Bosko’ Fox Hunt (1931)

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Bosko’s Fox Hunt is a 1931 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is an amusing short.

Bosko and his dog chase a fox, but it plays fools of both of them. It is a very entertaining and in the end even funny film that doesn’t have the best animation and score, but is fun to watch. I found the first part really lacking as it doesn’t have any memorable gags or plot points, but the second half is a big improvement.

The third act is particularly successful. I loved those scenes where the fox tricked the dog and then Bosko himself and the ending was excellent with them being chased by a mamooth. I wish that it was more visually appealing, but this is otherwise the kind of Looney Tunes I like the best with a solid setting and nice gags. And Bosko is naturally very good here.

Bosko’s Fox Hunt is weaker in first half, but fun and funny in the second one.

 My Rating – 3.4

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Monsoon Wedding (2001)

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Monsoon Wedding Movie Review

Monsoon Wedding is a 2001 Indian film directed by Mira Nair. It is a pretty good, but still flawed movie that could have been much better.

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These are my children,

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We follow an Indian wedding in New Delhi and all its traditions as the cousins from all around the world come to attend it. I liked that the film realistically portrayed one Indian wedding and everything that comes with it. It was well executed and the film works as a strong, sometimes even emotional drama. There are some discussions and conversations that are so good here.

However, what I didn’t like is the film’s lack of focus. Having in mind that it has such a large number of characters in it, I guess I should forgive them for that. But still I wished for a clearer and more focused narrative. For example, the sexual abuse that happened in this family came out of nowhere and although it does have its tragic effect, it was still thoroughly underutilized and needed much more screen time just for itself.

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As for the characters, they are mostly really well developed for the short time that they received. I loved the parents, they are the most memorable and well realized of the bunch and the scenes between the two were very strong. Of course everything surrounding the marriage with the daughter was also well executed. But everything with the wedding planner was frustrating to me as he is such an annoying, pointless character and I disliked that part quite a bit.

Monsoon Wedding isn’t an Indian film, but it is a coproduction between different countries and that is evident in its execution and tone. The film is certainly very Indian in the wedding scenes and especially in the music as it utilized on their traditional music and dances, but it is quite American in its characterization and especially in the dialogue which contains more curse words than you would expect from India and its erotic sequences and talk about sex and abuse.

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It is very well directed by Mira Nair and is so well acted. The acting is strong across the board with each and every performance being satisfactory. The script is also pretty strong and I liked that it dealt with a lot of different things such as arranged marriage, the costs of a traditional marriage, the future of the children as well as sexual abuse. The film works as a pretty solid and sophisticated examination of its subject matter and I guess that it is immensely relatable to Indians in particular. But it still feels universal enough in its themes and emotion that everyone from all around the world should enjoy it like I did. Some scenes were even touching and romantic. Overall, I really liked Monsoon Wedding, but I just wished that it was less convoluted, more focused and it would have been much better. Some scenes were also too laidback owing to its slow pace.

Monsoon Wedding executes its subject matter really well with a strong script filled with many interesting themes. The performances are very good across the board and most of the characters are well realized. The film definitely lacks focus and is filled with too many characters and subplots, but it mostly managed to make use of them all with some scenes being quite emotional and powerful and the overall film being very dramatic and ultimately satisfactory.

My Rating – 4

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The Horse and His Boy (1954)

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The Horse and His Boy Book Review

The Horse and His Boy is a 1954 fantasy book by C. S. Lewis which is the fifth published chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It is a surprisingly great entry in the series.

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Child, I am telling you your story, not hers.

No one is told any story but their own.

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Yes, I say it is surprising because this book in particular felt like it was set in the Middle Ages and I have never been a fan of that time period. But the story is so well crafted that I managed to enjoy it immensely after all and in fact I deem it to be one of the finest entries in the entire Narnia series.

It follows two children who along with their horses flee from Calormen to Narnia, but end up in Archenland where battle ensued. It is the only book in the franchise to entirely be set in Narnia and its neighboring countries which I naturally loved. It is one of the most politically oriented of all the Lewis’ stories here as it explores the politics and relations between the neighboring countries and we get to see the different rulers while also getting a glimpse at the Pevensie kings and queens. It was a great choice to feature them only in minor, supporting roles.

