Seeing...Films | 2018 - 5 Star Reviews

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Welcome to my final post in this series and the one we've all been waiting for and it's my 5 Stars films! I've quite enjoyed writing these posts and wondering if I should carry on doing monthly film updates? Let me know what you think. 

The Greatest Showman

There are no words to describe how much I love this film, this was my second viewing as I’d already been to watch it before I signed up to the limitless card. For me, musicals are my favourite genre of film. I can’t sing and I have no real ear for music but give me a jolly sing-along musical and I’m at the front of the queue.

This film had such a beautiful look and feel to it. From the very first scene where you just see Hugh Jackman’s feet to all the music and dancing. It has also ignited a love for Zac Efron which feel far more acceptable than his High School Musical days and yes, I did Google his age! Maybe I shouldn’t admit that but oh well now you all know.

Oceans 8

I really wasn’t sure what to expect, the cast was incredible but I was prepared to be disappointed but it was one of my favourite films of the year and I’m anticipating another one. I’m wondering if there will be a collaboration between the 11 or what’s left of them and this cast? That might be wishful thinking but it would be oh so good!

It was everything Widows could have been. (see my 3-star review post for my thoughts on that one). Oceans 8 was playful, comical and in my opinion delightful to watch.

Mama Mia 2

So good I saw it twice. What I loved most about this film other than Fernando and Cher’s cameo and the credits was that 2 women in the audience had brought in cans of G&T then a bottle of wine, straws and their own glasses. Not something I’d ever thought of doing myself but other than one almost falling down the stairs to go to the loo. That was a real highlight. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the film as the things I’ve mentioned are such small details but they are highlights.

Bohemian Rhapsody

My most anticipated film of the year and it didn’t disappoint. This film had such bad reviews from the critics and I can see some of their points about how elements of Freddie’s life had been watered down of glossed over but to be honest I also understand why the film makes choose to do this and that they left enough references into his life without being graphic about it. Freddie is such a well-loved person and loved by all ages and sitting it at a 12A was the right place for it.
These posts have taken me a few days to write and from making my list to writing this post I was in the works and there was a mother and daughter who was under 12. I’m not good with ages but I’d say she was 10 or 11. They were looking at the books about Queen and Freddie Mercury and they were clearly fans, saying that one is too similar to what we already have. It got me thinking if they had made the film a 15 this girl wouldn’t be able to see it for years but with the 12A and as an existing fan I bet she loved it (If she’s watched it)

A Star is Born

If I’d have written this film straight after watching the film it would have been a 3 or a 4 as while I was watching it, I remember feeling a little bit bored and not totally loving it. However, after digesting it and speaking to other people about it my opinion has changed and what also brought it up was the music. We l love a musical.

Fantastic Beasts 2

When I first watched this, I had only watched the original film once and not all in one go. I loved it but I don’t feel like you could watch this film as a standalone film as they didn’t say some of the character’s name or not that I remember. For example, I had no idea who Abernathy was at all. I came home and rewatched the original film then went to watch it again and it was so much more magical.  

It’s a filler film, building plot for the upcoming movies but I really didn’t mind that and I can’t stop watching YT videos about it and I’ve listened to a few podcasts and it’s really interesting listening to other POVs.

The weekend that I’m writing this post the first film was on ITV and we watched it and now I want to see the second film again. It’s not on at our local cinema any more but I am considering going to the cinema in the city centre to see it.

Mary Poppins Returns

 My final film of the year and it truly was magical. It felt very true to the original with some lovely touches. Did you notice the cameo by the original Jane? I loved the animated elements which is something I don’t like in the original but I think it was good that they included it.
It was so heart-warming and it was nice that I saw it with my mum and gran.

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