Magic & Mayhem: This Week in Review

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i’m late posting this. oops.

You may call me an easy 5. Perhaps you are correct. My reviews are mostly positive. This is partially because I’m a positive person but also because I try to avoid things that I think I won’t like and end up reading amazing books and watching incredible films.

This week I bring you 2 books and 1 movie that were all incredible.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
by Douglas Adams

In the sequel to Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the crew members’ craving for tea and a good meal get them into lots of trouble all across the infinite universe. I thought this sequel was just as good as the first. Once again Adams mocks humanity, jokes about the meaning of life, and imagines complexly other galaxies and people. Not to mention that every page is full of jokes that range from clever to silly, snarky-smile-of-amusement to pee-your-pants-funny. I really cannot praise it enough. 5/5 stars

Matilda
by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a little child genius and when her parents and her headmaster take her completely for granted mischievous and extraordinary things begin to happen. Before you make fun of me for reading a 200 page chapter book with pictures, I will say that the musical Matilda has been getting some publicity and looks spectacular which is part of the reason I picked up the book. It only took me a couple hours to read and although it is definitely a children’s book, it is a perfect children’s book. The characters are funny, lovable, and outrageous. Matilda is the perfect little protagonist in every single way. 5/5 stars

The Remains of the Day
directed by James Ivory

Stevens, the perfect English butler, worked for Lord Darlington through two great wars and now, with a new employer and times changing, he takes a road trip across the countryside which makes him contemplate his past. This is the best book to movie adaptation I have ever seen. While every movie has some differences from the book, all the minor changes in this movie were thought out so that the heart of the story was always preserved. There were some parts that even felt more real because you could see the world of the characters. Anthony Hopkins and Hugh Grant definitely deliver and Emma Thompson is captivating at every moment. This may be a rarity but I do feel like reading the book enhances the movie-watching experience as it could feel slow without first understanding the slower moments. 4.5/5 (Only cause read.book.first.)

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