I wrote a book!

A few days ago, I published my first book and it is available on Amazon worldwide! I know that my posts are usually centered around movies, but this book is very similar to movies in many ways. First, there are doodles inside that correspond to the poems. Second, the poems chronicle my journey with a concussion and how it took me over 5 years to recover. Third, this book took over 4 years to make, which is similar to how long many movies take from idea to completion.

Today I will talk about my experience with my concussion, it was lonely and educational in so many ways. I would appreciate it so much if you check out the book here, or visit the book’s Instagram here, or share the book’s link on your social media to help spread the word. Thank you so much for supporting me, it means more than you will ever know.

What is a concussion?

There are so many fancy definitions, but a concussion is a type of head injury. There are varying degrees of concussions and some are more severe than others, but so much is still unknown about the length of recovery required. Different people are affected with different concussion symptoms and it is not uncommon for a person to take years to recover. Sometimes people never make a full recovery. This is a very serious injury that needs to be treated with respect.

My experience

I have been to countless doctors and none of them helped me. Yes, you read that right. No doctor significantly helped me during my concussion journey. So little is still known about concussions and I saw that firsthand. I can confidently say that I know more about how a concussion affects the body than any doctor that I have come in contact with.

A concussion not only affects your brain, but your social life, your eating habits, your ability to go to school and leave the house. A concussion has the ability to effect every single aspect of a person’s life. I wish doctors knew more about concussions, so they could have helped me and other concussion warriors recover faster. And if you are reading this and have suffered a concussion yourself, or know someone who has, I am apart of a Facebook Group that shares their concussion journeys. I would highly recommend finding a support group if you feel like you need to find people who you can relate with (because I know that it is extremely hard to go through this alone).

Why did you write a book?

Well, I did not go into this thinking that I was going to write a book. While I was healing from my concussion, I began to write because I was having a hard time expressing my emotions verbally. I did not think that anyone would ever read my writing but me. I had no intention of creating a book. But once I recovered more, I realized that I had so many poems that I had to find something to do with them.

I decided to try to compile a book and eventually that journey led me here: finally publishing the book and sharing it with all of you. I know that many of you are subscribed to this blog for the movie reviews and indie filmmaker interviews, but I think that it is also cool for you to know a little more about me and what led me to this career path. (FYI: There are quite a few poems about films.)

Where can I find the book?

The book follows my journey through the worst days, to the best days. From the horrible pain, to finding a passion in film and allowing it to help me get back into the world.

The book is available online on Amazon here. It is available worldwide and has free Prime shipping in most places! I am so happy to finally share this book with you and I thank you so much for supporting me on this journey. If you share the book on your Facebook or Instagram, that would mean so much to me and would help me so much. I want to help raise awareness for concussions and how they can indefinitely effect a person’s life. My concussion prevented me from going to high school junior and senior year, made me miss prom and graduation, and led me to loose many friends because I was left behind. I hope this book raises awareness and I thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about concussions.

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My YouTube Channel

I have been working on so many exciting projects! I have a poem book coming out very soon and have been working hard on my YouTube channel. I found my love for editing videos again and have been spending any free time I have editing and filming videos. Slowly but surely, I am getting better and I definitely see an improvement in my editing. In case you need some creative ideas or motivation, here are some of my recent videos. All of the time I spent at home this year has started to weigh on me, but I am lucky to have a hobby and passion that allows me to express myself and meet others with the same interests. Thanks for being here.

1. Film Festival Internship

I had the opportunity to interview for a competitive internship position at a film festival and I ended up getting it. I went to work one day, went to the internship party, and then the internship was paused because of the pandemic. I was not sure if I would be able to do the internship, but I ended up being lucky and was able to still participate from the comfort of my home. It was a great experience and I learned a lot.

from alohaarianna on YouTube

2. Reacting to Robert Pattinson as Batman

PATTINSON IS MY MAN! He is weird and I like that. He is awkward and I like that. His acting abilities are endless and I am so excited to see what he does with the character of Batman. He is insanely talented, modest, and just a funny guy. I personally would love to see this man in a comedy ASAP. If you are not familiar with Mr. Pattinson, I would suggest watching: Good Time (2017), Lighthouse (2019), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Water for Elephants (2011), Remember Me (2010), The King (2019), and Cosmopolis (2012). After you watch those films, you should see how versatile he is as an actor. Additionally, if you watch some of his interviews, you will quickly see how likable and relatable he is for any fellow sensitive introverts like myself.

