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The Huntsman: Winter's War - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  This movie review is mine alone and does not reflect the views of All Games.

 Introduction to The Huntsman: Winter’s War - A Ms H Movie Review

Before I start my movie review, I would like to give a shout out to Charlize Theron including all the exciting movies she’s starring in lately.  There are so many, I’ve lost count, including of course this movie, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, but also The Fate of the Furious, and the upcoming Atomic Blonde.  Charlize Theron seems to be upping her game,and I give her kudos for the excellent roles she has been landing.  When I saw The Huntsman: Winter’s War, I was not as familiar with Charlize Theron’s acting abilities as I am now.  I recall thinking that they have many models acting now -- at that time, not knowing quite how accomplished Charlize Theron was in her acting roles.

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Plot of The Huntsman: Winter’s War - A Ms. H Movie Review

It’s been sometime since I saw The Huntsman: Winter’s War in the movie theater.   However, I do recollect this movie is loosely based on the Snow White fairy tale where the protagonist often asks the mirror who is the fairest of them all.  Additionally, this particular movie involved a relationship between two other characters Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain who were for some reason kept apart.  Later in the movie, they actually had to fight against each other. As time marches on, sometimes people do not look as young and rejuvenated as in the past.  I believe this was the dilemma facing Charlize Theron’s character, who always wanted to be the fairest of them all.  This was especially difficult for her since it was prophesized that there would be someone who would be even more beautiful than she was.

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Scenery of The Huntsman: Winter’s War - A Ms. H Movie Review

 It’s unclear to me how much of the background scenery was CGI and how much was real.  However, that being said, I was impressed with the cinematography of the movie, including the elegant gowns and costumes worn by some of the character.  As you watch this movie, you can be transported to a fairytale land where there is an evil protagonist played by Charlize Theron amidst other characters such as Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain mentioned earlier. I believe there is a scene in the movie when the Huntsman and Jessica Chastain’s character are in the forest and he gives her water from a leaf.  To me, this scene was reminiscent of the movie First Knight where Richard Gere’s character pours clear water from a leaf and gives it to the young lady whom he had just saved.  Of course, these movies are based on fairy tales, so there was a lot of savings of females going on.

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Assessment of The Huntsman: Winter’s War - A Ms. H Movie Review

If you are a fan of fairy tale based movies, fantasy or even action/adventure movies, I think you will enjoy The Huntsman: Winter’s War.  The plot is easy to follow and you do not have to try to figure out any twists and turns.  The Huntsman: Winter’s War is  a fairy tale movie that entertains and is clear, concise and simple with no hidden plots or surprises.

 Rating of The Huntsman: Winter’s War - A Ms. H Movie Review

 Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Huntsman: Winter’s War 3 stars.

 

Interstellar - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  This movie review is mine alone and does not reflect the view of AllGames.

 Introduction to Interstellar - A Ms. H Movie Review

I was prepared to enjoy an interesting space-based movie and this is what I get?  As you can tell, I was not impressed by the super-long meandering space story of Interstellar.  I found this movie to be unrealistic, overacted and just a plain waste of my time.  However, to strike a positive note,  I will counter and say that everything is not bad about this movie.  There is a slight element of suspense and a burst of space action as well.  By the way, I saw the movie on free Amazon prime and not in the movie theater.

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Length of Interstellar

To describe Interstellar as a long movie is an understatement. Unfortunately, Intersellar was not a movie that I wanted to go on and on, similar to some movies I’ve seen in the past.  Plenty of scenes could have been omitted to shorten this movie.  For example, before Matthew McConaughey's character made this space trip, he had a parent-teacher conference about his children.  Nothing really happened as a result of this meeting, so this could have been left out. I think the audience knows that he comes from a farming family; however, eventually his daughter worked in the space industry.  Therefore, I did not see a point in this scene. Additionally, the overall way the movie is told as a flashback could have been eliminated and the movie could have moved forward with the gist of the story which was establishing a colony on another planet.

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How the Space Travel Started in Interstellar

Maybe the writer/director was trying to correct mistakes and inconsistencies in this movie as the scenes went along.  Among the many questionable acts was Matthew McConaughey trying to break into a space facility towards the beginning of the movie.   Looks like the writer or director was unsure if this action should be met with positive or negative actions.  Since this was uncertain, initially, he was treated as an intruding criminal who eventually was touted as the only person who could make this particular space trip.

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Unrealism of Interstellar

There are many scenes in Interstellar which try the imagination, but I will point out just a few.  The idea that someone can float in space and enter another time dimension that looks like rows and rows of book shelves was the clincher for me. There are reasons spacewalks are done for a limited time and I’m sure the human body, even though heavily suited could not survive just hanging out in space. But like magic, Matthew McConauhey's character did just that.

