“No matter what they look like on the outside. They are fluffy and good on the inside. Not like people” The Happytime Murders Film Review

“No matter what they look like on the outside. They are fluffy and good on the inside. Not like people” The Happytime Murders Film Review

-151229-poster-xlarge-resizedUpon hearing about the film The Happytime Murders, I enthusiastically looked forward to the release on the silver screen! I grew up on Henson classics like The Muppet Show, Muppets Tonight and, of course, Sesame Street. The idea of a rated R, made-for-adults, raunchy puppet movie tickled my fancy like you wouldn’t believe. The premise had a lot of promise. The cast was one I couldn’t complain about. I had high expectations. Knowing Brian Henson, son of the late Jim Henson would also be directing provided that giddiness and hope it would not let me down. However, after viewing the film, I am disappointed to say it’s all stuffing, tangled yarn and worn down felt and not enough clever wit and original Henson humour.

The film plot introduces us to Phil Phillips, voiced by Bill Barretta. Once the first puppet to serve on the police force, he is now a washed-up private investigator working in assisting fellow puppets downtrodden by a human-run world. Encompassing a neo-noir tone, Phil narrates the story as we follow along in this racist, discriminating world where puppets are second-class citizens to humans. “It’s their world. We just live in it.” Philips tells us grimly. I actually dug this concept and thought it was a cute comparison to the horrifying discrimination and racism going on in our world. But this satire falls flat alongside the equally racist and discriminating jokes made throughout the film. Something I’ve only seen South Park properly execute… if we can call it that. This attempt at racial commentary that starts off the film is also quickly discarded and not really brought up again.

Phillips is hired by a femme fatale-looking puppet with bright red hair to look into some ransom letters she has been receiving. The plot thickens while on this case as Phillips witnesses several murders of cast members to a beloved children’s show The Happytime Gang. A show that had both human and puppets working together harmoniously and we also learn Phil Phillips has several personal ties to.

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Instead of leaving us in stitches, the film unravels in an obvious, forced and almost boring way.  Detective Connie Edwards played by Melissa McCarthy, who once partnered with Phillips adds some relief as she tries to out-puppet the puppets with her humour and quips but there is only so much delivery can do for bad writing. Philips and Edwards’s relationship displays a falling out that coincides with Philips removal from the Police force and is full of the usual cop tropes and cheap laughs as they work together to solve the case.

With an R rating, this film does have a lot of raunchy, sexual content, dark, violent scenes, profanity and drug use up the wazoo. It’s no Sesame Street in the slightest, but the rating feels wasted because the envelope, although pushed far just wasn’t pushed well enough. In the puppet world, sugar is like cocaine and snorted using pieces of liquorice. There is also a drawn out, silly string ejaculation, puppet sex scene that makes film Team America‘s memorable sex scene look like an innovative masterpiece. The film just has very little working for it. I will say I was shocked by the first major puppet murder in the film. The visual of stuffing and fluff exploding before my eyes did get an audible gasp out of me but it quickly wore off.

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Not even the human cast of comedic veterans like Maya Rudolph who plays Philips secretary Bubbles, Elizabeth Banks who plays human Happytime Gang alum Jenny and Leslie David Baker and Joel McHale who are also on the police force as Lieutenant and FBI respectfully, could keep this movie afloat. For a script that was in pre-production for more than a decade, it just felt full of worn out gags, snags, and bemusement. The best part of the film can be found at the mid-end credits when we see the behind the scene filming using the puppets and green screen, and that’s giving it too much credit frankly. The overall lack of laughter in the theatre was so harrowing it would have made Elmo cry.

If you’re still curious about The Happytime Murders, wait until it comes out on Netflix. This is, unfortunately, a summer film flop.  The excruciating 91 minutes has the odd comedic scene that produces a chuckle here and there but not enough to justify a film as one worth watching.  The Muppet Show‘s Statler and Waldorf would gleefully rip this movie apart and declare Fozzy Bear a comedic genius in comparison.

