| ON SCREEN | THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

the theory of everythingThe Theory Of Everything
Directed by James Marsh
Released in January 2015

Synopsis : The Theory of Everything is a 2014 biographical romantic drama film[6] which is set at Cambridge University and details the life of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. It was directed by James Marsh and adapted by Anthony McCarten from the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, which deals with her relationship with her ex-husband, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease or motor neurone disease), and his success in physics.

I really loved this movie ! Stephen Hawking is someone whose life has always been nagging my interest.
The casting is impeccable ! Eddie Redmayne is a great actor and he is a perfect Stephen. Full of hopes, his head full of theories everyone greater than the previous one.

Felicity Jones is Jane Hawking, Stephen’s wife. She is a solid into Stephen’s life. His anchor.
She must have suffered a lot, no matter how deep her love for her husband was.
I also got to find out that Remus Lupin (errr, I mean David Thewlis) was also in the movie, a phD cosmologist who becomes friend with his former student.

I have nothing negative to say about that movie, really. I found it perfect, beautiful and very sad. Witnessing how hard life can become, it’s gripping. It has been one of my mottos for the last year and half but I’m gonna say it once more : enjoy every tiny momen of your life.

| ON SCREEN | IF I STAY

if i stay movie

If I stay
Directed by R.J. Cutler
Released in August 2014

Plot : Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

It’s by luck that I watched this movie. I turned on the TV one night, not wanting to read. And If I stay was here, waiting for me. Chloë Moretz is Mia, a teenage girl facing a terrible choice. The movie alternates between the present where Mia is in a coma, and has a out of body experience, and the past where we can follow with her love life and her passion for the cello. Mia is very close to her family. And she dearly loves Adam, a rocker whose band is starting to get famous.

I can’t say it’s a cute story because it’s a drama but I enjoyed it. I’m not the target obviously so I can’t say that this movie will make it to my top ten of the year but it was still enjoyable.

Chloë and Jamie are playing a great duet as Mia and Adam. I found their relationshipt touching, really !

Did it make me want to buy the book ? No. But I bet I would have enjoyed it, had I read it before.

 

 

 

| ON SCREEN | THE DARKEST MINDS

The_Darkest_Minds_posterThe Darkest Minds
directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Released in August 2018.

Plot : When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven.

 

I finished the book a few days before watching the movie so the story and its details, everything was still fresh in my mind.

I have to say, I was positively surprised by the movie ! It was very faithful to the book, at least until the last scene of the movie. I hope it doesn’t mean the second movie will become something too different from the book. We shall see !

I really enjoyed it, it was fast paced, cute and funny ! It was easy to follow and understand, even if you haven’t read the book ! The actors were well chosen. Amanda Stenberg, who plays Ruby, seems to be the new favorite when it comes to YA book adaptations, right ?
Also, Patrick Gibson plays a very disturbing Clancy, perfectly matching how I imagined him while reading the book !

To put it in a nutshell, I spent a great time watching this movie and I would totally recommend it !!

Have you seen it ? Did you like it ?

| ON SCREEN | SHADOWHUNTERS SEASON 3 PART 1

Shadowhunters 2

Hello lovelies ! Today I’m gonna talk about the first part of the third (and visibly final) season of the Shadowhunters series. I finished watching it yesterday and I have a few things to say about it.

First, about the actors. I really appreciated their work in this season. They’re way more convincing than they used to be, including Kat and Dominic. I also enjoyed Jordan’s introduction. He’s a character I enjoyed reading about so I was happy to see him in the TV show !

Now about the plot. They changed some things, compared to the books but the main plot stayed the same. And the few changes are easily understandable. Which means that I was okay with them. Now that they announced that the tv show is cancelled, I don’t really know how they will wrap things up. Hopefully it won’t be rushed.

Have you watched it ? did you enjoy it ?

| ON SCREEN | SHADOWHUNTERS SEASON 2

Shadowhunters 2

Hello lovelies ! Today I’m gonna talk about the Shadowhunters’ second season. When the first season was aired, I made a post for each episode.  I decided to change that and make a post about a whole season. The first season was… well okay-ish ? I really enjoyed how the synopsis stayed faithful to the books but I had some issues with CGI and how some actors played, especially Dominic Sherwood and Kat McNamara.

The second season is better CGI wise. We can see that the budget has been raised and that’s really for the best ! The actors are also way more convincing ! Good CGI and better acting, it’s changing everything in my opinion !

The synopsis changed slightly from the story told by Cassandra Clare but it stays really faithful to the spirit and doesn’t change a lot to the main plot so that didn’t bother me at all !

Overall I really appreciated this season, and I hope the third is even better !

 

| ON SCREEN | READY PLAYER ONE

ready player one movieReady Player One
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Released in March 2018

plot : The film takes place in the year 2045, when much of humanity uses the VR software OASIS to escape the desolation of the real world. Orphaned teenager Wade Watts (played by Tye Sheridan) discovers clues to a hidden game within the program that promises the winner full ownership of the OASIS, and joins several allies to try to complete the game before a large company run by businessman Nolan Sorrento ( Ben Mendelsohn) can do so.

