The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)

lego-movie-2-second-part-2019-movie-reviewDirector: Mike Mitchell

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family

Runtime: 107 Minutes

Main Cast: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish, Stephanie Beatriz, Alison Brie, Maya Rudolph, Nick Offerman, Charlie Day, Will Ferrell, Richard Ayoade

Plot: The Lego Movie 2 picks up right where the last one left off – with the Duplo bricks taking over. It’s now 5 years later and things are getting worse. Emmett and his friends are now facing invaders from outer space, destroying anything that looks cute.

My Thoughts: It’s weird to think that this is the only sequel to the original Lego Movie thanks to the spin-offs we’ve had. I almost think its taken a bit of the excitement away but nonetheless, I was really looking forward to checking in with these beloved characters. I love animation, I love comedies and I love Lego, so I knew I would enjoy this.

There are some things I knew I could expect from the sequel. Witty one-liners, and the kind of jokes I’ve come to love from both Lego movies and games. Inventive names like the Sis-Star System, and Queen Whatevra Wa-Nabi. Will Arnett continues to be my favourite Batman yet (sorry Christian Bale) and inside jokes you’ll only understand if you watched the original. “Honey, where are my pants?”. So it’s safe to say the writers know what works and stick to their guns!

What I wasn’t expecting was to fall for was *MILD SPOILER* the Frozen-style plot twist halfway through. Why am I so gullible?! It felt like this installment was more geared towards children than the original, with its morals and family-orientated story, but that’s hardly a negative comment. To be honest, I’ve never really grown up, so you’ll find me in my car on the way to work playing Catchy Song and Gotham City Guys on repeat. The extra songs were a welcome addition!

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All in all, though it might have lost the original magic that the very first movie had, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is still a solid movie!

Best Bit: Rex Dangervest, Galaxy defending archaeologist, cowboy, and raptor trainer. You may as well have just called him Chris Pratt, he’s covered all of those roles now! Thinking about it…that was probably the joke…wake up, Allie.
Plus Queen Whatevra Wa-Nabi’s song was funny enough to begin with, and even funnier once you’ve seen the whole movie.

Worst Bit: So many cool characters from the first movie ended up being pointless in the sequel, and it felt like they’d just been stuck in for the sake of it. I’m looking at you, MetalBeard, Benny, Surfer Dave…I’m sure I spotted Good Cop/Bad Cop at one point, too.

Fun Trivia: Actress Stephanie Beatriz (Sweet Mayhem) has a signature small scar on her right eyebrow which was caused by, ironically enough, tripping on a piece of LEGO when she was 10 years old.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Lego Duplo sets. I’m holding on to every day that goes by that my living room floor isn’t covered in these bricks. Thankfully, the Mega Bloks we have at the moment are far too big to be dangerous to my feet.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

how-to-train-dragon-hidden-world-posterDirector: Dean DeBlois

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Main Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harington

Plot: After rescuing countless dragons, Hiccup and the rest of the clan are rapidly outgrowing the Isle of Berk. They’re also becoming well-known to other, nefarious clans with sinister motives.

My Thoughts: There was no way that I would miss seeing a How to Train Your Dragon movie but truth be told, I wasn’t a fan of the second one. I was annoyed when what could have been a great plot twist was flaunted in every single trailer, and the whole thing just seemed messy. That said, I’m super happy to say that The Hidden World goes back to its simpler routes, and is a really satisfying finale to the series.

Toothless of course is the star of the show again, this time he’s found a female Night Fury (or Light Fury) and becomes rather lovesick – not helpful when you’re the alpha in the pack and your entire clan is on the run of course. The scenes where he’s trying to impress his love interest are nothing but adorable and quite hilarious!

What is it about animated family movies that make me cry so much? Scrap that – we all know that everything makes me cry now but still! As an almost 30-year-old woman, I should have seen where the story was going but I didn’t and my heart broke into tiny little pieces.

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Still, I love how it was all tied up in the end. It was the perfect ending and so magical for children, too. I wish every series would end on a high like this, instead of churning out sequel after sequel until no one cares anymore.

Best Bit: SAND. Sorry Anakin but you should see how pretty the sand is! It sounds silly I know but it just shows how amazing technology is these days. The visuals in the whole movie were amazing, and I loved the dragon scale armor that Hiccup and the gang wore too. Seriously cool!

