Movie night: Finding Dory

Back when finding Nemo came out I really loved it. It was a lot of fun but also had some hidden gems in those moments that went deeper. When Finding Dory was announced I wasn’t that excited at first though. I thought it might just be too similar to Finding Nemo or that the story would just be lacking seeing as that’s sometimes the case with sequels. And then I saw the cutest trailer of Dory as a baby-fish and I was hooked! So I went to see it pretty soon after it came out here in Belgium.

As with most (all?) Pixar movies these days there is a short-film that preludes the movie and let me tell you, it was totally adorable! I don’t know if these shorts are included on the DVD’s, but I sure hope they are. (I also remember really loving the short that came with Brave! I can’t talk about the others because I haven’t seen them.)

So the movie picks up a little after Finding Nemo ends with Dory having flash backs of her parents causing her to set out to find them. But I can hear you think it already: another travel story spanning oceans, which new elements will that bring to the screen?! You are wrong, the main part of the story doesn’t play out in the ocean but in an aquatic park, which was just a lot of fun to watch because the “modes of transportation” were vastly different and it also brought a lot of challenges with it.

In this movie we meet some new characters, and Hank wins that hands down. He himself is just a lot of fun, but the way he interacts with Dory and the way their relationship grows throughout the movie was just so entertaining. I really liked Nemo and Marlin, but I was really happy the story didn’t focus on them. It just made the whole feel less like a spin-off.

I can truly say that I recommend this movie, it’s very entertaining, you will laugh, you will be excited but you will also be hit with a boatload of feels! It’s just a great mix of so many elements as many of the pixar movies are these days.

 

Have you seen Finding Dory? What did you think of the movie? If you haven’t seen the movie, how come? 

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Movie night: Catching fire

This second part of the series definitely upped the ante. As the people who have read my review of the first movie know, I didn’t like the first movie (see my review here). So I was pleasantly surprised that this movie did it so much better. To me it really seemed as if this movie was more true to the spirit of the book and I could really appreciate this. I loved the acting in this movie a lot more. I have also partially gotten over my annoyance at the outward showing of emotions by Katniss (because that’s just not how it is in the books, but I understand why they do it in the movies because how else do you portray inner emotions if you’re not allowed to show them).  I loved Effie, Finnick, Joanna and Haymitch in this movie! They really did their best for this movie. The arena in this book was also a lot better than in Hunger games. It was exactly how I had imagined it and it was just so much more clear how artificial it all was. This was very unlike the dresses in the movies which I didn’t like. Not once have I ever had the “oh yes this is exactly how I imagined it”-feeling, not even close. And this does make me a little sad because there is a lot of symbol in them. I’m not saying that the dresses in the movie are bad, but I just don’t love them because I had imagined them differently. But the symbolism is definitely still there, so that’s good. The thing I loved the most about this movie however is the fact that It just made me want to re-read the books. To me that is definitely a positive sign.

Did any of you also see the movie? What were your thoughts? (Please keep the comment section spoiler-free for those who have not read the books/seen the movie. If you care to discuss this more in depth, feel free to email me.)

Ruby Sparks – Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Ruby Sparks PosterRuby Sparks

Writer: Zoe Kazan
Directors: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

Release Date: July 25 2012 (USA)

 

 

My rating:

 

5 star movie

 

 

 

A young novelist, Calvin, who has had a lot of success in the past is out of inspiration. While he is struggling with writer’s block he visits his therapist who tells him to write about a person who likes his dog, Scotty. What happens next is something no one saw coming. the girl Calvin wrote about comes alive.

This was a great movie. The story was definitely something new, at least as far as I know, and it was really fun at that. I do admit that certain things didn’t always make complete sense, but on the other hand, this is clearly not a movie to be taken all that seriously, so I was able to put those things aside fairly easily.

 

I really liked the actors in this movie, they weren’t the most famous of actors, but I liked that. They did a great job, especially the actress for Ruby Sparks. She really made a realistic character out of it, as well as doing a great job with those mood changes later on. The actor who was portraying Calvin also did a really great job. His emotions seemed very real and believable.

 

The storyline in the movie was very interesting. As I said before, I have never read or seen a story like this one and I thought it was really good. I also liked the moral questions it raised for the characters in the movie. Even though this situation will never be reality, I think we might have all asked ourselves these kind of questions, along the lines of “would you  do a certain thing if you could?” To me it really felt like a complete story and I found the ending to be very interesting and good. 

 

All in all I really enjoyed watching this movie and would happily watch it again.

 

Let me know what you think about this movie if you’ve gone to watch it!