Movies: Everybody Knows, Isn’t It Romantic, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Everybody Knows

Carolina, a Spanish woman from Buenos Aires returns to her home town near Madrid with her Argentinian husband and family to attend a family wedding when unexpected events create chaos for everyone.  During the celebration events Carolina’s daughter mysteriously disappears sending a shockwave through the family and the community.

Oscar winners Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem headline the cast along with a dozen actors as friends, relatives and community.

Iranian Writer/Director Asghar Farhadi almost loses control of  Todos lo Saben (title in Spanish).  The critics feedback was tepid, questioning if the Director has spread himself too thin.

From our point of view, the production was engaging, the flow was appropriate for the story.  The plot was well constructed with lots of intrigue and surprises.

The film is rated R for some language.  It might be appropriate for mature children.  Its genre is noted as Art House & International, Drama.  The run time is 132 minutes.  Spanish with English subtitles.

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Isn’t It Romantic

OK.  Let’s take a look at this romantic comedy…first very little is realistic, the way people interact at work, nope; the way people act or engage socially, nada; the way people live in 99% of the world let alone New York City, ain’t gonna happen.

That said, this film does have its bright spots: it’s cleaver, unique, mostly funny, occasionally hilarious, sometimes totally unrealistic and borderline raunchy.

That also said, the acting is fair to middling.  Priyanka Chopra plays the model.  Rebel Wilson is the headliner as an architect in New York City.  Liam Hemsworth is a hoot as an Australian businessman.  Adam Devine is a coworker along with Tom Ellia, Betty Gilpin, Jennifer Saunders and a dozen other bit parts.

There are several scenes that deliver some soft worthwhile messages.  There is a song and dance scene that is well done and quite enjoyable.

The film is rated PG-13.  That’s a bit of a surprise given some scenes imply sex, and sexual behavior, cleavage, bare abdomens and so on.  We do not recommend this film for young children.

It is listed as a Fantasy/Romance/Comedy with a run time of 1 hour, 29 minutes.

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

This is an amazing finale to the DreamWorks animation franchise trilogy of How To Train Your Dragon.  There is something old, something new and a surprise just in case you weren’t paying attention.  Most of the old and beloved characters are in force, Night Fury dragon is the headliner when suddenly Light Fury appears.  Night Fury cannot resist the attraction to Light Fury (see where this is going?!)

More than two dozen actors are the voice overs for this animation feature including:  Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Cate Blanchett as Valka, Gerard Butler as Stoick, F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel, Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut, Jonah Hill as Snotlout, and several more.

The ending is quite a surprise and we will not give it away now because the film was just released.  Let’s just say it’s heartwarming and welcomed (though the film is not definitive).  Let us know your thoughts if you see this film.

It’s rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor.  It’s listed as Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family.  The run time is 110 minutes.  It’s a good film for both adults and children.  The animation is excellent.

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One thought on “Movies: Everybody Knows, Isn’t It Romantic, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

  1. Wow! Four globe rating for “How to train your dragon”! I was hoping it would live up to the first two. I’m glad you thought so! Haven’t seen it yet but now looking forward to it.

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