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“Oh, I don’t see any cracks. A few wrinkles maybe.” Christopher Robin Film Review

“Oh, I don’t see any cracks. A few wrinkles maybe.” Christopher Robin Film Review

Christopher_Robin_posterIf you’re a Winnie the Pooh fan, then you’ll probably appreciate the film Christopher Robin more than your children will. Although they’ll be excited to see iconic characters such a Winnie the Pooh and his friends on the big screen, this film feels geared more towards adult Disney fans. This take on a Disney classic continues where the books and tv shows left off. With a similar story to the 1991 classic Hook, we are presented with a live action, grown-up version of Christopher Robin played by Ewan McGregor, tackling everyday adulthood and finding the inner child he’s lost along the way. Unlike the harrowing adventures in Neverland, this story is a lot slower. Taking it’s time to unfold which won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but worth a watch.

The film begins in Hundred Acre Wood where the animals are hosting a farewell party for Christopher Robin. The opening credits resemble a chapter in the vintage storybooks many of us grew up with. All the animals have done their part to make this final visit special for Christopher Robin with Piglet (Nick Mohammed) gifting him a small pouch of acorns, his favourite snack and Eeyore (Brad Garett) reading him a poem he wrote. It’s all very sweet and please know I was immediately sobbing right at the get-go. Christopher Robin thanks them all for attending but takes Winnie the Pooh aside and they go for a walk. Christopher Robin explains that he must leave his childhood behind because he will be attending boarding school. However, he is sad he won’t be able to do his favourite thing which is “nothing” anymore! He assures Winnie the Pooh he will always remember them and keep them in his heart.

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Fast forward to a montage of Christopher Robin leaving for boarding school and growing up before our eyes.  He endures some family tragedy, meets and marries his wife Evelyn (Hayley Atwell). He goes to war while she’s pregnant with their first child Madeline who he doesn’t get to meet until three years later and struggles connecting with. Upon his return from war, he gets a job with a company called Winslow Luggage. He spends many hours working overtime taking away from his tiny family.

Madeline (Bronte Carmichael), eager to build a better relationship with her father suggests he reads her a bedtime story. He picks up one of her boring school books instead. Not able to stand her father’s selection read out load, Madeline fakes being too tired, so he stops and leaves the room. It’s tragic seeing Christopher Robin as a boring, overworked father who’s not able to relate with his kid. But this storyline will resonate with many parents who may feel in the same boat.

On the eve of a weekend getaway, Christopher Robin has planned with his family to visit the cottage he grew up in. He is told by his boss he will have to work over the weekend. Due to lack of sales, it is now up to Christopher Robin to cut 20% of costs within the company and possibly let go of employees within his department. Crestfallen, Christopher Robin heads home to deliver the bad news. Evelyn, fed up with being chosen second to his job tells Christopher Robin she and Madeline will still be going away without him. She lets him know that they are growing distant and he is missing out on Madeline’s childhood and needs to be more present.

The morning before Evelyn and Madeline set out to the cottage, Madeline finds a small box of the items the animals gifted Christopher Robin at his farewell many years ago and a drawing he did of them. She leaves him a note along with a drawing letting him know he draws well and would like to know more about this childhood. Running late, Christopher Robin sets it aside, spilling honey on the drawing and magically summoning Winnie the Pooh who awakens in Hundred Acre Wood to a thick fog and his friends, nowhere to be seen. Pooh eventually is lead to Christopher Robin’s door in the hollow tree that takes him to London, England. He is then, by chance, reunited with Christopher Robin again.

This is where the film Christopher Robin gets more exciting! Eventually, these two, lost characters reconnect. They embark on an adventure where Christopher Robin rediscovers his childhood, love for doing “nothing” and eventually being present for his family while Pooh is reunited with his friends. The reunion between Christopher Robin and Pooh is touching. Christopher Robin, shocked to see Pooh exclaims “I’ve cracked!” Pooh calmly replies “Oh, I don’t see any cracks. A few wrinkles maybe.” Seeing Pooh who is voiced by OG voice actor Jim Cummings, and his friends aloofly wander around the bustling streets of London is done really well. They’re magical, animated, stuffed animals similar to Seth McFarlane’s film Ted except, shocking civilians when they spot them moving around on their own. This is the late 1940s after all so this is considered some witchcraft level sorcery.

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Madeline’s character is also eventually incorporated into the story more helping return some important papers to her father with the help of Eeyore, Tigger (Jim Cummings), and Piglet. I think she’s a darling addition and allows this story to flourish. She tugs at the heartstrings of the viewer. Also encouraging children to not grow up so quickly and let life overwhelm them. The film goes from a bit of a bore to a rekindled Disney adventure full of laughter, more nostalgia, some tears and tender moments reminding us to tap into our inner child, slow down and have fun every once and awhile.

