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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Movie Review

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A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own.

Why did I come to this movie again?

I saw a preview for this film and was immediately drawn in. I had no idea it was a book that has been made into a movie before, so I had no expectations other than it looked delightful and fun!

5 of 5

Characters

Mrs. Harris is wonderful. A widow who is working as a cleaning lady after WWII in London, she’s doing everything she can to hold it together even after her husband is declared KIA. I just loved her spirit and her determination to help others even if they weren’t willing to help themselves. Her friends were perfect.

I really enjoyed everyone in Paris. The Dior employees, even the “evil” ones were believable and fun. The Marquis provided some much-needed perspective, and the young kids were awesome.

Hearing that accent come out of Jason Issacs threw me off for a second!

5 of 5

Did I care what happened?

So much yes! While I often immerse myself in tales of superheroes and consequences of apocalyptic proportions, I’m always cheering for the average Joe. Or in this case, the average Lesley. An older woman past her prime who wants something new. I wanted her to succeed as much or more than I wanted the Avengers to save the world!

5 of 5

Plot Holes

There’s one moment near the end that I felt could have had a better lead-in to it. Other than that one thing, I didn’t get pulled out of the story.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

The film was, as I expected, delightful. Each scene was cute and fun with some good-old-fashioned backbone and heart. I didn’t yawn once.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

I’m not a student of fashion, so seeing the world of high fashion in the mid 1900s was cool for me. The filming was fun, and the world beautiful.

5 of 5

The End

For a few minutes I was mad about one thing that happened in Paris, but in the end I was happy it did. Lesley came full circle, a changed woman, but still her kind, wonderful self.

Also, the Dior people were awesome! I might have cried.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I came away from this film feeling amazing and wanting to see it again. Not from an adrenaline high, like the action movies that I love, but from an emotional journey that seemed so real that I thought I might be able to reach out and touch it. If you like feel-good movies that hit you in the heart and mind then go see this film!

5 of 5

Total: 39

That’s a Black Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Persuasion: Movie Review

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Eight years after Anne Elliot was persuaded not to marry a dashing man of humble origins, they meet again. Will she seize her second chance at true love?

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’m a Jane Austen fan, but have only read and seen Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. When I saw this on Netflix I had two thoughts: first, I can watch it without having to read the book, and second, I can torture the hubby with a girlie movie! Both solid reasons for watching.

5 of 5

Characters

Remember that I haven’t read the book and I love snark. In my opinion the portrayal of Anne is brilliant. She’s strong, loves her family despite all of their short comings, and does her best to find happiness despite her circumstances. The fourth wall breaks are hilarious and helpful for the story. The one moment I didn’t appreciate was when she blurted out at dinner that her brother-in-law had preferred her first. That was weird and I’m not sure it helped the story at all.

Captain Wentworth was, for me, a bit flat. Not sure if he’s like that in the book, but I thought he was boring. Love struck and honorable, but dull.

I liked the rest of the cast.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Oh my goodness, yes. The snark and flighty tone kept me totally engaged and I wanted to know what would happen. Even the hubby was mildly interested, which is saying something.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

I felt like a few things were rushed. Like the letter at the end and basically every scene with Mr. Elliot. I could have used more background on a few things, but I’m sure none of that is in the book. The fourth wall breaks helped me understand the plot.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Jane Austen is always a slow burn. I didn’t get bored, which is good.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Regency movies are always fun. This one did a good job entrenching me into the time period, which was great. I liked the diversity in the cast, even though it’s not “period appropriate.”

4 of 5

The End

Because I wasn’t enthralled with Wentworth the end was a little flat. Also rushed. However, it was a satisfying HEA and I’m good with that.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Jane Austen purists hate this version. It portrays Anne as a bit of an alcoholic, but frankly with her family I can hardly blame her. I thought it was brilliant. I’ll probably watch it again. If I were to put my own spin on a classic Jane Austen tale, this is exactly how I’d do it!

5 of 5

Total: 35

That’s a Brown Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Jurassic World Dominion Review

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Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

Why did I come to this movie again?

While nothing has been as good as the first one, I do enjoy a good dinosaur eating stupid people movie. Plus, the characters aren’t bad.

4 of 5

Characters

I probably should have watched the prior movie before going to see this one, because I didn’t remember much about the girl. You know, the dumb one that runs off and gets captured? Her teenage angst was a little too unbridled for my taste.

As for everyone else, I got what I expected. I liked the new characters: the pilot and the guy who worked at Biosyn.

Unlike the newer Star Wars movies, this show gave us what the fans wanted…all of the characters in the same place at the same time. First movie crew, check. Latest movie crew, check. T-Rex, check.

Was anyone stellar? Nah, but I got what I expected and was happy about it.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Sure. Partly because I was looking for callbacks to the previous films, of which there were plenty. I didn’t get bored—although I was nervous about the motorcycle chase scene, because those things have been overdone to death. I suspended my disbelief and just enjoyed the show as it came. I wasn’t riveted to my seat, but I didn’t drift off.

A lot of people have complained about the giant locust swarm. Frankly, that kept me watching, because I’d rather deal with raptors than giant grasshoppers. Gross.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

There are dinosaurs roaming the world—that alone constitutes a handful of plot holes that they didn’t address. Like, how can the dinosaurs be living in cold places? I thought that didn’t work. Also, did all of the dinosaurs suddenly start fertilizing their own eggs? If not, how in the world did the multiply so fast? And if raptors and t-rexes are attacking campers, why are they still alive?

Not to mention the end. While I loved the dino fight, I couldn’t stop wondering why all of the dinos had been brought together like that and not sedated.

