Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Starring the voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Johnathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana and Alan Tudyk
Running Time: 1 Hour and 48 Minutes
This movie is loosely based on the classic fairytale "The Snow Queen", written in 1845 by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
This is the story of two sisters who are princesses in the tiny kingdom of Arendelle where the older of the two, Princess Elsa (Kristen Bell) possesses the uncontrollable power to turn ice and snow into everything she comes into contact with. One morning when the younger Princess Anna (Idina Menzel) wakes her up to play and build a snowman, Princess Elsa accidentally injures her and is devastated by her uncontrollable power! The younger sister is knocked unconscious and has no memory of the accident, she recovers completely shortly thereafter. Their parents, the King and Queen forbade Princess Elsa to ever use her power again. She must always wear gloves to control them. She insists on living her life alone and in isolation. They are to close the kingdom and never allow outsiders inside the castle grounds again. She refuses to spend any time at all with her younger sister in fear that she will harm her. The younger sister Anna feels rejected and does not understand why her sister has forsaken her.
Several years after their parents are killed, Princess Elsa is old enough to be crowned "The Queen". On her coronation day she is very anxious about allowing the people back into the castle grounds again and her inability to control her powers! She must remove her gloves for the ceremony. After removing her gloves she becomes upset and she turns the kingdom into an eternal frozen winter, she is ashamed and runs far away by herself!
The younger sister sets out on a journey to find her and bring her back home where she belongs.
This truly was a beautiful fairytale. Disney should be proud of this magical story! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I found it extremely touching. The relationship and the strong love and respect the two sisters had for one another was refreshing. The young and gallant Kristoff (Johnathan Groff) was a lot of fun as were the snowman and the reindeer. The music was absolutely incredible too! The songs that were written specifically for this movie are destined to be classic! I can see this story, "Frozen" someday being a smash Broadway play! There were some brief scary moments when the ice scenes were taking place and also when some wolves were chasing Princess Anna, but I think overall children of all ages will enjoy this movie.
I am giving "Frozen" four bags of popcorn.
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Willow Shields, Paula Malcolmson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Donald Sutherland
Running Time: 2 Hours and 26 Minutes
Once again Jennifer Lawrence returns as Katniss Everdeen in the second installment of the extremely popular Hunger Games series: "Catching Fire".
She returns home safely after being the victor with her fellow tribute Peeta Mellard (Josh Hutcherson) after they win the 74th Annual Hunger Games. They are required to go on the Victor's Tour where they are paraded around like royalty and treated the same when they start to sense a rebellion on the horizon.
With the 75th games just around the corner, she become worried and concerned. Not wanting to depart her family, especially her younger sister Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) and her boyfriend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) she reluctantly leaves. Katniss and Peeta board a train and they are immediately forced into training for the next games.
They pair up with another unusual couple where the mayhem begins. A very powerful and deadly poisonous gas starts to consume them and then they encounter an entire herd of very violent and hungry mandrills!
Needless to say this movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I personally, am not a huge fan of the series, finding young people dueling to their death very disturbing! I also think that it is really creepy that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) take such great thrill and enjoyment in watching these people suffer and die at their expense!
However, I did enjoy this movie more than I did the original. The special effects were incredible and the costumes and different characters were fun to see. I also did enjoy the ending very much!
Parents be advised, it is rated PG-13 for several reasons. First of course, is the violence and the terror they encounter. The killer smoke and the wild mandrills are very intense! There is also some swearing and intimidation from President Snow..
I am giving "Catching Fire" three bags of popcorn.
Friday, November 8, 2013
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman,Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston, Rene Russo and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Running Time: 2 Hours
Thor: The Dark World is the sequel to "Thor" the original movie released in 2011. So for myself, this was the perfect scenario in which to screen a super-hero movie. 3-D, D-Box theater (which is, if your not familiar with it, a motion activated seat that moves with the action and sound of the movie). It was the perfect situation for not only a great movie, but a genuinely fun movie! As always, when there is a super-hero movie you know that there will be the bad guys vs the good guys but you never know how it will play out in the long-run. This one really works, it was just pure fun entertainment!
The powerful Chris Hemsworth reprises his role as Thor, the
hammer-wielding God of Thunder and Lord of Asgard.
Hemsworth is so good in this role that I believe that he will always be known as the super-hero in the eyes of the world.
When the ancient dark forces of evil descend upon the world, most noticeably, London and the Nine realms, Thor battles to save the Universe and all the inhabitants therein. The diabolical and evil leader Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) of the Dark Elves is as maligned and sinister as they come! Bringing disaster and heartache to all they encounter!
The infamous Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Thor's envious brother (or half-brother) makes an appearance and does not disappoint! Hiddleston is excellent in the role of the evil and very jealous brother. They team up to defend and save everyone from the Dark Elves but does Thor ever really trust Loki or can he trust Loki?
Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is a young scientist who gets caught up in all of the commotion and becomes Thor's love interest. I really enjoyed the chemistry between them.
Thor: The Dark World is just a really fun and entertaining escape movie. If you enjoyed the original I believe you will really enjoy The Dark World!
Parents be advised, it is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action, some really evil and intimidating characters and scary situations. I think children ages 12-13 and up would be fine with this movie.
I am giving "Thor: The Dark World" four bags of popcorn.