2Moons 2 – Reboot Review

On June 29th we started into a new adventure…2Moons 2 The Series started airing and with it came a pressure to perform well. The special pre-episode told us the first 3-4 episodes are gonna tell the story we all know and then the new plot lines are starting. For now 5 episodes have aired so I will review those for now and maybe a full on review later on.

A new start

Not long ago they announced they would re-tell some of the story from the previous 2Moons and would then go on to tell new story lines. So do not expect too much from the first 3 episodes since those are pretty much just a re-telling of the story and not much else.

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Suprisingly the re-telling brings quite some new things and dynamics which you may have thought about but not seen before.
We get more insight into Kit’s feelings, as well as some spin on the back story between Phana and Wayo. Their story seems to have a whole different undertone but I give that to the new actors (which I will say more about later). In general the reboot/season 2 brings a whole different aura and feels like you may watch something new with a little bit of a deja-vu feeling beside it.

The Cast

I wasn’t really into the new cast at the beginning. Not because I liked the old one that much but because their acting in teasers and trailers seemed shallow. So what to really expect from the new cast? They are better than I imagined, really, BUT they are really different than before. You know the saying that every actor and actress gives new characteristics to a character? Well, this time it is definitely like that.

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So what changed? Well, Pha is definitely more tough character-wise and does seem a little bit colder. I think that fits really well considering Wayo never really knew his feelings were reciprocated and it would have been strange if he never noticed anything. We get some back story of how Pha finally realized his own feelings and stepped out of his comfort zone to admit he liked a guy (compliments for having such good friends who wanted him to be honest and support him). This side was totally missing from season 1. Also Pha seems a lot more playful around his friends and later on when he gets closer to Wayo. In general he seems to be the kind of guy who is really close and sweet when he knows someone well and kind of cold but polite when he meets some stranger. Before he was mostly handsome and in love with Wayo but this time he is a lot more playful in the relationship. I like the new characteristics a lot and it leads to a new set of scenes with Wayo. While this playfulness does make him seem younger, the kissing and more intimate scenes with Wayo give the character some feeling of being grown up, so we also get that.

Wayo is a little bit more awkward which doesn’t really hurt the role (since the character is awkward too) and also he does seem like someone who is in love with Pha for years. Previously he had more backbone and while he did seem like a guy with a crush, he did not seem like a guy in love all the time. In the first re-telling episodes the new Wayo kind of lost all backbone but do not worry, he gets more cheeky in episode 4 and 5, so we can hope for the future. I do think it’s nice though, to see the new Wayo with his little self-confidence but still being able to act like a normal person. He did not turn into a total soft person who doesn’t know the word “no”.

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For his story line the producers stayed more loyal to his original story and it really was mostly re-telling at first and not many new scenes. I do admit that he was one of two characters I really was on the edge about whether I liked them or not. In episode four he was adorable so he had that going for him but he gets much better in episode 5, so I guess we will see even better acting from him from now on.

As for Ming and Kit: Ming seems a lot more age appropriate than before. I mean the characters are just starting their college years so it’s nice seeing him being confident but also young, cheeky and sometimes insecure. His friendship with Wayo seems a lot more to the ground too. Before it was this friendship between the cute little guy and the cheeky confident guy. This time it is more balanced and they actually seem as if this could be two real boys who have been friends for years and are there for each other when there is trouble. As for Kit, I think he’s my new favorite of the show. He seems the most natural of all of them and while you already see some of the underlying insecurities, he has a feeling of seniority about him and I appreciate it. It’s nice actual seeing him be their senior and not just the guy who gets weak when he’s around Ming. I do think their re-telling story line suffered a lot from the shortness of scenes but since the play a bigger role in the new story, I think we can all be excited for that. The two actors also mix quite well although I would like to see them a little bit more engaging since they seem a little bit stiff around each other. For episode 5, though, I give the biggest compliments to him, since the face he gave Ming, when he knew he was breaking the guy’s heart? That was acting-gold! You could see him being uncomfortable and not liking how the situation turned out. He did break the guy’s heart but at the same time he felt like an ass for doing so and didn’t really want to do it and you could see all that in his face. For now definitely my new favorite of the new cast!

