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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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Review: Aladdin (2019)

Let it be known that I’ve been waiting for this movie even before the first teaser came out (which was in October 2018). I’ve been waiting for a much longer time: since I heard about a live-action remake of Aladdin when I did some research on Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and so on. So yes, I went crazy when the first teaser came out, rewatched the actual trailer about a 100 times (no lie, I’ve watched it ever single day in the last two weeks), and I’ve pretty much sucked in everything there is out there about the movie.

So, yes, guess what, Aladdin (together with The Lion King) is my favorite Disney movie. I’ve watched Aladdin more than any other Disney movie and I know the lyrics by heart (funny enough, I learned the actual lyrics when I was a grown-up and not when I was a child 😀 ). Yeah, I bet after reading this, you would’ve never guessed it is my favorite Disney movie, keke.

Well, all that aside – with this you should know, the expectations were big…like reaaaally BIG. This is like a dream coming true and the dream better be darn good! So here it is, my review for Aladdin (2019).

General information

If you don’t know Aladdin (1992), then, well, did you ever have a childhood? No, seriously, Aladdin is a 2019 musical film based on the 1992 Disney movie of the same name. I wasn’t even born then, hm…
The movie tells the story of Aladdin, a thief who lives on the streets of Agrabah. One day he meets the princess of Agrabah, Jasmine, who went into the city in disguise, so she can have a free moment from being stuck in the palace and having to think about her upcoming marriage to some not-yet-determined prince. They have a moment but then Aladdin is taken on a mission by the (evil) vizier, Jafar, and he has to go into a magical cave to find a special oil lamb. After some events happen Aladdin gets stuck and as it turns out the lamp is home to a genie. After freeing the genie from the lamp Aladdin is now its new master and has three wishes to make.

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The story has more than just a few flaws and I think some of its content is not really political correct either anymore. The animation was probably every animators nightmare (Genie’s power and his song sequences, omg). But the movie fits just so well together and totally takes you into Aladdin’s world and forget everything else. And the songs are just amazing. Aladdin is probably one of the more known Disney stories out there and it’s also one that got a second installment that didn’t totally suck. (not gonna talk about the third installment though, oh god, I’m still getting nightmares…that one was so…uuuuh).

Whether you liked it or not, it IS one of the most anticipated live-action remakes after Disney announced they were gonna remake their classics. Especially because it is a lot of fantasy and everyone knew it had to be great. So, now let’s talk about the 2019 version.

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Staying true to the original

The 2019 version of Aladdin, after watching the original version just last week, stays quite true to the original, I’ve to say. Around the end the story adds some actions by the characters and twists some things happening but in general it stays quite true to the original story line and development. If you know some of the plot holes and nonsense happenings in the original though, you also notice that they tried to fill some of them and make it more understandable and less…well, fiction?

There are a lot of new things too though. Of course, they remade some of the old songs and inserted some new songs too but let’s talk about the songs later.

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For one they changed a lot of the humor and jokes in the movie. There is one scene where the whole cinema laughed like crazy and I had serious problems calming down. Watch the movie and you’ll know what I’m talking about. The humor in the 2019 Aladdin is a lot more modern and dynamic than it’s original. Some of the jokes were definitely updated to not get in trouble but most of the humor comes either from totally new scenes, as well as a new spin on original scenes. I think that’s because they did try to add some more comedy and not just present everyone with the totally same story we all know. Also because a lot of fun in the original comes from the Genie’s powers. In the 2019 film, everyone and not just the Genie contributes to the fun.

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Character changes

Also we got a lot of new characters and character development. Remember, the original is an animated children’s movie. Movies like that tend to have like 10 characters at most and not really show anyone else (in Aladdin there are like 3 people, a tiger and a parrot living in the palace…a palace that has only 3 security people…sooo, do I have to continue?). That is something you cannot convert 1-to-1 to a live-action movie, so they had to add more characters and background characters. And they did well. There are some characters just for comic relief but also our main leads and main characters got a lot more background and character traits.

