Baron, D., Kinberg, S., & Shearmur, A. (producers) & Branagh, K. (director). (2015). Cinderella [motion picture]. United States: Walt Disney Pictures.
In this remake of the classic tale, a kind and courageous Cinderella overcomes the cruelty of her stepmother to attend the prince’s ball.
This film is magnificent. The story is true to the original 1950 Disney movie, yet has an added complexity, contemporary interpretation, and a sense of humour. Cinderella is not merely a maiden in distress, the stepmother is not inexplicably wicked, and the prince faces a dilemma between country and love.
Beyond the storyline, the visual aspects of this film are breathtaking. The costumes are opulent and stunning. The scenery is alluring. The special affects are impressive.
Viewers young and old will enjoy this classic story retold. It is fresh and, to be frank, lovely. This film is a solid 5 out of 5.
Wick, D. (Producer), & Burger, Neil (Director). (2014). Divergent [Motion picture]. United States: Lionsgate.
Based on Veronica Roth’s book of the same title, Divergent tells the story of Tris, who must decide whether she will continue to live with her family or leave them forever, while navigating the fact that she must hide her true self from the government.
For those who have read the book, the film adaptation follows the plot closely and accurately represents Roth’s story. For those who haven’t read the book, the movie is still enjoyable and can stand alone from the book. In fact, the movie is so captivating that it would likely prompt viewers to read the books.
Like the book, this movie would appeal to anyone who enjoys dystopian stories, action and adventure, and attempts to usurp controlling governments. Insofar that this is a dystopian film, it is similar to other hits like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner. At the same time, it is unique and thrilling.
Because of its likeness to the book, as well as how good it is on its own, warrants this film a 5 out of 5, much like the book.
Morgenstein, L. & King, I.M. (Executive Producers). (2010). Pretty Little Liars [television series]. Burbank, California: ABC Family.
Welcome to Rosewood, a quaint, quiet town. Everything is peaceful and orderly, until, one day, that perfection is shattered by the disappearance of Alison DiLaurentis, the most popular girl at school. Her four best friends, Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna are left questioning what happened to their best friend and are beginning to be terrorized by the mysterious A, who knows all of their secrets.
Based on Sara Shepard’s book series, this television series is full drama, intrigue, romance, and great clothes. The series tends to appeal to teenage girls, who are fans of other dramas like Gossip Girl.
Some may say that the storylines are far-fetched and overly dramatic. While this may be true, the series is still enjoyable and quite addicting. There is also a balance of realistic themes, like bullying and struggling with identity, which makes this show relatable for many teen viewers.
Overall, this show is a 4.5. The only thing keeping it from a perfect 5 is how outlandish it may be at times.