While most of the others swayed from their previous characteristics, Forth is the one character most similar to his previous part. He is still tough with some fluff on the side. I did love the new scene between Pha and Forth. They seemed like friends, finally talking it out and I love how Forth accepted Pha’s interest in Yo but at the same time warned him to take good care of the little guy.

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We didn’t get much of Beam yet. He does seem like less of a playboy and in his scene with Kit you can already see where the story is going. Depending on the pace of the Kit-Ming story, I guess, we are getting our Forth-Beam couple. I’m curious how those two are gonna fit together. I did read the novels so yes, I’m excited.

Overall we are getting on a different ride than before and I am happy they are retelling the story since we can get to know the characters first. I think this was a really good decision since it would have been really awkward otherwise.

The background

As for the materials, rooms and so on, it’s nice and looks good, the only thing I am criticizing is the sounds in the movie. Sometimes the show gets the perfect song but a few times they did not play anything and you noticed the silence even more. I mean I was thinking: “did they screw up the editing?” At least for the first two episodes it was like that. It gets better by episode four. You can kind of see that they put more or better work into the new story then into the re-telling episodes, but I don’t really blame them for it. I think it is better this way and the new scenes, plot lines and story seem very interesting and fitting.

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Overall

It does seem like a nice show and I’m definitely gonna continue watching. Especially because they are releasing it with english subs. Since when are we getting that??? I love it. So let’s support them and start on this new journey.

Note: the kiss between Pha and Yo was really nice. Not just a shy little one but…well, I did not expect that much ^.^ nice seeing them change that and the actors really doing well.

So this was my review for the first four 2Moons 2 episodes. I know it is a little bit chaotic but I’m melting here. Still I hope you liked it. Now I’m gonna go back to getting grilled in the 37°C sun.

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Review: The Lion King (2019)

Like promised here is my review for the 2019 film The Lion King, the reboot of the 1994 animated Disney movie of the same name. It is another installment of the Disney reboots coming out over the recent years.

Before I start, can I just ask “Why are Disney releasing two of their biggest hits in one year?” I don’t get it. I know they have a lot of popular Disney movies out there but Aladdin and The Lion King definitely belong to the big ones out there and I am really surprised to see them in the same year. Well, maybe it is just because they are my favorite Disney movies.

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General

If you haven’t watched The Lion King yet…well, were you ever a kid? Okay, if you don’t remember the story: Simba, son of the current lion king Mufasa, enjoys his life as the next king and throws it in everyone’s face. He also tends to get into trouble with his best friend Nala. One day his uncle Scar (who we know is the villain in the story) tricks him into a dangerous situation and makes Mufasa try to save his son. While trying to save him he is killed by Scar and the uncle makes Simba feel guilty for his father’s death, so the little lion runs away. All alone he meets Timon, a cheeky meerkat, and Pumbaa, a friendly warthog. They teach him to let go of the past and live for the future and he grows up with them. While he is away Scar tells everyone Mufasa and Simba are dead and takes over as king of the Pride Lands. He pretty much ruins the territory. Nala goes off to search for help and meets Simba, and the rest you can watch in cinemas.

I love The Lion King but I do admit I haven’t watched it for some time since I just could not stomach Mufasa’s death again. This was such a shock and pretty much Disney’s most dramatic death scene since Bambi.

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But when Disney announced they were gonna reboot The Lion King with a real life animated movie I was definitely gonna watch it, despite all the doubts I had. The Lion King is known for it’s great music and it has some pretty great animated song sequences. But if you want to convert that to real-life animation you have to cut a lot of the animation down since a lot of the stuff could never happen in real life (you remember the pyramid of animals in “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King”?) I doubted they could convert it well and thought the movie would suffer from that. I wasn’t totally wrong but I wasn’t right either.

The songs

The songs in the new movie are pretty much the same we know from the original, except there is a new montage song when Simba goes back to the Pride Lands…except for that I don’t think there are any other new songs. But what about the songs we know? Okay, be prepared to be a little bit disappointed here. They really did their best with the songs and to renew them with some new sass and modern styles but some songs where changed and cut down pretty obviously. The singing itself is nice and the voice cast did a good job delivering the lines according to their characters attitudes and feelings.

