2Moons 2 – Yes or No?

So recently 2moons 2 The series released a pre-episode 00 with some more content and interviews.

Let me tell you here and now, I was never a hater of the new series but I had my doubts. All the fans are used to the original cast and I doubted we could just start anew with such little time between both seasons. The chemistry and the new cast had to be amazing to make the series worthwhile. Today I’m here to write about episode 00 and what to expect from season 2 of the series and what I think about the new series now after watching it.

Where does the story start?

Right when they announced a new season everyone got excited, then they announced they were casting all the main actors anew and everyone started wondering would the story start out from the beginning? Were they gonna start where season one ended?

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Well, in episode 00 we finally got an answer: we are gonna re-watch some scenes from the first season with the new actors while the series will include a lot of new story. Also this time, as it has been announced some time ago, will include more about all three couples. Including all three couples and there love lines is probably one of the biggest differences to the previous seasons and might give the series a whole different story pace, especially as the previous one was pretty slow paced. This time it will feature the soft PhaYo, the cheeky MingKit and the passionate ForthBeam love lines but as I saw from some scenes we are getting quite some different story. While the beginning might be the same, this time they are going a little bit farther with the story, meaning we do see MingKit finally getting much closer, we see PhaYo fight through their jealousy and…well, we didn’t see anything about ForthBeam before so that will be a new thing in general.

Since I’m a big fan of the ForthBeam story line but the couples in general, I cannot wait to see all three on screen.

Do the characters change with the new cast?

Easy answer: yes. When I first saw the new cast I didn’t feel much. They seemed to have lifeless acting and it didn’t really assure me we are gonna get anything from the new series, so I think it was a good idea to make this episode 00 because I did change my opinion. Of course, I cannot judge everything from just a few scenes but the scenes I saw seemed good and finally I got some feelings from them (maybe it was because before you didn’t see them actually talk a lot in any of the teasers? 🙂 )

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Of course, with the new cast the characters are bound to change a little bit. Pha seems to be a lot more cold when he’s cold and a lot more soft when he’s soft. So he’s even more different depending on who he’s dealing with. One big thing that seems to be different is him not being a total softie when dealing with Wayo. Pha in the previous season went total softie when he finally realized who Wayo was but I think in this season, also because there is more story and not just them getting closer and closer, Pha also has more back bone when it comes to Wayo. When you think “oh so they’re not gonna be lovey dovey” think again, I do think they will still include that and there will be scenes to giggle our hearts out. I like Pha’s change I have to admit, since I’m a big fan of all-consuming love lines that still say when something is wrong or bothering them.

As for MingKit, I think they changed the most. This time Kit isn’t just the senior being pushed around by his junior and not being able to deal with his feelings straight out but he also seems to really be Ming’s senior and have some air of seniority about him. That was one of the things I did not like about the previous season: while I loved the cheekiness between them, Ming just kind of went over Kit and it was not noticeable at all, that Kit should have been more grown-up and Ming’s senior. This time Ming still seems to be the more active and cheeky part in the relationship but you feel that he gives more respect to Kit and the relationship seems a lot more serious and grown-up then before where it was mostly playful.

I like that change because it gives a whole new side to the characters but also to the couple in general. Also I love the the doctors gang around Pha seem to be a lot closer and more equal than before. Before it seemed like Pha was the number one and the others were “just” amazing but this time they seem to be closer as friends and actually joke around with each other more.

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As for Forth and Beam. I don’t know if we haven’t seen many of Beam’s playboy scenes or if they did turn it down a notch. In the interviews they said he is still a playboy but well, we’ll see. As for Forth he seems less like a love-struck puppy strolling around Wayo and more bad boyish and grown-up. But behind all that mature charm there is still some sentimentality and softness. I think it’s gonna be interesting to see them act together and what they make of it. I cannot really judge about them here, because their teaser scenes weren’t much and their story is the one that is most changed for the new season since they didn’t really do much previously.

Do they have chemistry?

Surprisingly they do. Before watching the special episode I thought they didn’t have any but after watching the interviews and teaser scenes from the episode it seems quite good. The cast seems to get along well with each other and seem comfortable and the scenes seem mostly natural and go along with their characters.

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Overall, is it worth a watch?

Before watching the special episode I’d have worried whether I should watch or not. I just didn’t feel the special factor with the new cast but after watching the special episode my doubts kind of went away (mostly) and I’ll definitely check out the new series and give it a chance. So I’m definitely gonna check out like the first four episodes and then decide from then on whether I like it or not and I would recommend the same to everyone else. Let’s give them a chance especially because it does look good and promising. Also the cast and series got the okay from Chiffon Cake herself, so 😉

For all the international fans who want to watch, apparently it is being released here: Mello Thailand Youtube
The series starts airing on June 29th. 

Review: Rocketman

Sooo it seems like, after the superhero phase, we are getting into the biography entertainment phase. First the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody movie, now we have  Elton John’s Rocketman.

