Everything Wrong (and good) with The Kissing Booth

So I feel like at this point we all know the Netflix original The Kissing Booth, and we have all probably watched it. If you haven’t then skip this blog post because it will most definitely contain spoilers. I watched this one on a whim and I actually ended up really enjoying it. 04-the-kissing-booth.w710.h473A couple of drinks also helped (completely kidding! I think…) but it was not that bad of a movie. Stupid? Yeah. Cheesy teen flick? Yeah. Not even set on an edge of reality? Absolutely, but still it’s not that bad. Like a feel good, guilty pleasure kind of movie. But there were still some things wrong with the movie, and while my opinion may not be the opinions of the mass population there are still issues with the movie. Just remember that this is entirely my opinion, it may be different from yours and that’s okay. I would love to hear everyone else’s thoughts on what they liked/hated about the movie just keep it nice and don’t degrade someone for thinking differently and keep your opinion nice and respectful.

Movie plot: 

The kissing booth follows Lee and Elle who have been best friends since the day they were born. They share a birthday, they share families and they share just about everything else. They even have rules of friendship, some which are silly and some a little more serious-like family members are off limits which is a way to say Lee’s older brother Noah is a huge NO. But Elle secretly harbors a huge crush on Noah. So when Lee and Elle have to pitch a carnival booth idea they decide on a kissing booth, Elle and Noah end up kissing at the booth and begin their rocky (and secret) relationship. Hiding it from everyone, even Lee. 

So already the movie starts out with basic, but still oddly intriguing, plot points. It’s the type of girly movie that is so basic that everyone watches it just to see it. But there were still some points that I disliked about the movie, or thought were odd. Some points other people pointed out that may have seemed wrong but might not be as bad and honestly just plain stupidity of both sides of the story. So let’s dive in.

  1. the-kissing-boothElle wearing a SUPER short skirt: Okay yeah, this adds to movie drama and all that but honestly Netflix having her rip her pants at school would have gotten the point across of her “glow up” from summer and not made Elle come off as the new school slut. And then a guy comes up and slaps her butt because obviously she asked for it by dressing like that? I wouldn’t be so bitter about that either but he later apologizes to her and she’s like, “yeah okay! Let’s date.” is this girl so desperate for male attention that she accepts the male abuser? So believable-NOT! Insert eye-roll here. Thankfully the movie picked up a little bit after this mishap.
  2. Noah running off all the guys not getting enough good rep: I’m sorry this might be a wildly unpopular opinion but I was not about to complain that Noah Flynn told the Perv master to back of or he’d beat him up. They could of worded it a little bit better than the idiot guy saying “no boobs are worth a black eye.” but how is this even a bad thing. Like I know girls need to date their own guys and make their own mistakes but honestly Noah did her a huge favor. I saw it as Noah being a big brother to her, as someone who grew up with brothers I definitely heard the old “I will beat him up” threats. Yes I realize that this is also super annoying for an older brother to do but still, he helped her out a bit. And he certainly got an earful when she found out so it’s not like he had any sort of control over her life she clearly could stand up for herself. As wrong as Noah may have been it was honestly that stupid “awww” moment when you realized he was acting however selfishly out of love. Of course, he does need to grow up and do it quickly because those quirks become irritating super quick after their initial “awwww” moment.
  3. Lee thinking he could control Elle’s love life: Okay this is what should of gotten the bad rep and honestly I was quite shocked that it didn’t. Lee literally tells Elle that he won’t be friends with her if she dates his brother. Like really? REALLY!? That is so low, and any friend who gives you ultimatum like that is not really your friend. When Elle chewed his butt and told him “you do not get to tell me who to love” I was like YASSS GIRL YASSS because we do not get enough of this in movies and books. I loved how Elle stood up and was like “okay back off you’re being a jerk” because Lee was being the biggest grade A jerk in the entire movie (besides perv guy) and he had NO right to act like that or treat her like that simply because she liked his brother. He is a crap friend and honestly Elle could do better. And can we talk about what a jerk Lee was being once he met a girl too, like he completely ditched Elle and was oblivious to her life because of some girl, AND he took the girl he was seeing to the dance video game that was specifically him and Elle’s thing. I hated Lee, with a burning passion I hated him. He was a huge jerk. And the look on Elle’s face when she saw Lee doing the dance with another girl was just so heartbreaking. Lee is the jerk of the movie and I stand by that 100%

Okay, so I don’t want this post to be all negative at all so I will touch on the points I really liked about the movie because it had some solid moments.

