Discover Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup: Book Review

Discover Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup: Book Review

About Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup, the book and this review

Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup is a children’s book by author Mandy Mayock, MA, LPC. The Illustrator is Tammie Lyon. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Spoiller alert, This review IS going to reveal a number of elements of the books. That is an inevitable side of the nature of my reviews.

The subject of Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup

Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup is a wonderful, well thought-out and super informative book about high sensitivity, be it in puppies or in people. It is well thought-out because it manages to thoroughly explain a complex condition and its downside and making it appear, beyond words as a superpower, all that in a language that is plain, simple and fun. And wow, the book is able to give an admirably succinct account of the main facts to describe the condition. It kindles empathy and compassion rather than pity which is an extraordinary feat to achieve in a reader, without chewing the sentiment for them. It has fun between its lines and is richer than its number of pages will seemingly suggest.

The author’s approach

Before I even identified with the subject, I was taken by the narrative. This is because the approach is sensible and sensitive. It is clear that the narrator knows what they are talking about. The language is appropriate. The illustrations are cute. The font, layout and amount of text is highly readable. The flow is uninterrupted and takes you in and along. Everything about how the book is conceived makes the reader want to read it and know more and that is what you would want. It does not intimidate the younger reader, not only because the text is so carefully spread out throughout the pages but also because the illustration are a great complementary item for the textual content.

The little thing I did not like

The only thing I will reproach it is that in a possible attempt to make the pages more fun, the illustrator or the author opted for textured backgrounds that, I believe, went against the subject. These “loudly” textured background choices are a pain to the highly sensitive human that I am. They basically crowd the page with uninforrmative media which makes it a distraction! I wish they continued to look like the promise that the cover gave.

What I particularly love about Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup

I love the story. I love the story’s background. I love that the main character who tells the story is the dog. I love that we can relate even though it is a dog. I love the way the book goes from the dog’s personal experience to people. I absolutely love a book that doesn’t just quench the author’s good intentions to share a story with children but also couples it with a professional approach: a highly educated  knowledge of the subject, personal experience and a real passion for and involvement in the subject.

Further information

At the end of the story, there is a link to a test by Dr. Elaine Aron. There, you can find out whether you or your child are highly sensitive persons (hsp). The author also manages to add into the pages a very useful note for parents and caregivers. This includes characteristics of a highly sensitive child, tips on how to identify whether your child is a hsp (highly sensitive person or highly sensitive child in this case), a website with a quiz and tips on ways to help the child deal with the condition as well as a disclaimer regarding all this.

A professional and personal work

I love that the author Mandy Mayock is involved in borth aspects of the book subject (counselling and animal rescue). This, to me, is the reason why this book is so well written and so effective.  I love that the proceeds of the sale of Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup will go to charity. That is so on point and in harmony with the subject. I love the note on the Sato project and I love their work.

Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup definitely makes it on Fussy Tongue’s list of great children’s books.

The Sato project - Willow The Highly Sensitive Pup

The Sato Project

The Sato project mentions “an estimated 500,000 stray dogs roaming the island’s streets and beaches”. With no access to food, fresh water, or veterinary care, many of these dogs are living daily lives of severe suffering” and “only 5 shelters across all 78 of the island’s municipalities”, with “a combined euthanasia rate of over 94%”. The mission of the Sato Project is to rescue abused and abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico, end their suffering and save their lives.

The Sato Project programs

The Sato Project aims to achieve their goals through six primary programs:

  • Rescue and Rehabilitation
  • Freedom Flights to the Mainland
  • Spay/Neuter Community Outreach
  • Adoption & Shelter Placement
  • Disaster Relief
  • Education & Awareness
  • Sanctuary by The Sato Project

 

 

10 favourite romantic movies

10 favourite romantic movies

Romantic movies

i’m going to tear your hearts because 10 means that we must have rejection rules. Some romantic movies are magical because of particular scenes like Ghost which n top of it is not strictly about the romance. There are those that can never be forgotten because of the eloquence of a character like the unrequited love narrated by Kate Winslet in The holiday or its beautiful people (aren’t Cameron Diaz and Jude Law at their most beautiful?!). The other secret or its subtle optimisation is in the use of the magic of Christmas (not on the nose as it would in typical American romcoms set in the period). But there is more to a romantic movie than magical contexts or scenes, there is a feeling left beyond. So unfortunately, not all the greatest romantic movie couples make it and neither do any of the great romantic movie queens or kings.These include Meg Ryan on her own or with Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle…). Films like Pretty Woman also are missing as the magic is really more in the selling cast not as much in the script when you decorticate it.

