[Movies of the Month] November

November

NEW RELEASES
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them– It is brilliant to be back in the Potterverse. This first offering in the Beasts series is an effective combination of light-hearted fantasy with dark themes that relate to modern culture and history. ★★★★

1ST TIMERS
Hunt for the Wilderpeople – Funny, touching and with a great soundtrack; I can’t wait to watch this again. ★★★★½
Cinderella – A charming retelling with some very lovely moments. ★★★★
Star Trek Beyond – The weakest of the trilogy so far, as it feels like the same story (Into Darkness) is being retold. ★★★½
Dracula Untold – An interesting spin on the famous legend, Evans is a good lead supported by strong and effective effects. ★★★½
Warcraft – I am a beginner to the Warcraft world, never having played it before or come across any of the characters. Watching it as a straightforward fantasy film it felt too long with too many characters. I found the effects quite jarring as well, as they are appear to be a hybrid between animation and real action. ★★★½
Sicario – A solid, tense look into a very dangerous world. Excellent performances by Blunt and del Toro. ★★★★

REWATCHES
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone  – As always, an excellent first foray into the wizarding world. ★★★★
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  – My least favourite of the series (due to its weak plot, in my opinion) but you cannot fault the brilliant effects, visuals or soundtrack. ★★★½
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – The intensity and drama is taken up a notch with Cuaron at the helm, in particular with interesting visuals and camera angles. ★★★★½
Titanic – A timeless classic that was well deserving of its slew of Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs. ★★★★½
Stargate
– I had actually seen this before (three years ago) but it clearly wasn’t memorable as I didn’t realise for a good while. I won’t make the same mistake in watching it a third time… ★★

Total: 12

Since 1st January 2016 

New releases: 11
1st timers: 73
Rewatches: 53
Total: 137

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