[Movies of the Month] November


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– It is brilliant to be back in the Potterverse. This first offering in the Beasts series is an effective combination of light-hearted fantasy with dark themes that relate to modern culture and history. ★★★★

Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Funny, touching and with a great soundtrack; I can’t wait to watch this again. ★★★★½
Cinderella – A charming retelling with some very lovely moments. ★★★★
Star Trek Beyond – The weakest of the trilogy so far, as it feels like the same story (Into Darkness) is being retold. ★★★½
Dracula Untold – An interesting spin on the famous legend, Evans is a good lead supported by strong and effective effects. ★★★½
Warcraft – I am a beginner to the Warcraft world, never having played it before or come across any of the characters. Watching it as a straightforward fantasy film it felt too long with too many characters. I found the effects quite jarring as well, as they are appear to be a hybrid between animation and real action. ★★★½
Sicario – A solid, tense look into a very dangerous world. Excellent performances by Blunt and del Toro. ★★★★

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  – As always, an excellent first foray into the wizarding world. ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  – My least favourite of the series (due to its weak plot, in my opinion) but you cannot fault the brilliant effects, visuals or soundtrack. ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – The intensity and drama is taken up a notch with Cuaron at the helm, in particular with interesting visuals and camera angles. ★★★★½
Titanic – A timeless classic that was well deserving of its slew of Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. ★★★★½
– I had actually seen this before (three years ago) but it clearly wasn’t memorable as I didn’t realise for a good while. I won’t make the same mistake in watching it a third time… ★★

Total: 12

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 11
1st timers: 73
Rewatches: 53
Total: 137

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