Valerian | Fangirl Friday

Last Sunday I went to see Valerian with my best friend. I wanted to for a long time, mainly because Dane DeHaan is one of my favourite actors, if not my favourite actor of this generation/age group. He is crazy talented and you know that if you saw Life, A Cure for Wellness or Kill Your Darlings. He is not crazy famous and most people still ask me who is is when I talk about him, but I push his movies on everyone, so…

I knew the general twist of the Valerian stories and their impact on the genre in general before watching the movie, but I did not read the comics so I can’t say if they did their origins justice. However I think it was a really enjoyable SciFi movie – it’s a Luc Besson movie, so I did not expect anything less. Especially in the scenes in the city life it feels a lot like the Fifth Element (which 20th anniversary is right around the corner) and I did appreciate that a lot. In general while the world building takes it’s time, it is worth that because not only does this slow pace make it possible to have a look at all those details and worlds, it also shows all the beautiful creatures. And they are so beautiful, the whole movie is quite aesthetic – to be honest only my favourite alien Tilda Swinton was missing (but then again I would like her to be in every SciFi movie).
The story seems like the typical adventure/superhero story, but it is a lot deeper in my opinion, because it does not just have a good guy/bad guy story line, but actually explores reasons, the bad on all sides and in general to me it seemed very much like questioning the fighting in general. It is much more diplomatic than a lot of the genre and I appreciate that. Of course, there is still fighting and female badassery, so I am okay with that. Due to that the movie is rather long (okay, I was also tired while watching it), but it’s very worth it.
Besides the beautiful colours and image I obviously loved that Dane DeHaan was the main character, I think he had better movies, but then again this movie is much less serious than my faves of his. Cara Delevingne was pretty good as well, especially since her character was pretty cool and she fit the role. I think/hope she’ll grow over time in her upcoming movies. A highlight of course was Rihanna’s cameo/role. Not only did she look stunning, I think she did a fantastic job acting as well. And to be honest, that surprised me a bit, but in a very positive way.
As a whole this was a very enjoyable, chill movie, especially whe it comes to pictures and the harmony with the chosen music.

Now, I am excited for Tulip Fever, because it’s not only with Dane DeHaan, but also with one of my other favourites Christoph Waltz (not to mention Judi Dench and Alicia Vikander).

Wonder Woman | Fangirl Friday

Last night I finally got to see Wonder Woman as it took quite some time to be release in Germany (I have noo idea why). However I made it and I enjoyed it a lot.

Here’s the thing, and I think I told you that before – in general I prefer DC, the characters in the comics etc are more interesting and the movies are darker, more serious (well, back in the day they were really goofy and that was fine too). The whole funny thing Marvel has going on is not really my cup of tea. One thing for example, and Wonder Woman showed tht quite well: caring about those left behind, those dying to the hero – they care, meanwhile the Avengers at least destroyed a ton of buildings (+people) without really looking back. Wonder Woman took the time to look at those suffering due to the hero/”good guys” and also questioned the good guy. I think it was very well done with The Chief (a Native American) telling Diana that his people were killed by Steve Trevor’s people – it was only a short moment, but to me that acknowledged a lot.
The casting was amzing in my opinion. Gal Gadot portrayed Diana perfectly, she was both very though, intuitively and considering her actions before as well as after. I think she was a great first female movie superhero. The only thing that really confused me was that: in the movie Ares is the bad guy and the Amazons were created as a last defense against him by Zeus, however in the actual mythology Amazons are daughters of Ares and Harmonia (also in this version he was kind of like Lucifer). Well, I only read a couple of Diana’s stories as comics and I do not really recal how it was handled there, but it surprised me to say the least. Nevertheless I think the Amazon myths was treated perfectly with the wonderful island (that reminded me of the second Sissi movie), the training, the outfits and everything! The women were very diverse and it was really intense to see the realitionships, especially the mother daugther one between Diana and the queen. Besides the Amazons, Diana’s (and Steve’s) crew of misfits was very elaborate and the crafted interesting characters with ease.
I enjoyed the storyline and even the fighting scenes (which is something I don’t really like in most movies) were handled well, especially colourwise. It was funny at times, but it didn’t overdo it and felt really intense for the genre. For a superhero movie it was also surprisingly questioning the good guy/bad guy concept and I think just in general Patty Jenkins did a great job directing. Also, the way the story was introduced was a very nice touch.

Basically I really enjoyed this badass feminist movie and look forward to more of Wonder Woman.

A Cure For Wellness | Fangirl Friday

Ever since I heard the first thing about this movie I have been bothering my friends with it. To be honest I didn’t even really know what is was about until three weeks ago or so, but that did not keep me from getting on everybody’s nerves for months because it looked so freaking beautiful.

