3 Mini Film Reviews: DOWNTON ABBEY (2019), ALADDIN (2019), THE AFTERMATH (2019)

Disclaimer: These are mini reviews, and not as analytical and "professional" as I usually try to make my reviews. I'm simply spilling my emotions. For better or for worse ;) 

Released: 2019. 
Screenplay: Julian Fellowes.
Director: Micheal Engler.
Cast: Michelle Dockery / Hugh Bonneville / Elizabeth McGovern / Laura Carmichael / Jim Carter / Allen Leech / Maggie Smith.  
Triggers/Content Advisory: PG for some suggestive material and mild violence. 
Score: John Lunn.
Cinematography: Ben Smithard. 
Source: Cinema.

The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century.

Ah, Downton. It's been a while. A few years, in fact, since I finished the series (with minimal interest, to be honest) and by the time it ended I was glad. My favourite characters were dead, and the plot lines were getting very soapy. But then the movie arrived. I'm so happy I decided to revisit Downton Abbey.

It gives the fans everything we've ever wanted. It wraps up plots, delivers beautiful moments between all the characters you're dying to see, and gives everyone a chance to shine. It showcases the very best of what Downton is all about: love, friends, and family. It's stunningly satisfying. I walked out of the cinema giddy with the beauty and "feel-goodness" of what I'd just witnessed, and I think it's an entirely apt conclusion to the Downton saga. You're not left wanting. You're given everything.

Yes, it's cheesy and contrived in places, but ultimately it feels like the perfect warm embrace. Even the sad moments (of which there are few) get feel good, satisfying endings. It's a wonderful movie.

Favourite moments:
- Mary and the Dowager's scenes at the end. So emotional and fitting.
- Tom's storylines. It was so nice to see him get more screen time (and a lovely new love interest!)

Released: 2019. 
Screenplay: Joe Shrapnel / Anna Waterhouse / Rhidian Brook. 
Director: James Kent. 
Cast: Kiera Knightley / Alexander Skarsgard / Jason Clarke.
Triggers/Content Advisory: R for sexual content, nudity, strong language, and some violence. 
Score: Martin Phipps.
Cinematography: Franz Lustig. 
Source: Rented.

Post World War II, a British colonel and his wife are assigned to live in Hamburg during the post-war reconstruction, but tensions arise with the German who previously owned the house.

Well that was a waste of time. I only rented the film because A) I like a good love triangle and hoped this one would deliver and B) Alexander Skarsgrad is easy on the eyes. Unfortunately, this movie misfired in too many directions.

1: I don't think Kiera Knightley is a good actress. Anyone else agree? I just find her so affected and superficial, and she either plays the same role or uses the same mannerisms in each film she's in. It's tiresome. As for the rest of the cast, they aren't bad, but they aren't memorable either.

2: The script has no focus. It waffles around, the scenes soapy and trying too hard, and there's no real sense of purpose or direction. A lot of little details don't make sense, but are stuffed in there to make things happen.

3: The cast have no chemistry whatsoever. Their romantic scenes are vapid because of it, and the heart-wrenching moments are tired. There's simply no pull between the actors on screen and as a result no tension, which could pull the story together in no time and give it some punch.

4: It's boring. Since I wasn't invested in the actors or the script, there was nothing to capture my interest.

Favourite moments: End credits.

Released: 2019. 
Screenplay: John August / Guy Ritchie. 
Director: Guy Ritchie. 
Cast: Mena Massoud / Naomi Scott / Will Smith. 
Triggers/Content Advisory: PG13 for some action and peril.
Score: Alan Menken. 
Cinematography: Alan Stewart. 
Source: Rented.

A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.

The critics didn't love this movie, and if I thought long and hard about it, I know I'd find faults, too. But do I care to look for them? No. Because from start to finish I was absolutely captivated by Aladdin.

It's magical. It's dazzling. It's non-stop entertainment, interspersed equally with heartrending moments and terrific action, and led by the most compelling, charming three leads. Naomi Scott is sensational - I have Speechless stuck in my head - and I am so happy to see Jasmine with agency and a voice. I also love her and Mena Massoud's Aladdin together. They're adorable, and their chemistry is irresistible. 

My favourite part of this movie? THE HUMOUR. It is superbly on point. I laughed out loud so many times, and my favourite scene was when Aladdin and the Genie presented the jams to the Sultan and Jasmine. Oh my gosh it's hilarious.

Aladdin left me beaming with warm fuzzy feelings tickling my heart. I can't wait to rewatch.

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