Aladdin is not just a true to heart guy from the streets who may be lying about his identity but still has his heart at the right place. In the 2019 version, you actually get some character where you see he may know his way around the streets but in the palace he gets serious self confidence problems and while he hopes he is worth more than everyone tells him all the time, he doubts himself more than everyone else. Still his heart is at the right place and he does realize when he goes too far. He seems a lot more human and relatable than his animated character, while also having a little bit less heroic and “perfect” traits about him.

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In the original, Jasmine is the beautiful princess that has to marry a prince and feels trapped by the palace. The only time she seems stronger is when she tries to help fight Jafar, as well as fight against having to marry a prince she doesn’t love. In general though she is defined by having to marry and wanting to marry someone she loves instead of just anyone. The 2019 version gives us a new spin on her. Jasmine may still be a princess trapped in the palace who does not know much about the world outside but she still wants the best for her people and wants to rule as sultan one day instead of just marrying and having a prince from somewhere else in the world, rule over her people. She fights for her dream and compared to the original she is also a lot more suspicious over Aladdin’s – or Prince Ali’s – origins.

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The Genie’s story has pretty much stayed the same, as well as Jafar’s. The Genie got some after the main story input and like a “end” story and Jafar got some background story, that was probably also added to give some reason why he acts like he acts and not just take it as a given. Also I really appreciated the fact, the sultan wasn’t just a little guy who likes to play with his little miniature figurines but actually had some backbone.

Compliments for the Cast

Mena Massoud was astounding as Aladdin. I didn’t know him before, even though I actually did watch the show Jack Ryan and so on but I just didn’t really know him. So when it was announced he was gonna play Aladdin I was curious how he would go about it and he did a great job. He portraited Aladdin’s good traits and warm heart but at the same time gave life to Aladdin’s little insecurities about himself. He showed that Aladdin himself didn’t feel great when he had to play someone he wasn’t. It was also endearing how he had this little smile that on one hand could show him enjoying himself, as well as being shy. Also, Massoud did a great job at portraying Aladdin’s awkwardness too. I’m curious what’s gonna come in the future.

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I knew Naomi Scott before her acting as princess Jasmine. Her other roles where really different though. But since I had seen her before I was curious how she would play Jasmine. I was curious but also worried. I wouldn’t have needed to worry, she did a great job. She shows Jasmine’s weak as well as her powerful and empowered side. She was amazingly believable as a princess with a strong will and dream. She showed tears in her eyes while not actually crying and she wasn’t just a princess but a strong woman who could think of her own and be suspicious, angry or just annoyed too. Oh and just as a side not: she was oh-so beautiful. When I watched the movie, my friends and I just gasped at how beautiful she looked. She is definitely the best cast for acting as a Disney princess.

Also Massoud and Scott’s chemistry is really good and I love that Disney made them audition together too and not just accept the cast individually. They are great together and really fit well together as Aladdin and Jasmine.

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Will Smith was criticized a lot for portraying the Genie. A lot of people commented on how he could ever fill the shoes left behind by Robin Williams. Let me just say something here: Robin Williams is absolutely great, he is. I just love him and his movies and I rewatch the regularly BUT I did not watch Aladdin in English originally. So I was never really fixated on the Genie being him. For me it was the animation and the story I loved. So that pressure wasn’t so big. Still, I know Will Smith as a funny, modern guy who was more “cool” than “magical”, so I had my doubts he could fit into the Disney movie in general. But Will Smith surprises. He does great as the Genie. He gives the whole character a new modern and dynamic spin while also staying true to the original. I also loved how he portraited Genie a lot smarter and more serious in specific matters than the role had been before.

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The one thing I have to criticize is Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. Not because he did a bad job or anything, because he did really well, but because he just seemed too nice…His voice had a charm to it, that I did not see as Jafar at all. He seemed a lot less threatening than I would have expected, tbh.