Here is the thing, I really like horror movies and I like watching horror movies, but I don’t like cheap tricks. Also, while I love the paranormal/supernatural stuff in general I’m really picky about it when it comes to horror movies, elements yes, but in general no. And, for me to enjoy a horror movie, it has to be aesthetically pleasing, that might sound pretentious, but I just really don’t like thrashy splatter (unless it is so weird it’s good again). I think that is way I like Tarantino, some/most of his movies are really bloody in a overdone way, but it has an aesthetic allure to me. Now, with all that said, here is what I thought of A Cure For Wellness.
The Horror factor was high, it was a bit like Shutter Island – who is actually crazy, who can you trust etc. I like that, things were revealved slowly, you got to know new things about the history of sanitorium during the movie and even though I had suspicions about how everything would turn out to be, they managed to get me in a sure-unsure range (that Shutter Island thing, you know) and although I know how the movie ends up now, I would watch it again. Especially the outside of the sanatorium and the way there had some heavy Shining vibes – I mean it was summer, but still. The actual centre of the horror was very scientific and since I do like science quite a bit and think it’s a great element for horror, I enjoyed that. There were elements that were somewhat scientific bordering on supernatural, which I did not enjoy as much. I mean, I get it, I would not have wanted it any other way and I kind of appreciate it, but still it took me off a bit. However I enjoyed the combination of historic and scientific horror that was heavily based on dark psychological and human actions much rather than jumpscares and wavering lights. There were some rather revolting scenes, let’s just say morays and eels are not my favourite animals. The ending (about the last half hour) was really intense and action-packed compared to the rest of the movie, it wasn’t overdone though, and without spoiling anything, that ceremony was both beautiful and eerie.
There was a heavy contrast between the dark-ish horror and the very light, beautiful picture. I would watch this movie again just for it’s incredible beauty that almost seemed like paintings (then again I love romantic art and landscapes). If they made prints of the wellness centre, inside and out, the landscape and all that stuff, I’d buy them all. The coulour palette is very interesting, mainly white, turquoise/cyan and flesh, something so innocent and beautiful. Of course, there is the thing with the (old) bodies you see in the trailer as well, but even that is somewhat beautiful and in the same colour scheme. To me it was also interesting to see all the patients in white and Lockhart (that name, I love it) in his trenchcoat. To be honest, I also really loved the train ride with the SBB in the very beginning, I so loved the mirror effect (I do not know why, but I was so obessed with that scene). The setting is the German speaking Swiss, however the castle they used was Burg Hohenzollern in Germany and the the wellness institutions were German, too and oh my, do I want to visit all the filming locations now. And, luckily they were speaking actual German (the staff and people in the village usually spoke German) and not some mambo-jambo that no one understands. I mean, I do not mind if it sounds somewhat foreign, but I want to understand the actors speaking in my first language without subtitles – it’s one of my movie pet peeves. But seemingly they found a few German actors to fill these roles. Back in New York (in the very beginning), there was this kind of motionless sequence with all the supervisers and I think that was a great scene, too. The soundtrack was also rather subtle, and I like it when they don’t force tension by using music.
To the protagonists, Dane De Haan is one of my favourite actors, I have a strange obsession with his voice and am generally fascinated by his (slightly zombie-looking) face. His acting is superb in my opinion and he plays those torn characters so very well – Lockhart was really top notch and I like both the character and the way De Haan played him with all this intensity and tension. The girl, Mia Goth, was so fascinating as well, it was great to see an actress you could not really put an age on – also she really reminded me of Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland – those three could probably star in a zombie movie together. Also, I think the interactions both with the wellness patients and the villagers (the girls also had some Pink Ladies vibes) were adding a lot to the story as well and really showed the differences. Also, that reference to Der Zauberberg and all those little things were so amazing.

So, if you are into a great landscape and a beautiful picture, you might very well enjoy this intriguing horror movie like I did.

Hidden Figures | Fangirl Friday

The moment I heard about Hidden Figures I knew I needed to go see it, however as always it took some time to be released in Germany. So, last Sunday I finally went to see it and it was fantastic. Recently I am really lucky with the movies I watch and this was no exception, so here are my thoughts on Hidden Figures.