from alohaarianna on YouTube

3. Halloween/Spooky Movies

I don’t normally gravitate towards scary movies, but when I do, I have some favorites. I have some childhood favorites that are great for children and I also have some creepy favorites that would have scarred me if I watched them when I was a child. Are my top spooky picks great choices? Or should I find some new favorites to add to my scary movies rotation? Let me know in the comments of the video so I can add your favorites to my list for the next spooky season.

from alohaarianna on YouTube

4. Witches Movie Trailer Reaction

I saw an ad for this movie and it intrigued me. I have been a fan of Anne Hathaway’s since Princess Diaries, so I wanted to check out this new movie of her’s. Was I disappointed? Or do I want to watch it on HBO? I have been reacting to trailers of new, highly anticipated movies and it has been pretty fun. I also find the videos fun to edit. What trailer should I react to next?

from alohaarianna on YouTube

5. How to Reverse Tie Dye

Need a fun activity to do while stuck at home? I was really happy with the result of this DIY even though it was my first time using bleach on a shirt. I have been tie-dying shirts, socks, and pants for as long as I can remember and it was fun to add in an extra step to add something special to an all black shirt of mine. If you try this out, send me a photo of your final result! I love a good DIY. LaurDIY who? (jk I love her and her dog Moosie)

from alohaarianna on YouTube

If you have a video recommendation that you want to see me do in the future, leave it in the comments in one of my videos! I always read my comments and I respond 90% of the time. I am having so much fun doing YouTube and I plan on continuing to upload as much as possible. Currently I upload multiple times a week and make a variety of content, so there is probably something that you will enjoy!

In the future, I plan on uploading at least once a week, but until then, I will continue to make as much content as I can. I would appreciate it so much if you take the time to watch any of my videos, like them, or subscribe. That truly means the world to me. Hope you have a fantastic day and rest of the week!

Black Bear (2020) Review

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Christopher Abbott, Sarah Gadon, Alexander Koch and written and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, Black Bear (2020) had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival back in January 2020. This brilliant piece of work is set to be released to the general public on December 4, 2020, but that date could change because of the extenuating circumstances of the current world. Today, let’s get into the incredible story woven into this film and why you should watch it if you get the chance.

Let’s get into the story.

When a young, artistic couple invite a filmmaker friend to their isolated lake house, they engage in a complicated series of mind games that challenge their relationships and creativity, and call into question the barriers they have constructed between their art and their lives. Lawrence Michael Levine’s Black Bear is a thriller, a comedy, and a meta-commentary on filmmaking and desire. Levine’s film is a swirling showcase for his actors, who fully inhabit their characters in surprising ways, constantly shifting the ground beneath the viewer’s feet. (Montclair Film)

from Momentum Pictures on YouTube

My thoughts.

This film took me on a rollercoaster of emotions. In the beginning, I felt that I could easily relate to Allison (Aubrey Plaza) because I am also a creative that can feel lost. But by the end of the film, Allison is someone completely different. As a viewer you question: What is real? What is a lie? What should I believe and who should I trust?

The many long shots make the story seem even more realistic, almost as if you are watching a real conversation between three people and you are just the outsider looking in. The dialogue is well-thought out and profoundly interesting. The music dramatically adds to the tone of a scene and can make an interaction lean towards being more suspenseful or comedic.

My opinions on Blair (Sarah Gadon) and Gabe (Christopher Abbott) shifted dramatically through the film. In the first half of the movie, Blair annoyed me, but then I started to become more empathetic towards her. As for Gabe, I understood his feelings, but that does not mean that they justify his actions.

However, the second half of this film throws all of those judgements to the corner and made me have an underlying dislike for Blair and Gabe. Near the ending, I thought that Gabe redeemed himself, but I was proven wrong. Without giving away spoilers, character traits change drastically throughout this film and it is interesting how you can empathize for a character in one scene and despise the character the next. That being said, these extreme emotions can only be felt with incredible acting and writing. Everyone working on this film did such a great job.

One comment that I do have to make is about a scene toward the end of the film. There are a few cuts in the edit that took me out of the story. I am not sure if they were done purposefully to make the audience feel what the characters were feeling, or if they were done to comment on the intersection of film and real life, but they could also be a glitch in the editing.

