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Black Panther Review

These last few weeks, even months there has been a lot of hype about a particular film. A film that has recently blown box office records. It’s Black Panther. As this was the biggest film to see this month, that is exactly what I did.

It started off with the history of the Black Panther and the various tribes within the nation of Wakanda, and how three out of the four tribes became united under Black Panther. With the Jabari Tribe choosing to rule themselves and keep it traditional while the others advanced in technology.

This doesn’t mean the other tribes abandoned their tradition and culture. The traditional element can be seen in the dancing and clothing worn within the ceremonies, which was a nice touch. The waterfall backdrop was a stunning place for the ceremony and first fight scene between Jabari Tribe leader M’Baku and  T’Challa (Black Panther).

The film then looks into current moral and social issues such as people’s greed and how neglect can cause a build-up of hate.

Black Panther himself displayed strong morals and good leadership. We get to see another side to Black Panther that we don’t see in Civil War, and get to understand his character and personality better.

At the beginning of the film, it is all about protecting Wakanda and not letting outsiders in, but by the end, it’s about what they can do to help others. T’Challa gives a strong speech at the end that rounds off the film nicely.

Marvel has continued its portrayal of strong women in Black Panther by making not only a whole tribe of female warriors but also by including these amazingly strong women as main characters within the film:

Shuri, Black Panther’s sister, and the Wakandan Princess. She was the inventor and was as humorous as she was intelligent.  She constantly wanted to help her brother and was not afraid to get stuck in and fight. She was definitely one of my favourite characters in the film. Plus her lab is amazing.

Then there was Black Panther’s love interest: Nakia, a spy for Wakanda and on a mission to help those less fortunate than herself. She was portrayed as strong-minded and righteous, never straying from what she believed was right.

Then there’s Okoye, who is head of the Dora Milaje (Female warriors/special forces). She is loyal to her country and its king. She never wavers from this and is not scared to question the king or have a laugh at his expense but will protect him with her life if she is able to. She is the Black Panther’s right-hand, who he can trust with all things that need to be done. She is also considered the strongest warrior in Wakanda.

The film even displays a little bit of karma; with the villain, Erik Stevens a.k.a Killmonger being a consequence of T’Challa’s father’s actions.  It is also demonstrated when M’Baku helps T’Challa, who spares his life at the beginning.

I have to say that M’Baku is a character who grows on you and is a humorous character who helps lighten the mood.

All in all definitely worth the watch.

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Spiderman: Homecoming Review

For those of you who are wondering whether or not to go and watch Spiderman: Homecoming, you definitely should go and watch it. It is an epic film. I was lucky enough to have great company with me and some yummy Fentimans curisosity colawhich if you haven’t tried yet, you should.

Back onto the film. If you’ve been following the avengers or marvel films, you will have seen Tom Holland as Spiderman already as the quirky, funny, and energetic 14 year old version of Spiderman who really wants to be an Avenger.

It has some interesting points of view and selfie mode camera angles when Spiderman was filming the ‘home movie’ part of it, mainly during the start of the movie. This I believe added to his character and allowed in a way the audience to see it from his view. It also makes him more relatable.

Tom Holland as Spiderman:
I think he has become one of my favourites. His character went through many different stages throughout the film and made him more likable as the film went on. He clearly is the youngest of the superheroes, which can be seen as Iron Man becomes the fatherly figure, sprouting advice every now and again; which like many teens, Spiderman chooses to ignore and gets himself into all sorts of trouble as a result.

Zendaya as Michelle Jones (MJ):
Her character does whatever she wants, when she wants. You see her turning up throughout the film around school, in the debate club, at the party and even in detention. She seems intelligent, quick-witted, observant, uncaring and gives Peter the finger every now and again. At the end there is a longing look that indicates she seems to have feelings for Peter. Her initials are a tribute to Mary Jane, but unlike Mary Jane she likes Peter for Peter and not just because he’s Spiderman. Michelle was probably one of my favourite characters in the film.
The Sidekick:
Ned’s the quirky sidekick who accidently finds out that his best-friend is Spiderman and helps him throughout the film. He’s a funny, likeable character that tries to help Peter win Liz (the love-interest, who is always being saved by Spiderman) as well as covering for Peter when he’s out saving the world.

Within the film there’s a nice big twist to keep it interesting. Vulture , who seemingly became a villain due to circumstances and opportunity, along with some bad choices; kind of redeems himself slightly at the end.
At the beginning it did sort of seem like it was the fault of the government, as they put Vulture and his team out of a job and he was set to lose everything.
His family seemed to be the most important thing to him and them having the best seemed to be his intention. However they were totally unaware of what he was doing and the crimes he was committing.

The film ends on a great note, as Spiderman looks in the mirror after earning Iron Man’s respect. And his protective Auntie finally finding out what he really has been up to during his midnight escapades or at least putting it together.

By
Elizabeth Hopkins

 

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Wonder Woman Film Review

Now this was defiantly an awesome film. Glossing over the fact that parts of it may have looked like a Tresemme advert, Gal Gadot definitely did Wonder Woman justice.

For some, it may have been a slow start but I quite enjoyed the little build up to all the action. I think it helped build wonder woman’s character up, by seeing how strong minded she was even as child, her culture [being surrounded by equally strong and strong minded women] and her training.  One of the highlights for me was seeing all these strong women fighting. Although the flips during the fighting scene were unnecessary, they were so awesome that it didn’t matter, it also made the film that much more entertaining.

The Themyscira Island itself was stunning and really portrayed paradise, with its sandy beaches, beautiful glowing water in a cave and huge grand castle like buildings really added to the beauty of this film.