You know that the Sixties are a period I really enjoy watching movies about and especially the ones about civil rights and women’s rights – and that is a constant undertone of the movie. It reminded me of The Help in a way – one of my favourite movies (and books), might be due to Octavia Spencer though. And she was great – as were the other ladies (and gents), I think they had an amazing cast in general and the chemistry between the actors/characters was fantastic. Also how madly pretty is Janelle Monáe? However, I also considered it kind of funny that Jim Parsons was a engineer (as Sheldon really dislikes engineers for those who do not watch TBBT).
I think all of the characters were really interesting. Even though I obviously did not live in the 60s I think it was a good representation of the way people felt and acted – both white and poc. Especially with Vivian (Kirsten Dunst) you could also see how people can actually change over time. But I have to say I was just really delighted by Al Harrison (Kevin Kostner) who was only focusing on the quality of the work they did instead of any other superficiality. That shows how you just need one person in power that can change a lot for better (or worse, of course).
As someone who loves scifi things, seeing a movie about space travel and Nasa that prominently features women was really exciting. It actually was a topic I knew almost nothing about and it’s just so cool to know more about that. Of course it is also really amazing that things turned out so well for the girls. All three of them, Dorothy, Katherine and Mary are so impressive and had their own special way of a achieving their dreams, and even though the main focus was on Katherine, I think her way of doing her best and not letting any issue get in her way was not in any way portrayed as the only one. Mary and Dorothy learning everything on their own and fighting to study was a wonderful inspiration as well. Of course the fantastic outfits added a lot to the whole movie, too, I think everything from the dresses to the trousers were really beautiful – I was so in love with Katherine’s glasses I think about getting them myself. And it got me back into really wanting to dress up and do my hair again – I have been kind of out of the 50s/60s thing and that really got me back in. Especially with Katherine, her vibrant clothes realy made her stick out and gave her sort of a powerful presence. Though of course her quote about glasses was just amazing at showing the power she actually helt.

Yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson, and it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses.

I really enjoyed the music as well, I think you could really hear Pharrell Williams influence. Of course, with the movie being filled with a lot of emotional stuff, I’ve been crying a lot – but I’m used to that now, I just cry in the movie theatre and there was all the feminism, women’s rights an integration it was very near to my heart and of course is also so relevant for this day and age as well. Let’s never forget Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn and Mary Jackson – and try to shine a light on those history often times forgets.

The movie was just so good, there were fun elements, dramatic and empowering ones. I really recommend it to anyone, especially if you doubt your dreams, because it just shows how you can reach everything if you fight hard.

La La Land | Fangirl Friday

As a musical fanatic enthusiast I was really impatient waiting for this movie. Opposed to DC, Marvel or Star Wars movies most do not have premieres coupled to the US release. So usually we have to wait for about a month or three – even though I usually tend to watch them in English anyway. Well, in the last weeks all my US-american instagram friends were raving about the movie and I could not wait to finally watch it myself – which I did on opening night, yesterday.

And I was not disappointed, it might very well be my favourite movie of 2017 – I doubt many movies will hold up to the beauty that this movie was. Personally I was in tears from the first tone of music when they dance on their cars to the very last. The music alone was so wonderful and enjoyable – the movie probably saved Jazz just like that. Obviously, the songs are not jazz, but typical musical songs yet very special and I still hum them. Interestingly enough both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling did sing themselves. While Ryan’s voice does not sound that beautifully (like Michael Bublé would) it matches the character and his love for jazz music. I have to add here that I never was a Ryan Gosling fangirl, I only enjoy his work casually and do not look out for his movies. But now after La La Land I’m head over heels for him, his acting was so brilliant and troughly enjoyable, I’m slightly obsessed with how good it (he) was. As was Emma Stone’s acting. It kind of showed me with how much bad/mediocre acting we keep up nowadays, but when her mimic was so extraordinary it really stood out and made me feel what Mia felt. Truly, the both of them have such an enormous acting capacity it is astonishing. Of course that really showed in the chemistry of Mia and Sebastian, it was really intense and felt real in a way. Which of course made me ship Mia and Sebastian, they are such a wonderful musical couple and have such a tender, true romance. Who doesn’t want something like that?
It’s not a subdued movie, still it manages not to be unbelieveable, it was such a dream like, musical atmosphere. La La Land is very emotional, happy and beautiful, perfect in a way. The whole movie really did remind me of all the musicals I love so much and why I love them. After all even though being set nowadays it did have some Vintage Vibes to it (Sebastian’s look and personality). For me it was kind of a Singing in the Rain/Jersey Boys cross over, but also very emotional like those old Hollywood movies (mind you, movies, not musicals) with Lauren Bacall and Bette Davis – speaking of which, Emma reminds me ever so much of Bette Davis with her big eyes and beautifully interesting face.
As someone who enjoys fashion a lot I was in love with the costume design and especially the colour coordination. As much as I love Novelty prints I also loved the concept of everyone (well, especially the girls) just wearing cute mainly A-line dresses in only one colour. It was so beautiful to see each dancer in another colour – compared to the subdued colours and the occasional red that are present in most movies nowadays. Especially Mia was interesting to me as she did e.g. with the yellow dress have blue shoes and a red purse with her – so it was not some tone-in-tone combination but an intense colourful experience. She also did usually match the season with the colours of her dresses (blue in winter, yellow and lilac in spring etc.) and I was just so amazed by that. It’s simple, but wonderful. I think they also portrayed Los Angeles beautifully, I mean, I’ve never been there, but it does appeal to me a lot after seeing the movie.
Of course, I did develope a crush on Sebastian, he was created so wonderfully from head to toe, from his hair to his love for jazz and Old Hollywood – which you can’t deny. He quotes James Dean – and when there is a James Dean reference how could I not fall for him (and the movie)? Rebel Without A Cause is one of my favourite movies and seeing that in the movie was pure perfection. Like the cherry on top everything else. Also, after seeing the tap dance scene I want to learn tap dancing – again. I always do after watching Singing in the Rain, too. And, last but not least, besides the amazingly written original songs for the movie they also included some 80s songs to make my happiness complete (also the scene with the girls “forcing” Mia to go out reminded me of Mamma Mia so damn much).