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It is unknown how Matthew McConaughey's character went from some sort of time dimension to a comfortable hospital bed on a space station.  Obviously the writer/director did not know either so the movie cut to this scene after he was seen watching events that happened previously through the “book shelves” while hanging out in space.  It’s strange to me that he actually saw himself and kept telling himself not to go out the door.  What would have happened if he had not walked out the door?  Would he still be in space or magically be back in the room talking to his daughter? Did I mention while on an icy mountain there is a fight, and one of the character’s actually flew up the icy mountain -- just like a superhero? This is what I call pushing the envelope. There were other unrealistic instances in the movie; however, suffice it to say that this movie really pushed the imagination out in left field on all fronts.

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Forced Ending

Looks like it wasn’t enough that Matthew McConauhey survived literally hanging out in a space, but once he reached the space station in a world that looked like earth, complete with baseball games, he was not satisfied.  He embarked on another space journey to save one of his space-mates, presumably who had settled on another planet or space station. The audience could have been left in suspense as to what happened to Anne Hathaway's character; however, the writer and director added more uneeded time to the movie with this scene.

 Assessment of Interstellar

After watching this movie, I got the impression Matthew McConaughey was  showing off his acting chops, regardless of how bad this movie was.  I think the movie had a redeeming factor in keeping the audience in the dark about whether or not he and the others were expected to come back.  For that reason, I will be giving Interstellar an additional 1/2 star rating for at least having an element of suspense in the movie.

 Rating of Interstellar

 Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Interstellar 1 ½ stars.

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Their Finest - A Ms. H Movie Review

Disclaimer:  This movie review is mine alone and does not reflect the views of AllGames.

Introduction to Their Finest - A Ms. H Movie Review

This movie seemed to have materialized out of nowhere.  I do not recall seeing any coming attractions or previews of Their Finest.  That being said, I decided to watch the movie on the first day of its release.  Before seeing the movie, and based on the title, I thought Their FInest was a period war film and the title, Their Finest, described the soldiers.  However, I found out even though this movie was set in England in  the 1940’s,  the focus of the movie was not the war but something else.  

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Actors in Their Finest

I think Their Finest casting directors did a good job selectring actors to fit the events of the movie.  The actors spoke with a strong English accent, which in the beginning of the movie was a problem for me to understand clearly. The dialogue reminded me of the scripts in the Agent Carter television show where she seemed to be saying a thousand words a minute.  The good news is as events in the movie moved on, I was able to understand the dialogue better.  

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War-Time England Setting for Their Finest

Usually I’m not a fan of period movies but I quickly got engrossed in Their Finest.  Why? Because the gist of the movie centers around movie script writing not just the 1940’s war.  Even though the movie is set in the 1940’s I enjoyed watching how the script unfolded during this time.  It also confirmed my suspicions that a lot of docudrama add and change events for dramatic appeal to the audience.

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Creativity in Their Finest

If you watch the movie Their Finest, you will probably notice a connection between the script being written and the events that are actually happening in the movie relative to the two main characters played by Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin.  There is an interesting connection brewing between some other characters, but their’s is more of a subplot than anything else.  Even though there is friction at first between Gemma Arterton’s and Sam Slaflin’s character - it’s a given that this situation would change.  It was interesting to me how the writer and director revealed this happening to coincide with the progress of the movie they both were writing.

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For the most part, I thought the character played by Billy Nighy was entertaining in his own way by how he envisioned himself as the ultimate actor.  It was almost comical how he displayed his status as an actor as well.  I think there was a scene where they placed him in the position to talk to Gemma Arterton’s character about a subject that I think would have been realistically discussed with someone who was closer to her.. such as the other head writer. However, this character was not given a prominent role in the movie, so I guess that’s why Bill Nighy got this  part.  After watching the movie, you will know which scene I’m referring to.

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Words to Live By in Their Finest

No spoiler alerts here. I will not spoil  what happens in the movie, mainly because I think this is a movie well worth seeing.  However, at one point when the main character demonstrates disinterest in what she was doing because of something that happened, one of the characters said to her .. “Life is so precarious… seems a shame to waste it.”  In another scene in the movie also when she is becoming withdrawn another character says to her “It’s a shame to give death a dominion over life.”  I think these words are food for thought.  I would like to add that during the movie, raids were going on, so no one knew when bombs would drop as well as wreak havoc and destruction.

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Assessment of  Their Finest

I think Their Finest was well written and the actors did an excellent job of bringing the action of this movie to life, even if it was based in the 1940’s.  I believe the movie script writing was creatively done with some tie-ins to what was happening in the lives of the main characters.  I liked how a statement made in a conversation that was not directly connected to the movie , was actually used in the final film. To give you a hint -- it’s about who fixed the broken propeller on the boat.  Additionally,  I liked how the movie stayed true to the movie-making of the times.  It was interesting to me how the English film being made about the war talked about bringing in an American because of political reasons and the writers had to come up with a storyline to support that.  Overall, I would say this movie was entertaining, intriguing and kept my interest throughout.

Rating of Their Finest

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Their Finest 3 1/2 stars.

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