Frozen II (Movie Review)

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Release Date: November 22, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Kids & Family

Cast: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff, Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood, Alfred Molina

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen,” Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2,” she must hope they are enough.

Review By Me

Frozen is one of my favorite Disney animated movies; I love the story, the characters, and the songs. Six years later we finally get the anticipated Frozen II and let me tell you it’s a great film, and I loved it. Did you guys suspect that Frozen II would be released ? I was 99.9 % sure; I mean don’t most Disney movies have sequels, especially the ones with princesses. I’m sure just like me, you were anxious to see what they’ve been up to and were ready to go on another adventure with these guys; And yes the characters from the first film are all back – Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven. In Frozen II it’s been a few years since the first film, so of course the characters are a little older. I love how much closer Elsa and Anna have gotten, even though at times Elsa struggles with “letting Anna in” when it comes to her powers. Olaf, everyone’s favorite snowman, often acknowledges that they’ve gotten a little older, and his innocence yet humor comes through that. The animation in this movie is beautiful; Yes it was beautiful in the first film, but six years of animation can improve. The colors were so vivid and beautiful. The images were fantastic, and I loved when Elsa would use her ice powers making snow and beautiful ice sculptures, which all looked amazing. You know what’s even better than having your favorite characters appear in a sequel ? Having new characters that the audience grow to love. In Frozen II we meet new characters outside of Arendelle; Which are introduced through flashbacks and in real time. The voice actors were all great, its like they were made for these roles; When you think of that specific character you think of the voice actor that did an amazing job, by bringing that character to life – In fact all voice actors are good at it. Let’s not forget that they all sing so well; Yes,there’s new songs that quickly become favorites of the audience, I really love “Into The Unknown” and “Show Yourself”, which really show cases the actors voice and range. I love the characters of Anna and Elsa, they’re in my top five of favorite Disney Princesses, Kristoff is just the sweetest, Olaf is still so cute and silly, and all these great characters and more contribute to a great film. Frozen II is an amazing, magical, touching, and fun movie, which I also recommend Disney fans to watch and join the gang while they journey “Into The Unknown”, as Elsa learns more about her powers. Also compared to the first film, this one is a bit more for a mature audience, but it is still kid friendly, and everyone can enjoy it ! There’s no doubt that Frozen II will earn a “Best Animated Film” Oscar nomination, just as the first film was nominated and also won. Will you be watching Frozen II ? Have you seen it ? If so, which one is your favorite, Frozen or Frozen II ? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading !

 Rating: 4/5 

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The Lion King ( Movie Review)

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Release Date: July 19, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama

Cast: Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Alfred Woodard, Beyoncé Knowles, John Kani, Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright-Joseph

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother-and former heir to the throne-has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Review By Me

1994’s The Lion King is one of my favorite animated Disney movies. So of course, when I heard that Disney would be releasing a live action remake, I was a bit nervous and excited. Then we got the first trailer, which made me a little more nervous, because it was like we were watching a National Geographic documentary with talking animals. The animals looked too real, which was not the same as Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, where the animals were CGI and anthropomorphic like. A few of my favorite scenes from the original and the remake are the opening with “Circle of Life” and sadly the stampede scene, seeing those scenes give me goosebumps; From the song and scores, both are just powerful scenes. What I enjoyed about the film was the plot basically being the same from the original, with an exception to a few scenes. If you are a fan of the 1994 film, you knew what the next scene would be because that’s how well you know the movie. Now about the musical score: Hans Zimmer returns for the remake, and hearing the beautiful scores brings a nostalgic feeling back to me; The score has always been one of my favorite elements of the original, and it was nice hearing it in the remake. From the stampede scene to when Mufasa and Simba have their “father and son” moment under the stars after Mufasa was teaching him a lesson, it sets the tone and brings so much emotion to the film, and I kind of get goosebumps hearing it too. Hans Zimmer is a maestro with those musical scores. Everyone’s favorite duo, Timon and Pumbaa were funny and great in the remake. Of course the two have this funny relationship, and compliment each other so well, and the audience I was sitting with would laugh any time the two were on the screen; These two were one of my favorite parts about the remake. I was happy that James Earl Jones reprised his role as Mufasa, I mean could you think of anyone else as this character ? Nope lol. Being a great actor, he just brings this king to life with his iconic voice. I also think Chiwetel Ejiofor did a good job as Scar, he too brought the character to life, with his betrayal and scheming ways. Now let’s get into the flaws of the movie, some of the voice actors I wasn’t too fond of as the characters, maybe there could have been other actors to play these characters, it didn’t make it necessarily awful, but there could have been better casting. I get that this is a remake, so the movie may not be exactly like the original, and its okay to even add new songs to the movie, but I kind of wasn’t too happy with how they handled Scar’s “Be Prepared” number, it’s not in the musical way we love. It’s more like he is giving a speech without music and there were some chanting of be prepared. The song being featured this way wasn’t fun and catchy as the original version, and being one of my favorite songs, I wasn’t slightly disappointed in how it was handled in the movie. Lastly in regards to the visuals and characters, the one thing they lacked were emotion. They would talk or sing but there wasn’t any emotion in their faces. The original film is an animated drama with great songs and lessons, which are fueled by emotions, and the fact that the characters lacked those or at least didn’t show them enough is the reason why I wasn’t too excited about the movie. This film is not horrible or an excellent piece of work, but is a decent film. The visuals are nice, it has the songs we love, and it stayed true to the original, however it lacks the heart, and emotion from the original. I still recommend fans of the original to go see it and if you’ve seen it let me know what you think in the comments below. Thanks for reading !

