The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 10 Differences Between the Book and the Movie

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes all of the elements from the first film and does them better with help from new director Francis Lawrence. You hardly ever hear that the sequel is better than the original but trust me, in this case it is. There’s moments where you can literally feel the book come to life. While not everything from the novel can make it into the movie (as always), they’ve managed to keep it as close as possible. I’ve compiled a list of things I noticed were different between the two. These aren’t the only things I noticed but they were the ones that stood out the most. None of the changes took anything away from from the storyline. Sometimes scenes are left out because there’s another way of accomplishing it, keep that in mind.

1. Plutarch Heavensbee’s Mockingjay Watch

When Plutarch Heavensbee takes Katniss out on the dance floor at President’s Snow party, it’s where we secretly learn that he’s on her side. Like Bonnie and Twill who put the Mockingjay symbol on a piece of bread that they could eat to hide the evidence, Plutarch has a gold watch he carriers in his pocket, that with the run of his thumb can display a Mockingjay and just as fast as it was seen, can disappear. The second clue we get is when Plutarch tells Katniss, “It starts at midnight” except he wasn’t talking about the meeting at all, he’s referring to the arena she’ll soon find herself in. But while they do meet under the same circumstances in the film we have no idea if the watch even exists and he doesn’t give any clues about the upcoming Hunger Games. In the book, Katniss is left thinking about Plutarch’s disappearing Mockingjay watch. He was “almost clandestine” as she says, but in the film there is nothing done to make her skeptical of his actions. You don’t learn anything until Katniss sees him on the hovercraft with Haymitch and Finnick, that’s when you realize where his loyalties stand.

Plutarch steps back and pulls out a gold watch on a chain from a vest pocket. He flips open the lid, sees the time, and frowns. “I’ll have to be going soon.” He turns the watch so I can see the face. “It starts at midnight.”

“That seems late for–“ I say, but then something distracts me. Plutarch has run his thumb across the crystal face of the watch and for just a moment an image appears, glowing as if lit by candlelight. It’s another mockingjay. Exactly like the pin on my dress. Only this one disappears. He snaps the watch closed. 

2. Snow’s Granddaughter

Not much is known about President Snow’s granddaughter or any other family members he might have. In Mockingjay, Johanna Mason quickly mentions her when she votes for the proposed 76th Hunger Games with tributes from the children of the Capitol. This comment let’s us believe that she’s between the ages of 12 and 18. In Catching Fire the movie we’re introduced to his granddaughter, who’s recently begun wearing her hair in a one-sided braid like all of her friends. To Snow’s obvious annoyance and our amusement, she is a fan of Katniss Everdeen, the very person he wants eradicated.

“Why not?” Johanna retorts. “It seems very fair to me. Snow even has a granddaughter. I vote yes.” (Mockingjay)

3. Peeta’s Painting of Rue

Both Peeta and Katniss’ private sessions with the gamemakers are vital scenes in the book that leave both of them with a score of 12, making them the number one target in the upcoming Hunger Games. The painting Peeta creates of Rue is a sign of rebellion to the Capitol. Unlike in the movie where Katniss walks into the room and sees the painting of Rue on the ground, in the book it’s specifically stated that it’s covered. The reason for the change makes sense, it gave reason to Katniss’ impulsive decision to hang Seneca Crane during her session.

 I think of how ruffled the Gamemakers were when I entered the gym for my session. The smell of cleaners. The mat pulled over that spot in the center of the gym. Was it to conceal something they were unable to wash away? “You painted something, didn’t you? A picture.”
“Did you see it?” Peeta asks.
“No. But they’d made a real point of covering it up,” I say.

4. Bonnie & Twill / District 13

Bonnie and Twill are two runaways from District 8 whom Katniss encounters in the woods outside of District 12. They tell her about the uprisings happening in the other districts and most importantly about the existence of District 13. It was known in advance that they wouldn’t be apart of the film because they didn’t cast those roles but the question remained on how Katniss would be introduced to the idea District 13. Signs of the beginning of a revolution are brought to the screen in another way. As seen in the trailer there’s a Mockingjay spray painted in a tunnel as well as the words “The odds are never in our favor” that expresses the districts unrest. The people have become more defiant and are ready to rebel against the Capitol. President Snow mentions District 13 during his talk with Katniss in her house before the Victory Tour saying how it’d be unfortunate to see District 12 end up the same way. Then, at the end of the film Plutarch is the one who tells Katniss that they’re on their way to District 13.

5. Effie’s Goodbye

In the book everyone in the Capitol is sent home after the stunt the victors pulled during the interviews. This meant that Effie didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to Peeta and Katniss before they’re sent into the arena. In the movie, she does, with tears in her eyes, “You both deserve so much better.”