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Listen to the music

Well, Aladdin is one of the Disney movies known for their music. I think there aren’t many Disney movies more known than the music in Aladdin. The Lion King definitely but Aladdin is one of the movies where there is more than one known song out there.

So the pressure for the music is great.

In general the music stayed the same, except for making it a little more “great” and giving it more volume and therefore making it a little less melodic. I do regret that some of it’s greatest melody parts get lost in the full on sound of the songs but the songs still enchant you and I did catch myself trying to sing to it in the cinema. I definitely tapped my foot to it though.

There ARE some new song parts and songs there though. Most prominently “Speechless”. If the movie wasn’t as entertaining as it is and it did not fit as well into the story line as it did, I would have some negative points here though. The song is great, really, but you totally notice it is a new song. The song is so modern, you notice in like the first 10 seconds of it. If you put it before me and I hadn’t seen the movie I would not think it is part of the songs since the others are typical 90s Disney songs, whether they were modernized or not. “Speechless” is a modern song. It is a great and touching song, but it is definitely a new song. Even if you haven’t known the Aladdin songs, you will realize that this is the song that was added for the 2019 version of Aladdin.

As for the animation to the songs – I never expected them to give us so much Genie animation and I loved it. Friend Like Me is even more funky than before, Prince Ali is just as epic and stunning and the A Whole New World sequence may be less funny compared to the original but is still as touching and wonderful. The one that did surprise me for real was Arabian nights – 2 minutes into the movie and it gives you chills when the song chorus comes on.

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Take the little hints

As I said I did watch the original film just a few days earlier to renew my memory and be ready for Aladdin to come out and then on the 24th I watched it in the cinema.
So, if you watch Aladdin (1992) and the 2019 version, you notice some interesting things. Some just warm your heart, some, you notice, fill some really big holes in the story line. Let me just name a few things here.

I absolutely adored that they used the originals font of the main title and the “The End” note. It may have more volume and be a lot more golden but it is the same – or almost the same.

Also we have a lot of things filled in because some things you can get away with in an animated movie but not in a live-action. Most notably the scene where Abu steals the lamp back from Jafar. In the animation he just magically takes it out from his jacket (which is totally not possible since the lamp is pretty much the same size as the monkey in general), in the 2019 version he immediately puts it before Aladdin, after it fell behind a rock. Just as an example.

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Another thing I really laughed about. When the Genie tells Aladdin about how the Genie’s power works and how powerful he actually is. He takes a little paper and there are three people on there. The Genie, the sultan and Aladdin. And they are all in the original animation. I just loved that. Such a little thing but so sweet.

Synchronisation is…well…

Like I mentioned I did not watch the movie in English at first. I watched it in German on Friday and then watched it again in English on Saturday…yes, that’s something I do. Go watch the same movie two days in a row.

But let me just say something about the synchronization here. The English version: The songs were better, a lot better, and I think they stayed quite the same as the original as far as the lyrics go. The German version changed a lot about the lyrics actually and while the comedic scenes became even better since Aladdin seemed even more awkward, the song synchronization was waaaaay off. You could totally notice. I’m not totally unhappy about it since I can watch the movie in English and the comedy totally made up for it but I just think for all those out there who think that their voice synchronization isn’t perfect and the movie seems unnatural, watch it in English.

The bad things

Like with every movie out there I am going to mention the bad things too. If you were a big fan of Iago or Abu, don’t expect much. Abu is still a good friend and sometimes funny but he has a lot less scenes and Iago is pretty much just a parrot who tends to repeat stuff. I know why they cut their scenes but still it hurts just a little.

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Another thing I didn’t like. They used slow-motion and double speed some times. And while the slow motion was no problem at all, I really did not appreciate the double speed in the One Jump Ahead scene. It didn’t belong there at all. It was fine in the ending scene but nope, did not like it in the other scene.

