The Phantom Menace: 20 Years

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I don’t know what is scarier. The fact it’s been twenty years since I finished my first year of college or that The Phantom Menace is twenty years old today. Hard to believe it’s been that long.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see the movie opening day, but I didn’t wait long. This was the movie that would introduce me to Ewan McGregor and my love for Obi-Wan would grow even more.

While most people weren’t fans of Jar Jar Binks. I would say the one scene I didn’t care for was the pod racing. Otherwise, I loved the movie. How could I not? It’s Star Wars.

Happy Birthday, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The Meg

6266706_saSurprisingly, The Meg was not that bad.  I sat down with some popcorn and a drink and was ready for a good laugh. The movie trailer made me think of SyFy. You know, one of those cheesy shark movies. But, it was at the library so I had to grab it.

It starts off with Jonas having to face the past. He is called to help others trapped at the bottom of the ocean. There, along with others, it is discovered that Megalodon might not be extinct after all. Jonas and the others go after it before there are many victims at a nearby beach.

I didn’t hate it, but I don’t know if I could see me buying it for my movie collection. It’s no Jaws. It is a step up from Sharknado. But, that’s not saying much. I would take it over Deep Blue Sea.

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Christmas At Pemberley Manor

img_2395-1I’m a sucker for Hallmark movies. Come this time of year when the Christmas movies come out, I’m definitely all for it. If you have gotten to know me, you know how I love Jane Austen and all things Pride and Prejudice.

Not only is there one with the theme of Pride and Prejudice, but there is two this year for movies. The first new movie to kick off the Christmas movies was Christmas at Pemberley Manor. I couldn’t watch it live, so I made sure to record it for later.

Sunday, I got all comfy ready to watch my favorite fictional couple find their way to each other. I’ll admit it, I was excited to know who would play George Wickham’s character. There is just something about Wickham. You know you shouldn’t love the bad boy. But, you can’t help it. Of course, you know in the end you won’t love him. But, it doesn’t matter how many times I read the book or have seen the different movie versions. I have a soft spot for Wickham until he turns into a complete jerk.

Back to the movie. I want to give this a positive review, but I can’t. The only way I can give it a positive review is if it had nothing to do with Pride and Prejudice.

The only thing that it had to do with Pride and Prejudice? Character names and the name of the manor. But, the manor? It was more like a house, not a mansion.

Darcy is my favorite all-time male character. The guy I would love to have if he were real. I didn’t fall for this Darcy. I can fall for the one in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. But, this one? Not even close. I even liked the Darcy from the other Hallmark movie, Unleashing Mr. Darcy. The Darcy in this movie? He was just a typical business guy. No one special. He was nice from the beginning. We need some tension coming from Darcy. He and Elizabeth are to get off on the wrong start. I didn’t even feel that from the beginning.

Elizabeth is also to have some judgment in her. She was way too nice.

Caroline, Elizabeth’s boss? She started off nice, and she did turn a little mean in the movie. But, she turns around and is nice again. That’s not the Caroline we know and love to hate.

George? George was way too friendly to be Wickham. Unless he’s not supposed to be based off Wickham. Which I might be able to see the more I think about it. Because this George had no hatred towards Darcy. And his feelings towards Elizabeth seemed real.

Now I worry about the next movie based on Pride and Prejudice. I’m hoping it will be better because that one is actually based off a book that was released, I believe last year? I read that book and liked it. It had a reverse role where it made Darcy, female. So fingers crossed on that one. I can’t remember when it airs. So, keep your eye out for that post.

I hope I didn’t discourage you from seeing this movie. If you are a Hallmark movie fan, I think you might still like it. If you are a Pride and Prejudice fan? I would love for you to see it. Would love to discuss this with you. I would be curious to see if there are any Jane Austen fans who liked this.

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

 

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It had been years since I read Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Maybe late twenties or closer to mid twenties. Hard to say.  It wasn’t my first time. I did read it as a kid. It’s the first book in a series. After re-reading it, I might eventually continue on with the books. First, I’ll have to tackle the other books on my ever growing list. Anyways, back to Wrinkle in Time. I did enjoy reading it again. I finished it pretty much in the morning and afternoon. There had been so much I had forgotten. As I was reading it, I remembered some and had forgotten some. Would I say the book was better than the movie? In some cases, yes. Both in this case. I like both in their own way.

Now to the movie. When I first heard Chris Pine was in it. I won’t lie, excitement hit. It is Chris Pine after all. Beard and all, you gotta love him.

We meet Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace. They go on a mission to find Meg and Charles Wallace’s father. The three go along with the three witches; Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. Although, I don’t think in the movie they were called witches. Where in the book they are called witches. The six of them travel through a tesseract. Think of it as a wrinkle in time. The tesseract is a dimension that makes time travel go a lot easier. I won’t get too much into it, because I don’t want to spoil the book or the movie. As they look for Mr. Murry, they go on an adventure. Not the safest adventure, but it’s definitely something the three won’t forget.

I did find the ending went pretty quick. I know they can’t do every scene in the book, but I kind of wish they had shown more of Aunt Beast. I had pictured her in a certain way. I had looked forward to seeing how they visualized  her. We had a second to see her. She looked like a jellyfish in that quick second. Not how I pictured her. I always pictured her a cross between Big Foot and an octopus.

This movie though I think was done at the right time. I remember it being done in the early 2000’s. But, with today’s graphics. They did so much more. This is one of those movies were computer graphics can come in handy.

Hope to see it one more time before it leaves the theater.