Five Movie Reviews

Hey guys, I’ve watched a bunch of movies lately, and wanted to share my thoughts on them. Think of these as mini reviews. One of my goals for this year was to watch more movies, as I tend to stick to television shows. Netflix has come in handy for this, as I have a ton of options to choose from.

Here we go.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The only movie on this list to be seen in the theatres. Rory and I were both fairly keen to watch this movie. I’m always fond of musicals, and since watching the movie, I still listen to a lot of the soundtrack.

Plot wise, the movie felt a little predictable to me. I also feel like they could have fleshed out more of the characters. That being said, the aesthetic, choreography, cinematography, music, and all that was amazing in the film. They nailed all of it and more, and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen!

I rate it 4 stars.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris, until Tris’ friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah’s drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick’s band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

I had just finished watching Juno, and felt that I could stand to watch another Michael Cera teen movie. So one January afternoon, while doing my jigsaw puzzle, I put this on.

I honestly didn’t care too much about this movie. It didn’t really grab me, and the characters felt quite one-dimensional. It pretty much became background noise, and I only checked in every now and then but could still keep up with the plot. In the end, it was just another teen comedy.

I rate it 2 stars.

Don Jon (2013)

New Jersey bartender Jon Martello knows what’s important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests — and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.

A more mature film choice, but it had Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johanssen in it, so I was intrigued. Plus, the New Jersey accents in the trailer had me hooked.

I did pay more attention to this film. It was hilarious, sweet, weird, sometimes emotional and just so much fun. The plot of this felt like it could fall into that weird genre of movie that relies solely on raunchy humour and gags, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulled off something way better. Props to him.

I rate it 4 stars.

Something Borrowed (2011)

Though Rachel is a successful attorney and a loyal, generous friend, she is still single. After one drink too many at her 30th-birthday celebration, Rachel unexpectedly falls into bed with her longtime crush, Dex — who happens to be engaged to her best friend, Darcy. Ramifications of the liaison threaten to destroy the women’s lifelong friendship, while Ethan, Rachel’s confidant, harbors a potentially explosive secret of his own.

I felt like a traditional romcom, and this showed up in the list. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was filled with familiar faces so I gave it a go!

This was a cliche romance in the best way. Reading this gave me that same happy, light feeling when I read a fun chick-lit book. It was just fun, sometimes cringy, predictable, but also sweet. If you feel like a light rom-com to watch, then I recommend this one. Although, this is advertised as a romance drama, so maybe I shouldn’t have found it so funny.

I rate it 3 stars.

Blades of Glory (2007)

Figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy take their intense rivalry too far during the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; both are banned from competition after a nasty brawl. After several years out of the public eye and hungry for glory, the men decide to set aside their feud and exploit a loophole that allows them to compete as a pair.

Rory put this on the tv, and I was in the same room. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have watched this on my own.

So, Will Ferrell is one of those actors to me. Where I can’t place my finger on it, but I just don’t really like his films. I didn’t like Elf, and I couldn’t get through Anchorman. Kind of like Adam Sandler, I tend to avoid his films. This movie was indeed in his style of humour, silly, raunchy, sometimes gross, and a little cringy. But it got a few chuckles out of me, and once I realized that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were also in this, I decided to stick it out. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. But it was very ridiculous and the green screens bugged me.

I rate it 3 stars.

This was kind of fun to write. Quick-fire reviews of some movies I’ve watched recently. What movie have you watched recently?


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  1. I think I could watch Joseph Gordon Levitt washing windows for 24 hours straight and not be bored – love that guy! Hahah 🙂
    Great film round-up xx

    1. Haha, he does make everything more entertaining! Thanks Caz 😀

  2. I loved the greatest showman everyone I know has been raving about how good it is ? something borrowed sounds really good I’ll need to check it out xx

    1. It was definitely such a fun movie!
      Something Borrowed was pretty fun too, definitely a good romantic movie 🙂

      1. Awww good ? xx

  3. I still didn’t want The Greatest Showman, I really need to do it soon. Lovely post. xx

    1. Yep Greatest Showman is worth a view even though agree with Angela that could be fleshed out more.

    2. Thanks Azra! I definitely recommend watching it at least once 😀

  4. I loved the greatest showman so much and went to see it twice. I also saw the movie wonder and it was incredible, like so hearttouching and amazing xx

    1. Haha, The Greatest Showman was pretty good!
      I don’t think I know the movie Wonder, I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  5. Out of them only watched Greatest Showman. Agree could have been fleshed out more. Around same time saw the Post, Darkest Hour and 3 billboards. Out of them 4 liked Darkest Hour most. This week seem Japanese girl’s don’t die, 50 Shades Freed and Dunkirk. Guess that is my order of preference for this week. This week planning to see Finding your feet; it seems to have lots of English actors and actresses in so not sure if being released internationally. I have reviewed all I have watched.