The only part of the book I didn’t like is of course the action. The war was very typical and the narrative here was to me very odd. By having the entire action being told from a far observer was problematic to me and not at all interesting. I also thought that it sometimes was too politically oriented.

Those are the only flaws I’ve had with this story. I guess that it is racially insensitive as well, but to me that criticism stems from people nowadays being ridiculously sensitive and in a very false manner even. Yes, it is obvious that people from Calormen are Middle Eastern, but to me it wasn’t all that racist and you have to read it in context as it was written all the way back in 1954.

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But let’s talk about the positives, of which there are many. Once again we get an awesome beginning and ending. The book opens in such a riveting manner that it instantly hooked me in. But it also ended amazingly well with a satisfying conclusion to all of the characters’ storylines. Another highlight for me was the obvious darkness of this material. Not only the atmosphere, but the entire quest was tremendously difficult, perilous and sometimes evidently life threatening and torturous. That was a bold new approach for the series and it paid off with sometimes very dramatic scenes with high stakes. Some chapters are more interesting than the others, but most are excellent and it is one of the most thoroughly compelling and polished entries with a terrific structure and pacing.

The Horse and His Boy features excellent characters with genuinely strong character development. Once again after ‘The Silver Chair’ we get a truly great female character as finally Lewis set out to include strong and even tough females. But I also liked that it has those typically girly women as well as that makes it very representative.

I am of course talking about Lasaraleen and Aravis. Those two were great together as they perfectly contrasted with each other. The former is a typical female ruler of the time and a good comic relief and Aravis is a genuinely respectable, but still likable female character whom I really liked.

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But Shasta (or Cor eventually) is such a good protagonist as he is not only typically good-natured, but also sometimes whiny and pessimistic which makes him ground to earth. His story is so well told and very powerful. I really liked the horses Bree and Hwin as they were such great companions to these two, but something still felt missing there which is I guess the lack of a really grand, proper ending when the two are concerned.

The Pevensies are well put to use and of course Rabadash gets a really great story with such a funny, yet appropriate conclusion. Aslan himself is as great as always and I really liked that he guided Shasta to the destination. The revelation that he was leading him all along and that all those lions were in fact him was easy to predict, but I really didn’t know that the cat at the graveyard was him and that was unexpected. But that entire subplot felt majestic in its mysterious and once again highly religious tone.

The Horse and His Boy is one of the better written novels in The Chronicles of Narnia series and Lewis really was great here. Both the dialogue and the descriptions were top-notch, albeit the lack of more memorable imagery and sometimes big emotion was troublesome. It succeeds as a Narnia story that is more dramatic and adventurous than fantastical and that was a solid and interesting change in pace and even though it isn’t perfect, it is more than satisfying and actually surprised me how well crafted it is.

The Horse and His Boy features some highly likable and memorable characters, a really interesting and so well told story and a dark and sometimes even mysterious tone to it leading to one of the best and most well crafted entries in the series.

My Rating – 4.6

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Moth and the Flame (1938)

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Moth and the Flame is a 1938 Disney animated short film from the Silly Symphony series. It is a forgettable entry.

A bunch of moths enter a costume shop for obvious reasons, but the fire (which is a character here) attacks the lady moth and it is up to others to save her. We’ve seen stories like this done countless times before in this series and here nothing is new. The action is typical and the only difference is that the characters are moths which is an interesting choice.

The score is good and of course the animation is the standout aspect with excellent character design of both the moths and the fire which is stupendously animated. The animation is fluid and polished as we’ve come to expect from the studio and everything looks detailed and wonderful to witness. It’s a shame that the story doesn’t measure up to it at all though.

Moth and the Flame has gorgeous animation, but a highly typical storyline.

 My Rating – 3.3

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Bosko’s Soda Fountain (1931)

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 Bosko’s Soda Fountain is a 1931 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very amusing short.

