Aladdin

I ordered the DVD of Aladdin a while ago and then watched it just the other night with my boyfriend and I really liked it. It’s not one of my favourite Disney films but I like the idea of a princess film where the prince is just a normal person rather than being like some of the others, such as Prince Charming who is made out to be perfect and so is pretty much just boring. Aladdin was fun and interesting like the newest princes from Tangled or Frozen. I liked pretty much all the songs but ‘A Whole New World’ is definitely my favourite, while the second best for me is either ‘One Jump Ahead’ which is the song that he sings while running through the market to escape the guards after stealing bread, or ‘You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me’ as I like the playful aspect through both songs that’s seen in Aladdin, Abu and The Genie. The Genie is a great character just because he makes the film so much funnier with his jokes and how over the top he was with everything, such as the parade for Aladdin being a prince where instead of simply dressing Aladdin right and taking him to the palace there is this spectacle through the city with The Genie being hilarious as he jumps around and shape-shifts to spread rumours about Aladdin and make him seem important.

I love the idea of how they are all trapped though as Aladdin claims to be trapped in the life of a thief while Jasmine says she is trapped by the law of her having to marry a prince, and The Genie is trapped by the lamp and yet they set each other free from this while trapping the one character who started off free; Jafar. I felt Jafar was a pretty cool bad guy as although he didn’t do much to start with; just disguising himself, tricking people and mind controlling Jasmine’s father, I did like him once he got his hands on The genie as he was way more powerful and seemed almost insane with his obsession of having ultimate control. The last stand-off scene was one I liked just because rather than any kind of physical or magical fight they could have had, the downfall of Jafar came from outsmarting him and that was just by Aladdin, a guy from the streets rather than a prince.

So despite not being one of my favourites, I did quite like the film, mainly due to the songs and the comedy from The Genie. The next film I’ll watch will probably be to see Guardians of the Galaxy at the cinema so expect a post on that sometime soon, and I’ll see you then.

Update Post

I have been so busy but hopefully I will be able to get back into doing regular blog posts now and thought I’d start it off with a little update post.

I had my A-level exams which were literally taking up ALL of my time as I was cramming in facts, reading through textbooks, making revision cards etc. Hopefully all the hard work paid off but I have to wait another week to get the results which I am really nervous about as they decide where I am going to university next month. Since exams I’ve basically just been relaxing, enjoying the fact that I don’t have tons of work to do! Instead I’ve been meeting up with my friends and seeing my boyfriend and it’s just been great. I went to America, storming through the Disney parks as well as Seaworld where I got to feed dolphins which is just amazing, and then Universal Studios. The new Harry Potter part of Universal Studios is absolutely amazing! We went to ‘Escape from Gringotts’ first thing in the morning which meant getting on after an hour while the queue was four hours long when we got off of it! The ride was a total favourite of mine but sadly due to the queues I only got to ride it once.

I also went away for a few days with my boyfriend and his family doing lots of swimming, biking, badminton and other sporty things which was really nice. During July I took part in Camp NaNoWriMo, completing a 10,000 word count despite not finishing the story so hopefully I will be able to keep working on that because I just think it is really fun to do little creative projects like that. This time my novel is a fantasy following a girl who lives on a dying planet upon which a war rages between magic and science. I don’t really like my writing, I know how I want it to sound but I can never seem to get it how I want it to be which is why nobody has ever read anything I’ve written for NaNo. The point for me though is that it’s fun and I like having projects like that to focus on.

Anyway, I think that is it for my updates so I’ll catch you in a couple days with a new post. See you then!

Frozen (Film)

I absolutely love everything about Disney princess movies, there is just something about them that feels magical, that makes you feel like you are right in the middle of Disneyland, back to the belief that you can be a princess. But then maybe that is just me. You see, the thing with Disney is that they never bring out just an ordinary film and even then hardy ever are they only good; nearly always they are nothing less than amazing. This element of the extraordinary, these clear cut lovely characters, beautiful animation and songs that are both inspirational and catchy. I get that to some people these are just ordinary films but to me Disney makes most of the few films that can draw me in as much as books do, making  me feel I am part of this magical story.

Frozen was especially adorable in that I have been really excited to see it and so in anticipation I had found the song ‘Let it go’ by Idena Menzel on YouTube which is an amazing part of the film and is seriously beautiful, the animation, the magic, the singing, all of it, and I have heard it so many times now. One you really should not miss out on; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk&list=PLxnVeUnlga-GKeY2ghGGu_qQkGssuP5HM&index=2. Not only is it great for the movie but is just an amazing song in itself and one I feel is pretty inspirational in the whole ideal of the past being in the past, and just letting it all go, moving on and being yourself.

