The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

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The Lord of the Rings follows Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a young hobbit who finds himself in possession of the most powerful ring in the world. He must resist its temptation and destroy it before the evil Sauron comes back to life and takes over Middle Earth.

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A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

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A Wrinkle in Time is directed by Ava DuVernay and surrounds the story of Meg (Storm Reid) whose father (Chris Pine) has gone missing for four years. Her father was a scientist that believed that you could travel the universe through your mind alone. So when three mysterious beings – Mrs. Whatsit (Reese Witherspoon), Mrs. Who (Mindy Kaling), and Mrs. Which (Oprah Winfrey) – show up to help Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin, find her father they must travel the universe to do so.

While the premise sounds interesting enough, I was disappointed by A Wrinkle in Time. The ultimate downfall for me I think was the acting by the kids, they felt very wooden to me, though the dialogue also wasn’t very good. The kid who played Charles Wallace especially was really annoying throughout most of the film. And the only part of Storm Reid’s performance that I bought was her relationship with her father.

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The Shape of Water (2017)

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The Shape of Water is a visually stunning, thought provoking film full of great performances. It is also my first introduction to director Guillermo del Toro’s style since I haven’t seen any of his movies before.

The film takes place in the 60s, where a mute woman named Eliza (Sally Hawkins) works as a janitor in a science lab along with her friend played by Octavia Spencer. Michael Shannon, who is the antagonist, has brought in a mysterious water creature he wants to kill and dissect. Eliza, having formed a special bond with this creature, is willing to do whatever it takes to save him.

Sally Hawkins was captivating as Eliza and it’s especially impressive because she doesn’t speak in the role, her performance is through her actions, facial expressions, and body language. The prosthetics and makeup on Doug Jones, who plays the fish man, were phenomenal and beautiful. I really loved Eliza’s friend, played by Richard Jenkins, in the film as well who is a closeted gay man struggling to get his art sold.

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