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"Beauty & The Beast"

Tale as old as time...

We did it! After years and years of waiting, we finally have ourselves a live-action version of Disney's classic film! We were all pretty excited, although we already knew what was going to happen. But that didn't matter, because this movie helped us see through new lens.

At first, I didn't have much hype for the film. I thought, "Yeah, I wouldn't really watch it because I already know the story." But as soon as the music started playing in the cinema, I started to get more and more impressed. I was hooked right when the first song started playing; I have been lying to myself this whole time! Or course this was going to be a good movie, despite the plot already lodged into my brain. I even saw my sisters cry, and it didn't even start yet!

Let's start with the cast. Man, the cast is great! Emma Watson as Belle didn't seem like a good choice for me, but as I watched, she slowly but surely changed my mind. Dan Stevens as The Beast was pretty great too, although I still prefer the voice of The Beast from the old animated film. It's the same that goes with the rest of the characters, to be honest. They are great, yes, but I prefer the old actors.

It was really great of Disney to re-hire Alan Menken for the score and music for the film. For those of you who don't know, Alan Menken is a veteran Disney composer, who has produced the score for not only "Beauty & The Beast", but "The Little Mermaid", "Aladdin", and many more. The music sometimes feels like it just came off from the animated film, and that's not necessarily bad. It felt quite nostalgic, actually. Way to go, Alan Menken.

How talented the actors are! They can sing, they can dance; after all Miss, this is France! Again, I still prefer the arrangements from the animated film, but that doesn't make the songs from now any less good. The new songs are pretty great, too. However, I was sort of disappointed when I realised they didn't play "Human Again", until someone informed me that that certain song was a Special Edition exclusive, so I guess I could let that slide.

Now, let's be honest here: There are things that this film did that were done better than the animated film, and there are things in the animated film that were done better in this film. For example, the character development for The Beast and Maurice (Belle's father). That certainly was something we didn't really see back in '91.

Some of the new, updated lyrics for this film were quite distracting, but I brushed that off and sang along anyway, but that's beside the point.

Then we get to the issue that has been stirring the people up for who knows how long: The gay issue.

It was revealed that LeFou, Gaston's assistant, will be portrayed as a homosexual man. People were infuriated, and I myself was a bit shaken by the news. But, when I saw the movie, I see it not as something to be rioting about. I felt relieved that the homosexuality of LeFou was a shoving-it-down-my-throat kind of way. In fact, it made almost everyone in the theatre laugh. I'm not complaining about LeFou's sexuality anymore. Instead, I'm laughing at it. Why? Because it's supposed to make us laugh, not stir us up.

There are not a lot of weak points in this movie, so I say Disney did a wonderful job in remaking a classic film. The film stars a great cast, is arranged with wonderful score and music, and has a controversial but laughable sense of humour! Although this movie made me feel joyful inside, I still prefer the old animated version that was releases in 1991. I'm [not] sorry, but you can't really defeat the classics. Nevertheless, this was a job well-done by Disney. You deserve our applause once again.



Rating: 7.9/10
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"Logan"

His time has come.

After seventeen (yes, seventeen) long years of portraying the iconic mutant, Hugh Jackman has cut his contract with FOX and will no longer be playing Wolverine. But, before he did, they wanted to make a sort of "send off" film for Jackman. For years, I've been waiting for a Wolverine solo film that's worthy to be praised and not forgettable like the last two, and I say it was worth the long, long wait.

This was the first R-rated film I got to see in the cinema. I have seen plenty of R-rated films, but never in the cinema. We were all nervous, and we even came up with plans on how to get me in without getting caught. So yeah, seeing this movie was an experience in more ways than one.

"Logan", being Jackman's last film as Wolverine, tells the story of Logan (duh), or his real name "James Howlett" (which is rarely ever used) and his aging self. He doesn't heal like before (as previously seen in "The Wolverine"), and age has really taken a toll on his physical appearance. Someone wants Logan to help a genetically-altered female child (X-23) reach a certain place somewhere in the north of America. However, they're not alone; Professor X is with them almost every step of the way, and the people who created X-23 want to take her back.

