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Smurfs: The Lost Village
By: Sal Sabila and Randall Perando
Smurfs: The Lost Village is a computer-animated adventure comedy movie. It was released on April 7th, 2017. The movie features celebrities who are the voices behind the animated characters. Some of these stars include Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Julia Roberts, and more. The movie was directed by Kelly Asbury and produced by Jordan Kerner and Mary Ellen Bauder Andrews. The Ontario movie rating for Smurfs is G, which means the movie is appropriate for all audience. The general age of people in the theater was mostly 3-8 years old. There was absolutely no smoking in the movie.
The smurfs are small, blue, and human-like creatures who live by their moral values of honesty and helpful nature. They live peacefully in Smurf Village surrounded by mushroom-shaped houses and big trees. One of the protagonists is Papa Smurf who is the leader of the village. He is wise, elderly, and loving despite his overprotective character. Some of the main characters include the Clumsy Smurf who is easily afraid of a lot of things yet still determined to help a friend in trouble. The smurf “frenemies”, Brainy Smurf and Hefty Smurf, added more fun in this reboot movie. The dynamic between the tech geek, Brainy, who relies his survival strategies on books versus Hefty who mostly cares about his muscles was definitely entertaining to watch. The only girl in the Village and blonde beauty, Smurfette, was created by Gargamel. Gargamel is the antagonist of the movie whose purpose is to capture all smurfs and become the most powerful wizard in the world. If you are wondering how can Gargamel become powerful from smurfs then you need to watch out for that part.
We found the movie heartwarming and uplifting because the movie sends an inspirational life motto: It doesn’t matter where you come from, what matters is what you choose to be. We would definitely recommend this movie for the smurf fans, the young, and the young at heart.
- Did the absence of tobacco affect the plot or quality of the movie? The absence of tobacco did not affect the plot at all. Smurfs is an adventure movie for children. Adding a smoking scene for this movie would be unnecessary and unhelpful in telling a better story.
- Did the caracters appear less believable/realistic because they did not use tobacco? The characters did not appear less realistic because of the absence of tobacco use. Throughout the movie, Brainy has scenes where we could see him reading books and using gadgets. Like the rest of the smurfs, Brainy’s character is very straightforward. So, adding a scene of a smurf smoking tobacco would be inconsistent with any character. But if the movie had Gargamel smoking then the message would be also harmful to children and inconsistent to his character. Gargamel is resourceful and is not as glamorous as Cruella de Vil from 101 Dalmatians. In addition, smoking as part of his character is contradictory to tobacco industry’s glamorization of smoking.
- Why do you think the movie-makers chose to keep tobacco out of this movie? The movie-makers chose to keep the movie tobacco-free for the target audience who are children. The most audience for this film is under the age of 10. The movie focuses on the altruistic behavior of smurfs and Gargamel’s obsession with power. Tobacco use on the movie would show glamorization of smoking which is unfitting for any character.
- What are the benefits of not having tobacco present on the screen? One of the benefits is that anyone can watch it and parents would not have to worry about their children getting influenced by tobacco use after watching this movie.
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Sing (2016)-animation film
Sing is a 2016 American computer-animated musical-comedy film featuring the voices of Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Hudson and many more. It was released on December 21st by Universal Pictures. “Sing” was released in Canada on September 11th through Toronto Film Festival. The movie personifies different animals with different personal attributes.
The movie starts with a koala bear, called Moon, trying to save his theatre with a singing competition. When printing out the flyers, instead of $1,000 koala’s assistant manager accidentally typed $100, 000 (extra two zeroes) which highly encouraged animals from all over the city to gather for audition with high hopes and dreams. Koala doesn’t realize the mistake until a friend of his shows him the flyer. After the audition, about 5 solo singers have been chosen to sing at the final competition. All these singers have different background and different obstacles that they overcome to participate in the competition. After realizing the mistake, Moon did not want to upset anyone. So, he decided to keep the mistake a secret. Will he be able to tell them the truth, and will the competition go on?
Liked or disliked and would recommend or not?
We liked the movie because it had an important lesson to it that is: “keep working hard to pursue your dream”. However, the movie could’ve been more creative, it seemed too simple. Definitely recommend to watch as a family.
Smoking in the movie?
Yes, there was tobacco in the movie! Moon was smoking when he was feeling sad that his theatre was in trouble. However, smoking wasn’t necessary to show that moon was upset at all!
