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Falling Off The Face Of The Earth

Have you ever gone into a room, looked around and wondered why you were in there? I mean, you had to have been looking for something, right? And yet, you have no idea what you were looking for.

This same concept can be added to why I haven’t made a post since November when I wrote about the Skyrim: Special Edition. I have meant to write a post here and there, maybe something goofy or silly or serious, but I never made it to the laptop to start writing. On the other hand, the husband, Falcon Reviews, has been doing a fabulous job of writing and keeping his blog up-to-date, and I’m the writer.

Unfortunately, the last time I made a post was about a week or two before finals began. I had two term papers to write, two normal-ish tests, and two ginormous tests that sucked out my brains and possibly my soul. I became nothing. So it should come to no surprise that I did not have it in me to write during Christmas break, or even last week when I had to spread my wings and crawl out of my introverted shell, again. Le sigh.

I have some posts that I am eagerly working on, and by working on I mean they’re in my head. I want to have a post a week at least if not more than that from here on out. I can’t really call myself a writer or a communications degree major if I’m not communicating with the world around me.

So please, take this an my apology for allowing my recluse side to take over and vanquish any sort of normalism I may have from time to time.

What I am planning to write

  • I got the husband ReCore for Christmas but somehow he ended up dragging me into it and now I have to write a review. Well, I don’t have to, but I’m gonna!
  • I plan to write a post about how women think they should look after they give birth vs. how society makes them feel how they should look
  • My 2017 in the making!
  • A review on Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring vs. the movie adaptation
  • Probably something about books or a book
  • IDK I’ll think of something though

This is tentative and will not be in order.

Stay tuned!

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The Divergent Series-Book vs. Movie Review/Rant-Mostly rant

SPOILERS

I am placing a spoiler alert at the beginning of this post because I just can’t help myself.

Divergent

This isn’t going to include characters or anything like that but just give an overall view of the book/movie.

I read all three books before the movie adaptations, and I have read Divergent multiple times (it is my favorite).

The book to movie adaptation was actually really good. Surprisingly so considering the last two adaptations (wtf happened?). We are introduced to Beatrice *Tris* (Shailene Woodley) early on in the movie, her faction, and her family. We see her struggle with trying to understand why she is different and what leads to her ultimate decision to join the Dauntless faction. There we see her change as she grows into the woman she will eventually become and as she falls in love with the delicious Four (Theo James). The movie leaves out some important characters (mainly Uriah) which is frustrating and messes up the rest of the movie adaptations.

Overall the movie does the book justice. There are some changes like when her mom comes to see her at the Dauntless place (it doesn’t happen that way in the book) but that change I can live with. The reason this bit about Divergent is so short is because the other two adaptations have left me with the feeling that I watched a standalone movie and something that wasn’t even based on a book.

Although the credits claim that the movie was based on the book series by Veronica Roth, what it should really say is LOOSELY based on the book series… No kidding.

Onward and upward

Insurgent

Let’s be honest, if you read the book and then watched the movie you had more than one moment where your mouth was gaping wide open in a “whaaaa” look… I left the theater angry, livid is a better word. As a fan I was beyond disappointed to see one of my favorite series changed in a way that didn’t even feel like the same story.

Story line

Um, let’s see. In the book people you care about get shot and killed, people get betrayed even though they’re trying to be nice, and some real shit goes down. Remember the bridge bit? Or what about when Tris and the others climb over the ladder to get to the Erudite building? Remember when that one guy fell off the ladder and got killed? Oh you didn’t read the book? Never mind then.

Some important moments that happened in the book did not take place in the movie and it killed it. And what the hell is that box? What is any of that stuff supposed to be about? Where did that whole idea come from?

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I believe drugs were involved in the making of this film

It is safe to say that the movie is vastly different from the book that it honestly felt like I was watching a movie not from the book.

The characters

Theo James’ acting is far superior to that of Shailene Woodley and it ruins the movie. Her acting is much like Nicholas Cage, same person over and over and over. Though that doesn’t mean that all of her acting skills in other movies (Fault in our Stars) it just isn’t what we needed in this series. She fit well in Divergent but didn’t grow with the character. Tris is a hardened soldier that has some breaks here and there due to all the trauma that has been dealt to her. She is a strong character that has seen some shit but we don’t see that in these last two films. I see a whiny little girl who doesn’t get her way. Instead of pulling strength from her pain like she does in the books, she allows it to cripple her in the movie. And again with the box… Just, why?

Now watch this:

Allegiant

This is what kicked off this whole post because I just got done watching it. I am honest when I say it has been a minute since I have read the book, however that is what the internet is for.

I have a hard time believing a movie is based on a book when, in two hours, it has 26 book to movie changes. Which means that the majority of the movie was changed… Does that give you much hope? IMDB gave the movie a 5.8/10 rating, Rotten Tomatoes (who I hate the majority of the time) gave it a 13%… A 13%.

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Whoever decided this was a good idea needs to lose their job

I honestly feel that Insurgent and Allegiant would be far better if they left out all of the CGI garbage and the techie stuff. It was unnecessary and takes away from the story. It is distracting.

With all of that aside the comparison between book and movie is just… awful. It isn’t even necessary for me to make this connection for you in sections like I usually do. It was all put on display for you in the second paragraph of this section. Literally. If you can’t decide how awful the movie is compared to the book, then you don’t get out much.

Every scene felt made up. I was turning to my husband every inch of the way and saying, “Yeah, that didn’t happen. And that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen, and that didn’t happen.” I mean if you’re gonna take the base of a story and turn it into your own, why even bother naming it after the book? Why waste your time?