In many ways, this was the Wolverine movie everyone wanted to see. After the dull "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the forgettable "The Wolverine", the audience gets to see what Wolverine does best: rip the guts out of people. This movie was R-rated not only because of the foul language, but the intense fight scenes that contain plenty of gore and blood. And I mean PLENTY of gore and blood. This is not the Wolverine movie we grew up with. If Hugh Jackman was going to leave, this is how he was going to leave his mark, and my golly, it was perfect.

The cast did a great job, especially Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Old and new faces are all around you, and it's quite satisfying. The casting was a job well-done, in my opinion. Also, the child actor who portrays X-23 has a great start in acting. I look forward to seeing her in films to come.

The only forgettable thing about this movie is the music. Sure, it has some nice moments, especially during the ending, but the rest was not as memorable. It's not bad, I've just heard better scores in the X-Men franchise.

The special effects and make-up are top-notch. The effects made the fight scenes enjoyable and the gore scenes both watchable and unwatchable. It looked too real, and that's what the effects were for. The makeup and design was brilliant, too. The Old Man Logan look Jackman used for the movie made him actually look older than he really is. Oh, and there's a little something in there that's considered a spoiler, but when you see it, you'll be thrilled.

Everything about this movie should be praised, and it deserves it a lot. It's action-packed, funny, gory, and even emotional. VERY emotional. I was on the brink of crying when the movie ended, knowing that this movie would be the last of Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. What a performance by him and the other actors. I can't get over it, it's THAT good! However, this is definitely not the X-Men film kids can watch. It's gory, violent, profane, and suggestive. But apart from that, this is the PERFECT send-off film for Jackman as Wolverine. I would like to thank him for his portrayal of the character, and though a new actor may take his place on the screen, they can never take the place of Jackman in my heart. Bravo.



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"Doctor Who And the Pirates (Or The Lass That Lost A Sailor)"

Hurrah for the Pirate King!

After the depressing "The Holy Terror" and the mysterious "The Maltese Penguin", I figured I better listen to something fun and entertaining. Once again, I found myself going through lists of the best Doctor Who stories produced by Big Finish. This appears multiple times in multiple lists, so I gave it a try. Plus, I heard it was the first musical produced by Big Finish. "A musical, you say? Well, why not?" So I gave it a try.

You see, there are three types of Big Finish audio stories. The entertaining, the thrilling, and the utterly emotional. "Doctor Who And the Pirates" is absolutely entertaining. I usually go for the thrilling or emotional stories, "The Chimes Of Midnight", "The Holy Terror", and "No More Lies" being a few examples. But much like "The One Doctor", "The Wrong Doctors", and "The Sirens Of Time", this story made me feel very good and entertained.

The first chapter of this story didn't really give a good impression at first, due to events I'd rather not say, as they would be considered spoilers. But, throughout the second, third, and fourth chapters, I can understand why plenty of people regard this as one of the best Sixth Doctor stories.

Pirates were old. I never really cared about swashbuckling sailors (which is probably why I haven't watched "The Time Warrior" yet). However, I would care if it was a good story. "The Curse Of the Black Spot" didn't make me feel anything at all, so I thought, "this better do justice."

The cast, both main and supporting, are extremely talented, despite it being a pirate story. Sure, the pirates still have that "ARRGH, MATIES!" tone to their characters, but they do it in a way that's enjoyable rather than annoying.

Did I mention it was a musical? Well, turns out the singing doesn't start until chapter 3, and the majority of the musical part reside on the second half of the story. But by golly, it was worth the long wait. Every song was enjoyable and delightful, and Colin Baker and the rest of the cast were amazing in the songs! Who knew Colin Baker could sing?

However, there are a few cons in this story; for one, the story tries hard to make us feel for the characters. I did feel something for one character, but it was snuffed out at a moment's notice. Two, the first chapter had me a little bit confused. And three, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH SONGS.