Once again, well done to all the actors for making me believe in their completely different characters, the underlying manipulation, the genre-defying suspense, the repeating scenes of reality, and the dialogue that seemed so real and improvised that I cried because I felt so deeply for the characters. I also really like the title of the film. When I choose titles for my films, I like to choose words that draw attention to the overall meaning of the work and I think that is what “Black Bear” does for this film. The words “Black Bear” point the viewer in the right direction when they start to ponder the meaning of the film, and I really enjoy that aspect.

Sentence Summary

When art mimics life, where is the line drawn between the two?

Rating: 9/10

I have not watched a film that was this great in a long time. If I was in film school, I could easily write an essay about this film and still have more I would want to talk about. The acting and direction is great. The story kept me interested and kept me guessing at what would happen next. The reason I gave this film a 9 and not a 10 is the ending and the somewhat slow beginning, but both can be expected for more indie film like this one.

Although I found the ending creative and open-ended, it left me wanting more. Maybe that is a good thing and compliments the director, actors, and everyone involved, but I felt like I needed some type of closure. Many indie films have open-ended endings like this one and I guess that I just need to learn to live with not having the answers to all of my questions. Maybe I should have given this film a 10/10, or a 9.5/10. Watch the film and let me know what you think!

Check out Black Bear:

Read more about the movie on IMDb or keep an eye out for when it is available for viewing online. Currently this movie is available to view online (for NJ and NY only) through Montclair Film Festival, but that is just for a limited time until October 25, 2020. If you watch the film through Montclair Film, there is also a Q&A after the movie with the director and writer Lawrence Michael Levine and the star Aubrey Plaza.

*Also, thanks to Montclair Film for allowing me to use their brilliant summary of this film. They are great at briefly describing a film without giving away important spoilers.

What a Girl Wants (2003)

During this questionable time, I have found comfort in watching classic films that bring me back to happier times. The last time I watched What a Girl Wants (2003), I was probably in 2nd grade. So, I decided it was time that I watch it again. I just barely remembered the plot. But after rewatching the movie, I instantly remembered all of the music, characters, and the funny jokes. I definitely do not regret giving this movie a watch. It is available on Netflix as of right now!

from Warner Bros on YouTube

Let’s talk about it.

First, I need to start off by talking about Colin Firth. One word. Wow. Now onto the story. Daphne (Amanda Bynes) is a normal American teenager. She lives with her mom in New York, but always dreamt of meeting her father. One day, she decides to buy a plane ticket to go and visit him. Things do not go as planned, there are ups and downs, but in the end Daphne is left fulfilled and whole.

Part of the reason I like this story so much is because I always dreamt of traveling. Going to London and exploring sounded incredible when I watched this as a child. Daphne is fearless and fun, and part of me wanted to be like her. I like the message behind this film that encourages the audience to be themselves, regardless of what others think. The story emphasizes that giving up part of yourself to be with someone else is not worth it. I think that is a good lesson to learn.

Although this film is not on the caliber of a James Cameron movie, there is a lot of heart intertwined with the story. Watching this as an adult, I see some of the sweet moments that I missed as a child. I know the significance of being with the people you love and getting to know them on a deep level. Thus, I think this film aged well. The themes are still relevant, the story is still light-hearted and moving, and Colin Firth aged like fine wine. The story focuses on the amazing reunion of a father and daughter, and how their family is forever changed.

Sentence Summary

When a high school graduate yearns to meet her father, she does whatever she needs to do to make that happen, even if that includes boarding a flight to London and disobeying her mother’s wishes.

Rating: 8/10

Rating: 8 out of 10.

I rated this film so high because I rated it from my perspective as a child. When I watched this for the first time in childhood, I loved it. Thus, I thought it was only fair to rate it from my childhood mind. You cannot compare this film to a Chris Nolan film, you can only compare this film to stories that you find so nostalgic and memorable that you cannot think about them objectively because they are so entangled in your memories. This is one of those movies.

See ya!

I like getting sentimental and nostalgic. I am that friend that always brings up stories from 10 years ago and recites them like they happened yesterday. What can I say? I value my memories dearly.

What is your favorite film from your childhood? I would love to watch it and potentially review it. 90’s and 00’s films are far different than the films that are made today. Now, there are more special effects, but less heart. Which is saddening.

Thanks for reading,

Arianna

P.S. You can get the DVD here if you do not have Netflix. (This is an affiliate link. Thanks for supporting my channel at no extra cost to you.)