Neither Disney nor Grimm appears onn my list. I am not sure that marrying off 15-16 year-old girls with the first man they encounter  under the pretenses of love at first sight is my idea of romance. There is beauty to be found in those tales but not such that can be akeen to romantic or at least to make my top 10. I did think of having a top 12 or top 20. Movies like Funny Girl with Barbara Streisand, When Harry met Sally, Ghost are among romantic movies with a worthwhile twist and view. While I can’t think of them all and I will forget some, other movies will be omited on purpose, La La Land and Titanic being fine examples. Films like Blue is the Warmest Color lose out more in the perspective of the representation.

10. Once (Ireland)

Romantic musical drama Once - Romantic moviesI fell, one hearstring at a time, for the fresh, original, endearing romantic movie that is Once. This 2007 Irish romantic musical drama reinvigorates the romantic genre. Starring relatable protagonists and their fathomable meet-cute empowers the magic it creates. The street busker is real-life musician Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard is an Irish singer-songwriter and the frontman of Irish rock band and album charters The Frames. Czech-Icelandic singer-songwriter, musician and actress Markéta Irglová plays the immigrant. Those guys are so real, individually and as a pair, that I believed this was a true story. This belief was to the point that I did not even automatically think to check the assumption (and I always check! and yes, “always” is still valid here as eventually later did). The realism challenged my invesgative spirit. My love of music was served a gorgeous meal not least the amazing musical piece “Falling Slowly”. The song deservingly received the Academy Award for Best Original Song. The two songwriters co-wrote that hit. Their two voices just come together in a beautiful harmony as does their love story. John Carney wrote and directed this unassuming and heartwarming opus, the Once movie.

9. Blue Valentine – impossible love (USA)

Blue Valentine - Romantic Movies

As previously stated, it is not an obligation for the kings and queens of romantic movies to appear on this list. However, in Blue Valentine, an exceptional Ryan Gosling pairs up with an amazing Michelle Williams in one of the most gripping and heartbreaking renditions of a marriage breaking down. The sript does not cower from addressing the petals and thorns of its protagonists’ marriage.

Brokeback Mountain8. Brokeback Mountain (USA, Romantic Drama) – 9.3 – The humanity of love

Objectively, it is hard to know what had more of an impact. Was it the impeccable script that knew how to use even silences? Was it the two finest actors of their generation? Was it the whole thing that was able to tell a story that is relatable even as we are not the protagonist or are not facing their exact challenge? 

This neo-Western romantic drama stars the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. Ang Lee reminds us of his cinematographic and artistic sensibility in the direction of this monumental movie. Seriously, there are no parts of my throat, heart and lungs that weren’t gripped.

7. Guzaarish (India, Romantic drama) – 9.5 – the gift of love, “love is no sacrifice but a gift

GuzaarishGuzaarish is a 2010 Indian romantic movie. Sanjay Leela Bhansali wrote, composed and directed the romantic drama. Actors Hrithik Roshan (as Ethan Mascarenhas) and Aishwarya Rai (Sofia D’Souza) lead the cast. Those two are just spellbinding, bringing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s screenplay to paradoxically gripping life.

The film tells the story of a magician (Ethan Mascarenhas) who a serious accident turns quadriplegic. Now a radio DJ, he enjoys bringing light, hope and entertainment to his audience while paradoxically seeking the court’s permission to end his own life. The plot centers around him, his request (literal translation of Guzaarish), and the reaction of the people around him. One of this his entourage is his nurse Sofia D’Souza. Bhansali manages to suspend your disbelief all the while, despite the romance surrounding this drama.

Top 10 Romantic movies - Casablanca6. Casablanca (USA, Romantic drama)

Casablanca is a classic black and white American romantic drama from 1942. It stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. The chemistry of the iconic screen couple combined with the love triangle, and the tension of the plot and its World War II settings play with your heartstrings all throughout the movie. The screenplay is well acted and even, dare I say inspirational in multiple aspects. There is almost an understanding of different types of love and of what they mean: unselfishness, care, and giving. And there is growth, beauty and honesty in the middle of, and in spite of the chaos that wants to engulf it all, love and other beauties.