Bosko’s Soda Fountain doesn’t have a plot really, but it’s a collection of various vignettes. Bosko works in ice cream parlor and first has a problem with a hippo. That part is funny, but the part with the dog being used as an accordion is somewhat typical for Looney Tunes. The last part is definitely the best where Honey’s cat Wilbur demands an ice cream, but when he gets it, he doesn’t like it and retaliates in anger.

That ending is funny as the creature is hilarious in his anger. The film is definitely very good in its parts, but it isn’t really great as a sum of its parts. It is a bit too long and it isn’t well constructed plus the action isn’t that memorable. The humor is really good, but only in some parts. But Bosko is very memorable and this is one of his better roles.

Bosko’s Soda Fountain is funny and great in some parts, but not as terrific as a whole.

 My Rating – 3.7

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1952)

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The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Book Review

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is a 1952 fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis which is the third published chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It is one exceptional entry.

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But there I have another name.

You must learn to know me by that name.

This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little,you may know me better there.

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First of all, I do have to point out how much I loved this book. Because of some quite obvious flaws, it is slightly weaker than ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, but it is definitely better and more entertaining than ‘Prince Caspian’. It is probably the entry that I enjoyed the most thus far and that says a lot. Such a stupendous third installment.

But it does have its flaws that prevent it from reaching the heights that it easily could have reached had it been tighter in pacing and more interesting in the first half. Yes, the first half is nowhere near as good as the second half which is a shame as the beginning is really intriguing and it starts off on a very high note, but unfortunately some of the chapters in their first adventures were sloppy both in pacing and structurally. I do get why Lewis chose to tell us about the Lone Islands more in-depth, but it resulted in weaker and duller chapters than usual. And the novel is just so oddly paced as it shifts from slow to fast and then to incredibly eventful in an abrupt manner.

But enough about the flaws. Let’s talk about the strengths of which there are many. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader just has such a fascinating story to it. Edmund and Lucy along with their annoying cousin Eustace join Caspian and his crew on a sea adventure in search of the seven lost Lords of Narnia. Now, of course that is beautifully tied in with the plot of ‘Prince Caspian’, but that quest was just an excuse to let us go to these highly magical and beautiful places such as Burnt Island and of course Aslan’s Country.

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The film works beautifully as an adventure novel, but it succeeds at being much more than that. Sure, it does seem like a regular sea adventure at first, but it becomes so much deeper and more meaningful later on with so many themes and messages. I was fascinated by this time pretty direct explanation of who Aslan really is and how he is basically God and that God has a different form in each and every world. I loved the Biblical allegory in that he presented himself to the kids as a lamb, that was excellent. But I loved the tearful goodbye as Lucy and Edmund are never coming back to Narnia again. It was a great consequential conclusion.

As for the other highlights, you just got to love everything about its last couple of chapters. When they reached the End of the World, it was so beautifully described as this bright and shiny, incredibly beautiful place, but I also was fascinated by the Dark Island and that chapter was surprisingly dark and creepy for the series. Duffers I found to be incredibly entertaining and they genuinely made me laugh more than a couple of times. Some of the most amusing Narnia creatures thus far they most certainly are. The dragon part was not as original, but was essential for Eustace’s character and was well established and I was just fascinated by Ramandu and that chapter in which Lucy was put to the test was easily the most magical and deep of the bunch.

Everyone is brought to the test here meaning that The Voyage of the Dawn Treader features the best characterization in the series so far. I loved how Lucy wasn’t as perfect as she was before and how she battled her bad instincts and of course her goodbye was sad. I appreciated that Edmund was the most sane person in the crew as that shows his growth. Eustace did change too quickly to good in my opinion, but that road was still tough and well realized and I liked his character quite a bit. Caspian continues to be boring in my opinion and the other Lords and crew members are forgettable, but Reepicheep is naturally phenomenal and his conclusion has to be the most satisfying arc here.