Montclair Film Festival 2020

This year I am an intern at the Montclair Film Festival. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in May, but was postponed until October because of the pandemic. The festival has a selection of online screenings and drive-in cinema experiences. There are panels, Q&A’s, and special guests. Today I want to share with you some of the films/panels I am most excited for. Let’s begin!

MontclairFilm on YouTube

1. Surge (2020) – 93 minutes

A documentary film with a pre-recorded Q&A that is available for online viewing from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

Hannah Rosenzweig and Wendy Sachs are the directors and producers of this documentary about the record number of first-time female candidates who ran, won and upended politics in the historic 2018 midterm elections. Following three candidates in Texas, Indiana and Illinois who each were looking to flip their red district to blue (including Lauren Underwood, the youngest black woman to ever be elected to Congress), Surge explores the dynamic campaigns of this new generation of politician, driven to service and representation as a way of counteracting the historical underrepresentation of women in the American political landscape, while inspiring hope for enduring change.

2. I Am Greta (2020) – 97 minutes

A documentary on Greta Thunberg available for virtual screenings in CT, NY, and NJ only from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25, including a Q&A with the producer, Cecilia Nessen.

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg began a “school strike for climate,” sitting in front of the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm to draw attention to her concern about the government’s inaction on the urgent issue of climate change. I AM GRETA follows her story from its origins, creating a powerful portrait of a committed thinker and advocate whose decision to speak up in the face of indifference continues to shape our world.

3. Equity Panel

This panel is part of the Storyteller Series and is presented in partnership with Audible. It’s available for virtual screening from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

2020 has been a watershed moment in the documentary filmmaking community, as organizations like Brown Girls Doc Mafia build community, develop resources and networks, and engage in an organized effort to create opportunities and representation for women of color in all areas of non-fiction filmmaking. The panel of women in non-fiction film explore the impact of their work on the field of documentary films, the challenges ahead, and the solutions and resources being developed that are creating systemic change in the documentary film community.

4. Environmental Shorts

These 2 documentaries on the environmental concerns of Greenland and Japan are available from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25. There is a pre-recorded Q&A with director Dan McDougall (Open Water) and Otto Bell (The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima).

Open Water (2019) – 14 minutes (In English and Greenlandic with English subtitles)

A glimpse into the lives of three Greenlanders: a hunter, a ship’s captain and a fisherman, individuals whose very existence and heritage is intertwined with the Arctic Ocean.

The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima (2020) – 35 minutes (in Japanese with English subtitles)

The Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 triggered a tsunami, nuclear meltdown and mass evacuations in Fukushima Prefecture. Today, as part of a Government push to encourage resettlement, local hunters have been enlisted to dispose of radiated Wild Boars that roam the abandoned streets and buildings.

5. Case Study: Palm Springs

Presented in partnership with Audible and part of the Storyteller Series, this conversation is available from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25.

One of the best comedies of the year, PALM SPRINGS was the breakout hit of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Join star and producer, Andy Samberg, star Cristin Milioti, Director Max Barbakow, and writer Andy Siara as they discuss the creative process behind their hilarious mindbender of a film, and their experience with bringing the movie into the world in a year unlike any other.

Thank you for reading. Be sure to check out Montclair Film Festival‘s website if you are looking for some fun, new films to watch while you are at home. I find it so exciting to learn about new creatives and watch their work. Let me know if you check out any of these films! You can check out the festival on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

P.S. Shoutout Montclair Film Festival for all the information about the films that is provided in this post. They are great at writing concise, interesting summaries of a film, panel, or Q&A. Also, some of these films/panels have geographical limitations, you can learn more on the Montclair Film Festival website here.

Two Cars, One Night (2004)

I usually review feature films, but I thought that this short by Taika Waititi was worthy of its own post. Waititi is currently one of the most acclaimed directors and writers in Hollywood. He won an Oscar last year for his Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit (2019). He is well-known for his joyous and humorous tone, and his not-so-subtle accent. His films are full of heart and humor, and this short titled, Two Cars, One Night, is no different. Let’s dive in a bit and see what makes Waititi so special.

from Searchlight Pictures on YouTube

The Story.