Top 10 Romantic movies - Jodhaa Akbar5. Jodhaa Akbar (India, historical drama)

Religion establishes one of the most powerful borders between humans on earth. To watch a movie that finds some balance and harmony between two people of different beliefs and cultures is refreshing. Put an arranged marriage and the sense of duty brushing pride, prejudice and ego, and you have the ingredients for something that needs the utmost care when handling. Thankfully though, the subject was approached with enough sensitivity and sensibility, beauty and tact, maintaining its realism and the audience’s attention. There is more lesson than judgement, opening against fear and another evidence that love is the way for the world to hold each other’s hands.

Of course, the fact that my favourite Indian screen couple (who would have thought seeing that they are now featured twice together on this list) is starring and giving as ever their best performance does help. It brings realism, poignancy, relevance, and of course beauty to a historical tale that might have lost a lot of viewership without it. The settings, the photography, the costumes, the fights are epic.

 

77484l4. Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name – Japan, Anime) – The transcendence of love – Japan

This movie is already one of my favourte anime movies of all time. In this beautifully drawn and plotted anime, a city boy and a country girl transcend time and space in an oneirically supernatural twist of fate. For a period, they get to dream and even live as the other. We follow their separate journeys, each in their own universe, as they work to get closer, in spite of the boundaries erected by time, fate and human capacities and witness the transcendence of love in this epic anime romance. Nothing can stop such a love, not memories and their scientific boundaries, fate and its supernatural constraints, or the mind with its logical borders.

10 Favourite Romantic Movies - Ruby Sparks3. Ruby Sparks (USA, Romantic Comedy/Drama) – The freedom to be, in love – USA

To be or not to be, that is the question.

I have paired up more celebrities for being the leads in the same industry than I care to remember. I have dreamed that Elton John , Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston would end up together, and country and being linked to each other by my love for their work (as if they knew me!) than I can imagine. While none of my wished pairs ever made it together to the altar, Aishwarya Rai and Hritik Roshan at least managed to give me some closure by appearing together in at least 3 movies. But this next couple did one better. They married and played a couple in one of the most insightful romcoms ever written.

The previous movies feature the biggest antagonists, those that we cannot fight but must be content with surrendering to. They showcase the limits of our knowledge and power and how love lives beyond them. Love does not care for space, bigotry and prejudice, death . But love truly shines when you cannot hide behind others, excuses and loopholes. When you must assume your responsibilities, because no matter how hard it is, you are in control of your problem, this is where your do you, in the name of

The film also particularly shines for me because the actors and the scenes look extremely real. This does not feel like a fictionalisation or dramatisation of life, it feels true, which considering its premises is saying something.

2. Heaven Official’s Blessing – (China, Donghua) – The transcendence of love

Heaven Official's Blessing Donghua

I think I watched the first season 6 times in a row. The otherwordliness of the illustrations matches the context of the anime. There is something utterly magnetic about the characters and their designs. Even as the first minutes are a little confusing, the viewer is charmed by the settings, the attention to detail, the aura that seems to float around the scenes themselves.

There are so many ways in which love transcends in this animation. The donghua stumps on the borders that upholds traditional duality with grace, beauty, substance and elegance. From evil versus good to male versus female, from heaven to earth, mortality and immortality, we are taken into the story of the real power of love: that of being able to see and live and love harmoniously beyond the boundaries that human knowledge has erected around our freedom.

The series Heaven’s Official Blessing is streaming on Netflix at the time of writing.

 

1. Pride and Prejudice (UK, Period drama) – The power / surrender to love

2005 Pride and PrejudiceWe live in a world made of pride and prejudice. To have a book and several movies acknowledge that in their own context is enough of a recognition in itself. But to have them make these two oppressors surrender in the face of love is adding magic to the reality. The magic is written in the most plausible way. It has been (re-en)acted by our most eminent thespians worldwide in over 17 screen adaptations. From Aishwarya Rai Bachnan (Bride and Prejudice) to Jennifer Ehle via Keira Knightley, Lizzie’s performance has been blessed. Colin Firth has gone down in history as the most infamous Mr Darcy but Matthew MacFadyen is one of the many others who upheld his legacy.

