Mary Poppins Returns

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How do you make a remake/sequel of a highly beloved movie? Mary Poppins Returns is the answer. 

Let’s start with that – it is set as a sequel, yet it is definitely a remake of the original for the new generation of children. This is probably one of the few remakes I am glad they made because it has been 54 years since the original. Quite a few generations haven’t seen the 1964 Mary Poppins. And she is a character worth introducing to children (even though there are drawbacks I can spot as well, but hey, it’s an entertainment industry, not educational).

So, yes – it is very entertaining! Slightly shorter than the original yet I would say still quite long if you’re going to the cinema with children. They barely sit through an hour and a half, let along 2 hours. But I also agree that there is no other way to do it proper justice, considering that it is also a musical. 

Either way though is it very pleasant to watch. It is bright, it is colourful, it is fun. Sequences and musical numbers are well-thought through, I mean they had Rob Marshall as a director. This guy has won and been nominated for many awards for his musicals (Chicago, Into the Woods). Good choice.

441fff7e-4a2e-4a10-9d07-14f5392b2aee-mary_poppins_thumb_2I liked the fact that practically all of the original songs and numbers have been both recreated and reinvented. That’s Disney for you. I think they cracked the code for making successful sequels (don’t make sequels; make sequels=remakes). It was probably also very nice for parents in the audience to notice all the references to the original movie. They brought Dick Van Dyke back to sing and dance again. That was something.

Overall, a nice movie, what can I say. There is a lot, and I mean a lot of music and dancing. That is pretty much the key thing about it. the good thing is that they managed to make them all different, entertaining and unique in their own way and style.

Costumes I want to mention are amazing. They received an Oscar nomination too 😊.

screenshot_20181206_152523Personally, and this might as well be just me, but Emily Blunt was very entertaining to watch as Mary Poppins. I definitely felt a difference from Julie Andrews’ Mary, but that wasn’t bad in any way I think. Considering children nowadays are probably never going to meet the old Mary. I loved her Britishness, in fact, I loved the Britishness of the entire movie. I literally kept thinking to myself: ‘what’s the next cute British phrase that she’s going to say?’. That was probably a great part of the comedy on its own.

_104847906_familydisneyAnd overall, there’s only one thing that made me so very sad – NO ONE said ‘Goodbye’ to her! I was quite shocked really. I mean yes, the Banks’ family didn’t say ‘Goodbye’ to Mary in the original as well, but Bert did and he even said ‘Don’t stay away too long’. That made for such a bright and hopeful ending against the grey gloomy background of 1910 London. And here, she just left… that was painful. Wonder what children thought of that.

When all is said and done, consider that its simply put – another well-told story for the family. Great scenes, vivid colours, a very talented cast and one unforgettable nanny!

Mad Max: Fury Road

I love spontaneous movie nights! This is the best experience ever mainly because when you choose something on a whim you don’t really have time to create any expectations. And that, my friends, is the GREATEST lesson life can offer 😊   … expectations can be radioactive!

Meanwhile, back to our beloved movies. Today’s topic: Mad Max: Fury Road!

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I had heard a little bit about this film and it was part of the First Oscars I ever saw – 2015. Yet I never really got around to watching it. At first, I thought that it’s not my kind of movie, but then my perspective on movies changes so I should have seen it… anyway, the point is, it as a spontaneous decision. Boy, was that a win!!!

Let me tell you something, there’s going to be an initial ‘Whaa? What is this?’, and then your world view is going to get upside down and you will want to watch every second! Absolutely amazing movie!

I didn’t remember this when I started watching but it has won quite a few Oscars. 6 to be exact (about 2 more than the most won Oscar by a film this year – Bohemian Rhapsody got away with 4). I heard someone say that the marketing for this movie was done well because the trailer only kind of fully talks about the first 15 minutes of the movie plot and then from there on its kind of blank. And once again, lets stress out the point that sometimes it’s not about the story you tell but about HOW you tell it! think about every bad joke you ever heard; the problem was probably not the joke itself, but the person who told it.

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So, yeah. I am in full agreement that the best of trailers out there are the ones who DO NOT tell you the story in short flashy images. I mean what would be the point of actually seeing the movie! Well done to those who can entice the audience with so little that they would be begging to go into the theatre.

