The Do-Over (2016) 3 out of 5

The Do-Over (2016) 3 out of 5

Starring Adam Sandler and David Spade. This is definitely a feel good movie and not of the rom com variety, which is refreshing. It’s a unique and hilarious tale of two high school best buds getting together again after meeting up at their school reunion. It has a hint of Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004) but this time, middle aged men hoping to get a second shot at life and done in quintessential Adam Sandler style. Not everyone’s cup of tea though, but I personally find his movies awesome. My favourite would be 50 First Dates (2004) and The Wedding Singer (1998). I remember watching 50 First Dates with old high school friends, Sonia and Cheryl during my mini trip to Melbourne waayyy back when. Most movies and even songs for that matter, have specific sentimental values usually coinciding with particular phases in my life, friends and yes, attached emotions. I can recall feeling young, vibrant and happy during that little Melbourne movie outing. There is something uplifting about meeting up with old friends, catching up, learning to be independent as adults, chasing individual dreams – I guess, it’s the case of ‘growing up apart, together’ if that makes sense. Back to The Do-Over, Adam’s movies tend to be humorous visually, less talk and wit needed. A direct comedy punch and not everyone can take it. I like his movies and this movie in particular despite the (at times) uncomfortable visuals, there is a brilliant storyline and true to Adam’s style, it’s heartwarming and gives you the warm feel-good fuzzies.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) 3.5 out of 5

The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016) 3.5 out of 5

Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain actually look really good together. I’ve yet to see Jessica Chastain act in any fantasy films before so that was pretty refreshing. Emily Blunt played Freya. I am not entirely sure how Freya was written, how Emily Blunt was supposed to play the character, but she really did bring some heart and at times, vulnerability to the ice queen. I’m very sure that is really hard to pull off for an actor. Charlize Theron can do no wrong in my eyes and did a stellar performance in the brief scenes she had in the film. The effects, character wardrobe, set locations and film soundtrack definitely deserve a strong mention too. Chris Hemsworth? He plays hero roles very well, so no surprise he played the charming, strong and delightfully witty Eric effortlessly. I am still waiting however for him to play a much different sort of role in future. That would definitely be a movie I’d make a point to watch. A movie that wouldn’t need green screens or cgi or any weapons. Yes, a weaponless Chris Hemsworth movie. The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a feel good, very sweet adventure themed family movie. All the strong basics of a good movie. With emphasis on good. Not great.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 5 out of 5

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) 5 out of 5

I knew the ‘self healing guy’ (En Sabah Nur) at the beginning of the movie looked familiar. That was Oscar Isaac (from Sucker Punch and The Force Awakens!). Definitely a pleasant surprise. Evan Peters (AHS alum) came back as Quicksilver and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom alum) made an appearance as Psylocke. Even Sophie Turner from Game Of Thrones didn’t disappoint as young Jean Grey! Similar to James McAvoy, she definitely nailed the American accent. I have seen many British actors fail miserably trying to make the switch. Not easy for sure. But ddayyuummm Sophie Turner, gurl you nailed it! Many new faces, perhaps a little too many but I still truly enjoyed the movie. Similar to X-Men: Days of Future Past, I was hooked from the get go, so much so time passed by reaalllyy fast. It was 2 hours 24 minutes apparently, but to me, 45 minutes at most. I can’t think of anything witty to say really, it was just awesome. I might have preferred an ounce more character development. At some points, it almost felt like just a plot continuity checklist of all the X-Men characters and movies. It felt like a transition movie and an introduction to the next era of the X-Men cast. I really should find this annoying, but I surprisingly don’t. Because if these newer cast members eventually take over the future X-Men movies to come, I must say, I’m pretty excited. No spoilers in this little write up. I shall not put anyone through the agonising pain. I wish there were more Prof X and Magneto scenes though. I can’t quite get enough of that particular love hate mutant bromance. Also wished there was more of Mystique, or a deeper character follow up. I guess that’s the only part I didn’t like, how the movie covered individual character storylines at surface level. But hey, small price to pay for awesomeness, killer effects and interesting screenplay. 5 out of 5.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) 5 out of 5

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) 5 out of 5

I finally managed to watch the latest addition to the Star Wars saga and I feel like hitting myself with the lightsaber equivalent. How could I have not watched this in the cinema and had more gusto with its arrival? I do have some pleasant memories attached to Star Wars movies in the past especially during my sekolah rendah years. I’d be camping out in my parents room with my siblings glued to the tv on late nights watching reruns on Mediacorp Channel 5 and then more awesome memories whilst in sekolah menengah with my best friend, Low Ee Lyn. In fact I might have the poster still from Episode II. We were mad over Queen Amidala (then Padme) and me personally, Obi-Wan Kenobi. We coined our own Star Wars names =) Ee Lyn was Ellowkin Skywalker and me, Elly-Wan Kenobi. Ee Lyn even bought me some Star Wars wrapping paper at one point. The force was strong with us two pals (miss you kawan). Sentimental attachments aside, I’m happy to say Episode VII is definitely not a let down. A lot of new faces. Although faces I’ve seen several times in different movies the past decade or so naming, Oscar Isaac from Sucker Punch (2011), Adam Driver from TV series Girls HBO, Domhnall Gleeson from Anna Karenina (2012) and Greg Grunberg from TV series Alias and Heroes. I have a strong attachment to these actors from the get go so seeing them in the movie made it for me, an even meaningful reunion of sorts. The current generation of actors. I wonder what it would have been like if it had Tom Cruise/Brad Pitt generation actors. Overall 5 out of 5 and not even counting in sentimental attachment. It’s good. Shame on me. Well, I guess it’s not named The Force Awakens for nothing =) Touche.
Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

Into the Wild (2007) 2.5 out of 5

The gist of it – the main character Christopher McCandless was resolved in completing his mission of being free of mundane day to day life no matter the physical and emotional cost. The rigmarole of completing a degree and pursue a career. How he had a rocky childhood. He felt trapped. He felt doomed to live life like the rest of us. The movie was based in late 1980s to early 1990s and yes, based on a true story. Uncanny how the real person and the actor (Emile Hirsch) chosen to play him, look eerily alike. As journeys often lead you to surprising paths and pitfalls, he made plenty of life threatening mistakes (involving a moose!) but also met many people who eventually became family (which he saw and met now and again predominantly by chance). He liked living by chance. Nothing planned. If it was meant to be, it just would. The scenes, they had put a lot of heart and thought into it. No special CGI or sound effects in play. Those movies usually have a greater impact, if not on your mind, in your soul. If slightly slow moving movies with deep story lines isn’t your thing, I don’t recommend it. It’s not for everyone. Apart from it being a little draggy, still pretty good.
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