When two boys are left in a car one night, they rely on humor to occupy them while they wait for their parents to return. The two boys have contrasting personalities, one is a “book worm,” while the other is a “talker”. The outspoken boy is drawn to a girl in a nearby car. They share insults, expressive reactions, and mirrored behavior. In juxtaposition to the kids, flashes of nearby life are shown sped up to acknowledge the surroundings of the children.

Although this film is short, it provides an interesting glimpse into the lives of kids and exposes the lengths at which they will go to gain each other’s attention. While a typical movie-watcher could watch this short film and find it mediocre, I argue that anyone who appreciates movies will find this short intriguing and special.

Follow the tumultuous journey in two cars in one night. No pun intended. The New Zealand accents add even more humor to this story. The pop culture references of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Johnny Depp” make it relatable and add perspective. My favorite line is, “Shut up man, I’m reading.” Well said. Well said. Just watch this short, there is no way to describe it, it’s just something that needs to be watched to understand its full potential.

Sentence Summary.

When children are left in the car one night, an unlikely friendship forms through humor and impatience.

Rating: 9/10

Rating: 9 out of 10.

I have seen quite a lot of short films. I was on the reviewing committee for several film festivals. I have seen some great films and some shallow ones. This film has a perfect balance of humor and heart, the brilliant combination that Waititi is best known for. I also found this short compelling and thought-provoking. For those reasons, I think this short deserves 9 stars. The kids are the stars of this film and I am a fan of that. The directing is also incredible, so keep an eye out for that!

See ya!

As you can see, Waititi’s first film was not Thor Ragnarok (2017). Some of this other films are Boy (2010) and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016). Although these films are not as well-known as Thor or Jojo Rabbit (2019), they are worth a watch. I could talk about his films for days and why they are so brilliant, but I will leave the mystery up to you. Go watch them for yourself and you will see why I adore Waititi’s films so much.

Talk to you next week. Thanks for being here.

Arianna

My Top 5 Halloween Movies

I am not a huge fan of horror films, so I was not going to write this post, but I think that there are many people out there that also love Halloween, but not creepy movies. This post is for you. If you want a list of the scariest, creepiest, bloodiest films, then this post is not for you. Sorry to disappoint your Halloween-loving heart, but these movies are mostly light-hearted, and not meant to keep you from sleeping for a week. That being said, let’s get into it!

1. Halloweentown (1998)

This movie came out the year I was born, so I guess you could say I have some sort of connection to it. I watch it every fall without fail and it never gets old. There are many sequels, but the original movie is my favorite. The characters are witty, the plot is humorous, and the world it creates is just plain weird.

Halloweentown tells the story of a young witch who is just coming to terms with her magic and learning about the magical world that her grandmother lives in. If you haven’t watched this film, what are you doing? Watch it now! It is fun and sweet. Not spooky, it’s feel-good.

from Disney Channel on YouTube

2. Twitches (2005)

TWIN WITCHES! Twitches! Honestly, what were they thinking when they titled this film? The title still boggles me, but I used to love this movie. Maybe because it had twins in it, and obviously Disney Channel loves twins (ie. Zack and Cody). This film stars the Mowry twins who get reunited on their 21st birthday. In order to save the world, they need to use their magical powers to harness their strength. Will they have the power to save everyone, or will they back down and let the darkness take over? Spooky, this movie actually scared me a little when I was a kid, but it is all good now.

from YouTube

3. IT (2017)

Ok, this is definitely more scary then those two previous films I mentioned. I honestly found this movie more funny, than scary, but that does not mean that this movie is not creepy. The characters have funny lines, the directing is done beautifully, and the visuals are incredible. All of the acting is spot-on and made me so enveloped in this story. Will Pennywise the clown eat all the kids of Derry, Maine, or will the kids outsmart this blood-loving, big-haired, poofy-skirt wearing clown? Watch it and let me know what you think is the scariest part.

from YouTube

4. Scream (1996)

I was so scared the first time I saw the first 15 minutes of this film that I turned it off and didn’t watch the rest of it until a year later. Yes, that is absolutely a true story. I watched it for the first time a few days ago and it has a great blend of gory horror and punch-gut humor. What is with horror movies also being funny? This movie is way scarier than IT in my opinion. I wanted a teddy bear to hug. I still want a teddy bear to hug, but the ending made me feel a little better. A little. Think about the scariest thing that could happen and this movie probably includes that scenario.

from YouTube

5. Psycho (1960)

A classic! You have heard of this film, I am almost positive. Directed by the iconic Alfred Hitchcock, the story of Norman Bates and Marion Crane shocks audiences with creative horror scenes. Many scenes from this film are used in other films, in commercials, and in other creative disciplines as examples of a terrific, terrifying, and engaging story-line and plot. Give it a watch if you have not seen it as of yet.

from YouTube

Thanks for reading! What are your must-watch Halloween movies? Are they different than mine? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram! I guess I do like some spooky movies! I do not watch scary movies often, but I guess I do have a horror side. They can be fun sometimes! Sometimes. As long as it isn’t too late and you aren’t alone. Am I right?