It’s an art on its own to share the movie vibe in 2.5 minutes. Well done!

Back to the movie. No joke, those 6 Oscars are well deserved!

Best Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing. That sentence can literally summarise the movie… no, I’m kidding! So much more to be said 😊

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Where to start though? Okay, well, I was stunned by the Production design, Costume design and Makeup and Hairstyling. That’s probably what I will remember most of this movie, brilliant! All the winners have established names and I would say there’s a reason for that. The world this movie takes you into is indescribable. The size, scope, colours and the depth of it are all amazing. I was in love after the first 10 minutes. The costumes make you wish you had one, as funny as that may sound once you have seen the movie. They are well made and perfectly matched. And the makeup and hairstyling – creates visions you will not soon forget! I was hypnotised and couldn’t stop watching! 2 hours was not enough.

I can’t review an action movie and not say anything about the action scenes – someone’s mind exploded into this movie. Kudos to the director George Miller (who was nominated for best director btw). He was the obvious choice, considering he has directed all the previous ‘Mad Max’ movies from the franchise. The interesting fact is that he’s also directed ‘Babe 2’ and ‘Happy Feet’, wow! 😊

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People say this movie is amongst the best action movies of all time. Make your own mind whether you agree or not after you watch it. the scenes are amazing. They are well thought through and the cinematography is great. It all makes sense, it’s all captivating and makes you say ‘Wow!’ every 30 seconds. When all is said and done, that is its core! And what a fascinating core it is.

You won’t regret it. If you want some entertainment and stunning visuals (ones that you can’t take your eyes of of) this is the movie! The world and characters, and the interactions of these characters that this movie had has left me so jealous and I am not exactly sure of what! Have an enjoyable screening!

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Okay, so… apparently this movie is just coming out today (22/02/19) in the US, but it’s been around since January in other parts of the world. I myself just saw it today, in fact, I am fresh from the cinema and it felt like the perfect time to express my opinion 🙂 … I will keep it SPOILER FREE!

One thing you should keep in mind is that this – third instalment of the franchise is in fact considered to be the last one … I did not really know that when I walked into the cinema … but I am me and I don’t regret it, just thought others should be prepared mentally.

 

 

Right then, in regards to the movie itself:

I read a few reviews, both critics’ and audiences’ and here’s where that got me…

Compared to the first two movies of the franchise, the third one has both its merits and downfalls. Starting with a lack of humour comparatively and little relationship development/story. But all that really means is that creating a finale to a franchise is by far THE HARDEST MOVIE TO MAKE!

Yes, there was less humour (but I did laugh out loud on a couple occasions), yes, there was less relationship development between the human characters of the movie but there was a very strong focus on the relationship between the humans and the dragons! I would say it is almost impossible to hit all the departments when creating a movie and score 10/10… very few movies ever have (if they have). Therefore, I would say a movie always has an orientation, a focus in one direction more than another. For How to Train Your Dragon: the Hidden world this department is the special effects and animation!

I can say it is worth seeing just for that! I watched in awe at the colours, shapes, shadows, texture and depth of the picture. A friend of mine described it as ‘Gorgeous!’ and I agree.. fully!

The animators haven’t spared any resources be it time, money or sleep 😉

I want to see the movie again just to please my eyes and escape into the Hidden world! God, I wish it existed… I would move in tomorrow, no questions asked.

Anyway, one can tell the team struggled to figure out how to tell this story in a better way than many others have been told. I would never say they failed. It is indeed a heartfelt story and a heartfelt ending. I tried so hard not to cry considering the number of children around me, but I failed, and at that point, I wished I could let all the emotions out just because the scene deserved it. The bittersweet ending is a hit or miss when it comes to animations, but here it is right where it should be!

Sure, the villain sucks, but he is more a catalyst for the story development than a centre-figure like Drago was in the second movie. 

I must also say just how strong, important and positive the message of the movie is! 

As hard as it is to say this, I am glad that the creators decided to conclude the franchise. It is good to see they are learning from their mistakes (the likes of Shrek should have taught a lesson or two). I am going to miss these characters and their compelling stories, but our part in those stories should have a boundary … it is how we keep our love for them alive and burning!

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And just because we are so close to the Oscars I must say … DONT FORGET THIS MOVIE until February 2020! It deserves to be nominated for Animated Feature Film !!!