Other than that, brilliant story. A talented cast deliver a performance to remember. The songs were composed in such a fine way, and the way they executed it was... Fantastic! If I were to choose between "The One Doctor" and this, this has my vote. I can't really say anything else about this story but this: A delightful story that will keep you hooked until the end using its catchy, addicting songs and story. "Doctor Who And the Pirates" is something I highly recommend.



Rating: 7.9/10
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"The Holy Terror"

Are you my mummy father?

Ah, The Sixth Doctor. He is often despised for his narcissism and attitude, not to mention the "hideous" outfit he wears throughout his life. However, most of the people who dislike the Sixth Doctor probably haven't listened to the Big Finish audio dramas. On screen, we see a jerk who has little to no tolerance towards stupidity and a bad fashion sense. In the audio dramas, we see Six go through what he hasn't really accomplished on TV: Character development. Six has become one of my favourite Classic Doctors, and one of the reasons is this very story.

I was going through the countless lists of "Best Doctor Who audio stories", and "The Holy Terror" comes up almost every time. Since it was below the 50th-release mark, it was available on Spotify. At first, I didn't think it would be a good story. I mean, come on, a talking penguin [who can shapeshift]? No thank you. I ignored it for a while, until I discovered it was written by Robert Shearman, one of the BEST Big Finish writers. So I thought, "Oh well, I'll give it a try."

And by golly, it was thrilling.

For those of you who don't know, the 2005 episode "Dalek" (starring Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor) was written by Robert Shearman, which was loosely based on a Sixth Doctor audio story, "Jubilee". Shearman has a great reputation, having written "The Chimes Of Midnight" and "Scherzo." Both are absolutely brilliant stories, and "The Holy Terror" is no exception.

Despite the cover making me think this would be a funny, entertaining, and childish story, the ACTUAL story was dark, emotional, and gets you thinking. But you're probably asking; why a penguin? Well, the penguin (Frobisher is his name) is actually a key character, so I won't give anything but this: Frobisher is a shapeshifter who usually resides in the body of a penguin and has had (and will have) a few adventures with The Doctor. He may look like comic relief, but looks can be deceiving.

The story focuses on a religious society who worship "gods" as the ancient Egyptians have (slaves, statues, etc), and an evil bloodline plan to take over the throne and murder the rightful king. But something else is happening behind the scenes...

Once again, The Doctor is faced with religion, ghosts, and gods. Religion can always be something to stir people up. While many people say religion is a disease in mankind, it can also be part of the foundation of an overwhelmingly good tale.

First off, the cast is pretty great. Colin Baker [as usual] does a great job as The Sixth Doctor, and Robert Jezek as Frobisher delivered a surprisingly well-done performance, given the fact that his character is literally a talking bird. The supporting cast are good too, and the characters they voice are just as entertaining as the main.

There is so much emotion and effort put into this. Robert Shearman has a knack for pulling time heartstrings from time to time. He's sort of like the Steven Moffatt of Big Finish productions in terms of Doctor Who. They are similar in a few ways; both come up with incredibly clever and haunting tales, although they don't do a job-well-done all the time, although I'm sure Moffatt has messed up more than Shearman. They just both love crushing our souls, don't they?

Not to mention the music was AWE-INSPIRING. I don't particularly have a favourite Big Finish incidental composer, but Russell Stone is certainly now a candidate. The music fits well with the story; dark, emotional, haunting, etc. What a brilliant job Russell Stone has done for this story.

Every chapter of the story was great. The plot twists come here and there, and you don't get tired of it, because they're so mind-blowing and smart! And of course, I can't leave out the fact that the climax (part 4 in its entirety) was worth the 3 parts that came before it. Not that the first 3 chapters were bad, I'm just saying chapter 4 was significantly better and more thrilling. I'm not going to give away spoilers, but I'll tell you how it goes: It. Is. Absolutely. Heartbreaking.