“Then we’ll never see Effie again,” says Peeta. We didn’t see her o the morning of the Games last year. “You’ll give her our thanks.”
“More than that. Really make it special. It’s Effie, after all,” I say. “Tell her how appreciative we are and how she was the best escort ever and tell her . . . tell her we send our love.”

6. Katniss’ Pregnancy

Peeta drops the bomb about the baby in the same way as the novel but it’s quickly dropped after that. In the book it’s continually used as a tactic to help in the games.

But Finnick has dropped all his weapons to the ground. “Better not exert yourself. Not in your condition,” he says, and reaches down and pats my abdomen.
Oh, right. I’m supposed to be pregnant, I think.

“It’s okay. It’s just her hormones,” says Finnick. “From the baby.” 

“Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up, I’ll rip your throat out,” says Johanna

7. Haymitch’s Games / The Second Quarter Quell

After the announcement of the Third Quarter Quell and the reapings, Peeta and Katniss decide to watch the Hunger Games’ of the past victors to have an idea of who they are up against. Although Haymitch isn’t competing the two decide to watch his (the 50th Annual Hunger Games), as it’s the only Quell they have. Having this in the book helped build Haymitch’s character and you finally get to learn how he managed to stay alive during his Games. Even though it didn’t make it’s way into the movie, back in 2011 some fans put together a twelve minute video on how they believe the Second Quarter Quell played out based on the book that you can check out here. It’s really well done and helps fill the void left from the film.

Later that day, another tribute is killed in combat and a third gets eaten by a pack of those fluffy squirrels, leaving Haymitch and a girl from District 1 to vie for the crown. She’s bigger than he is and just as fast, and when the inevitable fight comes, it’s bloody and awful and both have received what could well be fatal wounds, when Haymitch is finally disarmed. He staggers through the beautiful woods, holding his intestines in, while she stumbles after him, carrying the ax that should deliver his deathblow. Haymitch makes a beeline for his cliff and just reached the edge when she throws the ax. He collapses on the ground and it flies into the abyss. Now weaponless as well, the girl just stands there, trying to staunch the flow of blood pouring from her empty eye socket. She’s thinking perhaps that she can outlast Haymitch, who’s starting to convulse on the ground. But what she doesn’t know, and what he does, is that the ax will return. And when it flies back over the ledge, it buries itself in her head. The cannon sounds, her body is removed, the trumpets blow to announce Haymitch’s victory.

8. Katniss Doesn’t Get Drunk 

When Katniss learns she’ll be going back into the arena for the Quarter Quell she goes over to Haymitch’s house, gets drunk and wakes up with a hangover the next morning. In the film we see Katniss take one long sip before handing the bottle back to Haymitch.

“I came for a drink,” I say.
Haymitch bursts out laughing and slams the bottle down on the table before me. I run my sleeve across the top and take a couple gulps before I come up chocking. It takes a few minutes to compose myself, and even then my eyes and nose are still streaming. But inside me, the liquor feels like fire and I like it.

He nods at the bottle. “Can I have that back now?”
“No,” I say, wrapping my around around it. Haymitch pulls another bottle out from under the table and gives the top a twist.

When I wake up, I barely get to the toilet before the white liquor makes its reappearance. It burns just as much coming up as it did going down, and tastes twice as bad. I’m trembling and sweaty when I finish vomiting, but at least most of the stuff is out of my system.

9. District Twelves Fence is Never Electrified

Commander Thread takes over District 12 from the previous peacekeepers. Besides getting rid of the Hob and issuing a curfew he’s supposed to make the electrical fence operational. This catches Katniss by surprise when she’s stuck outside of her District and needs to find another way back in. She’s forced to climb up a tall tree (at least 20 feet in the air) and drop over the other side of the fence, causing her to injury her foot in the process. When she arrives back at her house she notices that the male peacekeeper looks surprised to see her since they knew she was in the woods and should be trapped there. None of this exists in the movie.

In the fading light, the chain links look as innocuous as usual. But what makes me jerk back my hand is the sound, like the buzz of a tree full go tracker jacker nests, indicating the fence is alive with electricity.

“From Head Peacekeeper Thread,” says the woman. “He wanted you to know that the fence surrounding District Twelve will now have electricity twenty-four hours a day.”
“Didn’t it already?” I ask, a little too innocently.

10. Peeta Can Swim

The Tributes arrive in the arena to be surrounded by only water. As Katniss swims towards the island Peeta is trapped on his pedestal until Finnick rescues him because he doesn’t know how to swim. In the film, when we first see Peeta in the arena he’s in the water wrestling with the male tribute from District 5. It doesn’t make sense for Peeta to know how to swim as there were no lakes, rivers, seas or oceans in District 12.

I spot him now, still stranded on his metal plate. 

