REVILEW: WILD CHILD

CAST

Emma Roberts (Scream Queens)
Kimberley Nixon (Elfie Hopkins)
Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises)
Linzey Cocker (4.3.2.1.)
Sophie Wu (Kick-Ass)
Alex Pettyfer (Beastly)
Georgia King (One Day)
Natasha Richardson (Blow Dry)
Aidan Quinn (This Is My Father)
Shelby Young (The Scoial Network)
Johnny Pacar (Little Black Book)
Shirley Henderson (Marie Antoinette)
Nick Frost (Tomb Raider)

Emma Roberts in Wild Child (2008)Poppy Moore (Emma Roberts), an affluent Californian teenager, executes a wild prank to ruin all of her father’s girlfriend’s belongings in front of her friends, telling everyone to throw away whatever they want and take it for themselves. When her father Gerry (Aidan Quinn) arrives on the scene, he announces that he is sending her to a boarding school in England. Arriving at the school, Abbey Mount, Poppy meets the headmistress Mrs. Kingsley (Natasha Richardson), who she initially finds annoying; head girl Harriet Bentley (Georgia King), a tall, bossy girl who has two so-called “friends” named Jane and Charlotte that she treats like slaves, who follow her around, beg for her and agree with whatever she says; her “big sister”, Kate (Kimberley Nixon), and roommates Josie (Linzey Cocker), Kiki (Sophie Wu) and Jennifer “Drippy” (Juno Temple). Poppy’s entire suitcase is left out in the rain, soaking everything. She meets the Matron and orders her to wash, dry and iron all her clothes. This lands the girls with three Sunday’s detention, leaving her with no friends and her dormmates expressing their hate to her. She is miserable in her new life, feeling that she does not fit in as an outsider.Emma Roberts in Wild Child (2008)After a small fight with Harriet in gym class, Poppy is called to the Headmistress’ Office, where she is given a punishment: read a book. Sitting on a bench outside sulking, Harriet spots her and orders her “maid”, an intimidated Year 7 student, to drench Poppy with dirty coffee-filled water that was being used to age Harriet’s Keira Knightley costume for the school dance, but this ultimately results in Poppy and Kate starting to form a friendship. Revealing that the girls’ mobile phones, confiscated earlier on, were always intended to be decoys, Kate lets Poppy use her actual phone to call her friend Ruby (Shelby Young) in the US. However, when Ruby sees Poppy’s message, she is disgusted and it is revealed that Poppy’s boyfriend, Roddy (Johnny Pacar), has been cheating on Poppy with her.Emma Roberts and Johnny Pacar in Wild Child (2008)After Poppy reveals that her mother died several years ago in a car accident, her roommates decide to help her get expelled so that she can return home. Together they carry out several pranks, which gradually bring them closer together. When none of their plans work, they decide to seduce the headmistress’s son, Freddie, who is strictly forbidden from fraternizing with any of the girls. She dances with Freddy at the school dance, much to Harriet’s dismay, but Poppy trips and hits her head. This prompts Freddie to take the concussed girl outside for air, where he asks her out on a date.Emma Roberts in Wild Child (2008)The next day, Poppy discovers her talent for lacrosse and whips the school’s team into shape, getting them into the finals. On the date, Poppy finds herself falling for Freddie. They kiss before returning to school. Entering her room, Poppy finds her roommates reading an email supposedly sent by herself, expressing that she thinks all of her new friends are losers. She then finds that Freddie has been sent a similar email and is thereafter ignored by all of her friends. With no one else to turn to, Poppy sneaks down to the cook’s room and calls Ruby. Ruby, however, accidentally reveals how much she dislikes Poppy and the fact that she is seeing Poppy’s boyfriend. Feeling even more alone, Poppy starts playing with her lighter and accidentally sets a curtain on fire. Hearing footsteps, she quickly puts out the fire and runs off. A few minutes later, she looks out her window to see a fire and immediately wakes the school.Emma Roberts, Linzey Cocker, and Kimberley Nixon in Wild Child (2008)When they find that Drippy is missing, Poppy runs into the burning school to rescue her. After the fire is put out, Freddie finds her lighter and gives it back to her, refusing to listen to what happened. Just as she realizes that she no longer wants to leave, Poppy goes to the headmistress and confesses. Afterwards, she finds a portrait of her mother in the 1976 Abbey Mount lacrosse team and begins to cry upon realizing that her mother also attended the school.Emma Roberts in Wild Child (2008)While Poppy waits for the Honour Court to decide if she should be expelled, Freddie finds her crying and becomes convinced that the fire was an accident and forgives her. During the hearing, Poppy tells her story. Meanwhile, her roommates find out that Poppy did not send the emails. Going to the Court, they stand up for Poppy, and Harriet accidentally confesses to restarting the fire after Poppy had put it out when she mentions Poppy’s lighter, a fact not previously mentioned in the trial. Poppy is subsequently absolved. Poppy’s father comes to the game of the lacrosse finals, and is shocked by Poppy’s dramatic change in appearance and how much she looks like her mother, also captain of the lacrosse team at Abbey Mount. Abbey Mount wins the lacrosse finals and Harriet is expelled. Some months later, Poppy and her friends (including Freddie) are shown relaxing in Malibu. Poppy ignores Ruby’s phone calls, now fully aware that she was not the friend she thought she was. The film ends as they prepare to jump off the cliff that helped her towards finding herself and making proper friends. Emma Roberts in Wild Child (2008)Wild Child may be predictable, but what it lacks in substance it makes up in character evolution. It is your basic wild child gets sent away and becomes reformed type of movie, but there lies a deeper meaning hidden in this movie. The poster before me recommended this to children, and I can’t help but wonder if that poster was a teen him/herself. Adults will enjoy this movie more than teenagers.

