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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not reflect those of allgames.com.

Introduction to The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie Review by Ms. H

If you saw the preview for The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie, you may think the film is about a woman whose mission is to seemingly protect other women in need.  You may be puzzled when you hear a voice during the preview ask and I paraphrase here, “Why didn’t you protect me?” If you saw the complete movie, you probably will understand why this question was asked -- given the context of what this movie is about.  By the way, The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie is rated R and should not be seen by anyone under 17 years of age.

Film Genre of The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie

When you watch a movie, you probably can categorize it as either action, drama, adventure, comedy, etc. However, The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie is different in that it encompasses more than one type -- action and drama.  The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie has action but it is definitely a drama given the dark events that happen in this movie. In fact, I do not recall one time that the star of the movie, Claire Foy, actually smiled -- which is probably understandable given the unfortunate sequence of events that happened.

Pros of The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie

--Question Answered

Alluding to my introduction where I state you may wonder why she did not help one particular woman -- Claire Foy's character actually answers this question by talking directly to the person in the movie who asked it.  I will not spoil it for you -- You will find out who asked this question if you watch the movie.

--Lots of Action

I liked the abundance of action scenes in The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie.  Not only do you see car and motorcycle chases, but you also watch explosions as well. There were a few slow times during the movie; however, the majority of the time, the star of the movie Claire Foy was a participant in some sort of action -- which many times involved saving herself and others from dangers.

--Technological Focus for Missions

The plot of this movie included trying to break a code in order to prevent what could prove to be a great catastrophe if activated. There was a dark subplot as well which formed the basis of why she embarked on some of these missions. Of course, some of the technological feats may have been exaggerated for dramatic effect.

Some of the actions performed during this movie may remind you of some 90’s movies where knowledge of machinery played a role.  Even though I think some of her actions were far fetched, for example operating a mechanical bridge, I thought it was creative for this to be shown in the movie.

--Plausible Ending

You may have watched movies that ended abruptly, leaving you wondering what happened next.  I do not think this was the case for The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie. The movie ended at a point where it made sense -- even though scenarios during the last part of the movie may not be particular high points of the film.

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Cons of The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie

--Title of the Movie

During the movie, a spiny looking spider is shown periodically walking on furniture, walls etc. However, I did not see any correlation between the spider and the events of the movie. The only association I could draw was a possible connection to the saying “The tangled web we weave” given all of the precarious situations Claire Foy's character encountered.  I think a more fitting name would have been a title that included a dragon since the tattooed dragon on her back seemed to be shown constantly during the movie.

--Lack of Acting Ability of the Main Character

I was not impressed by the acting skills of Claire Foy which  seemed to be one dimensional. I did not see any display of emotions -- given the sad circumstances behind the events in this movie.  I only saw a look of “fear” which the actress may have thought showed deep concern. Other times she seemed to be "stone-faced." There is one scene where she said “No." -- but did not do so with a high level of emotion that she should have shown -- given the actions that took place at this point in the movie. She should have screamed this word loudly with deep emotion to show that she was aghast at what she witnessed.

--Too Many CoIncidences

Miraculously, Claire Foy’s character was able to escape several situations that probably would have destroyed anyone else.  I won’t disclose the details -- but she was able to escape unharmed from such incidents such as fire; automobile-motorcycle chases; falls, latex suit, fights, and home invasion. Of course, this was to be expected since she is the star of the movie.

--Mission End

If you watch The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie until the end -- you may wonder why did you sit through an entire movie -- just for this to happen.  This movie may remind you of films where something drastic was going to happen if a particular action was not done. The good news is something was done; however, you find out that the specific action that was avoided was not going to happen in the first place.  Spoiler Alert: You will probably understand what I’m talking about if you watch the ending of The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie. Hint: Play particular attention to the computer message that shows up on the laptop towards the end of the movie.