I cannot describe how good this is! Shearman delivers another wonderfully-written story that's mysterious, dark, and sometimes horrifying, while being emotional and depressing at the exact same time. Not only does it tackle the subject of religion, but it also tackles the issue of free-will, guilt, and shame. This really does do The Sixth Doctor some justice.

"The Holy Terror" was a wonderful experience. With a brilliant cast, wonderful music, and haunting climax, I believe it can satisfy almost anyone and everyone who listens to it. And while "The Chimes Of Midnight" remains my favourite Rob Shearman story AND my favourite Big Finish audio story of all time, this is certainly up there with the "Best" audio stories ever. It certainly deserves the praise it gets, despite the unappealing cover art. Bravo, Rob Shearman. Bravo.



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"The Happiness Patrol"

Happiness will prevail.

Earlier today (at the time this review was published), I finished the three-part Doctor Who serial, "The Happiness Patrol", starring Sylvester McCoy as The Seventh Doctor, with Sophie Aldred as his companion Ace.

The synopsis of the serial: The Doctor and Ace land on a planet where being sad or doing anything even remotely sorrowful (playing the blues, wearing black clothing, etc) is a crime. The punishment? Death.

The synopsis seemed interesting enough to me, so I gave it a try. After all, I do need to watch Sylvester McCoy's run. I mean, can you imagine a planet where it's illegal to be sad?

The Seventh Doctor wasn't really appealing to the eye at first. At one point, I thought he was worse than Colin Baker! But after watching "The Curse of Fenric" and "Remembrance Of the Daleks", I realised I may have misjudged The Seventh Doctor a bit.

The first two episodes of this story are well-paced, spending the right amount of time to deliver information about the setting and supporting characters without confusing the audience. Oh, and there's a little reference to "The Invasion Of the Dinosaurs", too!

McCoy delivers a good, but not outstanding performance in this story. The supporting cast are good, but the weird character design and make-up make it hard to see that. Some of the special effects are decent, although I've definitely seen worse.

Dominic Glynn delivers another wonderful soundtrack. He is by far my FAVOURITE Classic Who incidental composer. While I prefer his music from the Colin Baker story "The Trial Of A Time Lord", his music for the Sylvester McCoy era is still worth listening to.

The climax of the serial, which happens to be the third and final episode, only gives just enough satisfaction. The Doctor confronts the main villain and tries to reason with her. While he fails to do it himself, something else ultimately forces the villain to learn her lesson: Happiness cannot exist without sadness.

Overall, this is a good story. Not a great story, but definitely watchable and enjoyable. With a good soundtrack and an interesting concept, I declare "The Happiness Patrol" as an essential story when getting into the Classic Doctor Who era.



Rating: 7.6/10
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"Night Of the Whisper"

Justice will be served.

To promote the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who", Big Finish Productions, in collaboration with AudioGo, produced and released eleven new audio dramas featuring every single Doctor as of November 2013, dubbed "Destiny Of The Doctor". "Destiny Of The Doctor" is a series featuring every Doctor in their own story, with one of their companions and a special guest narrating the story. It's absolutely entertaining, and if you pay enough attention, you'll have a surprise be it at the beginning, middle, or end of the story!

Brand new adventures from past Doctors! Can you imagine? As if "The Light At the End" wasn't big enough of a celebration for Big Finish! Oh well, I guess they felt it was worth making new stories for old Doctors. We get to have one more adventure with every Doctor, especially... The Ninth Doctor.

I have listened to most of the series. Those being, "Hunters Of Earth" (First Doctor), "Smoke And Mirrors" (Fifth Doctor), "Trouble In Paradise" (Sixth Doctor), "Shockwave" (Seventh Doctor), and most recently, "Night Of the Whisper" (Ninth Doctor). If you already knew me, you'd know that I favour Christopher Eccleston's portrayal of The Doctor more than anyone else. He was my first and favourite Doctor of all time, and nothing and no one can change that... Not even Tom Baker!

