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The Greatest Showman

Our daughter has been asking to watch The Greatest Showman for a few weeks. We watched the movie over the weekend, and it was wonderful.

I don’t know where she encountered the movie, but she’s been listening to various Spotify playlists featuring music from the movie that’s based on part of P T Barnum‘s life.

We watched the movie over the weekend, and it’s a spectacular movie. It reminds me of Moulin Rouge, in a way (another movie to introduce our daughter).

The music is terrific, and this is one of the few movies our daughter actually watched without distracting herself with her phone (mostly).

If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s well worth watching. You can also find the soundtrack on Spotify. Here’s the opening song:


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I enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie

We watched Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword today. I’ve been listening to Daniel Pemberton’s soundtrack for the last week or so, and was looking forward to watching the movie.

The movie didn’t do well at the Box Office, and a series of sequels was scrapped. That’s a big pity. I really enjoyed how the movie was made, and the main actors. It was pretty clearly a Guy Ritchie movie, but then again, I like his style.

Here’s the soundtrack, if you’d like to get a feel for the movie:

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best movies I’ve seen

We finally watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and it’s comfortably one of the best movies I’ve seen.

The story is compelling, the animation is brilliantly done. It’s just an incredible movie. If you haven’t seen it, and you’re curious, it’s well worth watching.

This movie was the first of two movies we have planned for today. This afternoon, we’re going to watch Aquaman. DC movies tend not to be as good as Marvel movies, so I’m holding thumbs that Aquaman lives up to the hype. Update: I enjoyed Aquaman, but Spider-Man still won the day for me.

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Postscript: Not only was the movie really good, but I love the soundtrack. Actually, there are two soundtracks: Daniel Pemberton’s instrumental soundtrack, and the music from (and inspired by) the movie. Of the two, I definitely prefer the instrumental soundtrack, and I suspect it will be on heavy rotation in the coming days:

This one track from the other soundtrack, “What’s Up Danger” really appeals to me too!

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Solo was fun! A terrific addition to the Star Wars movie catalogue.

We just watched Solo for the first time. I really enjoyed it. It may not have the same tone as the core Star Wars movies, but it’s a fun background story for Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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Batman Ninja holiday viewing

Today is our kids’ first day of their (very) long school Summer vacation. Neither of our kids are going to the summer program we booked them into today, so we finished watching Batman Ninja before I started working this morning. This DC Comics movie is filmed in a Japanese Anime style (or several styles), and it’s really good.

If you’re interested in an authentic experience of the movie, you can watch it in the original Japanese too! We opted for the English.

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Getting to know yourself Inside Out

I just watched Inside Out with our daughter. It’s a fun movie and I hadn’t seen it before today. If you haven’t seen it, it is very much one of those layered animated movies that kids can enjoy and that also contain a remarkable depth.

The idea of the movie is to represent a young girl’s emotions as she and her family relocate from the American Mid-West to San Francisco as five characters with their distinct personalities.

I knew what the movie was about before we watched it. What I really enjoyed about it was how the movie represented how our emotions interact and challenged common assumptions about which emotions have value and which don’t.

I’m not sure how much of the message our daughter took away from the movie but this is the sort of movie that you can watch again and again. I suspect that each time you watch it, you will take away a little more and, in the process, come to understand yourself a little better, inside out.

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Spectacular new King Arthur movie in 2017

Guy Ritchie has directed a really interesting take on the King Arthur story with his new movie titled “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword“. The trailer looks like a typical Guy Ritchie movie and the effects look absolutely incredible.

This is also due to be released in 2017 and it definitely looks like a movie to see on a really big screen.

The last King Arthur movie I saw was the version based on a theory that King Arthur was a Roman soldier who joined forces with the wild locals who lived in Britain at the time. Clive Owen and Keira Knightley made that movie for me.

This new movie looks like a return to a more classic interpretation of the story complete with magic and fantastic creatures. Not exactly a demystification of the story as the 2004 movie promised but I’m ok with that.

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Justice League and Wonder Woman trailers – oh boy!

Warner Bros has released preview trailers of the Wonder Woman and Justice League movies and, wow, I am excited! Wonder Woman looks awesome. I’m really looking forward to seeing Gal Gadot in this movie, I really liked her in Batman v Superman:

I have mixed feelings about Justice League for a couple reasons. First, I’m still a little put off by the cinematic version of Batman v Superman. Second, I really like Grant Gustin’s TV Flash and I’m not sure yet about Ezra Miller in that role. Still, he looks interesting.

On the other hand, Jason Momoa is an inspired choice for Aquaman and I liked Ben Affleck’s Batman. Also, it’s the Justice League!!

And, of course, let’s not forget the early poster releases for these two movies.

There was some controversy about the Wonder Woman trailer because Gadot’s face is in shadow and this isn’t the case in posters for superhero movies about male stars. I’m convinced. I think this poster is dramatic and I like it.

Besides, isn’t one of the themes about Wonder Woman from the Batman v Superman movie a degree of mystery about her and who she is? Her movie is an origin movie so a little mystery isn’t really a problem, is it?

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