I finished the book a few weeks before watching the movie so the story was still very fresh in my mind. (I still have post my review though… ahem !)
The main lines were well respected but there were a few changes, especially concerning the 3 quests for the keys. They changed it but it stayed faithful, close to the book nonetheless.

A change I didn’t appreciate is about the High Five. They totally changed the dynamic by making them allies from the beginning of the movie. In the book, only Aech and Wade are close friends at the beginning. And the whole High Five gang only team up at a certain time when they realize that they’re stronger together.

The casting was well chosen ! I didn’t know any of the actors, except Simon Pegg, of course. Which was perfect because I only saw Wade, Samantha, Aech and co.

Overall, it was pretty faithful to the book and I LOVED seeing all these references on screen ! Music, video games aaah it was so so good ! I just wished they had taken more time to show us the wonderful world that is OASIS ! We barely spent time there in the movie, compared to the book !

Have you seen it ? Did you like it ?

| ON SCREEN | FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

fantastic beasts movieFantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Directed by David Yates
Released in November 2016

I know, I knoooow. I haven’t seen that movie until now. What in hell is wrong with me, right ?!

The story is great. Newt Scamander, a magizoologist is taking care of so many amazing creatures ! But his clumsinessleads him to meet ex auror Tina Goldstein.
I really enjoyed this movie, I found it a little more childish than the last HP movies but I don’t forget that the target is middle aged children !

The plot was simplistic but efficient. What I found the most interesting were the creatures. Most of them are soooo cute ! I really want a niffler and a bowtruckle !

Now about the cast. They were all amazing ! First, Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander was a perfect choice. This actor is so surprising ! He nails it once again in this movie. Katherine Waterston was as equally awesome as Tina ! Annoying as hell at the beginning and then so interesting when things get nasty !
But there were not the ones that surprised me. Nope. Ezra Miller as Credence killed it ! I didn’t recognize him at first ! This character was so disturbing, Miller did a great job !

The only negative thing I have to say about this movie is about the villain. I wish they had concealedit a little longer, you know ?

Overall, I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait for the next movie to come out later this year !

 

 

| ON SCREEN | THE SCORCH TRIALS

 

The Scorch Trials movieThe Scorch Trials
Directed by Wes Ball
Released in September 2015.

This is The Maze Runner’s sequel. I read the book years ago so it’s a little blurry in my mind but this time I think the movie adaptation is different from the book.

I don’t recall every details of the book but I certainly can say that the movie differs from the book. It doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the movie, trust me ! I really enjoyed it to be honest. As I said in my post about The first movie, I’m not a fan of James Dashner’s writing style. So I like the movies more, for once.

This movie has all the ingredients of a good action movie. I prefer the first movie of course because of the maze. But The Scorch Trials is action action packed, fast paced and let’s not forget a good dose of drama ! I got scared more than once even though I knew what to expect ! I can’t wait to read the last book so I can watch the movie haha !!

The casting is as good as in the previous movie !

 

 

| ON SCREEN | THE MAZE RUNNER

The Maze Runner movieThe Maze Runner
Directed by Wes Ball
Released in September 2014

It’s the second time I watched this movie. I first saw it in theatre when it was released, just a few weeks after reading the book.

For once, I think I preferred the movie to the book ! I had some issues with the book, the writing more specifically. Otherwise, I enjoyed the story. That’s why I prefer the movie.

It’s very faithful to the book and if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that’s very important to me !
The grievers were particularly scary ! It helped me not to scream to know when the frightening scene would happen hahaha !

The casting is amazing ! First, the main character Thomas is played by Dylan O’Brien that I adored in Teen Wolf ! I think he is one of the most promising actors from our generation ! Kaya Scodelario is playing Teresa and she plays her perfectly ! I am particularly fond of Newt, played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Minho, played by Ki Hong Lee ! Chuck, the younger, is played by Blake Cooper.

Overall I really enjoyed this movie ! Have you seen it ?

| ON SCREEN | LOVE, ROSIE

lOVE, ROSIE MOVIELove, Rosie
Directed by Christian Ditter
Released in October 2014

I am so happy I finally watched this movie. I read the book a few years ago, you can read my review here. Since I read it a long time ago, the story kind of blurred in my mind. And I think it’s for the best because the movie is slightly different than the book. The story stays the same, but with minor changes. For a start, the circumstances for Alex’s departure for the US aren’t the same. To be honest, it didn’t bother me at all ! I really loved this movie. The only “negative” thing I have to say is that we kind of lost their written relationship. Now, I understand that it’s almost impossible to put it into a movie and they still managed it for the key moments, though. But I kind of missed it nonetheless.

I have nothing negative to say about the cast, they were all great ! Rosie is played by Lily Collins that is an actress that I admire. She gives life perfectly to a confused Rosie, because life has been harsh on her.
Alex is played by the marvelous Sam Claflin. I really love that actor. Unforgettable Will Traynor in the fabulous Me Before You, I totally forgot Will and just saw Alex ! The rest of the cast was great too !
Katie is played by Lily laight and she is sooo adorable !

Overall I really enjoyed this movie !