Moving on we see the emotional scenes which allow her to see the death of a loved ones for the first time. We also see her making the decision to leave going against her mother’s wishes to help and fight alongside the humans.

Set in a time whereby women were not yet seen as equal, it was invigorating to see Wonder Woman be the first  to go through no-man’s land regardless of people’s discouragement,  to stand up for what she believed in and get it done regardless of people’s initial thoughts of her. All displaying that she was not only capable of doing what they did but also being much stronger and going above people’s initial perceptions of her. [Yes I know this is a superhero movie].

Finding out who the main villain (her half-brother) was, was somewhat of a surprise and a little unexpected but it tied the film nicely together. At the end of it all, there was a mixture of she was right, victory and sadness. Along with the ultimate message that every human has imperfections and may not be completely good, coupled with it’s better to be driven by love than hate.

All in all, putting aside the recent controversies to do with Gadot, it was a fantastic film and DC truly made a strong woman superhero that inspired and invigorated women.

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HAPPY ONE YEAR!

Yaay you figured out the last clue! 😉
Happy One Year!
Thank you for all the amazing memories and fun times we’ve had! I looking forward to many more. You’ve made me smile since the day I met you, so I hope this makes you smile too.
Love you tons ❤

You’re the one,
Who holds the torch,
Inside my heart…

Whenever I see you,
My heart races,
And my love for you,
Just keeps on growing…

I can’t believe it’s been a year,
Since you asked me out….

You’re the one,
I opened my heart to,
You’re the one,
I trust…

And whenever something good,
Or bad happens,
You’re the one I turn to,
You listen & hold me tight,
And let me know everything is alright…

Whenever I see you,
My heart races,
And my love for you,
Just keeps on growing…

You believe and support me,
In what I do,
And when I’m being silly,
You tell me straight…

You constantly surprise me,
with what you do,
And bring a smile to my face…

Whenever I see you,
My heart races,
And my love for you,
Just keeps on growing…

I love you so, so much ❤

Happy One Year! 😉

By
Elizabeth Hopkins

Posted in Songwriting/ Poetry

Lost in a World of her Own

She’s not sure,
What to do,
She’s lost in a world of her own,
She thinks that she’s all alone…

She doesn’t think anyone understands,
What she’s going through…

She doesn’t know that,
There are people who care about her,
And would stand by her side,
If she would just let them in…

She’s not sure,
What to do,
She’s lost in a world of her own,
She thinks that she’s all alone…

She stands there smiling,
You wouldn’t think anything was wrong.

But what you don’t know,
Is that it’s all a charade,
To make you think that she’s ok…

But she’s not,
She’s so lost,
She just wants to run away,
From all the problems she’s facing…

All she needs is someone,
To listen to her,
Sincerely let her know,
That they’ll stand by her,
No matter what…

By
Elizabeth H. Hopkins

 

 

 

 

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Memories

Memories flowing loosely,
Remembering when I was younger,
Walking round & holding your hand…

In a shop filled with cameras,
Playing with my oldest cousin,
And my younger ones too…

When Bayblade was still a thing,
& Old school Pokemon,
Played on the TV…

Although my Chinese was poor,
You made an effort to speak to me,
In English…

Then when I would say,
Something in Chinese,
You would smile at me….

It’s those memories,
That I will treasure forever…

I will never forget all the times,
You smiled,
The spent you with me,
& I hope that you’re in a happy place now…

I love you 外婆.

By
Elizabeth H. Hopkins

 

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Thinking of You

So it’s been 6 months since this awesome person asked me to go out with him. Not gonna write too much on this, cause I’ll just say it to him in person but here’s a little something I wrote for him.

Thinking of you,
When I wake up,
In the morning,
And before I go sleep at night…

All the times you make me smile,
Make me laugh, joke about,
And walk around finding places to see,
Little cute cafes & good ice-cream…

Seeing names & various things,
Coming up with all the innuendos,
Messing around,
And playing games…

I hope we,
Continue to love each other,
More & more…

Making each other smile,
And laugh…
Supporting each other through,
Any hard times…

I will stand by you,
For as long you let me…

Love you boo. 😉

By
Elizabeth H. Hopkins

 

 

 

 

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The Only One

You’re the one I love,
The only one I need,
Don’t need no other guys,
Cause your the only guy for me…

You’re the one,
Who makes my heart beat,
A little faster,
The one who makes,
My cheeks go red…

You’re the only one,
That I need,
Don’t need no other guys,
Cause you’re the only guy for me…

You’re the one,
That graces my dreams,
The one who I think of,
When I need comforting…

You’re the only one,
That I need,
Don’t need no other guys,
Cause you’re the only guy for me…

When I walk around,
And see different things,
I think of you,
And what would do,
Running and jumping,
From height…

You’re the only one,
That I need,
Don’t need no other guys,
Cause you’re the only guy for me…

And when you wrap your arms,
Around me,
I get a safe feeling,
You make me feel warm inside,
When its cold outside…..

You’re the only one,
That I need,
Don’t need no other guys,
Cause you’re the only guy for me…

Don’t need no other guys,
Cause you’re the only guy for me…

You’re the only guy for me…

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Missing You.

Missing you,
I’m missing you…

Do you not realise,
How much I miss you,
Wishing that you,
Would just walk in through that door…

Say surprise,
And hug me tight,
Don’t let go until I say alright…

Missing you,
I’m missing you…

Wanting to go on,
Our late walks in the night,
Talking about the day,
That has passed us by…

Missing you,
I’m missing you…

By
Elizabeth H. Hopkins