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NETFLIX REVIEW: Stranger Things 2

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Okay so Stranger Things 2 dropped on 27th October and if you didn’t know that where have you been hiding?? There was so much hype around the new season  and when there us hype around a series I do worry that it won’t live up to the hype. Normally I am not one for getting on the “hype train” but with Stranger Things it is different. I loved the first season so much and it was left on a kind of Cliff Hanger I was looking forward to finding out what happened next.  

I wrote a review on the first season if you want to go and read it you can find it here.

 

Characters

Let’s talk characters. If you watched the first season you will be glad to hear that all the favourites are back, Will, Dustin, Lucas, Mike, the whole gang. 

The first time we saw the lovable nerds we got a feeling of their relationship with each other and their families. The acting and the chemistry between each of the characters just looked so natural but in Season 2 they took it a bit further. The characters were more developed and we got to see more of their individual personalities as well as how they interacted as a group. There was one addition to the quirky group in the form of a fiery redhead called Max played by Sadie Sink. She is a great addition to the cast and I really loved her story, her attitude and seeing how she interacted with the other characters in the series. We see a lot more of pretty boy Steve (Joe Keery) in this season and you get to see a side to him that you didn’t see in Season 1.

We also had a few other new faces pop up in Season 2.  Bob (Sean Astin) is the boyfriend of Joyce (Winona Ryder). We then have Billy (Dacre Montgomery) Max’s egotistical, step brother who seems to have an issue with Max, but also seems very controlling. I had never heard of Dacre before I saw him in this but I think he definitely plays this character really well. I think you definitely get to see how all the characters work together to make this an EPIC Season.

Finally, there is Sam Owens (Paul Reiser), the sneaky new head of the lab. I would love to know your thoughts on this character as I didn’t know whether I liked him or not.. I still don’t know what to think of him.

 

Plot

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot for those of you who have not yet seen it. Why would you NOT have seen it though?? have you been living under a rock? If you do not have Netflix I would recommend getting it even if it is just for a month so you can watch Stranger Things 2. Free trials are always available if you have not signed up before #NotSpon. 

Anywaaaay.. I digress. 

 One year on and everybody is still trying to get over what happened to Will. Do you remember where we last left off? The Cliffhanger? Well this season the action doesn’t stop.  The Story line is more developed and the Upside down is back!

I am always wary of watching new seasons when I really enjoy a program, however this did not disappoint! Some people have given quite negative reviews about it but I honestly do not understand why they didn’t like it. Me and my best friend binge watched it over two evenings and that really is the only way to watch it!!

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What did you think of Stranger Things? Are you a Netflix binge watcher? 

What Series do you recommend? 

I genuinely cannot wait until Season 3 and I need a new program to watch so I am welcoming any suggestions!

Until next time Be Kind Be Happy and Stay True to You!

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NETFLIX SHOW REVIEW: GIRLBOSS

Well guys, you know me. I have a Netflix addiction and I can never watch “just one” episode of a show, To binge or not to binge, that is always the question. The answer is always to binge watch! It is just not in me to go slow. I am an or or nothing kinda girl haha. 

(WARNING: strong language used in the trailer)

As always, when this show came up on my recommended list as a new show I was very much on the fence about spending my time watching it. I don’t know why it is but even if a show is totally awful I still end up watching it until the end (mostly) just because I have that voice in my head saying “it has to get better”. I read a few reviews, which were very hit and miss. Again I have no idea why i spend my time reading the reviews because I never pay attention to them. I feel like I just like to see how other people write reviews. There is always a mix of styles and I feel like they are just fun to read. 

Anyway, back to Girlboss. I will start off by saying that  this is an adult show, however if you are not a fan of curse words this will not be your cup of tea. Personally, I don’t mind them as long as they are not over-used and I feel like Girlboss is just about okay on that front for me. 

Girlboss is loosely based on the autobiography of Sophia Amoruso, who coined the term Girlboss. It follows the ups and downs of a 23 year old called Sophia Marlowe(Britt Robertson), who is a bit lost.She starts of work in a shop, however she has the kind of attitude you would hate from an employee. She is rude, lazy, does what the hell she wants, including eating her boss’s lunch, turning up late and ignoring customers. It comes as no surprise that she gets fired from her job and she has to asses what she wants to do next. She buys a vintage leather jacket from a thrift shop for $9 and sells it for $600 and comes up with the idea to open an Ebay store and sell vintage clothes online. 

