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Little Women Review

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A modern retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, we follow the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March – detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. Despite harsh times, they cling to optimism, and as they mature, they face blossoming ambitions and relationships, as well as tragedy, while maintaining their unbreakable bond as sisters.

 

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’m always looking for a good, clean movie. I saw the theatrical production of this story last year, and read the book when I was a little girl, so I was interested to see what this modern retelling did with the tale.

4 of 5

Characters

I thought the supporting characters were brilliant.

I didn’t like Jo. And I feel bad about saying that, because she is the reason I call myself Jo instead of Jo Ann, but they portrayed her as a super selfish shrew.

I haven’t read the book in a while, but I didn’t remember disliking the character of Jo nearly as much in the play I saw last year as I did in this movie. Perhaps the writer or the director was planning to use people’s love of the character to get them through this, but it didn’t work for me. Neither of the women I saw it with liked her much either.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes, I did care what happened. Meg’s struggle and love held the story together (something I do remember from other versions) and since I liked Meg, I wanted everything to work out. I felt for the other characters as well, and wanted to beat Jo about half of the time for how she treated them.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

Considering it’s based on a book, there will always be things that are left out. Again, I admit to not having a firm grasp on the original story, so I didn’t find any large plot holes.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

I yawned a couple of times when Jo was super mean. By this point in the movie her character felt like a six year old who never quite learned what it meant to be a grown up.

3 of 5

Cool Factor

I suppose the cool factor to this film was the change to a modern setting, which I actually liked. Sure, it felt a little unrealistic considering the way most families don’t bond quite like this anymore, but I found it fun and refreshing.

4 of 5

The End

Even though I knew the ending and all of the tragic things that happened, I found myself excited when Jo finally pulled her head out of her butt and figured out what it meant to be a human being and not a spoiled child.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went into this expecting a quaint drama with cute parts, and that’s what I got. I know I’ve harped on it already, but if they could have tempered Jo’s character a bit—or even tried to make her more subtle and less in-your-face—I would have thoroughly enjoyed the show.

4 of 5

***

Total: 30

That’s a Green Belt!

(Almost a Brown Belt, but not quite)


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Mission: Impossible-Fallout Review

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Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission gone wrong.

Okay, let’s be honest, that pretty much describes every Mission Impossible movie ever…

Why did I come to this movie again?

I’ve enjoyed most of the MI movies over the years, with Ghost Protcol and the original being my favorites. I was hoping for some great action held together with a bit of plucky humor and some semblance of a plot

5 of 5

Characters

The characters in this franchise haven’t changed much over the years. Hunt is a do or die guy who will do anything to accomplished the mission. Except lose a member of his team, which we’re reminded of in the opening of the film.

His team is great. I love Luther and Benji! As the vague description above tells us, there are quite a few characters from films of MI past that return.

My biggest disappointment was the bad guy. I knew who the bad guy was the first time they spoke. At least try to make it interesting…

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

This is where this movie did surprise me.

Most stories use conflict in two ways: Go wide or go deep. Wide conflict is what MI is all about: the entire world is in danger and we must save it!

Where MI doesn’t always shine is taking the conflicts deep. Sure, in every movie they disavow the agents and they’re on their own and bad stuff happens. When they do make it personal, it doesn’t resonate with us real people.

This movie, however, did a better job than I expected at deepening conflicts. The writers draw the net around Hunt so tight that I was actually shifting uncomfortably in my seat in the theater. While it’s far from perfect, I do have to give kudos for this aspect of the movie.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Uh, this is a Mission: Impossible movie. Of course there are plot holes large enough to drive a cruise ship through. For instance, in what world do four experienced agents (one of them very motivated to keep the “package” safe) open a garage door that leads onto a street just anyone can be walking down before putting the guy with the hood on his head in the car? Not to mention stow the guns.

So I rolled my eyes a few times.

3 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning. I did get action fatigue during the truck/car/boat/motorcycle chase through Paris.

P.S. I’ve been to Paris, and I never saw the roads that empty…

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I had to suspend my disbelief a few too many times to give this a 5, but there was some fun action. And that fight scene in the bathroom—I kind of loved that.

4 of 5

The End

There was actually one moment in the end that I was not expecting. So good job there. Everything else was totally predictable, but because the writers had given me cause to care about the characters, I didn’t mind as much as I might have.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

Fun movie. Great action. More plot than I was expecting. Frankly, I liked it. My expectations were pretty low, so that might have helped.

5 of 5

 

Total: 33

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

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During and adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Why did I come to this movie again?

Uh, Han Solo? Star Wars? I didn’t need more than that to motivate me to see this movie. And the trailers made it look mostly good.