Movie review by: Tarneem Afify, Lamar Afify and Sal Sabila
Movie Title: La La Land
Movie Critic: Jenny Bui
Movie Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance Musical
Ontario Movie Rating: PG-13
Opening Date: December 16, 2016
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
Director: Damien Chazelle
General age of people in the theatre: 20yrs+
Tobacco Use: several instances (<10) throughout the movie (cigarettes)
La La Land is a musical about a relationship unfolding between two artists, an aspiring actress and an aspiring jazz musician, who happen to cross paths at just the right moments in time. Throughout the movie, the audience will come to discover that this is more than just a romance flick at surface level—there are themes strongly linked to bravery and perseverance.
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are one of my favourite on-screen couples and I believe that their compatibility truly shines through in this movie, especially during the magical scenes where they’ve perfected synchronized dance routines in tap dancing shoes! I’m also not the type of person to choose a musical as one of my top movie options, but watching La La Land was definitely a game-changer (disclaimer: this is coming from someone who last watched the High School Musical series) and a choice that I do not regret in the slightest.
The presence of tobacco use occurs several times (<10) throughout the movie and involves background characters smoking cigarettes. In one scene, there appeared to be an individual smoking amongst a small crowd of non-smokers. This movie does not show the real health effects and consequences of secondhand smoke, which is a very important issue to discuss because the aftermath of secondhand smoke exposure is largely misinformed and considered underwhelming compared to firsthand smoke. After witnessing that scene, I felt discomforted because the portrayal of secondhand smoke was not taken seriously. I have no doubt in mind that the audience wouldn’t have minded if the smoking was removed from that scene because the primary focus was on the main characters and the developing story line. Overall, the occurrence of smoking in this movie was largely unnecessary and I would strongly encourage movie-goers to think about the real health effects and consequences of smoking while watching.
Release Date: 09/30/2016
Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis
Classification du film en Ontario: PG
Date d’ouverture: 2005
Réalisateur: George Clooney
Vedettes: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels
Critique du film: Madeleine Asselin
Récemment, j’ai visionné le film Good Night and Goo d Luck réalisé par George Clooney,
et introduit au public en 2005. Ce documentaire-fiction met en vedette Robert Downey Jr.,
George Clooney, Patricia Clarkson et David Strathairn. Le film est classifié PG pour l’usage du
tabac (cigarettes et cigares) et le fumage à la chaîne.
Le film se déroule aux États Unis au début des années 50 et discute du communisme et
des menaces que cette idéologie représentait aux yeux des américains. Les caractères
principaux sont le journaliste Edward R. Murrow de CBS et son producteur Fred W. Friendly qui
décident d’exposer un sénateur puissant Joseph McCarthy pour ses actions controverses relié
à ses tentatives d’incriminer tout communistes. En retour, le sénateur accuse les reporteurs
d’alliance aux organisations communistes, ce qui a un grand effet sur leurs carrières et vie
personnelle. Cependant, ils tiennent à leurs convictions pour faire tomber l’un des sénateurs les
plus controversés du temps.
Good Night and Good Luck est un bon film éducatif et très intéressant. Robert Elswit, le
directeur de photographie a fait preuve de talent cinématographique dans le tournage de ce
film. Cette période à affecter plusieurs Américains, donc il est profitable de s’informer à son
sujet. Par contre le film semblait être un peu trop long et si on ne connaît pas quelques
informations de bases de cet événement, il est facile de se mélanger. Je le recommande aux
plus vieux avec un intérêt dans les politiques.
Le tabagisme est un élément majeure dans le film Good Night and Good Luck. Les
personnages, surtout des hommes entre leurs vingtaine et quarantaine, avaient toujours une
cigarette entre les doigts ou dans la bouche. Ils avaient une deuxième cigarette d’allumer avant
même que la première soit terminée. Les comédiens fumaient principalement durant des temps
stressants ou pour célébrer les réussites. Le fumage ne joue pas un gros rôle dans l’intrigue
mais il est important dans la mise en scène puisque l’histoire se déroule dans les années 1950.
La fumée de la cigarette était souvent exagérée pour créer un effet mystérieux et attrayant. Le
film présente aucunement les effets et les conséquences du tabac sur la santé de soi.
En conclusion, le film Good Night and Good Luck est un film traitant sur la crise du
communisme aux États-Unis. Cette production est parfaite pour les passionnés de politique,
mais il faut se méfier de l’usage excessif du tabac.