Movie Review: Incredibles 2

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After 14 years, The Incredibles is back! Was it worth the wait? 

Yes, yes and more yes. Incredibles 2 is exactly what you would expect it to be. It’s a fun, well-made sequel to one of Pixar’s most beloved franchises that is great entertainment for the whole family — not quite as good as the original, but easily an enjoyable film. Incredibles 2 is a really well-thought out film, bringing out my inner kid, and laughing at the relatable situations we tend to face every day.

Incredibles 2 picks up right in the aftermath of Brad Bird’s 2004 original. Unfortunately, despite the heroes making a comeback, what they’re doing is still illegal. Their big fight catches the eye of a CEO that is an advocate for super-rights. He contacts the supers in hopes of changing the public’s perception. CEO Winston Deavor and his sister Evelyn are publicity and tech geniuses that use their sway to push the supers back into the limelight, starting with Elastigirl. While she’s out fighting the Screenslaver, Mr. Incredible is left to take care of the family. This includes Jack-Jack’s newly discovered powers, Violet’s boy troubles, and Dash’s math homework.

The animation quality has obviously gotten much better since 2004. The film looks extremely detailed. The colors, the action scenes, the details of their suits got all super. My favorite Incredible, of course, is Jack-Jack who stole the show to me. He definitely brought most of the entertainment in the movie, and his superpowers are incredible and fun to watch as he discovers more and more what he can do. There is one Jack-Jack fight scene that is very exciting and funny, but I won’t spoil it for you. 

Incredibles 2 remains super to my eyes. And plus, not all heroes wear capes. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. If you have seen the film, let me know your thoughts. Enjoy! -xo Mel 

Black Jumpsuit

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As of late I have had this major obsession with jumpsuits. They are the easiest thing to just throw on and look effortlessly put together. I saw this black jumpsuit at Forever 21 for under $30 and I knew it would be the perfect piece to wear this summer and also long after.

Something about this black jumpsuit makes it feel extra dressy when I really don't feel like dressing up, which I love. I recently wore this black jumpsuit (size small) to the new Takashi Murakami's exhibit at the Modern Museum of Fort Worth and will say it is very comfortable to be in all day. I paired this black jumpsuit with my new favorite white Greece Leather Sandals by Steve Madden for that extra comfort of walking around the museum. This black jumpsuit will definitely be on repeat this summer for both a day and night look. 

Photo Credit: My daughter Mariah

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Movie Review: Adrift

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Early this week, I was able to see a pre-screening of the Adrift film directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Let me first set the stage for you. Adrift is based on the true story of two sailors who set out on a journey across the ocean. Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. 

I just love true story type of movies. Will they survive? Will one of them die? How does one survive 41 days in the open ocean with no help? Yes, I repeat force to survive for 41 days aboard a damaged ship, navigating manually and surviving on rationed peanut butter, until making it to Hawaii, 1,500 miles away. TBH, I don’t think I could of survive that long. The number of hallucinations that happen in just a few days alone with little to no human contact, beaten up from the storm, no food, and on top of that what if you were a Vegan?! I will say this movie does have a few cheesy parts (the falling in love part), but once the storm hits, you get caught up in the suspense on how will they survive. You start questioning what would you do in that situation, can you navigate through the ocean the nearest land.

Without giving too much away, besides the cheesy parts, I also didn't like that the film's chronological back-and-forth because it diffuses the suspense part. Felt like it "drifted" at times. Pun, intended.  I give it a 2.75 out of 5 stars. If you see this film, let me know what you think.

-xo Mel