Assessment of The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie

If you like action/drama movies, you may want to check out The Girl in the Spider’s Web.  As I alluded to previously, the movie has a dark backstory. There is also a rather gruesome scene in the beginning that may cause you to look away from the movie screen. I am on the fence about recommending this movie to you -- but if you are over 17 years of age and want to see this type movie, of course that is your choice. 

Rating of The Girl in the Spider’s Web Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with five stars being the highest, I rate The Girl in the Spider’s Web movie 3 stars.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie Review by Ms. H

Before I saw this film, I watched a TV talk show interview where Keira Knightley discussed her role as Sugar Plum in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie.  She mentioned that her hairstyle in the movie reminded her of cotton candy and that it took forever to remove the glitter from her hair and her clothes. She plays both a friend and a foe of the young star of the movie, Mackenzie Foy, who plays the role of Clara Stahlbaum. The movie is rated PG -- Parental Guidance recommended.

Plot of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie in a “nutshell” is based on a young girl’s actions after she receives a gift from her late mother that she could not open due to a lost key. Her mother’s gift to her was an ornamented silver egg.  Mackenzie Foy’s character went on an adventure to locate the key which is stolen by a rodent. The rodent appears to be part of a community of rodents who have the ability, among other things to get together to form the image of a large beast.  

Along her journey, Mackenzie Foy’s character meets friends and enemies who can either help her or do her possible harm.  Keira Knightley, as Sugar Plum, who appeared at first to be Clara Stahbalm’s friend, also played the part of her deceptive enemy who was focused on battling a character by the name of Mother Ginger with the intent to destroy her --  as revenge for the demise of Clara Stahlbaum's mother.

Hodgepodge of Scenes in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

When Mackenzie Foy’s character, Clara Stahlbaum entered one of the realms, she was accompanied by a soldier who would sometimes be with her, and then, without explanation, he would suddenly be nowhere in sight. Other times she was whisked away and found herself in strange places.  For example, sometimes she would be at a ball -- Other times she would be asleep and the next minute she was doing something else. I think the director may have shot a lot of different scenes and then pieced them together at what he probably envisioned was a proper sequence.  However, to me -- using this effect caused the movie to lose smooth continuity as well as clear transitions. This was one of my negatives of the movie among the many positives.

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Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum in The Nucracker and the Four Realms Movie

I think Keira Knightley is unrecognizable as Sugar Plum due in part to the expert job the make up artists, etc. did for her character. I especially liked the effects of her butterfly wings that she sometimes used to move around.  Of course, I’m sure this was done by Computer- Generated Imagery (CGI).

Usually Keira Knightley plays serious British roles where humor is not prevalent. An example of one of her recent movies is Colette. However,  In the movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, not only did Keira Knightley do a good job playing the part of a nice friend and an evil villain, but she also effectively delivered a few humorous lines as well.

Diversity  in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

I will be giving The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie a high rating, not only because of the creativity I saw in the movie, but also because of the diversity.  This is a period film, probably set in the 1800’s, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the diverse characters in the movie, including some of the dancers, the Nutcracker soldier, the ballet dancer and of course, Morgan Freeman, who had a part in this movie.

That being said, I was not a fan of the makeup used on the Nutcracker soldier.  Also, the Nutcracker soldier sometimes lost his British accent. Another negative for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie is that for a Christmas movie, I think there were not enough Christmas-type visuals in the movie. On the other hand, I did like the costumes in this movie which I thought looked authentic for the time period.

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 By the way -- if you watch The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie, you may want to stay after the credits roll to watch a dance recital by none other than Misty Copeland, the acclaimed ballet dancer. She also appears in the introductory scenes of the movie.

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Lookalikes in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

When I saw Mackenzie Foy in this movie, my first thought was that she could have been a young Anne Hathaway.  Little did I know that she actually played Anne Hathaway's daughter in the film Interstellar.

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Another look alike in the movie The Nutcracker and the Four Realms in my opinion was Keira Knightley when she was dressed as Sugar Plum and the actor Jenny McCarthy.

