A Date with Reviews

A Date With Reviews – Queen of Katwe

I initially thought Queen of Katwe was an anime. Silly me, right? Later, I got my sister to tell me a bit about it which from what she described was pretty nice but definitely not all that.

Side eye to La la Land. I certainly felt and still feel that was one overrated movie. No offence to Emma Stone and Ryan Gostling. But that’s a story for another day. 

Queen of Katwe follows the story of a young Ugandan girl who rises from the slums to a much better place with Chess as her armour. But success doesn’t come cheap. Or does it?

Queen of Katwe is underrated. 
So underrated that I think maybe it’s a racism thing. Jk. 

But really, its such a fantastic movie. Did you know it was based on a true life story? That’s remarkable. 

One thing that watching Queen Of Katwe taught me was definitely whatever is worth doing is worth doing well. Maybe it’s chess, maybe it’s blogging, maybe it’s dancing, maybe it’s even school. Put everything into something you love and the results would be mindblowing in the long run.

The acting was very spectacular. I might just have a new favourite actor. Shout out to David Oyelowo. You are a phenomenal actor. Lupita Nyong’o did well. A passive well but well nonetheless. Now, our main character, Madina Nalwagana who played Phiona. She’s a star. Very very great acting. Though she was a bit emotionless at times, when you expected her to be realistically filled with emotions. Perhaps that’s just the character.

My favourite character was hands-down Benjamin’s character. He was played beautifully and I want a friend like Benjamin. Omg! He’s just right, basically.

The story is really the most inspirational I’ve seen this year. I mean, it beat Hidden Figures in my hierarchy of such movies! 
I’m gobsmacked at how a story could literally be flawlessly executed. 

I’m so mad at how underrated it is. It’s so much better than 50% of Academy award nominated movies. It’s got great reviews though. Putting in 93% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s that good. But yet, it made only 10m on a 15m budget at the box office. Ahhh. I cringe. This movie should win all the awards at all the award ceremonies. It really should. 
You should see Queen of Katwe. It’s that great. 
I’m rating it a solid A+ 

Ps – I might review Southside With You featuring Tika Sumpter. I’m most likely not going to. I think my love for the former first family clouded my judgement.

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A Date With Reviews – Beauty And The Beast 

I usually put A Date With Reviews only but I love Beauty And The Beast too much to do it the regular way. I saw this movie, sometime last month, in a cinema.

It was beautiful. I loved every single piece of action and the story, it made me feel as though I had never really encountered Beauty And The Beast before. Like screw you, all you poorly written animes and ill-told motion pictures I’ve watched in my life!

And it was a musical! Now, y’all know I’m a huge sucker for musicals. I got my huge Gleek award to show for it. 

Emma Watson is a beautiful actress. Okay, before you roll your eyes at me and say, duhh. I never watched Harry Potter, I read the books instead. That aside, she is a phenomenal actress. I’ve never seen her act before and when I finally did, it was like, where have you been all my life, Emma?

The songs were amazing. My favourite was and is obviously Beauty And The Beast. Did you know that it was sung by John Legend and Ariana Grande? I literally screamed when I found out. Now y’all know John Legend is like chocolate cake to me. Second favourite was ‘Be Our Guest’. 

The acting, in general was very phenomenal. The chemistry among the actors was everything and you know what I say about chemistry. It’s very important. The Beast guy was very impressive, just the right amount of angst, romance, fairytale and to be honest, he looked way better than I imagined the Beast would look. Did you know that he had to dance on stilts? That’s crazy and very professional. The characters were truly phenomenal.

The number of times I covered my eyes or got scared though. Quite a lot but if you’ve seen my reviews of Central Intelligence, Suicide Squad, When The Bough Breaks etc, you would know I take all the awards home for ‘always scared during a movie, even if it’s not that scary’.

The set was incredible. I would give anything to just explore the set and the location. It looked breathtaking during the movie and I’m sure, it’s even more in person. The costumes were a solid A, even though, I’m not sure if I essentially liked Belle’s yellow dress but that’s aside.

Before I digress and spill all the juice in this. You need to watch Beauty And The Beast before it leaves the cinemas. No, it’s not babyish, childish, too mush or whatever. It’s essentially perfect. 

And as a bonus that I know you will enjoy! Watch the song’s video – Beauty And The Beast Song by John Legend and Ariana Grande on DisneyVEVO’s YouTube. 

