Synopsis: A down-and-out writer gets the opportunity of a lifetime when an aging superstar asks her to write her biography.
Monique’s career and life is going nowhere. She is getting a divorce. Living in an apartment she hates and a career that is basically on pause. Out of the blue, Monique gets the news that could change her life forever. Charismatic screen legend Evelyn Hugo wants Monique to write the story of her life–the good, the bad and the ugly. She’s ready for the world to know everything. But neither woman is ready for what happens during this journey.
I have to say that Evelyn Hugo was one of the most interesting protagonists ever–in print, movies or TV. It is really hard to believe that she’s not a real person. Evelyn felt very real, very much human. I liked how honest and straightforward she was. She was very smart and calculating. She came across as colorful and nuanced. She made all the other characters more real than they would’ve been on their own. Harry was a great character as well. He was so sweet and I liked his and Evelyn’s special friendship and bond. He was easily my favorite husband of hers. Monique was pretty good on her own. She seemed to learn a lot from Evelyn in such a short time.
The story is told in an unique way. Instead of the usual chapter format, each husband gets a chapter. Different men, different periods in Evelyn’s life. They’re more about Evelyn than her husbands, but it was highly original and well-done. It’s written like a memoir, a gossip magazine and a diary all rolled into one. The format was also surprisingly easy to read. That is kind of ironic because Evelyn is such a complex character. The two biggest twists in the book– Evelyn’s true love and Monique’s connection to Evelyn–came about in a very interesting way. This is my first time reading a book by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but it definitely won’t be the last.
While I found Evelyn Hugo to be one of the most intriguing protagonists ever, there were lots of times where I didn’t like her so much. Some of the things she did to get ahead were just wrong. It often seemed like she cared more about fame and fortune than she did about the people in her life. And those mistakes proved to be quite costly. She didn’t seem like a good person. But at least she’s honest about it. And she was true to herself. Like a person or don’t, you have to admire someone who’s honest and true to themselves. My only other grievance was Monique. She wasn’t a very interesting character on her own. Kinda boring, really. It was like the friendship between Monique and Evelyn was supposed to happen.
Hands down, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of best novels I’ve ever read. It’s highly original, smartly written and well-researched. I wonder who inspired Reid when she wrote this book? I highly recommend it, giving it a 9.5 out of 10. You can find on amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other such bookstores.
Synopsis: A young woman is haunted as secrets from her past threaten her new life.
Everyone has their secrets, even the most open of people. Anna Blackwell is no exception. She’s living a fabulous life. Married to the man of her dreams, great job co-running the family business. Living a big, expensive seaside home. Anna is happier than she’s ever been. Until a gruesome text message is sent to her anonymously. That person knows far more about her than she’s willing to reveal. He knows things that can ruin her life forever….
They say not to judge a book by its cover. When I saw the cover of “The Millionaire’s Wife”, I assumed that Anna was some sort of spy or something. But she wasn’t. Anna was a very likable heroine. Smart, strong, independent. But she was someone with a heavy burden. Reading about her inner struggles was very interesting, and it made me feel very sorry for her. At first, I didn’t understand why she kept these secrets from her husband. But as I got further along in the book, I completely understood why she did. I don’t blame her for keeping them. Will himself was a kind, understand and compassionate man. But he, like Anna, was someone who knew how to take charge when he needed to. I understood his reactions in the book, too. The villains in the book were not who I expected them to be. Man, those people were sick and disgusting! I felt sorry for Anna, Will and their families.
Shalani Boland wrote one hell of a page-turner. The start of the novel was brilliant, even though I did not know how it fit in at first. The pacing was near-perfect. The characters all kept you guessing until the very end. We see the story being told from two points-of-view–past Anna & present Anna. It really seemed that I was reading about 2 different women. It was a very intriguing plot point. You actually felt sorry for Anna’s ex until you realized who he really was. Then you wanted her to run away from him and never look back! I tried to turn off my Kindle app, but I just had to know what would happen next. I’ll definitely be reading Boland’s other books in the future.
But sometimes, I wish that Anna would’ve done things a little differently. Sometimes, I was a little frustrated with her. Maybe things would turned out differently. But apart from that minor complaint, I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The Millionaire’s Wife”. It was action-packed, scary and overall entertaining read. I highly recommend this book and give it a 9.5 out of 10. You can find it on amazon, Barnes & Noble and other bookstores.
Cast: Gal Gadot as Diana/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Antiope
Synopsis: A story about an Amazonian war princess who becomes the superhero Wonder Woman.