Also talking about the dancing and the final dancing scene. The dancing scene in the middle was fun and really good with a modern twist I admit. The final scene was fun and all but there were some parts they really did not take seriously there. I don’t think that’s really a bad thing though. It is the finale and just like an extra scene so no hurt there.

Overall conclusion

Overall, I ABSOLUTELY recommend the movie. Really. I think Aladdin is one of Disney’s best and most wonderful classics and the movie is a two hour adventure you should see. While some criticized Disney’s decision to let Guy Richie direct the movie I think he stayed true to the 1992 original: It just takes you in and doesn’t let you go until you leave the cinema. You are just gonna forget everything around you. And I think for a movie where you actually know exactly what is gonna happen, that is a big thing to do ^.^

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HIStory3: Trapped – Mid-Season Review

Like I promised here is a mid season review for the ongoing BL series HIStory3: Trapped. I hope you like it and check out the series or continue watching if you are already watching it.

General information

Trapped is a 2019 BL series from Taiwan and is the…wait let me count…sixth installment of the highly popular HIStory franchise. It is also the first installment of the HIStory3 series. It consists of 20 episodes and airs Tuesday and Wednesday. It is currently on episode 11 (aired on the 14th).

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It tells the stories of Meng Shao Fei (played by Jake Hsu), a police officer with a temper, and Tang Yi (played by Chris Wu), a cold gangster boss. For four years Meng Shao Fei has followed Tang Yi around to find out what happened to his senior police officer without getting anything from him and Tang Yi has tolerated the police officer at his side. One day, through an unfortunate incident, they grow closer and start to develop something more than just simple interest in each other’s past…

The expectations

I still remember after the three stories of HIStory got released and they announced HIStory2, people were going crazy and a lot of people (me included) doubted the producers could get us with their sweet and passionate story lines again. Well, HIStory2 broke through all those expectations and definitely proved us all wrong – it was even better than the previous installments. It was just amazing how they could suck you in with just 8 episodes (back then) and make you cheer, groan, cry, laugh, giggle and scream with the couples and their stories. Despite all the doubts they fulfilled all the expectations and made you love the couples.

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Of course, when they announced HIStory3 fans were on cloud 9 again and the expectations became even higher. I mean it’s the HIStory franchise…yeah, so now you know how much pressure lies on Trapped. One question has to be asked: Does it live up to the hype?

Unexpected surprise

I will not straight out answer this question yet. In my opinion an ending can make a series golden or end a show in general, so I won’t answer this question directly before watching all 20 episodes. I will try to answer the question for the first 10 episodes though.

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Trapped had a lot of pressure and in my opinion, after watching half of the series, it comes out on top. Trapped starts of at a point where you don’t know where it will go at all and I read an interesting comment somewhere. The viewer had no idea what the story and atmosphere of the series was gonna be like after watching episode one. And no, that person did not mean it as a compliment. I do though. I remember watching the other installments and there are not many parts where the producers didn’t just throw you into the story and let you figure out everything on your own.
It may not sound like a compliment but it is. Being thrown into the story and not knowing all of the facts while some are just there and you have to deal with them, surprisingly brings a lot of good with it.

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The best advantage? It feels more natural: The story development, the feelings between the leads, the characters, just everything. It’s not just a slow introduction like with other shows but it starts right from episode one. Also, since there are just some parts that are just “there” and you won’t get an explanation or background knowledge to it, there will always be some curiosity about it. We all want what we cannot get, right?

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Another thing I liked with the new story line and characters: I really enjoy story lines where the leads do already know each other and don’t just randomly fall in love with a person they have known for 10 minutes. So bonus points for the show here.

Oh and DO NOT underestimate the show’s humor and touchy scenes. While there has not been many kisses, you feel like you get so much. And the humor is sometimes just a nice underlying humor while in some scenes it’s straight up comedy.

