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FILM REVIEW: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I do really enjoy a good Sci-Fi, action film but i have never really gravitated towards the big films like Star Wars, Star Trek and Lord of The Rings. Not sure why, because they did look like they would be good films to watch but i just steered more towards Marvel and DC films. Until last week when my other half asked if I wanted to watch one of the more recent Star Wars films. We have quite similar tastes when it comes to this type of thing so I decided that after avoiding it for so long I would see what all the fuss was about.

 

Plot

For those of you who don’t already know, The Force Awakens begins thirty years after the Galactic Civil War. Luke Skywalker has disappeared and The First Order is trying to piece together the map that leads to where he is. In hindsight, this maybe wasn’t the best one to start with as a Star Wars Newbie, because I was constantly asking my other half questions about what happened. So I will be going back and watching the other films so I can better understand what went on. 

A resistance pilot called Poe( Oscar Issac) is living on a planet called Jakku and is given a piece of the map that leads to Luke. Shortly after he received this , Stormtroopers, lead by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) destroy the village and it’s people and take Poe. Before he is taken he gives his section of the map to BB-8 and tells him to run ( or roll away) so the First Order do not get hold of it. During the attack, one of the Stormtroppers’ (FN-2187) sees  a comrade die and has a change of heart about who he was loyal to and whether he should be fighting for the first order. 

FN-2187 (Poe names him Finn) frees Poe so he can find BB-8 and get his part of the map to the resistance base and they escape in a TIE fighter, however, it crashes in t0 the desert and Poe is assumed to be dead. Finn survives and tries to find BB-8 so he can finish what Poe Started. He finds BB-8, who is now in the care of a scrapper called Rey (Daisy Ridley) . When these two meet the action only intensifies… 

Characters

Okay so this bit is a bit difficult for me. I haven’t seen the previous films and I feel that you would have got a feel for characters like Poe, Princess Leia, Hans Solo and Kylo Ren in previous films so I don’t feel I can comment on character development with regards to these.

As much as I like Finn and Rey as characters you don’t get to find out a lot about them and for me that is a big part of what attracts me to a film. Don’t get me wrong I love CGI and Special effects and all the action but I also like to be able to connect with the characters. 

I definitely felt sorry for both Finn and Rey and willed them to do well, I just feel like there was something missing in the writing that allows the audience to connect a bit better with the characters.

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final thoughts

Overall I think it was a good film. If you have read any of my other reviews you know I am a huge fan of fantasy, Sci-Fi, CGI and special effects, especially when done well and in that respect Star Wars did not disappoint. I just feel that something was lacking for me. I don’t get excited about watching it again, so for me it is a 3 out of 5.

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As always, Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You and until net time.

Have a fab week!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok

We are back after a long break (long story , which I will go in to at another time) with a review of another Epic Marvel Creation.
We have got used to Marvel and DC Movies and we all know that they have not all been the hits we hoped they would be. It is so easy to go so wrong with these films and casting the right people for the part is a HUGE part of getting it right!
I probably watched this in the wrong order but this was the first Thor film I had seen and I was excited to see if Marvel Studios had pulled it out of the bag! I am always nervous about watching any marvel or DC Film, but I had read reviews for Thor and Thor: Dark World I was sure that this would also be a hit.
I can honestly say I LOVED IT! Not only were the special effects outstanding but the banter between the characters and the quirky personalities of each character also made it really funny.
Plot
Ragnarok is the third Thor film and it starts with Thor, in a cage, talking to a skeleton.. Yes.. Strange I know! He has been imprisoned by the fire Demon Surtur, who reveals that Odin is no longer on Asgard and that the realm will be destroyed by Ragnarok once he has access to the Eternal Flame that is locked away in Odin’s vault.
Thor travels back to Asgard to find that his brother Loki (who he thought was dead) was ruling Asgard disguised as Odin and he has left his father stranded on Earth in a Mental Institution. 

The story really begins when Thor drags Loki to Earth to bring his father back to Asgard. Odin tells the brothers that they have a sister, and now that his life is coming to an end Hela, Goddess of Death is coming for the throne… Dun Dun Duuuuuuun….
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As for characters where do I start? The Marvel films are quickly becoming some of my favourite films and a huge part of this is down to the characters and how well they are played. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston are back as Thor and Loki! Anthony Hopkins is back as Odin. If that wasn’t enough Mark Ruffalo is back as The Hulk. I don’t know why but I feel that Ruffalo’s acting ability is not fully appreciated. He can play Bruce Banner , the logical, eratic, timid genius and then he transforms in to the complete opposite when he transforms in to the Hulk. The thing that I admire about him is that although The Hulk is a big green monster, in some scenes, you can still see hints of Bruce Banner in there and I just love The Hulks personality! 