It has been quite some time since I saw a movie this perfect, emotional, beautiful and colourful I hope and think it will stick with me forever. It’s a wonderful mix of happy tears and tunes that will stay with you.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story | Fangirl Friday

Last night I went to see Rogue One with a dear friend of mine. We had decided on a German + 3D screening due to time reasons. So, while we would have love to watch it in 2D and English, we could not.

Yet, I have to admit, the 3D was enjoyable nevertheless. It always does give me a little bit of headache, but the effects were worth it. In general I think the animated parts were pretty interesting, especially since they also animated human faces. Which is a weird thing, to be honest, but kind of cool all the same and of course, as it’s Star Wars/Disney and they have an enormous budget, very well made.
Since the movie was set between III and IV, we knew what was going to happen and how certain details had to elvove/be solved and still they managed to pull of a gripping movie. It was neither too long nor too fast paced and I think they concluded Rogue One quite neatly. Personally, going in, I would have wished for Episode VIII instead of a story, but despite that I wasn’t disappointed. There were a lot of nostalgic moments, from characters involved to references and little things. It was, of course, sad not to hear the opening music, reading what had happened so far. I mean, sure, I get why they did not include that, but I would have love that nevertheless. Then again, all those little things kind of made up for that.
The story itself was as mentioned in a way predicatable, because of the following movies. If I had not known the movies, I don’t think I could call it that. And that is quite a thing to say, they made a great story to fit inbetween III and IV, that had surprising and nostalgic elements.
To me, the characters were pretty interesting as well, usually Star Wars characters are good or bad (not everyone and things can change, but that is kind of the tone in general) and in Rogue One the characters were really elaborate and “grey” (as in not black/white). They had their background stories explained yet not in an obnoxiously extensive way, but subtle. And that goes for all the characters, I especially enjoyed Chirrut. Jyn, K-2SO (amazing!) and Cassian had a great chemistry and it was enjoyable to watch their dialogues. Especially Jyn is a great addition to the row of strong women in the Star Wars universe. Sarcasm was quite a big part of those dialogues. And even though the movie was pretty dark, that added some of the humour we know and love.

So for me, even though it did not give me that tingly feeling of The Force Awakens, Rogue One was a good mix of dark and light moments with a great set design, CGI and characters.

Heartless | Fangirl Friday

“But hoping”, he said, “is how the impossible can be possible after all.”

This book was a rollercoaster.
For two reasons. One. Emotionally I was prepared to be shattered into pieces. It’s about the life the Queen of Hearts had before being queen and we all know how her life turned out to be. So I was afraid of enjoying the happy parts. Two. Some parts were amazing. Lewis Carroll would have been proud. Others I really did not like – and would have changed.
I guess it’s easiest for me to talk about my feelings about the book, by analysing it’s components. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite books of all time, I really love it and Cheshire and the Queen are two if my favourite characters (of all time, obvs). So, as soon as it was revealed Marissa would publish a book about the Queen of Hearts, I was madly excited, but then Amazon had some shipping issues, so I was glad when it arrived two days ago. And isn’t the cover gorgeous? Maybe even more so then the Lunar Chronicles ones, if I dare say so. I actually could have written about Fantastic Beasts this week, but I decided a book set in Wonderland written by Marissa Meyer is more important.

Heartless

Writing
Marissa Meyer’s writing is wonderful, I loved it since Cinder and still think it’s one of the most beautiful in English YA. And it is even more amazing in Heartless. She really managed to add those Lewis Carroll vibes to her own writing. I was on the verge of crying sometimes, because it was so beautiful. The way Marissa played with words in this one is enchanting.
I feel like I need to devote pages to her describing food, I was hungry during the entire read. Sure, this is not saying much, considering I’m always hungry. When Cath was talking about tarts, macarons and cake, I was practically drooling, because it’s not just “oh, here’s a macaron”, but a describtion so beautiful I see and taste that thing. And then cry, because it’s not actually here.

