21 June 2015

Dear Diary | Jurassic World, Gone Girl, and Taylor Swift

Jurassic world in cineworld, reading gone girl and listening to taylor swift 1989 and

This week has been an interesting one. I've recently been getting out a lot more in an attempt to socialise in a medium other than social networking, which is harder than you would think! Going to the cinema, eating out more, visiting my local city's Museum, and simply playing badminton in the park are just a few new things I've been doing in the past week. To me that is a lot. When I'm not out, I am usually at home discovering some new favourite reads or must-see movies. I plan to really become more productive me this summer, and just enjoy the little things in life especially with the first year of university coming to a delightful end.

Ok, so I'm a little late to the 'Gone Girl' party, but I finally got round to reading the infamous psychological thriller novel by Gillian Flynn. After finishing it, I was just pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, making me want to watch the film-adaptation even more.
BOOK BLURBWho are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
The narrative is a simple, witty one that makes you feel as though you are in the characters head: How they think, the details important to them and how they wish to present themselves. The characters, Amy and Nick Dunne, conjure up both sympathy and dislike towards them both at different points in the narrative. Flynn has created an almost seamless transition for the reader to experience a whole array of emotions, and thats what makes her writing so special. She also continuously brings up the point that you never truly know somebody: What is presented to the world can differ to how they really feel. The ending, for me, was quite ominous - It was an ending I never really expected and I was just waiting for more. And that is whats brilliant about Gone Girl. The characters are truly addictive, and therefore I would love to watch the film starring Ben Affleck and see how the directors tackles their characters in a film medium. I'm hoping he preserves the authenticity of the characters as much as possible.

Everybody is talking about Jurassic World, and for good reason too: it was amazing! Like, totally awesome. Brilliant. Epic. *insert list of other adjectives*
Chris Pratt is life. He adds wit, humour and life to the movie, making the experience of watching it ever more entertaining. The one-liners can make you chuckle at times and you really see his hilarious personality come through. Bryce Dallas Howard (who plays Claire) is also brilliant at her playing her character, showing audiences what a true bad ass she really is. She has even caused a stir all over social media for running in heels throughout the entire movie, some who take offence whereas I personally applaud her for doing so! That is what you call commitment to the role. Despite the usual criticism surrounding female protagonists, I find Claire to be a great representation of a strong, assertive and clever woman in a modern-day setting.
Moving on, I have to talk about the graphics. They are truly incredible. The CGI effects are a huge improvement from the previous movies  of the franchise, which is inevitble really, but I think they stepped up their game completely with this latest saga. The painful screaming and graphic crunching of bones truly gave me goosebumps, and made me wince at times when watching. There was talk of the storyline being too weak, but in my opinion I loved every part and thought it ws a great way to evolve the movie franchise whilst remaining faithful to its roots.

I've returned to my favourite album (of last year). Theres no need for me to tell you how good Taylor Swift's 1989 album is, as I'm sure you probably already know. Recently I've been obsessed with 'Wonderland' and 'How you get the girl', which are both great feel-good songs. Even now though, I am still amazed by the skilful lyrics of 'Clean' and how she manages to create to use her lyrics in such intelligent ways to tell a story in a greatly emotive way. Taylor Swift has done well in creating this pop-album, and once again has proven to be the most talented woman in the music industry. 

What were your favourites this week? Have you been to watch Jurassic World yet (if not, I would definetley recommend you do!).

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