Idris Elba is also back again as Heimdall, the all-seeing , all-hearing Asgardian. He plays more of a part in this film, which I am all for!! Three Great British male actors in one film!! Makes me proud to be a Brit.

eNow, the fab cast doesn’t stop there. WE have some new additions to the cast starting with Hela, played by Cate Blanchett. The Goddess of Death arrives in a cloud of black and doesn’t disappoint. She has a fierce look and the attitude to go with it!! I know she is a villain but I can help but like her. Benedict Cumberbath makes an appearance as Doctor Strange.

Tessa Thompson is one of the good guys. She plays Scrapper 142, a Sassy former Asgardian Valkyrie who is trying to forget her past by drinking ,her days away on planet Sakaar working for The Grandmaster who rules the planet. Speaking of The Grandmaster. Jeff Goldblum plays the manipulative ruler of Sakaar. He is a great addition to the cast and definitely brings a light hearted aspect to the film. 

My favourite new character is Korg, a semi humanoid Alien  played by Director Taika Waikiti. I would probably go as far as to say he is my favourite character of the film. If you have seen it then you should know why!!! He is funny without even trying to be and me and my partner find ourselves laughing out loud at him. 

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I can’t help but love this film! I was not let down my the storyline, acting or special effects. 10’s 10’s 10’s across the board ( if you get that reference comment below where it is from). I would recommend this film to any action film buffs, Marvel lovers and just anybody that loves a bit of light entertainment with some fighting thrown in.

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Let me know what you guys think. What other Action films would you recommend.

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

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FILM REVIEW: The Revenant

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So if you have read any of my previous reviews you will be aware that this is not the kind of thing I watch.. I have only done a few reviews but I think it is quite obvious what kind of things I like to watch. So when I was at my parent’s house over Christmas and we sat down to watch a film and the chose this, I was jumping with excitement. I had heard reviews about the film and praises for DiCaprio’s acting, which I had no doubt would be amazing but it just isn’t my type of film…

OOOOOH how wrong I was people.. Yes.. you read that correctly.. I.. admit.. I … Was Wrong…

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 The Revnant follows the story of Frontiersman Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), who was attacked by a bear and left for dead in 1823 whilst he and his so Hawk are acting as guides for a group of Trappers. Hawk(Forrest Goodluck) is half Pawnee and some of the men take a disliking to him, especially Fitzgerald (Hardy), a hard faced arrogant man who hates being told what to do.

Despite the disgusting attitude the men have towards his son Hugh helps the group escape from an attack on their camp when Arikara attack them.  Once they escape on a boat Glass recommends that the stash the pelts that they had been able to save and head to the Trading post by foot. 

After they dock, stash the pelts and hide the boat Glass goes out to walking on his own and is mauled by a bear. He survives but is badly wounded. After trekking for a while carrying him Fitzgerald feels that they should mercy-kill Glass to allow them to get to the trading post quicker. Henry(Domhall Gleeson) the group leader agrees but cannot go through with it so offers to pay someone to stay back with Glass until he passes and give him the burial he deserves. Hawk and Jim Bridger (Poulter) agree to stay behind. Fitzgerald decides to stay because he needs the money he lost from the pelts that were taken when they were attacked. 

A few days pass and Fitzgerald gets impatient and tries to smother Glass as he isn’t getting any better… and that is all I will say about that.  It is so hard to provide enough information that you want to watch it but not too much that I end up spoiling it!!!

Things go down.. Glass doesn’t die but sets out on getting his revenge on Fitzgerald for leaving him alone and injured to die in the cold… AND THE JOURNEY BEGINS!!.. Yes it really gets going at this point.

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There is a great cast of characters and they all play their role perfectly but I have to say DiCaprio’s performance was outstanding. I have actually not seen many of his films but I have always rated him as an actor. This film goes to show just how good he is. He deserves the recognition he got for this role and the Oscar that he finally received after years of being nominated. 

 

When it started I was a bit like ” what even is this?” .. ” am I going to be bored”.. but within a couple of minutes the action started.  

