La La Land: a review

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Have you ever seen a film or read a book or heard a song that COMPLETELY CHANGED YOUR LIFE? BECAUSE LA LA LAND IS THAT FILM FOR ME.

Sorry, I’m getting excited. I just loved this movie so much. The narrative follows Mia (Emma Stone) and Seb (Ryan Gosling) throughout the seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) and their chance encounters until finally they become the WORLD’S MOST AWESOME POWER COUPLE OF ALL TIME!

I don’t want to give away too much, because it’s still a relatively new movie, but everything about this film is amazing. The ending!!! Just, the ending!!!!

I mean, even the frickin’ movie poster is incredible.

It’s set in what is made to look like late 1920’s Hollywood, with the addition of iPhones, so still not too sure what year the film is set in. but the era of Jazz is dying out! And Seb wants to save it! But Keith (John Legend) wants to change the jazz sound! It’s all very exciting and I can’t form constructive sentences because all I can think of is Jazz music and tap dancing and all the beautiful clothes the cast were wearing.

If you like bold colours, beautiful music and flawlessly acting- watch this film.

I’ve always said that Jazz music is an underrated art so with any luck this film will shed some light on it and make it popular again.

I left the cinema in a daze, because my head was in the clouds and I was singing the songs from the film.

Even though the story didn’t end the way I wanted it to, I can understand why it had to end the way that it did. Nothing about this musical screams cheesy, so the ending needed to reflect that, and not be predictable.

But thank you, thank you for this film. You deserve all the Oscar’s.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: a review

Fantastic Beasts and where to find them: a review
I have to say, I am conflicted. I think I need a second viewing in order to make a proper, informed decision. However these are some thoughts I had while watching:

– Plot holes: one of the seven laws in the wizarding community is Do Not conjure food from nowhere, so when Queenie made her strudel, they broke the law.
– Another plot hole: Newt was expelled from Hogwarts, but still keeps his wand, yet Hagrid wasn’t allowed to do magic after his expulsion.

– No Mag is an awful alternative to muggle and I will never get on board with it. 

– J.K calls herself a feminist but hires a man who beat up his wife for being bisexual. 

– Newt is a super adorable and awkward cinnamon roll and he needs to be protected. 

– There wasn’t enough of his hufflepuff pride.

– I liked that the beasts were based off real life animals, e.g. Niffler’s look like Mole’s etc.

– I did not like Tina or Queenie’s characters. They annoyed me, but hopefully with some character development that opinion will change.

– It was unclear whether Tina and Creedance are actually related or not. If you’re going to throw that hint in, confirm it.

– Having Gellert Grindelwald ‘appear’ at the end made no sense, there should’ve been more focus on him in the plot if that’s the angle they were playing.

– I didn’t think the 1920’s aesthetic reached its full potential.

– The accents pissed me off. I’m sorry, but take me back to Hogwarts please.

– I liked that I was already familiar with some of the terminology, e.g., squib.

– I wish the villains/creatures were something I had already come across. 

– Newt is a great character, but I’ve already forgotten many of the other characters names. They didn’t make an impression.

– I think there should’ve been a different plot twist, such as the Hottie who ‘helped’ Creedance being his father, rather than Gellert Grindelward BECAUSE THAT MADE NO SENSE. 

– Hogwarts was only mentioned twice. TWICE! 

So as you can, I have mixed opinions about the film. I will see it again, objectively, and try to form an article that highlights each flaw and each win. Peace ✌️