I'm not exactly sure where this story takes place in The Ninth Doctor's timeline. Rose Tyler is a waitress in a bar somewhere across the galaxy. A mysterious creature called "The Whisper" is executing people who are guilty of even the smallest crime. It is up to The Doctor, Rose Tyler, and Captain Jack Harkness to save the day!

This is definitely the way to re-introduce the Ninth Doctor. For years, The Ninth Doctor has been overshadowed by The Tenth and Eleventh Doctor, and still is. Most people don't listen to the Big Finish audiobooks, but for those that do, this is a good way to bring back the Ninth Doctor.

Man, what an adventure. I was quite busy while listening to this, but that didn't stop me from keeping up with the story. We may not see Nine, Rose, and Jack on the screen, but there's an upside to that; we get to picture them in any way we like. The Ninth Doctor is heroic as always, Jack being the usual, etc. Etc. But it just felt so nostalgic, this story.

For me, this could be one of the BEST Ninth Doctor stories if they ever make new audiobooks for him. If not, then this IS the best Ninth Doctor audiobook, given the fact that it's the only one! Honestly, I couldn't ask for a better story for him. While Nicholas Briggs doesn't actually give a great Eccleston impression, he still does his best and it's still easy to imagine Nine, even with Nicholas Briggs as one of the two narrators.

However, what bugged me about this audiobook is that, like "Vengeance Of the Stones", there is no female narrator. The majority of the "Destiny Of The Doctor" series feature both one male and one female narrator. It would have been nice if Billie Piper came in instead of Nicholas Briggs. But even so, it still worked out.

The climax of the audiobook was great. It wasn't "Shockwave" great, but it's just below that. I just love how they executed everything just right; it could even work as a TV story! But sadly, Eccleston left after one season, and Big Finish focuses mainly on the Classic Doctors, so... I guess the only thing we can count on regarding new Ninth Doctor stories are the comics.

But still, this was an absolutely fantastic one. The narrators were superb, the story was interesting enough, and like most of the "Destiny Of The Doctor" stories, the lesson in the end makes you start thinking. "Night Of the Whisper" was a brilliant way to reintroduce The Ninth Doctor; good story, good execution, good ol' Doctor.



Rating: 8.2/10
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"Invaders From Mars"

On air in 3... 2... 1...

Apologies for not making a review for... Well, basically anything. I really do want to write reviews, but I'm just too lazy for them. Anyways, I'm back with another review of a Big Finish product, "Doctor Who: Invaders From Mars"!

I've reviewed some audio dramas from Big Finish before, but I'm sure at least one or two of you are still wondering, "what the heck is this about?" Well, do your research, because I'm not gonna waste time explaining it to you.

"Invaders From Mars" takes place in 1930s America, when "aliens" invaded our planet Earth. Along the way, The Doctor and his companion Charley come across gangsters, Russian spies, and... Real aliens from outer space. But what else is new in Doctor Who, eh?

I have mixed feelings about the performances. Paul McGann and India Fisher were remarkable as usual, usually being the ones who save bad audio stories (Case in point, "Minuet In Hell"), but the rest of the cast were forgettable. I was between "not fond" and "dislike" when I heard of the voices of the American gangsters. And there was this one person who was just horrible to listen to. Thank goodness he only lasted for one chapter of the story. In summary, Paul McGann and India Fisher were good, the rest were just "eh".

What about the story? I can't even remember what it was about. Honestly, I didn't really know what was going on. I don't know if it's my fault or the story's. I have forgotten the roles of some characters like the Russian spy. And the final chapter of the story felt a bit rushed; just a bit. I just lost my interest when it came to the end of the third chapter, but I still managed to complete it. And then the REAL aliens arrived. I thought they were going to redeem the story, but they had no effect on me. Nothing.

I really don't have anything else to say about this audio drama; I just forgot about it completely. That's how I can describe this as a whole: forgettable.

