Copenhagen

I found this movie on Netflix, and I ended up liking it.

While trying to track down his grandfather in Denmark, a surly Canadian (Gethin Anthony) strikes up a friendship with a teenage waitress (Frederikke Dahl Hansen) who agrees to serve as his translator and guide.

I wasn’t quite sure about this movie because of the age gap between the characters–a possible romance movie between a 28 year old and a 14 year old…? But, I decided to give it a try, and it was worth it! I really enjoyed the way the movie was shot. Everything felt very realistic, and it felt like I was there in Copenhagen. Frederikke Dahl Hansen also did a fantastic job playing Effy. While William is completely intolerable in the beginning, his friendship/relationship/whatever-it-is with Effy helps him to see the world a little differently. Also, the scenery of Copenhagen is beautiful! It’s like a mini tour of the city.

The DUFF

Really good and enjoyable.

Frumpy high-school senior Bianca (Mae Whitman) has a rude awakening when she learns that her classmates secretly know her as the DUFF — designated ugly fat friend — to her prettier and more popular pals. Desperate to reinvent herself, Bianca enlists the aid of Wesley (Robbie Amell), a charming jock. In order to save her senior year from becoming a complete disaster, Bianca must find the confidence to overthrow a judgmental student (Bella Thorne) and revolutionize the school’s social order.

Sometimes Hollywood has trouble accurately portraying high school, and it’s painful to watch. But I thought that this movie represented high school relatively accurately. It pointed out that the stereotypical groups and cliques of high school have more blurred boundaries in reality. The students actually carried backpacks and wore normal clothes. The dialogue was realistic. I also love Mae Whitman. She’s amazing, and she was cast really well for this role. Also, Robbie Amell is hot. And while the movie is relatively predictable, it was still quite enjoyable.

Blended

A good and funny movie!

Recently divorced mom Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and widowed dad Jim (Adam Sandler) let their friends push them into a blind date, which goes disastrously wrong. Unsurprisingly, neither wants to see the other ever again. However, fate intervenes when both Jim and Lauren, unbeknown to each other, purchase one-half of the same vacation package at a South African resort; they and their children are forced to share the same suite and participate in a slew of family activities together.

In general, I’m never quite sure if Adam Sandler movies will turn out well. This one was really funny. It had some definite laugh out loud moments. Some parts of the movie are ridiculous, but they’re so ridiculous that they end up being funny. The music effects make it hysterical, and it’s a sweet romantic comedy. I think Drew Barrymore played the part well, and the little girl is adorable! If you’re looking for a light-hearted comedy, I’d suggest this one!

22 Jump Street

Funny!

This is the sequel to the movie 21 Jump Street. In this movie, two police officers go undercover ad college students to do a drug bust.

I’m usually wary of sequels, but I think that this one was just as funny as the first one. I’ll admit that some parts of the first one got a little ridiculous, but I think that this one didn’t stray quite so far.

Oh, and Channing Tatum is hot.

P.S. Here’s my review for 21 Jump Street.

 

21 Jumpstreet

A pretty funny movie.

This movie stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as a pair of cops who go undercover as high school students to do a drub bust.

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this movie because I didn’t really know what it was about. All I knew was that Channing Tatum was in the movie. It’s one of those movies where the characters acknowledge the cliched, cheesiness of the some of the moments. In the first half to of the movie, there were so many laugh out loud moments. I really enjoyed watching it. The second half of the movie went a bit over the edge for me. These types of movies walk a fine line of being funny and being ridiculously unfunny.

I guess my advice is to get excited for the first half of the movie.

The Fault In Our Stars (movie)

I really loved this movie.

In case you don’t know what this movie is about, it’s a story based off of John Green’s novel that tells a love story. The novel and movie both strive to bring a realistic feeling to the relationship and the world the characters live in. They try to avoid the big cliches. It is a story about two cancer patients/survivors who fall in love, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.

Honestly, I didn’t have very high hopes for this movie. I loved the book (and here’s my review on it), and I loved the realistic and honest feeling it had to it. But, I wasn’t so sure a movie could pull of the same thing. I think it is far too easy to fall into the realm of cheesy (that rhymed!). Or awkward. But, this movie did it perfectly.

For being a movie that is known to bring tears to your eyes, it was actually pretty funny. I feel like I was laughing more often than not. There were little comments and moments that made the movie funny and realistic. And I think this is one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much.

I actually didn’t even end up bawling at the movie because though their was death involved, the characters got to experience a good and deep love, which makes me happy. I know, what is wrong with me? I didn’t cry at the tearjerker movie of the year?!

I highly recommend this movie but only if you enjoy a good love story.

It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside; it makes you believe in love.

Maleficent

An AWESOME movie.

This movie tells the story of Maleficent, the evil character in Sleeping Beauty. It shares the opposite perspective of the movie, starring Angelina Jolie.

First of all, Angelina Jolie makes the movie. The movie was practically made for her, it seems. Um, yeah, her cheekbones in that movie. Damn. It makes her look quite fierce. She balances being the bad guy and the good guy very well.

I loved the story of the other side that the movie gave. I thought that it was very clever and believable and a better ending than the one from Sleeping Beauty. This movie, like Frozen, explores the modern interpretation of “true love” and “true love’s kiss”.

The movie also stars Elle Fanning (Dakota Fanning’s sister), as Aurora. I think the contrast between Fanning and Jolie is perfect.

I could go on gushing about the movie, but I suggest that you just go see it.

P.S. Some little kids may be a bit scared of the movie. If I saw it when I was little, I would’ve been scared out of my mind. Some of the action scenes are a bit violent and sometimes Angelina Jolie looks super scary. Just a tip.

Horrible Bosses

Not my favorite.

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness. (imdb.com)

Some parts of the movie were laugh out loud funny, I must admit. Other parts of the movie, I think they played out a joke a bit too much. The movie stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day. Jennifer Aniston is also in the movie, and she plays an unlikely role. But, it is so far removed from her usual characters that her character is just that–a character.

I wouldn’t make it a priority to watch.

 

 

The Truman Show

This movie was so creative!

The movie stars Jim Carrey as Truman. Since Truman was in the womb, his life has been recorded, as a tv show, broadcast to the world. Everyone in Truman’s world are actors, and everyone knows it but him.

I love the idea of this movie, and I feel like innovative movie plots are rare these days. Granted, this movie came out in 1998. But, don’t dismiss the movie because of its age!

I thought the movie was entertaining, funny, and it was shot in a unique format. And, if you think about The Truman Show for a little too long, the idea is actually kind of horrible and creepy.

Go watch it!! It’s on Netflix!

The Spectacular Now

This movie is real.

A hard-partying high school senior’s philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical “nice girl.” (imdb.com)

Now, this is the description that imdb gives the movie. I used their’s because I really didn’t know how to describe this movie because there’s so much to it. There’s a lot of depth, and honestly, this description doesn’t do it justice.

It’s a coming of age story, starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. It takes place during their senior year of high school. A moment in life where there is so much future ahead of you, and you’re right on the brink of it. Everything is about to change. The movie shows flawed people. Real people. They have real issues and have messy pasts.

I love how the movie is shot. The close-ups on the actors’ faces don’t show smooth skin and perfect people. They show bumps and scars and freckles. The movie feels very real when you watch it. It feels like watching two people living in the world. Living their lives, and you happen to be watching it all unfold.

The movie evokes a lot of emotion. Sometimes, I felt like I was at the top of the world. Living in the moment. Enjoying life. Other times, I felt devastated or disappointed. But life has ups and downs, and that’s what I love about this movie. It’s about life, and it portrays life realistically.