Thoughts on a Movie: Total Recall

First things first, I haven’t seen the original and I think that’s why I liked this film.

The general consensus seems to be that this is the poor man’s substitute of the original, but given that I’d never seen the original and I didn’t have the original version to compare it to, I quite liked it.

I think people’s main beef with this film is that they were expecting an “up-to-date” version of the original and where instead presented with a film which, while it has similarities to the original, is pretty much a different story completely.

What I loved…

Loved the action scenes in this film! Fast, exciting and the special effects were impressive. The story-line I quite liked too, even though it felt like they could maybe have cut down just a little bit on so many action scenes and maybe elaborated on some elements of the story more.

Mehh…

Selene I love you…just not in this film.

Kate Beckinsale’s character, Lori, just annoyed me to be honest. When she was fighting it was cool, but half the time I was thinking “Woman just tie your hair up already so you can stop flicking it out of your face!” and the rest I just felt like her character was an ex model who took every opportunity to pout, flout and glare at the camera.

I really wish they’d elaborated more on the story!

We’re told so much about who Douglas Quaid/Karl Hauser used to be, but at the same time told almost nothing at all. For example how did he meet his love interest Melina who convinced him to defect to the Resistance? Hammond, more information about this character please?!

The backgrounds and scenery obviously took so much time to build and create, I really wanted them to just explore it more.

Lori? Why does she seem to have this personal obsession with killing Douglas Quaid/Karl Hauser? Does she resent the fact he’s considered the world’s best agent? Does she hate him for betraying his allegiance to the United Federation of Britain? Did he kill her mother in another life? To quote the Nostalgia Critic…explain movie, explain!

Overall

Overall I liked it, sure there where parts which I wasn’t head over heels about but to be honest this isn’t a bad movie.

Don’t expect it to be some mind twisting omg-I-didn’t-see-that-coming film. It’s simply a visually impressive action packed film which had it been named differently and not marketed as a re-make of a cult classic I think it would have generally been received well.

TOAM: Snow White and the Huntsman

* TOAM= Thoughts On A Movie

I’ve been looking forward to this film for a while now! I absolutely love it when people take old fairy takes and “un-disneyfy” them and make them dark and gritty. Plus Charlize Theron as the bad guy…I just had to watch that!

Charlize Theron plays queen Ravena who manages to enchant her way into marrying the King (Snow White’s father) and killing him on their wedding night and taking control of the kingdom.

Theron was absolutely awesome as the evil queen, a tad bit too scream happy at parts but I loved her! The ultra cool bad guy who you’re just not sure what she is going to do next and the costumes were pretty awesome too.

The thing that let the whole movie down I thought was picking Kirsten Stewart to play Snow White. Just a bad, bad, decision! I felt like I was watching twilight again but with Bella swan in a dress with a sword.

It is the same awkward breathing, slow stares and staring at the camera with her eyes welling up with tears. I was just 20 minutes into the movie and I was already thinking “why did you pick Kirsten Stewart!”

Chris Hemsworth I thought was good as the huntsman but the character I liked the most (aside from Charlize Theron) was the Prince played by Sam Clafin. I just wish they’d explored his character more. Since he’d thought he’d lost his childhood sweetheart Snow White, he’d turned into a kick-ass queen-hating fighter who I think could compete with Legolas in archery.

You can tell he still really loves Snow White and regrets having left her all those years ago, but he also realizes that Snow White loves the Huntsman and dose not question it. There’s no “she’s mine!” fights between the two it’s all just a bit too mellow.

Overall I think the film was just a bit too long with scenic shots which were just un-necessary, when they could have explored so much more of the characters like the Prince and the Dwarfs.

And the ending just plain annoyed me. Snow quite kills the evil queen and gets crowed, que slow stares at the camera and teary eyes for no apparent reason and then boom, the end! We don’t know what happens with the huntsman or the prince, nothing.

As usual the girls get a wimpy heroine. Ugh!

Conclusion:

This really makes me sound like I hated the movie. To be fair I didn’t, some parts of it were awesome. The queen, the costumes and the backgrounds are what made this movie. But it just felt like they could have done so much more with it and didn’t.

Random Photos: Egg Art

So some of you might have noticed that I’ve been completely inactive the last week, the reason for that is that I had to go to a wedding and so I had limited access to the Internet.

It was a bit weird at first, I’m so used to being on the internet that it felt strange to be cut off it, but it was also quite nice as I got to relax a bit.

White I was there I took a few pictures (no not of the wedding: ), just a few random stabs at food art and some landscape photography. Where we were staying was so nice! I don’t have any pictures of the house but it was an old barn that had been really simply restored, just the basics and it was lovely!

Its quite relaxing to be away from mobile, computers and just noise in general some times :)

Anyway, there were a few eggs in the kitchen when we left and seeing as I had time to kill I ended up doodling on them. If you google food art some people have done some really amazing/funny ones.

Something that’s quite fun is too do this to the eggs in the kitchen and then wait to see people’s reactions, haha it can be quite funny!

I did take some really pretty pictures of the surrounding landscape where we were staying but I’ll show you that in a few days :)

2nd Giveaway! :D

Sorry it’s slightly late…but here is my second giveaway! :D

So…rules!

1. If you are under 16 PLEASE ask your parents permission before entering. I don’t want to get angry emails from someone asking why I’m sending their son/daughter presents.

2. Leave the comment enter me below. That’s it :) Nothing complicated, just that :)

3. The competition ends on the 31st.

4. If you should win and do not reply withing 48 hours I’m sorry, but I will pick another winner.

5. You can only leave ONE comment.

6.Yes, the giveaway is international :) It wouldn’t be fare to exclude some of my subbies just because they live in other countries.

How it’s done:

At the end of the competition I take the numbers of everyone who entered, put them all in a random number generator and pick three winners…yes THREE winners :D Once they have all replied to me I send their prizes (they’re all sent by recorded delivery so that I’m sure they get there).

“So…what did you get us?”

The following pictures show the prizes for EACH winner. Sorry it’s not much but hopefully you’ll like them :)

Some of the prizes will vary in colour, for example each winner will be getting different colours of the nail quakes and sleek pallets but other than that all the prizes are identical :)

Have fun and good luck! :D