Cruella (2021) Review

Cruella is a live action film that is a prequel to One Hundred and One Dalmatians as we see the story of a young girl named Estella who does not have a straight forward start in life. Wanting to be a fashion designer she competes with The Baroness and Cruella de Vil is released.

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Musicals: From Stage to Screen

I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?

In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.

I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.

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Musical Moments – Class (Chicago)

Having rewatched Chicago over the weekend it got me thinking about this song Class, which was added to the DVD release as a deleted scene. It is an incredibly powerful song that still feels so relevant to this day. It has always been in the stage show and that is something that I love about that version, the reason it was cut from the film? Well, they didn’t feel it fit in with the rest of the film being the musical numbers taking place in Roxie’s head (I mean don’t get me started that Mr. Cellophane doesn’t fit in with that). Anyway why not enjoy Queen Latifah and Catherine Zeta Jones singing Class?

Friends: The Reunion Trailer

Could I be anymore excited?

Probably not! I mean I still love Friends as much as ever and it has brought me so much joy over the years along with the cast. I know a lot of people thought this was going to be a new episode but I love this reunion which looks to see the cast members reminisce and go through old scenes and in general talk about the incredible show.

We are still waiting to find out when and which channel it will be shown on in the UK as it’s on HBO Max in the US on Thursday 27th May.

Cineworld: Reopening May 19th 2021!

Wednesday 19th May 2021

That date will forever go down as one of the greatest of all time, after the cinema closures for the majority of 2020 and then almost six months of 2021 I am utterly excited to be able to head back to my favourite place. The cinema is the place that I have missed the most during the different lockdowns and being on furlough for a period of time. Not just for new film releases but for my mental health of being able to switch off and truly just enjoy sitting in the dark, with the gigantic screen, the surround sound and fully getting lost in a film. No phone to distract me and just witness everything unfolding.

Unfortunately I am having to wait until Thursday 20th for my first trip though as I have managed to get tickets for the Newcastle game on the Wednesday with a 6pm KO I really don’t think I can combine the two things. But I will be there Thursday and Friday, for Mortal Kombat and then Godzilla v Kong. Of course my Sunday afternoon/early evening trips will be back as well.

I truly feel sorry for anyone who does not enjoy going to the cinema and watching films as they have no idea at all how utterly exciting this really is, especially for getting some talk going around new releases and quite frankly writing new reviews for films seen on the big screen is going to be utterly amazing again for Let’s Go To The Movies. As much as I have been thankful for the different streaming services, nothing at all is better than going to the cinema.