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Ratchet and Clank Tools of Destruction
The Ratchet and Clank series were all I played on when I was younger, there is something charming and captivating about the unlikely duo and I recently bought a PS3 mainly so that I could buy the new ones!! So far I've only completed the first in the series, Tools of Destruction and at first I was a bit dubious, I didn't see how it could live up to the original games but it certainly didn't disappoint. Right from the start it was jam packed with the classic adventure, humour and action packed gameplay you expect from a good game.
Story - The story starts by showing Ratchet working on his hover bike, he receives a call from Captain Kwark, a loveable cowardly hero. He informs Ratchet that Prince of the Cragmites, Emperor Percival Tachyon has invaded the capital city with his army of robots. Ratchet is the target in Tachyon's scheme to rid the universe of Lombaxes. The game follows Ratchet hopping from planet to planet in a battle to escape Tachyon and ultimately defeat him.
Gameplay - Most of the game you play as Ratchet using a variety of weapons which you buy throughout the game with the nuts and bolts that you collect by smashing crates with your trusty wrench. As your progress through the game your health capacity increases which of course means that the enemies get harder too!! You also have the opportunity to upgrade your weapons with the raritarium that you find. At other times in the game you get to play as Clank who can't actually do that much apart from hit enemies and hover but he has the mysterious Zoni who follow him around and destroy enemies as well as create bridges and other bits and bobs to help him on his way.
There are some really cool features of the gameplay such as using the tilt feature in the controller to control Ratchet when he freefalls and to guide missiles from certain weapons. The game doesn't take too long to complete but it is jam-packed full of adventure and little side missions and there is some replay value due to needing certain gadgets in some parts of the game which you don't get until later on.
Graphics - Although the game is cartoony as it is supposed to be the graphics are very good and the planets are very bright and lively which really adds to the overall fun feel to the game.
Overall this is a worthy game to join the Ratchet and Clank family and a great starting point for the PS3 series, both adults and children of all ages would enjoy this game with smaller children possibly needing help at some points in the game.
Enchanted shows Disney in a whole new light with a modern and exciting twist on the ever loved, classic fairy-tale by bringing in to life. Being Disney obsessed I bought this straight away when it came out on DVD and it's one of my feel-good movies as it puts me in a good mood instantly, the film combines animation and real life to create an fun and exhilarating movie filled with humour and thrill.
The film starts off in the animated world of Andalasia which is very much a Disney, all singing all dancing land. Princess-to-be Giselle is living a fairy tale until she's banished by the evil Queen and thrust into modern day Manhattan where 'happily ever after' doesn't exist. Giselle is amongst chaos and befriends a pessimistic divorce lawyer with a six year old daughter who is the only one who believes that Giselle is really a princess. Giselle charms and captivates all around her with music and enchantment and begins a journey to find true loves kiss.
The film has some clever and brilliant casting with Julie Andrews playing the part of the story narrator. Giselle is played by bubbly and sweet Amy Adams who brings her character to life with her voice, movements and facial expressions. Other great acting comes from Idina Menzel, James Marsden and Patrick Dempsey amongst others.
Sound and Visual
There are loads of good-feel musical songs in this film which give it its bubbly nature. It's very musical orientated with random bursting out into song which in modern day New York is surreal and gives the film its edge.
The animation at the start and end of the film is what you would expect from a Disney film and is bright and bold. The film then goes into real life with the presence of yellow cabs, skyscrapers and men in suits but the twist in this film is that the animated characters come to life by entering the real world; their costumes are just as bold and eccentric as they are in the animated world and really contrast with real life Manhattan.
I've seen this film for around about the £5 mark in supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda recently. At the time of writing this review the price on Amazon is £4 brand new or used from 99p.
The film combines features from lots of Disney films such as the apple and animals from snow-white, the prince from Sleeping Beauty and the happy ever after from all Disney princess films. It has a villain in the shape of the evil queen, the princess in the form of Giselle and the Prince but also features modern twists such as the love triangle between Giselle, Prince Edward and Robert. Also as Robert is divorced and cynical it provides a contrast to the 'happy ever after' world that Giselle is from.