Cinnamon-roasted pecans, and a soft sticky bun, the type that melted on her tongue and coated her lips in honey and chrushed walnuts.

Tell me, you’re not drooling.

Characters
Of course, I have to mention Cheshire first, he is wonderful and such a beautiful interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s character – I have to admit, all the movies, books (excluding Alice in Zombieland, because it’s more of an AU) and pictures I came across blend together in a way, so I accept certain things that Carroll did not necessarily write as canon. Anyway, Cheshire is the cutest and probably my favourite in this book. A lot of the characters in Heartless change over the course of the book or you see them in a different light, but he is always an adorable fluff ball, that changed his fur colour matching the food he ate. He has a lot of unbiased judgement to him and often put the things I thought into words.

His wiskers twitched. “Won’t we be lucky to have you, miserable wretch you’ve become.”

Cath has two polar sides, she is very strong in some parts of the book and I truly admire her when her Queenly-ness comes through and she does not keep up with other people’s shit. But some of her actions are very weak and stupid, because she does not put any thought into them. I’m emotional and impulsive myself, but I think her main issue is that she does not take a real stand and a risk – sure Marissa does have to make her end up where she is when Alice’s Adventures begin. Yet I was wondering why a character like the Queen of Hearts would not speak up to her parents at a much earlier point. After all, the angry personality boils within her from the very beginning, but by the end you really see the intriguing person the Queen of Hearts is and of course I’m biased because I liked her beforehand, but Marissa managed to turn a good character evil desperate in an angry, resentful way and still make you like the character (but then again, just think of Fairest). I have both empathy for her and am truly impressed.

“An empty threat from an empty girl.”

The Joker (which I can’t help but thinking of Batman) or Jest is often compared to Carswell, which I do not really see. Sure, he is a joking and (I guess) experienced guy, charming and at first I was really spellbound, but I soon found him to be too lovestruck and too little sassy. That of course is personal preference, yet I think he lost a bit of his charm when the whole love thing came along – which Carswell never did, he managed to pull off both, the struggle with being hopelessly devoted to (sorry, that was Grease) falling in love and still being a charming sarcastic idiot (or fool, if you will).

“What pride?” Cheshire folded his paws. “Our King is an ignoble idiot.”
A weak smile flittered over her lips. “So he is.”
“Of course, ignoble idiocy seems to be an epidemic around these parts.” Cheshire began to fade away. “So he shall not be alone.”

The other characters were close to the original without making them boring, Marissa did give them live and a story and I really enjoyed the Knave and was wishing for him to become a close friend of Cath’s (yes, I admit it, I was low-key shipping them even though they only had a few moments filled with anger).
The character I really disliked was the Mad Hatter/Hatta and I guess a lot of people do not appreciate that Meyer turned him into somewhat bad character (his reasons are explained later on, though I once was in a similar situation and he is just overreacting). But let me tell you, I loved what Marissa did. I’ve always had issues with the Hatter, I liked him sure, but I kind of enjoy this dark twist even more. And I think the way she did it turned out so amazing. You know, the way it is amazing when an author manages to pull of a character you dislike and you are both intrigued and somewhat appalled? That’s what she totally rocked here.

Romance
A few months back I was aching for a heart wrenching romance, but did not find one, I had that now when I wasn’t really looking for a tragedy. But I would have wished for it to be a bit more exciting, sure, I shipped them and wanted them to be happy, but a few more kisses would have been fine with me as well. I could relate to the instant attraction, I felt it myself once or twice, but since Cath is about to become the Queen of Hearts, I would have wished for it to be a bit more obsessive – you know what I mean?

Realizing with a sudden certainty that she was losing her heart to this fool.

Yes, I felt the sparks and stuff, the desparation, that made me want to end it before all the tragedy I expected would rush over them. Still, for me it was a bit of an instant love as well, a problem of standalones, I guess. For me it felt like they had met an entirety of one or two hours before declaring their undying love for each other. And I get it, there is passion, maybe some sort of fate, yet compared to The Lunar Chronicles – and especially Winter I have my issues with believing it.
Also, as Cheshire pointed out so wonderfully, there would have been alternatives for them.

“But if you were the Queen, perhaps you could have your cake and eat it, too.”
She cocked her head. “What’s the point of having cake if you can’t eat it?”
“I’m only saying that you might be the King’s wife, but who is to say you couldn’t also have more clandestine relations with the Joker?”