This wasn't really a story I was blown away by. I payed some attention and enjoyed it, but it rather felt like a "pass-the-time" story rather than something you should really focus on. I wouldn't recommend this story, but you can listen to it if you want AND have the means of listening to it for free. "Invaders From Mars" is nothing really more than a filler in the Main Range of the Doctor Who audio series. There are some good moments, and the fact that Orson Welles is featured in the story, but that's pretty much it. Luckily, "The Chimes of Midnight" was published the next month after this was released, and it was amazing! This story, however? Not even close.



Rating: 6.8/10
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"Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording"

ALEXANDER HAMILTON.

It took some time to really commit to listening to Hamilton, but after completing it, I really have to apologize to +Lapis Lazuli.

The first time I tried (and failed) to listen to Hamilton, I thought to myself, "This is not my style", and halted it in favor of "Tug Of War". However, during that time, I got past "The Schuyler Sisters", which has Broadway written all over it. The rest is something different; something that still has the Broadway aroma to it, but with a little something else.

The second time I tried it, it lived shorter than the first. I tried to like it, I really did, but it didn't quite get to me. At least, not yet. Oh, and did I mention that I was slightly unimpressed by Lin-Manuel Miranda's voice at one point? To be frank, I was kind of underwhelmed by most of the cast, but that's not because I'm racist. The show has a very diverse cast, and I thought that was good. I just didn't think highly of their performance, though.

Rap isn't my type of music, which is why I shied away from it for a long while. Of course, not everything here is rap, but I kinda thought it to be like that. I never really gave it a chance until recently, and boy, do I regret that. Of course, being rap music, there were bound to be explicit words and foul language in most of the songs. After all, Hamilton did have a rather... eventful life.

The third time, I really was interested into listening, but I was both lazy and busy. Eventually, I had time to listen to it, and as I progressed, it managed to slither into my mind and stay there for a long while.

Despite the music style not being my fit, the musical as a whole was brilliant, just brilliant. It successfully blended modern music with political history, and it sounds amazing, once you go deeper into the story. Like I said, I wasn't very impressed with the cast, but as I got deeper and more interested, they got so much better.

The story is simple and can easily be read in a history book; Alexander Hamilton does what he can to achieve greatness. Along the way, he meets his wife, and the man who would eventually kill him. It may seem simple and in most cases, mediocre. But the way the writer fleshes out the story, the way they make us feel emotional... It's breathtaking. The story moves around like small waves in a pool, colliding with each other but never really making any damage. It can be a rap battle one minute, and then an emotional song about betrayal in another. It's all over the place; It just goes and goes without stopping. That's what I thought of it while listening to the soundtrack: It was Non-Stop.

Who knew we would be so emotional about the founding fathers of America? The story manages to go from one place to another without actually boring anyone to death, unless rap/theatre isn't your thing. Most people, including myself, would say they would get depressed after listening to certain songs. There was one character who didn't really get enough audio time as much as the rest, but I sure felt the pain they tried to inflict on us using that character. Bravo.

There are many sad parts in the story, but there was one certain plot point that just crushed me. It's an important part of the story, so I won't be revealing what it is. Let's just say, it was very emotional for me. In my opinion, that certain part in the middle was the BEST part of the soundtrack.

Man, this was amazing. I would actually be very excited if I got tickets to see the ACTUAL Broadway musical. I praise the cast, the writer(s), and the orchestral band for making the life of a man in history make us feel these emotions. Hamilton is amazing, and I highly recommend it. The performances was top-notch, and the tone and structure was well thought-out; And of course, this was based on a true story. A true story about desire, betrayal, and death. I love almost everything about it. I could applause to it, but I'd look crazy.



Rating: 8.2/10
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"The Tenth Planet"

Have you no emotions, hm?

Due to lack of sleep and utter boredom, I felt it would be satisfying to do a quick review of William Hartnell's last story as The First Doctor: "The Tenth Planet".

William Hartnell remains one of my favorite Doctors, but we can all agree that sometimes, his performance can be a bit dull. Which is understandable, as he was going through illnesses during the mid-later years of his run. But I guess there's a bright side on this: his dwindling health and decrease in popularity created the idea that would be essential to Doctor Who in the future: regeneration.

