Maleficent (2014)

Maleficent_posterBeen anticipating the release of this show since I saw the trailer a couple of months back. Gotta admit, despite the big name Angelina Jolie, I was afraid that it would turn out to be a total flop like the 2010’s Alice In Wonderland. I mean that show had Johnny Depp, but it was so bad, I cringe everytime I think of it. Maleficent, I would say, is one of the best Disney cartoon to have been remade. Considering how the storyline is a little different from the original cartoon movie, I guess remake is not really the correct word to use? Oh well. The concept and altered storyline of Maleficent is superb. Love the twist of the story. And to be a little more cheesy, so many moral values to learn, not that it matters to me. πŸ˜›

I was a little surprised that Angelina Jolie would want to star in a fantasy show like this one. But after watching her performance in the movie, there’s not a single doubt why she took up the role. Seriously, nobody in this world suited the role as well as Jolie did.Β angelina-jolie-maleficentShe was not born to be Maleficent. She IS Maleficent. That is how awesome she is in this role. Perfect. I couldn’t find a single flaw in it. And I’m really not a Jolie fan. Never was. But after watching this? She made me a fan of hers. Haha! Love how they spin the movie to show that Maleficent is not the actual villain, and deep down, she’s actually a really kind and loving person.angelina-jolie-maleficent-innocent How a heartbreak and betrayal made her seek revenge, only to have her regret it after she has cooled off and tried to save the day. Again, absolutely love the story. πŸ˜€

Princess Aurora was mostly portrayed by Elle Fanning.Β elle fanning-maleficentFanning certainly looked the part. Another thing I loved about this movie is how they made Princess Aurora into a princess with an admirable character and not like the flimsy princess-y one in the cartoon.
Fun fact : Princess Aurora as a toddler was played by Jolie’s on daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, reason being, all other toddlers cried when they saw Jolie in her Maleficent getup. And she is absolutely adorable in the movie as toddler Princess Aurora! πŸ™‚

One character I never expected the story to focus on is Diaval, the raven shapshifter.Β sam riley-maleficentSam Riley’s role of Diaval is just a minor one, but it still manages to catch the attention of the audience. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds his quiet nature and faithfulness to Maleficent endearing.

The unexpected and actual villain of the movie is Aurora’s father, King Stefan. Ex-lover of Maleficent who betrayed her and cut of her wings.Β King-Stefan-MaleficentHe is evil. I actually enjoyed how they made him the bad guy instead of Maleficent. Like I mentioned before, love the twist. πŸ˜‰ Sharlto Copley did a really good job as a crazed king. Believable, at the very list. Haha!

The characters in the movie that actually kinda annoyed me were the 3 fairies.Β Maleficent-3 fairiesSo annoying. I really preferred the 1959 cartoon version. Those fairies were likable. These are just…….. ugh! And really, it doesn’t help to have Imelda Staunton to play the pink fairy. I still can’t get her out of my head as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.Β fairy_umbridgeSo really, it’s kinda hard to like them no matter how pleasant they are supposed to be in the movie. Haha. Besides, like I’ve mentioned and will say it again, they’re more annoying than pleasant. πŸ˜›

Overall, I love this show. I know this will be one of those movies I’ll watch time and again. It’s just that good. πŸ™‚ Great storyline, great characters (generally) and a great feel to the show. πŸ™‚ I’d actually recommend this version to pre-teens more than the cartoon version cause at the very least, this teaches us that we don’t need a prince’s true love to solve all our problems. We just need family and friends who truly love us to get through life happily. Cheesy, I know. πŸ˜€

P.s : For the record, I didn’t mention the prince because his character is negligible in this movie. He probably appeared for 5 mins tops. He’s more like an extra of the movie than the cast. Haha! πŸ˜›

Transformers : Age Of Extinction (2014)

kinopoisk.ruWhat a disappointment. Despite the rave reviews from some friends of mine, I find the 4th installment of the Transformers movies a total let down. First up, storyline. Personal opinion? Bad. Barely any substance. I think Michael Bay tried to cram in every super idea he has in this movie, and it kind of backfired. There were 2 or 3 climaxes that made me think that the show is going to end, so I was getting ready to leave, but later realized there’s still about an hour or more left of the show. Hmph. And really, the storyline in general is just kinda boring. The visual effects were great, no doubt. Everything else? Meh. First time ever, a Transformers movie left me feeling like the movie is 6 hrs long when its only around 2 hours and 45 minutes.