And let me be honest here, sure fidelity is great and imporant, in relationships you actively choose to be in. But if you get married for your parents sake, money, reputation (and in a book set in a fictional version of the Victorian era), why not have an affair with the one you love?
I’m aware that she has some other reasons not to marry the King, but as they vanish into oblivion… why the hell not? But the whole will they? won’t they? – could have done without it.
I want to mention as well, that I was totally aboard this Liz/Darcy thing the Duke and Margaret had going on.

Story
Now with all my critique on the romancy thing, I still want to say this is one of the best Alice based books I’ve read. Marissa says in the annotations:

I sincerly hope that the spirit of Lewis Carroll will find more amusement than offense in my attempts to expand on his crazy, kooky, quirky world.

And I think he totally would, she worked out a crazy and amazing background story for the Queen that is both working wonderfully with the story as a prequel and adding a lot of extra spark and new ideas. It is truly amazingly (too many adverbs?) worked out with all the things she involved in her story, from Time to the Hatter to the Jabberwock and back.

References
I think you have most fun reading this book, if you know Alice’s story quite well, because there a lot of little allusions towards the book that are not that obvious, I’d say. In a why she truly explains how the characters at Wonderland Alice encounters came to be and why there relationships are one way or another. Just thinking of the Duchess/Margaret her (and her cook and baby), not sure though if that wasn’t also a nod to Pride and Prejudice. There are indeed more references to other works of fiction, like Poe’s The Raven and Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater and the three fates of Greek mythology. And weaving those things into the story of Wonderland worked sooo well. though, of course all the allusions towards what’s to come for the folks down the rabbit whole make my heart smile. I think especially with the tarts and their importance to the queen was beautifully worked out with her being a baker herself (which I found a cute idea and dream indeed).

“These things do not happen in dreams, dear girl,” he said, vanishing up to his neck. “They happen only in nightmares.”

Suicide Squad | Fangirl Friday

So, I was excited for this movie for months. Then while basically everyone on this world was able to watch it, we (meaning people in Germany and a few other countries) still had to wait to weeks – and somehw that lowered my expectation a lot. Still, we decided to go to watch the movie on the day it came out here, yesterday that is. So, I was super glad when I got excited within the first minutes of the movie.

Actually I really liked the movie – of course, it was flawed, but I enjoyed it. The cast was amazing, I really like Margot Robbie as Harley and her costume design/makup is amazing. Also I think Jared Leto is a great choice for the Joker – though admittedly while I think Heath Ledger is amazing, I was never that crazy about the Ledger-Joker and only considered him possible (I love Jack Nicholson as the Joker, too). So I think this new movie-version is interesting. I was surprised to find the realtionship between Harley and Joker that two-sided and him being rather tender towards her, but I found the romance kind of cute, so why not? (Of course, the relationship is unhealthy and abusive, but to me it is less so in the movie than in the comics, it was cutified and made him more human in a way.)
Well, I think one of the problems was that there were so many characters, I mean, I know it’s like that in the comics, but I guess due to this it would have worked better as a TV show. Because of course like this not everyone can get a lot of screentime and some of the characters seemed a little unnecessary/underrepresented. Then of course on the other hand the movie would have taken hours if you had explored every single character’s background – but with the one they did it was amazingly executed and very artistic. And to be honest I did sympathise with most of the characters, a really diverse cast, but not forcefully so. I was glad that Batman had a few cameos, because I kind of enjoy Ben Afflecks Batman. The tone was rather lighthearted and fun, but there were dramatic scenes, too, so for me that was a good mixture. Also the soundtrack was wonderful, maybe a bit to stuffed, so they often only used a very small sequence of one song, just to move to another next.
Due to the many characters the plot was rather flat and not as elaborate as one could have hoped, but I liked that I did not know who the super-villian (the one the Suicide Squad had to remove) was before going into the movie. Still, the one they chosee was plausible, even if their plan wasn’t too clear and could have been explained better. Though then again, it’s a comic adaptation, so what do you expect? Compared to Civil War it was grand. Also it had a little bit of a ghostbusters vibe to it.
So in general it was a fun colourful movie with great characters, costums and music choice and I guess I will watch it again, maybe not in cinema though. It did not move me like The Danish Girl or Suffragette, but for that genre it was very nice.

