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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things Review

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Quick-witted teen Mark is contentedly living the same day in an endless loop when his world is turned upside-down by the mysterious Margaret, also stuck in the same loop. What follows is a love story with a fantastical twist, as the two struggle to figure out how – and whether – to escape their never-ending day.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Not going to lie, we watched this on Valentine’s Day weekend. I sort of picked it to torture the hubby, but also because it looked intriguing.

5 of 5

Characters

Remember, this is a young adult romance, so the characters have teenage problems with teenage attitudes.

Mark is a typical self-absorbed young man who’s been living his own Groundhog’s Day and hasn’t quite reached the point where Bill Murray decided to help other people because it’s the right thing to do. I quite liked Mark. He grew, figured a few things out, and is funny.

Margaret is living in the same Groundhog’s Day loop, and seems reluctant to let Mark into her life, despite the fact that they have forever together. I guessed her story from the beginning, but still felt all the emotions when we finally got to see the truth.

All in all, I thought the characters were good.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. At the very beginning I wasn’t sure if I liked Mark or not, but that settled pretty fast. I liked Margaret because Mark liked her. I was invested in what happened to them.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Of course there are some plot holes, this story is essentially about time travel. That being said, I didn’t dwell on any of them.

I loved that they straight-up compared their circumstances with Groundhog’s Day and The Edge of Tomorrow. Totally making fun of their own trope.

As I said above, I guessed the end near the beginning, but that’s not unusual for me. The writers did such a great job with the story that I still get choked up when Mark had his revelation and we saw Margaret’s real issues.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Once or twice. Nothing serious.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Normally a movie like this wouldn’t have much of a cool factor, but the twist at the end was pretty cool. The writers did a really good job tying things together, tugging on heart strings, and keeping me invested.

4 of 5

The End

Loved it. Anything more = spoilers.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Good movie. A bit of teen angst, a bit more language than I like (although it was still wasn’t bad), and a interesting twist.

4 of 5

Final Score = 35

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Finding ‘Ohana Review

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A summer in rural O‘ahu takes an exciting turn for two Brooklyn-raised siblings when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an epic adventure with new friends, and leads them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage.

Why did I come to this movie again?

A couple of my friends called this a Hawaiian Goonies, which meant I put it on my list to watch.

5 of 5

Characters

This movie is for kids, so there isn’t a whole lot of depth to the characters. The main character, Pili, and her brother are basically horrible to each other for most of the film. They do take notice of the good relationship Casper and Hana have, which is progress.

Honestly, I didn’t expect much from the characters. I thought there was a little too much angst in the family without showing a real foundation for it, but then again, I don’t deal with teenagers much, and my family doesn’t fight, so maybe I’m the strange one. 🙂

My favorite was Hana.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. I thought the treasure adventure was fun and the kids got better as the show progressed.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

One thing I appreciated was the scene where they outfit the girl in short-shorts and a tiny t-shirt and the guy also in shorts with knee and elbow wrappings. Because I do hate it when someone crawls around in the jungle or caves and never gets a scratch.

There were a few moments that I shook my head, but overall it was fun enough to ignore the plot holes.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I was fine until near the end. We’ll go into that in a moment.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Hawaii is beautiful, and they did a great job with the caves. The treasure hunt was fun. Not quite as fun as Goonies, but I enjoyed it.

4 of 5

The End

This is where I faltered. The first 7/8 of the show had little to no mysticism in it. A few things were mentioned, but it didn’t feel serious.

Then, BAM!, mysticism.

One portion of this was really, really awesome. (No spoilers here) However, I feel the writers let this moment fall short, because there weren’t any moments before this that indicated any of this stuff was real.

Give me some tension earlier. Strange winds in the caves. Voices. Characters feeling…more than they gave us.

That being said, the sort of twist at the end with their grandpa was cool.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Besides the sudden supernatural sequence near the end, I did enjoy this film.

There are a TON of shout-outs to Goonies in here. Slick shoes, the headband, the skull cave, “Hey you guys,” an impossibly long strand of pearls…the list goes on and on. If you’ve seen and remember Goonies, you can watch this show just for the references.

4 of 5

Final Score = 34

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WW84 Movie Review

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Diana must contend with a work colleague and businessman, whose desire for extreme wealth sends the world down a path of destruction, after an ancient artifact that grants wishes goes missing.

Why did I come to this movie again?

New movies have been rare in the past year. I admit we watched this one at home in December, then I went to see it a second time in the theater with a few friends. I was excited about another Wonder Woman movie (I liked the first one, barring the bad guy at the end) but wasn’t sure about the story. It felt bloated even before I saw it. Mostly I was excited to see a film in the theater.