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The book is not only very entertaining and charming, but also exceptionally well written and it features the best descriptive passages so far from Lewis. He did such a great job here with amazing world building and some great themes. Some of the imagery here is breathtaking to imagine. Such an imaginative work. The dialogue could have been better, but the descriptions are the highlights. And even though it wasn’t as emotional as it should have been, the tone was still well handled for the most part.

In the end, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is oddly paced and the first half is inferior to the second one, but the book is so imaginative, adventurous and frequently even fascinating with the best character development and descriptions from Lewis thus far, a superb adventure with great messages and themes, memorable imagery and an outstanding conclusion leading to such a great and admirable Narnia entry.

My Rating – 4.5

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The Silver Chair (1953)

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The Silver Chair Book Review

The Silver Chair is a 1953 fantasy novel by C. S. Lewis which is the fourth published chapter in the Chronicles of Narnia series. It is a very adventurous, mostly satisfying entry.

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And there’s one thing about this underground work –

we shan’t get any rain.

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Now this entry is very uneven. If you look at its first half and even first two thirds, it is easily the best Narnia story so far and somewhere in the line ofThe Voyage of the Dawn Treader. But if you look at its last couple of problematic chapters, it is more in the line of ‘Prince Caspian’ as those chapters seriously affected the entire work.

What am I talking about? Well, let me elaborate. Because the book was so wonderfully adventurous and beautifully entertaining and at times even genuinely riveting to read, it was surprising how its last couple of chapters were a bore to sit through, very uneventful and basically serving as filler to prolong the book’s length. Very disappointing. It was great that we finally visited the underground, but it should have been a more fascinating place than it had been presented here.

Another problem lies in its villain. Admittedly, The Lady of the Green Kirtle is a memorable, menacing presence and I adored how mysterious and even creepy she was. However, the entire last fight felt super disappointing not only because it was anti-climactic as they defeated her way too easily and it came too early in the book with three chapters still to go, but she didn’t put enough fight as was expected from her and the entire build-up to it felt so-so and the twist with the prince was way easy to predict.

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But despite those two big problems, The Silver Chair is still a very strong Narnia entry as it is otherwise incredible to behold. It is such a grand adventure that I loved every bit of it. I loved that Aslan appeared not only in the ending which is the usual norm, but also in the beginning and following those hints was a great setup for the plot. The beginning of the novel is fascinating and The Silver Chair works wonderfully as a different Narnia entry as we finally see other countries apart from Narnia and we visit them and truly get to know them. The world building here is possibly the strongest from the series so far.

The part with the owls was fantastic and they are such amusing, endearing characters. The meeting of the villain and her knight was a great, albeit easy to predict foreshadowing. And of course everything with the giants was fun to read with the castle being memorable and the giants themselves being typical child-eaters, but done in the best way possible with some intense moments. I loved that we visited different lands here and got to know some new and interesting characters.

Speaking of the characters, the character development here is easily the strongest thus far in the series as they are all grounded and likable. Eustace is a bit too good now, but is a good leader and he and Jill are great friends. Jill Pole I loved as she has a good backstory and a realistic personality. I loved her reactions to Narnia, both good and bad.

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Prince Rilian isn’t as memorable, but the story surrounding him is pretty good and well realized. I also really liked the conclusion to Caspian’s story which was moving and even funny with him helping the kids beat up their bullies on Earth. Glimfeather is such an endearing owl and I really adored the owls here and his speech and personality was a lot of fun. And of course the highlight has to be Puddleglum who is absolutely fantastic. He is probably the most entertaining and funniest Narnia character to date as his voice of reason and his constant pessimistic attitude toward everything perfectly clashed with the kids’ point of view and he is here such an unforgettable, funny comic relief, but a great character in its own right.

The novel is very well written once again with some wonderful descriptions and a great eye for detail. Some of the imagery in the book is highly memorable such as the mountain in the beginning, the owls’ meeting place, the castle as well as the country underground. It is emotional in its ending and the dialogue I found to be really good. The Silver Chair also marks Lewis’s shift toward representation of braver, more active heroines as Jill truly is a great female character. I also adored that this book featured less action in favor of pure adventure and fantastical escapism.

