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A wrinkle in Time (2018)

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To utilize a tesseract…
all you need is to tap into the right frequency.
You just need your mind.

I’ve never tried L.S.D. in my life. But while watching this confusing and psychedelic-looking movie, I thought my wife used some exotic spices in my dinner I’d just eaten. After a while, I still didn’t know what this movie was about. It’s something about space traveling with use of the 5th dimension where one moves through the universe by using just his mind. Mr. And Mrs. Murry (Chris Pine and Gugu Mbatha-Raw), two scientists, worked on this for years and are convinced it’s possible. Until one day Mr. Murry actually disappears without a trace and leaves his family behind.

What? Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who?

And before they know it, three eccentric-looking, fairy-like women show up. They are called Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey), Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon) and Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling). The three are a sort of space police who heard a cry for help and moved quickly through the universe to the spot where Meg (Storm Reid), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murry, lives. And together with her brother Charles Wallace (Deric McCabe) and Calvin (LeviBetter watch outMiller), Mr. Popularity at school, they’re off on a rescue mission.

Tv makes women look chunkier. Look at Oprah Winfrey what a movie does.

This rescue mission leads them from one obscure and bizarre place to the other. From the colorful planet Uriel, where Mrs. Whatsit turns into a fluttering carpet with a face that looks like a gigantic sprout after she has conversed with a whole bunch of flying flowers. And they talk in color. For real? Yes really. Next, they arrive in a gloomy, dark world covered with clouds, with strangely stacked rock formations. Worlds with immensely sheepish creatures on stilts. And a spreading black smoke called Camazotz. Apparently, this cloud represents evil. And it’s spreading rapidly in space. And all this can be seen in the company of a huge, giant Oprah Winfrey. Whether this has been done intentionally to justify her body weight or it’s described like that in a book by Madeleine L’Engle, where this film is based on, I really don’t know. But it looked absurd anyway.

Wasn’t it a bit exaggerated?

A wrinkle in time” is a fantasy movie, with a gang of children on an adventure in deep space. It reminded me sometimes of Wonka’s chocolate factory where every room was a new surprise as well. Only this film is not the same as its other Disney predecessors. Even though every Disney production is clearly aimed at a younger audience, there was always a bit of magic that appealed to adults as well. To be honest: I always have and still can enjoy a Disney movie. Well, this is the first film of them where I can’t agree with that fact. I was really annoyed at certain moments. The cacophony of colors and the absurdity of places where they traveled to, felt really exaggerated. The moralistic messages are a bit exorbitant and theatrical. Sometimes it was a bit too obvious. Or did the makers feel the need to give the youth of today an educational kick in the pants to draw their attention to those certain values in life again? A lesson about good and evil. And furthermore, being different doesn’t mean that you are an outsider and that it’s not normal to be scorned by others.

Big spectacle.

No, this Disney film wasn’t my cup of tea. I even thought it was just plain boring. Despite the fact the cast is filled with some famous stars, the acting itself was sometimes even laughable. Even a bonding with the characters was missing. So I really didn’t care in the end whether they would be catapulted through the universe or not. The only one of the three cosmic goddesses who could charm me was Reese Witherspoon. And that because of her brutal attitude and a big mouth. Maybe fans of the book will be excited while watching this film. If, however, it was the intention to proclaim the message about goodness and equality, it might have been better if they didn’t make a spectacle out of it.

My rating 2/10
Links: IMDB
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Artemis Fowl: Time To Believe | Official Trailer – HD

Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Captain Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

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Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Release Date:

May 29, 2020

Director:

Kenneth Branagh

Cast:

Colin Farrell, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, Miranda Raison, Nonso Anozie, Ferdia Shaw

Plot Summary:

Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw), a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Captain Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) for ransom to fund the search for his missing father in order to restore the family fortune.

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IO: An Orgasmic Experience For Global Environmentalists And Defeatists

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Sam, we have to leave this place.
Sooner or later you’ll have to.

 

IO” will certainly be an orgasmic experience for global environmentalists and defeatists. Supporters of global protest movements about global warming and the destruction of our balanced eco-system will certainly use this film as an example to reinforce their apocalyptic disaster scenarios. Can you already imagine it? Such a television program where they put a microphone under the nose of such an environmental adept? You can bet that comments such as “You see. Any idea what misery we’ll get into if we don’t intervene now?” will be flung at the interviewer. In my humble opinion, all this is a storm in a glass of water (And no, global warming didn’t cause that storm). I blame it on the natural evolution that our planet is undergoing. An evolution in cycles in which we as humans only speed up the process because of our polluting behavior. Soit. I should stick to just one particular thing I’m good at. And that’s to write down a review of the movie in question. Short and concise: the film is as boring as any environmental debate of today.