  1. Elle’s massive attitude: I love a strong girl who will stick up for herself. She didn’t start off strong with trying to date perv man. But she ripped Noah a new one, a few times actually and even let Lee have a piece of her mind. So the girl knows (usually) when a guy is a grade A jerk and she is not afraid to let him have it. I applaud her for being able to stick up to both Lee and Noah and let them have a piece of her mind.
  2. Elle losing her virginity: Most teen movies act like this is the highlight of the movie and the biggest most important thing in this girls life, and they act like losing her virginity is life and death and then the girl gets all attached and weepy and acts like an emotional mess. It was a little refreshing that this movie took a different take, because sometimes it’s just not a huge deal. Not every girl is gonna freak out and act like it’s the be all end all. And it was cool how Elle would go in like no big deal buying condoms because honestly some girls are just like that. It happens, and it’s nice to have a different story line vs the typical emotional girl loses virginity. Not every case is the same and it’s nice to see movies branching out.
  3. Noah and Elle saying like vs love: When Noah and Elle got together they were all like “I like you” and I literally screamed YES when this happened. SO many teen movies focus on the true love at first sight trope and my goodness it was nice to see a couple of teens be like “I like you, let’s see where this goes” because too many movies focus on emotional girls acting crazy for love. Yeah sure eventually they said it but only after they had been together all year and only when they were sure. And even then, Noah went to college and Elle ends the movie with “I don’t know what’s going to happen but let’s just live life and see” type quote and it was refreshing. They realize that this is young love and they realize it may or may not last. Most movies don’t do that and it’s important to focus on that because a lot of first loves don’t end up lasting and that’s okay. It should be more common in movies that this happens in movies because true love is a false picture painted by media that over glorifies having love in high school. It can happen and last, sure, but usually first loves are just that. First loves.

What did you guys think of the movie? I would rate this movie 3/5 stars. It was good, super cheesy but not a bad watch. I might go back again and rewatch when I am feeling a chick flick type of movie night. It wasn’t the greatest though, and I would definitely change some plot points if I was in charge. But all in all, I don’t regret watching it. I know many people hated it simply because they felt Noah was too controlling, but I didn’t get that vibe really after his initial story line of telling guys to back off. Maybe if he had just told that one guy and not all the guys it would be more believable especially since Elle was made to be a dorky kid until she blossomed. Either way, not too terrible I’d say definitely a guilty pleasure movie. Comment your thoughts and opinions on below I would love to hear them.

Lady Bird movie review: *Spoilers*

I’ve been wanting to see his movie for awhile, but I wasn’t willing to pay for a ticket when it was in theaters and while it scored well on rotten tomatoes, I was still not wanting to take a chance on something that didn’t seem to get a whole of press time. Thankfully Amazon added it to their prime video and I finally sat down and watched it. This review will contain spoilers so if you haven’t seen the movie yet you have been warned.

Premise: 

Lady_Bird_posterLady Bird follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson in her senior year of high school. Attending Catholic school, Lady Bird (her preferred name) follows the ups and downs of coming of age, senior year and choosing a college. Wanting to go out of state to New York she is constantly battling with her mom about college, trying to fit in, first boyfriends and keeping grades up trying to get into college. 

Review: 

Lady Bird is a beautiful coming of age story, and it differs greatly from most coming of age stories as well. I loved the realness behind the story and the struggles that Lady Bird went through especially with her mom. I’ll break down the review into parts and/or events that happened in the movie and touch on each a little bit. Then I will do my overall feelings and opinions on it.

Lady Bird and her mother: The movie starts off with a college visit as Lady Bird and her mother listen to an audio book. True to a lot of mother daughter relationships, the audio book ends and they start to bicker. Cue the end of the scene and Lady Bird opens the car door as they are still driving and just falls out breaking her arm. To say I was shocked about this scene was a bit of an understatement. It seemed dramatic and crazy and way over the top but it set up the whole relationship with her mom for the entire movie. They had the type of relationship where they could be honest with each other, but the mom was a little too honest and tried her hardest to get her daughter to be the best that she could be. Lady Bird realized that her mom really did care but a lot of the time she didn’t know how to handle the blatant honesty coming from her mom and retaliated with the same honesty.

College: After initially fighting with her mom about wanting to go out of state and her mom telling her she would never be accepted to those colleges, and that there was no way they could afford them anyways. So Lady Bird says nothing more of the topic and applies to the colleges behind her mothers back. She longs to get away and get a taste of freedom from her town of Sacramento. The movie ends with her getting in to a New York college, things are super shaky with her mom and they leave on a sour note. Her dad sneaks several letters from her mom into her suitcase (with out mom knowing) which I am assuming were all the unspoken feelings of love and affection for her daughter. After some hardships in New York, Lady Bird realizes her love for her mother and for Sacramento. She calls her mom and thanks her for everything saying that she loves her and misses her. Its leaves the audience to wonder if she stayed in New York, if she transferred back home or maybe she took her time in New York to appreciate her home and her life.

