“Lights, Camera, Action”: Winter Movie Reviews


Fantastic Films: A film both humorous and dramatic- Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen star in the critically acclaimed “Little Women”.

Alas, the glorious winter break is over and now a difficult second semester is upon us. Given all that, there’s no better time than now to hit the movie theater for two hours of undwinding and entering a world unlike your own. Lucky for us, the theaters are chock-full of new films, so let’s dive and and figure out which ones are worth the $13 dollar ticket (or $18 if you splurge and go to Phipps AMC and sink in to one of those plush recliners).   


“Little Women” 10/10

The 2019 adaption of the 1868 classic shows the importance of family and feminism does not fade over the years. The star-studded cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, to name a few. This amazing group brings the classic novel to the big screen perfectly, making the audience feel like they are right there in the 1860’s. It is a perfect mix of both humor and serious drama and its capable of making you cry one moment and die laughing the next. The cinematography and costumes top the film off, and Gretta Gerwig’s directing cannot go undiscussed. When you leave the theater, “Little Women” will have you buying tickets to see it again, and again and again. 

“Frozen 2” 9/10

The second installment to the “Frozen” franchise, Frozen 2 is the definition of fun for all ages. With instantly iconic tracks such as “Into the Unknown” and “Show Yourself,” sophisticated humor, and fun cartoons, this movie leaves no one out of the entertainment. The movie answers the number one question from the first movie- “Where did Elsa get her powers?” After following a noise she believes to be a calling, Elsa is joined by Anna, Kristoff, Sven, and of course Olaf in an adventure into an enchanted forest. It is a beautifully animated and perfectly executed second film, and by the end you’ll be waiting for the next sequel. 


“Cats” 1/10 

Cats. Let’s put it this way: This is a movie I would have walked out of if I wasn’t a major Taylor Swift fan. Just because it’s a Broadway hit doesn’t mean it should be on the big screen. Unbiased opinion, Swift’s five minutes on screen and Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “Memory” are the only good parts of this film. On paper, it seems like the perfect movie, one stacked with award-winning actors like Idris Elba, Dame Judy Dench, James Cordon, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson. But from the onset the poor execution of costumes, set, and acting all make this film uncomfortable to witness. Not worth the $14 ticket and $20 snacks. I’m not “kitten.” At all costs, avoid this “cat-tasrophe.”

See you at the movies!