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Pretty Little Liars Finale Review (Spoilers)

Pretty Little Liars Finale

As the majority of you will be aware the Pretty Little Liars finale aired last week. I have been watching this show for 7 years and it is now all over and I wanted to share my opinions with you. This review will contain spoilers so if you haven’t watched the last episode then I would advise reading with caution.

Overall I was disappointed with the ending. The episode felt rushed despite being longer than usual, the reveal wasn’t as dramatic or surprising as I was hoping and there are still a lot of questions unanswered. I felt that the show went downhill after the first A reveal and whilst many people didn’t like the Cece reveal I didn’t mind it too much. I think the show should have ended after that reveal as I have not enjoyed this series as much.

I felt that a large proportion focused on the Liar’s relationships rather than the actual reveal. The show starts with a strange dream sequence which involved Lucas tap dancing and Jenna riding a horse which was very odd. Also, this is the only time Lucas appears in the whole episode.

We get to see Emily and Alison with their twins. I am going to say something that will be very unpopular but I have never been a fan of this relationship. Out of all of the pairings, this is my least favourite.

Mona is working for AD in this episode and for some reason, AD gets her to wear a Melissa mask and a black hoodie whilst spying on the girls. I’m not really sure why this was done apart from to shock viewers at the start thinking that AD was Melissa which I wouldn’t have minded as I have always thought that she was involved.

AD is finally revealed as Spencer’s twin which was not really surprising as there were so many fan theories about Spencer’s twin. Also, they’d already played the twin story with Charlotte. The way that the Liars discovered the twin was ridiculous. Jenna can smell that it’s not Spencer and a horse reacts badly to her and therefore the only logical conclusion is that is isn’t Spencer. The Liars accept this very quickly.

Alex’s accent was hilarious. As a British person, I can honestly say I have never heard anyone sound like that. Speaking of British Wren was involved I thought that he was going to be AD but I guess this is the next best thing. Although Alex did turn him into a diamond which is sad and turns out he is the father of Emily’s twins.

One of the questions I have is how on earth did Alex manage to build an underground dungeon. She mentions that she didn’t have the same wealthy upbringing as Spencer so how did she afford to build the dungeon and deck it out with expensive cages also how did no one notice all this building work being done.

Whilst the reveal was a little disappointing I did enjoy the bit at the end with Mona. We see Alex and Mary Drake trapped in a dollhouse showing that Mona won the game. I wished the episode had ended there but it continues with the high school girls at a sleepover and Addison has gone missing. The show hints that story is going to happen all over again with another group of girls which seems very unlikely.

I was hoping that the reveal would have been a character that we had known since the beginning rather than one that was made up in the last episode.  I do think that Troian did a good job in this episode even if I wasn’t happy with the reveal I can appreciate her acting skills.

Overall the ending did disappoint me and I would have liked to have seen it end differently but I have enjoyed watching this show ad I have a lot of memories tied to this show.

What did you think of the ending?

Kirsty xoxo

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Big Little Lies TV Review

Big Little Lies Book Review

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When I found out that they were making a mini-series of Big Little Lies based on the novel by Liane Moriarty with the same name I was really excited. I really enjoyed the book and I was looking forward to seeing it on the small screen. I prefer watching TV to films so I always loving seeing TV adaptations. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the TV show. Overall I really enjoyed this adaptation and thought they did a good job of bringing this story to live.

Plot Outline

The story follows a group of mothers and their children in their first year of school. Everyone has their own secrets. From the start, we know that someone was killed at the school fundraiser but we don’t know who it is. We see snippets of side characters being interviewed by the police but we don’t find out until the very end who was killed and who was responsible.

My Opinion

I thought that this was filmed beautifully. I loved the scenery views that were shot. Particularly the scenes when the characters are driving along the roads. I felt that these images really helped to create the image of an idyllic perfect town which is what the author was intending in the book. I also liked the way the story was told how we saw little flashbacks and the interviews with the side characters.

I also really liked the music that was used in this show. I thought that the music that was selected really worked with what we were seeing on the screen. I particularly liked the theme song ‘Cold Little Heart by Michael Kiwanuka’.

The cast for this show was full of big names including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard and many others. I thought that everyone gave really good performances but I want to particularly highlight Nicole Kidman and Alexander Skarsgard. Their characters were involved in a domestic abuse storyline and I thought that they portrayed this fantastically. Nicole really showed the struggle that many women face when it comes to leaving abusive partners. Alexander portrayed Perry very well and it was very convincing and completely terrifying.

The show did make some changes which for the most part didn’t bother me too much. One of the main changes was that they changed the setting. The book is set in Australia whereas the show was set in Monterey California. This change didn’t really bother me as it didn’t affect the story and I loved the setting shots that the filmed. In the show, one of the characters has an affair which did not happen in the book and I wasn’t a fan of this change. I felt that it was added to create extra drama that was not needed. I am personally very against affairs and I don’t think they are acceptable in any situation and I dislike when different media forms use them to create drama. When we found out who the killer was in the book we got more background to the character so that we could understand their motives. This did not happen in the show and it, therefore, seems a bit strange that this person was involved. They could have explained this in a number of ways, they could have done a bit afterwards like in the book or it could have been mentioned earlier in the show.