Sophia’s best friend Annie (Ellie Reed) seems to be the only person she is close to as her mother left when she was younger and she has a strained relationship with her father. Throughout the first season she has a love interest called Shane(Johnny Simmons), who lives with Dax (Alphonso McAuley) , who also happens to be Annie’s boyfriend.

Now if you are looking for likeable heroine, who goes from rags to riches in a typical cliché style then this is not the show for you, however if you are looking for a kick ass main character with substance, attitude and someone you love to hate, hate to love and secretly route for then this is a show you do not want to miss. 

This ain’t no sugar coated fairytale and I love it. It is a raw, laugh out loud funny, gut wrenchingly sad, hit your head against a wall frustrating, emotional roller coaster of a show in just 13 episodes and I would sit and binge watch it all over again.

Robertson plays the role so well. It fits her like a glove and the chemistry between all the main characters seems real. I have never seen somebody play a character that you want to slap but also route for her to succeed at the same time.  I don’t want to give too much away so I will leave it there but if you are looking for something a bit different then I recommend Girlboss.

This is a one of a kind show that I can honestly say I love so Girlboss gets a 5 out of from from this Misfit.

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I would love to hear your guys’ thoughts in the show if you have watched it. 

Let me know if you have any shows, films, etc that you would recommend. Just leave them in the comments below I am up for any suggestions.

Thank you to all of you who read my reviews and my blog and I will see ya’ll again soon.

As always, remember, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You!

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SHOW REVIEW:  Game of Thrones 

Okay so I know I am a bit behind with this but What the hell..

I started watching Game of Thrones when it first came out but then I stopped and started watching other things. Before I knew it Season 6 had begun and I hadn’t even finished Season 1. I started watching it again from the beginning and wondered why I ever stopped Watching it.

Games of Thrones is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R Martin

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It is a series of epic fantasy Novels, the first of which is is called Game of Thrones. Now I have a confession to make…. I have not read the books, however they are going on my to ever growing reading list.

Set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, it has several plot lines and a large cast of characters. The first story  follows a conflict among competing claimants for succession to the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, with other noble families fighting for independence from the throne. There are lots of intertwining stories and secrets that revel themselves throughout the Seasons and it always keeps you guessing.

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This is not the type of show you put on in the background and listen to whilst you go about your business, you really do have to pay attention otherwise you will lose the plot…literally. It is action packed from the beginning and it doesn’t slow down! There are too many characters to name and if I am honest I do still get a bit confused about who is who, who are allies and who are enemies, who’s good and who’s bad but that is what I love about Game of Thrones. Even when you dislike a character something happens and it makes you feel sorry for them (sometimes). It definitely is not predictable so if you do not like surprises this is not for you.If you do not like sex, blood, fighting etc , again, this is not for you!

The actors who play the characters play them so well. You see the younger characters like Arya and Sansa grow in to strong women. Arya is my favourite character and has been from the start. Always a bit of a tom boy, fierce, speaks her mind and doesn’t back down from a fight. I still cannot tell whether Varys is good or bad but I like that it keeps me interested.

I also want to take a second to mention the directing of the show and the production. The special effects are brilliant! The amount of time and effort it must take to produce one episode.. it amazes me! So much talent. I definitely could never do it. I feel like the production teams behind films and shows like this don’t get enough credit for the work they do.

I would definitely give Game of Thrones a 5 out of 5

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So what do you guys think?

Have you watched it ? if not why have you chosen not to?

What do you like/dislike about it if you have watched it?

Who is your favourite character?

Who do you love to hate?

Share your thoughts I am eager to know what other people think

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REVIEW:Scream Netflix Original Series

If you have read any of my other posts, by now you will be well aware that the majority of what I watch is no Netflix so this will be of no surprise to you that I am reviewing another Netflix show.

Now I have been watching films and shows on Netflix for a good few years now, both original and taken from TV, however this was one show that I just could not get in to.

I have a very vivid imagination and I am one of those people who likes to watch horror films through their fingers, who screams at every little thing, will very rarely watch them alone and always thinks that I will be safe when i go to bed if I wrap myself tight under my covers (yes .. I know what you’re thinking haha).

