Reviews by DBJC
It's been a while since I've read a good YA fantasy and this hit me right in my hopes and dreams. It's very creative with a world that's based on Russian folktales (if you find Leigh Bardugo's Pinterest you'll get a better idea) but above all it's engaging and hard to put down. Of course there's romance in it (but that's expected for a YA book) but the book isn't based around that romance. I recommend reading it to get the full idea of the whole thing. It's definitely not a book that will leave you disappointed. This is the FIRST book of the series. The next book is called Siege and Storm.
I read a short summary of this movie before I watched it and heard that it won an Academy Award. Okay, cool. But I wasn't expecting what I was expecting. Oh man, it was so much more. It was BRILLIANT. For such a fragile subject, this movie tells a story with much beauty that is completely palpable and understandable. It's a Japanese movie, yes, but the idea of death and the concept of death being unclean is an international idea. I didn't have problems understanding the characters or the realization that character had. Why didn't I watch this movie sooner?
When I finished this movie, my mouth was just open. I had no idea what to say about this movie. Did I like it? Did I hate? Neither. It was just interesting and that's just about all I can say about it. I don't know who to recommend this to except for people who are open to originality and...creepiness. It's definitely a psychological thriller, but that doesn't make it less creepy. I still recommend watching it and coming up with an opinion about it. Maybe watch it twice. Three times. It's definitely not a rip off of another movie, that's for sure.
When I heard about this movie, I was really excited, but when I finally watched it, I tried too hard to like it and I ended up feeling disappointed. It really annoyed me that he kept going back and back so it wasn't the movie for me even though I really wanted it to be. It's not a bad movie, but it was just a bit disappointing to me. It needed something else...something more.
Okay, so I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie until it started racking up so many awards but when I finally got a chance to watch it I understood why it had so many awards. I didn't know much about the Islamic Revolution at the time, but that didn't stop me from being engaged! The plot wasn't hard to follow even though I didn't know much about that time period, and it flowed very well. The costumes were spot on and the acting was far from shallow. I also learned a bit more about what happened with the American Embassy in Iran during that time. A minor history lesson! But other than that the movie is great. You feel the suspense and everything.