Age of Adaline

This movie was released on April 24, 2015 in theatres across North America. I am usually the one friend to go with when love stories hit theatres. Additionally, this movie featured one of my favourite actresses: therefore, how could I miss out?

Straight up: I thought from watching the many trailers online, this movie would be right up my alley for tragic love comedies. However, it was much too slow for my liking. I believe this movie would be interesting for those whom like the slow shooting of movies and the explanation of every detail that lies behind every character, relationship, and storyline.

There were times when the scientific explanations were not carried out well. And other times when certain characters acted in extremely unusual ways.

However, I do not think I will spoil the movie any further for those whom are planning to watch this film.

To summarize: this movie is for moviegoers whom enjoy rustic and elegant backdrops, costumes, and old-Englishian styles of movie shooting. It is a bit slow at times, but the storyline is appreciative of the romance the 2 main characters share.

Movie Rating: 3.5 stars

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The Imitation Game Movie

For some, this movie may seem to be too much of an intellectual and “thinking” – type of film to see with friends or “for fun”. My opinion? This movie makes you think; in a way where you are always on the edge of your seat to want to know what is coming next, what the characters will attempt to do, to be, to want.

The storyline, although not completely representative of the life Alan Turing led, is tied up nicely and portrayed with a delicate yet believable touch.

If you have the time or curiosity to go see this film, please do. It is worth every second. Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley served this movie justice, tenfold.

What If

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The original movie title had been coined “What If”, but in theatres throughout North America, it had undergone the name change to “The F Word”. For some, upon first hearing the title may believe it to be implying the swear word, however, in actuality, it is referencing “friend”.

This movie revolves around the friendship of two Torontonians – Wallace & Chantry. After Wallace discovers Chantry has a boyfriend, he decides to not continue the friendship, as he believes nothing will come out of it. However, circumstances bring the two back together, and quickly, the audience is drawn into the depths of the pairs’ instant connection in everything: Fool’s Gold, magnetic word conundrums, Whip Cream.

At parts where it is apparent the love that Chantry and her boyfriend of 5 years share is genuine, you cannot help but also root for Wallace to win over Chantry. It is also apparent that the pair occasionally work to restraint themselves to never cross the limits that are there out of respect for Chantry’s boyfriend.

Sadly, a friendship between a girl and a guy almost always, does hit road bumps.

It is bittersweet sometimes as throughout the movie you can feel the problematic thoughts that Chantry internally faces when she is around Wallace. Questions of following her heart or following her mind. Sticking with what is familiar or trying something new. We all face these dilemmas now and then, but never truly getting a definite answer of whether the choice we make is the correct one or not.

A simple and funny romantic comedy. Does it end happily? Or bittersweetly like many endings as seen before? I think this is a movie that deserves a solid 7/10 and for those new couples, or even for those friends whom are borderline “dealing” but know something more will inevitably emerge – hit the theatres for this Radcliffe-Razan love story, maybe it’ll be the push that opens up something new.

A short clip from the movie on how to make “Fool’s Gold”

The Giver

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The Giver, by Lois Lowry. Movie adaptation based on the well-known, well-loved novel was released in theatres August 15th, 2014.

For those whom have read the book in its entirety I feel are at an advantage to those whom go into the theatre exposed to Lowry’s dystopian storyline which encapsulates the characters and us, the audience, in grey and emotionless settings.

Though the storyline may seem strange and out of order for those whom do not have any background on Lowry’s intentions, I found the actors’ and actresses’ acting were spot on. Fionas’ confusion towards those newfound feelings which flood through her as she missed her morning injection. Jonas’ pain and sadness upon feeling pain and suffering. Gabriels’ laughter and happiness upon experiencing love and kindness. Money ultimately can never buy any of these intangible things.

Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader

So, I had a semi-Narnian-marathon with my friend last night. Sitting on the couch, eyes glued to the screen, at times when I glanced over, I often chuckled at her every expression in response to each of the exciting, sad, happy, and devastating parts of the film. For those of you that may not know, “Narnian” movies are the  set of movies based on the acclaimed series by C.S. Lewis. Written over 50 years ago, it has become a series that is loved by generations of all ages, little children merely learning to read to elders on their rocking chairs, flipping through the pages, devouring the plot line as if they were plagued with literary hunger. Though I was multitasking at the same time and not entirely focused on the movie, I still caught the beauty and story line that came with the dramatic sound effects and intense acting on the characters’ parts.

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There were many parts where subconsciously the elements of Christianity raided my thoughts. I am often one to look and prod for the deeper meaning behind certain parts in the plot. Moments such as where the White Witch tempted Edmund with the riches and splendor if he would take her hand and abandon his title of King on the ship, is reminiscent of the hold that the devil has on certain people in this world and their deep desires. Even Lucy’s wish to become Susan, whom some may deem small, had her realize she forfeited her desire to being Lucy Pevensie and believed she could toss it all away for the mere beauty of Susan’s that she was ever so jealous of and yearned to possess.

Sometimes we humans don’t remember, or think of the many blessings that we’ve been given in this life of ours. Always looking towards the riches of others who possess qualities of being prettier, smarter, taller, thinner, we see so many things that we lack… and just wish we could have it all.

God wants us to be proud and happy with whatever we may have. There are people out there who have to constantly worry about having enough food for the day, or enough clothes to wear to keep warm at night, or even whether they would survive to see the next day. Maybe we’ve been so fortunate to have all our limbs intact, our loving family members alive and well and at our sides, plentiful meals to nourish our bodies by everyday, and things that keep us happy throughout the day, that we forget not everyone is entitled to these basic things that we so easily take for granted.

Be thankful.

For when one day God decides to take it all away, would you still look towards Him with the love and happiness you have now?

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