Additional Things:
– Katniss and Gale kiss three times in the movie instead of two like in the book.
– There’s no secret bread code. In the book, 4 of the parachutes they receive while in the arena are food. They type of bread comes from District 3 and there’s 24 rolls meaning that the rebels rescue will take place on the third day at the 24th hour.
– Johanna lashes out at the Capitol during her interview with Caesar Flickerman.
– Mags doesn’t speak at all.
– Peacekeeper Darius doesn’t exist.

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Disney’s “Frozen”: Movie Review

Disney’s “Frozen” follows the story of not one but two princesses. Elsa (Idina Menzel) is born with the power to create both ice and snow. A beautiful but dangerous gift that she fights to keep hidden from the rest of the world. After nearly killing her sister Anna (Kristen Bell), Elsa isolates herself, spending all of her time trying to find a way to suppress her growing abilities. Her emotions however, find a way to get the best of her triggering the magic that accidentally sets off the Kingdom of Arendelle in an eternal winter. She flees the land in fear of becoming a monster and causing harm to everyone around her. Anna then sets off on a journey to bring her sister back and save the kingdom while teaming up with those she meets on the way –  Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), a rugged man who sells ice for a living (and is not currently working in the best market) alongside Sven his trusty Reindeer and a snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad). Together they battle the elements of the cold in an attempt to bring Arendelle back to it’s warm, summery demeanour.

Some songs on the soundtrack are definitely better than others. Partially because of the second-hand embarrassment, cheesy lines that are thrown in. But hey, it’s a Disney movie. What did you expect? My favourite song from the film is actually played in the credits. It’s Demi Lovato’s version of Let It Go however, you can hear Idina Menzel’s version in the actual movie.

I might be biased as someone who loves almost everything Disney related but I absolutely adored this movie. It’s a great family movie that the kids will enjoy (at any age cause here I am at 19). And go into it with that mindset, that it’s a movie for families and kids and I can guarantee that you’ll love it just as much as I did.

If you would like to know any spoilers from the film please feel free to contact me.

Frozen hits theatres American Thanksgiving Weekend on November 27th 2013.
The soundtrack is already available for pre-order on iTunes here and by purchasing it you can get Demi Lovato’s Let It Go right away.

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Can A Song Save Your Life? (Begin Again): Movie Review

Can A Song Save Your Life? It’s a rhetorical question that we all wonder at some point throughout our lives. Music is powerful, but does it hold the power to save you?

Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Catherine Keener star in this heart-warming story about an undiscovered young artist and a washed-up producer who find themselves brought together by music. Directed by John Carney this musical romance-drama is breathtakingly beautiful and a must see.

Greta (Keira Knightley) travels to New York with her boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) after he scores a record deal at a major label. His new-found popularity tempts him to walk away from the dreams they once held together and causes a heartbroken Greta to get a one way ticket back to Britain. Greta’s best friend (James Cordon) drags her with him to an open mic night, jokingly worried that she might try to kill herself if he left her in the apartment alone. She has every intention of leaving the city in the morning but not before Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a indie record label executive comes into the picture by stumbling about Greta’s musical talent in a bar. Something about hearing her sing makes his music-producer brain start spinning as he imagines all the instruments that could be added to make the song a hit. The film then follows the pair as they embark on a journey to make an album together all while trying something that’s never been done before; recording every song live throughout different parts of New York City.

The music is without a doubt the best part of this film. Like an actual Broadway musical the lyrics in the songs actually help tell the story in a way words never could on their own.

With its catchy soft melodies, great cast and an ending that isn’t predictable in the obvious sense Can A Song Save Your Life takes you on ride that you won’t want to step off.

The Host: Movie Review with SPOILERS

The Host is based off of the novel of the same name written by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, the same author who wrote The Twilight Saga. An alien species known as souls have taken over humans by inhabiting their bodies to create peace among Earth. When Melanie Stryder (Saorise Ronan) is surrounded by a group of seekers in an old hotel she thought was abandoned, rather then getting caught she decides to jump out of the buildings window attempting to kill herself. As if some kind of miracle she survived, much to her dislike. A soul that goes by the name of Wanderer or Wanda is implanted into Melanie’s body but unlike many of the other occupied humans, some people refuse to be beat as they internally battle their host. Wanda’s job is to look into Melanie’s memories to find out where the resistance is, where the other surviving humans are. However, Melanie fights back by throwing memory after memory full of strong physical and emotional connections to the people she loves at Wanda hoping that she’ll understand how important it is for her to not say anything. As the soul begins to feel pity for Melanie and the humans they both set out on a journey to get back to Jared (Max Irons), the man she loves and her little brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury). Nothing is means more to Melanie then her family.

When I first heard Melanie’s voice after Wanda had taken over her body I found it really annoying. I don’t know if I just got so used to it by the end of the film that it no longer bugged me or it just wasn’t as obnoxious as when it first started so that it no longer bugged me. As someone who actually read the novel I know there is no other way they could’ve accomplished this successfully. And I did warm up to it. Some of the back and forth comments between Wanda and Melanie may have come out funnier then planned but they were well received getting laughs from the audience.