Let me be honest here, I know both of them but I grew up hearing more about Elton John than Queen, mainly because my mum liked him more and Queen was more a band she enjoyed when her kids did not linger around. Elton John was one of the artists my mum and I love to jam to in the car and come on, I’m Still Standing is just a jam you won’t ever forget 😉

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So when they announced Rocketman I was excited and I really wanted to know what it was gonna be like. I did not really do much research before the film so please note that I cannot judge how much truth they put into the movie.

Rocketman – General information

Rocketman is a 2019 biography-musical film starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard. It tells the story of Elton John, from his child days to when he, well…became Elton John, I guess, and how he dealt with stardom and being one of the biggest stars out there. I don’t want to spoil too much of the ending really.

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Well, one thing be said here, thankfully, Elton John is still alive. Apparently he really liked and appreciated the movie, that’s good to know 🙂 Also you notice: Compared to Bohemian Rhapsody the movie is much more open and focuses a lot on Elton John growing up and learning about the industry. Also note, that the movie is less biographical about the songs and a lot more musical. I’m quite sure, Elton John did not actually run around and start singing like a musical in real life…at least I think he didn’t…(but wouldn’t that be cool?)

Still the movie packs quite a biographical punch and shows you some things you might not know about Elton John or, for those who actually don’t know him (where did u live? behind a rock?), you get to know more about him.

Cast and Casting Decisions

Before I say anything else, I have to say Taron Egerton did an amazing job and seems to be an amazingly varied actor. I mean, there is a lot of difference between playing Elton John in Rocketman and playing Eggsy in Kingsman: The Secret Service. He does an awesome job as Elton John. Whether it is young and slightly naive Elton John or the experienced man who breaks under the heavy pressure put on him. Taron Egerton plays the singer convincingly and in a charming way and leads the film with a enchanting aura.

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The rest of the cast is amazing too. Jamie Bell convinces as John’s best friend and song writer Bernie Taupin and while there may be moments you might want him to do things differently from what he does, you understand him and want to help him support Elton while also getting a happy end of his own.

I’ve seen Richard Madden in other movies and TV shows and while he did always convince in his role, he was never “awesome”. He was good and great and nice but not amazing. Well, I think he finally found a role he excels at. Even if the person he plays seems to be quite…well, not nice…he does an amazing job at portraying John Reid and showing his interactions with Elton John. He and Egerton really manage to give John and Reid chemistry while also putting something toxic in the relationship. It seems like one of those relationships that may seem great but are bad for one, if not for both, parties. It seemed pretty natural and convincing, helping to make the movie more real and dramatic.

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Bryce Dallas Howard acts as Elton John’s mother and she does an awe inspiring job. There are a lot of moments where I just want to ask her “Really? Seriously?” but that’s more about the person she plays. The actress did an amazing job at portraying a mother you want to love and hate at the same time. It’s hard to portray a role like that but Bryce Dallas Howard did a good job.

Overall, the cast is great and I have to give high compliments to the casting directors too.

Visuals and Music

The visuals and the music, of course, two very important parts of a movie like this. They did exceptional. From the visuals of the terrific costumes to the downright breath-taking music sequences. Some of them felt a little short but overall all our favorite songs are there and you can just enjoy the music. There is enough space in between the songs to breath some conversations and story development until you are sucked into the songs again. The costumes may look silly sometimes (I mean, you all thought it) but Egerton, just like Elton John, pulls them off perfectly. From the colourful head set to the glittering baseball uniform, all of them don’t just fit the movie and story development but also the scenes. I mean, he comes into therapy with horns!! He knows he has done horribly and needs to get better and he is pretty much dressed as a devil breaking off his horns. If that’s not an underlying message, I don’t know what is. (there is also this saying where I’m from: If someone has too big an ego, he should chaff his horns. I think it fits well, if you take it as it was too much pressure for the singer and he has to get down a notch to get back up again. Thankfully he did ^.^)

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Of course, the songs are nothing new, although it is sung by Egerton and the other cast and I really enjoyed his voice as well as how they did the music sequences: from the fast-forward growing up transition to the actual Rocketman sequence of one of the most shocking moments back to the stage. I also enjoyed the Crocodile Rock scene where he went from one sound to a total jam.

As you see, the visuals and songs mix well and fit together nicely. Just note, like I said, it is not a straight biography movie like Bohemian Rhapsody but more a musical movie. But even if you don’t like musicals it stills keeps drama and story and makes you watch with joyful focus.

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Overall

Overall the movie is a joy to watch and I definitely recommend it. Especially if you like Elton John, one of the actors, musicals or just music biography movies. I think Rocketman is one of the movies where you definitely won’t leave the cinema with a bad feeling or with the feeling you didn’t get enough for your money. Rocketman may be very dramatic but it is fun to watch and I hope younger generations get the chance to learn more about Elton John along the way and start liking his music.

