I went in to see Les Miserables as a complete novice, something which I’m sure affected my appreciation of the film. I knew it was based on the novel by Victor Hugo, that it is and has been for a long time, a musical on Broadway, West End and probably many many more places, and that it has songs such as ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘On My Own’ and ‘One Day More’. Aside from that all I knew were snippets of information I’d gathered from trailers, friends talking about it in passing and a few assumptions based on the lyrics in certain songs. So it’s safe to say my mind was more or less open for anything as I sat down to watch, and in the end I’m glad it was. Because as much as I will always be a proponent of reading before watching, I think it’s nice to sometimes be able to see the visuals without overthinking how faithful it is to the original material. And while it was never really all that shocking, I did appreciate that a lot of the emotional punches the film delivered caught me by surprise. Continue reading →
Warnings: This review will involve spoilers for both Divergent and Insurgent. Also, this is not a review of the literary merits of Veronica Roth’s novels, but purely my own opinions on the books and my enjoyment of them. Continue reading →
First of all, let me just apologize in advance for handing you all this novel sized review rather than individual episodic posts. It’s for two reasons: It’s a lot less time-consuming to just write it all out in one post, making it more acceptable to cut out the less important parts of the episodes and focus on the bigger plot points. Secondly, I know from experience that it’s difficult to write reviews of just one episode when you’ve watched the following 6 or 7, without bringing in things you’ve learned in those later episodes. Therefore, if I was to write them all out separately they would probably end up being repetitive and boring. I’m not claiming that this isn’t boring, but at least I believe it’s the better option at the moment. So, yes, here it is. What I’ve done is basically go through the season storyline by storyline. Not everything has been covered, which is probably for the best seeing as this is already 3000 words long, but the main plots are all there I think. I’ll leave it at that, and if you reach the end before falling asleep, please feel free to comment and leave your thoughts on the season in the comments!
My new year’s resolution this year is to update my blog more frequently, so what better way to start than writing about the movie I actually watched on Ne Year’s Eve? I don’t know, it made more sense in my head. Anyway, I watched Pitch Perfect the other day and felt like gushing about how aca-dorable it was. So, here goes. Continue reading →
It’s been a while since I genuinely felt interested in watching or reading Twilight, so it kind of surprised me when I decided to go see it today. Mostly I did it because my flat mate asked me to come with her, and since I both enjoy her company and watching movies on the big screen, I decided I’d go. Despite my reservations, I did enjoy myself some of the time, but overall I doubt I will be rewatching it once it comes out on dvd. If I wanted I could probably do a lot of complaining here, both about the story in general, and the movie itself, but I’ve decided that since it’s over I can actually try to be positive for once (though I will mention my dislikes at the end, fair warning).
First of all, this is not so much a review as it is me rambling on about what I thought about the movie and how I think it is better than the book.
As some of you may have read in my review of the novel, this story is not a particular favorite of mine. Summarizing my thoughts on the novel at present moment would not be fair to the story, seeing as I haven’t read it in several months, so I’ll just say that I thought it had great moments that I didn’t necessarily feel meshed together all that well. It tried to do too much, and I never managed to connect like I think I was supposed to with Charlie. Continue reading →