This storyline line doesn’t include a love triangle, but a love square. Well it’s just really awkward. Jared and Melanie are in love with each other so that’s simple but because Melanie is trapped inside her own body she can’t be with him. Then there’s Ian (Jake Abel) who falls in love with Wanda which is the soul in Melanie’s body. So technically you have two boys in love with the same person and it’s questionable on how this could end well for everyone involved. Now, me explaining the rest of the story would be summarizing the book and I don’t care to do so. You should just pick up a copy.

One thing that bothered me was how the souls looked. I can’t really explain it but it just made me want to laugh. Specifically when Ian is looking at one at some point in the movie and just looks so in love with this little white sort of light that moves. It made me uncomfortable. Also, many of the other characters acted unnatural and zombie-like when they shouldn’t have since they were human. I understand from reading the book that they were scared of Wanda because they didn’t trust her intentions but that’s not how it came across from watching it. On top of that some of the dialogue seemed awkward and forced but those are my only complaints.

I wouldn’t call this my favourite movie but it stuck fairly close to the book. Obviously cutting out the mediocre things to leave place for those scenes of importance. But i’m also judging this as a fan who loved the books so you need to keep that in mind. I’m not sure you’d like the movie at all if you were a middle-aged man who just loves to complain about everything. This sci-fi teen romance wasn’t aimed towards their demographic so I don’t blame them, but it was aimed at mine so maybe i’m really the more trustworthy one. Anyone who loved the book will love this movie regardless of what critics have to say.

The Host hit theatres today, Friday March 29th 2012

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Springbreakers: Movie Review with SPOILERS

I’d say Springbreakers was a hot mess from beginning to end but really it was just a mess. 13 people walked out of the advance screening I was at tonight in Toronto. And then others took some really long… bathroom breaks? The movie’s just one long music video for Skrillex. I do think it says something when this movie’s been promoted via film festivals since early 2012.

Let me start off by saying that Selena Gomez plays herself in this movie. Her character Faith, is a church girl who prays and is an overall goody two shoes. There is no nudity on her part and a small dosage of smoking, drinking and getting high. After getting arrested with her friends she simply cries and complains that this isn’t what their trip was supposed to be like and she wants to go home, so she does. End Selena Gomez’s part in the movie. Now, I’d like to mention that Faith does not partake in the crime committed in order to fund their spring break trip. While Candy, Brit and Cotty are robbing a restaurant with fake guns threatening to kill everyone inside Faith is nowhere to be found. Nor does she snort the cocaine they end up being arrested for. I’m actually so confused on why she was even a part of the film.

Rachel Korine plays Cotty who doesn’t have a backstory or character development like everyone else in the movie. Rachel just so happens to be married to Harmony Korine, the writer and director of Springbreakers. That has to be the only reason why she’s in this movie. That, and the fact that she was willing to show some skin. Like Selena Gomez’s character, Cotty doesn’t make it to the end of the film. After getting shot in the left arm she decides it’s time to go back to school and for some stupid reason the other two girls decide to remain.

Remember back when Vanessa Hudgens’ naked photos leaked online? Maybe they should’ve used those pictures to promote this movie. I mean, the entire world’s already seen her naked. I was kind of shocked that her boobs wasn’t one of the many pairs seen. This movie is definitely no highschool musical and Candy is not afraid to live her life. Snorting coke, drinking and threesomes Vanessa’s definitely taking a risk to no longer be known for her Disney Channel days. Except for her ugly brown roots I actually thought she did a really good job in this film. Although she hasn’t been in much else, I found that her acting felt real in this, believable.

Ashley Benson didn’t seem to talk much in the movie. Or I just can’t remember anymore. Like Candy, Brit made it to the end of the movie. Together they shot about 20 men without taking one bullet. I’m confused on how that would’ve been possible and why they wore neon yellow bathing suits to complete the task. Ashley’s character seemed to do everything that Vanessa’s did so I don’t feel the need to repeat myself.

James Franco. What is there to say about James Franco? He looks absolutely terrifying in this entire movie. His character Alien bails for the 4 girls out of jail when they’re arrested. And like Selena I would’ve fled the scene in a second because he is so goddamn creepy. At one point he starts singing Everytime by Britney Spears and it’s so awkward. When that happens, Faith is already gone but the three girls who remain have matching pink ski masks with a unicorn on the forehead, coloured bathing suits and DTF sweatpants. They show clips of them dancing, and resting their heads on one and another and it’s so unnecessary. There’s also a scene where Candy and Brit put their guns in Alien’s mouth and he starts sucking on them like dicks. He gets really into it. I just don’t even understand why that was in the film. It’s seriously so uncomfortable to watch as an audience member. On top of that, there’s some other scenes at the piano where Alien speaks lines of a poem about 4 chicks aka the 4 girls. Last but not least when he brings the girls to his home he just keeps saying “look at my shit” over and over. It’s almost as bad as hearing “spring break forever” a million times.

