Cinderella (2015)

Until this very moment I had no idea that a Cinderella live action movie was even in the works, but the first trailer just came out and it looks amazing.

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What surprised most of all was the highly recognizable casting.

  • Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother;
  • Lily James as Cinderella (if you don’t know her, go watch Downton Abbey!)
  • Cate Blanchett as the Stepmother;
  • Hayley Atwell as Ella’s mom (again, don’t know who she is? She’s Agent Carter! Cap’s first love and coming to our screens in January…);
  • Richard Madden as Prince Charming (and the King in the North looks mighty good!);
  • Stellan Skarsgård as the Grand Duke;
  • Holliday Grainger as Anastasia;
  • Sophie McShera as Drizella (Downton Abbey again… Daisy!!!).

Marvel Phase 3 announcement

Just as the world was buzzing about DC’s news about the release of their upcoming 10 movies, Marvel and Disney striked again and announced their plans for phase 3 movies. And again, Marvel is already winning and no movies are out yet…

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  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War, apparently a very important comic storyline, which will put Captain America and IronMan in opposite sides of the matter.

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  • November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange, though the rumours are not yet confirmed, none other than Benedict Cumberbatch is pointed as taking on the role.

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  • May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2… 2017 can’t come soon enough!
  • July 28, 2017 – Thor: Rangarok
  • November 3, 2017 – Black Panther, this is one of the most awaited superheroes in Marvel history to come to the big screen, and the studio confirmed their support for the character by introducing his portrayer while announcing phase 3. Chadwick Boseman took the stage with Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans and we even got the concept art for Black Panther.

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  • May 4, 2018 – Avengers: Infinity War pt. 1, we’ll probably get some closure on the infinity stones, right?
  • July 6, 2018 – Captain Marvel, there have been a lot of Captain Marvel’s throughout the history of the character, but they let something very clear: this movie is about Carol Danvers.

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  • November 2, 2018 – Inhumans

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  • May 3, 2019 – Avengers: Infinity War pt. 2, Phase 3 will go out with a bang!

So, I’m pretty excited about Marvel’s phase 3. The question of diversity, that they have been criticized for so long, is being answered, by introducing Black Panther and Captain Marvel. We still don’t get a Black Widow and Hulk movies, but do we really need to? We know by now that the Marvel universe is now fluid, they can and will make appearances in each other’s films – the Civil War being a great example of that. If it’s done well, we don’t have to miss out on any of our favourite superheroes. =) well done Marvel!

Movie of the Week: Maleficent

After putting it off due to lack of time (mostly), I finally managed to go and watch Maleficent, when my 11 years old niece expressed her desire to see the movie as well. I was a little afraid, given that most of the reviews I read online were not so positive… but I have to be honest: I liked it!

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There’s not doubt that Angelina Jolie as Maleficent is reason enough to get into that movie theatre! Her portrayal of the “Evil Queen” is magnetic. The special effects are pretty awesome as well, the Moors look great, Diaval’s changes are amazing and anything related to magic looks good… I only disliked the 3 little fairies, when they were little… they looked weird.

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I thought the casting was great. Angelina Jolie, as I said, is magnetic, Sam Riley as Diaval was probably my personal favourite though… I LOVED Diaval! Elle Fanning as Aurora… well… she played her well, and it was clear that they went for “a real 16 y.o. girl”, but I don’t see her as Aurora.

About all the changes to the story… I did not mind them. It works if you don’t relate the fairy tale animated movie and this one too much. SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Sure, when we were kids we were lead to believe that Maleficent was the epitome of a Disney Villain, doing all those bad things just because she could and that no real reason was behind it. This movie tells a different story, a different Maleficent, who fell in trust and in love with a human, and was betrayed in his search for power. It tells a story about a scorned woman who proclaims herself Queen and vows to destroy her enemy’s life by cursing his daughter. It shows how she becomes attached to the girl, caring for her since the moment she leaves the castle, and how Aurora loves and trusts her too. It also shows what obsession and greed can do to a person, destroying Aurora’s father, and once Maleficent’s love.