I actually couldn’t believe it when I found out parts of the story were actually true. There are theories about which parts were and which weren’t but one thing they all agree on is that Hugh Glass was mauled by a bear and lived.. I mean come on.. this was 1823!?? and he lived!! He was one determined man. Never gave up fighting and I loved every minuted of it.

I do have to warn you though.. anyone that has a sensitive stomach you do NOT.. I will repeat this.. DO NOT.. want to watch the bear scene. I can watch a lot of things but that scene was absolutely brutal. I was partly amazed at how they even created the scene to make it look so real and part of me wanted to cry, scream and look away because I could actually imagine the pain! Me and my mum were doing that thing you do when you watch scary films. half looking away but peeking through your fingers haha. 

I am so glad I watched this it was a very pleasant surprise for the most part haha.. just that bear scene.. Watch it and trust me you will fee what I felt. 

Please let me know in the comments below if you have seen it and what you thought because I want to know what other peoples reactions were to this film.

Once again we cannot finish a review without praising the directors and production team. Cinematography, visual effects, location, costuming, everything pulled together to make an epic film.

5 out of 5 from this Creative Misfit 

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That is it from me for today. Signing off to get some shut eye ( not posted when written haha) 

As always people Be Kind, Be Happy, and Stay True to You.

Keep on Keeping on.

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FILM REVIEW: True Memoirs of an International Assasin

He’s not really an Assassin….but don’t tell the CIA that…

After his crazy new publisher markets his Crime Fiction Novel as memoirs Sam’s life totally changes. He goes from living a lonely life of an office worker to being involved in a political plot in Venezuela.

Sam Larson (Kevin James) is a quite mild mannered man who wants to be an author. He has spent all his time researching details for his crime Novel. With the help of his friend Amos (Ron Rifkin)who is a former soldier he finds out the ins and outs of covert ops. Sam is struggling to finish his book so goes to see Amos for advice. Amos tells him the story of “The Ghost” but tells him not to put the name in the book…. Guess what happens next… You guessed it. His final line in his book is “call me The Ghost”

Once the book is finished Sam sends off copies to different publishers who keep rejecting him. One night he gets a call from a publisher called Kylie, who wants to sell his book online. She tells him that she hasn’t  changed a word of the book and she loves it, however the day after Sam looks for the book online to find that Kylie had added the word”True” to the title and advertised it as non-fiction.

As he gets caught up in a political war in Venezuela between the president, a drug Lord and a local freedom fighter he is saved from being killed by Rosa Bolivar (Zulay Henao). The chemistry between the two is awkward at best and the cheesy nick names and trying to be funny just made it difficult to watch at times.

The story line is…well… a bit too out there for me. I love a good action movie with crazy storylines but they are only good because they work. They take you to a place where you think..WOW! I just couldn’t get my head around the fact that Sam would be mistaken for an International Assassin.. The characters didn’t fit the storyline.

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Netflix have thrown up their fair share of Original films and shows that I have really enjoyed watching regardless of how cheesy they were, however this was not one of them.

Don’t get me wrong James is funny, and I do think he is great in King of Queens, Mall Cop and Grown ups but I feel True Memoirs of an International Assassin was a big step back for him.

Sorry but for me this was a 2 out of 5.. and that is because I do actually like Kevin James

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What do you guys think? Have you seen it?

Did you enjoy it and why ?

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REVIEW: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

“You have a notification from Netflix.. Based on what you watch we recommend Angus, Things and Perfect Snogging.”

I was in the mood to watch an easy going film ( which i seem to be doing a lot of recently) So I decided to watch this British Comedy after a week of notifications every time I logged in.

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The film is based on the books by Louise Rennison and follows a young girl called Georgia (Georgia Groom) who is 14 years old with lot of negativity in her life. She doesn’t really like her family. She is embarrassed by her parents. She doesn’t like how she Looks. She is not one of the “cool kids” and she doesn’t have a boyfriend, which in her eyes is the end of the world. ( typical teenager really haha). Georgia has three best friends Jas(Eleanor Tomlinson), Ellen (Manjeeven Gerwal) and Rosie (Georgia Henshaw)who are just as nerdy as she is but try to fit in more.

At a fancy dress party (see above)  Georgia and her friends decided to be original and go as appetisers but all her friends back out and when she turns up to the party she is laughed at and tormented by everyone including the mean girl “slaggy” Lindsay (Kimberley Nolan).

