"Mona Lisa Smile" is one of those movies that take their time to unwind, but they are telling such a compelling little story and make you dwell in your thoughts for a while after watching them. Julia Roberts shines in this one, but the entire female cast is actually astonishingly wonderful in their roles. I love the premise, the story, the script, the direction,the soundtrack and the themes this movie covers. It's a simple yet a very true story and actually an ode to all the women in this patriarchal society. "Mona Lisa Smile" is such a delight.
Charlotte Bronte created such a different story in essence from the ones I was used to with Jane Austen. "Jane Eyre" is such a heavy,sad and really depressing little movie. I was never expecting to have this heavy stomach and heart once I finished watching another Victorian era romance,at least I thought. This is such a gothic themed story and by no means is it another romance. "Jane Eyre" is a story filled with so much drama and social criticism of the era it takes place in. I'm positively surprised but my mind still dwells on the things I just watched and it is still not calming down. "Jane Eyre" is an instant classic.
"Aladdin" is one of the best Disney animated movies ever made. It belongs to the Disney Renaissance movies and it is a beautiful masterpiece. The live action re-imagining of "Aladdin" is done quite gracefully and it surprised me positively. It lacks the magic though. The story is there, the characters are there, they may have greater dreams and grander stories to tell, but this movie lacks the wonder. There are somethings that translate better in animation and fairytales is now proven are better told in that medium. This Arabian fairytale has all the charm and all the details the original had, but it never touches the greatness of its medium of origin. Guy Richie would not have been my personal choice to direct such a movie, but still I have to admit I'm very pleased with the result. The protagonists did a fantastic job portraying our beloved characters with Naomi Scott giving Jasmine the powerful voice we always knew she had. Mena Massoud is Aladdin through and through. The toughest job of all lies with Will Smith who had to fill in the shoes of Robbin Williams. He never tried to play Williams' Genie, he simply did Smith's Genie and that all worked for his favour. I liked this version of Aladdin a lot, and I'm pretty satisfied with the result, it's just it never will reach the greatness that is the animated movie. Fairytales are better told whilst using the endless imagination of an animated medium and all the endless possibilities it provides you with. "Aladdin 2019" is still a very good movie.
"How To Train Your Dragon" has always felt like this sophisticated story that has so much soul and a story to share. This last story in the trilogy sure has all the elements the first two movies share, but it lacks the soul. "The Hidden World" is a visual masterpiece, and a really good movie. It is action-packed and is fast-paced, it tells a really satisfying story and plays as a good farewell to the franchise, but it never hits all the cords that the previous movies managed to hit. It feels like they sacrificed some of its soul for action but they never overdid it. "The Hidden World" is still a good movie, a beautiful movie, but for me it never reached the greatness of the first one.
It took me sometime to fully come in terms with my thoughts and feelings for this movie. The thing is, "Endgame" feels not like a movie, it feels like the end of a bigger event, the end of an era and the end of a story that was building up fro years. "Endgame" is equally an emotional movie and also and action-packed superhero extravaganza. Sure,there are missteps and bad choices but at the end of the picture you're left with a feeling of satisfaction and awe. The Avengers movies were their own separate thing but the MCU was building for years just to be able to close some of its bigger story arcs with this huge movie. Every character we know, every character we love is in this one movie, and two of the main characters of the MCU are here to say goodbye. This is a great spectacle but it also is the way out for Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. And they left the franchise with a bang, proving to us that the MCU would never have been what it is without them.