Movie Monday #1

Welcome to the first ever Movie Monday, a meme started by my friend, Cambria Hebert. In this meme, I am going to talk about all things movie related. Whether it’s to show off a trailer to an upcoming movie I want to see, or a review of a movie that I’ve recently seen.

I thought I would kick off Movie Monday with a review of the movie, Brave.

Now, let me start off by saying that I don’t usually go to the movies because of how expensive they are.  Therefore, I am extremely picky with what movies I see.

When I first saw the trailers for the movie Brave, I thought it was going to be a cute and fun movie.

What I wasn’t expecting, was how deep and emotional it was.

No, seriously…I literally laughed out loud and was crying like a baby right until the very end.

Even my fiance loved it..

For those of you who don’t know what Brave is about, it is a little taste of Scottish history and legends.  It is about a princess named Merida, who is a firey spirit, and a bit unconventional unlike her mother.  Naturally, when her mother tells her that she is to be presented to suiters for marriage, Merida freaks out (who wouldn’t?).  This of course causes a rift in the relationship between Merida and her mother, and the story goes on from there.

The moral of the story is basically this: Becareful what you wish for, and always take the time to listen to what the other person is saying.

Overall, this is a MUST SEE movie.  Kids: I know we all get angry and annoyed with our parents, but they are usually very wise and I know we don’t always want to hear it at the time of the argument, but they usually know what they are talking about. Parents: Make sure to at least “hear” what your child is saying and come up with a compromise if they really are unhappy.  Take a look at what happened to Merida and the Queen.  You don’t want that to happen to you and your kids, do you?

All in all, I LOVED this movie, and highly recommend it.

Movie Review: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Title: Breaking Dawn: Part 1

Rating: PG-13

Producer: Summit

Review Rating: 1 star

The review

Let me start off by saying that I HATE writing negative reviews.  Being a professional writer, I know they hurt, but, they are a necessary evil. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let me continue on with my review.

I used to be a Twilighter.  Yes, yes I know you’re shocked aren’t you?  I admit that at one point I got caught up in the Twilight saga love triangle when it first came out. Heck, for years I used to role play as Edward Cullen on Myspace, and it was fun. However, as I began writing my own novels, I came back down to reality, and realized just how horrible the series really was.  Stephenie Meyer became the reason why I write about vampires and shifters to begin with…I wanted to prove to the world that VAMPIRES DO NOT SPARKLE.

Anyway, back to my review of Breaking Dawn Part 1. I knew that there was a reason why I didn’t wait online at midnight for this movie.  There was also a reason why I didn’t rush to buy it when it first came out on DVD.  It was entertainingly horrid! (Thank you, Makalia for those choice of words!).  Now, I’ll admit, I cried in the beginning during the wedding scene. HOWEVER, it was also due to the fact that I kept picturing myself in Bella’s shoes and Kevin (my fiance) in Edward’s.  I kept telling myself, “This is NOT how a wedding should be.”  In my personal opinion, the scenery was ugly, and Alice did a craptacular job at planning.  Now, it’s not the actresses fault at all. No, it was the screen writer’s fault for doing such an awful job with writing the script.  You would think that a wedding was supposed to be beautiful, but that wasn’t the case here.

The acting in Breaking Dawn Part 1 was mediocre, if not totally wretched.  There were a couple of believable scenes in the movie, but they were few and far between.  It was slow going, and there honestly wasn’t enough action.  I personally think that Summit Entertainment could have gotten away with making Breaking Dawn into one part.

The movie’s saving grace? The wolves.  They were the truest to their parts, and I actually found myself cheering when Sam had his claws up against Edward’s throat.  I remember saying out loud, “kill him! Kill the leech!” The thing that pissed me off about the wolves? The writers left out that Jacob goes off in search to find his imprint.  I was honestly really looking forward to seeing that. They also didn’t properly explain the whole imprinting thing, which was a HUGE mistake on their end. They snuck it in the movie at the tail end without really explaining what the big deal is. I don’t know about you guys, but I was left asking, “wtf?” If I hadn’t read the books, I would have been totally lost.

And, honestly, even the honeymoon scenes were VERY disappointing. Yes, there was sex, but honestly, I expected Bella to have a hell of a lot more bruises on her then she did.  I was truly disappointed overall.  So much so, I can’t even comment on it properly.

Over all? I thought this movie was absolutely painstakingly awful.  It was a waste of time and money. Don’t get me wrong; I know that it impossible to totally go by the books with any movie, BUT, they did an AWFUL job with transcribing it into screenplay format.  If you’re looking for a time killer, then by all means pick up a copy and see for yourself just how horrible this movie is. BUT, if you are looking for a great action/romance/thriller movie, don’t waist your time or money with this one.

There you have it folks…my review.

Book & Movie review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

So, I’ve decided that I am going to start reviewing books that I’ve already read, and haven’t reviewed yet.  I’d like your input at the end of the posts, ESPECIALLY if you’ve read the book or have watched the movies (if said book I am reviewing has already been turned into a movie.)  Without further adieu, I give you my first review on this blog!

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Miramax

My rating: 4 stars

My Review:  This was a wickedly great book in my personal opinion.  I love books that have to do with Greek Mythology, and this was right up my alley.  I unfortunately, however, watched the movie version before I read the book.  BUT, once I sat down to read the actual book, I fell in love with it.  The movie made so much more sense after I read it.  Rick Riordan’s characters come to life in this action packed book. Would I read the rest of the series? Of course! Would I read it over & over again? Probably not.  At least, not until I’ve read every other book on my selves first.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really well written book, and it held my attention from start to finish. BUT, I have to be honest…I didn’t really care all that much about Percy Jackson.  I enjoyed reading more about the evil, underlying plot behind it.  Now, it could have had something to do with the fact that I made the mistake of watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, but something tells me no, that isn’t the case.  All in all, if you’re a mythology buff, I’d recommend the book. It’s a fast-paced, easy YA read that will leave you wanting to know more.  There is a lot of action and adventure, and I would totally recommend it.

Book Vs. Movie

My rating: 3 stars

The movie did not do the book justice.  In fact, in my personal opinion, the movie down right stunk. Yes, there was action, and a decent storyline, but unless you’ve read the book, and know anything about Greek Mythology and the gods, you will probably be lost.  BUT, if you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, and are looking for a good time waster, then you will probably enjoy watching the movie.  The three stars mostly go towards all the action and special effects.  The acting was decent, but like I said, the storyline butchered the book in my opinion.