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All in all, a very entertaining movie. If I would change anything, it would be the intended target audience. It’s clear that this is a more “adult” movie than those that usually come out of Disney, the problem is, the adults remember a very different story, and have been living with it for a very long time… so, it’s probably hard to really get into this plot (which is not bad at all), knowing how it contradicts everything we thought we knew…

Just a little comment about how cute the baby and child Aurora were… the baby totally stole all the scenes, and the child, played by Angelina’s own daughter, was just so darn cute!

Finally… Frozen

After spending all weekend doing absolutely nothing, but sleeping, eating and watching old episodes of How I Met Your Mother… I finally saw Frozen!

I loved it (not as much as Tangled, but it’s still pretty good!). It’s refreshing to have a Disney movie whose two main characters are sisters. Anna and Elsa are pretty great together, I never cried so much in the first 10 minutes of a Disney movie as I did in this one.

Let It Go may have won an Oscar, and is an amazing empowering song, but I just find Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? so cute and endearing, and there’s something to sweet and innocent about Anna…

Disney has done it again! 😉

Movie of the Week: Saving Mr. Banks

On the same day I went  to see American Hustle, I also saw Saving Mr. Banks… actually I only had 10 minutes between the two… Couldn’t be more different.

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We all know the plot, it happened (whether or not the movie depicts the whole reality of it, it’s an entirely different story…). It’s about how the author of the Mary Poppins stories, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), finally sold the rights to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), so he could do the movie.

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They portray her unwillingness of giving said rights, because she believed that the Studios wouldn’t do justice to her beloved characters. So she insisted in taking part in the writing of the script and in all the creative decisions. The movie showcases exactly this: Mrs Travers’s 2 weeks at the Walt Disney Studios.

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While she there, though, we get a glimpse of the origin and motivations behind the creation of Mary Poppins: her childhood. Annie Rose Buckley plays young Ginty (a.k.a. Helen Goff, a.k.a. P.L. Travers), with Colin Farrell playing her father Travers Goff, in a side story that will just break your heart.

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Rachel Griffiths plays  Helen’s aunt and the real life inspiration for Mary Poppins.

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Paul GiamattiBradley WhitfordB.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman are just some of the amazing supporting cast of this truly, Disneylike, amazing movie.

Random realizations: the Genie, Mrs Potts and Lumiere

When I was a kid, we watched the Disney movies dubbed in Portuguese from Brazil, it wasn’t until 1994, and the release of The Lion King, that the movies started to be dubbed in Portuguese from Portugal… so obviously, (as a kid) I watched all of the Disney movies in either of these versions (Br or Pt), but I never saw them on their original version… at that time, we didn’t have that option, so that you have an idea, I own the Pocahontas DVD and it doesn’t even as the choice to put in another language…

Last week some kind of weird thing came over me and I decided to re-watch some of my favourite Disney movies, so I saw Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast (so far). So, just 3 random things that I wasn’t aware:

Robin Williams is the Genie in Aladdin!

I’m sure this is pretty common knowledge, but I had no idea! I grew up in a world where the amazing genie spoke Brazilian-Portuguese!!!

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And OMG, I thought the version I knew was good, but it has nothing to this amazing amazing talented performer! So so funny!!! And now that I know, I can totally see Robin in the Genie’s expressions and even in his eyes.

  

Angela Lansbury voiced Mrs Potts in Beauty and the Beast

It took me a bit by surprise when I first listened to Mrs Potts speak, in the original version movie of Beauty and the Beast, mainly because I grew up watching episodes of Murder, She Wrote and I knew that voice oh so well…. the amazing Jessica Fletcher a.k.a. Angela Lansbury!

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and she even sung A Tale as Old as Time!

   

Jerry Orbach voiced Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast

This one I couldn’t believe… mainly because it doesn’t sound like him at all… maybe because of the french accent, but WOW! The famous Detective Lennie Briscoe in Law & Order and Baby’s father in Dirty Dancing gave voice to the super funny Lumiere… who knew?!

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