Continuing on. A bit of an aside but it has recently come to light that the next installment of the Divergent series won’t even make it to the big screen…. I will let that sink in for a moment. Meanwhile, go read that article here. HAHAHAHA! You plan to take the movie series that isn’t even based on the books anymore and turn it into a TV movie and then make a spinoff?? What spinoff? Who is okay with this?

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I read one where the title says something about Divergent fans aren’t happy about the news. Read that here. I am a huge fan of the books. Huge. Like it is one of my top five favorite series. That’s why I am so mad that they completely dropped the ball on the movie. Do I care if it ends? Not really. I didn’t go see Allegiant on the big screen because I remembered how livid I was after watching Insurgent. I wasn’t going to waste my money on Allegiant much less Ascendant.

Ugh, and they’re wanting to make it into a TV show. Uh, have you seen The Mortal Instruments show? Come on people, let it go (not a reference to Frozen).

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… and into the left field

……..

Conclusion

A little advice to producers, directors, and whomever else, when you wanna make a movie off of a book make sure that you don’t create something unrecognizable by real fans.

Sincerely,

Pissed off fan.

 

Posted in Movie Thoughts, movies, Stories, The Laughing Box

Star Wars


I have to start this post with the fact that there will be spoilers ahead (duh). So, if you happen to be any one of those weirdos who haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then do not continue.

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What are you waiting for?

I am not going to critique this movie (there might be a bit) and I am not going to rank it.
I am going to write about how this movie made me feel and what I think about the story.

Storyline: The story takes place thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Luke Skywalker has gone missing, the First Order (the remnants of the Galactic Empire) has placed fear in people, and Kylo Ren is a dark deusch. The story begins with the audience meeting several new characters such as: BB8 (second most awesome droid ever), Poe (awesome pilot dude), Finn (stormtrooper turn good dude), and Rey (obvious unknowing Jedi chick).

Let’s get away from the icky details now.

The story shares the feelings of the old Star Wars films, not the prequels (ick) but the old ones. I felt as though I was living inside of the Star Wars universe again even from the very beginning.

I know a lot of fans don’t like change and don’t like to see old characters go or new ones coming in. However, in this case I feel like it is necessary for this series and appropriate in the way they introduce them. I don’t feel like I am getting gypped by saying goodbye to beloved characters. Speaking of which, when you-know-what happened I bawled like a five-year-old whose popsicle was taken from her. Seriously, it was an ugly cry, with the clenching of the husband’s hand, and my left hand covering my mouth so I didn’t scream in anguish.

The storyline made me cry from happiness and cry from sadness. I felt hope, loss, and dreamy at times. It was a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire film that made me not want to get up and leave the theatre because I was sad to see it end.

I just watched it again last night and I could go for another movie night already.

Actors: We were able to see our favorite characters and actors come back to the Star Wars world once again in The Force Awakens. Which is a great feeling. We were also introduced to several new faces. The most prominent being: Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac).
Everyone did a fantastic job portraying their characters and bringing them to life.
I don’t like Ren’s face so much (sorry Adam Driver). He is a bit more nerdy/punk than I would have pictured him to be (and too skinny. Bulk up!). His acting, the mask, and his lightsaber were pretty epic though.

The lightsaber looks unstable with its main saber spike and the two smaller ones coming out of the sides at the bottom of the hilt. I feel like it symbolizes the instability in his personality. My husband mentioned that Ren is like, “Anakin in his adolescent impulsive behavior, except Ren isn’t boner-happy.”

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For bringing in newbies to the franchise I feel like each one of them did justice to their characters and impacted the movie in a positive way.

Comparisons: The Force Awakens tried really hard to add in Han and Chewie moments (daw moments) throughout the movie. I am not complaining. One of those moments ended up looking a lot like a moment we have seen before. The moment where Han, and Chewie are surrendering to The First Order looks an awful like when they surrendered to The Imperial Troops back in The Return of the Jedi. I believe these types of moments (like finding The Millennium Falcon together) are foreshadowing later events. *Cries*
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The Force Awakens did a good job of being its own movie. There are times when sequels try too hard to be like its first installment (and third), that the movie falls flat. Not the case here.

The Death Star Starkiller Base is not like any big, bad, evil, round ship the audience has ever seen…. Ever. It is even mentioned in the movie by one of the resistance characters that the Starkiller Base is not, “another Death Star.” Pretty sure a lot of fans would disagree with that statement. However, the Starkiller Base is pretty gnarly in terms of bad guy hangouts.

My favorite part: This is a toughy. I held my husband’s hand tightly as those familiar yellow lines moved before my eyes. Another husband-hand-clenching moment was when we first get to see Han and Chewie for the first time since the early 1980s (I didn’t exist so it has been less time, for me, than that).
But what is my favorite part of the whole movie?

BB8. BB8 is my favorite. I have always been a huge fan of R2-D2 and BB8 is just right behind.

When Finn comes across Rey beating the living sh*t out of a couple henchman and after the fight BB8 sees Finn and is like, “Hey nice lady, that dude over there is wearing the jacket of my bestest friend!!!” So she chases after Finn, catches him, and BB8 comes flying next to Finn on the ground and zaps him a few times…. Ah, I love it when droids cause pain to the characters.

Conclusion: First off you need to go watch this movie.

The storyline stands out from all of the previous Star Wars films (knocks the prequels out of the water).

The actors bring in a refreshing feel to the film.

There are moments where you will find yourself thinking, “I have seen this before.” Or, “This looks like _____ when _____ did ____.” It happens. Let it be a good thing.

BB8 is amazeballs.

Thank you all so much for reading!

Props to the husband for helping me with this project and letting me quote him. Love you!