On their first day back at school two new boys start at the school. The two brothers Robbie (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Tom. The girls immediately take a liking to them and start following them around town trying to find out more about them. Jas and Georgia take a particular liking to them. Georgia is desperate to win over Robbie and drags Jas in to crazy schemes to get him to notice her.

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I have to say that this was a disappointment. I know it is a teen movie, which is why I am not being too harsh but the acting was pretty bad. I have seen Taylor-Johnson in recent films and I can say he has got better with age but at times the acting in Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging was cringeworthy.

The scene where Georgia goes to a “Snogging Experts” house to learn how to kiss properly is probably one of, if not the most cringey scene I have watched in a film in a very long time.

To give it some credit, there were some funny moments in there and the general storyline was good. The ending is what you would expect of a typical Rom Com but that is why I enjoy watching them :).

All in all I am sorry to say I probably would not recommend this film. 2 out of 5 for me.

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REVIEW: Big Hero 6

So the other day I was scrolling through Netflix and I couldn’t find anything that I felt like watching. I wasn’t in the mood to watch horror or thrillers and I have seen most of the Rom Coms haha! (seriously). I had heard about Big Here 6 but never really got around to watching it. I am so glad I decided to watch it.

The film is centered around Hiro Hamada(Ryan Potter), a young robotics genius who graduated high school at 14 and now engages in illegal robot wars. His brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) helps him out of a sticky situation at the beginning of the movie and attempts to guide him in a better direction. Tadashi and Hiro live with their Aunt Cass (Maya Rudolph) above her Cafe in the fictional City of San Fransokyo.

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Tadashi takes Hiro to the University that he attends in an attempts to get Hiro to use his genius for good rather than illegal robot wars that have recently got him in to trouble with the law. Hiro initially makes fun of his older brother, saying he wastes his time working in a Nerd lab but once he meets Tadashi’s friends Wasabi(Damon Wayans. Jr), Gogo (Jamie Chung), Honey Lemon(Génesis Rodríguez) and Fred (T.J.Miller)and he sees what Tadashi and the other students at the school have created he decides that that is where he wants to be. Tadashi shows Hiro Baymax(Scott Adsit), an inflatable Healthcare robot that he has created to help people. Baymax is activated when he hears the word “ouch” and scans a persons body in order to determine how to help them. Hiro is amazed and cannot wait to start his project in order to apply for the robotics program.

 

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In order to be accepted in to the school Hiro has to enter a science fair and showcase his talent. Hiro creates microbots that can connect to each other and create anything. They are controlled by a neuro-cranial transmitter that is warm by the user.

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After Hiro’s demonstration Professor Callaghan (James Cromwell) offers him a place in the robotics program he runs.

The event is over, Tadashi and Hiro are stood outside the building where the event took place when it bursts in to flames. People are running out screaming and it comes to light that professor Callaghan is trapped inside. Tadashi runs in to try and save him but unfortunately both professor Callaghan and Tadashi are believed to have died in the fire.

Weeks later, a depressed and lonely Hiro accidentally activates Baymax and the adventure begins. Hiro finds out that his invention (microbots) has been stolen and they are being mass produced in a warehouse. Before he has a chance to find out who it is a man in a mask attacks him and Baymax and chases them out of the warehouse. He recruits Baymax, Wasabi, Gogo, Honey Lemon and Fred to help him fight the evil man in the mask.

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Each member of the team is made in to a hero with different powers, all based on the creations the were inventing at the beginning of the film, apart from Fred who is just the crazy one in the group.

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Big Hero 6 gets a MASSIVE thumbs up from me. I think the flow of the story line works well. The chemistry between the characters is great. I will never stop being amazed by how talented the artists are who create these fantastic animations. The movie has a mix up highs and lows and jokes in all the right places. Baymax has to be my favourite character!!

If you haven’t watched it I seriously recommend you do. The scene where Baymax is running low on battery had me laughing out loud.

Big Hero 6 gets a 5 out of 5 from me.

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Who else has watched this?

What did you think?

Who was your favourite character and why?

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REVIEW: The Rise of the Guardians

Time to be a big kid again. I just love relaxing  at home watching a good film after work or in my spare time on a weekend so why not choose an Animated movie ey??

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it all that much as I had never heard of it before but it has some great characters played by some well known celebrities. I couldn’t tell who they were at first but  the sounded familiar So I decided to  do a trust Google search…once I did and found out who played which characters I could see why these actors were chosen.

I was surprised I had never heard of it as it came up in my search that it received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for best Animated Feature Film.

