Flora & Ulysses | A Lover Letter to Artists

LENA KHAN

CAST

Matilda Lawler
Alyson Hannigan
Ben Schwartz
Benjamin Evan Ainsworth
Danny Pudi


Based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo

My grown-ass self decided to watch this on my own. It’s not like I had a kid to entertain but after I watched WandaVision I decided to put this on, and let me tell you, it’s quaint. It’s a bit funny, I chuckled many times, it’s clearly geared for kids yet adults can find some enjoyment in it.
The movie also has some heart, I know what they were going for but I wasn’t feeling it as much as they might have expected me to. I don’t blame the acting because the cast was great and Matilda Lawler carried this movie throughout. She was engaging and entertaining to watch however parts of the story didn’t flow as well as it should have but overall it works. The VFX on Ulysses is also amazing, it smoothed the line between fantasy and reality well but that cat sticks out like a sore thumb because of it.

Flora & Ulysses is worth a watch, it’s a different take on the superhero genre and a nice love letter to writers and comic book artists.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | Review

It’s a comedy directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minette and Ed Oxenbould. The film is based on Judith Viorst book of the same name.

Plot: Alexander’s day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

Review:  It’s a nice comedy that will make the kids laugh without completely boring the parents. There’s a sense of family and fun in this movie, there’s no much else to say be it’s about the same Disney type of comedy but with some new gags. 

Personally, I expected to laugh more than I did but I enjoyed the movie. My expectations were not through the roof for this movie, let’s be honest I’m not the target audience, but the cast was entertaining and sold the story. I was afraid that there would be too much of a mystical / Magic element since Alexander wished all of it on his family but they chugged it down to coincidence, in my opinion.

Maleficent | Review

It was BEAUTIFUL, you dive into another world. The production clearly spent a lot of time in creating that world and it was magical. I don’t want to spoil but I was told that the movie had dull moments but it does not.
There is a big twist in the story and I don’t know how I feel about it but I understand it. It was written for children in a way that adults could enjoy it too. I also liked the fact that there is a real moral to the story, something for the children to learn when they get out of it.