SCOTTIE’S GIRL

RUBY SPARKS (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Calvin (Paul Dano) suffers from writer’s block and with the help of his shrink, he becomes inspired to write about a girl (Zoe Kazan) that appears in his dreams. He names her Ruby Sparks. One morning, he awakes to find Ruby in his house and finds it hard to differentiate from reality and his imagination.

Calvin: This is the true and impossible story of my very great love: Ruby Sparks. You may see this and think it’s magic. But falling in love, is an act of magic.

The story was really sweet at first, after all, Ruby is the girl of his dreams. But like all beings, they crave for change and this is bad news for Calvin, because it would mean Ruby wouldn’t be his Ruby any longer. The first amendment to the text really changed everything and it was pretty obvious from then on that Ruby wasn’t the same anymore.

It got quite heartbreaking to watch because she went from being an independent spirit to someone without one. The ending reminds me a little of (500) Days of Summer because it was like a punch to the face that you expected and yearned for.

Advertisements

SHE DOESN’T NEED WEAPONS

HAYWIRE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Gina Carano stars as Mallory Kane, a covert operative who has been crossed and betrayed after a rescue mission gone wrong. Now a wanted criminal, she has to use her abilities and skills to exact revenge on those who have set her up.

Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to mess with Gina Carano after watching this. Carano is former MMA fighter and everytime she gets into a fight, I feel sorry for the guys.  She bounces off walls, likes to use her super-muscular thighs as her weapon and she can really hit you where it hurts. I watched this mainly because of Michael Fassbender and even though I know his character doesn’t survive the movie, those few minutes are absolutely worth it! His end wasn’t pretty, but those few minutes where they dressed up as a couple – BEST!

The characters and storyline can get messy if you do not pay attention and some parts can be a bit slow-moving. I know because I heard someone snoring in the theatre! So rude -tsk!

WHAT THE SHREK?

SHREK FOREVER AFTER (2010)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars 

Shrek Forever After is the final instalment of the Shrek series and it’s still fun, considering that they added more fairy tales into this one – The Pied Piper and Rumpelstiltskin.

After being a father, Shrek is unhappy that all he does it to burp his babies and fix things, which is so unlike his ogre-self. He signs a magical contract with Rumpelstiltskin, to be a real ogre for a day in exchange for a day from his childhood. Fiona is now an outlawed ogre, Puss is an overly-pampered cat, while Donkey is a slave to the now-King Rumpelstiltskin and his witches. Unbeknownst to Shrek, Rumpelstiltskin actually took the day he was born and he has only that one day to salvage everything.

My favourite parts still belong to Donkey and Puss, like when they were bickering about “catastrophe” and “redonkulous”. The ogres’ hideout was pretty interesting, considering how much bigger they were compared to Shrek and how they quickly they could create a “not-there” presence when the witches are patrolling the area. The part where Donkey shows Shrek the exit clause for the magical contract is interesting – origami! The cutest part would belong to Puss when he asks to borrow Donkey’s tongue when they get wet because he’s too round to lick his back. Awww…

I still think Shrek 2 is the best instalment of all, with the introduction of Puss with his goo-goo eyes, and the Donkey-Dragon offsprings (compared to baby ogres) are the cutest! Those flying things with cute donkey faces!

AHH! ORGE!

SHREK THE THIRD (2007)
– 3 out of 5 stars

 An overall funny movie but the storyline lacks the magic the previous prequels had. Most of the funny parts were shown in their trailers so I thought it was up to the other characters like Merlin the crackpot, Artie the future King, the Princesses Club and the supposed villians to save the show. A rather good effort, I must say.

But my favourite would still have to be Donkey and Puss In Boots. The sidekicks of Shrek never fail to amuse and entertain, and they are damn funny. Oh, Lancelot was voiced by John Krasinski from The Office!! What a handsome voice!! And like all other movies, the moral of the story was to believe in yourself and be what you want to be.