The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆

The Language of Thorns ★★★★☆
Leigh Bardugo


Genre(s) | Fantasy, Young Adult, Retelling
Goodreads Rating | 4.51
Humpo Show Rating | 4.00
Published: 2017
Publisher: Orion

Following on from the success of Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crows duology, also inhabiting the same universe, she has composed a book that is full of folk stories, fairy tales and retellings that are full of surprises, twists and lessons. The Language of Thorns is full of darkness, magic and thought-provoking characters.   Continue reading

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The Crown Season 1 (2016) ★★★★★

The Crown Season 1 (2016) ★★★★★
Channel: Netflix
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, John Lithgow, Jared Harris, Jeremy Northam, Victoria Hamilton, Ben Miles, Eileen Atkins, Alex Jennings, Pip Torrens
Creator: Peter Morgan
Humpo Show Rating | 9.2

The Crown is a biographical story of Queen Elizabeth II, and the early part of her reign. It is the brainchild of Peter Morgan, responsible for the Oscar-winning The Queen, and follows Elizabeth’s early days as Queen, the relationship she has with her husband, sister, Prime Minister and the people. It gives a fascinating insight into Buckingham Palace, and the goings-on that occurred during times of strife and joy in the late 40s and early 50s. A truly excellent drama that has seen Foy and Lithgow rightly receive awards for their acting. Continue reading

The Greatest Showman ★★★★★

The Greatest Showman (2017) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 10.0
IMDb Rating | 8.0
Starring:
Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Keala Settle, Zendaya, Sam Humphrey, Austyn Johnson, Cameron Seely, Ellis Rubin, Skylar Dunn, Loren Allred, Ziv Zaifman
Director:
Michael Gracey
Plot Summary: 
Celebrates the birth of show business, and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. (IMDb)

From the very first moment, the very first note that is played, I knew the type of film this would turn out to be. A masterpiece. This slick, heart-warming and beautiful musical follows the life of P. T. Barnum, his extraordinary showmanship, and his need to entertain anyone and everyone. He swindles his way a magnificent building to house a fascinating array of talented and unique performers, and he puts them on stage together, the result…a spine-tingling show. Continue reading

Hidden Figures (2016) ★★★★★

Hidden Figures (2016) ★★★★★
Humpo Show Rating | 8.9
IMDb Rating | 7.8
Starring:
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Glen Powell 
Director:
Theodore Melfi
Plot Summary: 
The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. (IMDb)

The 1960s seen the United States of America and Russia battling each other in the Space Race, and to undertake the ultimate achievement of all time, of putting a man in space. Despite NASA aiming for the stars, the men that worked in all areas of the space program held backward views concerning gender and race. Hidden Figures gives a history lesson to many people who were not aware of a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the biggest accomplishments in U.S. history. 

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The Last Jedi ★★★★☆

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017) ★★★★☆

Humpo Show Rating | 8.1
IMDb Rating | 7.6 
Starring: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Laura Dern, Frank Oz
Director: Rian Johnson
Plot Summary: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. (IMDb)

The biggest film of 2017 has been Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, the billion dollar juggernaut gave a performance to match the hype. Full of surprises and with some brilliant battle sequences, The Last Jedi improved upon The Force Awakens due to the memorable moments that left audiences shocked and with their mouths open.  Continue reading