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Assessment of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

I think the stand out actor in The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie is Keira Knightley who played the part of Sugar Plum.  She changed her voice from her British accent to fit the character that she played. It also appeared that she had fun while playing the character Sugar Plum which I think makes it enjoyable for the audience to watch. Coming in second would be Mackenzie Foy who played the role of Clara Stahlbaum.  However, all in all, I think everyone in the movie did an adequate job playing their parts.

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Rating of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate The Nutcracker and the Four Realms movie 4 stars.

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Nobody’s Fool Movie Review by Ms. H

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of allgames.com.

Introduction to Nobody’s Fool Movie Review by Ms. H

If you are familiar with the comedienne/actor Tiffany Haddish, you may know that one of her catchphrases is “She ready”-- short for “She’s ready.”  And I must say -- she was ready for this movie. If Tiffany Haddish was not in Nobody’s Fool, it would have been one of those movies you wait to go to DVD or to a streaming service.

My major complaint about the movie was the recurring profanity as well as the repeated use of a word that I think should not have been used throughout the movie.  Other than that, if you are 17 years old or older, you may want to check out this movie which is rated R.

Storyline of the Nobody’s Fool Movie

From the movie previews, you probably already know this film involves the prospect of Tika Sumpter’s character being catfished. Catfished for those who may not know is when someone pretends to be someone else online which is sometimes vastly different than who they are in real life.  The neat part of this movie is they had the actual hosts from the Catfish television show in the movie.

For the most part, the synopsis of Nobody’s Fool is one that has been played many times in numerous movies before.  What really saved the movie was Tiffany Haddish's performance including I’m sure some of her own improvisations and comedic exaggerations that she added to the story.

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Tiffany Haddish’s Girls Trip Character is Back on the Nobody’s Fool Movie

The Nobody’s Fool film of course is a different movie from Girls Trip.  GIrls Trip is the movie that put Tiffany Haddish’s name on the map. Tiffany Haddish in the role of Tanya, used a lot of her mannerisms and actions that got her noticed on Girls Trip in the movie Nobody’s Fool. It’s not surprising to me that according to Tiffany Haddish, Tyler Perry wrote a part especially for her in this movie.  It’s too bad that he fell back on the “coming out of jail” scenario instead of using some other storyline which would have shown some creativity on his part. By the way, this movie was written and directed by Tyler Perry.

Other Characters in the Nobody’s Fool Movie

If you watch the Nobody’s Fool film, you will notice there are other noteworthy actors in the movie -- in addition to Tiffany Haddish.  For example the main focus of the storyline is Tika Sumpter who played the role of Danica -- Tiffany Haddish’s sister. Whoopi Goldberg played the part of the sisters’ mother and Amber Riley had the role Danica's coworker/best-friend. There were also male actors which included Omari Hardwick and Mehcad Brooks who were Danica’s romantic interests.  

Spoiler Alert: There is a surprise comedian in the movie which I will not divulge -- just in case you decide to see the movie.  Suffice it to say, with the exception of the fire catastrophe part of the scene -- this a humorous short sketch that may make you laugh.

That being said, whenever Tiffany Haddish did not appear in a movie scene -- the action seemed to drag. During those times, I felt like it was intermission at a theater and I was waiting for Tiffany Haddish to return. In my opinion, she not only carried the movie -- but she made the movie worth watching -- sans all the profanity and other inappropriate words she used during the movie.

Assessment of the Nobody’s Fool Movie

I think this movie would have been more enjoyable to watch without the addition of the profanity and other inappropriate words used.  Additionally, a negative is the movie is predictable, with no suspense. The positive was Tiffany Haddish’s comedic performance in the movie. Spoiler Alert:  There is a slight twist during the latter part of the movie.  

Speaking for myself -- all I want to see is an entertaining movie without all of the shock language. Even though I think this is one of Tiffany Haddish's best films -- behind Girls Trip -- due to the foul and inappropriate language, I will have to give the Nobody’s Fool movie a low rating.

Rating of Nobody’s Fool Movie

Based on a rating of 1 star to 5 stars, with 5 stars being the best, I rate the Nobody’s Fool movie 2 1/4 stars.

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