Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List (Movie Review)

A month or so ago I wrote about the trailer release of Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List and I can’t believe it’s already time to talk about the movie itself. There are not really any Spoilers in the review itself, but as always, I can’t promise the same for the comments!

naomiNaomi and Ely are best friends and they are both into guys. The “No Kiss List” (a list of guys neither of them is allowed to hook up with) has been their insurance against a Naomi and Ely break-up for all their lives. Yet everything changes when Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend.

So let’s start with the basics:

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance
Length: 89  minutes
Cast: Victoria Justice, Pierson Fodé, Matthew Daddario, Monique Coleman, Ryan Ward, Danny Flaherty, …
Director: Kristin Hanggi

I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I am just going to say it again: I have read the book of the same title written by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, but it’s been a while. I mostly remember a ton of emojis that replaced words and that confused me sometimes, but other than that I am not sure I could give the most accurate account of what happens in the book. However, I will try and mention things that were different if I noticed them.

So, now to the real review. I LOVED IT! I even liked it a whole lot more than the book. While the different POVs weren’t as balanced and more focused on Naomi, it just all felt right. I very much liked the casting (and not just because Matthew Daddario is absolutely swoon-worthy). While Naomi was never my favourite character, Victoria Justice really showed her development and there couldn’t have been a better Ely than Pierson Fodé. Bruce 2 was adorable and Ryan Ward looked exactly like the Bruce 2 in my head. I forgot everything about the Robins, and even though I would have liked to see them more, they were a great addition as well. The rest of the people from the apartment complex were just hilarious as well.

As any story written by Levithan and Cohn, it was a sort of love letter to New York City, showing off its quirks and awesomeness. The music was great and for real hardcore fans like me, take a closer look at the T-shirt of the drummer from Gabe’s band – he wears a “Where is Fluffy?”-shirt from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I wasn’t sure they’d connect the stories like they did in the books, but I almost shrieked when I saw it.

I think I hugged my pillow during the entire movie and really felt with the characters when their relationship seemed doomed. I don’t know why exactly, but it just touched me a whole lot more than it did in the book. It portrayed the complexity of friendships and that change is inevitable. Yet, it managed not to be heavy at all. If I could change one thing, I would want it to be longer. It would mean more time for the Naomi-Gabe-story to develop and maybe more glimpses at the adorable awkwardness of the Robins.

Fazit: I loved it! And while it may be short, it’s definitely sweet and worth a watch.

Have you read or watched Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List as well? What were your thoughts?

Fall Review: Manhattan Love Story & Happyland

I’ve reviewed a lot of shows for this Fall Season and I am finally about to see an end on the horizon. Today I’m talking about MTV‘s Happyland and ABC‘s Manhattan Love Story! After that I’m only planning on reviewing Jane the Virgin and (the show I am most looking forward to) The Flash. If you still want my opinion on anything else, let me know in the comments below!

Happyland

Have you ever read Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler? Because this show reminds me so much of the book! It’s basically also about teens that work in an amusement park or theme park that is very similar to Disney’s and about falling in love, the illusion of fairy tales and happy endings. The show definitely diverges on some other topics, because parents are barely involved in the story in the book, but are really important to what’s happening in the series.

I have to admit, that I’ve seen stronger pilots this season. Happyland, while interesting on some level, didn’t grab my attention like other shows managed to do. The actors are alright (and include: Camille Guaty, Shane Harper, Katherine McNamara, Cameron Moulène, Ryan Rottman, Bianca A. Santos, Chris Sheffield, …), but the premise is nothing I haven’t seen before in multiple soap operas. It’s difficult to relate to the fact that your crush seems to be your brother and other than that they are just building on a lot of more love triangle-related drama. I can’t really tell where the show intends to go, but I think I won’t follow it for too long.

Manhattan Love Story

Analeigh Tipton seems to be everywhere these days and I certainly don’t mind it. There really isn’t much to say about Manhattan Love Story; it is a fun sitcom that takes on the difficulties of dating and relationships in New York City. If you’ve watched the Trailer above, you’ve pretty much seen the entire first episode. The main cast isn’t that huge and consists of the aforementioned Analeigh Tipton as well as Jake McDorman, Jade Catta-Preta, Nicholas Wright, Kurt Fuller and Chloe Wepper.

So, this isn’t the smartest of shows or something like that, but people like Romantic Comedies and this one is a pretty standard example of one. Besides the extensive thought voice-overs (which are just too much for me), I really don’t find a flaw in it. The show is sweet and fun and that might just be enough.

What are your thoughts? Talk to me in the comments!

Begin Again or Can a Song Save Your Life?

Why would I call Begin AgainCan a Song Save Your Life“? Does it have something to do with the movie? Well, yeah, it sort of does, but it’s also the German title. You’re confused? That’s not German … I know! I’ll never get why they rename certain movies, but stick to English titles in German speaking areas. Why can’t you just leave it the way it was, if it’s going to be in English anyway. But I’m drifting away from the main topic. This post isn’t about why certain movies are called the way they are (although that could be an interesting topic), it is about the great music drama Begin Again.

There’s a lot I have to say about this movie and I think since the trailer gives you a good overview of what the movie is about (music, family, friendship, love) I’m just going to jump to my beloved listing of thoughts, because it has worked so well in previous posts.

  • The music is gorgeous! There’s nothing to add to that, expect that it is true that music can make ordinary moments special.
  • I think you may have to be in the right mood for the movie to fully enjoy it, but Iwas and I loved it. I went out of it happy and full of music. Isn’t that exactly what’s supposed to happen when you go and watch a film? You should carry away some sort of emotion and that definitely happened with me.
  • Admittedly, I’ve expected a different sort of storytelling, but I liked the style they chose.
  • I’m not the biggest Keira Knightley fan, but I loved her in this movie. She was funny and charismatic, but maybe I am just really glad this wasn’t a period drama. I did not expect her to be able to sing. I don’t know why, but I guess I just never imagined her as a singer.
  • Mark Ruffalo … I loved him before this movie and I like him even more now. The way he gets his act together and is able to create something so special is just great to watch.
  • Although Adam Levine plays sort of a jerk, I can’t deny that I don’t mind seeing (and hearing) him on the big screen.
  • This movie features the best date ever! Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley listen to music together, walk the streets of New York City and dance and enjoy the city. There’s something magical about it.
  • The only thing that sort of bugged me, and you really shouldn’t listen to me on this point, is that it didn’t feel like a buddy movie to me. I felt chemistry and romance between Greta (Keira Knightley) and Dan (Mark Ruffalo), but clearly they weren’t meant to ever get together (in a romantic way). This movie isn’t so much about romantic love as it is a love letter to music and New York – which is great! – but I am a hopeless romantic and I just wanted to mention that I saw their relationship go in a different direction.
  • This movie gives you a reason to stay all through the credits, so stay!

So, to summarise this, I would say that the movie ended way to quickly in my opinion. I wanted more, because it was so beautiful and also profound in a way. Actors/actresses I didn’t mention, but who also appeared in the movie were: Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Mos Def, Catherine Keener and many more. What did you think of the movie?

I know this seems unrelated, but after watching Begin Again, I am really excited for Laggies. We’re going to see Keira with an American accent, Sam Rockwell who is just always amazing and the lovely Chloë Grace Moretz. I guess I just like those movies where the main character gets a little lost. What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited as well?