The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Book Review

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Review by: Dancingonrain.

Rachel takes the train to and from work every day, but then, one day she sees something from her seat while the train is passing a neighborhood. Something that is not normal.

This book lived up to its hype. I usually don’t read that many literary novels because I can never really get into them, at least not in the same way that I can a fantasy/action novel.  I’ve always found literary works dry, but that was not the case with this book.

The characterizations was good. It was done so well that I barely noticed it while I was reading it, and by the end you’re like, “Of course that’s who it was,” or, “Of course that’s what would happen,” or something along those lines.

And when I finally started to realize the direction things were headed and who the culprit was, I got “chills” that were shortly followed by me humming in my head, “I know who did it. I know who did it!” 😀

I loved the book and while I don’t want to talk about it in depth in fear that I’ll give too much away, I would recommend it if you like darker material, give this book a shot.  I would have finished it in one-sitting if I didn’t have other commitments.  It is a murder mystery.

 

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Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Review by: dancingonrain.

Kubo had his eye taken from him when he was a baby.  Now, a few years older, his mother’s sisters come to claim Kubo’s other eye for their father.  Only after Kubo finds the legendary armor his mother once spoke of will he be strong enough to withstand his enemies and defeat them.  Along the way Kubo befriends a monkey and a beetle who join his quest to help him.  Kubo must not only find this legendary armor, but learn to hone his magical abilities as well–one ability which involves bringing origami to life.  Despite all the hardship Kubo has endured over the years, he’s also only ever wanted to have a complete family and  by the end of the movie, you hope that he can have it all too.

Wow.  Just wow.  This movie is breath taking and definitely a step up from Laika’s other movie, The Boxtrolls.  This movie definitely has a little bit more mature content (and some fight scenes), but it’s also told and shown in a way where children could probably understand it as well.  They might be a little creeped out by Kubo’s mother’s sisters, who are two of the main antagonists, but I was creeped out by them too and I’m an adult.  Haha.

Laika’s animation has always been amazing to begin with, but in this movie, even more so.  I put off seeing this movie because I was afraid I might be a little disappointed (for whatever reason that was I have no idea), but I was far from disappointed.  It exceeded my expectations.  It’s one of those movies where you really do have to listen and watch and pay attention to every little thing that is shown or said in order to understand every little thing that is happening, but at the same time, if your attention darts away for a second, you’ll still be able to put the pieces together eventually anyway.

I highly recommend this movie to anyone interested.  It’s almost two hours long, but it’s totally worth it.  This movie is worth your time to see.  It’ll definitely be worth your money.

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Review

Review by: dancingonrain.

A dog, Max, has his life turned upside down when his owner adopts a new stray.  He does not like him, but then their antics to make each other look bad ends up taking them on an unexpected adventure where they actually bond and learn to live with each other.

Okay, first off, I’m aware that these movies are meant for kids, but I’ve always found most animated G features enjoyable even though I’m older, however, I found this movie lacking something… the usual spark.

There were so many characters to keep track of, that I don’t think I remembered all of their names and when I normally watch an animated film, it’s usually playing back in my head for a couple days after my first watch, but that didn’t happen for this movie.  I watched the movie and then forgot the majority about it only a few years after I watched it.

And while I didn’t mind the animated violence in this movie, it’s supposed to be a kids movie so I’m not sure if some parents or children would enjoy it.  There’s no blood or gore, but it’s there.  It probably depends on what adults are okay with their children seeing or not.  I wouldn’t have minded it as a child, but I’m sure some families are different.

I felt like I didn’t always understand some of the character motivations and relationships to one another other than they lived in the same apartment complex.

I liked Despicable Me 2, but I found this movie kind of lack luster.  Still, children will probably enjoy it, which is the targeted demographic anyway.  If you’re an adult, don’t have children, and are still interested in seeing this movie, I wouldn’t spend a lot of money to see it.