OLIVIA GOES TO THE CINEMA #1

June 26, 2014

I'm completely stealing Charlotte's idea here, but seen as though I am visiting the cinema pretty often at the moment for a ridiculous amount of reasons, I thought I'd let you know my opinions on the films I'm going to see, whether I'm being forced to see them by my family (cough X-Men) or I actually wanted to see them (okay, okay.)


The Fault in Our Stars
First up is probably one of the most anticipated films of the year among the crying, fangirling teenagers of the UK. I've never read the book, so I didn't have the original deep connection with Augustus and Hazel, the two main characters who are either suffering from cancer or who have previously had it - yup I'm choosing my words very carefully to avoid telling you the whole story (!) I thought the film was good, thought provoking and the scenery was beautiful, especially when they were filming in Amsterdam. The ending, though sad, showed that films don't have to have a happy ending to be inspiring. I didn't cry (promise) but I learnt lots from a movie which filled an afternoon and I'm happy I went to see it. My little sister saw it twice in three days, which shows how well it is made.
8/10
 
X-Men - Days of Future Past
X Men.... ahhh. As I said above, the franchise is one that I have no interest at all in, and I was expecting to hate the film. Many critics have said in the papers that you needed to have seen the other films to even attempt to understand this one, but I got through it knowing exactly what was going on being a complete novice, which completely suprised me. The story, centered around the original characters from X Men going back in time to change what their younger selves had done in order to save their kind is far from predictable and is one that I found myself really 'getting in to' in need for a better word. For me, the movie was saved by Jennifer Laurence, but that's because I think she's fab and she was covered in blue paint. Dedication? I think so.
6/10
 
22 Jump Street
Just so you know, in true Olivia style, I have never seen 21 Jump Street. Call me stupid, but I've only just found out that films are actually very good when you take the time to sit down and watch them and trips to the cinema are pretty enjoyable. 22 Jump Street is another one of those films I'm glad I watched, if it isn't for an hour and half of Channing Tatum, it's for the laugh a minute jokes and the underlying message of something that happens in every college in the world. The best bit for me happened in the first ten minutes, where Schmidt is jumped on by an octopus. It gets me every time. The two hopeless policemen may fall out, but if the credits are anything to go by, I may be watching them in 34 Jump Street, with the return of the ghosts and 2121 Jump Street where they're sent into space. Yay.
8/10
 
Maleficent
Maleficent was a film I'd been looking forward to for months, ever since Frozen I'd been looking for a Disney film to fill my magic induced heart and I thought I'd finally found it. It was a good film, I admit that, but it left me feeling rather flat. Without Angelina Jolie and the Disney name behind it, the film would have been nothing special and special is what I expected from such a hyped up film. The set was one of the most beautiful things I'd seen in my life, but there were no twists and turns which bearing in mind it is an adaptation of one of the best Disney princess films around, I thought there would be. If you have a free afternoon with nothing to do, give this a watch but I wouldn't reccomend waiting in anticipation for the movie to come out on DVD. Sorry Walt!
5/10
 
Have you seen any of the films featured?
-Olivia x

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