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Lock-down in the UK was put in to place on 23 March 2020. That’s 14 weeks tomorrow, and as the boys haven’t been in school since 20 March, it’s given me a lot of spare time to catch-up on old programmes, and watch new ones.
Hubby’s birthday was actually on 23 March and he received some money… He decided it would be perfect to purchase Disney+, as this was being launched in the UK on 24 March. Well, we had actually discussed purchasing the year long plan at the discounted rate before launch, so with lock-down being put in to affect, it was perfect timing really.
So, to start, I’ve had access to Disney+, Netflix and Amazon Prime. Let’s categorise everything that I’ve been watching, starting with…
Princess and the Frog (2009)
Honestly, I’ve never seen this before and after watching, I wondered why I never did previously. The story is set in 1920’s New Orleans, and follows the life of a young girl named Tiana, who dreams of owning her own restaurant. After listening to and reading the story about kissing a frog and him turning in to a prince, she meets a talking frog who does actually persuade her to kiss him. Things don’t go to plan though, as Tiana ends up a frog too! The film really brings the original Brothers Grimm tale in to the 20th Century… There’s great music, beautiful artistry, plenty of lovable characters and more. This is definitely a film for all ages.
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
I watched the live-action version of Aladdin, whilst on a flight last year, and I really didn’t like it. I don’t know why… Maybe it was because I just didn’t like it, or that I just couldn’t let myself like it because I was a major Robin Williams fan. I don’t know. The only thing I know is that it made me really reluctant to watching this version of a childhood favourite (1955). I didn’t think it could live up to the animated version, and I was worried that the animals would be too fake… Anyway, I waited for the boys to go to bed and I pressed play. The movie was well made… Followed the original film wonderfully, and I loved the live-action version of Jim Dear and Darling. Lady was not what I was expecting… I don’t know why, but for some reason I had it in my head that she was a Cocker Spaniel. I really don’t know where I got that from, as the animation had the obvious markings of a King Charles Spaniel. Tramp wasn’t far off the lovable rogue that I remembered, and Justin Theroux really brought the character to life. Overall, I still prefer the animated version, but I wouldn’t say no to watching this again. Maybe don’t watch it with very young children though… The dogcatcher is still scary!
Oh my goodness, I think I’ve watched Moana about a zillion times! And that’s just during lock-down!!! 😂 If you’re one of the 1% of the world who doesn’t know the tale, Moana ventures across the ocean, much to to the dismay of her father, a Polynesian Chief, who thinks the ocean is a dangerous place. She has to find a demigod, named Maui, and together, have to journey to return the heart of Te Fiti, a goddess who brought life to the ocean. The film is a heartwarming tale of adventure, mythology, danger (Tamatoa!) and family values. A must watch for everyone who calls themselves a Disney fan.
Oh my goodness, if you love historical fiction with a dash of supernatural, and if you have never seen Outlander, then YOU ARE MISSING OUT!! I have to be very careful with how I word this, as I really don’t want to give any spoilers (and there are so many out there!)… Outlander tells the story of Claire, a former frontline nurse in World War 2, newly married to Frank, and enjoying her honeymoon in Inverness. Whilst exploring the country, the newlyweds stumble across a stone circle, with a wide variety of herbs growing. The day after, Frank is researching his family tree and Claire states that she is going to return to the stone circle to collect some herbs for her own medicinal research. That’s when everything happens… Claire hears a low humming sound, and tries to discover where it’s coming from. Thinking that the noise is actually emanating from one of the circles’ rocks, she reaches out to touch it. The next thing Claire remembers is waking up in the stone circle, to the sounds of gunshots! Confused and wary, she runs as fast as she can towards where she parked her car, only to find that not only has her car gone, but the road is non-existent too! She shortly finds out that she is no longer in 1945, but in 1743, and ends up falling for a rugged red-head, named James Fraser. Full of twists, turns, and occasionally a difficult story to keep up with, this romantic / drama / fantasy programme is definitely one to binge – even if it is for the kilted Scotsmen. One mini spoiler here… Definitely NOT suitable for children!!!!!!
I’ve watched all 12 seasons a couple of times, and it never gets old. The chemistry between Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz onscreen is electrifying. They are the perfect TV twosome! Boreanaz plays Seeley Boothe, an agent with the FBI and Deschanel plays Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist in the Jeffersonian. Each episode has its’ own murder to solve, and each season has it’s own story arc. I highly recommend this programme if you like CSI with a shot of comedy.
13 Reasons Why (2017-2020)
I was two years late to the game with 13 Reasons Why. I wanted to see what all the hype was about, as I’d read some really good reviews, but I was hesitant to watch because of the very sensitive storylines. The programme follows Clay Jensen through High School, and uncovers mysteries that surround a set of cassette tapes left by his friend, stating why she ended her life. This programme is sure to shed some tears, but is well and truly worth a watch. The series ended this year, and although each of the three seasons brought new heartache, it did end relatively well.
How To Get Away With Murder (2014-2020)
You know when you find one of those programmes that you never want to end..? This was one of them. I started watching HTGAWM only two weeks ago, and I’ve finished the series completely. It was compelling, heartbreaking, made me sit on the edge of my seat, made me squirm, made me laugh… It was just an all around brilliant programme! If I could sum it up, I’d say that the programme follows the life of several law students, who all become interns for their law professor, Dr. Annalise Keating, but it’s not all plain sailing. Death seem to follow the students around, and with so many mysteries and conspiracies to uncover, the students prove just how hard they are willing to push to make it to the top. Arg! There’s so much more to it, but anything else that I could possibly say would only include a spoiler, so I’ll say this… Just watch it! Not recommended for kids… I’ve heard that it’s an age 14+ series, but please check your own countries advisory.
I’ve watched a lot more than the shows and films listed above, but those that I have mentioned are the most interesting, and definitely the ones that I recommend. I’ll be sure to make another post if I can find another amazing programme or film to recommend!