I love you then, I love you still

I love you then, I love you still

About this review of I love you then I love You Still

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. It goes without saying (and yet here we are) that my review will contain spoilers. It is not very constructive, after all, to just ditch generalities about likes and dislikes. So, as per tradition, our review is first of all an analysis. Remember that if we bother to leave one, we have finished reading the book and there is goodness in it.

I Love You Then, I Love You Still is a book written by Amanda Zoltanski-Hafez

I Love You Then, I Love You Still is not just a book. It is a love letter from a parent to a child, from the dedication at the beginning to the last word, through the whole story unfolded page after page.

The love letter

The verses are in rhyme which give it that added lyricism. Of course, it would have been even more so if the number of syllables matched in the lines of each stanza as they would in a nursery rhyme. Such a love letter would have no doubt needed every trick in the book to help us remember it or chant it even as parents when the going gets to its toughest with our own little monsters. Even the children would have benefitted. When their naughtiness has reached points of seeming no return, these lines would keep their hope up that their parent will still love them in spite of all.

Reading the full love letter, it feels more like we are having a peak into the author’s life. I am not into reality shows to be honest. I tend to believe that what happens in a house is more useful to help relating people draw lessons for their own. So, it was a little disappointment to me that it was so very specific that it sometimes alienated the reader into an observer role rather than a partaker.

At times, it is hard to know how old her little monster is, if you have not read the blurb. It wouldn’t actually matter if it was not for the specific actions described in the book. Indeed spilling drinks sounds like a baby or a toddler (or was it just my own kid?). Yet in the next breath / verse “piling your dishes” sounds more like an older child or even a teenager so at times it is a little confusing. It is clear from each line why the author calls her boy her little monster. I wish I could have read more explicitly about the “good-hearted” Tristan in there beyond the messy one. While the appelation is a cute and tender one, the absence of sustantial evidence of his good heart makes her love sounds only like the biased perspective of a mother. It is also surprising to realise later on in the read that the child has siblings as the beginning very much reads like he is an only child. For example, it states that breakfast is all for the one child.

Writing and illustrations

The writing clear and appropriate for the target audience. The font is really fun, but at the same time a little hard to read. A nice little trick would have been to expand the font. This would have kept the fun side of the font face whilst upping its readability. The title certainly would have benefited from that. However, considering how short it is, it does not strain our eyes for too long. Another downside of the body font is its choice to capitalise the letter K. It is a detail that subliminally makes the letter not so conducive to learning the right spelling or understanding the place and role of capitalisation. It is fun when it is in words like Kiss because it almost make it special but the English language has so many words that contain the letter k!

The drawings are lovely and very age-appropriate. They have a particularly fun side to them. I love that the mum is a cyclop, a “monster” of her own accord, whether this was intentional or not. Having full page images also immerses the reader in the experience which is gratifying. Some images though have no text, so breaking up the text to have it breathe a little better across the pages should have been the option. It would have made the lines easier to read and more pleasant and inviting to look at for children and parents alike. More importantly, it would have avoided the awkwardness of having text so close to the page border or getting into the furniture! 🙂

As pointed out before, the rhymes are a great idea. In addition, pairing them makes them easier to read and diges. Therefore, it shocks the attentive reader or mind when either

  • two-line stanza fail to rhyme as in:
    “no, that’s not nice!
    you can’t be mean to your siblings all day”
  • when their form lacks sense,
  • when additional lines are added up as seen among others on page 22
  • or when the uneven number of syllable takes away from the letter’s lyricism

Substance and lessons to children

There is substance. There are some lessons that a child reading may draw.

I do love that discipline is part of the love but the percentage given to it is so minute, it reads more like a post scriptum:

“don’t ever think that i don’t love you,
but i must teach you the right things to do

The explanation about why not to do things beside the implicit “I said so” aka “Mums know best” or “it is not nice” is unconvincing. This was an opportunity to bring forth a little logic and savoir-vivre in the mind of a little one. There would lie the work that not all can make, to say in the simplest and most beautiful and rhyming word what the consequences are to some of the things our monsters do that they should not. However, there is much more of the enabling the behaviour unfortuantely.

