Last night I saw the movie version of the hit musical “Hamilton” and I thought it was a soaring experience. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius in every sense of the word. This very original presentation of the founding of America as told from the view of Alexander Hamilton who was a soldier and statesmen.
The cast of this movie including Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsbury, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Leslie Odom, Jr. Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos and many others brought inspired performances. Musicals are hard because they involve singing while moving and its almost athletic in how this cast brought the story to life.
Granted I am not feeling all that patriotic right now, so I looked at it from a story of people wanting to do something great, while struggling to do so. Seeing people of color tell the history of the beginning of this country was refreshing. Musically it was fantastic. Artistically it was top-notch.
There was triumph, tragedy and a good dose of comedy too. Any good production will have universal themes that can make one feel hopeful and even forward thinking. Really there are no spoilers to be told because the story is in history books and Hamilton follows what happened in the early days of America.
If you haven’t seen it on Disney Plus then I would encourage you to. There are many things to appreciate here. It’s very entertaining and worth three hours of your time.
Winnie The Pooh is an iconic Disney character whose story has been told for generations. This movie puts the focus on the life of Christopher Robin. His life changed because of going off to school, World War II and having a job…you know grown-up stuff that isn’t a great deal of fun at any age.
There are lots of tenderness, action, adventure and social commentary thrown in for good measure which resonates across time. Winnie says in the movie “Doing nothing often leads to the very best kind of something” and that is a key part of where the movie goes into the story it wants to tell.
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell and a who’s who of British and American talent are wonderful in this movie. It’s one that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Go see this and may it inspire you to find your own way to doing nothing and having the adventure of your lives.
I am not much of a reader which is shocking to some but today I saw the movie “A Wrinkle In Time” based upon the book by Madeline L’engle. This story of expanding the universe, your mind and your heart resonated with me. We have a daughter and a son trying to bring their back home who has found his way across the universe based upon a discovery that connects its far ends. He ends up in the grips of an evil force that has kept him from the family for four years.
Three celestial beings, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Whatsit who are played by Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon. guide newcomers Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe join veteran actors Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Chris Pine and Zach Galifianakis in this adventure in space, time and most importantly love.
Ava DuVernay did a beautiful job making the story vibrant, colorful and dark when needed. We need to see more stories that empower young people and especially young women to become warriors for good in their own time and the universe. I recommend this to everyone. Movies like this are important and necessary in the dark times we live in.
Beauty and The Beast is a classic Disney animated movie from 1991. Fast forward to 2017 where it’s made into a live action film with another all-star cast featuring Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens. It is faithful for the most part to the original movie but needs CGI magic to make this movie dance. The music is quite good as one would expect.
I was impressed with the level of talent this movie brings. I am always curious about movies set in France where the characters speak in a British/English accent but that is for another post. There is something special about this remake and you will be pleasantly surprised by the movies action and drama. Speaking of action there is quite a bit of intense scenes where there is violence so be wary.
This movie is a tale as old as time it’s about love, friendship and fighting ones fears and even prejudice.
Yeah, I am watching “Frozen” tonight because it’s winter. Don’t judge. Just “Let It Go”. I also love Olaf the snowman.
From IMDB – An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
This is a terrific movie with amazing animation and the great talent of Jim Carrey, Colin Firth and Gary Oldman. It is a must see every holiday season. There is a lot of similarities between the era of this story and modern day. We all know an Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Bob Cratchit in real life and hopefully their hearts and minds have been softened by the spirit of Christmas past, present and future. There is much universal truths for everyone in this classic Charles Dickens story.
It has to be pretty serious when Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World close their parks in Florida due to Hurricane Matthew which has devastated The Bahamas among other places. Thousands of people visit there annually and its a good thing that both parks are not taking any chances with the safety of their visitors and employees. I am hoping for the best down there for the full-time residents who call the region their home.
Sometimes we have to let stuff go. In order to go on in life we have to put things aside and behind us to have a better life. This treasure from the movie “Frozen” helps put things in perspective.