The cast. Not that I dislike Mark Wahlberg or if I am a fan of Shia LaBeouf (which I am not), but I seriously prefer LaBeouf’s performance as the main character in Transformers as compared to Wahlberg’s. With LaBeouf, the movie feels fresh. However, Wahlberg portraying a overprotective and over-possessive father with cheesy lines just made me cringe, in quite a number of the scenes.Β transformers-age-of-extinction-mark-wahlbergHe really should just stick to macho-tough guy-ish characters, cause he’s good at that. Here, I’m not sure if its actually bad casting decision by the Michael Bay or bad script that made the movie worse.

As for the female lead, there’s Nicola Peltz, who plays the daughter.Β Nicola-peltz-transformers-age-of-extinctionShe is pretty and young, but she is no Megan Fox.transformers_megan foxI actually feel bad for the leading ladies who replaced Fox in the Transformers series after she was dropped from the cast cause, even though I don’t really like Megan Fox, I will be the first to say that she has set the bar very high as the leading female character in the Transformers series. Rosie Huntington who starred in Transformers : Dark Side Of The Moon, as well as Peltz here, pales in comparison to Fox, who played Mikaela Banes, Sam Witwicky’s first girlfriend. A tough chick who rise up with courage in the face of danger. Too bad for Huntington and Peltz that their characters does not really possess such characteristics. Haha. Gotta say though, Fox’s onscreen chemistry with LaBeouf, did help to make the movies more….. ‘interesting’. Lol! πŸ˜›

Then there’s the boyfriend. Oh goodness gracious. The boyfriend.Β Jack Reynor-transformers-age-of-extinctionTogether with the father and daughter, these 3 have some of the cheesiest lines in the history of the Transformers film series. It was funny at first, but towards the end, I just rolled my eyes. Haha. Gotta say though, Jack Reynor who portrays this character, is ‘not-so-hard’ on the eyes. Haha. He’s not in my top 10 hottest Hollywood stars list, but he’s not too bad, as far as the cast in this movie goes. Lol! But that’s where the positive comments end. I have nothing else good to say about him or the cast. 😦

Even the Autobots and Decepticons weren’t that interesting this time around. It’s just kinda flat. This round though, we have something new. Dinobots!Β optimus-prime-age-of-extinctionI don’t know whether to be impressed or amused. It like Jurassic Park, Transformers style. πŸ˜‰ Just because both are big movies, it doesn’t mean that combining both is a good idea. Haha!

Overall? I can’t wait for the movie to end after an hour in the cinema. I think this is a case of trying too hard to make a hit, but it ended up as a miss. Of course, this is only my personal opinion. There are tons of people who loves this show. πŸ™‚ I for one, don’t think I’ll be getting a copy of this to re-watch during my free time. If I want to watch a Transformers movie, I have the first 3 shows, and that’s good enough. πŸ˜€

Did You Smell That?

It was early in the morning, at 7.30am. The musicians gathered in front of the Sanctuary to prepare for prayer before the first service. Just a couple of guys and a couple of girls. We stood in a circle and this guy came and stood beside me.Β I took a breath and my head snapped up, feeling suddenly a tad bit more awake than I always am at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. He smelled good! Cologne for sure, though I’m not sure what brand. Haha.

And that got my attention. πŸ˜€ Suddenly he appeared to be a tad bit more attractive than he normally is AND more attractive than the rest of the guys around that morning. No, not in the romantic kinda way, but it just increased his attractive points. πŸ˜€ Then I realized, the rule about how good smelling women are more attractive? It’s applies to men as well! Lol! I know, it’s common sense, but usually when we talk about men’s attractive points, it’s everything else and very seldom a woman will mention ‘smells nice’. Ironically though, when asked about unattractive traits, quite a number of women will mention ‘body ordor’ (generally meaning smelling bad). With that I guess we can say that smelling bad does indeed turn a woman away, however, to attract a woman, the man does not particularly have to smell good? πŸ˜›

Not too sure if that statement is true or not, but, I can quite certainly say this, smelling good will definitely catch the attention of almost any woman. However, to hold her attention for more than that first 3 seconds, you’re gonna need much more than a bottle of good cologne. πŸ˜›

p.s : That being said, overdosing the cologne/perfume on one’s body (e.g : pouring half a bottle at one shot) is never attractive. How can a person be attracted if they’re wasting their energy not to breathe through their nose??? Lol!cologne & perfume