This is a family-friendly film that holds a lot of valuable lessons that will resonate with parents who may reconsider investing more time in their families. It will also resonate with those of us who aren’t parents but have let our responsibilities overwhelm us and take priority over our passions and relationships. Regardless of any age, the film will be a delight for young and old. For some, it will feel a little played out at first but stick with it as the second half picks up! For those of you who get emotional during movies, you will need those tissues during this one! Stay for the end credits as well! There is a cute mid-end credit scene you shouldn’t miss!

 

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“Growing up can be a little scary and weird.” Eighth Grade Film Review

“Growing up can be a little scary and weird.” Eighth Grade Film Review

eighthgradeposterIt was back in 2001 when I was just a 13 year old myself. I still remember how confusing, hyperbole and life-ending everything felt then. In the film Eighth Grade, watching hyper-connected Kayla Day, played by the darling Elsie Fisher, endure her final week of middle school and experience the pressures of adolescence was both heartwarming and heart-wrenching. Kayla’s insecurities and daily struggles are so relatable. I felt taken back to that time in my life where everything felt so much bigger and scarier than it actually was. This coming of age film gives us an insight of what it’s like being a teenager during the 21st century where technology plays a bigger role on how we perceive, connect and learn but without the overblown cautionary storylines of tv shows like 13 Reasons Why or The Fosters.

The film opens up with a grainy video recording of Kayla Day looking into the camera of her MacBook making affirmation videos explaining to her viewers how she perceives herself to be a confident and talkative person. But at school, she is seen as shy and quiet. So much so she is voted “Most Quiet” by her fellow peers.

What is endearing about these videos is Kayla’s mannerisms of that of a true 13-year-old attempting to make her mark with youtube videos. She’s awkward, stumbling over her sentences. Inserting “like” in between every other word and not perfectly spoken or cinematically smoothed over like videos she watches daily and we’re accustomed to. She’s acts and moves like a real teenager too through the halls of her school. Slouching with the look of uncertainty and fear in her eyes as her eighth-grade year comes to an end and the loom of high school stands before her.

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It’s the last week of eighth grade. The graduating class are given their individual time capsules made when they began middle school. Kayla slowly opens her decorated shoe box with the words “To the coolest girl in the world” in glitter letters on the top. She rummages through a softball, some ticket stubs and a playbill for Bring It On signed by the cast members. She pulls out a Spongebob figurine. We later learn is a USB holding a video she made for her future self, now present self.

During the film, we are bookended with many of Kayla’s videos to her non-existent viewers offering tips and advice on topics she is struggling with herself. Things like “be yourself” where she offers the advice of not caring what other people think. “Being confident” where she pushes her viewers to get out of their comfort zone and try something new. It wonderfully contrasts with the scenes of Kayla in real life navigating the halls of her school with shy, awkward body language, trying to copy a makeup tutorial she watched on youtube and snapchatting selfies of herself with the captions “woke up like this!” under it.

As the film continues to follow Kayla during her final week, she begrudgingly attends a pool party for a classmate who only invited her because her mother forced her to. She shadows a friendly highschooler named Olivia who tells her it gets better. She also attempts to catch the attention of her school crush Aiden who’s entrance comes with a slow-motion shot and thundering techno music. Something I can admit is a thing we hear as young teenage girls among our crushes. The film’s overall story isn’t a spectacular one per se but seeing it through Kayla’s eyes everything feels so heightened with emotion which keeps the viewer relating to a time when we did the same.

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We also get a glimpse of Kayla’s home life as an only child being raised by her single father Mark played by Josh Hamilton. Her relationship with him is pretty typical for her age. She sits at the farthest end of the dinner table from him and listens to music loudly while on her phone to avoid connecting with him. He tries anyway but is met with hostility and endless eye rolls. He cares though and doesn’t give up doing all he can to keep up with her likes and dislikes which change daily.

There is a touching scene where Kayla asks her dad if he’s sad to have a daughter like her. He asks her why she would even think that. She expresses some insecurities she’s dealing with and assumes it must make him sad because if she had a daughter like herself, she would be sad too. Her father then delivers a beautiful monologue about how proud and happy he is to be her father. How when her mother left them he was scared of how he would teach Kayla to be a good person, but she effortlessly did it herself. He reminds her that she is creative, interesting and kind and shares that teachers have commented on what a lovely person she is and he isn’t afraid anymore. It’s a beautiful monologue many of us should hear from our parents, but few are so lucky to.