The Silver Chair is an uneven Narnia entry with unfortunately dull and disappointing last couple of chapters, but everything that came before it was marvelous and wonderfully adventurous. The book features the best world building and characterization up to this point in the series with a lot of memorable places and such great, well developed characters plus it was a riveting read owing to a great humor and a great escapist quality to it.

My Rating – 4.4

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South Park Season 12 (2008)

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South Park Season 12 Review

The twelfth season of South Park is definitely a good one, but it is disappointing when compared to its previous seasons.

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It doesn’t matter, Butters!

You never shoot a guy in the dick!

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Tonsil Trouble is a very good AIDS-related episode. What I found to be the highlight here is definitely the mocking of people’s attitude towards the decease which they deem to be the thing of the past. That was quite funny and you have to continually respect the show that somehow finds the humor in the bleakest of themes. And of course the conflict between Cartman and Kyle is terrific as always.

Britney’s New Look is one of the most disturbing South Park episodes ever. It is so relevant and so truthful, while still being heartbreaking and brutal in its depiction of paparazzi and celebrities. And while it lacks the humor in the process, the story is so well told and so important that I really admired this episode.

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Major Boobage is such a fun episode that is a refreshing change of pace after the last two socially conscious ones. The parody of ‘Heavy Metal’ is so good here with a particularly strong animation which is wonderfully reminiscent of that film. But this is a showcase of Kenny’s character and his obsession with women and he shines in this one. It is such an entertaining and wild trip.

Canada on Strike is very flawed. On the one hand, it has a phenomenal use of Butters and some really memorable scenes, but on the other hand, Canadians are somewhat boring with only the ending and a couple of other scenes being funny. It is a solid, but forgettable episode.

Eek, a Penis! is so strong on both fronts as both of its storylines are very good. The Cartman subplot is stupendous and this is one of his most memorable invented personas, but the Garrison storyline is even better as it perfectly concludes his sexual identity trip with him going back to being man again. And that ending is just hilarious. It is really a shame that they got rid of this fantastic character basically after this episode. Yes, he got many great episodes to this point and his overall plot progression has been of the most satisfying kind, but I still wish that they made use of him even more.

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Over Logging is without a doubt one of the finest episodes of this season. It has probably the best use of Randy ever and that is really saying a lot. They used Mr. Garrison more to this point, but from now on, Randy will get a lot of screen time. And this is a perfect showcase of his character and his perversions with so many hilarious scenes. But the entire episode is great because the story is fantastic, the feel and tone is perfect and it wonderfully makes fun of our internet obsessed society.

Super Fun Time isn’t the best episode here, but it surely benefits from an awesome Cartman/Butters dynamic and of course from spectacular new characters. The museum people are so funny here and they are easily the highlights here.

The China Problem has a weaker use of Cartman and Butters, but the other subplot makes up for it in spades as it perfectly makes fun of Americans being obsessed with movies and movie characters and it wonderfully mocks George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as well. It is one of the funniest and most graphic parts of the season.

Breast Cancer Show Ever is just awesome! This is the kind of episode that I like best. It takes such a simple premise with no social commentary or parody whatsoever, but makes full use of it with Erik Cartman getting some of the best lines and moves ever. It is one of the most purely entertaining and funniest episodes ever and it is definitely one of South Park’s finest to this day.

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And now we come to the weakest point of this season – Pandemic and Pandemic 2: The Startling. Now these are definitely solid episodes that benefit from a good use of Randy and the best ever use of Craig, but this story in particular did not deserve to get a two-episode treatment and that is evident in its execution with a repetitive tone and slow pace. And they ridiculed ‘Cloverfield’ really well here, but it still did not need to be a two-parter.

About Last Night… is such a ridiculous episode. Yes, it is silly and sometimes typical, but I still liked it because it is wonderfully apolitical which is very interesting as it deals with such a subject matter. But it went in a more fun and adventurous route and that was great as it produced some very charming scenes.