REVIEW: BEASTLY

CAST

Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four)
Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless)
Mary-Kate Olsen (Full House)
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Lisa Gay Hamilton (12 Monkeys)
Peter Krause (The Truman Show)
Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey)
Erik Knudsen (Scream 4)
Regina King (The Big Bang Theory)
Peter Krause (The Truman Show)

Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (2011)Kyle Kingson (Alex Pettyfer) is the arrogant and vain son of news anchor Rob Kingson (Peter Krause). Kyle bullies Kendra Hilferty (Mary-Kate Olsen), not knowing she is a witch; she transforms him into a hairless, scarred, heavily-tattooed shell of his former self. If Kyle does not find someone who loves him by the next spring he will stay altered permanently. Kyle is taken to live in a private house with their maid Zola Davies (LisaGay Hamilton) and the blind tutor Will (Neil Patrick Harris). Both are comforts to Kyle when his father, unable to deal with his transformation, has abandoned him.Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (2011)As spring nears, Kyle finds himself infatuated with Lindy Taylor (Vanessa Hudgens), a former classmate he had avoided. He rescues her drug-addicted father from two dealers, shooting one; the other vows to kill Lindy. Kyle persuades Lindy’s father to allow her to move in with him. At first, Kyle uses a false identity, refuses to see Lindy, and hides from her, which angers her to the point that she stops speaking to him. Kyle eventually reveals his face and the two begin to warm up to each other. Kyle writes a letter professing his love for Lindy but does not give it to her for fear of rejection. He visits Kendra to plead for more time; she refuses, but agrees to restore Will’s vision and grant green cards to Zola’s three children in Jamaica if he gets Lindy to fall in love with him.Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (2011)The surviving drug dealer lands in jail. Kyle and Lindy visit Lindy’s hospitalized father. He gives her the letter but regrets it when she tells him she considers him a good friend. Lindy calls him after reading the letter, but a heartbroken Kyle does not answer the phone. Persuaded by Will and Zola, Kyle goes to meet Lindy one last time before she leaves on a school trip to Machu Picchu. Kyle tells her to go, but as she leaves, Lindy tells him that she loves him, breaking the curse. Kyle’s former self is restored but Lindy does not recognize him and tries to call Hunter but Kyle’s phone rings instead. When Lindy realizes what happened, the two share a passionate kiss on the side of the street. After the curse is lifted Will wakes up with the ability to see, and Zola receives the green cards. Kendra approaches Rob Kingson’s office as a new intern, implying that she will test Rob like she did Kyle.Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer in Beastly (2011)Beastly is a modern fairytale of “Beauty and the Beast.” I have not read the book, but there is no need. This movie definitely did it justice. If you enjoy the fairy tale then this is a must see to see the story told in the modern time.