I did think that the reveal was not quite as shocking in the show as it was in the book. I think this is partly because I was aware of the plot already so I knew what was going to happen. I do feel that the show made a lot of hints as to who was killed so when it did happen it wasn’t as shocking as it could have been.

Overall I was really happy with this adaptation and I would give it 4 stars. There are rumors that there is going to be a second season which I hope is not true. What I liked about this was that it was a mini-series and everything got wrapped up. I am not sure what they would do in another series. Nicole Kidman and Resse Witherspoon have optioned another Liane Moriarty book to be turned into a film. They have selected Truly Madly Guilty to be turned into a film and although the book didn’t blow me away like Big Little Lies I would be interested in seeing the film especially after seeing what a good job they did of this adaptation.

Kirsty xoxo

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Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life Review

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Introduction

I am very late at discovering Gilmore Girls. I heard it mentioned a lot before but it was only in January that I started to watch it. Considering I managed to watch 153 episodes in a month it’s safe to say that I fell in love with it. I’m slightly ashamed to admit that but I am obsessed with Netflix and watch it nearly every day. So when I discovered A Year In The Life I was very happy that I didn’t have to say goodbye to me favourite characters just yet. I can’t imagine how fans who watched the show when it aired felt having to wait 10 years. I want to start my review by saying that there will be spoilers so if you haven’t watched all four episodes proceed with caution.

 

What I liked

  • I loved seeing all the characters again and being back in Stars Hollow. I really like the small town vibe. Despite there being such a huge gap between the seasons they were able to recreate everything really well and it made it feel as if we had never left.
  • Paris- Paris was one of my favourite characters in the original series. She is so funny and I liked what the writers did with her character. She is extremely successful as I thought she would be. She even has kids which was a little surprising but she and Doyle have split up which I was sad about.
  • Kirk- Kirk was another one of my favourite characters and he appeared quite a lot in these four episodes which I was really happy about. He is another really funny character and I was glad to see that he hadn’t really changed. I liked the joke about Ooober and his new short film.
  • Emily- The progression that Emily’s character took was one of the best stories. After the death of Richard, Emily really struggles as he was such a huge part of her life. It was great to see her character make improvements and by the end, I believe that she was much happier. The scene where is she tears apart the DAR was hilarious.
  • Tribute to Richard- The actor who played Richard has passed away so Richard wasn’t in these episodes. I liked that they did a sort of tribute to him with the funeral and the flashbacks. I found it very emotional when Rory was walking through her grandparents and walks into his study and we see a flashback of him.
  • Jess- I was always Team Jess although Logan did grow on me in the later episodes. It was great to see Jess again. He offered Rory some really great advice and you could see that he had grown up a lot.

What I didn’t like

  • Rory- I really did not like Rory’s character in these episodes. Firstly she treated her boyfriend Paul horribly. She kept forgetting about him and clearly wasn’t interested him. She was cheating on him with Logan which I did not like. It seemed as if she hadn’t learned anything from being with Dean when he was married. She obviously knew it was wrong because she hadn’t told Lorelai and pretended that she was staying at a friends house. Her career was not going the way that she hoped but she didn’t seem to be doing anything about it. She did a lot of complaining but when she got opportunities she didn’t seem to take them seriously and kept expecting everything to fall into her lap.
  • Lorelai and Luke- I was happy to see that Luke and Lorelai were together, however, I felt as if their relationships had not really progressed. They were living together but they weren’t married and didn’t have any kids which was something that I was expecting to see. They still seemed to have the same communication issues that we saw in season 7. They didn’t really discuss anything. Lorelai lied about going to therapy and when they went to the fertility clinic it didn’t seem as if they had really talked about it. Although they did get married in the end it was very spur of the moment and not really the wedding I was expecting. I think they are still going to have problems if they can’t talk to one another.
  • Longer episodes- I wasn’t a fan of the episode format. The episodes were 90 minutes long instead of the usual hour and instead of spanning a couple of days they covered a few months. I would have preferred shorter episodes as they could have done more rather than just these four episodes.
  • No theme tune- I know it is a really small thing but I really missed having the theme tune at the beginning of each episode. I really like the song and I enjoy singing along at the start of each episode and I missed doing that.
  • Sookie’s small appearance- I was happy that Sookie was eventually included in this but I do wish that she could have been in it more. I get that Melissa is very busy with other projects but it would have been nice to have seen more of Sookie. The scent that she did do was really good and captured her character really well.
  • The musical- This took up far too much time. At first, it was funny but it was dragged out too much and it stopped being funny. I think that this should have been shorter and we could have spent time seeing more of the characters.
  • The ending- I have mixed feelings about the ending. Everything came full circle as it ends how it started. With Rory being pregnant and going to face being a single mother like her mother. Apparently, this is how they planned to end season 7 but I feel that this is a really unsatisfying ending. I expected more from Rory’s character and Lorelai tried very hard to make sure that Rory didn’t end up like her and she has ended up in the same position. We don’t even know who the father is, I assume it is Logan but it could be the guy that she had a one night stand with. The ending is very open and doesn’t really feel like a proper conclusion so there is potential for more episodes but it doesn’t seem like there are going to be any at the moment.

