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Mortdecai

It’s been a while since I’ve written, so sorry. I’ve been busy doing fun things. I’ve read a lot of books and I’ve seen a lot of movies. Today I’m going to start with Mortdecai, the last movie of Johnny Depp.

I knew, when I went to see Mortdecai, that it was not going to be the mosti brilliant movie of the year. And I was right. It had it’s moments (not very many) and I laughed a little (very little). Otherwise the movie was just what I expected it to be, bad. The uppermost feeling that I had, most of the time, was embarrassment. Johnny Depp repeated his manners and Gwyneth Paltrow (although she looks beautiful) was unnatural. Maybe that was the purpose.

Mortdecai was a weird mixture of action and comedy. It had some very lousy jokes and some average ones. I was able to watch it, one time.

I feel bad for Johnny Depp. He doesn’t make good movies. I’m wishing that he would use his talent better. I’m even thinking of changing my idol. I’ve considered Benedict Cumberbatch, he is brilliant (I saw The Imitation Game, I’ll review it later).

Sorry Johnny, sorry Gwyneth, sorry Ewan. I just didn’t like Mortdecai.

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

I had to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, because I’d seen all the previous parts too. My son gave me a sneak peak of what the movie was about, but I had no exact idea.

Visually this movie, as others before, was amazing. Still, it’s my least favorite of the Hobbit-trilogy. Two other movies had some kind of a story, this was just battle.

I have no idea how the story really ends, I haven’t read the book. Some have said that it’s different from the original ending. I can’t say anything about that.

The good thing in all these movies is the performance of Martin Freeman as young Bilbo Baggins. I also like Ian McKellen as Gandalf. Oh, and Smaug has a lovely voice, doesn’t he (I happent to like a Benedict Cumberbatch).

I went, I saw it, it ended the story, I’m going to forget it. Sorry.

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Interstellar

Last sunday I went to the movies with my son and we went to see Interstellar, this time it was my choice.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is a movie full of Hollywood pathos. It’s also beautiful, touching and makes you think of what’s coming in the future. Is the earth going to be inviable? When you think about it, we’re talking about big issues here.

In addition to all of that, Interstellar was very entertaining. Both me and my son sat in our chairs, staired the movie, completely focused on what’s happening on the screen. Visually beautiful scenes and interesting plot. It didn’t bother us that the movie was nearly three hours long. I didn’t actually know (all the time, there were some elements that were predictable) what was going to happen nor how would the movie end. It was refreshing.

I have growing respect for Matthew McConaughey. Lately his roles and performances have been quite amazing.

I love Anne Hathaway.

And Michael Caine, well, he’s a legend.

I think Interstellar was much better than Gravity.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

I ordered Robert Galbraith’s book The Cuckoo’s Calling from an online shop. When the book came, I read from the books cover that Robert Galbraith is actually a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling. I was surprised and a little disappointed. Last year I read J.K. Rowling’s book The Casual Vacancy (review here) and it was heavy and dark and left me with an uneasy feeling. But, as I had the book The Cuckoo’s Calling, I desided to give it a change and read it.

I must say that the book was a pleasant surprise and it was worth reading. The story is a traditional crime story and the detective, Cormoran Strike, is one of those unlucky guys that you often meet in crime novels. He brokes up with his girlfriend and at the same time loses his home, has money problems, no customers and he lives in his office. He has a prosthesis in his other leg and traumas from the war, he’s a war veteran.

At the same time he is a very hardworking, intelligent and skilled private detective. He can solve a crime that the police couldn’t. He also tries to get over his stormy relationship with his ex-girlfried and make an employment realtionship with his new secretary.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is entertaining, well written and traditional (if you like traditional). To me it was a positive surprise. I started to like Cormoran Strike. It’s interesting how one author can write books that are so different from each other. Both The Casual Vacancy (which was not a crime novel) and The Cuckoo’s Calling deal with things from the dark side of life. The Casual Vacancy I ended with a heavy heart but The Cuckoo’s Calling I ended with a positive heart, so there was a difference.

Christmas is near and I just hope Santa brings me the new book from Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm.

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Dracula Untold

I had to choose a movie that would interest my husband and I chose Dracula Untold.

I’m not a huge fan of vampire movies, but sometimes circumstances drift into such situation that I have to see them. This was such a time.

Dracula Untold was well made visually. Other that that, well, it was above mediocre. Towards the end it got a bit corny and bloody, of course.

I have no criterion to compare Dracula Untold to another vampire movies, but I think that this was not the best one. In those movies that I have seen, Dracula has been less human, in Dracula Untold he was. He chose the best of other before his own needs and wanted to save his family.

No fantastic experiences or emotions. I saw, it ended, I got out, now I can forget about it.

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The Son

I’m a big fan of Jo Nesbø’s books and the newest, The Son, didn’t let me down. It was not the best book ever, but it was guaranteed Nesbø and I devoured it fast, very fast. I must admid that most of the books of Nesbø are loaded with violence, but there’s something in these books that intrigue me, I’m hooked.

The Son was not a part of the succesfull Harry Hole series. It was fast paced, like all Nesbø‘s books, and exciting. It was about revenge and family, death and sorrow, falce accusations, exploitation, manipulation and much more.

The story riveted my attention and I couldn’t put the book down. I sat in the kitchen for four hours, saturday morning, silence, other family members sleeping. Just me and the book. It didn’t bother me that the book was long, still it ended too soon. It’s always like this when you read a good book, it ends too soon, no matter how many pages it has.

I think that Jo Nesbø is one of the greatest crime novel writers of this time. A new Jo Nesbø novel is something that I’ll always look forwad to. Too bad they always end so soon.

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The Adventures, The Memoirs and The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Three books in one volume, 36 stories, 1099 pages. That was my last project and I liked it. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes, those were the three parts of that thick book.

It took me a while to read this “brick”. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it, I did, very much. I just wanted to concentrate and absorb every detail. I didn’t have to regret my desicion.

Nowadays, when you watch TV or go to the movies, you meet a cranky, impolite Sherlock Holmes. I cannot deny, I love the new Sherlock Holmes too, especially played by Benedict Cumberbatch. But, in these stories, Sherlock Holmes is not so cranky, not so impolite. Absolutely, he is strange, self-esteeming, a bit of a loner, intelligent and original. But he treats Watson and his customers relatively kindly, appreciates them and wants them to solve crimes with him.

There are many familiar elements too. Moriarty, Sherlock’s brother Mycroft (who is short and a bit fat, by the way) and sharp nose and agility, quick-witted mind and unusual methods. There’s strange crimes and even stranger solutions.

I must say, passing of time has not effected these stories. They are still interesting and exciting. I guess that’s the sign of a true classic. And a sing of a great writer, Arthur Conan Doyle. He invented one of the most interesting characters of all times, who, again and again, comes back to TV and movies and gives us pleasant moments of entertainment.

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