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Silvie’s Love: A Review

Silvie’s Love created by Eugene Ashe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sometimes you just want to watch a sweet love story. If you are looking for a simple storyline that is slightly predictable but absolutely precious, this is the movie for you.

The story takes place in 1950s Harlem (probably reaching into the 60s by the end of the film). It is a love story between a poor, but up and coming, sax player and a well-to-do girl engaged to a man from a prominent family (his father is a very successful doctor). The two have a summer fling, but as the summer comes to an end, something happens, choices are made, and the two are separated for years.

But fate brings them back together over time. Each time, life pressures will pull them apart, but no matter how hard it gets, they find each other again.

The cast is mostly made up of people of color, and while there are mentions of the civil rights movement, marches, the NAACP, and blatant bigotry, this isn’t the main focus of the story. In fact, neither of the main characters seem to have much involvement in the movement, though they have friends that are. Instead, the focus is on their own successes in their career and the way life bends at times, and how to move through it.

The costumes, the music, the carefree summer days bring a sense of romanticism that goes beyond just the love story. It was uplifting and simply beautiful. Highly recommend this if you have Amazon Prime.

There is some profanity. Kissing and sex scenes, though nothing too graphic. I don’t think there was any nudity. No violence.

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story: A Review

Jingle Jangle directed by David E. Talbert
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a lovely Christmas movie to add to our list to watch every year! I cried happy tears at the end of this movie. It had the right amount of pacing and humor and love in it. And it wasn’t really relying on past Christmas movies, but stood on its own as a special story of believing in yourself, forgiving yourself and others, and embracing true love (not necessarily romantic love, though).

It gave me serious “Greatest Showman” vibes during the beginning song and dance, especially. Jeronicus Jangle is a toy inventor who is widely known and loved. But one day, his assistant, along with one of his toy creations, steals his book of inventions, leaving him destitute. Soon after, his wife dies and his daughter is estranged, and his magical toy shop is reduced to an unprofitable pawn shop. But when his granddaughter appears just before Christmas, his life is turned upside down and he finds that what was once lost might be redeemed.

The only, smallest, issues I had was in two of the actors in a few scenes. Jeronicus is played by Justin Cornwell at the beginning, and is optimistic and flamboyant, full of energy. Forest Whitaker plays the older version as he becomes less sure of himself, but towards the end, when the magic comes back, I didn’t feel like Whittaker brought that same original energy. And at the very end, no spoilers, when Phylicia Rashad’s character is headed to the factory, I think she seemed a little nervous with the stunt she had to do, but really, none of this took away from the story.

I absolutely adored Buddy and Journey who were my favorite characters. Madalen Mills was perfect for this role and had the right amount of spunk and curiosity. If you haven’t seen this yet, you must. The music is fun. It’s not too scary. And it definitely put some magic into the season this year, which was really needed.

No profanity. There are some suggestive remarks from Ms. Johnston (who is an absolute treasure), but no sexual content other than that. Violence includes a fire that characters escape from, and some chases, but nothing gory or graphic.

Alex Rider: A Review

Alex Rider created by Guy Burt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This probably showed up in a random advertisement, either on Amazon Prime or Imdb.com, but it immediately was intriguing. British spy movies about a boy who isn’t technically a spy, but seems to have been unknowingly trained to be one will always be on the “To Be Watched” list. Apparently, it is based on a book series from the early 2000s, and the plot of the first book was already made into a movie in 2006.

Compared to the trailer of the 2006 film, the new series is a bit darker. It uses gadgets less (which apparently was a big deal in the books), and it contains less well known actors. But it has its merits.

The plot of the series revolves around Alex Rider, an orphaned teen who lives with his uncle and a family friend (not sure the connection between the two). When Alex’s uncle dies unexpectedly, a series of events throws Alex in the middle of the undercover world. In order to find out why his uncle died, he has to go undercover to reveal a nefarious plot.

The writing was fun. The action was intense, though it was a bit predictable. The main character did feel a bit flat in both expression and energy. The other characters were much more charismatic which carried the muted demeanor of the main character. The stunts and resourcefulness were pretty cool as well.

It was a nice escape full of action and adventure. It was surprising that it was an IMDBTV original, because I didn’t even know IMDB made content. Overall, it was fun and I look forward to a second season.

There may be a few words of profanity, but it is not significant. Sexual content includes some light kissing at a party. Violent content includes shootings, stabbings, blood, and a flatlining scene.