. I also think Riz Ahmed helped a lot with him because again, he could have been annoying and whiny but I think Riz is so cute and endearing that I loooved Bohdi.
Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe. He’s a blind warrior who believes in the Force. He is said to be one of the Guardians of the Whills. I liked him a lot, he was also one of the funnier characters, due to his blindness, he is able to do things that he shouldn’t which makes it awesome. He kicks butt! Donnie Yen does a great job with this character, he could have easily fallen into that stereotypical mystical blind dude but I think with his humor and his camaraderie with Baze it helped prevent that.
Wen Jiang as Baze Malbus. Rebel warrior, mercenary and best friend of Chirrut and while I liked him and his little machine gun like blaster, he really was just there but I liked his camaraderie with Chirrut.
Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera. A veteran of the Clone Wars who had mentored Jyn in her later childhood years. He’s like this cyborg, or something, he’s in a metal suit of armor. He’s a bit eccentric, like he’s lost his mind and that makes him scary in a way. Unhinged but it was obvious to tell that he cares about Jyn and her family. Forest Whitaker is a great actor, he can definitely be intimidating and scary and it works here.
Ben Mendelsohn as Orson Krennic. The Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Imperial Military, he’s a little egocentric grubber. Good job Ben, you’re slimy lol. His scene with Darth Vader was great and hilarious!
Mads Mikkelsen as Galen Erso. Jyn’s father and a research scientist… I think this is the first time he wasn’t a straight up “bad guy”. I liked him a lot, we didn’t see enough of him really. But he loves his family, tries to protect them, he makes choices in hopes that he can atone for his mistakes. I really liked Mads here.
Darth Vader. Due to the fact that I did not grow up with this character, he’s never been that scary to me, at least next to Lord Voldemort, The Wicked Witch of the West and Sauron etc but I think this is the first time where I was like… whoa. He definitely has more than a cameo but his moments on screen are pretty great. He makes this pun that made me chuckle. You’ll know what I mean, it’s a legit pun. Also, his scene at the end where it’s all dark, you hear his breathing and then BAM his red lightsaber cuts through the darkness. Ah man, that was awesome. Um… spoiler? lol I don’t think so though. PLUS James Earl Jones provides his voice again.
The action. Of course with a film like this, the action is a big thing and I think it was awesome. Especially in the last act. That whole scene on the Scarif planet was AWESOME!
The Dark/Gritty feel. Due to the fact that this film is set before A New Hope and after Revenge of the Sith it puts the atmosphere in a slightly darker and grittier realm. Not saying the other films don’t have dark elements, they do, but this one doesn’t have a lightness to it, which I think sets it apart, especially with it being a standalone and not part of the “Skywalker” saga.
The Stakes. I was debating whether or not this was a pro or con, but it’s really both. We already know what happens, if you’ve seen A New Hope, we know they ultimately succeed in getting those Deathstar plans and I think that elevates what Rogue One does. The fact that they risk their lives for this and obviously we win because we know, but still, it’s kind of amazing.
The music. While I liked it, it didn’t hold a candle to John Williams. When the title card came on, there was this kind of sort of “Star Wars” theme and I was like meh… ya’ll should have just used the actual Star Wars theme.
The Stakes. I was debating whether or not this was a pro or con, but it’s really both. We already know what happens, if you’ve seen A New Hope, we know they ultimately succeed in getting those Deathstar plans and I think that elevates what Rogue One does. HOWEVER it’s BECAUSE we know what happens, it was kind of hard to worry if they were going to succeed in getting the plans or not. So it’s a pro because we now know what it took but it’s also a con because while watching it, I’m not really worried about them failing to get the plans.
**Bor Gullet Scene. Okay, so I’m going to try not to spoil much but I don’t really think this is much of a spoiler because it’s not that important to the story. So there is this weird “torture” scene where Bohdi is captured by Saw Gerrara and they want to make sure he isn’t lying so they use this weird tentacle creature to see into his mind. Now, I wouldn’t have minded this scene much if there was actually an effect to what was done. I mean I get it, it shows that Saw will do anything and it’s creepy etc etc but it’s literally like 30 seconds and they cut away, now if we actually saw the torture then the small effect we saw later could be enough. But since we didn’t the little amount of lingering effects we saw did not match up to what Saw said could happen. Bohdi seemed to be in a daze and seems to snap out of it quickly. If there wasn’t going to be a payoff then why? Just cut it out. I’m sure it would have been more effective if Saw’s subordinates just physically beat him, the way Bohdi seemed in the beginning, I’m sure that would answer any questions they had about his truthfulness. Weird scene, also… tentacles lol. I actually want to see how that was filmed on the day because it was so awkward.
One Dimensional characters. While I liked everyone for the most part, I don’t think there was anything to them outside of what we saw, we didn’t particularly see any character growth. Sure, I think you can argue that they may have been more accepting of things by the end, but I don’t think anyone particularly changed from what they were in the beginning. No one is really compelling I think. There were chances for some of them to be but I don’t think it ever really went there. The actors may have tried but the script didn’t seem to want to let them.
The CGI on original characters. Without spoiling who the are, there are two characters from the original trilogy who are in the film, one quite often and the other… well but since they’re not how they were in the 70s etc, they used CGI to make them look young and it was just so weird. When their both first showed I went “eww weird…” almost in the uncanny valley. Unsettling.
Starts off slow. I think the movie takes a minute to get it’s legs under it, I don’t think it really picks up until more than halfway through the film.
Overall, I really liked Rogue One, I think it’s a great addition to the Star Wars story in general. I liked the characters enough, even if they were all a bit one dimensional, I liked the dark feel to the story. I liked the inclusion of Darth Vader, he definitely lives up to that “one of the scariest villains of all time” thing, great to hear James Earl Jones’ return. I think the action was handled very well, especially in the last act of the film. I liked the camaraderie between the group and I think they all worked well together. I didn’t particularly care for the music in this one, it’s definitely not as memorable even though it seemed to want to be, I thought the CGI on some characters dipped into the Uncanny Valley BUT it’s definitely fun.
Rating: 3.80 out of 5 stars.
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**I added that in today 12/27/16 because it came to mind when I was rereading my review. I totally forgot about that random scene!