You’ll feel all types of good giddy, it’s a guarantee!

Photo credit – Google Images 

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Why Him? 
James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Zoey Duetch

Comedy 

2016 Movie 

After I got the tickets for this movie, as I was sitting and watching movie trailers at the cinema reception, I changed my mind. I wanted to see Passengers instead but I held on. After the movie, I am so glad I saw this one!

May I just say, firstly that James Franco may be crazy but he’s crazy cute! I loved the cast and characters, My favourite was Scotty all the way! There was visible, working chemistry among them all. There were no parts where they fell out of touch or out of sync and that’s rare. It’s a good thing.

From the beginning till the end, it was the bomb dot com! 

May I continue by saying however, that the story itself was a cliché, boy is crazy rich, says a lot of obscene things, every father’s nightmare but girl is clearly smitten, father doesn’t feel so. Later, boy makes everyone except father love him. Father takes a while to love him but he eventually does.

The height of cliché was when they, Laird and her father decided to have some sort of deal. Ha ha. Even with all of that, obviously there was something about it that made it so different. I thought it would be a lame movie at first but it turned out well. The picture was great, being that it was a cinema movie, I guess it had to be great.

Would I see it again?

I doubt it.

Once is more than enough.

I’m rating it 5/10.

Go watch the movie and answer this question.

Could you be with Laird? Or would you let your kid be with Laird?

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When The Bough Breaks,

2016 Movie,

Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Jaz Sinclair, Theo Rossi, Romany Malco…

A movie about love, lust, dangerous obsession and yes, a psycho. John and Laura Taylor are a weathy black couple who have been together for years. They have everything they need, except a child. Laura can’t carry her own children. So, they try surrogacy. Sweet, charming, innocent Anna Walsh was just the right fit. Or so they thought.

This is one movie that I was speechless almost throughout my watching it. It had everything. It made me laugh, almost cry, close my eyes ’cause things got very creepy at some certain points, it made me reason, imagine and think. It also made me love love, once again.
Now, why should you watch When The Bough Breaks before it leaves the cinemas soon? 

The acting was on point. I loved Morris Chestnut especially, he was such a great actor. Regina Hall did exceptionally well, it was different for her because she usually does unserious roles, anybody remember The Bestman / Bestman Holiday but she executed this flawlessly. Jaz Sinclair was perfection. Trust me, I do not like her role, at all but she acted the psycho so well, it’s going to be real hard for me to believe that she’s actually not a psycho.

I loved the writing. It was a great story. It was so predictable though. Honestly, I knew she was a psycho from the moment I saw her. She screamed too good to be true! She looked too innocent too. But well…

I love the story, I really do but it’s a little bit cliché. A little bit corny too. But it was real. Now what is life if it’s not a little bit scary, corny, cheesy and very clichè?

I loved the little things in the movie the best. Like how Regina Hall actually believed him when he told her he wasn’t cheating on her. That was big trust. How the love was so strong. It’s a movie but it sure represents something. 

That no matter what happens. 

There’s hope! 

Photo credits – Wikipedia

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Suicide Squad 

2016 Movie

Action/Sci-fi/Paranormal/Crime


One word, actually two words. Incredible bs! My watching this movie was very unplanned but I had seen critic reviews and ratings were horrible. However, the real people, the fans loved the movie. So, I had a fifty-fifty thing in mind. It could be horrible, it could be amazing. Either way, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Honestly, it was okay. Was it overrated? Maybe just a little. Underated? Just a little. It was lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. Incredible bs!

The beginning was pretty okay. Same old, same old. The black lady’s got balls though. Big ones! I’m a scared cat so I watched a lot of the first scenes through peep holes in my hands. Boy! It was terrifying. The Joker was absolutely crazy and Harley Quinn… Lord have mercy! There was a point where I was more irritated than scared, cue the Joker.

I liked the idea of the movie but it looks like something I’ve seen before. Same old, same old. According to someone, Batman vs Superman was way better and trust me, I’ve seen better movies than that. 

I think my favourite person in the movie was the serial killer. Will Smith’s character, Deadshot. He was witty, funny, annoying, just the right amount of hard-core yet soft inside. How sweet! My worst is obviously the Joker. He irritated me more than he fascinated me.

