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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….
Characters

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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Dealspotr. What is it and how does it work?

Hey Guys,

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a great month so far. So today is a slightly different type of review!. Today I will be reviewing a website called Dealspotr.

I love a good bargain and I am slowly turning in to a coupon lady but gone are the days where you cut coupons out of magazines and take them in to the shop. Nowadays, as most things are, it is all done online. 

How it works

You have to sign up but it really isn’t difficult or time consuming to do. You can choose what topics you prefer, such as food, beauty, DIY and crafts etc (maximum 4 topics) and as you can do on a lot of influence platforms, you can link to all your social media accounts. 

To start with you have a chance to gain quite a few points. You gain points for linking to and confirming your blog by adding a badge and you receive a points for the first list of tasks you complete. Each day after this,  you have a set amount of tasks to complete. If all daily tasks are completed you are given 200 points. Once you have reached 10,00 points for the first time this entitles you to a $10 Amazon gift card. Once this has been claimed the target changes to 20,000 in order to gain your next Gift Card.

On your profile you have a dashboard Where you can view all your notifications, actions taken and what points you received for each action. There is also a progression bar, which shows you how close you are to receiving your next Amazon voucher.

There are so many tools available to help you including an forums where you can interact with other influences, find answers to questions you have and share your favourite deals.

There are different influencer levels and full details of what is required for each level is listed under the “influencer tools” section of your account so you can always see what you have completed and what is left to complete to reach each level. 

How it differs from other sites

As I have said I like to find good deals and when I search on google for coupons I always find that I am sent to expired deals, or those websites that clearly just get paid for the amount of traffic that goes through the site, the coupons don’t work or take you to a spam site.  It gets tiring after a while and I used to just give up on trying to find good deals, whereas now I log on to one site and I can just search on a trusted site.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate the website
  • great incentive – with a bit of effort you can make a decent amount of extra cash from it.
  • You can follow people who have posted deals you trust and have validated.
  • You can share deals across all social media platforms.
  • I haven’t come across a deal that doesn’t work yet or has expired before the date advised.
  • You don’t have to be the highest level influencer to Receive the best deals.

 

Cons

  • It is all in dollars – can only use the Gift Cards on Amazon.com
  • Can be difficult to find UK deals
  • Cannot withdraw funds to PayPal until you are a Trusted Influencer. 
  • If your deal isn’t accurate you lose marks (anything below -20 means you can no longer post deals or validate others)
  • Not as many UK deals.

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Overall I think Dealspotr is a great idea. If you are the type of person who has the patience to go looking for good deals and great ways to save money this a great site that has a wide range of products at your finger tips. All you have to do is sit down and take the time to look.

As a person who posts deals I do think the validation process is quite harsh  at times if I am honest. You do get told why your deal has lost points when your deal is being validated, however, personally I think if the deal works those points shouldn’t be taken off you.  For example, I lost accuracy points because of a typo ( I wrote os instead of is on one of my deals) and on the other it stated I had omitted some information, however when checking the deal I couldn’t find any information that had been omitted. You do need to ensure you thoroughly check your deals before submitting them to avoid losing these points.

In my cons section I did put that there weren’t many UK deals, which is true but I do feel the more this is advertised in the UK and the more influencers we can get using this website, the bigger and better it will become for providing deals in the UK. The reason why this is a con for me is because so many companies either don’t ship to the UK or charge high shipping prices to do so. In addition the likelihood is you will be hit with a big customs charge on top of shipping when it arrives in the UK, which defeats the object of having a deal 🙂

I would always recommend you do fully read the rules and guidelines. I know that this can be tedious and nobody likes rules but I do feel this is hugely important to ensure that you can get the best out of the website. They are easy to read and follow so just take the time to read them.

You do have to spend a bit of time adding your deals but it is worth it because at the end of the day you are getting paid to share your deals and Dealspotr is the only website that offers this to their members.

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What sites do you use to get great deals and coupons??

Will you be going to check out Dealspotr?

leave your comments down below 🙂

As always Be Kind, Be Happy and Stay True to You 🙂

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