Smaragdgrün | Fangirl Friday

German movie so German text. ;)

Deutsche Filme und ich – das ist nicht gerade eine positive Beziehung. Es gibt vielleicht fünf bis sechs deutsche Filme, die ich wirklich mag – und momentan könnte ich sie nicht einmal aufzählen. Keine Frage, Krimis, Thriller und historische Filme sind durchaus gut, aber Komödien, YA und etwa alles andere… naja. Mir sagt es nicht zu. Und ich war insbeondere vom zweiten Teil der Edelstein-Trilogie enttäuscht. Die Bücher gehören mit zu meinen liebsten, aber schon der erste Tei hatte Schwächen und der zweite wich dannn so weit ab. Zudem war die schauspielerische Leistung nicht gerade erste Sahne – dabei gibt es so gute deutschsprachige Schauspieler (zugegeben gehen die meist nach Hollywood oder spielen in Krimis).

Nachdem eine sehr gute Freundin und ich aber wie gesagt schon den ersten und zweiten Teil gesehen hatten, haben wir auch diesen gemeinsam angesehen, bevor wir am Dienstag letzte Woche auf ein Festival gegangen sind. Ich kann nicht mal sagen, dass ich es bereue für den Film bezahlt zu haben (allerdings kosten bei uns die Tickets montags und dienstags nur etwa 5€), obwohl er wirklich nicht gut war.
Um ehrlich zu sein gehe ich davon aus, dass die Schauspieler doch einiges an Potenzial haben, aber es wirkt dennoch sehr gestellt und man kauft den meiste ihren Charakter einfach nicht ab. Wobei das sicherlich größtenteils dem Drehbuch geschuldet ist. Das ist vielleich cheesy! Nach dem ganzen Liebesdrama – ja, nein, ja, nein, es geht nicht, aber ich liebe dich, blabla -, musste das natürlich fortgesetzt werden. Während diesmal das Drama besser geschrieben war, waren die romantischen Szene einfach nur lachhaft. Ich meine, ich bin ohnehin eher unromantisch, aber wie man auf diese Dialoge kommt… Meine Freundin und ich machen uns noch immer lustig über diese dramatische Szene (das ist jetzt aus dem Gedächtnis zitiert, also keine Garantie für Genauigkeit). “Wenn sich unsere Lippen berühren, ist es als würde jemand in meinem Inneren Bezin ausschütten und anzünden. [Gerede darüber wie wichtig sie ihm ist] Ich weiß nicht, wie es weitergehen soll.” [Dann eine Pause, die die falsche Länge hat, also Anschlüsse, die die Realistik der Szene noch mehr zerstören] “Ich doch auch nicht!” Ihr seht, sehr dramatisch. Was soll nur geschehen? Spätestens da hab ich den Film dann einfach nur noch als Komödie wahrgenommen, die die Namen und das Zeitreise-Element aus Gier’s Büchern entnommen hat.
Der ganze Film ist einfach ungewollt sehr lustig, hat aber eben auch nichts mit dem Buch zu tun. Es passieren unzählige Dinge, die in dem Buch nicht vorkommen und lediglich den Film verlängern (die letzte halbe Stunde des Films ist sehr unnötig und dient einfach nur dazu Gwen mächtiger dastehen zu lassen). Generell sorgen die Änderungen an der eigentlichen Geschichte für einige Brüche.
Nach dem Film war ich voll und ganz Team Charlotte, aus ihr haben sie wirklich einen tollen Charakter gemacht. Die Party in grün war eine der wenigen Sequenzen, die wirklich recht gut und vielversprechend war. Auch Raphael, Gideons Bruder, hat den Film ganz gut aufgelockert ab und an.
Während die Szenerie und die Kostüme wirklich anschaulich (wenn auch teils eher unrealistisch in meinen Augen) sind, hat man einfach ein Drehbuch geschrieben, das seinesgleichen sucht. Es ist einfach teilweise so albern, dass man die Geschichte nur als Komödie nehmen kann, unabhänigig davon ob man die Bücher (und damit die Abweichungen) kennt oder nicht.

Movies I watched in the airplane | Fangirl Friday

Obviously when you fly for a few hours you get the possibility to watch TV/movies, listen to music etc. I never experienced that, because my flight to New York was the first that took that long. So, especially on the flight to New York I uses the time to watch relatively new movies. Since I don’t want to talk about them for ages and neither do I want to make a post for each of them, I will combine them here.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
I did not expect that much actually, because zombies really aren’t my thing. To be honest most zombie movies I’ve seen so far were pretty good, but still I usually wouldn’t go for a zombie movie or book without people really recommending it. The idea is pretty good actually, I mean Jane Austen meets Zombies is such an unlikely yet interesting idea and the execution was great. The movie was fun to watch, there were good action scenes (you know, I’m not a big fan of action movie action scenes, because they tend to be loud and nothing else, but these were pretty good) and emotional ones. The costumes were amazing, but then again I love the fashion of this time period. All of the girls are really pretty and especially Liz is wonderfully strong. It’s interesting to see the family like this – as a zombie fighting one – that still uses ome of the frases Jane Austen wrote. I did not watch the trailer befre, so I had no idea what to expect, so it was such a surprise to see Matt Smith – who I only know as The Doctor – as Mr Collins and he did a great job, he was so hilarious. Also quite amusing was Mr Darcy in a (modern-ish) leather jacket which was quite funny and interesting in an attractive way. Mr Bingley on the other hand reminded me of Ed Westwick because of his face. As always I had an instant crush on Wickham – I mean, I know he’s a ba guy but since Lost in Austen I see more and him – and he’s so fancy and smart. Love wise the tension is pretty cute and amusing, not annoying and overstated. In general the movie just made me really happy.

