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Wreck-It Ralph ~ Movie Review

I sat down and watched Wreck-It Ralph after high reviews from my younger brother and sister – and I’m glad I did. It was bright, and original and fun! The movie starring John C Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch and more, was released earlier this year by Disney, with a running time of 120 minutes.

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The movie focuses on the life of Wreck-It Ralph, the bad guy in the arcade game Fix-It Felix, where the game comes to life after we’ve stopped playing. The film opens up at a support group for villains including some familiar faces such as Bowser. The start of the movie is funny, and exciting, although the middle of the film does get a little slow, it picks up at the end.

But Ralph doesn’t want to be the bad guy anymore, so he abandons his game, searching for a gold medal elsewhere, so he can be accepted. So ‘he turbos’ into another game, ‘Hero’s Duty’, where he finds himself in a bit of trouble. But when he finally gets the medal, he is transported into another game: ‘Sugar Rush’, a candy coated racing game. There he meets Vanellope von Schweetz, a nine year old racer, who wants to race but is banned for being a ‘glitch’. He decides to help her learn to race, and get back on the track!

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The story is warm and fun, with a real interesting storyline as well as unexpected twists and turns, near the end. But the story has a nice message with it, about friendship and self-acceptance.

This movie would be good for a family movie night. Although I agree it’s most suited to kids, adults and teens might also enjoy it, like I did.

Rach, x

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Red Dawn ~ Movie Review

Red Dawn is a 2012 movie about a group of teenagers who try to save their town from an invasion of North Korean soldiers. It has a great cast, starring actors such as Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Jeffery Dean Morgan and Adrianne Palicki. In fact the cast is the main reason I even watched this movie.

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The movie has an engaging storyline and bits of humour as well as many hard story lines. But it’s a war – people are going to die, even if it’s terribly sad. The actors were great and the storyline was even better. This movie is based on the 1984 movie of the same name. I couldn’t help but think Red Dawn was like the American version of the Australian book/movie Tomorrow When The War Began. In which a group of teenagers fight back as there town is invaded by Korean Soldiers. But as we’ll as many similarities there were many differences.

I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone. It’s exciting and makes you emotional and there is something for everyone. I would give it a 7.5/10

Rach, x

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Perks of Being a Wallflower ~ Movie Review

Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 movie based on the best selling novel by Stephen Chbosky, of the same name. It has an amazing cast including Logan Lerman as Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick, her step-brother. I’d have to say that the cast was one of the best parts of the movie – they made me smile and laugh.

The story line is confusing and beautiful. And to quote the back of my DVD cover ‘…a moving tale of love, loss, fear and hope – and the unforgettable friends that help us through life.’
The story is about Charlie, a 15 year old freshman who at the start of the film is shy and unpopular. Until he befriends two seniors Sam and Patrick. They introduce him to new people and new experiences. But Charlie, as you learn later is mentally unwell because of something that happened to him when he was younger.

A couple of weeks ago, I actually read the book of which the movie is based on. And I hate to say it, but I didn’t really like the book – at least no where as much as I liked the movie. Which is surprising as usually I enjoy the books more.

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Overall, Perks of Being a Wallflower was a terrific movie that had me crying in some parts and laughing the next. I recommend that everyone go watch it!

I give it a 7.5/10 🙂

Rach, x

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The Help ~ Movie Review

The Help is a story full of racism and discrimination. It’s a 2011 movie directed by Tate Taylor and based on the novel of the same name by Kathryn Stockett.

It stars Emma Stone, as 22 year old Skeeter. She’s returned to Mississippi, after graduating from school, with dreams to become a successful writer. She gets a job at the local news paper, but her mother (Allison Janney) isn’t happy. She just wants Skeeter to find a man and get married. But Skeeter isn’t interested. Instead she gets an idea that could put herself and the people involved in danger.

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Then there’s Aibileen (Viola Davis), a coloured woman who works as a house maid for a white family with a young daughter that they have no time for. Aibileen is dedicated to looking after the poor girl, the seventeenth white child she’s raised. Her own son was killed at work, where his bosses looked the other way.
Finally there’s Minny (Octavia Spencer), Aibileen’s best friend and the best damn cook in town. She’s funny and sassy, and also a black maid for one of the woman in town, Hinny (Bryce Dallas Howard). Until she’s fired and finds herself working for Celia (Jessica Chastain), the social outcast because she was born into a working-class family and she’s married to Hinny’s old boyfriend. But Celia, treats Minny with respect and like an equal, as she faces problems of her own.
The plot is about Skeeter’s plan to write a book from black maid’s perspectives. It’s set in the 60’s during a time where people were discriminated because of their skin colour.

The movie is beautiful. I loved the relationship between the maids and Skeeter, and the friendship between Minny and Celia, and the scene at the end where Celia and her husband treat Minny to a special lunch just for her. It really sheds light on how big the racism was back then and how terrible it was.
I recommend that everyone watch this movie! It was stunning. I’m very excited to go read the book now, as I’ve heard good reviews for it. I’ll give you a review when I’ve read it.

Rach, x
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House at the End of the Street ~ Movie Review

Last week I purchased the House at the End of the Street movie on DVD. It’s a horror film, which I enjoy although I’m terrible at watching them. But the main reason I wanted to see this movie is because it stars Jennifer Lawrence (award-winning actress, from The Hunger Games and Silver Lining’s Playbook). I watched the trailer and it looked pretty good. So, I decided that I could suffer through 100 minutes for the sake of seeing J-Law act. And it was worth it. Last night I watched the movie with my mum and a family friend, and I really enjoyed it.

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The Story:

The main plot of the story is Elissa (J-Law) and her mother, Sarah, move into a new house. Four years ago there was a double murder, where two parents were killed by their 13 year old daughter. The daughter escaped into the forest and was never seen again. Now the older brother, Ryan (who was living with his aunt at the time of the murders), lives in old house. And when Elissa befriends, Ryan, her mother is worried.

The plot is interesting, and with a twist. It’s not overly scary, there was only a few times where I had to shut my eyes (but maybe thats just me).

The cast plays the rolls very well, especially Jennifer Lawrence, who was super bad-ass in this movie.

I recommend that you all go see this film. It has a MPAA rating of PG-13.

Rach, x

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