What’s one thing that superhero movies have in common? It’s all of the remakes. The vast majority of these movies have numerous remakes, rewrites and sequels. The same can be said about most of today’s movies. But anyways. They’ve never done a Wonder Woman remake. Not that I could find, at least. I was excited to learn that they’d be making one for Wonder Woman. Plus I’m crazy about superhero movies. So let’s begin our review.
For a while, the Interweb seriously doubted that Gal Gadot was right for the role of Wonder Woman. Those reasons really didn’t make sense. After seeing this movie, they made even less sense. In fact, I thought she was absolutely perfect for the role. She was able to play a woman who was incredibly strong, smart, vulnerable and very naive. Often at the same time. She was a lot of fun to watch. I liked seeing her relationships in the movie, particularly with Steve. Their love story was cute and unique. Connie Nielsen was good as Hippolyta, Diana’s mother. Robin Wright also shined big time as Antiope, Dana’s aunt/commander. That first battle scene was amazing! I wish there were more scenes with her.
I’ll admit that I don’t know much about the Marvel vs DC battle. In fact, I’ve only watched one DC movie–Batman vs Superman. It was good, but not memorable. Director Patty Jenkins did a marvelous job with this movie. I liked how she devoted a decent amount of time on Diana’s childhood. Not the typical skimming of the childhood flashbacks we normally see in films like this. Seeing Diana explore a different new world was also fun to watch. Everything so new and exciting. Speaking of exciting, let’s talk about those fight scenes! Especially the first big one on the beach. It was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen. But why was the whole movie so (literally) dark? That and the occasional slow pacing were the only problems with the movie. They certainly didn’t keep me from enjoying out.
Overall, Wonder Woman was a brilliant, well-acted movie. The best part is that we only have to wait until November to see Diana/Wonder Woman in another DC Comics film, Justice League. Until then, I highly recommend Wonder Woman. I give it a 9 out of 10. It’s playing in theaters now.
Cast: Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, Alison Williams as Rose, Lil Rel Howery as Rod, Catherine Keener as Missy Armitage, Bradley Whitford as Dean Armitage
Synopsis: A young African-American man goes to meet his Caucasian girlfriend’s family–and it’s quite a bizarre trip.
There are some spoilers below…..
Every couple has their ‘meet the parents’ phase at some point. Chris and Rose have been together for about 5 months, and they’re headed to Rose’s parents house. Obviously, Chris is nervous and wants to make a good impression. But it turns out he has no idea what he’s in for. Twists and turns all around. Let’s get into our little review….
The performances in Get Out are incredible. The best performance belongs to Alison Williams, who played Chris’ girlfriend Rose. It was weird because it felt like she was at least 3 different people. I guess she kinda was. Her final phone call to Rod was chilling. It’s-freezing-in-here-even-though-it’s-not chilling. Wow. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) also did a great job in this movie. He was smart and quick. And also scary when he needed to be. That scene at the lake with Rose? I will be looking for more of his work in the future. Rod (Lil Rel Howery) was hilarious. He was also very intelligent and brave. He wasn’t your typical comic relief character. He added new layers to Rod. All the other performances were really good as well, but those are the stand outs for me.
I’ll admit that I was very hesitant to watch Get Out. Reason #1: It was probably overrated. It’s rare for a movie to get a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So it might be overrated. Reason #2: It was widely known that this movie is about racism. It is a topic I’m very uncomfortable with. I just hate seeing people be treated unfairly. But my curiosity won, and I finally saw it this week. I think Jordan Peele did an excellent job writing and directing this. He took a very uncomfortable subject and gave us a different perspective on it. Racism can be a lot harder to spot than most people think. It was a sickening, but necessary lesson to learn. Plus, the whole movie felt completely original. Something, the movie industry is lacking a little. There was some gore in the movie, but Peele proved that you don’t need to rely on it in order to make a horror movie scary. There were tons of edge-of-your-seat moments in the film. There was never really a chance to get bored. It was actually kinda fun to watch.
There were a couple of issues, however. The cult-like body snatchers apparently did this to live longer, healthier lives. But they rarely left their small towns and never really did anything with their new bodies. Why? Plus, the deer situation at the beginning of the movie. I wonder if that was part of the plan as well. It looked like it had been dead for a while. Oh well….
Overall, I was surprised to find that I enjoyed Get Out. It was a fresh take on the horror genre. It could also be pretty funny. I look forward to seeing more work from Peele, Kaluuya and Williams in the future. I give it a 8.5 out of 10. Get Out is now on DVD and on Google Play.