Rating: 3/5

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Toy Story 4 (Movie Review)

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Release Date: June 21, 2019

Genre: Animation, Kids & Family

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan- Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Joan Cusack

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts). After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries.

Movie Review: 

When I saw Toy Story 3, I thought like many others, that it would have ended the popular franchise. As June 21 got closer, I was excited to watch this movie. The Toy Story franchise is one of my favorites from Pixar; The memorable characters, the stories, what’s not to love. Toy Story 4 had everyone’s favorite characters back: Woody, Buzz, Jessie, The Potato Heads, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Hamm, Rex – “The Good Old Gang”. We also got introduced to some new characters like we always do; Not to reveal the plot, but if you’ve seen Toy Story 3, then you know how the Toys ended up with Bonnie, after Andy went off to college. In this film Woody goes on an adventure with Bonnie’s new toy, who thinks he’s not a toy lol, so Woody goes after him to bring him back, which he is doing to make sure Bonnie is happy. The animation in in this movie is amazing, the details, the vivid colors; its like the animation gets better with each movie. Now let’s move on to the voice actors; The dynamic duo of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, along with a slew of other actors, who brings these amazing characters to life, you gotta love these actors and characters. A few new characters we get to meet are: Duke Caboom, Ducky and Bunny, Officer Dimple McGiggles, and Forky (who are voiced respectively by: Keanu Reeves, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Ally Maki, and Tony Hale). Without spoiling the movie, there are some surprises in the film, especially the ending ! (wow ! ) I loved Toy Story 4 so much, I would go see it again. This movie is fun, surprising, heartwarming, and has that Pixar humor that we love. I laughed, smiled, and teared up. This movie is definitely my favorite of the sequels and I recommend Toy Story fans and Disney Pixar lovers to see this movie; If you’ve seen Toy Story 4, what did you think ? Let me know if you want to discuss it below..Or if you plan on seeing it drop a comment below ! Thanks for reading !

* Rating: 5/5 *

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“Ooohh, I Have Been Chosen”

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I love this flatlay look ! Honestly I think I’m getting addicted to doing them; They’re fun to do, and a great way to show your creative side lol…Here’s my outfit I wore to see Toy Story 4 ! What do y’all think ? I like it ! 

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To INFINITY and your MOM ! Ha this is one of my favorite lines from the Toy Story 4 trailer; You guys know I had to buy this shirt the minute I saw it in Target, and of course this was in the men’s section, they always have the best graphic tees ! These little green aliens have my heart and I thought this was a cute, but simple Toy Story themed outfit ! 

Shirt: Target

Pizza Crossbody Bag: Walmart

Jeans: Old Navy

Shoes: Toms 

Keychain: Box Lunch

The Clawwww ! 

How cute is this ? I had to buy this phone case the minute I saw it ; and there I go getting creative lol, seriously I can’t help myself.. Yo girl got some skills lol

Phone Case: Red Bubble

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Aladdin (Movie Review)

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Release Date: May 24, 2019

Genre: Action & Adventure

Cast: Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Will Smith, Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes):