Although this isn't your typical Disney film I really enjoyed it; it's fun, bubbly and eccentric and really is a good-feel film. This is a film that both children and adults can enjoy and relate to as it's got typical fairy tale features as well as well thought out humour and modern aspects. It's a musical comedy that will definitely enchant you.
Classification -: PG (Contains mild scary scenes and innuendo)
Running time - Approx 103 Minutes
Subtitiles - English/English for the hearing impaired/Swedish/Norwegian/Danish/Finnish/Icelandic/Hindi/Arabic
Bonus features include - Deleted scenes, Bloopers, Fantasy comes to life.
This film has to be my favourite Disney film by far, even at 19 I'm still a huge Disney lover and this is one of those timeless classics you can watch over and over again. Beauty and the Beast is a classic Disney princess story, containing adventure, morals and of course love. It is Disney's 30th animated classic, released in 1991 and reinventing itself in 2012 with a cinematic 3D release.
Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, living in 1700 France in a little village with her wacky, inventor father Maurice. On the way to an inventors fair, Maurice finds himself lost in a wood and stumbling upon an enchanted and creepy castle he finds himself captured and imprisoned by a cursed prince who was turned into a Beast due to his selfish ways. Belle sets out to find her father and bargains with the Beast to take her in exchange for her father's freedom. With the help of the castles enchanted staff, Belle learns the important lesson that true beauty comes from within.
The film has some charming and fascinating characters, due to the curse the castles staff were turned into furniture, there's Mrs.Potts the teapot and her son Chip a teacup, Lumiere the candlestick and Cogsworth the clock. Although being household items these characters really come to life and each have their own unique and loveable personality which really adds to the film. The Beast himself shows the progression from being a sour and angry character to one who wants to learn how to read and learn manners to impress Belle and by the end of the film everyone adores him.
The music is simply beautiful in this film from the opening scene with the gentle and mysterious story telling tune to the musical songs such as 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Be our guest'.
This really is a beautifully told, animated classic story with strong morals mixed with humour and song. Although it's more of a girl's film I think that there are parts which young boys would enjoy too. All in all a true Disney classic.
Classification - Universal ( Contains infrequent mild threat)
Running time - 91 minutes approx.
Bonus Features include - Deleted scenes, games and activities, the story behind the story.
Disney Pixar films are usually films associated with boys, take Toy Story and Car's for example so when I saw that they were bringing out a Disney Princess film I was really excited, even at 19 I am an avid Disney fan and love the animated films. However, this is not your average Disney Princess film, the heroine in this is full of passion, boldness and punch and brings a new, modern twist to the classic Disney Princess story.
The story is set in the Scottish highlands and tells the tale of Merida, a skilled archer and daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. It is a tradition that princesses marry and when faced with three suitors from different kingdoms, Merida rebels and demands that she chooses her own path. She flees and discovers a witch's hideout, here she gets a spell to change her destiny and make her mother see her way. This goes wrong and Merida, along with the help of her mischievous triplet brothers, sets out to break a beastly curse before it's too late.
In true Pixar fashion the movie is riddled with humour and even though the film is set in the past with traditional Scottish values, it provides modern quirks.
The animation is beautiful, the beginning scene depicts Scottish scenery and this although obviously animated is stunning and so lifelike. The characters are done really well with each hair strand having its own movement. The sound is equally as beautiful, traditional Scottish bagpipes accompany the pictures and really added to the overall tone of the film.
The best voicing comes from Billy Connolly who plays King Fergus, Merida's father. I really couldn't imagine anyone better suited to the role than him and he gives life and passion to the character. Other good voicing and acting comes from Julie Walters who plays the witch, although she doesn't have a massive part and you don't hear her a lot in the film she really adds to it and is a worthy addition to the casting.