 

REVIEW: I AM NUMBER FOUR

CAST

Alex Pettyfer (Stormbreaker)
Timothy Olyphant (Hitman)
Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies)
Dianna Agron (Glee)
Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby)
Kevin Durand (Dark Angel)
Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones)
Judith Hoag (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road)
Emily Wickersham (NCIS)
Garrett M. Brown (Kick-Ass)
Megan Follows (Reign)

John Smith is an alien from the planet Lorien. He was sent to Earth as a child with eight others to escape the invading Mogadorians, who destroyed Lorien. Here, John is protected by a Cepan, or guardian, Henri. Together, they live in a beach-side bungalow in Florida. The Mogadorians, led by the Commander, learn about the nine children and come to Earth to find them. The Loric Garde can only be killed in sequence; from Number One to Number Nine. Three of them have already been killed. John becomes aware that he is next while swimming in the ocean with a girl. He suffers sharp pain, his leg begins to glow, and he sees a vision of Number Three warning him of the coming danger. The girl and the other people on the beach, who record the event happening in the ocean, run from John. When the video and pictures surface on the internet, Henri deletes them all, gathers up his and John’s belongings, and decides to move to an old farm in Paradise, Ohio. A small lizard is able to crawl in along with their belongings.John and Henri arrive in Paradise and begin settling into their new home. As night falls, the lizard transforms into a dog. That night, Henri and John hear a noise outside and, upon investigation, find the dog, who is then brought inside by John. He decides to name the dog Bernie Kosar (after Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar). The following morning, at John’s insistence, Henri allows John to go to the local high school rather than be home schooled.On his first day there, John goes to the office to receive his class schedule. While waiting, he sees a girl being scolded by a teacher in the principal’s office. After John is given his schedule and the girl is let off by the principal, the girl is asked by the secretary to guide John to his locker and first class. At this time, John falls for the girl, who is an amateur photographer named Sarah Hart. As Sarah walks away, a guy walks up to John with a couple of his friends and introduces himself as Mark James. As Mark walks away, John watches him slam another boy into the lockers and throw the boy’s skateboard away. John retrieves it and gives it back to the boy, whose name is Sam Goode. Later that day at lunch, John befriends Sam when one of Mark’s friends throws a football at Sam’s head, knocking him to the ground. John helps Sam up and throws the ball back with enough force to knock Mark’s friend to the ground. After this, John notices Sarah taking an interest in him, as she’s taking pictures of him from a distance.That night at home, John discovers a website run by Sarah. It contains pictures of many of the people of Paradise, including a section dedicated to him. As he views the site, it is erased by Henri. At the same time back in Florida, the Mogadorians discover the burnt wreck of Henri and John’s old home and determine that John was not killed in the fire.The next day, while John is being bothered by Mark during a film in one of his classes, John’s hands begin to glow and burn brightly, similar to the glow on his leg in the ocean, and he sweats profusely. He runs from the classroom and into a janitorial closet to soak his hands in water to calm the burning. Henri, alerted by a Loric box that he has kept, comes to John and explains that the glowing is the awakening of John’s “legacies”. As these powers grow, John will become more powerful but, in order to maintain a low profile, Henri forbids John from using these powers. John disobeys, sneaks out of his house, and goes to a nearby forest where he finds that he is able to throw large rocks at supersonic speeds, run faster than he ever could before, and survive long falls with ease.Later that night, John goes into town to walk around for a bit and runs into Sarah. He confronts her about the pictures that he found on her website and she admits to being an avid photographer. As they walk together, they see Sam across the street being yelled at by his step-father. John walks Sarah the rest of the way to her house, where she invites him in for dinner with her family. Her parents seem to like John and suggest that he and Sarah go to the carnival together. After dinner, John and Sarah head up to her room. She shows John some of her favorite photos that she has taken. John finds a scrapbook of personal photos that Sarah’s taken of herself along with things she’s written but she takes it back before he can read much of it. Bernie Kosar shows up outside of Sarah’s house, barking loudly, and John gets up to leave. Sarah gives him one of her cameras. They nearly kiss but John leaves quickly because of Bernie Kosar’s constant barking.The following day at school, Sam asks about the lights in class but John passes it off as a prank with some flashlights. As Sam is warning John