5 of 5

Characters

I was honestly expecting more out of the characters. I’ve always been a fan of Han Solo (rogue gone good guy…love it) so I was expecting a little more rogue and less comic relief from Mr. Ehrenreich. Granted, that could have been the director’s doing. Or just the script. Either way, I honestly felt like he smiled like an idiot too much. Show me some change!

Chewie was great. I can always use more Chewie.

The previews really amped up Lando, and the film didn’t give him the chance to shine that he deserved. Although what he did at the end cracked me up.

So while I did like the movie, the weakest link was that I felt like either the director, the script or both held back on the characters. We saw the surface, but didn’t really get inside. Which is what I was hoping for.

3 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Even though I felt the story only skimmed the surface of the characters, and it moved a little too fast, I did care what happened.

4 of 5

Plot Holes

There were a few plot holes, but nothing (in my opinion) like The Last Jedi. I didn’t come away ranting at my poor husband about things that didn’t make sense.

Granted, I went into the story knowing it was a heist in the Star Wars universe. Which means I was prepared for The Transporter staring Han Solo. So when things got ridiculous, I was on board.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

No yawning. There were a few eye rolls. (I mean really, how did he get his name again? Not as bad as Martha, but still…)

4 of 5

Cool Factor

I loved the cool factor in this film. It had a great classic Star Wars vibe and showed us brave new worlds while giving us some background on familiar characters.

5 of 5

The End

I predicted every aspect of the end. Which is fine. I still liked it, and we did get to see Han Solo finally make a clever decision, which made me happy.

4 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

I went into this expecting a popcorn movie, and that’s exactly what I got. Despite my disappointment with the character development, I still had a great time watching it! If you’re expecting more than a romp, you will likely be put out.

5 of 5

Score = 34

That’s a Brown Belt!


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I Can Only Imagine Review

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The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.

 Why did I come to this movie again?

The synopsis above was exactly what I knew about this movie going into it. I jumped on Rotten Tomatoes and looked at a couple of reviews. I was surprised that most of the one and two star reviews indicated that if you weren’t Christian that you’d hate this movie because it’s sappy and about God and forgiveness.

Well, I happen to be a Christian who believes in forgiveness. And that is the entirety of the expectations I had for this movie.

4 of 5

Characters

I thought the actors did a great job with the characters. I’ve never been abused, physically or otherwise (yes, I count myself very, very lucky) but I still felt for Bart. I understood enough of his anger, his helplessness and all of the emotions that he held inside for all those years to be drawn into his plight. Plus, he was super adorable.

Dennis Quaid was AMAZING as Bart’s dad. A horrible person who decides to change. And while I didn’t want to feel for him—because I wanted to punch him in the face for the first half of the movie—by the end I did.

5 of 5

Did I care what happened?

Yes. There was plenty of conflict and questions. Characters made stupid decisions but I still liked them/believed in them enough to hope that they would fix it.

5 of 5

Plot Holes

Nothing huge. A few parts of the story are a bit clunky, but if you’re not a writer you might not notice.

4 of 5

How many times did I yawn?

Like I said, the story slowed down in a couple of places, but all in all, no big yawns.

4 of 5

Cool Factor

While this movie wasn’t in a fantastical world filled with people who have superhuman powers, the cool factor in this film was still pretty great.

The glimpse it gave me into the music world was interesting. I’m an author, and there are a lot of parallels between the music and the publishing world, so I understand how difficult it can be to break into an industry.

Also, as I said above, I am Christian, and to have a story focused on forgiveness was amazing. Not only forgiving one another, but believing that God can forgive you of what you’ve done wrong no matter how bad it is. I mean, these are the things I believe, so seeing them played out so well on the big screen was awesome.

Now, if you’re not into these sorts of beliefs,  you may hate the movie. And that’s totally okay. To each their own, right?

5 of 5

The End

While the end is bitter sweet, and then completely awesome, nothing came as a big surprise. And I was okay with that.

And yes, I cried when he sang at the end. I’m a big baby.

5 of 5

Overall Enjoyment

As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed this film.

I remember as a young teenager, my group of friends consisted of religious and non-religious people. All shapes, colors and belief systems. We rarely all loved the same movie. When Field of Dreams came out (yes, I’m getting old), one of the girls I knew who usually raved about the dark, gritty films, could not stop talking about how good Field of Dreams was. And she couldn’t figure out why.

That’s how I hope people will feel about this film. I loved it. It’s not in my top ten or anything, but it was certainly nice to come out of a movie with that uplifted feeling that stayed with me for a few days.

4 of 5

Score = 36

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