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Goat

Goat has something special for me. If I’m correct, I first saw the trailer of the film by suggestions from another trailer. So I’ve always seen this as a “side movie”, meaning that Goat has a low budget and not so many people know about Goat. The storyline is kind of appealing “What happens there, in the name of “brotherhood,” tests him and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways”. I’ve always been looking for movies of teenager in high school or in college just to have some kinds of “relaxing”, “casual” moments and since the movie’s trailer make me interested so I had put Goat on my movie to watch list. And I think this is my first time looking for a movie that wouldn’t be in cinema months before its release.

Goat its about a guy named Brad, after going through an car assault, he decided to join his brother’s brotherhood in college with the hope of making himself tougher. But then he realized that this fraternity isn’t what he thinks it would be. The new recruits have to go through a week of hell humiliated in front of other members. And it’s his brother who later sees the meaningless of this week and even, of the existence of the brotherhood. The movie revolves around Brad’s journey with the goal of becoming a member of this fraternity.

There already is many movies on Fraternities and Sororities and Goat is one of them, digging a little further about the downside of this brother and sisterhoods. Of course not all of the fraternity are a bunch of guys half naked partying, roaring and drinking beer all day. However, with the bullying that is happening in the US, I believe that there are out there fraternities like this one. Moreover, the movie is based on a true story. Even though Goat did lead us to an open-ended ending for the characters. I appreciate the fact that they choose Nick Jonas to be the brother so the viewers can hope for kindness.

The rhythm for me is quite slow although the film is just about 1h30. The highlight of the movie is all the humiliation of the freshmen. And yet, I still think the climax of Goat is quite well written. It helps bringing some human values and making the viewers to stop to consider. The dead of Brad’s friend make the movie distinct from any other fraternity movie that I know.

Except for the main actor, the producer had tried to select some good looking guys to be the underdogs instead of following the cliché where the losers have long hair and have to be some sort of ugly. There are nothing special with the OST and the color through the movie is quite bright, some light tone.

Goat reflects a kind of social problems and abuse. But if we look a little closer, we can find humanity through Brad and Brett’s change, especially Brett, who had invited his brother to the brotherhood, watching him being humiliated in front of many other students. Not a bad movie in my opinion but I was expecting more than this in the production. After all, I think that the target audience is all the people that have been through this situation, like The Perks of being a Wallflower.

Overall, I rate this movie 6.5/10

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

I remember that I first know this movie by a trailer, in early 2016 if I’m correct. My first impression was this movie is about a bunch of kids with special abilities (like X-men series) but really younger cast. However, what really caught my attention was a girl blowing air in the middle of the ocean (who I later know is Emma) since the X-men series haven’t had any underwater mutants on screen. I was looking for this movie and I found out that this is an adaptation of the books. During that time, I was having a lot of time to read, the books received many good reviews but the readers didn’t seem to like the ending of the first book so I didn’t buy it.

The film is out this september, I’ve got a chance to watch it and I think that this film is worth your time. This film happens in a imaginary world, where were children with special abilities and their supervisors, who are able to loop times, and of course also villains. The film is about the adventures of a young boy to miss Perengrine’s home, where his grand-father was living, and the story of him helping the children here to fight the evil force.

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The plot twist isn’t new but you still can find the feeling of curiosity about the house and the children. And what the movie accomplished, is to make you interested in details, in things that you didn’t expect to be happen.

The rhythm of the movie is good. At the beginning, when the viewers weren’t introduced to the house, everything happens ordinarily so I suggest to be patient a little bit before the climax. The movie explains well, the characters led you through the plot twist (You don’t have to go search for explanation online after watching the movie). However, I believe the target audience  is also the children so the climax of the film remains mischievous rather than dramatic.

The movie has two tones of colors, dark grey for the real world and colorful in the time loop which I think it’s quite logical. The sound is good and they paid attention to the costumes. Especially, most of the actors have a British accent which I find really cool. The film is leaded by young actors, you have the ‘freshness’ but still have the ability to make us feel. However, there is one thing that I don’t really appreciate, and that is how they choose the actor for the antagonist. Samuel Jackson isn’t too appealing for me to be honest.

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One more thing, personally, I don’t think the ending was necessary though (you live your life, Why you have to do that much things to meet a girl from another world)

I din’d read the books, but I know that the movie has switched the ability of some characters so for those whose read the books, you might not share the same thought with me. But for me, I think the movie is well executed even though I still hope they should have made it more dramatic. I’m considering buying the second books to read.

Overall, I rate this movie 7.5/10

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