Film Review: “Everything, Everything” 

I saw this film in the cinema thanks to my Odeon Limitless card.

Madeline Whittier is a seventeen year old girl who has a rare disease, which means she is unable to leave the safety of her house, as anything could potentially kill her. She is content with her life, being home-schooled via the internet, talking to her online support group and reading books. One day, a family move in next door, and Maddy meets Olly. After texting him for a while, she realises that she is falling in love with him, and has to decide whether meeting him and being with him is worth the risk of becoming seriously ill.

I was looking forward to watching this film, having just finished reading the book and loving the book. I was not disappointed! The film is very faithful to the book, with only a few minor differences, although none of these made any difference to the main plot.

The casting choices were perfect. Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson as Madeline and Olly were, to me, the ideal actors! They seemed to have a strong chemistry, and they made me really feel as though they were Maddy and Olly, and not just playing characters in a film.

Even though I knew the plot, it was interesting to see certain scenes from Maddy’s mothers’ point of view, such as finding Maddy’s note. Due to the book being told primarily from Maddy’s view, we did not get to see her mother finding her note, and her reaction to the note. The twist toward the end of the film made me tear up while watching it, whereas it did not when reading. Amandla and Anika Noni Rose (Pauline Whittier) put so much heart and emotion into that scene, and it showed in the final film.

All told, I am very pleased with the book to film adaption of Everything, Everything, and it will definitely be one that I buy on DVD when it is released.

You can find this film on Letterboxd here and IMDb here.

You can find my book review for the original book here.

Film Review: “The Emoji Movie”

I saw this film in the cinema thanks to my Odeon Limitless card.

Gene is excited to start his first day in the phone. One problem…he is a multi-expressioned emoji, and he is supposed to be a ‘meh’. When he single-handedly manages to ruin the workplace, he flees with his new friend Hi-5, and sets off on a journey to find Jailbreak and avoid the robots who want to delete him from existence.

I was a little apprehensive going into this film, because it has not got the greatest reviews. However, I found myself laughing at certain parts, and I actually really enjoyed it! I liked the trio’s travels through different apps (Spotify, Candy Crush and Dropbox being a few), and it was interesting to see how the film interpreted the apps from a closer point of view (Spotify being different streams and Dropbox having a literal firewall).

The voice actor for Gene (T.J. Miller) and Hi-5 (James Corden) were perfect. The characters had such good chemistry and they seemed to gel together pretty quickly and become firm friends.

I rate this film 4/5 stars!

You can find this film on Letterboxd here.

You can also find it on IMDb here.

Film Review: “Deep Blue Sea”

This is the first time I have watched this, although we have had it on DVD for years.

Aquatica is a remote research facility with a team of scientists trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. The rich who fund the facility are getting skeptical about it, and threaten to withdraw their funding. Dr Susan McAlester (played by Saffron Burrows) persuades them to give them a weekend, and one of the funders (played by Samuel L. Jackson) visits the facility with her to see the work. He finds out that she has been genetically engineering the sharks, trying to increase their brain capacity for her research. As a result, the trio of sharks are smarter, stronger, faster and scarier!

Having watched 47 Metres Down a few days previously, I was optimistic that Deep Blue Sea would be better, and it definitely was! The build up to the first attack showed all the characters, and allowed you to decide who you wanted to survive, if any!

The deaths in the film were more graphic than I thought they would be (partly due to the fact that 47 Metres Down was pretty tame in comparison). There was a certain scene concerning Samuel L. Jackson that I did not see coming, it took me completely by surprise!

LL Cool J as the chef was fantastic! He gave the film a small element of comedy, especially when he was interacting with his pet bird. Any scene he was in was pure gold, and he ended up becoming my favourite character in the whole film.

I would definitely recommend this film, and I will be watching it again in the future!

I rate this film 4/5 stars!

You can find this film on Letterboxd here.

You can also find it on IMDb here.

Film Review: “47 Metres Down”

I saw this film in the cinema yesterday thanks to my Odeon Limitless card.

47 Metres Down sees sisters Lisa and Kate (played by Mandy Moore and Claire Holt respectively) on a holiday. They meet two guys one evening who convince them to go shark cage diving. Once out in the middle of the ocean, the girls get suited up and are lowered in the cage. Sharks surround them and things look incredible! All of a sudden, the wrench holding the cage breaks and the girls plummet 47 metres deep into the ocean…surrounded by sharks!

From the trailer, this film looked pretty good. I would say it was average. The dialogue was repetitive and I was expecting more action from the sharks. The tension was built up well, using menacing music in the background (similar to that from Jaws). The ending was kind of flat, I was expecting it to end with a certain scene, but that was proven to be false, and it was a predictable ending.

I am glad I saw this film in the cinema, as it did look good on the big screen, but I probably will not be seeing it again.

I rate this film 3/5 stars!

You can find this film on Letterboxd here.

You can also find it on IMDb here.

Film Review: “Hostel”

This is a re-watch film for me. I have seen it multiple times as we have this on DVD.

Hostel is a horror film directed by Eli Roth. It is centred around three young Americans who are travelling across Europe. They meet a man called Alexei who encourages them to go to Slovakia to meet girls. The three take his advice and check into a hostel, where they meet two young women. However, these women are not who they claim to be.

The first half of the film is quite slow, it allows you to get to know the characters and know the surroundings and potential threats. When the second half of the film starts and the atmosphere changes, the film becomes darker and quite frightening in places. In typical Eli Roth style, there is a lot of blood and gore in certain scenes.

Paxton (played by Jay Hernandez) is one of the few characters I liked in this film. Towards the end of the film, he had a choice to make, and he did the brave thing and went inside the warehouse, which led to, in my opinion, one of the freakiest injuries of the whole film!

I rate this film 4/5 stars!

You can find this film on Letterboxd here and on IMDb here.


Film Review: “Would You Rather”

This is my third time watching this film, thanks to Netflix.

Would You Rather is a psychological horror film. It is centred around the main character Iris (played by Brittany Snow) who is caring for her sick brother. She is unable to pay the bills that his treatment costs, and her brothers’ doctor introduces her to Shepard Lambrick (played by Jeffrey Combs), who tells her that if she wins a game at his dinner evening, he will give her the money and locate a donor for her brother. After some deliberation, she decides to attend the dinner, and play the game.

This film is not that gory, but the decisions made in the game are all timed (they all have to make a decision within 15/30 seconds) and the tension really builds up during this short period of time. All of the choices the characters are given are horrendous, some worse than others. For example, the characters have to choose between getting themselves electrocuted or getting someone else electrocuted.

All the people who attended the dinner are here because they are going through some hard times, and Lambrick has offered to help them out if they attend the dinner and win the game, so they all have a motive and are all desperate to win the game, and some of them will do anything to win.

I like this film. It is a relatively short film, lasting just over 90 minutes. As previously mentioned, there is not much gore for a horror film, although there is some blood in certain scenes and some scenes could potentially be quite scary or shocking. The only thing I was not keen on was the ending, as I felt, although it did surprise me when I first watched it, it was a bit of a flat ending.

I rate this film 4/5 stars!

If you like the sound of this film, it is available on Netflix UK at the time of writing.

You can also find it on Letterboxd here and IMDb here.