This movie is based on a real life tragic event, yet it littered with lighthearted humor that sets a nice tone for the film. Yes, this is a drama and there are dark moments, but they are balanced with joy. The combination will leave you in years of both delight and sadness. These characters are real and the audience will bond with them on many levels.
To me this movie couldn’t have been done better. It is the perfect example of humans bonding together to get through a horrific situation. They could have easily turned on each other, but in the end, they helped each other stand up and survive.
I also enjoyed the educational bit of the movie. I had no idea that mining caves were so massive!
This book tied up everything for the series quite nicely. As per the other books, the love story was unlike the ones that came before it. I loved that the woman in this book goes from being smitten with the dragon, to outright refusing him! The woman empowerment was awesome. The character didn’t need the dragon, she chose him, and only after he proved himself worthy. But I read romances for the struggle, not the happy ending or sex, so this book was perfect for me!
Dragons Live Forever by D’Elen McClain
The start of this story roped me in with how detailed and graphic the book is. There is more to this plot than a mere love story, and that is what makes a book good. The characters have flaws, which makes them feel more real. The story, like many, does slow down a bit halfway through. Once the honeymoon period is over, the story is bogged down with the politics of day-to-day life. The sex scenes get a little drawn out too, but I don’t read these for that, so most will be okay with it. I want the drama and conflict, which this book is kind of lacking in, so once the initial courtship was over, my interest began to fade.
Waves Break My Fall, by Kendall McKenna
Both of these short stories weighed a little heavy on the “pair a manly man up with a feminine man” factor. They basically should have been stories about a man and a woman instead of all men. They are both still decent reads, although there is very little to the story other than the courtship between the two main characters. The couples in the novellas were so similar they could have been the same couple instead of dividing this into two stories.
Top Me Maybe
by Jay Northcote
This novella is a quick, cute, little read. The courtship is something we can all relate too. Who hasn’t had a crush but been too scared to say something? The bit about the stuffed animals had me in stitches. I was reading this in a public place and I couldn’t help but laugh out laugh. So if you enjoy romances with a little humor, this is a good story to pick up.
First Class Package by Jay Northcote
I hesitate to write this, cause it seems most are giving this movie a good review. And I’ll admit, I wanted to like this movie, but it was a snooze fest.
First off, there was nothing original in the movie. Dialogue and even scenes were directly copied from other Peanuts movies. I’m sure they did this to appeal to the fans, but in reality, it made the movie feel like a repeat of other movies. It was a montage of “best of Snoopy” scenes. There was a thin plot, that was oh so boring and predictable. And the ending of the movie took a twist and gave Charlie Brown a win. Which left me going, this is so fake and so not like what Peanuts is. The whole point is Charlie never wins, that’s what makes him relatable. And Snoopy was downplayed for the entire movie. He’s supposed to be the hero, the cool guy, and he’s this minor character who really does nothing. The Red Baron scenes were different and borderline original, but they were boring too.
Although the reviews may say the movie was good, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Several groups got up during the movie and never came back. Kids were running up and down the aisles, and taking bathroom breaks throughout the film.
Basically, both adults and kids are going to be bored at this movie. We expect more action and heart in our children’s films these days, and this movie did not make the cut.
I think I judged this movie harsher than it deserves, but after seeing “Scouts Guide” the bar for zombie comedies has been raised. The comedy in “Freaks of Nature” was more on level with a movie from the 80s. Think of the classics like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” or “National Lampoon’s Vacation”.
I liked the idea of vampires, zombies, and humans all figuring out a way to peacefully co-exist. The zombies were even treated as people instead of just brainless monsters. There was a plot to the story and even a few twists. It sort of had a happy ending, but I think I’m old school in that I had trouble believing someone could be happy as a zombie.
The movie is worth a watch if you see it on tv, or maybe a $1 rental, but it’s not one to fork out the big bucks to see in the theater.