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The film tells the story of four Guardians.. Santa Claus(Alec Baldwin), The Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), The Tooth (Isla Fisher) Fairy and The Sand Man(doesn’t speak). Their purpose is to spread joy and to keep children believing in them. All is well until Pitch Back aka The Boogeyman ( Jude Law) turns up and starts to cause trouble, turning dreams in to nightmares, feeds on children’s fears and wants to get rid of the Guardians for good by ruining the one thing each Guardian is there to protect by making sure children stop believing.

They are guided by the man in the moon to recruit Jack Frost (Chris Pine) to help them defeat Pitch and help children believe again.

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Jack Frost is initially reluctant to help as he is unsure of what his purpose is or if he should even be a Guardian because nobody believes he is real, unlike the other Guardians. The film is the journey of Jack finding out what his purpose is and all Five Guardians working together to try and stop Pitch.

I think it is a lovely, heartwarming family film. It is the kind of film you can just sit back and enjoy and not have to think too much about. It was a lot more enjoyable than I expected it to be.

I give The Rise of The Guardians 5 out of 5.

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As always I would be happy to hear any thoughts ..

What did you think?

Do you think they made a good choice when picking the actors or would you have chosen differently?

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REVIEW:Guardians of the Galaxy 

The move starts with quite a sad story. A young Peter Quill is listening to his walkman in the hospital when an older man comes to get him. He walks in to a hospital room where his mother lay dying. After she passes he runs out side distraught and is abducted. The story then jumps to 28 years later.

Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) , now an adult has landed on a strange planet. He turns on his walkman and starts dancing his way past some evil looking creatures that look a bit like mutated mice and grabs an orb. He doesn’t realise at the time but this orb is wanted by an evil villain called Ronan (Lee Pace). An assasin called Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Gun mad Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and a treelike-humanoid called Groot (Vin Diesel) are Bounty hunters who try to take the orb from Peter and in the process get arrested and thrown in jail.

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This is where they meet Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). Ronan killed is wife and child and he is out for revenge. Gamora was sent to get the orb from Peter by Ronan but she decided to double-cross him and sell the orb to a third party so Rocket, Groot, Peter and Gamora decide to break out of prison. Drax the Destroyer helps them and ends up leaving with them.

Once they all realise what the orb really is and the power that it holds they have to fight to keep it out of Ronan’s hands.

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This unlikely group of misfits are just a great mix. The actors they chose to play the parts were spot on. The chemistry between them is great and although we all know its fiction I cannot get over how great and realistic the special effects are!!! The amount of detail they put in to Groot and Rocket down to every hair and eye movement. It is amazing.

I absolutely loved this film and would highly recommend it! I haven’t really seen the work of Pratt, Bautista and Saldana but I am definitely intrigued now. Finding out Vin Diesel was Groot and Bradley Cooper was Rocket just made me chuckle!!

It had great highs, some emotional moments, really funny scenes and just overall a great film.  I have to say though that my favourite character was Groot despite the fact he had very limited vocabulary he was endearing and the way they showed him portraying emotion was just amazing.

5 out of 5 from me… wish i could give it more

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Who was you favourite character?

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REVIEW: Before We Go

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Chris Evans (Captain America) makes his directorial debut in this witty, light hearted story about a free spirited musician who meets a young woman on Grand Central station after she has had her purse stolen and missed her train ( Played by Alice Eve).

Nick (Evans) is playing his trumpet busking in Grand Central station when Brooke (Eve) runs past him trying to race to catch the last train. She drops her phone in the rush and Nick returns the phone to her (broken). He sees that she is in need of help and offers to try help her get back home.

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This isn’t fast paced film but it definitely was an interesting one. The chemistry between the two characters was very believable and I really enjoyed watching the banter that went on between them.

Throughout the night they each divulge very personal things about themselves and their pasts as Nick tries to help Brooke get back to Boston and back to her husband. There are ups and downs and lots of strong emotions from both sides. I like the fact that the ending was left open.

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It was very well acted and directed. No fancy special effects, no big chase scenes just a nice film that was very easy to watch but was also engaging. It is very cheesy and you may find it pretty predictable but that is what I personally like about romantic films.  It was nice to see Chris Evans in a different role as I have only seen him as Captain America.

This gets a 4 out of 5 from me ..

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I would like to hear your thoughts on this…

What did you think of the film?

Do you think Chris did a good job directing?

What would you recommend to watch next?

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