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The film touches on some darker themes of being a teenage girl when after a positive high school shadowing experience with her high schooler chaperone Olivia, she is invited to hang out with them. During the ride home, her new friend Olivia suggests they drop off Kayla first. She insists she’ll be ok. The boy Riley continues to drive her home but then parks the car and moves to the back seat with her and tries to initiate a truth or dare game with her. The game crosses a line for Kayla when he insists she take off her shirt and she verbally addresses her discomfort.

Embarrassed and angry Riley gets back to the front seat and begrudgingly takes her home. She apologizes profusely. He scolds her saying he was only trying to help her gain experience, so she’ll know what to do when she hooks up with guys in high school. It’s cringeworthy. It offers an excellent example of why we need updated sex-education curriculums where we teach our future young women to speak up, consent and not be afraid to say no.

Eighth Grade is a directional debut for comedian Bo Burnham. He orchestrates this film beautifully with a great sense of the social-media-saturated adolescence and the pressures that come with our technological obsession.  Kayla Day’s character is treated lovingly by him as well. You can tell he really loves this character he created. He taps into those insecurities and emotions only a 13-year-old could make sense of.

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I find there aren’t many realistic, coming of age films that just deal with the struggle of everyday life in such a manner. It’s not an over the top storyline. I found this film captured a day in the life so marvellously. You can’t help by enjoy yourself and just laugh at the comedic moments, cry during the touching ones and cringe at the relatable awkwardness that is being a 13 year old. Elsie Fisher does such an incredible portrayal you feel invested in her character by the end of it. Her father Mark is such a wonderful supporting character needed in this film. This is a story of self-discovery that might even resonate with those of us still struggling through as jaded adults. Reminding us to tap into that hopeful optimism that a 13-year-old still learning who she is possesses.

“I do some dumb things, and the people I love the most – they pay the price.” Ant-Man and the Wasp Film Review

“I do some dumb things, and the people I love the most – they pay the price.” Ant-Man and the Wasp Film Review

 

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If any of you —-like myself—-were wondering where was Ant-Man during the latest Avengers film you are not alone. Ant-Man and The Wasp, the sequel to Ant-Man (2015) comes out in theatres July 5 and takes place just before Thanos’ reckoning! The film begins with a little backstory and origin of The Wasp, Hank Pym’s wife and Hope’s mother Janet Van Dyne (played by Michelle Pfeiffer). After a difficult mission, Janet risked her life to save thousands. As a result, has been stuck in the Quantum Realm for the past 30 years. After Ant-Man’s brief visit to the quantum realm in the first film, Hank (Michael Douglas) and Hope (Evangeline Lily) set a plan to rescue Janet.

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Meanwhile, Scott Lang, played by the ever so funny Paul Rudd, is on his final days of house arrest after committing his stint in Germany during Captain America: Civil War. The man has taught himself origami, cool magic card tricks and even built an intricate maze of cardboard to keep his daughter Cassie entertained during their weekly visits. There is a precious moment where Scott tells Cassie his most prized possession is a tiny trophy that says “World’s Greatest Grandma” on it given to him by her. They share many cute dad and daughter scenes in the film. It really shows Scott’s ability to be a super dad as well as a superhero.

When Cassie isn’t there he is playing drums, cry-reads The Fault In Our Stars and trying his best to stay out of trouble. We learn he hasn’t had any communication with Hope and Hank who are on the run from the FBI themselves. That is until he has a vision of Janet in the quantum realm and is shortly kidnapped by Hope to help them with their rescue mission.

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I don’t want to give too much more away. But this film is a hilarious, action-packed, bundle of fun and a nice change of pace to some of the other Marvel movies that have been released earlier this year. There are some badass action scenes by The Wasp, a few car chases, plays on size and scale and some great moments with Luis (Michael Peña), Scott’s ex-con friend, fellow Morrissey fan and business partner. We’re also introduced to Ghost played by Hannah John-Kamen, one of the villains out to get Hank Pym and Hope Van Dayne. Although her backstory is the usual Marvel universe tragedy, her power to phase is pretty cool!