I think that Disney and Pixar have done really well with this film, they've taken the notion of having a Disney Princess and instead of having her fall in love they've shown the concept of parental relationships and challenges faced in a relationship between mother and daughter. Merida isn't your typical princess, she's headstrong, determined and boisterous but I think that little girls everywhere will still love her and want to be like her.
Overall this is a fantastic family, good feel film with a strong moral message and lots of humour to keep all ages entertained.
Classification - PG (Contains some scary scenes)
Running Time - Approx 93 Minutes
Subtitiles - English/ English for the hearing impaired/ French
Stars - Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters
Having lived in Telford all my life I have visited and worked in Telford Shopping Centre a lot, although they have made improvements to it over the last few years and these are on-going it's definitely not somewhere I visit out of leisure, more out of need.
It's easy to get to and there's loads of parking, including a multi-story car park and both short stay and long stay. The fare varies depending on which one you go to, the price starts at 50p but I'm not sure what the top price is. It's also easy to get there by bus with a large bus station inside the shopping centre or by train, the train station being just a short walk away with sign posts showing you which direction to walk in.
There is quite a variety of stores, an example being Newlook, That's entertainment, Argos, Primark, WHSmiths, The Entertainer, Topshop, The Works, Waterstones and loads more, a full list can be found here http://www.telfordshopping.co.uk/Stores. There's also a large Asda, Wilkinsons and Iceland.
In the last few years the centre has added a new part on to the existing shopping centre which looks more modern, fresher and generally nicer; this includes more upmarket shops such as Zara, River island and House of Fraser.
There are a lot of vacant shops though which doesn't look nice as you walk around, one big one being where HMV was; now there is just a big empty space.
This I feel is limited, although there is a lot of building work going on to bring new restaurants to Telford such as Wagamamas and Nando's there isn't a great deal of choice currently. Of course there is the required Macdonalds as well as Greggs and Subway and there are a few cafes but nothing particularly special.
There are plenty of toilets dotted around the centre as well as benches and bins. There are also baby changing facilities and plenty of cash points. There's an information desk but this is small and from word of mouth I have heard that they aren't very helpful. You can also hire disability scooters and pushchairs.
Although mostly clean and tidy, the shopping centre looks run down and In need of decoration and sprucing up in parts, the newer parts of the centre look updated and fresh but don't really tie in with the older parts and all of it could do with being brought together and modernized.
Overall this isn't the best shopping centre but definitely not the worst either. It's not somewhere I choose to shop for leisure, for this I would go to the Bullring in Birmingham or Shrewsbury but it's good for a quick shopping trip as it's not far from where I live. There is a lot of new building work going on to improve the shopping centre and the surrounding areas and I am looking forward to seeing how this will turn out and hopefully it will improve the general appearance and manner of Telford shopping centre.
Having been a huge Disney fan since a young age and also enjoying platform based games this was a must buy for me. Epic Mickey explores old, nostalgic Disney stories and characters that were dropped from cartoons and if you have a good knowledge of older Disney you're sure to enjoy exploring this game, equally I think this would be fun for children due to the iconic Mickey Mouse and action based gameplay.
The game starts when Mickey Mouse finds himself in Yen Sings workshop where he plays with a magic paintbrush and accidently unleashes a monster into a world that Yen Sing has created. Time passes and the paint monster Mickey created returns and pulls him into 'wasteland', a land of forgotten Disney characters/films/rides etc. Here Mickey meets Oswald the Rabbit who originally ruled 'wasteland', however it is now ruled by the mad doctor who wants to steal Mickey's heart so that he can leave 'wasteland' and rule the real world. Oswald helps Mickey escape and with paintbrush in hand Mickey sets about on an adventure to fix 'wasteland'.
The game has two types of gameplay, the first being action based 3D platform where you complete various quests using paint and thinner to remove and add items to advance in the game. Here you can find collectables such as pins and film tokens and talk to various characters such as Goofy and Clarabelle who give you optional missions. The other mode of gameplay is classic 2D platform play which occurs when you travel between levels; these are based on old Disney short films such as Steamboat Willie and Through the Looking Glass and are pretty short but loads of fun and provide a lot of nostalgia for older players.