Elementary School Musical is such a classic. It succeeds as a parody, but it is great mostly because it gives us Bridon’s father who is one of the best and funniest characters to appear in just one episode. The entire episode is extremely hilarious and it makes use of its subject to the fullest extent with some catchy songs, many great character moments and a terrific humor.

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The Ungroundable is the last episode of season 12 and it is a pretty good one. The Goth kids have never been my favorites, but this is the exception as they are used really well this time around. But the entire part succeeds mostly because of Butters who is so hilarious here with many unforgettable moments. It is a different, but still funny episode.

In the end, while it does have its problems with a couple of weaker episodes and a lack of variety, this twelfth season is still a very good one. It is inferior to season 11 and season 10 for sure, but it does finish off Garrison’s story in a good way, it does have a great use of Butters and Randy along with having a couple of interesting new characters.

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Worst Episodes: Canada on Strike, Pandemic and Pandemic 2: The Startling.

Best Episodes: Over Logging, The China Problem, Breast Cancer Show Ever and Elementary School Musical.

My Rating – 4.4

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016)

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 2016 book adaptation of the stage play that functions as the eighth official story in the Wizarding World franchise. It is mostly a great experience.

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You, the three of you, you shone you know?

You liked each other. You had fun.

I envied you those friendships more than anything else.

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Now because this is a script and not an actual book, I of course had to forgive it for its lower quality in writing as the play itself must be much better, but I don’t know if I ever will get the chance to see it. And that uncertainty is the reason why I found this script all the more welcome and I appreciate its existence alone.

There is a lot to talk about here, but first let’s talk about the storyline. It is set nineteen years after the events of ‘Deathly Hallows’ and it mainly focuses on Harry’s troublesome relationship with his son Albus. Albus along with his friend Scorpius Malfoy uses the time turner to change the past and save Cedric Diggory, but the twist here is that they are used by Delphi Diggory who turns out to be Voldemort’s daughter who wishes to fulfill the prophecy and arrange the return of the Dark Lord herself.

As is the case with most time travel stories, this one also has a couple of inconsistencies in it plus it does seem a bit too convoluted for its own sake at times. And of course nothing beats the time travel we witnessed in ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’. But this is still a surprisingly good story, honestly better than I expected it would be mainly because it is so layered in its different subplots and character relationships.

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I loved seeing what each character does in the future and it seemed natural that Hermione was a Minister and Harry an auror. It was a natural progression for these characters which was great. I also liked the Hogwarts scenes and I wished that it had more of them as we actually do not get a lot. Those passages where the boys meddled in time and ruined everything did seem a bit too far-fetched and typical for these time travel stories and they weren’t my favorites, but the final task to save Voldemort in order for him to be killed later on was terrific and a great build up as well as the conclusion.

Let’s talk about the characters. I really liked Harry here and he is very nuanced which I admired. The character development is admittedly very strong in this work. Albus is one of the highlights. He ended up in Slytherin, he is bad at Quidditch, he isn’t that great of a wizard and all of those put him at odds with his father and the two are very different from each other. He has a hard time copying with the unwanted legacy of the great Harry Potter and Harry has a hard time being a father as he himself didn’t have one as a role model. This familial conflict is powerful and it produced many heartwarming moments. It truly is the core and heart of this story.

There isn’t nearly enough of Ron in The Cursed Child which is unfortunate, but whenever he as there, he made me laugh with his signature humor. And his relationship with Hermione continues to be one of the highlights of the entire series. Speaking of Hermione, she is the same as she ever was – extremely capable and smart, but she did make a couple of mistakes this time around with the Time Turner and I liked that as it was a nice change in pace for the usually flawless Granger.

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Their daughter Rose didn’t get much to do, but was memorable. And I like that Scorpius might actually end up with her someday. Scorpius himself is excellent and possibly the most likable person here. He is so endearing, so realistic and so good-hearted that it seems odd that he is Malfoy’s son. But I absolutely loved the friendship/bromance between Albus and Scorpius as it was fun and vibrant. And I liked how Albus only has one friend and Harry had two and a lot of admirers. It was great how opposite they are.

