Category Archives: Family

ALADDIN (2019): New Aladdin Trailer Featuring Will Smith As The Genie And Starring Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud…

Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott
Aladdin (2019), Naomi Scott

Starring Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud and Billy Magnussen, finally, the new Aladdin trailer shows us what will smith will look and sound like as the famous genie…

Overall, I like this trailer and my favourite moment in it is the sight of Naomi Scott as Jasmine. What I can’t deny though is my immediate reaction after seeing Smith as the the genie. An undeniable sense that a massive miscasting may have taken place definitely came over me. However, I’ve decided to ignore that feeling and wait to see how the film actually is.

I of course wish that my reaction was undoubtedly positive and filled with excitement – both for the entirety of the trailer and afterwards. Nevertheless, who knows, perhaps I’ll look back and wonder what I was worried about in the first place, once I’m watching director Guy Ritchie’s movie. He is the man behind my favourite British film of all time after all… Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998).

Numan Acar, Kamil Lemieszewski, Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari and Navid Negahban also star.

Aladdin Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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SMALLFOOT (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum
Smallfoot (2018), Channing Tatum

After being told his whole life that humans don’t exist, young Yeti Migo (Channing Tatum) finds evidence to the contrary and wants all his people to know. Except that things don’t quite go as he expected.

Co-written and directed by Karey Kirkpatrick and Jason Reisig, I like the way Smallfoot flips the story of Yetis and humans by telling it from the perspective of Yetis. I also appreciated what Smallfoot had to say about the errors in the ways we tend to treat those we see as very different from us and how counterproductive the lies we tell to protect can sometimes become.

With other key cast including Zendaya, Common, Danny DeVito and James Corden, in terms of the film’s general execution, I’d say it’s somewhere between OK and OK-ish. Part of the reason is that I just didn’t find the writing as fun and good as the trailer led me to expect and hope. A part of me also wishes that Smallfoot didn’t have the musical numbers. I mean, I definitely wouldn’t have minded so much if I felt that most of the songs and singing were great. 

The moment the film had me most engaged is towards the end and during the scenes when the Yetis were being pursued. If I had to pick the most memorable moment for me in the whole film, that’s definitely when a very everyday human item is amusingly referred to as ‘the scroll of invisible wisdom.’

Watch Smallfoot if you’re very, very curious.

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (2018): The Things I Liked…

The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell
The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Kurt Russell

There are four key things I like most about The Christmas Chronicles, the story of siblings whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unforgettable adventure. 

The first highlight is the ‘performance’ during the time in jail, the second is ‘the world in Santa’s bag,’ the third is the very adorable way the the words ‘Papa Noel’ are uttered towards the end and last but not least is that very glorious red leather coat on Santa’s back. Santa’s beard is quite something too, but that coat..!

When I wasn’t busy admiring the aforementioned, I was thinking that overall The Christmas Chronicles isn’t a terrible Christmas movie’. I mean, yes, there was a moment or a few when one of the young actors didn’t deliver their lines in a particularly believable way. There was also a part of me that felt as though the older sibling was probably too old for some aspects of the story. Still, all these ‘inconveniences’ didn’t stop me from watching till the end. I guess I was just very much in the mood for Christmas.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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ARTEMIS FOWL (2019)New Trailer From Miranda Raison, Hong Chau, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Ferdia Shaw…

Artemis Fowl is the new Kenneth Branagh directed  fantasy / adventure about young Irish criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II.

Starring Ferdia Shaw, Hong Chau, Josh Gad and Judi Dench, Artemis kidnaps a fairy LEPrecon officer called Holly Short  for ransom; so he can fund the search for his missing father…

The name Artemis Fowl sounded familiar yet I until now, I hadn’t  a clue about this story. It’s Disney, right and directed by Branagh  (Cinderella (2015) so I have hope it’ll be worthy.

Nonso Anozie, Adrian Scarborough, Lara McDonnell and Nikesh Patel also star.

Artemis Fowl Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE LION KING (2019): New Trailer From Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyoncé…

The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King (2019)

A new version of the 1994 Disney classic The Lion King is coming in summer 2019. It’s a CGI and live-action re-imagining directed by Jon Favreau (The Jungle Book (2016).

The main characters are voiced by  Seth Rogen, Donald Glover, Keegan-Michael Key, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Beyonce, James Earl Jones, Eric André…

It’s so great that the wonderful bass of James Earl Jones’s voice is featured in both the 1994 version and this new movie.

I can’t wait to find out which version of the movie I prefer and how well all the distinct voices of the actors involved will sound together.

John Oliver, Florence Kasumba, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Kani also star.

The Lion King Release Dates: July 19th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU (2019): New Trailer From Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith…

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith
Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019), Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith

Set in a world where people collect pocket monsters (Pokémon) to do battle, Justice Smith ( Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom (2018is a boy who meets an intelligent monster named Pikachu who wants to be a detective.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is directed by Rob Letterman while Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu…

I personally know of Pikachu but I don’t know much about Pokemon. I’m mostly curious because I rather like Smith; even though I’ve only ever seen him in Jurassic World – Falling Kingdom.

Suki Waterhouse, Bill Nighy, Kathryn Newton, Rita Ora, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe, Karan Soni and Kadiff Kirwan also star.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu Release Dates: May 10th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (2018): New Trailer From Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Oliver Hudson…

The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Kurt Russell
The Christmas Chronicles (2018), Darby Camp, Judah Lewis, Kurt Russell

Starring Kurt Russell, Oliver Hudson, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis and directed by Clay Kaytis, The Christmas Chronicles is an action / adventure about a sister and brother, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera, turns into a very unexpected adventure…

I’m not quite in the mood for this movie just yet but I will be in about a month and a half. Fingers crossed I’ll like it enough to watch till the very end. What I know for sure is that the hair on Russell’s face and head is a great incentive.

Lamorne Morris, Lauren Collins and Kimberly Williams-Paisley also star.

The Christmas Chronicles Release Dates: November 22nd, 2018 (US)…

Read my review of The Christmas Chronicles

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ALADDIN (2019): New Trailer From Billy Magnussen, Will Smith, Naomi Scott, Mena Massoud…

Mena MassoudAladdin (2019), Mena Massoud
Aladdin (2019), Mena Massoud

Guy Richie directs Mena Massoud, Billy Magnussen, Will Smith and Naomi Scott in Disney’s live action remake of Aladdin.

The following trailer is just a teaser but in case you forgot, the story of Aladdin starts when a sultan gives his daughter, Jasmine three days to find a husband. She escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy Aladdin who charms his way into her heart…

For a moment there I was thinking, ‘are they really not going to show any footage, at all?’ and then the scene with the lamp happened and though it’s hardly anything, I was certainly happier than expected.

I didn’t actually realise I’d forgotten most of Aladdin’s story until I looked up the synopsis. Time to rewatch the animated version, I think.

Nasim Pedrad, Marwan Kenzari, Numan Acar, Kamil Lemieszewski and Navid Negahban also star.

Aladdin Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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