Mickey's weapon is a paintbrush, he can use paint to add items that are missing in the scenery such as bridges, plants and cogs and the thinner to remove items. He also uses these to defeat enemies as well as using his spin attack.
The game requires use of the Wii remote and nunchuck, the remote is used for aiming and the nunchuck for moving. The game uses all of the buttons in some way or another.
The camera angles are something which really annoyed me in this game; I fell off edges or fell into thinner lakes a lot because of the angles messing around. You can't choose where to position them which I feel is a serious flaw in the design of the game, you can press a button which changes the angle for you but this is very jerky and very often it doesn't work well. I found the angles glitchy and overall very annoying.
Graphics and Sound -:
The graphics are pretty much as expected for a Wii platform game, their cartoony which fit in with the Disney theme of the game but I felt that they looked a bit flat in some parts and lacking definition. The 2D levels are done in black and white, scratchy film effect which is really nice and fits in with the theme of the game.
The sound is very much the same throughout the game, in the main levels its dark and provides a sense of mystery and in the 2D levels the original music from the cartoons is played.
I did really enjoy this game but it does have its flaws, the main one being the annoying camera angles! It's a fairly easy game to play but I think younger children would struggle due to the controls and also as the game is based on a darker side of Disney they may get scared at some points.
This game is definitely for all Disney fans out there, there's loads to discover and tons of side missions and collectibles to find and complete.
Being a huge lover of chocolate, (well who isn't?) and seeing this on offer in Morrison's I thought I would give it a go. I used to like Milka chocolate a lot when I was younger and since then haven't really given it a thought but this particular Milka is very yummy indeed!
This Milka variety contains little pieces of Daim caramel which is crunchy and quite hard, their mixed in well in the chocolate and really combine well with the smoothness of the milk chocolate to give a bit of a bite. The Milka chocolate itself is really nice and smooth.
The bar comes in purple packaging with the iconic Milka cow pictured on the front underneath the word 'Milka' and the Daim logo pictured on the other side, under it is a picture of the chocolate pieces. The wrapper has the calorie content on the front and the ingredients, nutritional value, best before date and a diagram of how to open the chocolate on the back.
The bar is 100grams and contains 530 calories. The chocolate is divided into squares which easily break off and are the perfect size for a little treat, if you're greedy like me then the chocolate will be gone in a day or two but if you only eat chocolate occasionally it will last you a few days.
I purchased this chocolate for 49p on offer at Morrison's but I presume you can get it at most well-known supermarkets. For 49p I would call this a real bargain as most small chocolate bars cost more.
Overall I really enjoyed this chocolate and its pure genius putting Milka and Daim together, I think this is the perfect chocolate for children as well as adults who enjoy the occasional treat.
Ingredients -: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Vegetable Oils, Milk Fat, Butter, Almonds (1.0%), Hazelnut Paste, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Salt, Flavourings, Milk chocolate contains: Cocoa Solids: minimum 30%, Milk Solids: minimum 18%, Contains Milk, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Soya., May contain Traces of Other Nuts and Wheat.
I'm definitely a cider drinker and enjoy brands such as Stowford Press and Magners. I don't stay loyal to particular brands however and tend to buy whatever's cheapest or on offer.
I was a bit dubious when Stella brought out Stella Cidre, not being a fan of Stella lager I didn't really know what to expect but as it was on offer I thought I would try some. It has since become my favourite bottled brand cider; it's not too bubbly and fizzy and tastes smooth and very pleasant. Like some ciders it doesn't have a chemical taste too it and the apple taste really comes forward.
It comes in either cans or bottles, the bottles being of thick glass and looking professional and appealing, having a metallic label and foil cap. You can often pick it up on offer in most supermarkets, at the time of writing this review in Tesco a single bottle is £1.99 or on an offer of 4 for the price of 3. A pack of 8 bottles is £10 or 2 for £17 and a pack of 4 cans is £4.