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About the animation sequences: They did as much as you can do if you want to do it in real-life animation. And Disney did well. It looks really good and seems reasonable. Like Zazu not being sat on by a rhino but being distracted by the other animals. Disney did an amazing job with the sequences, they look beautiful while also staying true to the original. The only thing I did not like was the first song. In the original opening scene and the “Cicle of Life” sequence, they played a lot with the colors and light but in this animated movie it was a lot more chaotic and so. I mean the scene itself isn’t gonna happen in real life anyway but it would have been nice to see it a little more dramatic. Overall I’m pretty happy and satisfied with the songs though. The Lion King is known for it’s music and Disney did a great job at delivering them!

The animation

Now let’s talk about the animation in general. Not much to talk about there though. It. Is. Absolutely. Amazing. Seriously, it is. It looks so real and it’s so detailed…no wonder the movie cost them over 250 million US-Dollars. The animators are definitely geniuses and the animation is really great.

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The story and fillers

In Aladdin, they had to add a lot of filler scenes and change some stuff because it was either not politically correct anymore or it would have made no sense. There are some things you can do in 2D-animated movies, you cannot do in live-action or real-life animated movies. That’s how it is. In The Lion King there were also a few not really correct jokes and Disney changed them for the 2019 movie. In general, they stuck to the original storyline and scenes pretty tightly but the script did change to some part. While the lions pretty much stuck to the original script (except for some fillers, like Scar wanting to get Sarabi, Simba’s mother, to be his queen) the characters who suffered most from script changing were Timon and Pumbaa. Some jokes were cut while other lines were added. I do remember a few jokes you would not be able to make today, so I understand the changes. Still, Timon and Pumbaa are great in the movie and Seth Rogen and Billy Eichner did a great job at delivering their lines.

For most of the movie, Disney stayed loyal to the original and only added stuff, that made it more modern or added some interesting story lines that weren’t there in the original.

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Overall

Overall the movie is a great reminder of the 1994 original and makes you remember all the great times watching the movie and being sucked into the world of The Lion King. The animation is great and the songs are modern but still similar enough to the original. I’m positively surprised by the movie and definitely love it, although different to the Aladdin reboot – the original The Lion King will still be on top of the 2019 reboot.

Still I recommend watching it in cinema. It is an adventure you don’t get everyday and while you may know the story it keeps you on your seat and enjoying the movie as if it was your first time watching the The Lion King story. So enjoy one of the biggest Disney movies in new animation and have a great time with the characters we all know and love!

Summer is here #lifeinanutshell

Let me start this post in a different way than usual. With a warning. It’s 36°C where I’m from and my brain switches off at around 25°C so I’m overly excerting myself right now. It’s hot, it’s sunny and even though I’m on vacation right now, I’m totally useless.

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So despite this lack of usefulness and energy, I thought it would be a nice idea to post some life update again since I haven’t in a long time. Just to keep you up to date even if you’re not interested 😉 (even I’m getting tired of all the reviews)

What have I been up to?

I tried losing some kilos and the only thing I lost was my patience.
I finished my Bachelor thesis, but I do still have to take additional courses at uni.
I’m on vacation and sweating my life out of me since IT IS TOO HOT. Did I mention that already? *my brain is overheating right now*

I’m diligently watching the ongoing BL shows and tried to post some reviews but I kind of get stuck in the middle all the time so no posting yet. I will try to finish the 2Moons 2 review today though, so maybe in the next few days I can release it.

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As for general BL news: currently ongoing Theory of Love with #OffGun and like mentioned 2Moons 2 with the new cast. We just finished the re-telling episodes of the story so let’s see how they manage with a whole new story. I’m interested.

So, yeah, there is not much going on but at the same time some things have happened I guess. I hope that after finishing my thesis, the exams and so on I might have some time to release some posts again so keep your eyes open, maybe I’ll manage to keep my promises for once.

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So this is the end of my post, it’s a short one, I know.
Bye 🙂