Movie Review: The Prestige

the prestigeThe Prestige is an oldie, but a goody from 2006. It is one of the best suspenseful thrillers that I have seen lately. I have been meaning to watch it for awhile now, but finally made time last night, because it is one of my fiance’s favorites.

I knew it was about rival magicians, but that is all I knew when the movie began. Christopher Nolan did a wonderful job transporting you to a whole other place and time. The costumes and sets were beautiful and Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale were fantastic!

Basically, two up-and-coming magicians start out as friends, but after a deadly turn become obsessive enemies always trying to one up the other. There is this air of mystery throughout the entire movie and in their relationship. I feel like there is always this unknown yet understood notion moving them forward and fueling their obsession.

I won’t lie, towards the end there are multiple twists and turns that keep you either on the edge of your seat or more confused than ever. The last twist is the one that I didn’t see coming at all. After seeing the end, I want to go back and watch the movie again to see if it is at all noticeable. Very well done!

I would give it an 8 out of 10. It was very good, but I didn’t find it to be easy to follow the whole time, but the ending was well worth the watch. I would recommend to anyone who likes movies with major twists at the end, suspenseful or thriller movies, or just magic in general.

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Movie Review: Two Weeks Notice

I was hoping to indulge in a good romantic comedy, but sadly Two Weeks Notice did not do the job. I had high hopes with Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock and since it was an early 2000s film, but I just did not enjoy it. Honestly, it wasn’t very funny or swoony.

Sandra Bullock is one of my favorite actresses. This role seemed quirky and cute like her usual picks, but then the story just got worse and worse. There was no build-up as to why they “fell in love.” It just seemed very forced and a bit stupid. Why was she so jealous of the girl she hired to take her job? What about him was she attracted to?

I just didn’t understand the flow of events. It had a story with good potential, but the execution didn’t do it justice. It made it supremely cheesy (which I am okay with) and it just didn’t provide any sort of magic that a romantic comedy should produce.

Bottom Line: Two Weeks Notice was a huge let-down. It didn’t provide any magic that is expected of a romantic comedy. It wasn’t a bore or anything, I just felt the story didn’t have good flow and didn’t really give you enough information to believe their feelings for each other.

Movie Review: Big

The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.

Big is a 1988 comedy about a young boy is who is tired of being small and wishes to be big while playing a mysterious game at a fair. The next day he wakes up as a 30 year old. With the help of his best friend, a plan is hatched to help him lay low until they can figure out how to return him to his former self, but of course this was not as easy as it sounds.

The best way to describe this movie is calling it the “boy” version of 13 Going on 30. Instead of waking up 30 years later as a 30 year old, the young boy wakes up present day as a 30 year old. Another difference is that instead of discovering he has turned into a horrible person, he discovers the adult world can be a scary place until you find your niche.

Tom Hanks is a rockstar in this adorable comedy. He embodies the character perfectly and has the right amount of awkwardness mixed with cuteness. I honestly didn’t want this movie to end as quickly as it did.

Bottom Line: Big is full of quirky characters and big laughs. I would call it family-friendly with some innuendos that would go over a kid’s head, but fun for the adults. Definitely give it a chance if you like classic, cute movies with good storylines.

Movie Review: Before We Go

Before We Go is a movie that Chris Evans starred in and directed. I added it to my Netflix que a while back and just got around to watching it and I am pleased to say that I genuinely really liked it by the end! It has an indie film feel to it, but it also has a heartwarming charm to it. The beginning started off kind of slow, but after 20 or so minutes I was interested in the characters.

This is one of those movies that is based on New York City happenstance. There are a lot of movies that revolve around this notion that strangers meet in NYC and magic happens. Although I don’t believe in this, I will admit that it is a guilty pleasure plot that I enjoy.

Nick and Brooke both find themselves in New York on this fateful night and coincidently Brooke misses her train, but really needs to get back home and Nick is avoiding attending a certain event, so being a true gentleman he offers to help her. So as the movie progresses, the two get into all kinds of mischief while you slowly learn about each of their pasts and circumstances.

I like the mystery and the way it unfolds. I like the almost ending and how it doesn’t go the way you think it is going to. They were going for a “fill in your own ending” which always irritate me, because I like definite endings, but I am still really happy with the way it turned out and I am actually smiling while writing this. Definitely watch if you are a sucker for New York City movies, romance movies, indie love films… just watch it!

Movie Review: Suicide Squad

I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed in this movie. I was already a bit skeptical about it, but I felt that the storyline had a lot of potential with the use of villains we had never seen before. But after the first 15 or so minutes, it started to go downhill.

Predictable is the first word that comes to mind. They had so many options, but of course they chose the classic “superhero” route and had all the characters band together to fight one not-so-menacing bad guy. There wasn’t even very much mutiny or rebellion which obviously would have happened when you force villains to do good.

The whole plot was confusing. There were so many holes in the storyline and pieces that were not explained. They would be talking to people who weren’t introduced and then all of a sudden they would be in some building for some reason, but we don’t know why. They just expected you to accept everything that was going on, because it was going on, but I like to have explanations.

Enchantress was pretty pathetic, especially as  the main bad guy. All she did was stand up in some rubble and dance around with weird mystical crap swirling around above her. Ummm feel a little like X-Men? Ya, I thought so. They could have picked someone way better, but the whole storyline revolving around how she became the big villain in the first place is where it doesn’t make sense and no one would be stupid enough to let it happen.

A joke was what the Joker’s character was. It was already too soon to bring the Joker back into the movies (RIP Heath Ledger– you will forever be the best Joker ever!!). Jared Leto played a horrendously awful Joker. It was way too out there and quite-frankly gross. His fifteen minutes of fame in this movie seriously needed to be cut. The only reason the character should have been in the movie was to explain Harley Quinn’s back story. They should be ashamed of themselves for letting this crap be in the movie.

The only part I enjoyed in this movie was by far the character of Harley Quinn. Margot Robbie did a wonderful job and I was super excited to finally see one of the best female comic characters come to life. I really hope the Harley Quinn movie comes to be, because that and only that will I go see.

They need to put a pause on making superhero movies and rethink them in general. I am glad that they are normally box office hits, but do we need to sacrifice the making of a good movie to create four a year. We used to wait two years to see superhero movies and back then they were good. Now they all have the same plot and are so beyond original and fun. They get worse and worse.

I suggest saving yourself some money and wait to see this till it comes out on Netflix or RedBox, because it is not worth seeing in theaters or at all.