Severus Snape was well used, albeit he seemed to behave overly emotional in my opinion and he is the only character who didn’t quite seem like his old self, but maybe that was the point as we now see him in a very different light and we know everything that we didn’t know previously. McGonagall continues to be reckoned with and she is such a charming, wonderful character and is as great here as she ever was before.

I loved that moment we got with Hagrid as we’ve seen the death of Harry’s parents before, but never the outcome and we see Hagrid’s arrival here in detail and it was just beautiful to witness. Umbridge is another character who seemed too different and I don’t know if she would ever really be on Voldemort’s side, whether in alternate reality or not. That was a bit odd to be honest.

Dumbledore was well utilized and his scene with Harry in which the two confessed love to each other and he apologized for everything was really heartfelt. The twist that the Trolly Witch turns into a monster in order to forbid everyone from leaving the train was a great one as we never really knew anything about her and now we do.

Now, Delphi. The one problem I’ve had with her is that she was too powerful and the fact that she was more skilled than her father himself did seem too far-fetched and fairly silly in my opinion. But otherwise she was great. I didn’t see the twist coming, it was great learning her true identity and very intense and the final battle was quite good. The ending was excellent and I found the way that they overpowered her and tricked her smart and everything that came before that final part did seem like a natural build-up.

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The writing here is not great as this is only a script. The dialogue is admittedly excellent, if a bit childish at times, but mostly true to the characters and satisfying. The same goes for the humor which was wonderful in a typical HP fashion. The pacing is excellent as the book is entertaining from beginning to end, but the structure was one of its strong points – very well crafted and finely constructed. I found this work to be very elaborate and although it did explain us a lot, it didn’t quite spell to us everything about its new developments which I loved as it retained its mystery in that manner. The emotion is palpable and it is quite sweet at times. My highlights include the beginning which was great and the ending is very satisfying with all of the scenes with the two boys being the standouts.

The lack of descriptions is troublesome, but again this is only a script of a stage play and plays are much different than novels. And I have to say that I once again strongly admired Rowling’s sense of storytelling and how brilliant she is because a theatrical play is just a perfect way to tell this story and she couldn’t have chosen a better medium. Why? Well, the reasons are obvious in even its first couple of paragraphs. The story jumps forward in time a lot and we only go from one important sequence to the next, and most concern the dialogues and conversations with the characters. This talkative and time-elapsing format is perfect for a play as it would otherwise be boring as a book and somewhat difficult to adapt as a film. All of those reasons led me to believe that the original play is great and it is all the more frustrating that I for now can’t see it.

In the end, despite a couple of tiny problems, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is mostly a terrific new story that features excellent usage of all of its characters with the old ones being authentic and true to themselves and the new ones being memorable and well realized. The story is a satisfying, emotional and consistently entertaining time travel adventure with high stakes, some very good action and always excellent dialogue and humor. It is a new and different Harry Potter storyline that still feels wonderfully old-fashioned in some parts with an excellent structure as well. I enjoyed it immensely and it serves surprisingly well as the official eighth story in the canon.

My Rating – 4.8

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Birds Anonymous (1957)

Birds Anonymous ReviewBirds Anonymous Review

Birds Anonymous is a 1957 Merry Melodies short starring Tweety and Sylverster. It is the second of their shorts to win the Oscar, a decade after the previous one.

Sylvester joins the titular group that tries to stay away from birds as they deem it to be an unhealthy addiction. This is obviously a reference to therapy sessions for alcoholics and is done really well. It is a bit too slow plus there isn’t a lot of memorable action in here and it takes its time to get there, but when it does, it is a blast to watch and featuring some pretty good humor.

I loved the ending and it was very amusing with such a great, signature line from Tweety coming just at the right time. The other cat is a memorable character and the plot itself is very well incorporated with these characters. It is an interesting departure for the series with a more drama-oriented storyline and I liked that quite a bit. It is a very clever, very well constructed film that also never fails to be humorous.

Birds Anonymous is humorous, but also pleasantly dramatic with a very good and interesting plot.

My Rating – 4.3

 

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