Boyfriends: This movie shows how many a first loves goes. Lady Birds first boyfriend turned out to be gay, while breaking her heart Lady Bird realized how much worse the boy was as they attended catholic school and was unable to tell his family. Her second boyfriend conned her into having sex, taking her virginity and then admitting that he wasn’t actually a virgin even though he had said he was. She has to come to terms with her struggles and realize her mistakes and come to terms with a huge jerk of a guy. I even liked how she was able to talk to her mom about it, and her mom didn’t judge. When asked when is the correct time to start having sex her mom just replied “probably college, but make sure to use protection like we talked about.” which I really admired. Even if you want to stress that sex should wait till marriage it’s important to let your kids know all the details and precautions they need to be taking. It was nice to see how first love isn’t how always how it seems it’s going to be, especially as a teenager.

There are many more points I could touch on but these are the main ones. I really enjoyed the movie overall and thought it was well done.

The movie is really slow going, nothing really happens but it touches on a side of life that most movies don’t show. What it’s like to be the poor one in a private school, the struggles of love, fights between friends and even the struggles of the adults as they raise a rather opinionated child. It isn’t an action movie, it’s a story movie.

While there are some scenes that just kind of seem like “what the heck” overall the movie is a great one. Like when she jumped from the car, that was a little crazy and seemed a little extreme. And at the end, when she gets to college and parties it up and gets sent to the hospital for just being drunk on basically her first night. While it was a slap in the face for Lady Bird, it just seemed off and a little rushed. She spent the entire movie trying to get away and on her first night she realizes what she misses. While that is very realistic it just happened so quickly like the first thing she does is get wasted.

Overall though, this was an amazing coming of age movie and really portrayed a teens struggles of colleges and relationships. It was a movie that I feel most people can relate to on some level. It was touching and sad, and really got a person thinking. I love movies that aren’t just entertaining but also are very profound and make a person think.

I would rate this a 4/5 stars, I loved the movie but some of it was just way out there. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves more realistic movies and not just action and fantasy. It’s a slow movie, but still a very good movie. And I encourage everyone to at least try it. It’s on amazon prime video (included with a prime membership) for anyone looking for it. Otherwise it’s pretty much in every store on DVD and blu ray. Definitely worth a watch.

Avengers Infinity Wars: spoiler thoughts

I really suck at this blogging thing, but I keep it up when I remember. And well, today I remember. A day after I went to see Infinity Wars. I figured this is as a good a time as any to get all my thoughts out there, however jumbled they may be.

 

This post is going to contain spoilers, many many spoilers so just be warned. Do not read ahead if you have not watched the movie. So just be warned, if you spoil yourself then that is on you. I will try to get the spoilers as far down as possible but again, I will just be kind of word barfing on the page with all of my thoughts.

Okay, so first off. Ya’ll remember that last end scene from Thor Ragnarok? They pull up to this massive ship, and you are left with this somewhat semi hopeful feeling that it’s nothing too bad to worry about. We didn’t go see this one in theaters because the reviews weren’t all that great but we bought it as soon as it was out and finished it just as quickly. As soon as the last scene rolled, my husband turned to me and said “you know, that’s probably the Guardians of the Galaxy ship!” Adding hope to what was seeming to be a bleak future for our favorite heroes. With the avengers trailer out, Thor having just asked “Who the hell are you guys?” Once he met the Guardians, I agreed to this thinking that would be a great way to start of the latest avengers. Get their group together quickly and they might stand a chance against Thanos. Might. In theory.

Avengers begins to play on the big screen. I’ve got my Sangria, my husband has his beer. Our Hawiian tuna poke already delivered to our seats and we were ready to see this wild ride. A distress signal immediately starts, and cue in pretty much of all the Asgardians dead. It was going to be that kind of movie. Thor nearly killed, Loki IS killed, the gate guardian stabbed and the latest addition to Thor’s group- Valkyrie- is no where to be found. Dreams of this beautiful Asgardian warrior basically kicking Thanos to the curb crashed around me as I realized, rather stupidly, that this was a soul crushing movie to say the least.

But it was amazing, from the massive cast to the balance of several character personalities everything tied together rather nicely. My favorite was Iron man and Doctor Strange finally meeting. So much arrogance in one room, with Spiderman jumping in talking about the wizard it seemed to tie everything together rather nicely. I had so many expectations for so many characters meeting up, and honestly I feel as though most of them were met. I think with massive main characters they did the best that they could do. They somehow managed to keep all characters true to themselves, even with the shared screen time.

