Film reviews

Film reviews

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Obviously, this is the sequel to Fun in the City, which is a film I didn't like so it's fair to say my expectations were low. So, you could say I wasn't disappointed, as it met my expectations. It was awful! It was so awful, I'd rather not spend any more time on it by talking about it. But, that wouldn't be a film review and I think I owe you all a review to save you wasting your money going to see it.

So, it starts off with this big wedding scene. And, I won't go into why, but the whole scene is just there so they can make this one joke. It's not even a funny joke ... it's just, ah, it's just terrible. It's got nothing to do with the rest of the film. Anyway, it starts there. Then, instead of the characters and the plot staying in New York where the original film was set, one of them wins a ticket to India and decides to take all her friends. It's what directors do when they've run out of ideas … let's take our characters on tour!

Anyway, they gossip, cry and shop, and they repeat this until the end. No real people would ever act like this. I didn't have any sympathy for their problems or even care what happened to them. Don't go and see it, you'll only encourage them to make another sequel. The world doesn't need three of these films. Please save your money and go and see the other big film this week: Twilight Mirror.

So, if you're a fan of the book it's based on, you're probably as excited as I was about this. For everyone else, this is a film fans have been waiting ten years to see. I have to confess, I was a bit nervous. I'd seen the posters and they didn't look right. I didn't love them at all. And I wasn't sure about the actors they cast either. So I went in not sure what to expect. But … I loved it.

One thing I really liked about it was the pace. They went backwards and forwards between the real world and the computer world and it worked really well. The special effects brought the computer world to life and I totally believed in it. But, more than that, I felt emotionally connected to the story and the characters. The whole film worked on so many levels. It reminded me of going to the cinema as a child – how much fun that was. I can't recommend it enough.

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Submitted by jmajo on Fri, 22/04/2022 - 14:39

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The last film I watched was "The Godfather" and I think it's a very interesting story, although it's a fiction story the characters are really well played by all the actors. The movie didn't need a lot of special effects to maintain the viewer attention, despite the pace of the story could be a bit slow, it goes really good with the main story and they made two sequels after that movie to continue the story.

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by ninaals on Sat, 19/02/2022 - 17:04

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What was the last film you watched? What did you think of it?
I don´t usually watch movies,however the last one I remember watching was a korean one.The plot was about a nuclear power plant that suddenly starts to malfunction. It was slow paced,due to this most characters could develop throughout the course of the film.It was a thought provoking movie, leaving a message at the end.Even though it lasted for about two hours, I still enjoyed it, for it had top tier actors.

Submitted by Bianca Martins… on Thu, 17/02/2022 - 19:15

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Hi, my name is Bianca. Last week on Sunday my mom and I decided to see a movie. So we watched “Bohemian Rhapsody". Anyone who is a fan of QUEEN, already knows what this story is about.
The film is wonderful from the beginning to the end. I've watched the movie so many times and I cried every time.
Freddy Mercury's story is very strong, and the way he handled things is even more so. I'm not even going to mention the soundtracks. It's a great movie, with great acting and also it's a beautiful tribute to Freddie, who marked so many lives.

Submitted by Dani.AL on Tue, 08/02/2022 - 13:58

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Hi, my name is Daniela! So the last movie I watched was the new Spider-Man. I went with my brother and nephew to the movies. My hopes weren’t so high but the movie was amazing, I loved it. I couldn't stop talking about it. I didn’t read the books but I did look into some websites, blogs etc about Spider-Man and I read more and more about it.
Our money was well spent, because the actors were very good and the setting of the film was really nice. Also the story was well plotted.

Submitted by misty on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 19:44

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I'm still watching, "The Witcher," so I can't say much about the ending. But mind you, from the start I watched the first episode I was so glued that I don't wanna stop and if possible to finish all the episodes in just one night.

Submitted by danielbacelar on Wed, 17/11/2021 - 23:18

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I love watching movies, especially Pulp Fiction, yesterday I watched it for the eighteenth time.

Submitted by siddhuk on Tue, 19/10/2021 - 09:01

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The last movie I saw was "High School Musical The musical the holiday special". I watched this on Disney+ Hotstar, the Indian arm of Disney+. The production is really good even in midst of COVID-19. I felt sympathetic towards the cast of the TV series, especially emotional stories. There are a lot of songs

Submitted by Suraj paliwal on Tue, 12/10/2021 - 09:32

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My last film was one day ago. Film was based on true events. I like watch movies.

Submitted by Yureki_11 on Wed, 29/09/2021 - 22:56

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What was the last film you watched? What did you think of it?

The last film I watched was "Free Guy". This kind of science fiction movies are wondrous, so Free Guy shows us how artificial intelligence comes alive throught a game. The main caracther "Guy" is conscious about his own existence, and I believe it is one of my favorite ideas in film. However, "Free Guy" is a comedy movie with an amazing cast such as Ryan Reynolds that plays "Guy". This film is for everyone, so I recommend it to you.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Fri, 10/09/2021 - 00:09

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The last film I watched was The Iron Man. This film is about a brave and strong man. He is never defeated and does not fear anything. He uses his power and strength in positive ways.