The title bothers me a great deal. While the sentiment is noble, the grammar makes it confusing. The meaning I guess is “I loved you at that time, I love you still now…”. However, the grammatical choice (if that is one) reads as if “then” meant either “in that case” or “afterwards”. Also, this refrain is sweet but does not always come in logical manner at the end of a verse. You would expect that the rest of the page would showcase why the child might doubt his mother’s love each time or not know what it is that she is expressing as she goes through the things he does that might make her angry or ashamed or whatever else that might make him doubt she loves him but it is not always the case and when it is not, it tends to break the semantic flow.

Anyway…

What a beautiful idea to write what is effectively a love letter to our child to assure them of our love and support whatever happens. A last proofreading would have disambiguated the title, upped the discipline, evened the rhymes and lines, and delivered the lovely book to its best. I would have loved to see a little more about why they deserve and get our love and support so it does not all sounds so “because I am your mum”. More mention of discipline would have also evened the field: after all, love feels more genuine and honest when it doesn’t just say yes to everything.

A Friend For Princess Ada: Book Review

A Friend For Princess Ada: Book Review

I received an advance review copy of A Friend For Princess Ada for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. Please note that there is a spoiler alert in place for this review (for all my reviews, to be honest). A Friend For Princess Ada is a children’s book written by Emilee Moore and illustrated by Kim Soderberg.

The story of A Friend For Princess Ada

A Friend For Princess Ada is a wonderful story about a little girl who seeks a friend with whom to play daily. The villagers bring her different choices but they just “won’t do”. Will she find the perfect companion. This is a delectable simple story to be enjoyed by every kid aged 3 to well 8, although it might really be more for the youngest bracket of the range. The illustration are nice although at times, they feel incomplete: for example the castle in the first pages of the story, looks more like a wall for a park than for a lived-in space. In spite of that, they are visibly agreeable and fit for their target audience. The layout, language and paragraphs are well spaced allowing the child to take on the journey with fun and pleasure. I also like the way kids can discover an animal at a time, through the presentation by the villagers, the moments that princess Ada shares with them and her final decision.

Some missed opportunites

I do wish there was more to the villagers presentation. A simple sentence could have explained why they chose a particular animal each time. At the beginning even, there could have been a sentence where they decide why an animal would be the type of friend they sought for the child rather than a person. It would have been really fun to see how they progressively add to the criteria to meet the princess’s need for an ideal friend: from chosing that it should be an animal not a person to the right one. I also think they need not be disappointed as much as excited at the detective work they were doing to find that right pal. I asked myself from the outset: why a seal first? Is it where they leave, something the princess said or just for the sake of the plot? A quick premise would have made the flow more seamless and clued the reader in.

Some attitude

Finally, I wish Princess Ada stated her reasons before she stated “this [insert animal] will never do”. This is important in the way children speak and perceive behaviour. It shows respect to the people who are working for her. Rather than starting with a negative comment which might very well explain why the villagers are disappointed, she should have started with complementing them in effect as she kind of those later rather than sooner. Especially as a princess, she should have started by acknowledging their work, the advantages of her choices and then only state why it was still wanting. For example, she could say: “Thank you for finding a friend with just the right size, etc.”. By not fdoing this, she shows an attitude that requires its own story to correct.

Conclusion

All the elements are there. I would have just tweaked some of the order and some of the sentences. I do believe that the child could have been any child without some of the extra qualities of a princess such as the one mentioned above. Making her a princess might explain the decree but should show the decorum alongside rather than almost making her sound just whimsical. I am not convinced about the choice of a lion following the monkey or as a choice at all, whether for a child or around the other animals. I wish the page that showed the animals considered had a sentence about each of them including the lion and why he was not chosen in the first place, e.g., “The lion had a soft fur but was too dangerous”, “The snake…” and so on.

In spite of all that, A Friend For Princess Ada is all in all a delightable little tale to be enjoyed by small children. It will teach them about different animals. But it had the potential for much more in such a few sentences and lovely pictures.
7 out of 10 well done

Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues: Book Review

Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues: Book Review

The idea behind Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues

Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues is a book in the Team Supercrew Series. It is described as “a children’s book about feelings and emotions, staying calm, and boisterous bedtimes!”. The subject is commandable and even more so the idea that supports it. I absolutely love the idea of using superheroes to help children find their best inside of them. Maybe it is because it is my way of thinking. There absolutely IS a superhero inside each of us. And the sooner you can inculcate that mindset into a child, the better. And what great way this amazingly produced book series.does it.

