Bohemian Rhapsody

‘Tell you what it is, Mr. Reid. Now we’re four misfits who don’t belong together, we’re playing for the other misfits. They’re the outcasts, right at the back of the room. We’re pretty sure they don’t belong either. We belong to them.’ /Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody/

What is the movie about?
The movie captures the years of the iconic band, Queen, focusing mostly on the lead singer’s Freddie Mercury’s life. The band members, who are Freddie (played by Rami Malek), Brian May (played by Gwilym Lee), Roger Taylor (played by Ben Hardy) and John Deacon Joseph Mazzello) decide to follow their own ways in music and never let others tell them what to do. Of course the band has its own ups and downs but no matter what, they find the way back to each other, because they are a family.  The movie ends with the most famous Live Aid Concert. I didn’t write spoiler alert to this section because the story of Queen already happened, there are no surprises in the story.

Queen songs appearing the movie are:
“Somebody To Love” (A Day at the Races)
“Keep Yourself Alive” (Queen)
“Seven Seas of Rhye” (Queen II)
“Killer Queen” (Sheer Heart Attack
“Fat Bottomed Girls” (Jazz)
“Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night at the Opera)
“Now I’m Here” (Sheer Heart Attack)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (The Game)
“Love Of My Life” (A Night at the Opera)
“We Will Rock You” (News of the World)
“Another One Bites The Dust” (The Game)
“I Want To Break Free” (The Works)
“Under Pressure” (Hot Space)
“Who Wants To Live Forever” (A Kind of Magic)
“Radio Ga-Ga” (The Works)
“Ay-Oh” (Live)
“Hammer To Fall” (The Works)
“We Are The Champions” (News of the World)
“Don’t Stop Me Now” (Jazz)
“The Show Must Go On” (Innuendo)

What did I like about the movie?
The movie is basically an ode to the band I love the most so I was super excited after watching the trailer for the first time. Critics said the film raises a lot of important but doesn’t answers any of them. My opinion about this is that this kind of movie shouldn’t express an opinion about things, it just have to salute artists.
Rami Malek is simply amazing! He imitates the moves, walk and mimics of Freddie. The makers of the movie took time to find similar looking people for the other characters as well.
And of course, the songs… the last, Live Aid scene feel like being right there is thwe crowd.

To whom would I recommend it for?
To anyone who likes Queen or music history in general.
And to those who like to see for what Rami Malek get an Oscar for.

Fun facts 
The movie was produced by the band’s former manager, Jim Beach who has his own character in the movie.
The role of Freddie Mercury was first cast to Borat actor, Sacha Baron Cohen.
The final lead actor, Rami Malek had to wear prosthetic teeth to make sure he looked exactly like Freddie Mercury.

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A Simple Favor

‘She is an enigma, my wife. You can get close to her, but you can never quite reach her. She’s like a beautiful curse.’ /Sean Nelson in A Simple Favor/

What is the movie about?
Stephanie Smothers (played by Anna Kendrick) is a well-organised, a little shy single mother who is very serious about motherhood and her Youtube channel. Her son, Miles becomes friends with Nicky, whose mother seems very stylish and mysterious. Emily Nelson (Blake Lively) has everything: the luxurious house, the best job as a PR manager of a fashion company, the handsome artist husband and a son. Everything seems perfect except Emily has some issues, for example hating if someones takes a photo of her. The two mothers start to bond and become the most unusual friends. But deep inside they both have something the other is very jelaous about. Emily often asks Stephanie to look for her son, because she is so busy with work all the time. And one day, Emily Nelson disappears.

And the story behind it…
Not long ago Blake Lively deleted all her Instagram posts and followed women whose name was Emily Nelson. Of course everyone started guessing and the upcoming movie already had major attendance and the guessing started. Is this a true story? And if it is, what happened to Emily?
The answer will be disappointing.
The movie is based on Darcey Bell’s novel with the exact title and the writer was influenced by Edgar Ellen Poe and Patricia Highsmith. She previously worked as a preschool teacher and she was inspired by the mothers she met.

What did I like about the movie?
Although the movie is cathegorised as mystery thriller, for me it rather seemed like a tragicomedy, principally the ending of the movie. But I promise I stop here and won’t spoiler anything.
It has similar features to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The story is not easy to predict and mood rises with every detail that comes out.
With the movie’s sarcastic tone I also think it wants to slap the face of rich people with a huge mirror showing how their fancy life is so fake.
The French songs that appear in the movie are amazing, I still listen to them a lot.
And last but not least let us not go further without taking a look at Blake Lively’s fabulous clothes!