A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

Review By Me

Disney’s 1992 Aladdin is one of my favorite animated movies, so when I heard about a live action version of Aladdin being released, I was pretty excited..Alright let’s get into the review. I want to start of by saying that I really enjoyed this movie. The three main stars of the film: Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), and Will Smith (Genie) all did a great job. Mena played Aladdin perfectly and reminded me so much of the title character from the animated film. He was charming and it was exciting to see him on the screen. Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine reminded me of Jasmine from the animated film and she is all about the girl power and not being silenced by the laws of Agrabah. And I loved Will Smith as the Genie, he put his own touch to it, and him as the Genie was funny and enjoyable. The whole cast did a great job in this movie, and bought the characters of the animated movie to life. Okay can we talk about the visuals? The visuals in this movie are amazing, they are colorful and vibrant; The CGI was also nice, the animals looked real without looking too animated. The music in Aladdin, was very nostalgic. I was singing along in my head, although I wanted to sing out loud lol. Those classic songs from the original movie, definitely brought back memories. Not only did we hear the original songs but we got to hear a new song that was sung by Naomi Scott called “Speechless”, a song about having a voice and not being silenced, which is a beautiful song. Jafar in this Aladdin was a bit toned down as opposed to the animated film, he was a bit weaker in the live version, but this did not effect the movie overall. I loved Aladdin, and its one of my favorite Disney live action films.. This movie is fun, magical, and colorful filled with humor, and charm. This film is a must see, and I think any fan of the original will enjoy it ! Thanks for reading !

Rating: 4/5

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“You Ain’t Never Had A Friend Like Me”

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A few months ago, I found the cutest shirt and purse to wear for the Aladdin opening weekend; If the shirt looks familiar, its because Princess Jasmine wore it in Ralph Breaks The Internet. I went to the Disney Store and found both the shirt and the purse on the clearance rack, so of course I had to get them. If you guys aren’t familiar with Danielle Nicole, her bags are adorable especially the ones like the crossbody bag I have above. I’ll link her website below, definitely check out her website . Also I think doing flatlays may be my new thing 😉

Website: https://www.danielle-nicole.com/

Here are more pics of my outfit ! Which I loved by the way; I also wore jewelry inspired by the Aladdin movie from Hot Topic (I should’ve took pics)

If you had three wishes, what would they be ?

I would wish for a happily ever after with my true love, money, and more traveling ! And I know there are no extra wishes, but I would wish to meet the cast of Avengers Endgame. Tell me your three wishes below !

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Dumbo (Movie Review)

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Release Date: March 29, 2019

Genre: Animation, Kids & Family

Cast: Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, Nicole Parker, Finley Hobbins

Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes): 

From Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, the all-new grand live-action adventure “Dumbo” expands on the beloved classic story where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight. Circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito) enlists former star Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and his children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins) to care for a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him a laughingstock in an already struggling circus. But when they discover that Dumbo can fly, the circus makes an incredible comeback, attracting persuasive entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton), who recruits the peculiar pachyderm for his newest, larger-than-life entertainment venture, Dreamland. Dumbo soars to new heights alongside a charming and spectacular aerial artist, Colette Marchant (Eva Green), until Holt learns that beneath its shiny veneer, Dreamland is full of dark secrets.

Review By Me

Hi everyone, I have a confession, I have never seen Dumbo until last week, like a few days before I saw the remake — and I liked it, even though it is a sad movie. Now 78 years later we get to watch a reimagining, a remake, a live-action adaptation of this film, directed by none other than one of my favorite directors, Tim Burton. I love Tim Burton, he is a great filmmaker who is known for his quirky, whimsical, eccentric characters and movies. So when I heard that he was directing this remake, I knew I had to go see it in the theater. As you guys may know Dumbo is one of four remakes that Disney will release this year, along with Aladdin, The Lion King, and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil ( Disney is serving up the remakes),,Are you guy excited ? ..Alright as usual this movie review will be spoiler free. Tim Burton’s reimaging of this classic film is visually stunning, which is no surprise, with Tim Burton you get colorful,  beautiful, whimsical visuals that also has dark undertones, which I love, and its definitely his signature. And let’s not forget about Dumbo, he looks so cute in this film, with those big blue eyes, again those visuals and the CGI were amazing. The cast gave great performances bringing their touch to the film; The one actor I want to highlight is Nico Parker, as the daughter with a curiosity and love for science; and if she looks familiar , she’s the daughter of English actress Thandie Newton ( those two are definitely twins); You may have seen in the trailers this movie more so focuses on a family within a circus and there relationship with Dumbo and keeping the circus running; While this movie stays pretty true to the original, there are some new elements added to the story; I did read somewhere that compared to the original it lacked heart and I would have to agree with that: the original is a sad movie, with hopeful moments; While the remake to me is a cute film that does lack heart, but its still a decent movie. Overall Tim Burton’s Dumbo is a visually stunning film with great actors, and a unique spin on the 1941’s classic film with a twist;  I do recommend this film if you enjoy Disney movies or if you are a fan of Tim Burton ! Will you go see Dumbo in theaters ? Or if you have, what do you think of it ? Let me know in the comments below !

Thanks for reading !

Rating: 3/5

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