Mini MovieReview: Finding Dory

Years later, after the most amazing movie Finding Nemo, Pixar announces a Finding Dory. And I don’t know what to do. Should I be crazy ecstatic this is happening? But what if they mess it up? What if this is another out of ideas idea where there are unnecessary sequels??

So many worries. So many expectations. So many fears.

But going in to watch it yesterday with Zahra, Asma, Musfirah, her cousin, Ambereen, Hadia, Haniya, and Mehreen, I am very glad to say:

It was everything I could have ever hoped for. Not even five minutes into the movie, I was bawling my eyes out. Through out the movie, I cried. It was just such an emotional movie for me to watch.

But it was just perfect ❤

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

MovieReview(ish): Alice Through the Looking Glass

Today I drove Que to the cinema to watch Alice Through the Looking Glass with me BY MYSELF in a shiiit ton of pouring rain. It was seriously raining cats and dogs when we were en route there.

Ahem, um besides that, I didn’t actually finish or even start reading my copy of the original Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures unfortunately before this movie viewing, nor did I rewatch the first movie. Yet, I did quite like this one.

[Spoiler Alert!]

I really enjoyed learning more about the Hatter as he is one of the funnest characters and Alice was muuuch more bearable of a character after having been to Wonderland once. Thank gosh for that.

Time was a bit annoying at first, but he grows on you and YESH THEY *DID* FEATURE LOOOOAAADS OF TIME PUNS YAY (at least in one scene, but it was enough. Of course, it was at the Mad Hatter’s tea party ❤ )

The effects were beauuutiful. There were only two things I was dissatisfied about with the film. One, the Cheshire Cat barely played even a supporting character role in this movie. I mean, what is up with that?! How dare they…Grrr, my favourite ❤ 😦

Secondly, when they tried for a happy ending, they reeeaaally tried. I mean, they finally had the Queen of Hearts reconcile with the White Queen and I didn’t really appreciate it. They shouldn’t have done that at all. Even if they did, which I’m absolutely not saying, they should’ve at least made it harder for the two to reconcile. It was just SO EASY and bam, they’re best friends all of a sudden. It wasn’t natural. It didn’t suit the Red Queen’s personality at all and I didn’t like this irrational character development. If you want her to become good, then at least TRY to make it believable.

Besides that, the clocks and time saying “tick their last tock” really remind me of Julius and the whole concept of the Clock Tower in Heart no Kuni no Alice (the manga). I realize now that that’s probably some sort of adaptation from the book, but I guess I’ll just have to read to find out. I reeeeaaally liked that allusion though, even if it wasn’t intended because it had me intrigued, and doubly so that I knew of the clocks from this manga as well.

Lastly, I really wanna discuss this:

Mkay, so The Hatter knows his family is alive and is on an epic mission to save them. You know, his family of The HighTops, the family that has pridefully hattered for a very long time indeed. And to visit them, you go energetically. Well, and with THAT on your head. You want to be accepted by your father as a real hatter and you literally wear the ugliest hat you own?! I bet you’re making that horrid expression because you saw your own reflection. I would would yell like that too if I were in your situation.

Okaaay, that’s about all the snippets I have on this movie. This is a movie review ish remember? :3

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo/The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Okay, this was so unexpectedly DIFFERENT from what I thought it would be! I knew it was about time travel- I mean, who wouldn’t with that kind of title? Speaking of the title, Makoto figuring how to leap through time is just…

[Spoiler Alert! Not really, but the rest of the post is!]

her legit LEAPING all the time. I’m surprised she didn’t get all those bruises she got when she was trying to save Kousuke and Kaho (?) earlier with all the jumping she did.

(ALSO. They sort of never addressed that head on- how she tripped over some guy’s trainer when she was running down that hill. I mean, it’s obvious to infer that “some guy” is probably Chiaki, buuuuut he said he used up his last time travel charge to save them because a certain someone was crying with guilt. But he made her tumble too..? To save her from sacrificing herself?? Though she WAS way too far to do anything like that…I DON’T GET IT AND IT BUGS ME. It’s legit like the only discrepancy I notice with the time travel so far in this movie…)

I sort of found it annoying at first- how the art doesn’t seem to focus on the main characters. They’re all extraordinarily plain, but the backgrounds and different scenery are amaaaazingly detailed. It was unnerving and a little disliked in the beginning, but I kinda grew to like it. It makes the characters seem easier to understand and simpler, though they aren’t really. A bit more…honest almost.

This scene bugged me! I thought Makoto would time travel back and back and back and maybe eventually realize she liked Chiaki, then time travel back to this scene and just damn SAY YES.

But she doesn’t.

Mayyybe Chiaki being from the future had a little something to do with that. Just maybe.

I originally thought Makoto would learn her lesson with time traveling and use up her last time charge to leap back to the day that was super “unlucky” for her- which she edited to suuuuper lucky once she figured out how to control her leaps. You know, live out her life as she was supposed to that first time. With all the mishaps and disasters. Getting up late, not getting any pudding, cooking like me in her cooking class, but walk home instead of ride her bike. But they didn’t do anything like that, and it was evident after the scene where Makoto waited in the  science lab for whoever it was she saw that day.

Now, I thought the movie would interestingly have Yuri walk in like they did and make it seem that the person that shocked Makoto in the first place into time traveling was her from the future. But instead of having her realize that herself when no one showed up in that room, Yuri mentions once Makoto runs off how she did see someone on her way over to that science lab. Surprise, surprise, it was Chiaki.

And there you have it- it becomes blatantly obvious that Chiaki was- is- I don’t even know anymore- from the future.