to stay away from Sarah, their lockers explode with pink paint placed by Mark. John’s hands begin to glow again but he’s able to hide it by clenching his fists, as he narrowly avoids getting into a fight with Mark. While John and Sam are cleaning up in the bathroom, Sam tells John about how he and his father used to go looking for aliens, though his father suddenly disappeared one day.During the Spring Fair, Sarah explains to John that she and Mark used to date. She talked about how she had “refused to be his personal cheerleader” and instead wanted to be a photographer. Mark had told her that she was being snobby and convinced the entire school that she was crazy. John and Sarah go on a haunted wagon ride through the woods. When they get off, Mark’s friends tackle John and begin to beat him while one brings Sarah to Mark. John uses his legacies to fend them off and rescue Sarah. Sam witnesses John’s use of his legacies and John reveals his true origins to Sam. The next day, Mark’s father, the local sheriff, interrogates Henri on John’s whereabouts when his son and his friends were attacked, where John says he wasn’t paying any attention to Mark, since he was with a girl. Henri tells John that too many people are suspicious of them, so they have to leave. John refuses because he doesn’t want to leave Sarah. Meanwhile, the Mogadorians continue searching for John, while being trailed by a mysterious woman who is also trying to locate Number Four.The Mogadorians eventually locate John and manipulate two conspiracy theorists into capturing Henri. When John and Sam go to rescue him, they are attacked, but manage to fend the Mogadorians off. Just before escaping, John and Sam grab Henri’s knife and a Loric artifact; a blue rock that acts as the first half of a tracking device that locates other Loric children. Knowing who Sam is, Henri reveals that his father was an ally that was helping them. As John, Henri, and Sam begin to drive away in Sam’s truck, Henri is stabbed through the chest while trying to protect John from a Mogadorian. John throws the Mogadorian from the truck with his telekinesis and they drive away. Henri later dies in John’s arms after telling him to find the remaining children, as their combined powers would be enough to stop the Mogadorians. Sam reveals to John that he has another rock, very similar to the one found with the conspiracy theorists. While Sam searches for it in his house, John tries to say goodbye to Sarah at a party. Mark sees John and calls his father, who corners John and Sarah on the roof of the house that the party is being thrown at. As Sarah stands up, she slips from the roof.John saves Sarah from a fall with his telekinesis, revealing his powers in the process, and they escape to their high school. Meanwhile, the Commander arrives in Paradise in a convoy of trucks. He confronts Mark and his father. After injuring the sheriff, the Commander forces Mark to lead him to where John is hiding. Mark takes him to the school, which he knows is Sarah’s hideout.There, John, Sarah and Sam are attacked by the Mogadorians, who brought two giant monsters to hunt the trio. They are saved by Number Six and Bernie Kosar. Number Six reveals that Bernie Kosar is a Chimera that can shapeshift and was sent by John’s biological parents to protect him. John and Number Six fight the Mogadorians using their powers; Number Six uses her invisibility powers and John blocks energy attacks with telekinesis. Meanwhile, Bernie Kosar, now in his true chimera form, fights one of the Mogadorians’ monsters in the school’s showers. He is able to defeat the monster. Eventually, having ended up on the school’s football stadium, John and Number Six defeat all of the Mogadorians, including the Commander, who dies in a large explosion triggered by John igniting the Commander’s bandoleer of ammunition. John survives this explosion when Number Six stands between him and the blast, revealing her ability to resist fire.The following day, Number Six unites John’s and Sam’s blue rocks and discovers the location of the other four surviving Garde. John allows Sam to come with them with the hope of one day finding Sam’s father. They set off to find the others so they can all protect Earth from the Mogadorians. They leave behind Sarah and a repentant Mark, who lies to his father about John’s whereabouts and returns the box left to John by his dad that was in police evidence. Before leaving, John promises to return to Paradise one day and kisses Sarah one last time. Just before getting in to Sam’s truck, Bernie Kosar, with a visibly injured paw, limps up to John. John, Sam, and Bernie Kosar leave together in Sam’s truck, being led by Number Six on her motorcycle to where ever the next of the Loric Garde may beIf your a sci fan then this is a very watchable movie. I was worried that the relationship between the main character and the photographer would run away with itself and overtake the plot as is seen is so many decent movies ruined by pointless teen relationships. But I Am Number four did not let this happen and it glued with the plot really well. The fight scenes were well scripted and did not go on for too long. Just a really good Sci-fi flick.