Movie Reviews

[Movie Review] Gone Girl

Just finished the movie today! I had a snow day so I didn’t have any school. I just sat down and watched it.

Keep in mind that I’m not at all certified to make statements about the film quality. My opinion is purely from the opinion of a reader and movie watcher.

I was really surprised by the movie’s portrayal of Amy. When I was reading the book, I didn’t get the feeling that she was as cold and detached as the movie version. I envisioned a completely different person. I thought a character that was difficult to read and hid her emotions really well. I thought that Amy would have acted more superficially cheerful and less calculative. Especially in the beginning of their marriage. I didn’t think that Amy would have acted so.. robotic. I honestly expected a bigger flip in personality than I saw in the movie. Nonetheless, I respect each actor’s portrayal of a character. Rosamund Pike’s version of Amy was just as believable as what I had pictured. But I do think that the journal writing was really well done. Is it weird if I liked watching her write in a notebook? I really liked her handwriting

I think this is the first Ben Affleck film I’ve watched but I already don’t like him. I didn’t really like his acting or the portrayal of Nick. Nick certainly came off as a douchebag but I didn’t really think that all levels of his character were communicated through the movie.

The romance was definitely messed up. No wait. I liked the romance. The proposal in the beginning of the movie was probably the cutest thing ever (although I don’t think it was in the book). The romance in the beginning, with the young love and dating was super cute. It contrasted really well with the end of their marriage. I think the emotions felt really suppressed during some parts but that might just be because I didn’t like the acting. Overall, the romance wasn’t mediocre. But it was the type of romance that made you want to punch the characters for being so stupid.

I agree, Amy.

Fave character in the movie was Go. I liked Go in the book and I really liked Go’s portrayal in the movie. Her character was a breath of fresh air, believable, and tough. She was supportive and realistic. I related to her character a lot. I think a lot of the things she said would make fantastic gifs and screencaps. I just wish that the relationship between Go and Nick hadn’t been as forced in the movie.

Pretty sure she had this moment at least five times in the movie. You and me both, Go. I just love her character.

Obviously the movie took some scenes from the book out; almost all book to movie adaptations have to. This book was about 400 pages long and the movie around 2 hours and 20 minutes long. If they had included everything, it would have been ridiculously long. The movie included nearly every important scene. It changed some stuff to make it shorter, or more understandable. But it was a really good adaptation. The tone was almost identical to what I was experiencing during the book.

The only thing I can say that I was a little bored throughout the movie. It was probably because I had read the book and knew exactly when everything was going to happen. The stuff that was supposed to be surprising wasn’t surprising at all. The ending, like in the book, felt a little anticlimatic but it was significantly more bearable.

So, overall, a pretty good adaptation! Reading the book helps someone understand the emotions and reasons behind the characters some more. In this case, I feel like it wouldn’t have mattered if I read the book or the movie first. It would all depend on if I prefer books or movies more. If I like reading more, then I read the book first because I don’t want to get spoiled and vice versa for the movie.

If I were to give this a rating, it’d be somewhere around 3-3.5 stars out of 5 (as a movie adaptation of a book, not necessarily film quality).

[Movie Review] Mockingjay Part 1

Although I’m not much of a Hunger Games fan, my dad had a few giftcards and free tickets, courtesy of work. We went to the movies on Christmas day and saw the matinee showing of Mockingjay Part 1. To be honest, I probably would have watched something different, like Big Hero 6 or Interstellar, but they weren’t playing them that day.

It was fun although I’m pretty sure we shouldn’t have gotten a large popcorn. My brother and I were struggling to get through the whole tub, partly because it wasn’t very good popcorn. We sit down in the theater with one trailer to spare (It was the Insurgent trailer by the way) and the movie starts. (more…)

[Movie Review] The Mazerunner

So I went to see The Mazerunner….

This is going to be one of like ten book-to-movie adaptations that I actually see somewhat around the time it comes out…… if a month after it comes out counts.

So my friend and I decided that to go to the movies last Saturday. Originally we were going to watch a horror movie called (insert name that sounds something like Azabelle Soapstone because this name is most surely incorrect). Unfortunately for her, the movie was out of theaters already. So instead, we went to see The Mazerunner, because as she said, “Dylan O’Brien is hot”. I’m totally up to see hot guys and the movie adaptation itself so I’m like “sure why not!”

Saturday morning, we went to this super nice coffee shop downtown called 3rd Street Stuff to get brunch. It was fabulous because omigod the coffee was amazing and the sandwich was pretty good too. We talked and caught up a bunch on life because this year, we don’t have too many classes together.

About an hour later, we went to the movies and got in. After watching a few trailers the movie started and I was really excited because the trailer for it had looked really really good. The maze and glade was animated really well and yes, the guys were hot (Ki Honglee and Thomas Brodie-Sangster~~~~). The movie itself wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, especially after hearing about how it was supposed to be better than most movie adaptations and how it was really good.

The Good Stuff

  1. Hot guys
  2. Setting is really well
  3. General concept of the book is followed
  4. People that are supposed to die, do die
  5. There are no stupid characters added in and they made sure to keep the important ones
  6. The Grievers aren’t how I pictured them, but at least they weren’t turned into wolves or something
  7. Newt and Chuck are my favorite in the movie because they are super adorbs
  8. Sets it up well for the next movie.
  9. No stupid cliffhanger scene
  10. Yay diversity! Not all of the characters were white.

The Not-So-Amazing Stuff

  1. Minho’s witty lines are nonexistent. His entire personality was kind of washed out. Hopefully, this will be changed in the next movie.
  2. Characterization of the characters isn’t really addressed
  3. No telepathy
  4. No suspense
  5. The Griever’s home/Maze exit isn’t on a cliff like it’s described in the book
  6. Teresa isn’t how I pictured AT ALL (okay this isn’t really a bad thing, this is purely my opinion)
  7. Death scene of Chuck was very anti-climatic
  8. I don’t remember Thomas rising to becoming someone of power in the book that quickly.
  9. I remember there being a lot of planning before they went to the cliff to escape but that might just be from The Death Cure.
  10. Lot’s of really low moments that could have been traded in lieu of higher action ones
  11. The plot goes by really fast. Some parts feel airbrushed, but it’s a movie and it’s kind of expected.

Overall it really wasn’t too bad of a movie. It’s certainly better than the abomination that was the Percy Jackson movies but it wasn’t as good as the adaptation of The Hunger Games.