Tag Archives: audience: young adult

Fast Five Review: Justice League Dark (2017)

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
2017 | M | Animated, Action, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jennifer

Beings with supernatural powers join together to fight against supernatural villains. This team of supernatural beings include John Constantine, Zatanna and Jason Blood also known as the demon Etrigan.

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Fast Five Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

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SUICIDE SQUAD
2016 | M | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

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Fast Five Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

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FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
2016 | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN
2016 | Adventure, Fantasy, Family

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that stretches across time, he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.  Continue reading

Fast Five Review: Tomorrowland (2015)

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TOMORROWLAND
2015 | PG | Action, Adventure, Family
Reviewed by Paul

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. Continue reading

Fast Five Review: If I Stay (2014)

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Reviewed by Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes

 

2. Why/Why not?

I enjoy YA books from time to time but haven’t read the book. The film adaptation is pretty strong by itself but I couldn’t comment on the comparison to the book. I enjoyed it as a stand alone movie.

 

3. “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You’d have to be a bit of a YA fan. There’s some solid storytelling here. Mia is a high school senior and talented cellist who is about to embark on her life out of high school, when a tragic accident puts her in hospital in an induced coma. Mia has an out of body experience, looking down on her own body and hears all the goings on around her. It is in this state that most of the movie takes place and we hear the back story and overhear her family and friends speaking to her comatose self. It’s an interesting way of unfolding the story and works quite well. Her relationship with her punk-rocker parents is believable and quite lovely but her apparently passionate relationship with her boyfriend is less so. The film overall is strong and doesn’t suffer too much because of this.

 

4. “This series made me think…”

…of cellos and how great learning orchestral instruments is.

 

5. Stars out of five?

3

Fast Five Review: Belle (2013)

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Reviewed by – Naomi

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

Belle (Dido) is the daughter of a Navy Admiral and a slave woman.  When her mother dies, the Admiral takes responsibility for her but is called away to service, so he leaves her in the care of her great-uncle, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.  Not fully accepted into the society her birthright ought to afford, she flounders with no sense of belonging; forbidden from attending social events as a full member of the family, but too high born to dine with the servants.  Dido’s uncle, the Chief Justice, must rule on the case of the Zong, whose details are slowly revealed throughout the film.  The crux of which is to decide whether the killing of 142 slaves on a ship to save water was a dumping of ‘cargo’ or a massacre.  Dido begins to challenge her uncle’s ideas by asserting the inequalities in her own life.

Overall I enjoyed this film, however I was hoping for more vivid characters.  Her cousin Elizabeth with whom she was meant to be very close was often distant.  This was perhaps meant to imply the complications of Dido’s station in life, but I didn’t feel that this was overly clear.  The early pacing in the film was slow, but once it got going it did find it’s footing.

3. “You would enjoy this film if…”

…you like dramatisations of history.

4. “This film made me think…”

…that I would like to know more about the real Dido Elizabeth Belle and the history of the Zong case.

5. Stars out of five?

2.5