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I found this film to be so well-rounded. Keeping everything contained and giving us just enough from heartfelt scenes of Scott’s life as a father. Keeping his crime-fighting under wraps to the romantic tension between Hope and Scott, to the badass fight scenes and the comedic relief in between. It’s the chaser we needed after The Avengers: Infinity Wars doom and gloom. That said, stay for the end credit scenes! There are two of them. They are definite links to Infinity Wars and Avengers 4! I WILL NOT SAY ANYMORE!

WATCH IT!  This is a must-see on the silver screen! If you haven’t seen the first film, you will need to before viewing this one. There is a lot of important information that ties the stories together. It is not a stand-alone sequel, but it is a good one. Also for those nerdy parents out there this is a safe one you can bring the whole family to. Behind every man, there is a better woman, and Ant-Man and The Wasp is a refreshing partnership that was well overdue. Bravo!

 

 

“Suit up! It might get weird.” The Incredibles 2 Film Review

“Suit up! It might get weird.” The Incredibles 2 Film Review

The_Incredibles_2.jpgIt’s hard to believe it’s been 14 years since Disney’s Pixar The Incredibles was released. This film really spoke to the ups and downs in the family dynamic and was revolutionary during a time where superhero movies were just blowing up, and Marvel was making its mark. The Oscar-winning film became such a sensation for many that it felt right being a stand-alone Disney/Pixar favourite. In a time of sequel mania, here we are in 2018 at the new release of  The Incredibles 2! However being a Disney Pixar film the hopes of it being good are high!

I remember seeing the first installment and enjoying it, but it didn’t become an immediate favourite for me personally. To be honest, it wasn’t that memorable on my Disney radar. I was excited and curious to see what number 2 had to offer us. Before seeing the sequel, I rewatched the first film to remember what had gone down and I’m glad I did! The Incredibles 2 picks up where we left off in the first one, the family fighting Underminer in a parking lot.

The Incredibles family still live in a world with “Supers” are illegal. After their epic battle with Underminer with the help of Frozone, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, they are hauled to the police station, slapped on the wrist for interfering in Police matter and causing so much city damage. They’re then sent back to their hotel room to hide out until they know what to do with them. That is when they’re contacted by Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn (voiced by Catherine Keener) from Dev Tech, who has a plan to help superheroes become legal again.  This time mom Helen, also known as Elastigirl and voiced by the talented Holly Hunter, takes the spotlight meanwhile dad Bob, also known as Mr. Incredible voiced by Craig T. Nelson is stuck in a role he isn’t so incredible at, being a stay-at-home dad.

Elastigirl’s breadwinning, in charge role, is feminism at it’s best. Female empowerment suits her! Not only is she the face to Dev Tech’s superhero project but she stops a runaway train from crashing to its doom and helps Dash find his shoes in the process because dad didn’t think to look under the bed. It’s a whimsical nod to a mother’s capability of multitasking both work and home life and a sign of solidarity at the fight for gender equality going on in the world today.

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Meanwhile, poor Bob struggles with his new Mr. Mom role handling Violet’s boy problems and Dash and Jack-Jack’s typical kid behaviours.  We also witness Jack-Jack’s powers unfolding. It’s funny as it is kind of scary! He steals the show and is easily the MVP of the film! There is a delightful scene where Jack-Jack has his first superhero bout with a raccoon… that’s right! Jack-Jack’s superpowers abilities are wide-ranging! This baby is lethal! Not only can he shoot lasers from his eyes but he can teleport into other dimensions, duplicate himself, burst into flames and turn into a little monster… literally!

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Mr. Incredible, barely surviving due to sleep deprivation takes Jack-Jack to fan favourite Edna (Brad Bird) to figure out what can be done about all these powers. Edna isn’t interested at first. She eventually settles into the Auntie Edna role to better research what this incredible baby can do after he gives her a taste in another fantastic scene in the movie!

The relevance in the film is clever and connects their world to our current world situations. The villain aptly named Screenslaver is actually quite creepy! His abilities are to seek control of people’s minds using screens to hypnotize them. It’s brilliant as it’s not so difficult these days since we all tend to rely on our smart devices. The ambiguity of this character also adds to the creep factor!  What’s great about this villain is his reasoning for wanting to stop The Incredibles. It’s tragic yet a fair statement.  Something you’ll have to figure out for yourself when you view the film! Bring tissues for the heartwarming animated short titled Bao before the movie! I did not expect to cry. It caught me off guard. I was still wiping away tears while The Incredibles 2 began.