Worst Bit: The whole ‘Berk is more than this island, WE are Berk’ speech sounded really familiar. Have you guys been watching Thor: Ragnarok lately?

Fun Trivia: DreamWorks Animation’s first trilogy in which each movie was distributed by a different film studio: Paramount distributed How to Train Your Dragon (2010), 20th Century Fox distributed How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and Universal will be distributing How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019).
(For such a fun movie, all the trivia I could find was really dull!)

My Rating: 3 and a half Viking sailboats, riding towards the misty waterfalls…

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BAFTAs 2019: Predictions & Wishes

It’s the BAFTAs tomorrow night! If you didn’t know, I’ve always loved BAFTA night. It’s the only awards show that’s easy to watch in the UK, and for some reason, I’ve watched them for years, even before I got into blogging. I remember in 2012 rooting for Argo to win everything it was nominated for simply because it was the only movie I’d actually watched.

Anyway, it’s always a bit of fun putting together some predictions for the night. I think my husband thinks I’m a bit nuts when each award starts and I’m frantically flicking through pieces of paper to remind myself what I predicted would win! I’ve never been very accurate in my guesses but I’m not hardcore enough to even understand half of the subjects – plus the BAFTAs can be random at the best of times.

So without further ado, here are the nominees in full for the 2019 EE BAFTA Awards, as well as my predictions and wishes for the winners:

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BEST FILM
BlacKkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
A Star Is Born

My gut says Green Book is going to win, and I wouldn’t be mad either because I liked it much more than I thought I would. I’d still love to see A Star Is Born take it though.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Beast
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
McQueen
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

I can’t see any scenario where Bohemian Rhapsody doesn’t win this unless they get scared of the backlash and give it to the dull Stan & Ollie instead. I want The Favourite to win.

LEADING ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Christian Bale – Vice
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan – Stan & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book

He’s winning it everywhere else so I can’t see Rami Malek losing the BAFTA. A girl can dream of Bradley Cooper winning though.

LEADING ACTRESS
Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Viola Davis – Widows

I’m so torn on this category. I think Olivia Colman will win but I don’t know who I would pick myself. I would honestly be over the moon for any of these ladies, with the exception of Glenn Close.

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell – Vice
Timothee Chalamet – Beautiful Boy

This is equally as tough for me! I think Mahershala Ali will take it, he deserves it too, but I would give my left arm to see Adam Driver win, and Richard E Grant was fantastic as well!

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – Vice
Claire Foy – First Man
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Margot Robbie – Mary Queen of Scots
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

It was a good run, but I’m entering clueless territory now. I haven’t the foggiest who will win this one but I love Emma Stone so she gets my vote!

DIRECTOR
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski – Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos – The Favourite
Alfonso Cuaron – Roma
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born

This is the one where I’m hoping the BAFTAs will be random and let Bradley Cooper have the award he really deserves!

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Jessie Buckley
Cynthia Erivo
Barry Keoghan
Lakeith Stanfield
Letitia Wright

This has been the easiest year for me to decide my vote. Lakeith Stanfield has been amazing in everything I’ve seen him in – he fully deserves it!

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Apostasy – Daniel Kokotajlo (writer/director)
Beast – Michael Pearce (writer/director), Lauren Dark (producer)
A Cambodian Spring – Chris Kelly (writer/director/producer)
Pili – Leanne Welham (writer/director), Sophie Harman (producer)
Ray & Liz – Richard Billingham (writer/director), Jacqui Davies (producer)

Oh boy, here comes my first eeny meeny miney mo pick…Beast!

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Capernaum
Cold War
Dogman
Roma
Shoplifters

Being the uncultured swine that I am, I haven’t seen any of these. Surely with it’s Best Picture nomination, Roma will win it, although I’ve heard great things about Shoplifters.

DOCUMENTARY
Free Solo
McQueen
RBG
They Shall Not Grow Old
Three Identical Strangers

I think the only documentary I’ve seen recently was to do with Britain’s favourite biscuit…sorry. I’ve heard a lot about Free Solo though so let’s throw a prediction that way.