This is the perfect cider for enjoying on a warm, summers day in the garden or at a BBQ and is a nice crisp and refreshing cider.
Details - :
* ABV - 4.5%
* Bottles - 568ml
* Cans - 440ml
I've had loads of problems with different brands of deodorant in the past, I'm sensitive to deodorant and a lot make me cough and get on my chest a lot. As well as this I have found that some brands of deodorant leave white marks and don't last very long at all. This isn't the case with Nivea invisible anti-perspirant.
After a lot of experimenting with different deodorants I finally settled with this one, it hasn't made me cough once when using it and has never left white marks on tops. It also has Anti-yellow staining to protect white t-shirts. It dries very quickly after applying and lasts for a good while, the can says it lasts for 48 hours which is a bit of an exaggeration though. I usually only have to use it once in the morning to have full protection for the day. If I'm working I use it twice in the day. This deodorant doesn't contain alcohol or colorants so it's good for your skin too
It has a very slight fragrance which is floral and pleasant but if you want to smell nice too you would have to use a body spray alongside the anti-perspirant.
I picked up a 150ml for 99p in bodycare, supermarkets do sell it but unless it's on offer can often retail at around £2-£3 for a can.
Overall this Is a really good deodorant which is good for your skin , dries very quickly and doesn't leave white marks.
I love the Impulse range of body sprays, although they are aimed mainly at younger teenagers I still regularly purchase them and I'm 19.
There are loads of different varieties and smells but they all come in the same sort of design. They come in a 75ml can which is the perfect size for storing in your bag when out and about or for keeping in your car for a quick spritz. The design is usually a floral, pretty pattern, on this particular one is a heart made up of lilac and purple flowers. The can lid is a twist type meaning you can't lose the lid which happens to me quite a lot and is easy to open and close.
The body spray is very easy to use, all you do is hold down the lid and the scent comes out in a fine mist which doesn't leave wet, sticky patches like some body sprays do.
Impulse body sprays are usually cheap, I picked this one up for 99p in bodycare but most supermarkets useually have them at low prices and often have offers and deals on them.
The description of the scent on this one is 'a blend of wild violet notes and white wood scents', I don't really get that from this fragrance. It's not overpowering but instead very under powering, I found that the scent faded after about 15 minutes and couldn't really identify and particular smells. I found it quite chemical and synthetic and was overall quite disappointed with this particular impulse product.
All in all I was disappointed with this body spray and won't be buying it again.
I love hot chocolate but I've found that with some brands they don't taste very choclately, defeating the object of hot chocolate I feel! After my Dad bought some of these I tried the Mint one and fell in love straight away. Even though they are the lighter option with less calories and low in fat, Options really is the best instant hot chocolate I have tried.
It's easy to make, they come in 11 gram packets which you simply pour into a mug, add a little bit of cold milk to make it taste nicer and mix it with boiling water. The hot chocolate dissolves really well and doesn't leave clumps at the bottom which I have found is the case with a lot of other instant hot chocolate brands.
There are several different flavours including mint, hazelnut, orange, white chocolate and Belgian chocolate. Although they are all tasty the mint variety is definitely my favourite and provides a perfect blend of mint and chocolate flavour. They are easy to store as they are small sachets and have a good shelf life.
The calories vary depending on which one you try but the mint one only contains 38 calories per cup. They cost around 27p per one or at most supermarkets they have multi buy deals on them. At Tesco at the time of writing this review they have a buy 4 for £1 deal on-going.