The characters/cast

Big compliments to the actors. They seem so natural and their chemistry is really good. Not just the main leads but also the second leads, Jack (played by Andy Bian) and Zhao Li An (played by Kenny Chen). All of them match so well with each other.
I like that the main leads and the second leads are so different and it’s not the same thing repeated.

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And for everyone who likes it when both of the leads have some…hm…let’s say sass in them: this is definitely it. While in other shows there is a clear top and bottom in the relationship… yes, it is also pretty clear in this one BUT I just love how Tang Yi seems to just give in to Shao Fei. Shao Fei is so different from Tang Yi, he is sometimes impulsive, has quite the temper and is pretty direct about what he thinks and what he does while Tang Yi seems more collected and quiet. And maybe it’s because he is like this that he seems unable to say No to Shao Fei. I just adore it!

It’s not like with other shows where the top lead just adores the passive lead and finds him so cute he cannot say No but it is actually because Shao Fei can be pretty adamant about what he wants.

The difference

I do not want to say too much about the story and the feelings, since there are still 10 more episodes but I will have to mention some things, otherwise it won’t be a review 😀

The story line is not totally unusual. There are some stories about a gangster and a not-gangster out there but the way they tell it, it does seem quite unusual. The story is not one of those dark and broody gangster BL films out there but is actually sweet and nice. Don’t imagine rainbows and unicorns just yet though.

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Two things that totally make this show different than their previous installments. First, there is a lot more action (or “action-y”) scenes in it then with the other shows. I know there were some volleyball scenes in Boundary Crossing and an almost car crash in Obsessed, but this one has more fight scenes and a lot more serious action scenes at that. The second difference to the other parts and the one reason why I recommend this to every BL fan: We do not get a lot of BL shows where both leads are adults with a job (or something like that – is gangster boss a job?). No one of the leads is in college, training or at school. Both have an equal standing. Most of the BL shows out there either take place at school, in college, in training or at least started out at those places and therefore still keep some of that school charm with it (best example SOTUS 2).

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Trapped does not carry anything like that with it. Like I said, both have an equal standing and since they both work in a different area of expertise, there is also no senior-junior thing going on. This show is just about two people with their own agenda who get together and slowly fall for each other. I mean a relationship can be totally different if you see the other person as a senior or junior. Trapped offers new dynamics and perspectives and gives the characters a charming grown-up vibe that blows some fresh air into the BL world.

Oh my…the drama is coming…

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Overall

Overall, I think, Trapped is definitely worth a try. I do recommend checking out at least two to three episodes before deciding whether to watch or drop. Not to figure out the story, since, like I mentioned, there are just some things you won’t get with HIStory shows, but more to get a grip on the pace of the show. Just watching episode one I thought it was gonna be slow paced, especially since the show has 20 episodes, but it is actually quite fast-paced. I appreciate it, since it would have ruined the show if it was slower and more drawn out. Like this it is nice and neat even if it does have 20 episodes.

So I definitely recommend the show and depending on the ending in a few weeks I will decide if the producers fulfilled the expectations yet again (oh my god…and there are still some upcoming installments, I’m shaking O.O ) I do wanna say: the outlook is good, so if they continue like this I might have compliments coming in the final review 😉

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So check out the show and tell me what you think about it! I’d love to hear what expectations you have with the show ^.^

Ending and Ongoing #randomremarks

Here we are again with my new corner of #randomremarks or an update on BL, K-Pop or whatever is going on right now.

Find the rest of the series here: Updates #randomremarks

This time I’ll include a short review of the He’s Coming To Me finale, as well as a short Shazam! review. I know that did not mix well at all but who cares 😉 as for K-Pop…I don’t really have any interesting news there. Not really…there are other BL news though.

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He’s Coming To Me – Finale *spoilers*

So we just got our long expected (it was only 8 episodes but we all felt like we were watching it for so long, admit it) finale of this wonderful series. Did I expect this ending? Not at all. Nope.