The character in the song is stunning and powerful while her sister is cute and a tad on the silly side with how innocent she is, together they are just so sweet. There is a moment where an act of true love is needed in the film and how they do this is truly amazing, it sounded like it was going to be the classic sort of sleeping beauty style act, yet what actually happens is just so much sweeter. Seriously the only criticism of this film that I have is that it is too short, clocking in at only 108 minutes whereas I would have been happy to sit there for much longer considering how amazing I found it.

I would say it is one that has something for everyone, I was originally a bit disappointed at the teaser trailer of the carrot on the ice; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1x76DoACB8&list=PLxnVeUnlga-GKeY2ghGGu_qQkGssuP5HM&index=9 as I felt it looked a lot like Ice Age which I have never really liked, yet a little spoiler for you, that sequence isn’t actually in the film. The snowman from it is truly cute though, and the reindeer is funny and cute when put together with Kristoff, especially as you get to see them as kids at the start and then guess at what happened between then and when they are adults.

There is something for pretty much anyone who likes Disney within this film; it is cute, funny and sad, there’s princesses and love, even a snow monster. My favourite parts were probably the songs of ‘Let it Go’ and ‘Do You Want To Build a Snowman?’ while my favourite lines have to be ‘I don’t have a skull… or bones’ from Olaf the snowman, and Hans saying his brothers pretended he was invisible for two years, as both moments were really funny and cute. A film you should absolutely see and one I am pretty sure I will buy both the DVD and the soundtrack for. Go ahead and tell me whether you have seen it and your thoughts in the comments.

Brave (The Amazing Disney Film)

I am such a big fan of Disney, and so every single time I see a new film of theirs it seems to instantly become my favourite, or at least for a while. Brave was one I wanted to see when it came out but just never got around to it, so of course seeing Disney films were 2 for 1 in HMV was a great chance to pick up the bluray. It was so well animated, the main characater has the amazing great mass of curly hair and I swear each little ringlet bounced when she walked along, but then I get really impressed with animation. The story was absolutely adorable, and the three little brothers were hilarious, I seriously recommend watching this one.

The actual film was not all that I loved about this though, also on the disc were two animated short films, one related to the movie; giving a bit of background on the history based part (Mordu) and the other nothing to do with the story of Brave but really sweet, called La Luna. Also if you have not seen the theories behind the Pixar films all being in the same universe you definitely should, it’s really clever and adds to the whole thing for when you see the bits in the films from the others. For example, in Brave there is a woodcarving of Sulley from Monsters Inc and another of the pizza planet truck from on of the Toystory films. Here’s the link to someone’s theory; http://mashable.com/2013/07/12/the-pixar-theory/, it does contain spoilers for the films if you haven’t seen them but is worth reading. I’ll post sometime soon about The Princess and the Frog which is the film I got in the 2 for 1 with Brave.

The Lone Ranger

I went and saw this film in the cinema a while a go and I think it’s great, the storyline was cool and the major scenes were epic with the two main characters outwitting  the bad guys over and over again. The film is told by an older version of Tonto to a young boy in a museum type tent at a fair which is interesting as it is strange in comparison with the rest of the film where this character is a lot more lively and so it makes you wonder what happened. It was overall a brilliant movie with comedic characters, lines and actions which fitted together in way that not just made me laugh but fitted the whole thing together. It’s one of those films that leave you wanting to be as epic as them, fighting criminals and bringing justice. Tonto is played by Johnney Depp and another character is played by Helena Bonham Carter who are always amazing, but I loved the main character even more. The main character, at least I thinks so, although I guess you could argue for Tonto, was a man working in law enforcement who when attacked by criminals and when he finds no help in the law, he goes with Tonto taking action themselves. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes action and adventure movies, and although it is a western and that is a really good aspect to it, you don’t need to enjoy westerns to like this.

Bambi

Just a couple days ago I finally bought Bambi on DVD, which is one I have been wanting for a while, and then just a couple hours ago, I watched it. I saw it when I was younger and so knew the idea but couldn’t really remember that much of it. It was absolutely amazing though. The animation was beautiful while the storyline and characters were adorable, I really love it. It’s strange to watch it in comparison to modern Disney as its a lot shorter and there is less depth to the actually story part as the music and animation is what guides it in many places. It was so sweet though, I didn’t actually cry although I normally do at films and of course this one is sad, but I still think it is great and I really like the character of Flower the skunk. Definitely a film to watch again!