There were quite a few small plot holes, but only a few yanked me out of the story. For a Jurassic Park movie, that’s not bad.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

None. The hubby didn’t go to sleep. I did roll my eyes a few times, so I’m going to count those. Particularly the montage of final images. Uh, no.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

Despite not nearly enough stupid people getting eaten, this movie was fun! Some of the baby dinosaurs looked kind of bad, but it was probably an artistic choice. Seeing so many different types of dinosaurs on screen was cool.

4 of 5

The End

It was fine (except those last images that made me cringe). Everything got resolved, but nothing is final. There was action and a dino fight and good times all around.

3 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

This might be because I saw the hot pile of garbage that was The Secrets of Dumbledore right before this movie, and everyone had said how bad this one was, but I actually liked this film. I’d watch it again if I saw it streaming. I wanted the cast of characters to have an adventure with dinosaurs. I got that, and it made me happy. Plus, popcorn.

4 of 5

Total: 30

That’s a Green Belt!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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Top Gun vs Top Gun: Maverick Movie Reviews

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Top Gun: As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.

Top Gun: Maverick: After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete Mitchell is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Top Gun: I decided to rewatch the original a few weeks before Maverick came out. I loved this show in the 80s and wanted to see if it was as good as I remembered.

5 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: As I said, I loved the original as a kid. However, after the eye-rolling attempt at Independence Day 2 I was skeptical. Would they ruin the franchise? I needed to find out.

4 of 5

Characters

Top Gun: The acting was a little…flat. I’m not sure why that struck me, but it did. The characters themselves were a good mix of tropes and depth. Even though Ice Man (and many of the other pilots) is practically one dimensional, the character has been perfectly cast. What else are you going to get with a slew of the best pilots in the navy? Ego. Maverick has more depth, with the conflicts of his father’s disappearance and Goose dying he goes through the ringer.

4 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: Once again we’re back at Top Gun and swimming in the lake of egos that are the pilots. Even Maverick, who seems to have found some empathy for those around him, still has enough confidence to take on the youngsters. I honestly didn’t mind him in this film. The younger pilots were practically interchangeable—except for Hangman who is the new Ice Man—but they were mostly likable. Hard workers. They showed some emotions. I felt like they held Roster’s emotions in check a little too much, but maybe that’s me.

Ice Man…amazing. Loved every second of him on the screen and the relationship he and Maverick had built over the years.

4 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Top Gun: Duh. This came out near the end of the Cold War, but we didn’t know that at the time, so everything about this movie in 1986 kept me glued to my chair. That tension no longer surrounds our country, and the film could have done a better job of showing that. (hindsight here)

As for Maverik in this film, I always cared what happened.

4 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: I liked how they set out a (mostly) plausible mission and made it almost impossible. The pilots had to work for their shot at the mission while at the same time keeping their cool. Maverick states he isn’t a teacher, and at first he’s right. However, get that guy in a plan and let him show others what’s possible and he’s a great teacher. More, he’s a better leader. I was totally invested in the mission, in what happened between Maverick and Rooster, and even the romance subplot.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Top Gun: I honestly can’t think of any. Maybe I’m blinded by early teenage nostalgia, but even on the rewatch nothing yanked me out of the story.

5 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: Two things tossed me out of the story during this film. First, the choice of the last pilot (avoiding spoilers here) had no basis. At least in the first one they knew Maverick was one of the best if not the best pilot in the program. Even if he was having issues engaging in combat they knew he could do it. The final pick in this movie…while it had to be done for the plot they never gave me a good enough reason to pick him. A single line of dialogue would have done it, but if it was there I missed it.

Second, (spoiler) when the helicopter is about to blow Maverick to pieces I was like, “Wouldn’t they want to question him, not kill him?”

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Top Gun: The romance parts in the first movie are, in my opinion, slow. That could be my early teenage not-caring-about-boys-yet stage talking from the 80s. As a writer I know they use those scenes to slow the story and let the audience reset, so I get them, I just find it dull. Not super believable either.

Other than that, the story moves.

4 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: For whatever reason I found the romance in this story way more likely than the original. Maybe because Maverick feels like much more than his pilot’s wings and he’s looking for something deeper than a fling. Once again these are the slow parts of the story, but I liked this better than the original. Everything kept me engaged.

5 of 5

Cool Factor

Top Gun: Dogfights probably suck in real life, but they’re super cool on screen. I loved the flying. Of course the Americans beat the bad guys, so that’s always a win during the Cold War. I also liked learning about the Top Gun school. Very cool.

5 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: I’ve heard that the actors did a lot of their own stunts. Not flying the planes but really being in them and pulling the gs. That’s crazy! The training sequence was super fun, and I loved seeing the technological advancements between the two films. On the cool scale I give it full marks.

5 of 5

The End

Top Gun: I found the ending to this one more satisfying than the new one, and I’m not sure why. Again, it could be nostalgia. Or the cold war. Or maybe it’s the fact that Maverick had to overcome his issues to win.

5 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: While I loved the end of this film, it wasn’t quite as satisfying as the original. I wasn’t entirely sure who I should be cheering for, Maverick or Rooster. Or both? The fact that Maverick got to shepherd Goose’s son through the experience was cool.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Top Gun: I’ll always enjoy this movie, but as I said the acting itself is flat. Or maybe it’s the tone of the film. Something didn’t jive with me like it had way back when.

4 of 5

Top Gun: Maverick: Maybe I needed a feel-good movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I left the theater talking about it and will tell anyone who’s interested to go see it. Overall, I liked it more than the original.

5 of 5

Top Gun Total: 37
Top Gun: Maverick Total: 36

Both Black Belts!

White Belt: 1-10
Yellow Belt: 11-19
Purple Belt: 20-25
Green Belt: 26-30
Brown Belt: 31-35
Black Belt: 36-40


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