The language in Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues

As a grown up, I read the whole book without a problem. I think a child would only have minor issues with the words if any at all. The structure is also sound. The paragraphs are short and to the point so it is easy to follow. I love that Miko calls on Chloe even though I am not convinced by the way she does it or the way she reacts to her favourite superhero showing up. 

My problem is the conversation. The exchange reads unnatural at times. The reasons that Chloe gives for persuading Miko to go to bed are “what ifs”. In the way that Chloe is feeling and the mood she is in (“There’s no way I’m going to bed right now”), I would easily argue that “what ifs” can easily be challenged. It feels like she accepts the argument (or lack thereof) because Chloe is a superhero she admires not because she is convincing, and to me, that is a problem. Chloe, even as a superhero, is still a stranger. Admiration should never be a substitute for logic. That encourages a celebrity blind-following mentality. A superhero is human after all. I don’t feel that her superpower of calmness, which should have been the magic here, is showcased anywhere near enough. Mentioning a “let me breathe in and out” in passing felt more like a checked box. It should have been used to help calm Miko and help her focus so she can then express the actual problem.

The flow and focus in Chloe the Calm in The Bedtime Blues

Children do not want to sleep for many reasons, some of which are:

  • they don’t want to miss out on the fun happening: although children generally are, nothing in these premises show a reason for that. This would be more the case if she knew her friends were having a sleepover and she was not invited, or maybe her favourite aunt came to visit and she could not stay up with her
  • they have consumed too much sugar or equivalent: nothing suggests this here
  • they are anxious, afraid or excited about something that is coming up: The mother mentioning “the ballet recital” would suggest so

This is what the book should have concentrated on and Chloe should have helped calmed: the excitement of the upcoming recital. In spite of the illustration and the words suggesting so, the story flow shows no reason for anger and therefore no real substance for convincing Miko not to be

Conclusion

I need to read the other books in the story. I believe that is one of the best ideas in book stories for children that I have come across. With such an inspirational essence, its failings (which are common to all human creations as is this review) cannot but be pardoned, at least to a certain extent. This particular book can, in no way, be representative, beyond its extremely good will, idea and essence, of the story flow of all the books in the series. While being a great idea, great writing and great premises and illustrations, the story on this particularly book tries to cram too many calming tips as possible without linking them with their correct premises. The dialogue phrasing is at times clunky to unnatural at times, even more concerned with exposition at the beginning. Those are the main two faults that I have found reading the book. It has affected the after taste but no so much as to dismiss a must-read children’s book.

Marvel’s Eternals Movie Review

Marvel’s Eternals Movie Review

About Marvel’s Eternals Movie

Marvel’s Eternals is a 2021 movie about immortal alien superheroes who protect the Earth from their counterparts, the Deviants. These Eternals are only one set of such superheroes protecting each a part of the universe. The excitement for watching this movie was threefold:

  • Angelina Jolie was going to kick ass.
  • Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao was directing the movie and co-wrote the screenplay alongside Kaz Firpo, Ryan Firpo and Patrick Burleigh
  • It’s Marvel Comics, duh!

The film stars Eternals Ajak (Salma Hayek), Thena (Angelina Jolie), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Sersi (Gemma Chan), Gilgamesh (Ma Dong-seok), Makkari (Lauren Ridloff), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Druig (Barry Keoghan), and Sprite (Lia McHugh). The film also apparently (I’m guessing some of them in the deleted scenes because I did not see all of these actors for sure, not even in the extended scene, looking at you Mahershala Ali) stars: Harry Styles as Starfox, Kit Harington (Black Knight), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Bill Skarsgård, Mahershala Ali (Blade), Patton Oswalt, Zain Al Rafeea (Mesopotamian Young Man), Lucia Efstathiou (Student), Hannah Dodd (Sandra), Harish Patel (Karun), Gil Birmingham, Haaz Sleiman (Phastos’ husband), Nikkita Chadha (Bollywood Star), Ahn Yong-wook, Brenda Lorena Garcia, Derek Horsham, David Kaye, Tomokazu Sugita, Kōki Uchiyama, Ayumi Tsunematsu, Keiko Toda, Tetsu Inada, Rika Fukami, Shinji Kawada, Alberto Falcon Rodriguez (Mesopotamian Father), Grahame Fox, Chloe Stannage, Jeff Mirza, Jashaun St. John. Obviously, since we are doing a Marvel’s Eternals Movie Review to the detail, a ****major spoiler alert**** is in place!