Hope you have a great afternoon! Filled with no clowns, no witches, and no twitches.

Arianna

P.S. Some links are affiliate so I make a small commission at no extra cost to you! Thanks for supporting me and my creative work.

Enola Holmes (2020)

Lord Tewkesbury’s full name is quite a mouth-full, but this movie was underwhelming, to say the least. Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, Henry Cavill, Helena Bodham Carter, and more, Enola Holmes (2020) had a lot of hype surrounding it. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes and mystery films, I was looking forward to this adaption, but I was horribly let down. If you are not under thirteen, I suggest that you pass on this film.

I do not usually write about movies that I dislike, because I know how much work goes into a film. It takes years of hard work and planning in order to finally have a film to share with the world. That being said, I have to be absolutely honest about this film. Enola (Millie Bobby Brown) narrates much of this story and talks directly to the audience. This made me feel uncomfortable. I think that the narration could have been done in a smarter, more successful way, that was not as confrontational.

I also think that this movie would have been better off as a T.V. series. Each episode could have had its own mini plot and then ended in a big finale episode. Although it is likely this movie will have a sequel, I do not think that it requires one. If a sequel is made, I would want it to have a different writer and director. Overall, the acting is perfectly fine, but something about the story does not pull me in. The characters are not fully developed and I feel as if I missed half of the story.

Additionally, the tone is everywhere. Sometimes Enola is ok with her mother leaving her, and other times, she is very emotional, as if the movie has just changed to an intense drama, when the rest of the film is a light and airy children’s movie. I do not think children’s movies are bad, but I expected this movie to have higher stakes and be targeted at a larger audience. I watched this film with my mother and brother, all of which are over the age of thirteen, and we all agreed that this film is meant for a younger audience. If I watched this film at the age of ten, I would have loved it! It has a great message and tells a moving story, but it is missing something, if it wants to be loved by a more mature audience.

I have read a few reviews where the reviewers loved this film. However, I cannot find anything about this film to rave about. I would change the timeline of the story, the structure of the plot, the dialogue, the directing, the character development, and so much more. On the bright side, the movie is visually stunning with the country and city scenery, and the clothing changes, but I cannot think of anything else to brag about.

from Netflix on YouTube

What to think about:

One of the highlights of this movie is the over-encompassing meaning and female empowerment. I love this message and the relationship between the mother and daughter. However, I wish the film showed more of Enola and Eudoria together, and did not just tell their stories through flashbacks. But besides that, this film gave me time to think about the female’s role in society and how it has changed drastically over the last few centuries. Women still have a long way to go in order to be treated as equals to men, but it is clear that we are not going to be silenced. We will continue to push forward until our voices are heard loud and clear.

Rating: 5 out of 10.

Rating: 5/10

Clearly, I was not a fan of this film. If it was not for the female empowerment aspect of this film, and the encouragement to be yourself and follow your own path, I would have rated this film much lower. However, when I think of this film as a story for children, I am more inclined to give it a higher rating, around 7/10. But if I compare this film to the Sherlock Holmes films I am used to, this film deserves a 5/10.

Although you could easily watch this film on Netflix, I would recommend watching something else instead. If you plan on having this movie in the background while you are doing something else, then this film might be worth putting on. Or if you have a young child that enjoys mysteries, they would love this! Otherwise, I would watch something else on Netflix. There are a lot of great other options.

Sentence Summary

When Enola realizes that her mother has left her, she is forced to make important decisions that will drastically affect her future.

See ya!

Thanks for being here. What did you think about this film? Let me know on Instagram or in the comments below. I always enjoy reading your feedback and your opinions. Although I was not a fan of this film, I acknowledge that not every film is for everyone, and that is perfectly ok. Everyone is different and is entitled to their own opinions. That’s the beauty of cinema!

Have a great day!
Arianna

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