Fallen Movie Review| Well, that happened

This movie showing up on my go-to film (I swear isn’t illegal) website surprised me. I thought after little to no movie news and after the release of some of the behind the scenes picks back in 2014, the movie was scraped. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book so I wasn’t really too disappointed.

However, they actually finished the film with absolutely no marketing and I was like “oh wow this actually became a thing!”

I’m not going to lie, my expectations were not at all that high. I was expecting a mixture of the first twilight movie and the Beautiful Creatures movie. Yes folks, that’s what I got!

I would also like to note that I feel a tad bit bias since I didn’t like the book and so it would be obvious that I wouldn’t like the movie. But eh, who cares. My blog, my rules.

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So let’s start with the characters. When I looked at the description of the movie, it literally said Luce (Addison Timlin)was “strong-willed” which I thought was hilarious. I guess she’s strong-willed when it comes to the endless stupid decisions (don’t worry I won’t spoil all of her dumbass actions). She also was just as boring as I remembered.

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Here’s some evidence of this tomfoolery!

I was also disappointed about the introduction of Daniel (Jeremy Irvine). I don’t like to compare book and movie adaptations but in the book, the first time he sees his lifetime lover Luce, he gives her the finger. I was sad that the movie left this part out because that was the only redeeming quality of the whole story (I hated Luce at first so I was hoping he would keep hating her but I know that wouldn’t happen because paranormal romance). Overall, Daniel was as bland as white non-salted crackers and I wonder if he left his personality in hell where he apparently came from.

Penn (Luce’s best friend?!?!?!) served no purpose and the other characters who I already forgot their name might as well not been in the film. I felt like I was supposed to care about the other characters other than Luce, Cam and Daniel but since they didn’t care much about the others, neither did I.

Diversity SUCKS in this film. We got our token black friend right here who had like 3 witty remarks ———-> Black tropes I’m tired of seeing.

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I felt like he would be a better Daniel. Who cares about being loyal to the book since it was crap anyways.

Out of all the characters, Cam(Harrison Gilbertsonas the only one that had something to offer when it came to personality wise, but even he couldn’t save this movie. He looked like the typical bad boy with the letter jacket. He also had the  “I have a secret past but I’m not going to tell you because you will die” trope within him. I remember liking/tolerating him in the books because Daniel was so irrelevant it was hard not to go for him. However, in the movie, he was so cheesy when it came to his lines. I felt bad for the actor because it wasn’t his fault and rather it was bad writing.

Gotta love those bad boys. Smoking is soooo hoott because lung cancer is the sexist trait anyone can have.

I never continued on in the books but one of the most frustrating thing was why Cam and Daniel were so obsessed with Luce. I know they loved her for thousands of years or whatever but there’s absolute no explanation why or how they developed their feelings. The relationships did not feel natural at all and came out instalovey.

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Daniel will probably win this love triangle so why even have it? Oh yeah, love triangles sells!

I probably should talked about the plot but there really wasn’t a lot of it. I guess the jist of it is that Luce moves to this random ass boarding school (THAT JUST MAGICALLY HAS ALL THE FALLEN ANGELS AND HER LIFELONG LOVER) after some incident involving burning house that killed her boyfriend or something like that. We got some heaven vs hell themes here but I’m currently taking a Bible Lit class and apparently fallen angels are not Christian themes. Wow who would have thought!?

Man, I must of forgot the entire book because I don’t remember if the ending was the same as the books. I wasn’t expecting the effects and that’s the only thing other than this being released that surprised me in this film. Can’t tell if the effects were atrocious or cool. Atrociously cool? I’m going to go with that because it’s somewhat positive (but not really)

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Let’s talk about mental illness representation in this movie. Apparently, if you have a mental illness, you’re a delinquent. This amplifies the stigma that people should be ashamed of having a mental illness. It made me uncomfortable that the school places people with a mental health disorder and troubled teens in the same spectrum. I’m sorry but  disobeying parents/rules is not equivalent to schizophrenia or self-harm. UGH on how these characters speak out mental health as if it’s a sin.

