I finally got to see Dunkirk last night.  Mom and her friend had plans to see it back in July, but then her friend kind of bailed.

Anyway, Dunkirk is a story of World War II.  The enemy – presumably the Germans – had pushed the British and the French all the way to the coast, and the sea was their only hope of escape.

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Wonder Woman

On Monday, I finally got to see Wonder Woman. 

 Formatted as a frame story it explores her origins.  As the only child on a mysterious island of Amazonian women, Diana was very sheltered growing up.  However, everything changed when Steve Trevor finds his way to the island during World War II.  When he explains what is happening in “the world of men,” Diana makes the decision to leave the island and help him fight the war.

This movie is amazing. The stunts were second to none. Viewers will be on the edge of their seats.  It’s definitely high octane action and adventure.

Gal Gadot was the perfect Wonder Woman. Chris Pine was a really good spy.  And they definitely had chemistry.  Not just romantic either; they work well together.

The most surprising performance was probably that of David Thewlis.  He’s better known as Profess Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter franchise.  It was different to see him play a villain like Ares, but he’s good at it.  Probably because it’s just that – different and unexpected.

Natasha Richardson as Elizabeth James

If you read my other post, you’ll know that I recently became re-obsessed, if you will, with Disney’s 1998 version of The Parent Trap.

Since that last post, I’ve pretty much been playing my favorite song from the soundtrack through YouTube constantly.  I’ve also found the movie clip that features the song.

Which brings me to what I am writing today.  I’ve been able to play the song without a problem, but I have a bit of a hard time watching the video.  It’s a trigger because of the innocence issue I talked about before.

When I’m listening to the song by itself, I don’t have a problem because I can think about any situation that fits the lyrics.  When I’m watching the video, however,  I can’t escape the mother-daughter dynamic in the context of the film.  It’s too perfect.

When I first saw it after not having seen it in a long time, I was on the verge of tears.  I can keep my emotions in check now after having seen it a handful of times, but it still stings a bit.

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Rogue One

Before I went back to school at the end of Christmas break, I got to see Rogue One.  Here’s a quick summary from IMDB:

The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

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Towards the end of Thanksgiving break, I went to see Moana.  Here’s a quick synopsis from IMDB:

In ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

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Miss Peregrine’s Movie

When it first came out, I went to see Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children with a friend.  As far as I could tell, it was spot on, except they mixed up Olive and Emma’s powers. The ending was different too.  The visuals were stunning, but it was scarier than I thought it would be.  Reading it is one thing, but seeing  it is completely different. If you get a chance to see it, do so.  Even if you haven’t read the book, you can still follow it.  You won’t regret it.


Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostbusters 2016

On Friday night, I saw the remake of Ghostbusters.  I’d seen parts of the original, so I definitely wanted to see this one.  And you can’t go wrong with Melissa McCarthy anyway.

It was really funny.  Even Mom was laughing out loud.  But I should start with the story first.  After her past comes back to haunt her, Dr. Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) loses her chance of tenure at Columbia.  When she gets fired, she confronts her friend who released her book to the public, and who worked on the book with her.  Her friend, Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), didn’t back down, standing by her decision to put their book online.  Everybody thought it was nonsense.  But soon enough, they see their first ghost.

Now to the cast.  They didn’t disappoint.  Some of the actors from the original made cameos, which was really cool.   I’d like to address Chris Hemsworth’s character in the movie.  He was actually most of the comedy, being the eye candy yet stupid receptionist.  I don’t remember where, but I saw a post about how someone was really disappointed about this.  But, if you think about it, his character was a profound yet  subtle role reversal.  How many times has the receptionist type character in movies been a stupid woman who only serves as eye candy for her male coworkers – her looks being the only reason she still has the job?  The same role has now been projected on Chris Hemsworth’s character, Kevin.  It takes him pretty much the entire movie just to figure out how to answer the phone.  This movie seems to turn everything around gender roles on its head.