The acting was great. I especially commend Cara Delevingne’s acting. I hope that’s the spelling because network is shitty and I can’t google. I was blown away. She really brought the Enchantress/Dr June Moone to life. The ballsy black woman was great too. I honestly thought she was going to turn evil. *In the croc man’s voice* I like her! 

Not forgetting ballsy lover man soldier boy, Rick Flag. I’m sorry, I can’t remember all their names. My forthcoming assessment is messing with my head. But, damn! That’s some tough love. He loved her knowing what she was. Absolutely incredible. If it was you, would you still love her? Harley Quinn deserves a mention too. So silly and crazy, she said the dumbest things yet she owned it. 

The plot was okay. There was not a lot of suspense. Things happened fast without a lot of build-up. Nothing really caught you unaware. Absolutely little surprise element. Dialogue was okay. They didn’t sound like they were reading poems but at the same time, it wasn’t you know. I love the characterization though. L.O.V.E! 

I think you should watch Suicide Squad. Not because you want to watch a great movie. Trust me, it’s not that great but it’s not horrible either. It’s just really fascinating and has its perks. The perks are really perky lol. Doesn’t have that wow effect I love in movies but it’s not a bad watch.

Just watch it.

Oh, I think they will make a sequel.

Fingers crossed. 

Oh, and yes. There is a mid-credits scene. So don’t be quick to leave the theatre when the credits start rolling. 

Photo credits – Google Images 

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Skinny Girl in Transit
Season 1
Comedy
Ndani TV
2015 Sitcom
Abimbola Craig, Sharon Ooja, Ngozi Nwosu, Kenneth Okoli….

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The series, with its weekly twenty minutes episodes depict a life of a fat girl, Tiwa on her way to becoming the perfect thinner version of herself, because men will like her more and yes, mother says so.
But what is life without drama ?
Nothing.
Her petty and very pretty rude sister, her overbearing but endearing mother, the perfect boyfriend, the crazy still-in-love-with-her ex, her bestfriend whose primary goal in life is setting her up on epic date fails are seen through out her journey. Sometimes making life easier for her, other times not.

Highlights – Abimbola Craig, phenomenal actress. I love her story, it’s amazing. The humor is never ending. While it’s not as explosive as Jenifa’s Diary, it is just as good. You will laugh till your sides hurt. You will learn something. I love learning, don’t you? It’s a story about a normal girl’s normal life, complete with crushes, mum begging to bring a boy home, weight issues, epic date fails, relationship crisis, new flames and old flames, loving yourself and lots more. It’s something you can relate to, how can you not love SGIT?
The picture quality is amazing.
I don’t know how they did it but no grainy textures, clear videography all the way. That’s impressive considering the fact that its an online production.
Skinny Girl in Transit is not your regular Nigerian sitcom. The fact that you can watch it online already removes regular from it. I loved that it expresses thinking out of the box without being fake. It captures Lagos living quite well, if you ask me.
The episodes are well scripted, love the stories. They are well-planned and well written and they are interesting. I love that I, as a viewer can relate with almost all of it. The talks she usually has with the viewers where every other person in the movie doesn’t seem to notice, epic success! Its like she’s our home-girl because we share inside jokes and knowledge of certain things.
I cannot even begin to express my love for that.
It’s really great that Nigerian producers, actors etc are evolving. The evolution is highlighted in this series.
So if you love laughing hard, you should definitely watch Skinny Girl in Transit. If you love drama, you should watch SGIT, if you love a good story, more like good stories. Skinny Girl in Transit is your gold.

Lowlights – The fact that I have to wait for seven days before I see another episode. Agggh. That’s the worst form of torture. It’s even worse when you start season two because it gets more intense. I am not a very patient person.
Okay, this one relates more to season two but it’s actually a carry over from season one. The fact that its called Skinny Girl in Transit yet it seems like its drifting away from the title. I love love love the title, very catchy and hippie but it seems like its not about that anymore. I personally think her weight loss/weight problems should be more highlighted in the series. At first, it was okay. Her jogging, diets were documented but at a point, I got nothing. Like nothing about weight loss at all, nada. Where’s the Skinny Girl in Transit? It’s like it got roped into too much that the main thing is being forgotten. A story shouldnt lose itself inside all that drama. It gets better in season two though.
Regardless, it’s a phenomenal series you should definitely catch up on.