Yes, the concept was invented, but not the whole "regeneration" thing. They did it well, though. I can't picture a better regeneration scene. I wonder how the people back in 1966 reacted when this happened.

The Cybermen weren't so outstanding. Their voices sounded so funny, I couldn't take them seriously. I just couldn't. At least the Cybermen improved throughout Patrick Troughton's run. Not a very pleasant first outing, but since they were hilarious to me, I enjoyed them quite a bit.

Oh, and the final episode is nothing but recovered images and stills. Some parts, especially episode 4 sort of... Bored me. At least they kept the regeneration scene intact. Who know that would play such a vital role in the show?

They could have done better, to be honest. The final story of the man who started it all could have been "Caves Of Androzani" great, but what can we do? The story HAS been set in stone. And unfortunately, it's not a very good one. Granted, there are a few enjoyable moments, but not enough to make it a good story. It's just decent. That's all I can say; decent.

However, this does not change my opinion about The First Doctor. He's a fun Doctor to watch, especially if you're trying to fall asleep, considering most of his run might be found dull and boring to most people. I respect him so much, and I look forward to seeing more of him AND finding new material from Big Finish.



Rating: 6.2/10
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"Moana"

You're welcome.

Man, it took a while to stop procrastinating and start writing a review for this film. I wanted to, but then I became lazy. And then when I really decided to write one, the Internet got cut off for six whole days. Man, that was a nightmare.

So anyway, not too long ago, I watched Disney's latest film (at this moment of time), "Moana". Before watching the film, I've heard a lot of great things about this film. It took a while to convince my parents to watch this film, but eventually, they gave in. My whole family watched it on a Wednesday night in a theater where they served FREE POPCORN. But popcorn isn't what we're talking about now, we're talking about DISNEY, for crying out loud!

Oh boy, how do I say this...? After finishing the movie, I walked out of the theater thinking...

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...It was OK.

Don't get me wrong, the film was good. But, this film wasn't as good as say, "Zootopia" or "Big Hero 6" (feel free to call me biased). The characters are lovable, well-designed, and even hilarious at times. After films like the aforementioned, it felt refreshing to see a new movie that explores lands with no advanced technology. We also got to see a new "native" Disney Princess. Finally! It was about time we saw another Princess with colored skin, as we've seen with Tiana and Pocahontas. We've seen plenty of medieval princesses, like Elsa and Tiana, and I think, after "Brave" and "Frozen", it was about time we went to more... Tribal lands.

This was a surprising movie. However, not too surprising. Like I said, it was OK. It didn't blow me away like "Zootopia", but I was entertained. The plot twist didn't leave me in shock, and there was one scene that just didn't affect me... At all. If they removed that one particular scene, it wouldn't make any difference, with the exception of the film's running time.

The songs are now starting to sound less "Disney" and are now sounding like radio pop songs. Which isn't a bad thing entirely, I'm just saying. I do however, appreciate the songwriting by Lin-Manuel Miranda. This, for some reason, gave me a little drive to start listening to Hamilton, the hit Broadway show. If you have heard at least some of the songs from Hamilton, you WILL recognize Lin-Manuel's presence in the songs.

I guess you could say the great comedy, beautiful animation, score, and acting are safe from my criticism. The plot and some songs, however, are not. They're fine, but I felt like Disney could have done so much better. This is certainly not one of Disney's best films; it's just slightly above the "good" bar. Don't be offended, this is a good movie, but not that good to blow me away, as Disney has done before with their previous films.

"Moana" may not be amazing in my opinion, but out of the four "Princess" movies Disney and PIXAR have released since 2010, this one is #02. "Tangled" still remains #01, with "Brave" being #03 and "Frozen" being #04. It will entertain you with its songs, comedy, and performance, but it won't blow anyone away like Disney's previous films. It's not the best, but... This is what we got.



Rating:7.0/10

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