Movie Reviews

It's been a while since I've posted any movie reviews so I figured I would share a few!

Saving Mr. Banks

I saw this last week. It is not exactly a movie I would say you need to see in theaters, you can certainly wait till Red Box since it is a little slow. It is the unexpected and rather inaccurate story of how Disney got the rights to Mary Poppins, as well as sharing the heartbreaking back story of the author, P.L. Travers, childhood. Tom Hanks is so lovable, as always, and while it is not entirely accurate, it is very interesting to get a background to one of my personal favorites, Mary Poppins. A must see if you are a Disney, or Poppins or Tom Hanks fan!


Being a huge Joaquin Phoenix fan (as an actor, not exactly a fan of him as a person...) this movie was a must see for me. You have a unique love story, between a man and his computer, that you can't help but enjoy, even though you feel a little weird about it. It was somewhat sad, a little slow, but really interesting. Bravo Spike Jonze. Honestly, what I found the absolute most interesting about the entire movie was the main characters job; he worked for a company that essentially wrote love letters for people. I don't know why but I found that idea to be really fascinating.

Catching Fire

The second Hunger Games installment. And a little slow being that it's the middle movie. I love Jennifer Lawrence and I think they did a fairly good job with the casting but you are basically just watching Katniss having an annoying panic attack the entire time. I can't say that given I was in her shoes I would be composed, but I still don't want to watch a movie that is 70% panic attack and 30% people dying. I try really hard to enjoy this story, I want to love this story, but I just can't stomach the story line. I want to, and I admit the books are good, I had a heard time putting them down, but it's still a rough story. Am I alone in feeling this way?

Captain Phillips 

Have I reviewed this one? Ah man, Tom Hanks does it again. Playing out the true story of Captain Phillips, whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Stressful as hell? Yes. On the edge of your seat, fists clenched into balls, intense entertainment. Good stuff. Knowing the real story, I think the real Captain Phillips is a bit of an idiot. We all know he certainly could have avoided landing himself in the very situation that this movie was made about had he listen to warnings. But! If I take the movie as just a movie, forgetting about the real story, I just find myself loving and being impressed by Tom Hanks. A must see. Don't bother looking up the real story if you don't already know it.


I am sure you have already heard plenty of people raving about Disney's latest animated feature, if you haven't, you probably live under a rock. From the trailers I wasn't exactly excited to see this movie, it looked like just another Disney animated feature, but after endless rave reviews, and begging from my sisters, I saw it. Disney shares with us the sweet story of love over coming all, but not the love you would expect. Disney has done it again in what I think is a movie sure to be a household classic, beloved by children, adults, but especially sisters. 

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 

Saving the best for last, Bear and Wildflower's new personal favorite. It's very rare for Bear to want to see a movie in theaters more then once, but we saw it twice, two weeks in a row. And had showtimes not had started dwindling to be few, we most likely would have seen it a third time. Ben Stiller both directs and acts in Walter Mitty, telling the story of a man with an overactive imagination who finally musters the courage to actually live his imagination. For anyone who loves, travel, has wanderlust, loves photography, this is a must see. And you won't even once be reminded of Zoolander. At least, I wasn't. And we won't talk about how it made me have an emotional breakdown.

"A beautiful reminder of a movies power to transport you to a better place" 
- Empire magazine

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