Do not miss this one in theatres!!! The film is full of twist and turns, heroic action and heartfelt moments and also some brand new superheroes, which is always fun! Just in time to welcome summer break this is one for the entire family and lives up to the “Incredible” name! Brad Bird hit it out of the park once again! Dare I say I even enjoyed it more than the first one? Please don’t yell at me!

 

“I travelled half the world to find you. I’m not going anywhere without you.” Adrift Film Review

“I travelled half the world to find you. I’m not going anywhere without you.” Adrift Film Review

Going into the film Adrift I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew very little about the true story the film is based off of. From the trailer it looked like it would be a tear jerking, romantic drama but upon screening it I wasn’t ready for this heroic tale of this bad ass woman fighting for survival while lost at sea.  The film begins with Tami, played by Shailene Woodley waking up inside a flooded cabin of a yacht after a hurricane. She is injured with a giant gash on her forehead and debris is floating all around her. She tries to open the door to get on deck but is trapped. She uses blunt force and manages to get it open. The yacht however is a mess and badly destroyed. Her partner Richard, played by Sam Claflin is nowhere to be seen and Tami immediately falls to her feet in tears.

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Instead of telling the story in linear, front to back fashion the film actually jumps between past and present to better engage and show us what lead Tami and Richard into this nightmare. The film is primarily told through Tami’s eyes. She is a 23 year old woman who had been travelling the world, picking up odd jobs here and there and settling for a little bit in Tahiti while she figures out where to go next. While working on the docks she meets Richard who immediately catches her eye. They have an immediate connection and while on a first date on his boat she asks him about his time sailing. Richard replies that it can be very lonely and mentions how after awhile of just open seas you tend to hallucinate. After a few dates between them we watch them fall in love.

The film then jumps back to Tami stranded on this damaged boat in the middle of no where hopelessly looking for Richard, calling out his name, using binoculars desperately hoping to see something. She then spots a small, overturned dinghy with Richard on it. After doing some quick repairs on the yacht including a make-shift sail and taping up the cracks using duct tape, she rescues Richard who is badly injured and unable to help. Upon searching for food and water in the cabin she finds a watch and sextant (a navigation tool) to help guide her to the closest landmass of Hilo Hawaii, which is still 1,500 miles away from where she is now. Richard is her voice of reason and guides her as she struggles to put the yacht back on course. He pushes her to stay positive when she fears for the worst.

The water portions in the film were primarily shot on location which is no easy feat and usually a rare filmmaking decision with the availability of CGI and VFX talent. However director Baltasar Kormákur, who is a sailor himself insisted on it. Shailene Woodley also has a producer credit as well as starring in the film. I was first introduced to Shailene Woodley the same way many were through the ABC Family show The Secret Life Of An American Teenager. It was bad, the acting was even worse and that series finale should have gotten a Raspberry Award for being so poorly written. I didn’t expect to see anyone from that show succeed but Shailene Woodley has proved me wrong with her recent roles and award nods in movies like The Descendants and HBO’s hit show Big Little Lies.  Her acting in Adrift continues to show us how dedicated and talented she is in her craft performing a majority of her own stunts and enduring 90% of the film that is shot on open ocean. She really did capture Tami’s strength for survival and her intuition with working with nature to get her back to safety. Shailene Woodley really embodies Tami’s connection with mother nature and care-free spirit that kept her alive.

The real life Tami Oldham who still sails today at 58 years old, was 41 days adrift after enduring the treacherous seas during a category 5 hurricane before reaching Hawaii and finally being rescued. Seeing this woman’s incredible resilience and hope reenacted on screen as she keeps herself and her horribly injured fiancée alive really puts your life in perspective. It’s difficult to fathom at times a person could survive through so much after losing everything and better yet, be stranded in the ocean for over a month! The relationship between her and Richard is also very touching and supportive. Claflin and Woodley have great on screen couple chemistry! You really root for both of them! There is a very strong romantic element that would make this film perfect for a date night. There is a scene in the film where Tami doesn’t want to follow Richard on a journey that is offered to him. He is asked to take a yacht from Tahiti to California for a substantial amount of money but upon hearing Tami’s concerns he simply tells her “I travelled half the world to find you. I’m not going anywhere without you.” Adrift really demonstrates the highs and lows that life can bring you and the love and devotion in a relationship that keep people moving forward in the toughest of times.