Mint Madness Details:
Ingredients - : Whey Powder,Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (20%) ,Acacia Gum ,Belgian Chocolate (6%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring) ,Dried Glucose Syrup ,Skimmed Milk Powder ,Vegetable Oil ,Salt ,Thickener (Xanthan Gum) ,Natural Mint Flavouring ,Sweetener (Aspartame) ,Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin) ,Anti-Caking Agent (E551) ,Stabiliser (E340)
Nutrition per serving - :
* Energy 161kJ
* Protein 1.4g
* Carbohydrate 5.4g
* Fat 0.8g
Larry Crowne was released in 2011, directed by Tom Hanks and starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts as lead roles. Although it did catch my attention when in the cinema I didn't go and see it and only recently picked it up cheaply on DVD and sat down and watched it. First impressions of the film were that it was quite slow going and it took quite a while to actually get to the main story line but it's good watching and a good chick flick, relaxing movie.
The story's main character is Larry Crowne (played by Tom Hanks) who loses his long term job, he decides to enrol at a local college to start his life over where he becomes part of an varied group of students. He develops a crush on his teacher (Julia Roberts) and goes on a journey where he rediscovers life and love.
This isn't the best Tom Hanks film I've seen, the story although with some inspirational parts and wow moments can get a bit tedious and repetitive but for a chick flick it's a film you can just stick on and not have to pay too much attention to.
I found that Julia Roberts acting in parts was a bit flat, granted she does play a bored and disgruntled college teacher, but I found that it just needed something extra to make it a worthy performance. One character that I thought was really well cast and played was Talia, played by Gugu Mbatha -Raw who helps Larry put reorganise his life and home and shows that friendship isn't based on age.
The film does have some humouring moments in it, some of the best coming from George Takei (Star trek) who plays one of Larry Crownes teachers, as well as romantic moments provided by Hanks and Roberts.
Although an easy watching and overall pleasing film I can't help but feel that this film was missing something and could have been a lot better. Good for if you want a relaxed, girlie movie night but not one for serious film critics.
The cost at the time of writing this review is £5 on Amazon as new or from £1.76 used. I picked up this DVD as part of 3 for £5 at That's Entertainment.
* Running time - 95 minutes approx.
* Classification - 12
* Contains moderate sex references and one use of strong language
* Studio - Studiocanal
* Format - PAL
I feel ashamed to have only discovered Caro Emerald and her music quite recently, it's not the usual thing I listen to but I am completely hooked and am addicted to the album. Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor is Caro Emeralds debut album, released in January 2010 produced by the record label Grandmono Records in the Netherlands and then later in October 2010 released in the UK and other European countries.
The sound produced by Caro Emerald is a mixture of pop and jazz and is very catchy, loveable and instantly puts me in a good mood whenever I listen to her.
The tracks are of fast tempo and make great party, gym or even housework music. It's very easy listening and you'll find yourself bopping up and down and singing her songs long after you've listened to them.
Caro Emerald has a very softly sung voice which compliments the heavier Jazz background music and reminds me a lot of Lily Allen both in voice and lyrical style.
The album consists of 12 songs and lasts approximately 47 minutes; the songs vary in length from around 3-4 minutes.
* That Man
* Just One Dance
* Riveria Life
* Back It Up
* The Other Woman
* Absolutely Me
* You Don't Love Me
* Dr.Wanna Do
* I Know That He's Mine
* A Night Like This
* The Lipstick on his Collar
*That Man - Very lively and makes you want to dance, it gets stuck in your head very easily so beware!
*Back it up - Again very catchy and full of life, extremely toe tapping and one I listen to over and over again.
*You Don't Love Me - This has a very 50's feel to it with the smooth sax intro.
*The Lipstick on his collar - This is a slightly softer song which has a soulful feel and is a very sexy song.
The whole album shows off Caro Emeralds musical talent and there's no song that I get bored with halfway through and want to skip (A habit that I have with a lot when listening to music). The sound is unique and in a strange way is music that you can relax to or dance around to. Many of the songs remind me of something you would hear in the background of a 1950's film.
I found that a few of the songs do sound very similar but this doesn't annoy me as Caro Emerald obviously has her own style and as much of her music contains a lot of Jazz rhythms and backing this is to be expected.