To whom would I recommend it for?
To everyone who likes thrillers or psychological dramas.
For a Saturday night with the girls.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

‘These creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re going to be here after. Life cannot be contained. Life breaks free. Life finds a way.’ /Ian Malcolm/

What is this movie about?
The island where the dinosaurs are permanently kept becomes endangered because a volcanic eruption is about to happen. A discussion about the dinos life evolves between the government and the scientists. Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) wants to find her ex-boyfriend, Owen Grady (played by Chris Pratt), because he is the only one who can find Blue, the Velociraptor.

What kind of question does the movie raise?
Is it OK for people to interfere in genetics?
What should you do when your discovery proves to be dangerous?
Are you responsible for creations?
Who decides what happens to creatures?
Can we really teach dangerous animals not to hurt us?
Is really sorry the hardest word to say in a relationship?

What did I like about this movie?
First of all this Jurassic World movie brings all the standards you are used to such as mindblowing visionary, jokes, stereotypical but loveable characters and dinosaurs! I liked the fact that I wasn’t sure what is going to happen to them even at the very last seconds of that ominous scene. I also liked that it made me think about genetics, technology and what is wrong and right for us te do these days in general.

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Best Star Wars outfits

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away fashion was actually more important than you think. If you read the title and immediately thought about Princess Leia in the golden bikini, I have to disappoint you, because that is not that kind of blog post. Here I listed all those visionary costumes that made an impact on fashion later on.

But first let’s be thankful for John Mollo, Trisha Biggar and Michael Kaplan, the brilliant visionaries behind these artwork. (I may not mentioned all of the designers because I only found their names so far.)

To avoid copyright problems, I’m just going to link in the official Star Wars Instagram photos.

First of all, let’s take a look at Amidala (Nathalie Portman), who looks like a medieval princess. And the buns are the true reminder of the iconic Leia hairstyle.

Amidala’s wedding dress with lace and pearls we can simply call artwork. (Nathalie Portman)

Who said a hero can’t be pretty? Princess and warrior at the same time (Carrie Fisher).

Admiral Holdo’s (Laura Dern) dress is simply magnificent with that cape. And the turtleneck makes it even more special. #superherovibes

Iconic hairstyle with classic white princess dress. (Carrie Fisher)

And the newer version of the dress. Slim fitted and still comfortable enough to shoot droids while running in it. (Nathalie Portman)

I absolutely loved Emilia Clarke’s outfits in Solo movie. The picture doesn’t show much of the dress, but it’s black, long with a V neckline and a statement necklace and a matching belt. It would come through on the red carpet as well.

Leather is the new white in Solo. (Emilia Clarke)

And last but not least, Amidala’s ruler dress has some Aisan features and the colour red expresses power. (Nahtalie Portman)

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Solo: A Star Wars Story

‘Let me give you some advice. Assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed.’ /Beckett in Solo/

What is this movie about?
Han (played by Alden Ehrenrecih), a theif at Corellia tries to find his way out of the enslaving power with his love, Qi’ra (played by Emilia Clarke). To achieve that he has to collect coaxium, the ‘superfuel’. When they almost escape, Qi’ra gets caught. Han joins the Imperial Flight Academy but gets expelled so he joins tobias Beckett (played by Woodie Harrelson) and his pack of thieves. His goal all through is to find and rescue Qi’ra.

What did I like about this movie?
It was great to finally see how Han and Chewbacca first met and became best friends, how he won the Millenium Falcon and what was his personality like before he got his macho attitude that we all know so well.
I also liked Paul Bettany, who playes the bad guy in the movie (and Vision in Avengers) and Emilia Clarke (The Mother of Dragons in Game of Thrones), the first love of Han.
So all in all it was a hoot and a half for nerdie people.

To whom would I recommend this movie?
To all the Star Wars fans of course, but even to those, who want to have a fun time watching a sci-fi movie.
I recommend you to watch in 3D, because the scenery is spectacular.