ANIMATED FILM
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Is it just me or is this category weirdly weak compared to recent years? I’m hedging my bets on Isle of Dogs for the technical element, but I’ll probably kick myself when Spider-Man wins.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Cold War
The Favourite
Green Book
Roma
Vice

I can’t decide whether The Favourite or Green Book is going to win…I keep changing my mind. I think The Favourite has the most nominations though so I’m going with that.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
BlacKkKlansman
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
First Man
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

You know what? Let’s throw caution to the wind. In my notes I’d scribbled down A Star Is Born for this one but I think BlacKkKlansman is more deserving.

ORIGINAL MUSIC
BlacKkKlansman
If Beale Street Could Talk
Isle of Dogs
Mary Poppins Returns
A Star Is Born

Mary Poppins feels like a good pick, but only a couple of pieces were really that memorable, so I’m going to go with A Star Is Born (and probably regret it).

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Bohemian Rhapsody
Cold War
The Favourite
First Man
Roma

I think The Favourite is the obvious choice here – but if First Man is going to pick up anything on the night it’ll be this one.

COSTUME DESIGN
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Queen of Scots

Boo to big, poofy skirts – this is England, surely every studio wardrobe has an abundance of them. I want Mary Poppins to win, the costumes were gorgeous.

EDITING
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
First Man
Roma
Vice

I haven’t seen Vice yet but if it was edited in the same way as The Big Short I feel like it stands a good chance. Plus I haven’t chosen it for anything else yet – let’s do it!

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
The Favourite
First Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Roma

I’m sorry but the sets on Mary Poppins Returns were just magical – please let it win!

MAKE-UP AND HAIR
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
Mary Queen of Scots
Stan & Ollie
Vice

I haven’t seen it (and can’t summon the desire to) but the make-up and hair in the trailer for Mary Queen of Scots was so crazy that I think it could win.

SOUND
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place
A Star Is Born

Please oh please let A Quiet Place win!

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
First Man
Ready Player One

I don’t care if everyone else feels pretty ‘meh’ about Ready Player One, I loved it and the CGI was brilliant, so it gets my vote.

Glass (2019)

glass-2019-movie-poster-reviewDirector: M. Night Shyamalan

Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Runtime: 129 Minutes

Main Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlyane Woodard, Luke Kirby, Adam David Thompson

Plot: David Dunn, the security guard we all remember from Unbreakable (2000) is using his powers, with the help of his Son, to track down Kevin Wendell Crumb, as well as the rest of ‘The Horde’.

My Thoughts: So I really didn’t know much about Glass before heading out to see it. I’ve obviously seen Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) so I knew all about the characters, but I knew nothing about what Glass would actually be about. One thing for sure is, boy have I missed Bruce Willis on the big screen! I haven’t seen anything from him in a long time, and he’s always fun to watch.

I have to be careful how much I say about the plot because there are a few twists and turns that I don’t want to ruin. So keeping it brief, the introduction of Sarah Paulson’s character really shakes things up in terms of what we’re lead to believe…but there’s such strong evidence it’s really hard to fully get on board with this theory.

What was really neat thought was to find out more about our three main characters, especially David and Mr Glass, who we haven’t learned about in almost 20 years (20 years!!). The story of when Mr Glass was a child was particularly hard to watch, as heartbreaking as it was.

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Best Bit: James McAvoy just absolutely shines in this role, or should that be in these roles. I thought the same thing when I watched Split, but I don’t think anyone else could play it/them anywhere near as well. The fact that you can tell which personality has ‘come to the light’ by McAvoy’s facial expressions alone is just fantastic.

Worst Bit: What an anti-climatic ending. The screen I was in was quite busy and everyone seemed to have the same ‘oh’ reaction. I’m not saying I could have written a better ending myself of course but still. Couldn’t we have just had Mark Wahlberg show up, tie the movies into the ‘The Happening’ events? Shyamalan Cinematic Universe anyone? After the amazing moment in the credits of finding out Split’s connections, I was really hoping for something else…

Fun Trivia: James McAvoy based one of his 23 multiple personalities on a young Saoirse Ronan. The pair had worked together on “Atonement”.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 clovers, reminding me of another funny opportunity. Was anyone else hoping Glass would suddenly reveal a connection to the Cloverfield Universe? Clearly, all I wanted from this movie was a dumb tie-in…

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