Pan (2015)

~~ THIS REVIEW DOES HAVE SPOILERS ~~

Eeeeeeehhhhhh…..overall, it was okay. It had a special-effects-glaze, I like to say, which most of the time in a lot of well-budgeted films, can weaken the story greatly. In this case for me, it didn’t so much weaken so much as the dialogue and most of the characters did. ALLL of Hook annoyed me to shreds. Blackbeard was pretty decent in his serious moments but his introduction scene weird-ed me out, Smells Like Teen Spirit didn’t fit at all. The Neverbirds were odd, I didn’t see how Hook, Smee, and Peter could be afraid of them in the beginning. Tiger Lily was very emotionless and I hated the forced attraction between her and Hook. Levi Miller was a wonderful Peter Pan. I’m excited to see him in more films to come. I actually preferred Peter’s backstory here than in the original, it better explained how he can understand Tinker Bell and can fly without needing pixie dust but other (normal) children do when they want to fly to Neverland. I would’ve rather seen the Blackbeard-Peter’s Mother-Fairy Prince-War backstory as a prequel than this. The Fairy Kingdom was beautiful, I loved when the fairy warriors were behind Peter during the final battle, that is my favorite shot of the movie:

But also… few original plot holes….unless they’re making another movie…(checks)..boo. :/ So with a good, two handed Captain “Hook” and the “We’ll always be friends, Hook. Won’t we? – Always. What could possibly go wrong?” this is the happy-ending-for-little-kids-version?? Why doesn’t they ever do that with Romeo & Juliet for once?! (and no, do not mention to me about Gnomeo & Juliet, they’re gnomes. It doesn’t count.)

Before We Go (2014)

BWGOne night can change your whole life.

“Two strangers stuck in Manhattan for the night grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when an evening of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.”

Coming from a first time director, I really enjoyed this. It was a sweet, gentle night to watch two strangers become friends in a series of hours. If you’re like me and right off the bat, within maybe 5 seconds of meeting the two leads of a romantic film, your mind immediately stamps them as being a couple by the end of it. But I honestly didn’t feel that instant stereotyping click in my brain, and I found it very refreshing. Just watching them have a grand adventure and become each others soulmate for a night was very magical. Beautiful music. I loved the cinematography especially, if you notice, whenever they are together in a big space with other people or alone, the background behind them is very blurred so the focus is really on just them and whenever they were out in the night life with the millions of blurred lights, it’s an amazing sight. When I say soulmates, I mean in the sense of different people coming into (and out of) your life and changing you a little bit of a time, helping you to figure out what you want to do, who you want to be; and they may not stay but you’ll never forget them. Thank them while they’re with you. That’s what I got from this movie.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“There will always be struggle. You just need to choose who you wanna struggle with.”

“You can’t allow the ones you love to determine how you love.”

“And at the end of the night, you’re gonna want to say some things, but don’t. Don’t ruin it. It’s nothing she doesn’t already know. Just give her a kiss. Wish her good luck. And, uh… thank her. Thank her for showing you that you can love more than one person in this life.”