La belle et la bête (2014): Movie Review

*Minor Spoilers*

I love fairy tales so much! I haven’t watched many fairy tale adaptations besides the Disney movies. I loved watching Beauty and the Beast, and when I heard there was going to be a live action adaptation for it, I was beyond excited. Now, I stumbled upon this movie when searching for Beauty and the Beast. I saw the trailer and it looked amazing. Luckily, the movie was available online with subtitles. La belle et la bête was beyond beautiful. I loved the ost, the characters, and the scenery was beyond gorgeous. The ruined castle was absolutely stunning. This film has two timelines which is the present and the Beast’s past. When Belle dreams, she is able to catch glimpses of the Beast’s past life. I really liked the Beast’s backstory, it was very unfortunate what happened to him and his dead wife. The Beast wasn’t portrayed as vain prince, but he was a ruler who was obsessed with hunting. His love of the hunt eventually brought his downfall. I found Belle to be quite sassy and very curious. I felt that there should have been a bit more romantic scenes between the protagonists (minor complaint). Nonetheless, the dresses that Belle wore were gorgeous.

Look at these beautiful scenes. I cannot get over how amazing the scenery was.

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I loved how magical this film was. There was a bit of nudity, but I didn’t feel it was explicit at all. It was such an enjoyable film to watch. Lastly, the film is available to watch on YouTube! For anyone who is interested in watching it, I will post the links down below. I highly recommend this film!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Cinderella (2015): Movie Review

Have courage and be kind.

Commentary: I was beyond excited when I first found out about the new Cinderella movie. The movie was beautifully done, I loved the casting, and it was fun for everyone to watch. The movie was absolutely fantastic. For a life action, I thought it was done superbly. I loved the animated Disney classic and I love this movie just the same. I like how the story begins with Cinderella’s childhood. Now most Cinderella adaptations mostly start with Cinderella already living with her cruel step-family, but it was refreshing to see into Cinderella’s past. I liked how the movie demonstrated Cinderella’s close relationship to both of her parents before she became an orphan. I did cry when her mother died and then when her father died as well, even though I knew what was going to happen. I thought that Amanda Seyfried would have been the best choice to play Cinderella, but after seeing Lily James’ performance, I take back my words. Lily James was perfect for the role and though she got minimal singing scenes, I loved the way she sang. Cate Blanchett was amazing as Lady Tremaine, and I was not expecting the Duke to be the second antagonist in the movie. Didn’t see that one coming. Helena Bonham Carter was perfect as the Cinderella’s fairy godmother, the scene when she starts transforming the pumpkin into a carriage was hilarious. In addition, I liked how the prince and Cinderella met prior to the ball. As much as I love the animated version, I have to say that they fell in love to quickly, while the live action was trying to build up the romance. I found it cute that the prince did not reveal his true identity until the night of the ball.The ball scene was beautifully done, and by the time the prince and Cinderella had their first dance, I was expecting “So This Is Love” playing as they danced. One of my favorite scenes had to be when Cinderella forgives Lady Tremaine as she goes with her prince to live happily ever after. Lastly, the movie was fun to watch, and I would definitely rewatch it.

Final Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This song is one of my favorites from the Cinderella soundtrack ☺️

Fairest by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

“She cried for the girl who had never belonged. A girl who tried so hard, harder than anyone else, and still never had anything to show for it.”