(….what a bore.)

But it was kinda alright, sorta really emotional, and prettyyyy infuriating with THIS ENDING. And now I don’t know what to expect.

There was no amazing end credit scene in the future or anything. I reaaaally liked a lot of it. It did catch me off guard, got me to care and to cry, and got my interested. But it did annoy me with some aspects like Chiaki being from the future and actually going back once he had his time charge.

(Also, how did he time leap back so that Makoto and he had one last charge left AFTER they both used them up?? AND his device was broken??? MORE DISCREPANCIES AAAH)

AND THEY NEVER EXPLAINED THE PAINTING D:

So many questions. Such few answers. Absolutely no sequels. (Unless this pulls a pixar- since it very well HAS been ten years since it came out….)

Aight, I’ve procrastinated for a good five hours now. I should actually do my english essay now (ewwww).

-Frostie
the magical as hell snowman

MovieReview- Rise of the Guardians (2012)

So…I saw this random post on 9gag about how Jack Frost from the Rise of the Guardian’s was a lot like Elsa from Frozen, and I REALLLY wanted to watch the  movie then.

I had wanted to watch this movie since it was first up in the theater, but I remember that my parents were fed up with the cinema being so far away from our house that they weren’t willing for me to go with my friends, and were too tired/lazy to take me themselves. And I kind of forgot about it til I saw that post. And decided to watch it after all.

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It was an adorable little film all about hope, belief, fun, and fear. It was brilliant. I absolutely ADORED Jack Frost himself, so much that I am willing to assign him a date.

Oh? What do I mean by that? Every Guardian (but the Tooth Fairy, but she’s a hummingbird, so meh.) (..and the sandman…)(OK, so HALF the Guardians) have dates or holidays assigned to them. Easter. Christmas. SOMETHING of the sort.

And even if the other two don’t have set times or seasons, who cares? Sandy’s time was night time when the kids slept and dreamed. Tooth Fairy’s thing was teeth gathering so…whatever to that.

[Although I TRULY appreciated that the teeth had some sort of deeper meaning to them. Memories! That was utterly brilliant. I found it perfectly fitting for the teeth to hold memories from our childhood- and the best and most important ones at that. This was something I really could sink my  teeth into- Oh wow. That really was an unintended pun. If it weren’t, I would have really taken credit for it.]

And so, Jack Frost, the dude with the fun and snow, I’m giving you a date. Your season is obviously winter. So now, your date should be even more obvious. It’s pretty important. It’s the Winter Solstice. The 21st of December. The shortest day, but the longest night to think up pranks, tricks, and create a blizzard. (I’m not a hundred percent sure that’s factually correct about the time though..) Perfect.

I like having my own personal Guardian to my own little holiday =3 It’s name is the only thing I don’t own. And the Guardian too, course. But then again…Frosty is pretty great too..If only I were believed in >.> <.<

Aaah, it’s late, and I have a Rehearsal on the morrow…Er, but I haven’t even typed out the actual review of the movie…um, I’ll try finishing this up quickly.

But there really are a bunch of similarities between Elsa and Jack that it’s startling. Or, predictable.

Just like this movie- Ooooh. But then again, it’s a kids movie, so a happy and perfect ending is suspected and expected from the very beginning. But it’s still worth watching.

I like it’s animation better than Frozen’s though. But I found Frozen’s utterly adorable! And Frost is a much deeper character. I’m not just saying that cuz his hair reminds me of Killua’s or that he’s cute. Or that he’s mischievous. Seriously, Elsa was pretty shallow- there wasn’t any character growth *semicolon* she was just stagnant as a character.

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And his FEARS! Now that’s what I call realistic. As a literature student, I adored how universal and understandable it was. Or at least, made to be relateble and believable.

I just wished the Man on the Moon wasn’t given such a godly state as heavenly moonlight and would’ve been SHOWN to us. I really would. Plus, they never did resolve how Jack’s memories were literally stolen from him. He didn’t recall his past, so he couldn’t find his “centre”. (Pish posh, what’s this? I spell with a single British spelling, and spell check is on my case…huh. I guess being half American and yet being in British schooling would be confusing sometimes…) Nor did they resolve or show how he handled the silence from the Man on the Moon after so long, and about such important matters. I mean, the poor guy was having an identity crisis for over 300 years. That’s no light matter.

La la la, but really. I loved this movie. Maybe not overall as much as Frozen, but I do like Jack Frost much more than Elsa. But she is easily the better architect, sorry about that, Frost. Just being honest.

But, fear not, you are the 21st of December. So cheers to that!

Oh, and of course, I just HAVE to compare this part of the animation- which had better ice, frost, snow, snowflakes? It’s pretty tough- I’ve decided that both movies win a few awards there. Frozen gets best overall ice and specifically snowflakes. But Rise of the Guardian’s gets frost, easy. But then again- cuz of Frost’s name, there wasn’t all that much focus on ice either, nor individual snowflakes, so it’s not like you’re exposed to terrible ice animation throughout the film.

I say watch it. Definitely. Compare to Frozen, too. I’m sure y’all will. I’d love to hear comparisons and other responses to the movie too.

Did you find the Russian Santa cooler than any other like me? Wish you had seen a six foot one bunny too? Or maybe wished you had Sandy on your charades team? Found Tooth a bit creepy with her feathers and half-hummingbird-ness? Found Frost cute, but strange that he didn’t wear shoes for no apparent reason?

…I actually forgot the hashtag I had for my literature ness D=
*cue identity crisis*

-Frosty
the cool as hell snowman that inspires not one, but all.