Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Film: Pompeii

*****Includes Spoilers!*****

When I first saw the adverts for Pompeii I was so so so excited. I've been fascinated by the historical disaster since I saw it on an episode of Blue Peter as a kid, and the film looked right up my street judging by the trailer. Of course it helped that Kit Harrington was the lead male, and I haven't seen Emily Browning in a lead since SuckerPunch so overall I was brimming with excitement! Unfortunately, after watching it, I felt a little disappointed with the film. Now don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it, it just didn't live up to the expectations I had been building up in my head.

I've only ever seen Kit as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones and I am a massive fan of the series and Jon's storyline, but when I watched Pompeii I kind of felt like someone had just picked up Jon Snow and put him in a different setting. Kit plays Milo in Pompeii and the character is essentially the same: skilled fighter of few words with pretty hair and muscles who is constantly suppressed and underestimated by his superiors. Because of this Kit's acting starting to irritate me. I thought he was putting on a petulant, bad-smell-under-my-nose face for the character of Jon Snow because that's just who he was - turns out its just Kit's normal face. He evidently suffers very severely with chronic bitch face. I started to feel like maybe Kit only has one character in his acting ammunition, and this kind of ruined the film a bit for me. Now I won't lie, I did swoon pretty heavily when Milo first stepped onto the screen with his incredibly chiselled chest (see below), but after the initial jaw-drop it was pretty much downhill for me.

Aside from Kit's acting skills the film was pretty good. The storyline between Milo and Emily Browning's character Cassia is sweet, although I didn't really believe the passion and their story lines were pretty predictable, but then I wasn't really expecting many scandals in the love department from this film. The film's main genre isn't really romance, its an action film, the plot just happens to follow a couple. When you look at their story in terms of the big picture of what was happening in Pompeii at this time its just a small insight into how life was carrying on right until the end. Now here comes the spoiler. There was a time where it looked like Milo and Cassia might escape Mount Vesuvius's destruction and live happily ever after and this could not have irritated me more! In reality they had left it far too late to try and escape the carnage of the volcano and the film would have lost all credibility in my eyes if they had escaped. As it turned out they did die, and I did like the ending of the film....not just because they died when I thought they were going to get a fairy tale ending, but because the end scene is of the couple embracing as the ash and lava crashes over them, when it clears the couple are in the same position, set in stone forever. How realistic this is I don't know, but I like the sentiment as cheesy as it is!

Overall: 3/5


Monday, 26 May 2014

New Snack Obsession: Popcorn

So I don't know if you've noticed but recently popcorn is everywhere! Gone are the days when the snack was confined to overpriced paper bags at the cinema, popcorn is no longer exclusively for consumption when settling to down to a film night. Bloggers, as always, have been the first amongst us to latch on to this trend with the likes of Olivia from 'What Olivia Did'and Becca from 'Fashion Train' posting pictures of their Metcalfe's Topcorn deliveries on Instagram. So although I haven't been particularly quick off the mark in trialling this trend I recently decided to take the plunge and include popcorn in my regular Boots meal deal purchase, replacing my standard bar of KitKat Chunky with a much healthier option.

 (Photo Credit, above: @fashiontrain below: @livpurvis)

I have to say I am a massive fan of this new snack fad. Although traditionally I have always been a sweet popcorn kind of girl, I tried the Lightly Sea Salted flavour from ProperCorn and was instantly converted! While I do still have an insatiable sweet tooth, salty is a perfect alternative to crisps particularly in a meal deal. I think we can all agree that the most annoying this about meal deals is that you are restricted to only having one snack, when most of us given the choice, would want crisps AND chocolate with our sandwich! Popcorn feels like the perfect crossover snack and it will definitely be my go-to snack in Boots for the foreseeable future. 

There are a good few brands selling popcorn now, which means a wide variety of flavours and I'm dying to try all of them...particularly the ones which sound a little wrong. For example, ProperCorn do a Fiery Worcester Sauce and Sun Dried Tomato flavour - sounds amazing for crisps...but for popcorn? I have to say curiosity is getting the better of me, that's definitely the next flavour I'll be getting when I'm shopping for my daily Boots meal deal!!

Alexa Lauren Rose