Film reviews in 10 tweets or less – The Take, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Doctor Strange

This feature appears on this blog much less than I would like, but I feel like I don’t tweet as much anymore… Anyway, here’s the last few movies that I decided to live tweet! I promise that I’m usually much funnier on Twitter, so you should totes follow me!

The Take

A young con artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

While most people were out on New Year’s Eve partying or whatever it is that people do on New Year’s Eve, I went to my parents house where I set up and then lost custody of my Netflix account and my brother lent us his Amazon Prime account, we watched a few episodes of the Crown then turned to Amazon Prime and well, my mother and I are big fans of Idris Elba, so much so she ended up kicking over her wine in excitement, so we thought we’d give this a go. And so began the live tweeting!

If you don’t know the story of this movie, it was initially called Bastille Day and was due for release a few days after Bastille Day last year… Only then the Bastille Day attack happened and as this is a film about French terrorists, the name was changed to The Take. It’s not the greatest movie ever made and why all the English actors had to be American I’m not entirely sure, but it was fun and it meant I got to spend New Year with Idris Elba, so…

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

 Five sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that most things are made better with the addition of zombies, this however, I’m not so sure! I read the book several years ago and had been waiting for the movie to come to Netflix, now finally it is here and well… what better thing to do on a Saturday than to watch some zombies attack Lizzie Bennett.

Doctor Strange

While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Considering I am usually a big fan Marvel studios, I was initially put off watching this because of the minor white washing. I have a problem with that. Anyway, one of my colleagues had the blu ray and lent it to me, so here are some thoughts tweeted during the watching.

The after credits scene got me a bit excited ngl.
If any of ya’ll have seen these and want to discuss further – to the comment section we go!

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My Top 5…

… Movie Adaptations.
Oh look, I’m picking up that whole top 5 thing again. Because I went to see Kick Ass 2,(funny but not as good as the first one) The Mortal Instruments (alright but could have been better. Mainly in regards to Magnus, Simon was perfect as per usual) and Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters (actually pretty good) within the space of a week, I thought I’d talk about book to movie adaptations, because if there is one thing I love more than reading, it’s watching films. And yes, Kick Ass 2 counts as a book adaptation. Graphic Novels are books after all. There are a lot of book adaptations out there, some of them are awful in comparison to the original material (the Harry Potter series, The Golden Compass), some of them have pretty questionable source material to start with (Twilight), some are amazingly better than the original books (Mean Girls, Woman in Black, Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging), some are too obvious (Pride and Prejudice). Here’s a list of book to movie adaptations that I really love.

#5 Submarine (book by Joe Dunthorne, film by Richard Ayeoade starring Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine.)


I hated the book. Like, really did. The main character was so whiney and unlikeable it really got to me, even though the manuscript had some beautiful examples of prose, I just couldn’t get over how much I hated Oliver. Then I watched the film and I loved it. It was quirky and Oliver was much more endearing on screen. I have the same issue with Angus Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Book Georgia is the most annoying person ever, film Georgia is just a teenager who’s a little self centred.

#4 Never Let Me Go (book by Kazuo Ishiguro, film by Mark Romanek, starring Carey Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightly.)


I am of the opinion that when it comes to Never Let me Go, the book and the film work together in perfect harmony. The film helps the realisation of what is going on and the book gives the emotional depth. I watched the film days after I finished the book and I thought that they worked amazingly well as companion pieces.

#3 The Hunger Games (book by Suzanne Collins, film by Gary Ross, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutchinson, Liam Hemsworth)


I quite loved the film version of the Hunger Games, some things that I loved about it got left out which was kind of annoying, but the stuff that was added in with the Games Makers gave it a much more creepy and dystopian feel. I think I’m listing this here because I was so worried about what they were going to do with the series and I was pleasantly surprised.

#2 The Lord of The Rings (book by JRR Tolkien, film by Peter Jackson, starring Elijah Wood, Sir Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee et all)


Peter Jackson made an amazing trilogy. There is nothing about the Lord of the Rings films that I do not love. Enough said. The Hobbit on the other hand…

#1 The Princess Bride (book by William Goldman, film by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright)


The Princess Bride is exactly as it is on paper as it is on screen. It is perfection as adaptations go, there isn’t a single thing added or removed. And I love it. If you haven’t seen or read The Princess Bride then you NEED to IMMEDIATELY. The fact that you haven’t is inconceivable, and I’m pretty sure that the ROUS’s will come and eat you if you don’t have it in your life.

So, those are my favourite book to film adaptations, other honourable mentions should go to The Wonderboys because it has fantastic casting (if you’ve ever wanted to see Iron Man and Spider Man get it on, it is your film.), Scott Pilgrim versus the world, Fantastic Mr Fox was also quite fantastic and of course, Less Than Zero, I HATED that book like, with an incalculable passion, but the film, the film I really enjoyed. I have to quit now while I’m ahead because now I’m thinking about it I have a list as long as my arm. Anyone agree, disagree, think of more that are pretty awesome?