4 of 5

Characters

The character I identified with most in this show was Barbara Minerva. For lack of a better description, she’s an awkward nerd. That’s me! She started off great.

Unfortunately, Diana started out, and stayed, a bit whiny. Yes, I said it. She’s got no friends. Doesn’t socialize. Never goes to museum functions. This is all a choice, then she realizes how lonely she is without Steve. Who has been dead for something like seventy years. I’m no immortal, but there are a lot of good people in the world. Why hasn’t she bothered to get to know anyone? Yes, it’s hard to see people age when you don’t, but if you’re in the human world, you may as well get the whole experience. Like moving on.

Chris Pine is pretty much Hollywood gold. I thought he did a great job bringing Steve into the 1980s.

I never did connect with the bad guy, Maxwell Lord. His entire agenda is selfish. The film gave him a chance to actually love his son, which would have made me like him, but the writers or director failed there. At no point did I believe Maxwell felt love for his son. No, he just wanted his son to be proud of him. Again, selfish. Now the selfishness works for the plot. To a point.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

It’s a superhero movie. I usually care what happens.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Again, it’s a superhero movie. There are plenty of plot holes. Suddenly being able to turn a jet invisible? With no prior mention of it in the movie? Sloppy writing. Where did they refuel when they went to Egypt or when they came back?

The wishing stone thing could have been very, very cool, but all we know is that it was made by a bad god and it’s brought down half a dozen civilizations over the course of human history.

Remember that, half a dozen civilizations. Which totally ruins the end.

I liked the idea of truth being the theme of the show, but sheesh, don’t ram it down my throat every ten minutes. Try some subtext. Symbolism. Subtlety.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Strangely, during the first scene. Other than that I was good.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

For being set in the 1980s, I expected more of the 80s. There was a lot in the beginning, then it just fell away.

The filming itself was great. Good action scenes. Fun stuff. I actually enjoyed it more in the theater than at home.

4 of 5

The End

Here’s my real beef.

First off, there is no explanation about the stone going into Maxwell Lord. Why is he falling apart? Give me three lines of background (not supposition about the Monkey’s Paw, because that’s not exactly how it was working) on that and the bad god that made it, and I would have been happier.

Remember those half a dozen civilizations that the stone has destroyed? You can’t tell me that even with Diana’s rope broadcasting truth through the world (another very confusing bit) that every single person of 1980s earth would renounce their wish.

Barbara’s ending was frustrating then sad.

Also, nothing in the movie showed me that Maxwell Lord actually cared about his son, so that fell flat.

3 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Like I said, I thought the theme of truth was a good one, and very fitting for the show, but the execution was too clumsy to be truly enjoyable for me.

A lot of people I know liked that the final battle was won with love, not violence. I agree, and only wish that it had made a little more sense. I spent the last few scenes trying to figure out how they were doing what they were doing instead of believing it would work.

I loved the cameo at the end!

3 of 5

Final Score = 30

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Onward Movie Review

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Onward

Two elven brothers embark on a quest to bring their father back for one day.

Why did I watch this movie again?

See that tag line up there? That’s literally the only thing I knew about this movie going in. I saw it on Disney+ and decided, why not?

4 of 5

Characters

Well, with Chris Pratt and Tom Holland, I expected some great characters, and I got them! This film was very much about how the past intersects the now, and each character had a fun story arc and a satisfying ending.

5 of 5

Did I care what happened?

This started off so quirky that I was immediately drawn in. My hubby is a giant D&D nerd, and he was cracking up at all of Barley’s role-playing references. I was totally rooting for the boys to see their dad, but also for their mom’s boyfriend, the manticore and more.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

You know what, I didn’t notice many. Time was strange. And if they’d taken the path of peril they would have been in the middle of nowhere when they ran out of gas, so there’s that. However, nothing pulled me out of the film. I called a few things long before they happened, but that’s not unusual.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Not once, and for a Sunday afternoon, that’s pretty impressive.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

It’s more like the fun factor. I had zero expectations going in, which probably helped, but every scene in this film pulled me farther into the characters and the story. The animation was good. The creativity was off the charts.

5 of 5

The End

It’s not often that I’m okay with the main character not getting what he wants in the end. At least not in the way I was expecting. However, this is one of the things that surprised me, and I really enjoyed it. Quite satisfying, if not a little sad. And happy. You just need to watch it.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I laughed and laughed. I even teared up once or twice. I have no idea if kids will like it, but my husband and I really enjoyed it. The little lessons the brothers, and even their mom, learn are awesome. The Manticore had me chortling. As I said before, very clever. I like that.

5 of 5

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