Movie Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our British heroes find themselves fighting alongside their American counterparts, and the results: everything here is bigger, louder, bloodier, more political, more expensive, more violent and the suits are amazing. If you were a fan of the original Kingsman, this film is just as crazy and over-the-top as you'd expect (the film is 141 minutes long). 

Those who hated the first film will be twice as irritated. Screw 'em. True Kingsman fans will appreciate that director Matthew Vaughn made this film to be more violent, sexually adolescent and politically reactionary, just what a Kingsman movie should be. I will say there are many of wtf moments when watching this film, and some scenes will make you feel gross, but for some odd reason, it all ties in together well.  As an action film, Kingsman: The Golden Circle does not disappoint. From its opening car chase through London to its Bond-style alpine fight scene to its crazy final assault on the villains, the hyper action scenes are as breathless, acrobatic, bloody, and in-your-face as the originals. 

This next reason that I liked this film, more for the ladies who read my reviews – I like to personal and shameful disclosure this: I find Taron Egerton, the swaggering star of the films, to be quite cute. Something about his fresh good looks, his character’s charm, the streak of his sensitivity, the suits he wears with sneakers . . . yeah, it works on me. I’m only human.

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The Golden Circle sets up world-saving stakes—a poisoned supply of recreational drugs threatens to kill millions unless a cartel queen-pin madwoman (Julianne Moore) gets her way — and yet nothing about the movie’s actual storyline didn’t have any real weight. I didn’t care too much for Julianne Moore crazy scenes (won’t spoil any parts) but her being the “super villain” really didn’t do it for me. And yet—I did have fun watching it anyway (I even laughed out loud a couple of times). Sure, because of Egerton, sigh, is a dashing figure with a dose of humility and a killer smile. Sue me! In my defense, I am a huge action person and The Golden Circle won my movie thumbs ups because of several of its action scenes—like an opening fight inside a London taxi—are dizzily choreographed, physics-defying thrills.  

But, yes, I recognize that there is also plenty to not like about the film, including a mostly useless cameo from Channing Tatum, wasted scenes by Halle Berry, and one poorly big final twist that confuses the movie’s already-confused politics. I understand why people were repulsed by the first movie, and expect them to be even more so by this one (If they even see it). But if you are just wanting to be entertained by a movie that has plenty of action scenes this is definitely a must-watch. It’s not getting a lot of good reviews, to which I say, fair. I get it. And, oh well. All the more Eggsy for me.

I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Have a great weekend! - xo Mel 

Casual with Adidas

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A comfortable sweater and some form of denim (jeans or shorts) have been my casual uniform for as long as I can remember, especially with one of my favorite brands – Adidas. Not only is it that combination appropriate to have on repeat, but it is that look that gives off a casual cool vibe (at least I like to think so). The weather is still hot in Dallas, but a comfortable sweater is always handy, especially when the office or restaurants tend to be cold. I decided to style it with one of my favorite high-waisted pair of jeans from Zara and these gray Adidas Neos for that all day comfort look. Do you have a favorite casual outfit? 

Photo Credit: My daughter Mariah

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Movie Review: “It”

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'It' came; 'It' saw; 'It' conquered.

Do you have that one movie you know you shouldn’t watch, but you want to just because you are curious about how creepy it really is? Well, that's what this rendition of Stephen King’s ‘It’, did for me. Re-living my childhood past of when I was scared sh*tless of that creepy clown, The New Line and Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s novel shattered the box office records during its opening weekend. The R-rated horror film will make a whopping $117.2 million, far surpassing earlier expectations. That would give 'It' the third-largest opening weekend of 2017, about even with “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $117 million. 'It' also earned a fresh rating of 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and a B+ CinemaScore.

The infamous clown is plenty freaky, and to me it’s the youngsters in this film, bursting with hormones and one-liners, that really make ‘It’ one of the better Stephen King adaptations. The film is set in the late 1980s and tells the story of the self-titled Losers Club – including (Jaeden Lieberher) as stuttering Bill, (Finn Wolfhard) as wise-cracking Richie, (Jeremy Ray Taylor) as chubby new kid Ben and (Sophia Lillis) as tomboy Beverly – who set out to discover who or what is behind a string of disappearances in their small town of Derry, Maine.

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To their horror, the kids discover that an evil clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) is preying on local children and feeding off their fears. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, they also have their own real-life horrors to contend with, like the school bully Henry (Nicholas Hamilton), or Beverly’s creepy father (Stephen Bogaert). The film’s opening recreates the most memorable scene from the 1990 version, in which Bill’s younger brother Georgie is lured to his death by a drain-dwelling Pennywise.

As for the performances, director Andy Muschietti assembled an outstanding young cast, each of whom creates compelling, instantly likable characters. There's a clear Stranger Things vibe to everything in this film, which isn't that surprising when it even stars Finn Wolfhard, Richie, who happens to be my favorite character in this film with his crazy one-liners and cleverness. The best thing about 'It' is the coming of age storylines are compelling enough they could be a film themselves. You root for these kids, their romances, pains, and struggles - regardless of whether Pennywise is about to pop up or not. And he certainly does. 

So that's 'It' in a nutshell. It was a good film, the storyline was great, the casting in this film was excellent, Pennywise the clown is still creepy as heck, and the art direction was on point. 

'It' will creep you out big time ... you'll float too. I give it 4 out 5 stars. Enjoy! -xo Mel