I’m actually curious on if the cast of Springbreakers is actually proud of this movie cause I thought the best part was when it ended. The entire time I felt secondhand embarrassment for the actors involved. Awkward situation after awkward situation can do that to a person. I understand this film is a satire but it’s just a piece of crap. I do not recommend this to anyone. Maybe someone I hate but not even then. No one should have to endure the pain caused by this movie.

If you don’t listen to my warning and go see it anyway, be prepared for a lot of boobs. And when I say a lot I mean A LOT.

To see pictures from when I attended the Springbreakers premiere at TIFF back in September 2012 you can here.

Springbreakers hits theatres this Friday, March 29th in Canada

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Admission: Movie Review with SPOILERS

I went into Admission tonight without knowing a thing about the movie except for the fact that Paul Rudd and Tina Fey starred in it. I absolutely loved it and maybe that’s because I never saw a trailer beforehand. If that’s the case, i’m never watching a movie trailer ever again because it ruins the magic of seeing a film for the very first time.

Tina Fey plays Portia, a Princeton University admissions officer who’s asked by an old college acquaintance John (Paul Rudd) to visit his alternative high school. John wants Portia to meet Jeremiah (Nat Wolff) whom he believes is the son she gave up for adoption back in college. With this knowledge Portia goes out of her way, making a huge professional risk to try and help Jeremiah get into Princeton.

I hardly recognized Michael Sheen without the long hair and creepy accent he has when he plays Aro in the Twilight Saga. Actually, that’s the only way i’ve ever seen him except for in this movie. However best supporting actor in this film has to go to Lilly Tomlin who plays Susannah, Portia’s feminist mother. When you meet her it’s no surprise that Portia became the boring, uptight, closed-off person that she is when compared to her psychopathic mom. The kid who plays John’s adoptive son Nelson (Travaris Spears) is both adorable and funny. His sarcastic attitude throughout the movie makes him loveable and understanding because he’s tired of moving from place to place like John always does to help others.

The movie starts with Portia finding out that her boss (Wallace Shawn) is going to retirement meaning that she has the possibility of getting his job. But she has some competition, there’s also Corinne (Gloria Reuben) who wants the job just as much as Portia does. Then you get to meet Mark (Michael Sheen) the man with whom Portia lives with but they’re not married and have no children. Portia spends her next driving from school to school telling teenagers the secret to getting into Princeton. Shocker, there is none. She ends up going to John’s school where the students question why they should apply there when they just want to help change the world. Of course for a lot of things like becoming a lawyer, or doctor you’d need a degree. Before she can leave John introduces her to Jeremiah and thinks that they should get to know each other which she doesn’t care to do.

Portia goes home to find out that Mark’s leaving her for a Virginia Woolf scholar who is currently pregnant with his twins. The film is full of quirky moments where Portia will run into Mark and his new girlfriend is shooting daggers at him and they run off. Portia begins to get to know John more and at the same time starts to believe that Jeremiah is her son. There’s a lot of stuff that happens in between (for movie purpose) but even though he has no chance of getting in Portia goes out of her way to get him accepted. She completes her goal by the end of the movie but ends up being fired for her actions. When she goes to tell Jeremiah that she’s really his birth mother she finds out that the name on the birth certificate was for 11pm and not 1pm meaning that it’s not her child.

After it all Portia realizes that she really wants to know the child that she gave up for adoption all those years ago but she gets a letter saying that he’s not ready to meet her at the current time. As for your happily ever after, Portia and John end up together of course.

I didn’t want to ruin absolutely everything for you just the main things you may have been wondering. I ain’t gonna write a transcript haha – but I do really think that this movie was great and I hope to see more comedies like this from Tina Fey in particular (since 30 Rock’s now done).

Sidenote: I decided to watch the trailer for Admission and unlike Identity Thief where they showed everything funny in the promo this movie did not.

Admission hits theatres today, Friday March 22, 2013

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Identity Thief: Movie Review with SPOILERS

Melissa McCarthy’s become all the rage lately, hasn’t see? Because of her character Megan in Bridesmaids and her television show Mike and Molly? The sudden love drives me crazy when there’s suddenly all these people who come along pretending to be huge fans since forever when they probably don’t even know that she used to play Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. Along with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel she was my childhood. Beside’s the fact that Melissa and I have the same name, clearly, so it was a match made in heaven.

Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), a business man travels from his home in Denver to Florida to chase down the women, Diana (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity, because he has a girls name.

