Endings, Beginnings (2019) Movie Review

Director: Drake Doremus

Writer: Jardine Libaire, Drake Doremus (Screenplay)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Matthew Gray Gubler, Lindsay Sloane

Plot: A 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Dull Life Drama

Story: Endings, Beginnings starts as Daphne (Woodley) is looking to rebuild her life, having to move in with her sister Billie (Sloane) as she is dealing with the breakup. Daphne does draw the attention of two guys Jack (Dornan) and Frank (Stan) who both look to charm her, when she decides to start a relationship with Jack, only to learn they are friends.

We end up follows Daphne’s life for the whole year as she looks to figure out what she wants from her life.

Thoughts on Endings, Beginnings

Characters – Daphne has had a rough year, she wants to start fresh move away from the problems she had been facing, this doesn’t go as planned when she meets two new guys that she likes and gets torn in the middle of wanting her old life back or making a new life again. Jack is the man that Daphne chooses even though he is friends with Frank, he offers her something new until she finds out about the friendship leaving her feeling strange. Frank is the other guy that Daphne meets, he ends up offering a friendship, while deep down wanting more from life.

PerformancesThe performances in this film are not the strongest, they don’t really have much to work with, with most of Woodley performance being more about contemplating her own life, while the guys are just here as love interests.

StoryThe story here follows a year in the life of Daphne a 30-something-year-old woman who is at first trying to rebuild her life and then gets caught up in the middle of a love triangle. The problem with the story is that it is very slow, it never really gets going, nothing that happens seems to inspiring or showing the troubles she has been through, the decision making by everyone seems odd, not going anywhere either. The pacing is slow with not going in anyway with any pace, just minor events that just become repetitive.

SettingsThe film doesn’t have any notable settings, it will end up using the everyday settings where couples could be found.


Scene of the Movie – There is a dog in one scene.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Nothing really happens.

Final Thoughts This is one of the most disappointing films you will see, it just doesn’t get going and ends up feeling bland for the length of the film.

Overall: Feels long.

Signature Entertainment presents Endings, Beginnings on Digital HD from August 7th

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – D – Dino Time (2012)

Director: Yoon-suk Choi, John Kafka

Writer: Adam Beechen, James Greco, Jae Woo Park, Zachary Rosenblatt (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Melanie Griffith, Pamela Adlon, Kari Wahlgren, Tara Strong, Rob Schneider, Jane Lynch, William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin

 

Plot: Three kids who travel back in time to 65 million years ago, where they are taken in by a dinosaur.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Kids Movie.

 

Story: Dino Time starts with our main character and dinosaur enthusiast Ernie giving us a tour of his town which is famous for the number of dinosaur fossils, Ernie is tired of all the rules he must face which leads to him constantly getting in trouble.

When Ernie’s best friend Max lets him into his inventor father’s basement, Ernie, Max and Julia end up getting transported back to the dinosaur era to witness the dinosaurs while they do also need to find a way home.

 

Thoughts on Dino Time

 

Characters – Ernie is the over excitable kid who loves dinosaurs and is given a chance of an adventure of lifetime when he gets transported back to the time of dinosaurs, he is enjoying himself too much putting his own friend’s lives at risk. Max is the best friend of Ernie that ends up trapped in the past too while Julia, Ernie’s sister who enjoys getting him in trouble.

StoryThe story shows us what it would be like from a kids point of view to head back into the dinosaur time and having to survive while also making it back home. We don’t get overly scientific which is fine and as this is designed for kids you can overlook the blatant time travel problems in the film.

Adventure/Comedy/FamilyThe is a perfect kids adventure that will keep them quiet for an hour and a half.

SettingsThe settings created look great throughout the film be it modern time or the dinosaur time.

AnimationThe animation works for the story being told, it isn’t the greatest but it works for the audience it will be targeting.

Scene of the Movie – Dinosaur birth.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Ernie is an asshole kid.

Final ThoughtsIf you want something for the kids to watch, this is one for them to enjoy without it being the worst film of the animation genre.

 

Overall: Kids free time.

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