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Commentary: When I first heard that Queen Levana was going to have her own story last year, I was more than excited. When I read the Lunar Chronicles for the first time, I thought it was more than amazing. I read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress all in one week. I had really high hopes for Levana’s story, and I am glad that Marissa Meyer did not disappoint her fans. I love Levana as a villain, so when I was reading her story, I did feel sorry for her. First of all, her sister was the cause of her disfigurement. That event marked the beginning of the end for Levana. Channary was a horrible older sister, no wonder Levana is the way she is. Secondly, there is no love in her family. She doesn’t cry over the death of her parents nor of her sister. Levana constantly had to remind herself that there is no such thing like true love, since her parents had a loveless marriage. Levana had low self esteem and constantly had to hid her true self by using her glamour. I did feel that her hatred of mirrors was understandable. The mirror showed her reality, a reality that she was not ready to face. The girl was desperate for love, and she was quite “thristy” for Evret. I felt so bad for Evret since Levana would not leave him alone and things became worse for him when his wife died. He was just trying to be a friend, but Levana saw his friendship as love. He constantly tried telling her to find happiness, but she wouldn’t listen. I couldn’t stop shaking my head, Levana needed to take a chill pill. I couldn’t believe she forced him to have sex with her. I felt that Levana was insensitive, needy, manipulative, and delusional, I can’t forget to mention that she is psychotic. She couldn’t stop manipulating Evret before he agreed to marry her.  I really thought it was creepy how she glamoured herself to look like Solstice throughout her marriage. Levana constantly got want she wanted, she got her man, and she got the crown. What she did to Selene was very unforgivable, but Levana had to do what she thought was beneficial for herself. Once Levana became queen, she thought her actions were going to be beneficial to her country. She tried to think what was best for her country, even though her methods were extreme. Such as the extermination of the shells, creating a disease that would affect Earthens, creating a army of beasts, and so on. As queen, she was able to establish a legacy that surpassed her previous relatives.  I really enjoyed this novella, I thought it was a great prequel to the story. I really liked how readers got a glimpse to Princess Selene and Princess Winter’s childhood. It made me more excited for the last book in the series. I enjoyed this short novella, and I can’t wait for Winter.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Movie Review: Rusalochka

I watched Rusalochka (1976) a couple days ago, it’s the Russian adaptation. The Little Mermaid, the story, is one of my favorite tales of a tragic princess. As much as I love the Disney adaptation, I wanted to watch a movie adaptation closer to the book and that’s how I found Rusalochka.

I thought it was a beautiful adaptation. Viktoriya Novikova portrayed the little mermaid perfectly, I really felt that she was spot on. I really love how the director expanded the movie such as the little mermaid receiving help and guidance from her friend Sulpitius while she was on human. I liked how the the witch took the little mermaid’s hair color instead of her voice, I was not expecting that. The little mermaid was given a certain number of days to make the prince fall in love with her. If she failed her task, she would die. If someone gave up his life for her, then she would never die and live eternally. Fate was not in the little mermaid’s favor when she agreed to the witch’s deal. Once she became human, the prince was already falling for the princess who rescued him. In this version, the little mermaid did not have to kill the prince after he marries the princess. She chooses to die and has no regrets of her short life on land. Sulptius, on the other hand, tries to demonstrate to the prince that it was the little mermaid who rescued him instead of the princess. He battles the prince and dies in order to let the little mermaid live eternally like a dream. In the end, the prince realizes how foolish he was of not realizing that the little mermaid rescue him. He tries finding her all over the kingdom and he watches her disappear into the air.

I did cry at the end of the movie because the movie ended tragically. I really appreciated it. It was such a fun movie and I would definitely watch again. By the way, this movie is on YouTube, in case you are interested of watching the film.

My rating for this movie is a 5 out of 5. 🙂

Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

I kept seeing this book series whenever I was looking for a new series to start. The cover looked amazing and it convinced me to start the series. I knew it was going to be a Cinderella retelling, but I had no idea what it was going to be about. I just finished the book and it was great. This review will have a bit of spoilers so be warn!

Cover: I love the cover! 

Characters: My favorite character from the Lunar Chronicles so far is Cinder. I thought that she was amazing, the author developed her character. She was a cyborg who constantly felt like an outsider with her step family who did not love her (except for Peony, her stepsister). She was the girl with the mysterious backstory that had no recollections of her memories prior to her cyborg surgery. She’s sarcastic and very tomboyish mechanic who can’t blush or have tears due to her surgery. I can’t wait to read about her in the next book. Prince Kai, was very charming from the beginning of the novel. I enjoyed his scenes with Cinder, from their first meeting at the marketplace to their dance at the ball. It was interesting to see how he transitioned from being a prince to an emperor. He has many problems that he wants to resolve such tensions between the Lunar Kingdom and Earth. May I say, that I loved Queen Levana as the villain. I really thought she was a Queen Bee. Although I have not read the other books in the series (I will eventually get to them), I am excited for her story! 