Long story short this is what happens: Sandy goes to Florida to find the women pretending to be her. They meet on the highway where she ends up stealing his car and has the keys from hers but inside the car is her address so he shows up at her house. But you can’t let the movie end that fast because then you don’t have a movie so these two random people known as Julian and Marisol show up at the front door looking for Diana themselves. On top of the bounty hunter Skiptracer who’s also looking for her. Sandy and Diana end up getting to Denver and he learns that she’s really not a bad person and decides that he doesn’t want to turn her in so she ends up doing it herself. Then Sandy and his family end up being only friends Diana has and then the movie’s over. Everything inbetween that is very unnecessary but added to make the length 112 minutes. If you have any questions about specific scenes you’ve seen in the trailer or want a more detailed spoiler post I can do so but the movie is the trailer. You’ve already seen it.

I guess I have to agree with a fair amount of people on Rotten Tomatoes who have reviewed this film before me. Throughout the entire movie the comedic moments are there, just not as funny as one would think from the beginning. There are also times were jokes or scenes were taken too far, clearly the reason behind it’s R rating. Aside from the fact that most of the few hilarious moments were shown in the trailer. There are unnecessary characters thrown in that are unnecessary, like Julian, Marisol and Skiptracer who are chasing Diana themselves aside from Sandy as the movie continues to drag on. I believe that more people will be rather disappointed with the outcome then they would’ve thought going in. I only assume people look forward to it because of McCarthy’s plus-size  figure which absolutely disgusts me. Lesson learned: Good actors don’t always make good movies.

Identity Thief hits theatres Friday, February 8th 2013.

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Warm Bodies: Movie Review with SPOILERS

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies is based off of  Isaac Marion’s popular novel of the same name. The author originally wrote a short story called, I Am a Zombie Filled with Love which became an internet sensation nearly three years ago before Atria Books acquired the publishing rights for the full novel back in 2010. The full length story known as Warm Bodies was published in 2011.

The book jacket says, “’R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.” In a post apocalyptic America destroyed by war, disease and the loss of humans hunger from the growing number of the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) falls for a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). For an unknown reason he chooses to spare her life rather then making her a meal. He craves something more then just blood. Well actually there is a reason, to ensure that a killed human doesn’t come back to life as a corpse you have to eat their brain. By doing so it allows you to see their memories and have their feelings. Causing R to make an unexpected choice to save the victim’s girlfriend which breaks all the rules. Their strange relationship begins to change R. He’s becoming more human every day that passes and it’s beginning to catch on to the other corpses as well as they remember how to feel. R wants to live. And Julie wants to help him but it isn’t going to be easy to convince the humans. In the rotting world they’re stuck living; Julie, R and the other zombies won’t go down without a fight. This comedic love story is tale about the power of human connection and one you don’t want to miss.

Like the various trailers for this film the movie opens with a witty and clever introduction to the zombie apocalypse and R’s world. The hilarious commentary pulls the audience in from the very beginning and keeps your eyes attached to the screen until the very end. The humans spend their time killing zombies and trying to save their family members from becoming one of them. The cure is to live. That was unknown to everyone until Julie and R helped them realize. As the minutes on the clock rolled by they were running out of time to convince the humans as the bonies (zombies that have worn away to become only skeletons) were also getting closer to killing them themselves. The bonies were not happy about R saving Julie and wanted them both dead as well as the rest of the zombies who weren’t on their side. R makes the final choice to save Julie when they fall many feet into a pool of water. Miraculously they both live. After Julie kisses R you see his pupils get bigger and his eyes become blue, the final transformation. When they pull away Julie’s father shoots R only for Julie to notice that he’s bleeding and corpses do not bleed. He actually became human from living.

Fun fact: The film and book make various references to the famous tragic love story Romeo and Juliet. The most obvious being the main characters names; ‘R’ and ‘Julie’ for ‘Romeo’ and ‘Juliet.’ There’s also a scene in the movie where Julie’s outside on her friend Nora’s balcony and R is standing at the bottom. He can’t get caught by any humans because they’d shoot him dead within seconds. RomeoRomeowherefore art thou Romeo?

Nicholas Hoult is an amazing actor. Watching him on screen, you can’t help but fall for his character. It’s the same way I  felt when I first saw him in X Men: First Class. I don’t know if there’s anyone who could’ve played this part better then him, specifically when it came to those subtle expressions. Spot on. I really enjoyed Rob Corddry who played M, another Zombie and R’s best friend. He was the lucky actor who got to swear the most and make some really great comments. Teresa Palmer was someone i’ve never heard of before this film. I thought she did a really great job even if I think it should’ve been me making out with Nick instead. Yeah, i’m just a little bitter…

Make sure to check out Warm Bodies next week when it hits theatres on Friday February 1, 2013.

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Red Dawn: Movie Review with SPOILERS

Red Dawn is a remake of the 1984 film directed by John Milius.