The “big reveal” at the end was uneventful and provides no explanation on why things are happening.  It was confusing, just like it was confusing on why this got released. The film  was just boring and I honestly don’t know who I would recommend it too. Apparently, the people who loved the book loved the movie so perhaps if you fall in that spectrum, I encourage you to watch Fallen . 

But if not, watch something else.

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Netflix’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events”| Unpleasantly Pleasant Surprise

I don’t even know why I even doubt Netflix anymore.They obviously know what they’re doing since they have so many successful TV shows and therefore, can raise their prices without losing subscribers because they have us on a dog leash.

I was sooo scared and hesitant going into this TV adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events not because I wanted it to be exactly like the books (which was faithfully done anyways), I just wanted it to be good. I was not disappointed. The TV show clearly outshine the movie.

The story follows 3 children who are forced to live with an evil distant relative after their house mysteriously burned to the ground, taking their parents with it. We follow these three children as they endure, as the title so pleasantly states, “a series of unfortunate events.” Throughout the show, we are reminded that there is no happy ending and if that is what we should expect, we should pause and watch something more cheerful.

Well, I thought, “nobody tells me what to do” and continued watching.

Neil Patrick Harris, oh my god. Harris OBVIOUSLY stole the show. He was creepy and frightening but also humorous. I loved it when he was on my screen which is weird because he was the villain. He BLEW Jim Carrey (movie version of Olaf) out of the water. Out of all the roles Harris has played, THIS is the one that I think really portrays his talents and also his most entertaining role (YES, THIS ROLE BEATS BARNEY STINSON). I can’t properly stress how amazing he was in this TV Show. From his expressions, his dialogue, his singing, I JUST LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM.

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Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket was also brilliant. I don’t know why, but his voice gives me meaning in life. I would have his voice would bug me since I think of Joe from Family Guy, but he really created the Lemony Snicket character. I also thought that being told various of definitions of words I already knew throughout the episodes would annoy the knockers out of me, but I loved it because it really did remind me of the books. The nostalgia was real.

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The Baudelaire children. Oh, the Baudelaire children. I did pity them throughout all the episodes. I felt their frustration, I felt their fears, I want them to have a happy ending. Hell, they deserve one. I can’t even be mad because Lemony Snicket said himself that we shouldn’t count on it. We have  Violet (Malina Weissman) , the inventor, was brilliant and genuine. Klaus (Louis Hynes), the reader, who I thought would have been the most annoying due to his portrayal in both the books and the movie, was actually an amazing intelligent character who I felt to be the most rational but hopeful. Last we have the adorable Sunny (Presley Smith) who’s teeth are sharp as nails and also served as the comic relief. 

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We are also introduced to countless other characters including the oblivious “#1 banker” Mr. Poe ( K. Todd Freeman). His role is both significant and insignificant. He sort of plays as the orphan drop off and also seems to have something stuck in his throat. As a character, he was my least favorite because he didn’t listen to the emergencies of these orphans were enduring but his role is to be the gullible easily tricked character–and who likes those characters?

We also have Olaf’s hilarious henchmen, relatives of the Baudelaire children and some other inexplicable characters.

Although the tone isn’t as dark as the books or movie, I actually liked the subtle lightness better. It’s like dramatic irony. Watch the show to know the definition.

What shocked me the most were the countless well-known actors/actresses who I have NO IDEA were going to be in the series. Thank you Netflix. 

Overall, I don’t have a lot of complaints if any at all. The pacing becomes wacky at times but the tone of the setting and the performance easily overshadows that minor fallacy.  I don’t want to seem like I’m overhyping it, but if you’re a fan of the books, then I think you would adore and appreciate the TV show.

In the intro, Harris/Olaf urges you to look away. However, I urge you to not.

What are your thoughts on the show? Do you think the movie was better or do you think Netflix is victorious?

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