Plot: This was more than a Cinderella retelling. The author really took time to create this world. It’s in the future and there’s conflict between the Moon and Earth. It really reminded me of Sailor Moon! (for example: Cinder kept saying that lunars have magical powers). The plot, I thought was really interesting. You have Cinder as an outsider cyborg who is in fact Princess Selene (this gets revealed till the very end). The main conflict that I found in the story is that Queen Levana does not want to sign any peace treaties with Earth and wants marry Prince Kai in order to become Empress and later dominate the entire world. Cinder is the one to let Kai know of what Queen Levana is plotting thanks to a mysterious lunar girl whose guardian is Sybil Mira (thaumaturge of the Lunar Kingdom).  There are two other subplots that I can think of such as Prince Kai’s determination to find Princess Selene and marry her instead of Queen Levana, and secondly, Cinder being immune to lemutosis. 

Sad Moments: I was sad to see Peony die. I had hope for her to survive since Cinder was given the antidote for lemutosis. I did shed a tear when Cinder was removing her id chip. Then there’s the part with Cinder discovering Iko’s personality chip in her room. Lastly when Prince Kai told Cinder “Was it all in my head? A Lunar trick…You’re even more painful to look at than she is” (Kai realizing that Cinder is both Lunar and cyborg. 

Shock Factor: I was not as shocked to learn that Cinder was Princess Selene, but I did find it shocking that Lunars were immune to lemutosis. 

Would I recommend this book? Yes. If you’re a fan of the fairy tale retellings, this book is perfect for you. I am really excited to continue reading the Lunar Chronicles 

My rating is a 4 out of 5 🙂

Year of the Fish (2007): Movie Review

I’ve waited years to see Year of the Fish ever since I saw the movie trailer on YouTube a couple years back. All these years, I have searched and searched for the movie and I almost lost all hope, until I found out that it was added to Netflix. The movie is based on the Chinese version of Cinderella (Ye Xian). The movie is shot in rotoscope animation, though some people may have a problem with the animation, I thought it made the film unique and charming. The protagonist Ye Xian is a Chinese immigrant who arrives in Chinatown in New York. Believing that she is going to work in a hair salon, she feels confident about saving money for her sick father in China. The owner of the so called hair salon is Madam Su, her father’s cousin, who actually runs a private massage parlor that satisfies men’s needs. Innocent Ye Xian signs a contract with Madam Su in order to pay off her debts since her boss paid for her trip to America. As long as Ye Xian did what she is told, her boss provided her shelter and work. Ye Xian does not realize that she would have to perform sexual acts on the male customers as part of her job. Ye Xian is unable to do the tasks that Madam Su demands of her, therefore, Madam Su punishes Ye Xian severely by making her do all the housework chores. Ye Xian constantly cries because her life is miserable, but proves herself to be a hard worker when it comes to doing her job, although she is constantly mistreated by Madam Su and her rival Hong Ji. There’s also Johnny Pan, a musician who tries to find his own happiness in Chinatown and has problems with his cheating girlfriend. Fate brings Ye Xian and Johnny together when they encounter each other in the streets of Chinatown. Most people already know how Cinderella ends, so I won’t spoil the movie too much. This film was dark, for example, the fairy godmother is a blind witch named Auntie Yaga who many fear, but she shows her kindness to Ye Xian. Secondly, I loved Johnny Pan. I loved the fact that he was not a prince nor a rich musician because it would have made the film cheesy. Johnny is a honest hardworking man who also has his share of bad luck in the city. I definitely recommend this film because it was not your typical Cinderella story. I really loved it and I really enjoyed the soundtrack. I would watch this movie again and it is now one of my favorites. My rating for Year of the Fish is a five out of five. 😀