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Today, I’m celebrating movies. As always, I’ve been watching lots of movies.
The reviews below are all of movies released 2013. I’ve also included a list of the movies I’m desperate to (will at some point) see.
Have you seen any of these movies? Do you agree with my reviews?
The Great Gatsby (2013) – I love this story and it’s theme – Life is not about the accumulation of things which mean nothing without someone to share them. I didn’t like the directors choice to play contemporary music in place of music which would have been played at Gatsby’s parties, though. Why? It irritated me throughout. But then I hate dance music anyway. The movie, the performance, the classic tale still earned it 8/10
Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) – I enjoyed this darker take on the classic tale. I always enjoyed this story as a child, and this retelling added layers without cliché or annoying and unnecessary re-writing. Well acted and fun. 7/10
Mama (2013) – Scary, creepy! If you like spooky horror about the link between hell and earth, between good and evil, this is a good choice. 8/10
Beautiful Creatures (2013) – This was only okay, for me. I’m glad I watched it because overall I enjoyed it, but think it was more focussed on the younger crowd (13 – 16 yrs) unsurprisingly. I would watch the next in the series but it hasn’t made me rush out to read the books.6.5/10
Warm Bodies (2013) – Oh my, I just LOVED this movie. I must get the book. I only watched this because nothing else grabbed me. I’m not a huge fan of mixing horror with romance or humour, but this TOTALLY works. Highly recommended. 10/10
Iron Man 3 (2013) – Not my favourite, probably the worst so far. But considering I think the whole is series is damn good, that’s not saying I didn’t rate it. I still want the box set 😀 8/10
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) – This had huge possibility and yet… Bleh! Okay, I’ll say 5/10.
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) – Nice enough – not a patch on the original. 6/10
World War Z (2013) – Didn’t totally believe in Brads choice of bride or in their pain of separation and I wasn’t overwhelmed with the tenuous ending. Also, apparently the only thing the movie had in common with the book (I haven’t read it, have you?) is the title and the zombies? But… the rest of this non-gore zombie horror was entertaining 7/10
The Host (2013) – I read the book when it first came out, and although I loved the story, I’d say Stephanie Meyer enjoys writing overly long books, and this was no exception. I should write a review at some point. I’d say this was a really enjoyable book, and the movie did it justice (without the wordiness). 8/10
The Conjuring (2013) – I really loved this horror. Seriously spooky, some great scary moments, the story wasn’t massively original, but hey, I’m giving this a 9/10! So there 🙂
The Lone Ranger (2013) – Johnny Depp (I am a fan usually) plays Captain Jack dressed as a native Indian (so I’m immediately disappointed). The rest of the movie was enjoyable enough, but nothing special. I hoped for more, but I can see why it bombed (so far). 6/10
Man of Steel (2013) A young itinerant worker is forced to confront his secret extraterrestrial heritage when Earth is invaded by members of his race. 143 mins of a darker, more intense dose of the Super-duper hulk from Space. 9/10
Kick-Ass 2 (2013) The costumed high-school hero Kick-Ass joins with a group of normal citizens who have been inspired to fight crime in costumes. Meanwhile, the Red Mist plots an act of revenge that will affect everyone Kick-Ass loves. I adore this double-act. The first movie took me by surprise. I thought it’d be a children’s movie and a bit crass. Nope. I was simple AWESOME! This lost out on the surprise element, but it was still a great and entertaining movie. 9/10
Star Trek: Into The Darkness (2013): My hubs and I really enjoyed this movie and it sets up the next one nicely. Great villains, great hers, great settings, and a dash of humour and revelation. Marvellous for fans and newbies alike. 9/10
Some movies I’m bursting to see:
This Is the End (2013) While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.
Thor: The Dark World (2013) When Jane Foster is targeted by the denizens of the dark world of Svartalfheim, Thor sets out on a quest to protect her at all costs.
Oblivion (2013) UPDATE: I saw this, and it was okay – 7/10. I’m not a huge Tom fan, but this movie was original and well done, just lacked a certain something. A veteran assigned to extract Earth’s remaining resources begins to question what he knows about his mission and himself. (124 mins.)
What about you? Which movies have you seen lately? Which were your favourites and which ones are you just bursting to see?
Must announce that on 23rd of September my first ever Goodreads giveaway began and lasts for one month. You can find it here: http://bit.ly/1duJm1o. Please go enter to win one paperback copy of Finding Esta. If you would, please mention it somewhere, that would also be wonderful!
Also, the same day (I stupidly forgot to mention this huge detail in the recent newsletter I sent out – blame the brain fog) my review tour will begin. Details can be found on the My Writing page. This is so exciting, but also nerve-racking. Wish me luck that the reviews are good, or at least not horrendous. :/
I’ll be mentioning these details for a while, on the odd blog post, just to ensure everyone is up to date with the news. 🙂