At the time of writing this review the album is retailing at £6.99 brand new on Amazon or prices from £5.40 used. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Jazz, upbeat music or just wants to try something a bit different.
Like I said at the start of my review, this style of music isn't usually my first choice but I absolutely love it, in a world where there's so many commercial, samey bands Caro Emerald really injects a dash of something distinctive and fresh.
I know that a lot of people were a bit dubious when it was announced that Tim Burton was directing a new version of Alice in Wonderland with it being a favourite classic amongst many but I was ecstatic. Alice in Wonderland is my favourite books and Tim Burton my favourite director so it couldn't have been better in my eyes. Of course I knew that it was going to probably be wacky, confusing and dark like many of Burtons films and a lot of people didn't like this but I feel that Burton has breathed life back into the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland and gave it his own unique and modern twist.
The film starts with Alice as a six year old having strange dreams featuring odd characters, the film then fast forwards fourteen years and Alice is about to be proposed to by Hamish Ascot. At the engagement party she escapes the crowd and falls down a rabbit hole. Arriving in a strange place called 'Underland' she finds herself in a world like the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking creatures. Alice realises that she is there for a reason, to defeat the Jabberwocky and restore the rightful Queen to her throne.
The casting for this film is absolute genius, as always and as is the norm now Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter appear as main characters. Depp as the Mad Hatter, bringing him to life and playing all of his quirky traits brilliantly and making him a loveable character and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, again the perfect character for her personality and played beautifully. Mia Wasikowsa plays Alice and at times I thought her performance was a bit flat and could have been better but nevertheless she does make a good Alice.
CGI plays a big part in the film with the Cheshire Cat, Dormouse, March Hare and many other characters being CGI, these look realistic whilst still keeping a cartoony, mystical edge to them. The scenery is typical for Burton's films and is gothic, vibrant and simply capturing. Even the costumes have a gothic, Burton touch to them and although in keeping with the original Alice in Wonderland characters have a modern twist to them.
The film retains the classic Alice in Wonderland features such as the rabbit hole, the 'eat me' and 'drink me' and the Queen shouting 'OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!' but brings in a lot of new quirks which you spot as you watch the film.
Although I'm obviously biased, I believe that this is a really strong and modern twist on a classic tale and hopefully will make the legacy of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll live for a fair few more years.
I first got my iPod touch when my friend gave it to me because they had upgraded and no longer needed it. Of course I was overjoyed to be getting something for free that would have cost me around about £100 or more but after having the iPod for about three weeks I realised what a waste of money it would have been if I had bought one myself.
For a start there just isn't enough space on this version of the iPod touch, at only 8GB this meant I could fit about 2000 songs on it and just songs alone, this wasn't good enough for me as I wanted to download apps as well and these take up a lot of space. There are also preinstalled apps which take up quite a bit of space such as the gallery and internet browser. If you are after an MP3 purely for music then this one definitely isn't for you. The second problem I found is that the screen scuffs, scratches and even cracks very easily, one drop and you've got yourself a cracked screen. This happened to me and although it is still usable it becomes annoying when using some apps and watching videos. In hindsight I should have bought a case for it and would recommend anyone buying one to get one.
There are a lot of good features about the iPod touch though so don't be put off, for a start it looks attractive; it's slim and very portable. The sound quality is very good but this also depends on the quality of the headphones you use and there are even inbuilt speakers, these are quite quiet but good for if you want to watch a YouTube video and can't be bothered to faff around with headphones. There are tons of apps you can download from the Apple store, either from I-tunes or on the device itself. These vary from games to films, books, maps, alarm clocks etc. There's pretty much an app for everything, some cost money but a lot are free. You can also transfer photos on to iPod from your computer and set these as your background. The screen is very big and clear enough to watch films on.
Overall this iPod wasn't for me, maybe if I had one with more memory I would feel differently but the 8GB is limited space when you take into consideration apps and photos as well as music. The screen is also far too weak. If you're looking for purely a music player then look elsewhere.