Slasher films tend to follow a basic structure that is set around three components, A serial Killer, A group of people, ( most of whom end up being Murder victims) and the Survivor.It is a given that the majority of the main cast will be killed off leaving one or 2 survivors. Sex, blood, chase scenes, fights,lots of screaming and murder,  all nicely packed in to a film of around 90 minutes with a neat ending.

That was until someone decided that it would be a great idea to create a show based on the original Scream films that would be spread over 10, 40 minute episodes.. Why??? I have no idea.

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The story is Centred around Emma and her group of friends who are trying to deal with the murder of their best friend. When Emma became popular she distanced herself from former best friend and bicurious film nerd Aubrey who has recently had a video uploaded to YouTube of her kissing another girl. Emma struggles with the guilt she has in being a part of that and tries to make amends with her former friend, whilst also dealing with the secrets that surface about her family.

The first episode was just okay for me. You were introduced to the main characters and is obvious that there are lots of secrets and lies and a possible link to a serial killer from the past.

I will be honest.. I was only about to watch 4 episodes before I got completely bored of the whole thing. Cheap jump scares, predictable storyline and the main character is as bland as a beige wall and as interesting as watching paint dry.

Netflix has generally produced good shows and films but on this occasion it was a serious let down.

This was a 1 out of 5 for me.

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As always guys I would love to hear what you think..

Who has seen it?

Do you agree or disagree with my comments?

Any suggestions on what i should watch next?

Happy to accept all suggestions.

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Stranger and Strangerer…..

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You will probably be able to tell from my previous reviews that I am no professional film critic.. i don’t feel the need to use long complicated words and sentences in order to explain what i think about a film. I am just an average Yorkshire lass who enjoys sharing my thoughts on things I watch. So if you are looking to read some deep and meaningful upper-class critique of a film then I do apologies in advance.

Another Netflix Original popped up as I was browsing for my series or film to watch. I never really now whether I should watch a Netflix Original as they are very hit and miss. I will never understand how they can go from releasing such a great hit to then releasing utter garbage on a stick.

I had heard a few reviews before I decided to watch it and they had all been great but I have never been a huge Sci-Fi buff and I wasn’t sure that I would enjoy it.

I am going to be honest here.. I haven’t seen anything with Winona Ryder in (that I can remember), therefore I can only share what I thought of her acting in this particular Series and I have to say she played the role so well. One thing I hate seeing when i watch anything is overacting. People assume that acting is easy but there is a fine line between acting a scene well and making the audience believe you and  being so bad you end up making the audience cringe. Winona Ryder played Will’s mother with just the right amount of emotion. I really believed that Will was her son and she was absolutely devastated that she thought she had lost him. It hit me right in the feels guys..

Now lets talk about the children, the Stars of the show. I know children have taken on big roles before but these kids just blew me away.

Just to give you a brief overview. The series is set in the eighties in the fictional town of hawkins, Indiana and is centered around a group of  four friends , Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo), Mike (Finn Wolfhard)  Lucas (Caleb Mclaughlin), and Will (Noah Schnapp).  On the way home from a Dungeon’s and Dragon’s session with his friends Will vanishes. When his friends go looking for him they come across a scared girl who calls herself Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). As they search for their friend they enlist the help of Eleven who has telekinetic powers. After Joyce Byers(Ryder) notifies the police that her son is missing the sheriff of the town, the troubled Chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour) begins a search to look for Will.

As Joyce is unable to hold things together her son Jonathan (Charlie Heaton) tries to find out what has happened to his brother with the help of Mike’s older sister Nancy (Natalie Dyer).

I won’t say anymore about the plot as I don’t want to ruin the experience for those who have yet to watch it. All I will say is that the chemistry between the characters is 100% believable. Each character holds their own but doesn’t overshadow the rest of the cast. The ending is not what I expected and it leaves you with so many questions but in a good way not an annoying way.

I think it was well written, well directed and the CGI isnt’ half bad either. The duffer brothers deserve two massive thumbs up for this creation in my eyes.

Even if you are not a Sci-Fi buff and you are one of the few people who have not seen this yet I would recommend that you take a few hours out and watch Stranger Things. Netflix has commissions Season 2 and I just cannot wait to see what happens next.

Let me know what you guys think!! Would be nice to see other people’s perspectives.

I give Stranger Things a 5 out of 5 (would give more if i could)

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