Hopes for the future

I would love to see a couple more episodes. I think that we need more of a conclusion. If they were to do more episodes I would like to see more of the side characters such as Lane and more of Jess. The only character that seemed to get a proper ending was Emily. If they did more episodes it would be great if they explored the Paris and Tristan storyline as Paris had a bit of meltdown when she saw him. Although if they did this they would need to use the original actor as it wouldn’t work without him I was slightly surprised that had recast him.

What did you think of A Year In The Life?

Kirsty xoxo

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The A Series of Unfortunate Events Trailer Reaction (Netflix)

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Netflix is adapting A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I really enjoyed the series when I was younger so I was excited when I found out that Netflix were adapting. I have never watched the original film but I think I may check it out before this adaptation is released so I can compare the two. I am a huge fan of Netflix and I use it pretty much every day.

Overall the trailer looks really good. It looks as if it follows the books quite well. I like that we got to see glimces of Violet’s inventions as I feel that they played a really important part in the book so it will be interesting to see them being bought to live. The disguises that Count Olaf worked well and I like the costume that had been used. One thing that concerns me is that the trailer seems to focus on the comedy aspects of the series and it didn’t seem to be as dark as the book series. The book series was dark and the children’s situation was very depressing but I don’t think that this came across in the trailer. The trailer seems to be quite bright and I think that it would have worked better if it was a bit darker as I feel that would match the tone of the books better. I am interested to see Neil Patrick Harris’ interpretation of the character, I think he is going to be really good in the role. I think the makeup that has been used is really good as Count Olaf looks how I imagine he would.

I am really looking forward to this series. I plan on reading the first few books in the series again before this is released so that I can dive back into the world as it was a long time ago that I read the books.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the series?

 

 

Kirsty xoxo

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Currently Watching (May 2016

I love watching TV. I watch quite a lot of TV but I tend to only watch a few series at a time. I will watch all the episodes before moving onto  a new show. Whilst Pretty Little Liars and Shadowhunters are not on at the moment I needed to find something new to watch. I recently finished watching 90210 and after hearing so many good things I decided to start Once Upon a Time. My love for this show inspired me to talk about what I am currently watching.

Once Upon a Time

I started watching this at the end of April and I have nearly finished season 2. I have become 100% addicted to this show. The premise for this show is that all the fairy tales are real. The evil queen casts a curse to bring all the fairy tale characters into the real world but they can’t remember who they are. I love how all the different character stories are woven into each episode. Regina is such a great villain and she’s one of my favourite characters. I’d highly recommend this show as it has very quickly taken over my life.

The Flash

I started watching this when it first aired on TV and now it is on season 2. I have never really been into superheroes until I started watching this. I was missing The Tomorrow People and when I heard that Robbie Amell was going to be in The Flash I decided to watch it. I ended up really enjoying it Cisco is my favourite character as he is so funny. This show has a lot of plot twists and I never know what will happen.

Arrow

After watching season 1 of The Flash I decided to try Arrow. Arrow is set in the same world as The Flash and they often have cross- over episodes which are the best thing ever. There is so much happening in this show and it always keeps me on my toes as I never know what is going to happen. I love Oliver and Felicity and I think they make the perfect couple. Something happened recently and I am still in shock.

Gogglebox

I love this show so much. It is very simple. It is a show about people watching TV. You sit and watch other people watch TV. It sounds terrible but it is really funny and it is a good light hearted programme to watch on a Friday night.

What are you currently watching?

Kirsty xoxo

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Currently Watching #1

Today I thought I would share with you what I am currently watching on TV and Netflix. I love watching TV and I am always watching something and I am always looking for recommendations so if you have any let me know.

Dickensian

This is currently on the BBC at the moment. It is a murder mystery and it use characters from all Dickens’ novels. I really like the idea behind this and I think it is really interesting to see characters from all of his books interacting together. This show has got me hooked and I really want to find out what happened.

Shadowhunters

This show I have mixed feelings about. It is based on the Mortal Instruments books which is one of my favourite series. I think I might have enjoyed this more if I hadn’t read the books but because I’ve read the books I notice all the changes they make and whilst some of them are ok there are some that are really unnecessary. I did a post about my initial thoughts on the first episode which you can see here.

Scream Queens

This show has actually finished now but I still have the last episode to watch. I thought that this show was hilarious. It is a bit of a spoof show and takes the mick out of the horror genre. I just found this show really entertaining, the cast is really good and has some really big names such as Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts.

Mary Portas’ Secret Shopper

This is one of my favourite shows and there is a new series on Channel 4. As a retail management student, I find any program relating to the retail sector really interesting. I really like Mary Portas and the way she reacts is really funny.

The OC

This is a really old show and it isn’t on TV anymore so I am watching the DVDs. I love this show, it is such a fun show and makes me long for summer and the warm weather. I love the characters especially Seth he is so funny.

What are you watching at the moment?

Kirsty xoxo