Croods 2 | 4 Stars

My boyfriend and I loved the first Croods, so we went into this one with anticipation. It opened with a sucker punch, that’s for sure! I enjoyed the unexpected reactions the characters had to each other and their surroundings, which were different than what we’re used to seeing in today’s society/films (such as when the two teenage girls meet for the first time, they’re not jealous over a boy – they’re excited to have friends). It was refreshing! All the characters we loved in the first film were back, each with their own part to play. I loved that everyone had their own story; they weren’t just added to be sidekicks to the main characters.

I thought this movie was cute and funny, with a lot of heart. I didn’t love it quite as much as the original, but for a sequel, it was still good. (Plus, keep an eye out for the peanut toe to save the day!)

Eurovision | 5 Stars

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
5 Stars

I watched Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga shortly after it came out, and since then, I have watched it so many times and listened to the soundtrack on repeat. I was very surprised by how much I love this movie. I’m not a Will Ferrell fan, and the trailer just looked super weird. But my boyfriend turned it on one day when we couldn’t find something to watch, and I was hooked.

This movie is a comedy. It’s weird and quirky, but so heartfelt that it brings me to tears – twice! (SPOILER ALERT! The first time is when they get back up on stage after the hamster wheel crashes into the audience. The second time is when she sings in Icelandic.) It’s a lot of fun.

The music is beautiful. “Double Trouble” is fun and catchy, something I could imagine hearing on the radio. “Volcano Man” is supposed to be funny (I’m assuming) but it’s got really beautiful vocals. “Húsavík” is absolutely gorgeous and so moving, and I can’t even count how many dozens of times I’ve listened to it. Oh, and don’t forget “Ja Ja Ding Dong.” Super fun, super catchy. It’s just a feel good song.

So if you haven’t seen it yet, go watch Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix and listen to the soundtrack!

Wonder Woman

Yesterday my sister invited me to go see the Wonder Woman movie with her. I’ll be honest – I had no intention of seeing it if she hadn’t asked me to go with her. I feel like Wonder Woman and her invisible plane have been the butt of superhero jokes for years. On top of that skepticism, my sister had been giving me the rundown of Gal Gadot (who plays Wonder Woman) for weeks, so I’d heard it all. And to be honest, it sounded pretty farfetched. Not only was she gorgeous, but she did a lot of her own stunts. While five-months pregnant. She was a soldier and also Miss Israel. Basically she was described to me as the epitome of women. I was prepared to be disappointed. No one could possibly live up to those stories. Certainly not a not-invisible woman in an invisible airplane.

Instead, I was blown away. The movie was beautifully shot. The humor was well placed throughout the entire film. The island of Amazonian women was breathtaking – as were its inhabitants, a group of bad-ass beautiful women. It was ridiculously refreshing to see a group of women who were so in control of their world and so content to rule themselves, not be ruled by anyone else, without making a show of “we don’t need men.”  

And then there was Gal Gadot. I’ve felt recently that female characters in film are sometimes there just so Hollywood can say, “Look! We’re not sexist. We made a movie about a woman! Who cares if it sucks.” But that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. It takes a while to get over Gal herself. She’s absolutely beautiful, and in such good physical shape that I immediately wanted to go work out (because I admired her, not because I felt body-shamed). Her fighting skills are amazing. And her character was phenomenal. There were “feels” (as my sister calls them), not just awesome fight sequences. We see her go through an emotional journey during the course of the film that I felt was completely honest and believable, completely in sync with her character. Without giving anything away, I will say that I sat in rapture throughout the whole thing – and yes, I felt the “feels.”

Well done Wonder Woman for proving this cynic wrong! I’m even going to go back for a second showing, this time with my boyfriend in tow.