Marvel’s Eternals Movie – The introduction

From the outset, I was already shouting at the screen. “Remove the introductory reading. It is boring and forgettable, and therefore a waste of time and effort.” “Have the father run, grab his son and start escaping immediately.” After all, he does not watch Hollywood movies. He has not yet been contaminated with the reflex of the expendable extra to stand and stare before scripted danger. He lives at the prime of “flight” for goodness sake. And it happens again, later on. A child just stands in the middle of the chaos of murder as if anyone would. They would run and hide, especially when someone gets hurt (murdered by the way) next to you! This film is a little stupid at times or just confuses common sense with industrial advancement?

The Eternals themselves are introduced in that spirit. They knew “it is time”, but they did not hurry to the danger, too busy as they were, flirting and introducing themselves to each other. Seriously, is common and hero sense really fading away? While you’re at it, remove the stupid name introductions. They’re already forgotten and time’s a’wasting! Why must we suffer through the reason why every Marvel superhero movie after Thanos did not do a thing against Thanos? Why couldn’t Eternals only activate against deviants not other beings? Is it so we have multiple villains and Ikaris fulfill his name’s fate? 

Marvel's Eternals Movie

I smile as I see each of them showcasing their powers. So, we have Superman, The Flash, a Bollywood cowboy, super Jolie, Iron fist i.e. the puncher, Salma Hayek, I mean the healer and the others. Best entrance: Angelina Jolie. Love that she does not attack from a distance and faces the danger right upfront. She used her super hero credits and paid a little of the debt. Best god-like pose: shared between Superman looking at the world from up top after defeating a deviant as if to let them gaze at his splendour and Sirsi’s remake of the Da Vinci’s god and man scene: this time, man will not be touched and the knife that is the intermediary must be morphed, their first interjection into human affairs by the way, that they so insist they are not supposed to. Or maybe it is just all of them posing for the hero shot. Seriously. Suspension of disbelief, suspension of disbelief, suspension of disbelief…. Aarrgghh…

Present day

So, do they sleep until awoken like in the beginning or do they roam around the world and speak like puny humans?? (I mean Sirsi says “s***”!) and of course is late because she is in an American blockbuster. Suspension of disbelief is hard work when there is so much copy/paste. And work requires paiement, this is another debt.. You might as well have played “What if god was one of us”. They are after all called Eternals.

I cannot begin to see the whole need for lateness, underground, exchange with game of thrones apart from giving the kids a voice. They could have as easily started with an earthquake in the middle of her lesson. Seriously. And of course, no one so her using her powers because it was just for us to know she has them. I am bored.
So they can’t sense deviants now? Omg there are so many contradictions.
please keep dane safe but take the deviant into real populations where there are 100s of someone else’s Dane! Aaarrrggghhh
and do people need to be told to run wwhen they see this? Seriously. That movie is infuriating. I would give it 0 so much I am pissed off at its waste of great actors and people’s time.

WE are so lucky that the deviants wait to attack. Becuase you wouldn’t believe the way they quietly decide to get everyone and the way they slowly eventually do that there is any urgency to the matter or that they basically don’t know when the deviants would attack next. It is basically as if they knew when in advance, as if they had read the script, as if they were mere actors in a screenplay.

Now for a stream of really annoying moments

Marvel's Eternals Movie DeviantI am getting whiplash from all the back and forth in time. Not a single one is necessary or useful and linearity would have worked much better.

I am getting tired of seeing heroes turning their back to danger without ensuring that it has disappeared just because the enemy fell and stopped fighting. This movie is dumb. Recognise more of the dialogue? “There is something special about this planet.” By the way, why does Salma’s hair move as if a smooth brise was blowing on it? Are they not in space?

I have had enough of hearing references to other Marvel properties, from Thanos to the snap, to the avengers. And “it has to” is no response to “Will it work” already!