Them most annoying character was undoubtedly Star Lord. While he is funny and quirky in his own movies, he doesn’t play well with others. He is jealous, and arrogant (and not the funny type of arrogant like in Iron Man that enabled him to defeat the enemy) Quill was the type of arrogant that ruined the plan for everyone, putting his own want’s and needs above all and only caring about what happens to his own life. While true to his character, I had lost all love for him by the end of the movie.

The addition of Peter Dinklage to the cast was also a nice touch, with Thors new weapon everything was being tied together that was left off in the previous movies. However it did take a while to for me to realize that with these new found axe, Thor was able to control the Bifrost. Which is good thing considering the mass genocide of all the Asgardians and no one left to control the Bifrost.

I will not lie, I was pretty much giving up towards the end. I honestly did see how anyone had an advantage over anyone, until Thor came. The Scarlet Witch finally caves and agrees to destroy the stone (which call me heartless but she should of just done the minute he asked and saved everyone all this trouble.) and then BAM, Thanos comes though and uses the stone that Strange gave over to him-Did anyone else see that coming BTW? Because at that point I was wanting to scream at the screen like “WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING!?” And it was over. Things were looking pretty dark, I had actually breathed a sigh of relief when Thor axed him. Like this is it, this is what we’ve been waiting for. And then Thanos has to be all like “You should of got the head” and snapped his fingers.

The theater was drop dead silent at this part, and everyone watched in silence as their favorite characters faded off the screen. Spider-man hit me the hardest. I think that was Tony’s greatest fear, he felt responsible for the kid. And I think in a way he loved him, Peter certainly held a love for Stark. As Strange fades away, promising Tony that this was the only way and Peter is freaking out, I honestly couldn’t remember when Marvel had gotten so good at being cruel. The first thing that was uttered after the screen went dark was “This had to be the ONE future that Strange had seen them win. It has to be! He wouldn’t do that without a very good reason.”

And then to end it all, Nick Fury pages Captain Marvel in the end scene. Which took me a while to get because to be honest Captain Marvel hasn’t really been a hot line of topic in the marvel universe. But it was a decent way to kick off her movie next year, which is set to take place in the 1990s, so we can assume that this will pull her out of retirement.

Okay so now that all that is out there, let’s get into some of the theories that we have discussed in my family. I will just list them in a somewhat organized manner;

  1. First off, none of us actually believe that anyone is really dead. Rather, the soul stone is just harboring them in the soul place. That place where Gamora (as a child) met Thanos when he was done. Something tells me that will be a huge detail in the 4th avengers movie.
  2. Another one we threw around was that because Gamora was the sacrifice, she is also trapped in the soul place and should someone else be sacrificed, she will be released. Weather this brings her back is very debatable seeing as she was thrown from a cliff. Either way, this could be a solid theory and might also end in someone ultimately sacrificing their life to save her.
  3. A rather depressing theory we have is that no one is coming back, and the rest of the movies are “prequels” and happen before all this happened. Maybe this will be the kick start into the “future” marvel and jump starting the world of Big Hero 6. Which btw the is actually cannon, it was confirmed to be the future world of Marvel. So the Spiderman movie set to come out in 2019 could actually be something that happened before Infinity wars and beloved Peter truly is gone.
  4. Another sad theory is that Ant-Man is going to end in much of the same manner and suddenly people start to fade away. If Ant-Man himself does not go you can be sure that his daughter will be going as well. Same with Hawkeye. While he doesn’t get a movie you can be sure that if he lives he will be in the next Avengers ready to avenge the lives of his wife and children.
  5. From here the last theory is honestly just a best guess as to how this will end. We can only assume that the gauntlet needs to be found and reversed. And while the gauntlet itself is fried, the stones clearly are still working seeing as Thanos zapped himself away. Wether or not he kept the gauntlet is up for debate so they either need to re-battle him or find it. Either way, their numbers are down and Tony is stuck on Titan with only Nebula for help. Nebula could also play a huge part as well, as she did in the comics. Maybe Nebula will be the one to die to save Gamora.

Things really aren’t looking so great right now for the Avengers. And now we’re going to be stuck in a slump before the next movie. And we need to wait a whole year before we even know how this all ends. I mean it’s no game of thrones, so the wait isn’t THAT bad. And at least the movie is already done being filmed so that helps a little. Now the question is, how does this all end. Will it all end super well? Or does Marvel have the guts to kill off massive amounts of characters. Honestly who knows, they could bring all of them back, even Loki. Although personally Loki should stay dead, that is a little bit of a stretch to bring him back. Either way, whatever happens we certainly have a lot to think about. And Stan Lee has left our minds reeling for the next year, with nothing to do but bing watch all the movies that are already out.

 

ALSO can I just end on how false the advertising was in their trailers when they showed the hulk in the battle at Wakonda and he couldn’t even Hulk up the entire movie. Forever salty about that, like come on! Don’t advertise it then.