Oh and I LOVE the sunglasses. So many, so beautiful ❤

Review: Boys in the Trees

When you are subscribed to any streaming service you always get recommendations, some are just your scene, others are totally not what you are looking for. And sometimes the recommendation sections knows better than you think. Boys in the Trees is absolutely not what I imagined I’d be watching but it was recommended and the reviews were quite good so I decided to watch it. In the end it turns out, the movie is a hidden gem. Why? Read on and find out.

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Boys in the Trees – General information

Before you throw this movie aside since you don’t like scary movies, just know, it is not. Not really. There are some jump scares or scary scenes but nothing that will keep you from sleeping at night. The movie is quite heavy though.

Boys in the Trees is a 2016 fantasy-coming of age movie from Australia and is directed by Nicholas Verso. It stars Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath, Mitzi Ruhlmann and Justin Holborow. The movie tells the story of the skater Corey who usually hangs out with his skater buddies, namely Jango. Being friends with them takes quite a toll on him especially because they tend to bully Corey’s former best friend and outsider Jonah. The story is set in 1997 Halloween night and about a night of fantasy and scares when Corey decides to spend some time with Jonah while also growing closer to the serious girl Romany and keeping his distance from Jango.

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The casting and the characters

The cast did a lot better than what I expected when I read the reviews. I totally expected a low budget movie without good acting. I got something different though. The acting in the movie is amazing. Especially Toby Wallace as Corey and Gulliver McGrath as Jonah show great acting and really bring their characters to life on screen. They totally convince in their roles and make you feel with them.

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One unusual thing about Boys in the Trees compared to other movies, it shows good and bad sides to all their characters. Corey is not just the good guy who befriended the wrong crowd, Jonah is not just the victim who just wants his best friend back, Romany is not just a grown up girl but has a temper too and Jango is not just a bully but also has things he cares about.

Jonah, while you always find new sides to him, has a little bit of character development, for Corey he mostly has to work through his personal problems during the Halloween night. Jango probably has the most character development I admit. Romany, I have to say though, doesn’t have much character development. She is mostly there as a side character who just says bluntly what Corey is already thinking. Overall though, the characters just kind of grew on you even if they had bad characteristics too.

The premise and story

The story packs quite the punch. It features a lot of slower scenes but it all fits together. Just 10 minutes in you already get that something is going on you don’t know about yet but really getting it is…well, you can sometimes guess but you will still get a little bit of a shock in the end. I present more about my theory of the movie down below, but since there would be spoilers I won’t post it right here.

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The movie works with metaphors and symbolism a lot but also sometimes twists the story around and you have to guess what everything means. I’m quite sure everyone has their own theories about the movie.

The story enchants and catches you though. Mainly because you really want to know where it is going. If it was usual it would be Corey hanging out with Jonah for Halloween and then cutting his friendship with Jango off but this movie is unusual so that’s not what happens. It is kind of ironic though that the story is fantasy related while the actions of the characters seem a lot more realistic than with some other movies.

The fantasy in general is kept as an underlying element. The main focus lies on the backstory of the characters, then comes the fantasy.

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My theories about the movie

SPOILERS

This movie lets you build a hundred different theories. I have a few of my own though.
Around the beginning you see Jonah around the water where he later on leads Corey to discover his dead body. I think that was the moment he did die but since there is some fantasy in the movie, I do think he or his ghost did stay. Mainly because he wanted to help his friend see that he cannot continue on following Jango and his buddies but Corey had to start making choices of his own. Even if they grew apart, Jonah definitely still cares for his best friend and while he does tease Corey a lot he definitely wants the best for him.

Corey on the other hand has to work through his childhood drama of abandoning Jonah when he needed him most. It says a lot that while that happened Jonah still cares for his friend. You see that Jonah might not like what happened and also have to deal with the aftermath, he does not directly give the fault to Corey but seems to kind of understand that they were still scared kids.

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As for the man in white and the ceremony in the movie. I think since Jonah was dead, Death (the man in white) came looking to take him away but Jonah wanted to stay and help his friend. Around the end Jonah understood that he could not stay and finally accepted what happened but was also happier since he could help Corey. So in the end he goes with Death and disappears. I think the ceremony was mostly symbolism to hint at Jonah being dead.

I think it is amazing how someone like Jonah, who experienced such a horrible thing as a child, still cared for his friend so deeply that he stayed even after he died.
I also think that Jango realized over time that Corey was his best friend and meant more to him than he first thought. So he kind of got his stuff together in the end and decided to be there for him and not be a jerk. Maybe there is a romantic aspect for him there but that could also just be my BL mind speaking 🙂

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Overall conclusion and review

Boys in the Trees is definitely a hidden gem and throws some stuff at you that you just have to think about and find out on your own what it means. It is quite a heavy movie though, so beware of that. I do like that it is not just a scary movie but has an actual story line.

The characters could be real people and don’t act totally fictional and while others might say it is low budget, I do think the images were good and had enough to be a believable movie and not scare people away with cheap images and directing. Not, it definitely is a good, even if heavy, movie.

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