    1. Wow, you’ve seen a lot of movies! I mostly stream movies at the moment, as I haven’t been too interested in the movies coming out 🙂

      1. It is not typical! I do not like watching gold that much, it is just random watched 3 in week 😉

  6. I need to see the Greatest Showman!

    1. I think you’d really like it! ?

  7. I still need to watch The Greatest Showman! Been hearing so many great reviews about it

    1. It’s good! You should definitely watch it sometime 🙂

  8. Ever since I watched the Greatest Showman, it has been my favorite movie. I know it was a bit predictable, but I’m that kind of girl, haha. I also really want to see Don Jon, I’ve heard good things about it!

    1. Haha, it was still a really good movie! I can’t deny that 😀
      Don Jon was so much fun! I wasn’t expecting much going into it, but I really enjoyed it!

  9. I’ve seen most except something borrowed and the greatest showman. I actually really like Nick and Norah’s perfect playlist, despite its simplicity and some annoying scenes or ones I don’t care much about. Alex and I watch it every New Year’s Eve lmao. I think we like the music a lot which makes us like the movie, but it is pretty predictable.
    I am not fond of the New Jersey accent, but I did like that movie, anything Joseph is in I’ll watch.
    I didn’t like will Ferrell at first either, I think his humor is something that you need to get used to, but it’s not for everyone lol. But now I actually really like his films, I’ve started watching some of his older movies that I never gave a chance. I don’t know if Netflix still has one of his other ones, it’s called “casa de mi padre” but it’s all in Spanish, I was really surprised at how good his pronunciation was but it’s very silly comedy lol.

    1. I may have judged Nick and Norah pretty harshly, but I wasn’t in the best mood when I watched it so that could have affected my overall thoughts on it…
      I have a habit of watching everything Joseph is in too. 500 days of Summer, Inception, even that GI Joe one haha!
      I’ve only seen more recent films with Will Ferrell, and I just don’t like his humour. Hmm, maybe I’ll give his older ones a go too 😀

      1. It could have and it couldn’t have lol.
        His movies are amazing, I don’t know if you’ve ever seen him in 10 Things I Hate About You, he was so young!!! <3 <3 <3 Looper is also a great movie, it was interesting seeing him in an action movie.
        Well, I would recommend Step Brothers, Stranger Than Fiction (fantasy, drama-comedy–different than his popular works), The Campaign, and Anchorman. If you don't want to watch comedy like the one in Blades of Glory, then I definitely suggest Stranger Than Fiction because that one is different.

        1. I remember seeing the trailer for Stranger Than Fiction ages ago and it definitely seemed like an interesting movie! I’ll definitely look it up again ?

  10. This was a fun post to read! You actually reminded me that there are a couple of films (well, more than a couple) that I need to watch but have forgotten about (seriously need to make a list). The Greatest Showman being one of them! All my friends raved about it and although I’m not even a musical person, I feel like I’d really enjoy the film – I love the songs already.
    I have actually never watched Blades of Glory before. Never even heard of it until a few years ago when some youtuber showed her halloween costume relating to it…but I know exactly what you mean about Will Ferrell. His humour is kinda really stupid, however I actually enjoyed Elf.

    1. The Greatest Showman is definitely worth a watch! Even if you’re not into musicals, the whole movie looks incredible 🙂
      I hadn’t watched it either, I know Jenna Marbles made a Halloween costume for it a couple years back. It’s definitely got that kinda stupid sense of humour, but it wasn’t all bad 🙂

      1. Yes, it was Jenna Marbles!! For a diy costume it was pretty awesome!

  11. You did a great job. I love outfit #2 most!

    1. ??? I commented on the wrong post.

      1. Haha! I was a bit confused at first 😀

  12. I love Blades of Glory! I saw it for the first time when I was probably…15? 16? So it holds some nostalgia for me when I watch it now.
    I read the book for Nick & Nora’s infinite playlist when I was in high school and honestly I hated the book. It was downright awful, and like you said the characters didn’t have a lot of depth. I did love Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim VS The World though!
    I still need to see the greatest showman!

    1. Haha it’s funny to think that Blades of Glory has been out for so long now!
      Yeah I just didn’t connect with any of the characters ? I love Scott Pilgrim!!

      1. Oh how time passes us by! I feel old now lol

  13. Such great films. I LOVED the Greatest Showman! I agree with you, they could have developed the characters better. I actually felt it could have been longer too. But still so good, and that soundtrack? Ahhh ALL the feels!
    Blades of Glory was actually the first “skating” movie I liked. Probably because it was a comedy, and they weren’t trying to be serious. lol. and I also love Amy Poehler and Jon Hader.
    Something Borrowed was super cute. It is actually based on a book (which is also a series) if you ever want to check it out. <3

    1. Greatest Showman definitely has an amazing soundtrack!
      I didn’t know that Something Borrowed was based on a book! I’d be quite interested to read it 🙂

  14. A quick run down. I have seen two out of these five and couldn’t agree more about Something Borrowed but the Greatest Showman didn’t capture me. Its a newer movie so it looks great. Perhaps the characters story-telling was compensated by it being a musical. I don’t know what went wrong for me.

    1. Nice! I always enjoy musicals as I like the showmanship of it all. I can understand why you didn’t enjoy it as much. I did feel that the characters and plot could bave been a bit more fleshed out

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