Zootopia
First of all, it’s Disney, so do we even have to talk about the animation? It’s so cute and adorable, the details are incredible (of course e.g. the obvious Apple Logo turned into a carrot) and all that fluffy fur, it’s so well made. The use of the soundtrack is amazing and it’s pretty fine in general. The story is touching, there’s a lot of indirect speech about racism and sexism (indirect because it’s animals obviously). In the movies there are so many references, like to the godfather (that little italian mafia guy was very cute) and Breaking Bad (even I got Walter and Jesse in the lap even though I’ve never seen the show). And I realised Disney keeps up that Lemming thing (one following the other), which isn’t accurate, but it was very adorable still. When they buy those pawsicles (and the producing of them) was just too cute. Also Clawhauser reminded me so much of Tituss Burgess. Also, obviously I’m shipping Judy (who was spoken by lovely Ginnifer Goodwin) and Nick. The movie was very cute and un, but also had some strong and important messages, it’s just a great Disney movie.

Eddie the Eagle
I watched this movie only because I love Taron Egerton, but I missed it when it was in theaters. It#s always funny when you recognise the landsape and since I’ve been to both St. Moritz and Seefeld more than once. and I don’t know why, but I only get excited when I see places I know in movies or read about them. It’s reaööy moving (of course I was in tears), but it’s such a cute and lovely movie that is very inspirational and a lovely happy movie that made me feel good.

Spectre
From the first James Bond with Daniel Craig to this one, he has grown to me a lot and I find him really attractive now as well. It’s funny how a view on a person you don’t know can still change over time. The Intro was so impressive, but then I was kind of disappointed by the movie. It could have been shortened a bit, in my opinion they stuffed a lot into that movie and those things did not go together to well. To me, it was too much and eventually I was left with so many strands of different stories, it kind of overwhelmed me. The good thing about that was that there were so many great actors, Christoph Waltz and Andrew Scott in a Bond movie are perfection, I would have liked to have Monica Bellucci (as well as Scott and Waltz [that sounds kind of cool together]) be more important, even though Madeleine was a pretty interesting and intense character. From all the movies I watched on the outward flight that one was the weakest.

Hateful Eight
Finally – finally – I managed to watch the new (ha ha, new, such a accurate description) Tarantino movie. Besides of those by Tarantino I don’t watch Western movies (unless you count Back To The Future 3), but this one was pretty good – I mean, I prefer the Tarantino movies with Uma Thurman/Christoph Waltz (you know fangirl reasons), but this one was good anyway. I really like that chapter thingof Tarantino and this movie also has quite a good twist. It’s bloody – another random information, I’m not a fan of movies that use a lot of blood unless it’s somewhat aesthetically pleasing/interesting (what a weird way to talk about blood, but just watch Crimson Peak and you get what I mean) – and very murderous. I think it’s a intense, good movie, but there are better Tarantino movies.

Cinderella
I started my journey to NY with Lily James and ended it with her too (not knowingly both times, only realising later). So, here’s the thing: I don’t like Cinderella’s story at all – I mean there are great adaptations, but in general no. So, of course, my reiew is really biased. Cinderella to me is the most unrealistic story character-wise. First Cinderella she’s such an unbelieveable do-gooder (don’t get me wrong, Snow White is too, but in a realistic, lovely way), so she is treated so badly but doesn’t do anything about it. I mean, I get it, you’re a good person, but honestly you’re pretty weak. And she’s portrait exactly like that (and the stepmom is sooo evil, but played by the incredible Kate Blanchett). Well, in the end it’s okay, but some scenes made me cringe and/or angry with Ella. The actors were amazing, the main characters just weren’t to me. Talking about characters – lovely Helena Bonham Carter was there and Sophie McShera (from Downton Abbey like Lily James). The costumes were so well made and I think they would have deserved the Oscar (instead of Mad Max). In general the set design and the animals was so fantastic, great job of the special effects team. The story wasn’t really my thing due to my difficulties with Cinderella, but the movie was good nevertheless.

Which movies did you watch recently?