 

 

IO

 

Planet Earth on the brink of destruction.

For those who didn’t know yet, “IO” shows us for the umpteenth time a deserted, uninhabitable planet Earth. This concept has been used to a great extent in multiple films with a different cause each time. Either it’s because of a zombie outbreak like in “World War Z” and similar zombie movies. Or it’s prehistoric creatures like in “The Silence” that cause a global slaughter. And let’s not forget aliens? They appear all the time to plunder our blue planet because they themselves are without resources. Viruses, impulses via mobile telephones, an innocent text message, a computer virus or simply a world war. An enormous number of causes have already been used to create chaos with an extinct planet as a result.

 

 

IO

 

Everybody left. Sam stayed.

Here in “IO“, it’s toxic fumes that cause the population to die en masse. Choking and blood transforming into a black liquid. Scientists claim the reason is an unexpected change in atmospheric composition. Smart people with common sense realize that it’s only Mother Earth who is thoroughly sick and tired of us and tries to get us off this planet with a well-aimed ecological kick in the butt. The result is a massive exodus to IO, a planet floating around somewhere near Jupiter. But that doesn’t apply to teenage girl Sam (Margaret Qualley) who stayed behind on Mother Earth, living in a house somewhere on a mountain where the toxic fumes can’t reach. When she looks over the valley, this smothering smog hangs like fog in the valley. Even a storm cannot blow these toxic fumes over the ridge. What the storm surely did, was blowing away a bee colony, necessary for the scientific research Sam and her father, who initiated this research and apparently didn’t survive the disaster, were doing. Or he went up in smoke. I cannot judge what this scientific research actually meant or if it made sense. That’s probably due to my limited intelligence.

 

 

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Dullness and slowness.

All in all, the beginning of the film wasn’t bad. Sam wearing an oxygen mask, traveling through the deserted streets of some American city with the help of a quad (equipped with a trailer). Images of a dead city and horribly dark underground corridors where rainwater drips from the ceiling. And the realization that her visiting time is limited to the content of the oxygen bottles. A miscalculation and she falls prey to the toxic fumes. Exciting. Captivating. But at the same time, it’s not groundbreaking. Even when Micah (AnthonyFalconMackie) arrives in a Jules Verne-like balloon, it doesn’t get much more fascinating. What follows is a conflict between these two main characters. Sam wants to continue her father’s life’s work and prove that life on Earth could be possible in the future. Micah wants to board the last spaceship that leaves for IO but needs some extra help. When the romantic get-together comes into play, I immediately thought of “Z for Zachariah“. A similar film that starts interesting but is characterized by a general dullness and slowness.

 

 

IO

 

Dissappointing.

The two main characters weren’t the problem. Margaret Qualley is a good-looking appearance and shows in a solid way how determined the character Sam is. Only the decisions she made were a bit implausible. Anthony Mackie manages to play the unsympathetic balloonist with a self-control problem effortlessly. The script was too nihilistic for me. The pace was irritatingly low. And the story itself was extremely boring. Many technically perfect still lifes. Lots of musing and breaks full of drama. Even the hopeful ending with a mythological-religious message couldn’t raise the level. Well, “IO” was a bit of a disappointment for me. I didn’t expect a “Lucas Arts” kind of movie where everything “explodes and blasts and bleeps”. But in terms of dullness, this Netflix Original still beats many competitors.

You can watch “IO” on Netflix now!

 

My rating 4/10
Links: IMDB

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Marvel Studios | Big Game Spot | ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,’ ‘WandaVision’ and ‘Loki’

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Marvel Studios has given us our first look at its upcoming Disney + shows, which include, ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, ‘WandaVision’ and a quick tease of ‘Loki.’ 

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ is set to take place after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ and picks up with (Anthony Mackie’s) Sam Wilson who is now the new “Captain America.” The show will center around new global adventures with Sam and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan.)

‘WandaVision’ will also make its debut this fall, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and the Vision. The 1950s-inspired series will have Wanda and Vision trying to live a “Normal” life. But things aren’t always what they seem. The latest trailer shows the two heroes jumping in and out of different timelines. The show has been described as comedic and dark.

Little is known about the upcoming ‘Loki’ series, as the show isn’t set to air until 2021. We do know, the show will also take place after the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ How Loki survived having his neck broken by the mad titan, Thanos, has yet to be revealed. Apparently the God of Mischief had one more trick up his sleeve. The latest teaser has Loki promising, “I’m going to burn this place to the ground.”

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