Game of Thrones meets Star Wars
Emilia Clarke (a.k.a. Khaleesi, the Mother of Dragons) plays Qi’ra, Han’s love in the movie. Although she is not the only GoT character who got into this franchise as well! Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) is also Captain Phasma in The Force Awakens. Obara (Keisha Castle-Hudges) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick) appeared in Revenge of the Sith and The Force Awakens. Even Jojen Reed (Thomes Brodie-Sangster) gets his one minute of fame as a soldier.

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Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

Recently I’ve been having a classic vibe, so these are the kind of books that are coming.

Who was Nathaniel Hawthorne?
The American writer lived from 1804 to 1864. He wrote his first novel when he was only 28 years old! His art is considered to be a part of dark romanticisim and the location of most of his novels is New England, where The Scarlet Letter takes place as well. One of his ancestors was a judge in the Salem witch trials and most of his works is about the sin. The Scarlet Letter is considered his masterpiece and it was published in 1850.

What is the Scarlet Letter about?
It’s about a woman, Hester Prynne who has to face trials because she had a love affair with a man who is not her husband. She has to wear a scarlet letter A on her chest as a sign of her sin and she is living an isolated life with her illegitimate daughter, Pearl. She works very hard as a seamstress and often helps the unfortunate. Her husband turns up from a long journey and asks her not to reveal his identity. As time goes by, her lover gets unmasked and the whole town has to face the truth.

What kind of question does the book raise?
Can we call someone a sinner when we are sinners as well?
Is it better to come forward with your sin or hide it for years?
Who is a true friend and who isn’t?
Do we have to care about what other people think?
Is it possible to live happily when society rejects you?

Why did I like this book?
I always liked historical novels and this one gives us a very detailed description about the 19th century’s puritan American society and religious beliefs. Although the book is 167 years old it still makes very accurate points about the hypocrisy of people. I also liked how the story unfolded and when it began to dawn on me who Hester’s lover was, I has another interesting character to pay attention to. Even though it is a sad story the whole novel has a very peaceful sentiment.

What kind of movies did the book inspire?
There are two film adaptations of the novel. The earlier one is from 1995 and the main actors are Demi Moore and Gary Oldman.

The latter one is from 2015.

But it also inspired a romantic comedy with Emma Stone and Penn Badgley.

Avengers: Infinity War

‘All my life I dreamed of a day, a moment, when you got what you deserved. And I was always so disappointed. But now, you kill and torture and you call it mercy. The universe has judged you. You asked it for a prize and it told you no. You failed. And do you wanna know why? Because you love nothing. No one.’ /Gamora in Infinity War/

The new Avengers movie came out in April and of course I had to see it! The movie has set many records already because its estimated costs make it the most expensive movie ever made in history. But don’t you feel sorry about the producers, because it became the highest grossing superhero film of all time.

What happens in the movie?
Thanos, the Titan decides to collect all of the Infinity Stones so he can rule the universe and make a new order that he thinks would be better. The Avengers team up with Guardians of the Galaxy to save the day.

Who appears in the movie?
With all these characters we can call this film a superhero Woodstock.
Iron Man /Robert Downey Jr./
Thor /Chris Hemsworth/
Hulk /Mark Ruffalo/
Captain America /Chris Evans/
Black Widow /Scarlett Johansson/
Doctor Strange /Benedict Cumberbatch/
Vision /Paul Bettany/
Scarlet Witch /Elisabeth Olsen/
Black Panther /Chadwick Boseman/
Spider-Man /Tom Holland/
Falcon /Anthony Mackie/
Winter Soldier /Sebastian Stan/
War Machine /Don Cheadle/
Star-Lord /Chris Pratt/
Gamora /Zoe Saldana/
Rocket /Bradley Cooper/
Groot /Vin Diesel/

And now ladies and gentlemen SPOILER ALERT!!

Why I liked this movie?
First of all, I am a huge fan of the Marvel superhero movies and it feels nice when the characters you like from different films get to meet each other. 🙂
Then because there is constant tension through the film.
And finally because it is not predictable. I think it’s the first (or second, if we count Logan) Marvel movie that doesn’t end with a happy ending.

But what about that ending?
I’m trying to tell you my thoughts without spoilering anything for those who haven’t seen the movie yet. But just to make sure, don’t read further! Sooo… I think they will all come back. Think about what Doctor Strange said after his visions. He only saw one option for a positive ending and then he told Ironman he couldn’t do anything else. So I think he gave the stone to Thanos because of that. And what about the ‘end end’? Well, can’t wait to meet Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

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