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I have a feeling this film will be overlooked with all the blockbusters out right now but I think it’s worth a view on the big screen. There aren’t enough stories of empowering women overcoming life obstacles being told in cinema and this one is just told so well. It’s also beautifully shot since most of it was done on location. The open seas are gorgeous when calm, Tahiti looks like a paradise and you really feel like you’re going through this harrowing experience with Tami and Richard.

For those of you who are like me and go in knowing very little details about the actual true story, there is a beautiful, little twist that caught me by surprise and elevated the enjoyment of the film for me quite a bit. Bring Kleenex though, you will most definitely need it.

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“Doing the right thing is messy. You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.” Deadpool 2 Film Review

“Doing the right thing is messy. You want to fight for what’s right, sometimes you have to fight dirty.” Deadpool 2 Film Review

Spring is here!!!! Which means the blockbusters come out to play, and that includes one of our personal favourites, SUPERHERO MOVIES! I know everyone is busy raving over Avengers: Infinity War but move over Thanos! Your blockbuster reign is about to end. Deadpool is back in town! I had the immense pleasure of attending an early screening of the sequel, Deadpool 2 this week and just like the first one it did not disappoint! The film earned it’s R rating once more and kept many of the antics we all enjoyed from the first installment and turned them up a notch.

The story, which FOX has done an amazing job keeping under wraps, is still very dark with it’s funny, raunchy moments and incredibly graphic fight scenes. We are also introduced to a slew of new characters. Time traveling mercenary Cable (Josh Brolin) and Deadpool’s rebel against the X-Men, his own crime-fighting team, X-Force. Very original, I know. The team includes the very cool Domino (Zazie Beetz), Bedlam played by Terry Crews and Peter, just a regular guy with no powers who saw the ad and thought it would be fun.

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The sequel hits the ground running. Starting with Deadpool trashing his apartment and tying himself down to barrels of gasoline. He complains about fellow Canadian Logan’s final film installment with the same name and warning us that he too will be dying in his own film. I was happy to see they kept it meta, breaking that fourth wall with more ease and more references to our world vs. the Marvel world. Wade Wilson is Ryan Reynolds. Ryan is Wade. Both are Canadian, and that is f**king awesome! Not long after, we’re dropped mid-action in a gory fight scene where we find Deadpool is still killing the bad guys and working with Dopinder, the lovable Taxi driver from the first installment and still going strong romantically with Vanessa.

Not even 15 minutes in, the film takes an incredibly dark turn that then brings us to the opening credits that keeps the gag from the first one going with Produced By: Did that really just happen?, and Written by: the real villains while Celine Dion’s song Ashes plays along.

I don’t want to give too much away because there are titillating twists and turns, some brilliant cameos to look out for and a surprise villain some may not be expecting. I will say this, Deadpool finds himself in the lowest of lows yet again. He eventually tries to save the fate of a young mutant boy whose future is riding on an event that needs to be stopped from happening.

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Anyone who may not have been a fan of the first film may enjoy this one more. There is no more backstory since that was taken care of in the first one. It has a lot more depth, and it ups the anti that much more with offensive jokes, bloody scenes and a soundtrack that would make your dad proud… minus the dubstep. If you thought the first one took it too far, maybe stay home for this one. What are you doing seeing Deadpool in the first place you Snowflake?! But if you thought it couldn’t be taken far enough, you’re in for a fantastic 113-minute ride!

Josh Brolin is well casted and incredibly sexy as Cable. He’s menacing, brooding and dark yet deep down inside he’s just a family man who’s come from the future to avenge his wife and daughter’s death. Just like Wade points out you’d think he came from the DC universe! Zazie Beetz as Domino is a refreshing addition to the franchise and the brains of the X-Force operation keeping Deadpool in check and proving to him time and time again having lady luck on your side IS a superpower. She is the perfect combination of a nonchalant badass with a sprinkle of just being so darn lucky! She steals the show during the convoy scene. Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead are back too along with a slew of other characters you’ll have to discover yourself!

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There is nothing at the end of the credits like we are now all trained to expect in Marvel films. But possibly the BEST post-credits ever done in history happen immediately after the film ends including another small scene midway. After that, you can run to the washrooms and relieve yourself from that large drink you had during the show!
Definitely worth seeing on the big screen! There are so many awesome, action-packed and funny moments that are a must see in theatres! Although Wayne claims this is a family movie despite the hardcore R rating, this is a leave-your-kids-at-home film. Trust me on this one! You deserve that break anyway!

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