Jed Eckert (Liam’s brother Chris Hemsworth) leads his brother Matt Eckert (Drake and Josh’s Josh Peck) and some other teenagers they know in a fight to save their town from being invaded by North Korean soldiers. Together they become known as the Wolverines as they create havoc in letting the soldiers know that they aren’t going down without a fight.

Let’s start with wondering how all the Wolverines weren’t all slaughtered in seconds. They’re against professional military personnel and there’s about thousands to no more then ten teenagers yet they managed to do more damage then possibly imagined.
Example A: Their aim when shooting rifle’s is pretty darn accurate (except for the scenes during their training sessions). Also why was it okay to waste so much amo during training? That was a stupid idea.
Example B: How are they able to create and fuse bombs (why do they have any knowledge on how to do this?)
Example C: It’s not possible for them not to be recognized. Someone would realize that something happens after one of these teens is around the main area
I could probably go on forever so i’m just going to stop here.

As I sat in line before the movie a girl near me said that we should be prepared for Robert to die (Peeta Josh Hutcherson). Let me just say that he doesn’t so I was left holding my breath the entire time for no reason. After reading the synopsis from the original movie it made sense to why she thought this, only Danny and Erica survived. However, in version I watched Matt, Robert, Erica (Isabel Lucas), Julie (Alyssa Diaz) and Toni (Adrianne Palicki) all survived.

You knew Jed’s death was coming the moment after he told Matt that he was proud of him for doing the right thing. So yes, he does still die in the remake of Red Dawn. He walks out of the room and BAM, shot in the head. Like of f*cking course. Who didn’t see that happening? That happens to be a very popular time for people to be killed in movies, right after their proclamation of love or just a generally heartfelt speech. One of the worst moments is when the Wolverines realize they’re being tracked because of Daryl (Connor Cruise) and he lets them leave him in the middle of a dirt road to be found so the only person being killed is himself. You don’t see it happen but seeing the car drive away from him is enough to bruise the heart.

This film ends with Matt giving a speech to his new army (how he recruited all of them I have no idea… Facebook event maybe?), but for those who are able to recall the beginning of the movie will remember that the speech is the same one his brother original spoke to them. But the movie didn’t seem to have any full closer. It ends after and we never know what happened, we’re left to infer.

One of my favourite scenes was when Jed was teaching Robert how to shoot a deer because of the whole Gale and Peeta thing from the Hunger Games. Yes, I do know it was Liam Hemsworth who played Gale and not Chris but they’re brothers so it entertained me. Anyway, he’s holding up the gun and goes “I can’t do it.” Or something along those lines and I just laughed because of course that would be his character. But he did end up shooting it, guess Katniss really did teach him something.

For going into a movie I knew nothing about (except for the beautiful eye candy) I didn’t find it completely terrible. Now i’m not the biggest action fan but I was able to sit through the movie without getting bored. I think that says it all really. Putting aside all unrealistic aspects it was good. There, I said it.

I don’t want to type out the entire movie so if you have any questions leave a comment and i’d be more then happy to reply.

Red Dawn hits theatres Wednesday November 21st 2012.

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Breaking Dawn Part 2: Movie Review with SPOILERS

It’s over, it’s actually over. I’m currently in mourning. All i’ll be wearing for the next days of my life is black.

I remember when I first heard about the Twilight Saga in grade 8. It didn’t matter that others didn’t know about it, I had already been pulled into the world of vampires and wolves and I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to come back. I sat in long lines waiting for the midnight screenings of both Twilight and New Moon to make sure I got the best seats. That was before Cineplex had their UltraAVX theatres where you get to pick your seats so you have time for dinner first. However I was also at the first screening possible for the following three movies; Eclipse, Breaking Dawn Part 1 and now Breaking Dawn Part 2. For all 5 films I had been at the first possible screening. I was excited to see the final instalment but I wasn’t prepared for the end.

For those who have been living under a rock Breaking Dawn Part 2 is based off of the novel Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer. This is the 5th movie created from the 4 book Saga. After the birth of Renesemee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)’s family is in danger of the Volturi. With as many allies/witness’ the Cullen’s can gather they prepare for what may be a fatal fight to protect their family.

At this point most people already know that they ending’s different then what’s read in the book so i’m just going to jump right to it. That, and the little part before that leaves you on your toes since I think that’s the reason why you’re most likely here. So let’s forward to the battle because that’s what this entire movie’s about.

Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) explains to Aro (Michael Sheen) how they want to talk, not fight. However, Aro begins to speak about how the ‘demon baby’ is the unknown. They’re not sure what will happen, if it will stop growing and when, all is unknown. The unknown can’t be controlled and should be feared and eliminated. Now you may remember that Alice (Ashley Greene) and Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) left for a while, so everything important starts when they return. Alice walks up to Aro and tells him that she’s seen that Renesmee won’t be any danger in the future and she has proof that she shouldn’t be feared. Aro grabs her hand to see what she has, making sounds like he’s having an orgasm which he seems to always have while reading people. When he finishes she angrily states that, “It doesn’t matter. Nothing I show you will matter, you’ve already made up your mind.” She turns and signals to Bella saying “Now,” so Bella tells Jacob (Taylor Lautner) to leave with Renesmee and to keep her safe. Alice kicks Aro sending him flying in the opposite direction. When the other Volturi grab her as if they’re about to snap off her head Carlisle yells “NO!” before running straight for Aro. Both Carlisle and Aro jump into the air together and collide into one another, Aro ends up on his feet and Carlisle’s body is laying right in the snow. Grinning in the camera the shot moves down from the smirk on Aro’s face to Carlisle’s head in his hands. This is where everyone’s yelling at the screen saying something along the lines of, “THAT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE BOOK!” Before you even have a chance to take anything in Carlisle’s body is already up in flames. They then show Esme (Elizabeth Reaser) screaming before everyone on the Cullen’s side launches for the Volturi. You know that shit’s about to go down.

As the fighting goes on that’s not the only life lost. When you see the first wolf die you know it’s Sam (Chaske Spencer) and your heart breaks. Then the camera moves to show Jasper fighting with someone and Jane (Dakota Fanning) decides that she’s going to use her special power on him. However Bella sees this and uses her shield to block any pain from hitting him and when Jane sees this she looks toward her brother Alec (Cameron Bright) who attacks Bella. Once Jane is able to inflict Jasper with pain it puts him in the perfect position to be killed, and he is. This is where you continue to yell at the screen saying, WHY ARE YOU KILLING EVERYONE?” Benjamin (Rami Malek) creates a chasm that many vampires and wolves fall into. Esme is dangling over the edge when a wolf jumps on the vampire holding on to her to save her life. Edward also finds himself falling into chasm but ends up flying out of it magically. There’s a lot more fighting and eventually Alec, Jane, Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Caius (Jamie Campbell Bower) all end up killed leaving only Aro left. Bella runs at him and gets knocked to ground while bringing Edward down with her. They touch hands for a second before getting up and beating Aro two against one. Bella rips off Aro’s head as easy as disconnecting Barbie’s head from her body. Bella torches him as the camera does a close up into Aro’s non-burning eye and this is when the movie goes back to where Alice was showing Aro the future, on what would happen if there was a fight. Aro’s future would be death if they decided to fight one another. “That my dear man is what will happen unless you walk away.” I think I just heard your sigh of relief. No one you loved died. YAY! Aro then decides that it’s best to leave them all since no law was broken. Thank goodness the fighting sequence was all a dream, that’s all i’ve got to say. Not that it felt that way at the time.

Once your mind has healed from all that there’s a scene where Edward and Bella lay in the meadow. This didn’t happen in the book but as they’re sitting there Bella tells Edward she wants to show him something. Using a power that comes with her shield she gives Edward a look inside her head as the movie shows clips of the two of them from all of the past films. There wasn’t a moment before where I really realized that this was the end of the Saga until this scene showed up on the screen. I may have cried a little bit… And as quickly as it started it was over. Edward wonders how she did it and want to see again and she replied saying they have the rest of their lives. Forever.

The film ends with a full franchise yearbook where every main character/actor casted is shown with a picture of themselves and their name until all have been shown. This included showing both Rachelle and Bryce as Victoria which was completely necessary if you ask me. It obviously ending with Taylor, Rob and then Kristen.

Scenes you don’t want to miss in no particular order (to the movie):
1. Jacob taking off all of his clothes in front of Charlie when he decides to let him know that he’s a wolf and while sort of explaining how Bella’s fine but different now.
2. Edward and Bella having a good time in their bed in their new house. Somehow they ended up in the living room and i’m not sure how. “You really were holding back before before.”
3. When Bella finds out that Jacob imprinted on her daughter. The way he begins to explain the situation saying that it’s a wolf thing that she knows about and he can’t control it. Bella then drags him outside screaming at him, “You imprinted on my baby!” She begins to fight with him sending him flying into the ground, with her new strength. Esme tell’s Edward to stop her but he says “I think she’s handling it just fine.” 

Things I didn’t like:
1. I didn’t think that they showed enough of Bella’s training for her learning how to shield other people besides herself.
2. Although the baby shown at the beginning of the movie is adorable it was clear that it was fake and animated which bugged me.

If there weren’t so many released clips I may have included some of those too, however these are the ones that stick out in my mind right now. As my final remarks on this post I’d have to say that this was definitely the best movie out of them all. If you have any questions or want to know any other specific spoilers based on things you may have seen in clips or the trailer please leave a comment and i’d be more then happy to answer. Quotes may not be 100% but they’re as close as I can remember.

Thank you Stephenie Meyer for giving us Twihards a story to fall in love with over the past years.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 hit theatres November 16, 2012.

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