Top 5 Movies I Have Watched Recently

Listed by viewing order, not preference.

  1. Zootopia (March 2016)Zootopia

Plot Summary: In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. (From IMDb)

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush

Review: I though the movie was well done. Then again, I have a soft spot for anthropomorphic foxes. Ever since I saw Disney’s Robin Hood, I have always liked it when Disney includes a talking fox. So Nick combines several of my favorite character traits: sarcasm, wit, suaveness, and he is a fox; which just makes him ten times better. The story is classic Disney: naïve hero/heroine chases  his/her dreams, has them dashed /solves a giant problem/rises to the top again and accomplishes everything they set out to achieve. It was blatantly politically correct, but still enjoyable. The vice acting was on point and the script was well written and engaging. I would watch again.

  1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (March 2016)MBFGW2

Plot Summary: A Portokalos family secret brings the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding (From IMDb).

Cast:  Nia Vardalos, John Corbett

Director: Kirk Jones

Review:  My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a funny, enjoyable exploration of American-Greek culture and family dynamics. It was a light-hearted romantic comedy that depicted a normal, loving family; which is rare in a mainstream Hollywood movie. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 returns to the Portokalos family and re-examines the ties that bind a family together. In this sequel, it emerges that Gus and Maria Portokalos are not officially married, the priest never signed the wedding certificate. Meanwhile, Ian and Toula struggle with their daughter growing up and leaving for college. Altogether, the plot is a much thinner than the original movie, but it is still enjoyable. Watching the sequel was like reconnecting with an old friend and continuing on like nothing ever changed.

  1. Captain America: Civil War (May 2016)Captain_America_Civil_War_poster

Plot Summary: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man (From IMDb).

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson

Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Review:  Captain America is probably my favorite Avenger. He is the perfect foil to the snarky and sarcastic Tony Stark. This movie shows the fallout from the previous movies, all the Avenger Hijinks comes back to haunt the team and causes a lot of cracks in the team dynamics to show. This movie brings together the extended movie universe and some new characters. I am rather excited for the Tom Holland driven Spiderman movie, he was perfect in this movie. Also, for being the longest Marvel movie released to date, the narrative never drags. It is quite enjoyable.

  1. The Fundamentals of Caring (June 2016-Netflix)Caring

Plot Summary: A man suffering an incredible amount of loss enrolls in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life (From IMDb)

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jennifer Ehle, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez

Director: Rob Burnett

Review: This is a funny and lighthearted movie with a good message. Ben Benjamin (Paul Rudd) is a down on his luck writer who is getting over a terrible loss and is going through a divorce. In order to help process his loss, Ben goes to a care giver class and then seeks out a job. He ends up talking his way into a caregiver job looking after a disabled teenager with an attitude problem. I was pleasantly surprised. Paul Rudd comes across as a very likable guy and Craig Roberts does a great job portraying a lonely guy with raging hormones.   Overall, it was uplifting and well told.

  1. Emma (2009)Emma

Plot Summary: Emma Woodhouse seems to be perfectly content, a loving father whom she cares for, friends, and a home. But Emma has a terrible habit – matchmaking. She cannot resist finding suitors for her friends, most of all Harriet Smith. Emma is desperate for Harriet to find happiness, but every suitor she finds for her friend ends up attracted to Emma herself. But is Emma so focused on Harriet’s happiness that she is not considering her own happiness in love? (From IMDb)

Cast: Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, Jonny Lee Miller

Director: Various

Review: I love this adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. It is one of the few adaptations that I felt captured the spirit of the novel. Romola Garai is wonderful in period dramas, she just has the perfect look and spunk for portraying Austen heroines. Michael Gambon is a tad too robust for playing a hypochondriac. Jonny Lee Miller is a very dashing Mr. Knightley, his is my second favorite portrayal of the character; second only to Jeremy Northam in the 1996 film adaptation. Overall, this is a solid adaptation of the novel and I enjoy it every time I watch it.

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