I did not enjoy the suggestion that humans could not innovate but for “gods” or wars. That is a terrible and false opinion to share with children. There’s clearly an inner battle in these superheroes even after centuries of existing are still asking themselves mundane human questions shows a loss. I don’t mind theories but the whole point of superheroes was to use their superpowers to protect the world from harm coming from a superpower they can’t handle. Has it become to hinder our natural development? Is Marvel’s theory that we are not able even in our mental capacities but for their help? Wrong message man. Waste of time and wrong effect.

Seriously, if I hear “you’re late” again, I will… aaarrgghh. It was barely tolerable when they attempted to make it Sersi’s thing. Now Makkari. Late to what?!

This movie is ssooo long. There are so many fillers! It is hard to understand why they were deemed necessary. Are they there to paradoxically showcase how many times the Eternals interfere in human affairs? Are they there to show a growing attachment to a planet that they were asked not to get attached to by the same being who kept them there? Did the love affair between Ikarus and Sersi necessitate so much complex developments or even a Games of Thrones’ Kit Harrington? Of course, the language mistakes are the usual suspects. I don’t know that I can be any more infuriated at this waste. I love that we keep inventing aliens and keep giving them human characteristics all the way to sex (in the sand for goodness sake! Who in their right mind… -sigh-). I wish the lack of action was compensated by a great message but it all feels so empty. Is all these useless drama about character development? I am always up for a Bollywood moment or even 3 hours of it but this does not fit in. It is almost like trying to balance a story (or lack of it) with individual demands powered by star power. Was there ever a question between saving a production and saving the world? The BTS ad, the app ad… sigh.

Some missed opportunities and a final verdict

Thena - Marvel's Eternals MovieThis American movie missed the opportunity to highlight the importance of using the right instrument for the right purpose. A hammer (pun intended) is far too powerful to kill an ant. Druig should never have been let to influence men because a protector quickly becomes a bully with that power. This is also the reason why the powers are distributed among many rather than concentrated in one being.

There was also an opportunity to insert some real historical facts just to leave a little bonus in the beautiful sceneries. Also, it takes as long to show as to tell a story. The number of times things were said that should have been told is flagrant. Finally, it did really bother me that it was the sensitive ones that died from Salma Hayek’s character to Gilgamesh. Is it supposed to be the case that once you know they are fancy robots, you can tolerate their deaths?

Most of the first part did nothing for my suspension of disbelief. Afterwards, I was just too annoyed, -5/10. I did feel that the movie managed to balance its ridiculous amount of heroes. There was great acting too and each were finely cast. A caveat of too many protagonists seems to be a necessary civil war. Thena’s actually turns out to be interesting while Ikaris was more predictable. That is an easy 8/10.

The film has some nice fights but not original or inspiring: 5 out of 10. I did like the special effects including the deviants and the sets. There was a lot of beauty around and in the power effects too. This is an easy 8.5. There is substance to this but the story itself, the way this substance turns into plot, is too full of contradictions, unecessary complexity, clichés, unworthy of Marvel and wasting the actors. Sorry, it is a 4 out of 10. The moment of substance for me is the mini-rebellion after Thena’s first attack and the few seconds of reveal of Phasto’s family. The death of Gilgamesh was almost expected,, sad but too by the numbers to truly be poignant. Unfortunately, the substance does stop there. 5 out 10. The beautiful sceneries and people and even villains make the photography beautiful and a well-deserved 8+.

Something I don’t generally point out unless it is negatively shocking or, so rarely, wonderfully positive in some way is diversity. The film get 9+ out of 10 for that for two main reasons. I absolutely loved the addition of sign language. It would have been easy to argue that a supreme being building a high-quality robot would not deprive it from any sense that will jeopardise its mission. But I completely love and embrace the wonderful way this was handled. The movie refuses to view things as would a majority of humans, blinded (pun intended) by their own so-called ability. It comes out of a bordered mindset to see things as they would through their I am not certain it was used at its best. I cried when I heard xxx speaking arabic and cried some more when I realised it was Phastos’ husband. In spite of that ultra redeemind feature, the viewer is left feeling wanting, and painfully and overwhelmingly underwhelmed (4 outof 10). It’s not a bad film, just sort of ok. Hence, the overall score is a barely scraped 5 out of 10.

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