I expected it to end badly…like really bad and for me to cry my eyes out. I did cry (a lot) but it was an ending I could rewatch and I won’t scratch this ending from my memory compared to others (yes, I’m talking about stuff like My Bromance The Movie etc.).
It did end really corny and with a lot of questions popping up but on the other end it was like the producers doing just what we wanted them too. They solved the whole mystery surrounding Mes’ death (shock! Did I expect that? I had my suspicions but never though they would go that far o.O ) and gave us a wonderful cry-all-you-want scene. I loved that Than came clean with everyone in the end and told them about Mes, even if he still plays some jokes on them, but still, they are his best friends, and I love how supportive they are. And we got another kiss!

I had my doubts about Singto and Ohm’s chemistry especially because they had to fill some big shoes after SOTUS but they did great. I think that’s partly because there was a total different dynamic between them than between Arthit and Kongpob but also because the actors seem to be pretty comfortable with each other and tbh I enjoyed them together a lot.

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Also compliments to Singto for making me forget that Kongpob had the same face 😀 Ohm and Singto both have this energy about them just sucking you into the story and forgetting other stories while watching. Big compliments to all the actors, the writers, the production team and please give us more of them!
And good luck, Khiem, for your new love 😉

Ongoing – check it out

Regarding other news…there aren’t many new things just a few news and me telling you to maybe check out HIStory3: Trap. It has a totally different dynamic than the previous ones, especially because this time they are both grown-ups having a job (or something like a job) and not students or at college. I’m really starting to enjoy it. At first I thought the pace was really slow but it’s actually quite nice paced. I will probably publish a mid-season review too but still. Also, guys, there are three episodes a week, when do we ever get that?

So if they go on like this, it is a worthy installment of the HIStory series, but let’s wait and see 🙂

Note: I still don’t know whether it is named HIStory3: Trap or HIStory3: Trapped though…in the posters it says Trapped but everyone just calls it Trap?!

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Another HIStory news: We still don’t have fixed release dates but HIStory3: Miracle will probably come around summer or fall and HIStory2: Boundary Crossing 2 is probably going to be released either the end of this year or its looking at a 2020 release. None of this is a sure thing but just the highest probability I guess.

The Best Twins, another currently airing show, is slowly moving forward and while also giving us one joke after another, the romance is moving along real slow, like reeeeeeaaaaal slow. We do kind of get a picture of where it is going though, so at least we have that.

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As for What The Duck 2: Final Call…I’m still watching but I gave up every hope of someone being able to save this show. They made this mess and it seems to be impossible to get out of it. I’ll keep you up to date though, so if something interesting happens, I’ll tell you. Let’s see if they manage to save the show, somehow.

Love Beyond Frontier – don’t we know them?

GMMTV released more trailers for their 2019 line up. One of them (even if not a BL series) is Love Beyond Frontier and tbh it looks amazing. In general it seems to be about four people living under one roof and falling in love with the wrong person. Don’t know whether it will end well, but the trailer looks great, funny and serious at the same time and I cannot wait to see all of the actors again! I even know the actresses!!! Excited. Starts May 12th. Here is the trailer, ENG SUBs available

Shazam! – Short and neat

I also recently went to the cinema to watch Shazam! and I did mention before you just need to think of it as a comedy and less as a super hero movie and I still stand by that comment. If you want to compare it to other super hero movies…there is none. This movie is pretty much the funny PG version of Deadpool for DC. And I love it. It is funny and while corny at some points, it has a charm that many other movies don’t have. And also, while Zachary Levi did look strange in this costume (who wouldn’t?) he did great and convinced as the kid in a super hero body. Also compliments to Asher Angel and Jack Dylan Grazer. Both convinced in their roles and definitely gave it their best, I hope I see them in other movies again soon!

And while I do say the film is comedic, it is more serious than I expected it to be in the beginning, so I definitely recommend checking it out 🙂

Otherwise there are no more news I really want to share…maybe I’ll remember something, then I’ll post it with the next #randomremarks though, so this is it for now 😀

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