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The Curse of Bridge Hollow Review | A Fun, But Forgettable Halloween Flick

“Exactly what it says on the tin”. A fun, predictable, forgettable and unoriginal Halloween flick, that delivers on everything it needs too.

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This Goosebump’s esque Netflix Original is everything but original. That being said The Curse of Bridge Hollow is exactly what it sets out to be. A fun, family friendly Halloween treat to keep little ones and some adults entertained for a solid hour and a half.

The Curse of Bridge Hollow follows a science teacher (Marlon Wayans) and his daughter (Priah Ferguson) as they team up in an attempt to save their town from an ancient mischievous spirit that causes all the Halloween decorations to come to life. They must defeat this evil spirit before midnight, or else the evil spirit will be here to stay, forever.

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If you are going into this movie, a horror fan or someone expecting a great new Halloween flick to watch every year, well then let me just stop you right there, because this isn’t the film for you. Instead this is a forgettable but fun Halloween flick that kids will adore. Nevertheless, many adults will still get a kick out of it. I know I did in some moments. Thankfully the film doesn’t do anything more than it set out to be, The Curse of Bridge Hollow knows what it is and just runs with it, and I have to give it credit for that.

The cast was a treat, although no one delivers any career best performances by any stretch, it was fun seeing this cast together. Marlon Wayans was funny in some moments, but with the film being a family movie, his style of comedy, and I never thought I would say it, was surely missed. Priah Ferguson gave a great performance, and Priah and Wayans bounced off of each other seemlessly. But perhaps the best was undoubtedly Rob Riggle, who as always is such a delight to watch on screen.

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The comedy does fall a little flat in places, and if it does get you giggling then that will be it, just a little giggle or a “haha” at most. The jokes weren’t clever nor even the slightest bit amusing, instead the humour comes from its cast and of course Marlon Wayans’ excessive screams.

This is a family movie first and formost, so you can easily guess whats going to happen beat for beat. The script is simple and the characters literally tell the audience what is going on and how the film will play out. For The Curse of Bridge Hollow to be any better, the story would have had to be much more original and elevated to a way that we couldn’t guess how the story will unfold pretty much perfectly. But for what the film sets out to be, this is neither here not there.

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Like I previously stated, this does share alot of similarities with Goosebumps, to which I couldn’t overlook and couldn’t help but think “Boy, I wish I was watching Goosebumps right now”. Although The Curse of Bridge Hollow isn’t terrible, there are far better Halloween family films that I encourage you to watch instead. I know, this may sound harsh, but The Curse of Bridge Hollow honestly, isn’t a bad movie. It will undoubtedly get you in the Halloween spirit and there is enough fun and laughter to be had to keep anyone entertained for a quick hour and a half.

All in all, The Curse of Bridge Hollow succeeds in what it sets out to do. Whilst not very original, the film still offers some fun and laughs to get you into the Halloween spirit.

The Curse of Bridge Hollow is available now to stream on Netflix.

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Olly Dyche is an accomplished Film, TV, and Video Game Journalist from the UK. As a member of the International Film Society of Critics, the self-appointed professional nerd has earned his place as an established critic, writer, and interviewer.

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First Look The Witcher: Season 4

The journey continues. Here’s your first look at Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia.

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Netflix 2024

Creator:

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

Cast:

Liam Hemsworth, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

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The journey continues. Here’s your first look at Liam Hemsworth as Geralt of Rivia.

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Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 Review: Have They Lost Their Spark?

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Sam Phillips as Lord Debling, Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

Dearest gentle reader, Lady Whistledown is back for another Bridgerton season, and this time for her own love story (the ton doesn’t need to know). Classy as ever, Bridgerton Season 3 focuses primarily on Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton’s characters Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton as they take their friendship to another level.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington and Luke Newton as Colin Bridgerton

What is Bridgerton Season 3 About?

After focusing on Daphne and Anthony Bridgerton in the first and second seasons, the story is now following Colin Bridgerton’s story with the girl next door. Penelope was many things for Colin but never a love interest. She was his sister’s best friend, a girl next door, a friend, and someone who had a crush on him. It’s no secret for the viewers that Penelope had a huge crush on Colin for years, but our girl finally feels ready to move on and get her life together. She is now in search of a husband after getting her heart broken in the last season.

What Stole the Show?

Apart from Nicola Coughlan getting the most deserving highlight, Netflix did their fan service and gave more screen time to now-extremely popular Benedict Bridgerton. Benedict Bridgerton has always been one of the fan favorite characters but after this season he has certainly got a huge following. Luke Thompson’s charms deserve to be studied in a university. He seems to be people’s new crush and I don’t blame them! The beautifully written dialogues are as usual top notch.

Bridgerton is famous for many reasons, including its orchestral remix of popular songs. This season Pitbull’s ‘Give Me Everything’ is in the limelight as one doesn’t expect such an iconic party song to sound so classy. Huge kudos to the makeup and costume department for carrying the show with its theme gracefully. They certainly grasped the attention and enhanced the characters of the show.

Benedict Bridgerton and Lady Tilley Arnold

Benedict Bridgerton and Lady Tilley Arnold

What’s Bothering Us in The Show?

The scripting of the show seems rushed. It lacks the spice, passion, and the slow burn romance that defines a Bridgerton story. Colin’s character has been poorly developed this time. After being sidelined for the last two seasons this one was supposed to make him the knight in shining armor, but he rather lacks the character. He tries to help Penelope only because he feels guilty for insulting and hurting her. Later on, he ruins her chance with a great suitor only because he feels jealous for not having her. He acts like a child who wants his toy back as soon as some other child starts playing with it. He misses Penelope’s attention after seeing her happy with someone else who wants to marry her. Some may call it ‘true love’ but I believe it’s too immature and childish thing to do for a Bridgerton character. Nothing against Luke Newton but his character development is not helping the show.

Apart from lacking the slow-build and passionate love story, the show seems to have forgotten about Daphne and Simon Basset (played by Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Jean Page) completely. Anthony and Kate Bridgerton (played by Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley) appear in one episode and are not even mentioned in the rest.

Nicola Coughlan – The Show’s Star

Nicola Coughlan is shining brighter than any star in the sky. Both Nicola and Penelope are role models for body positivity. Young girls and women across the globe highly relate to Penelope and seeing her accepting herself, being comfortable in her own skin, and getting a complete makeover to feel more like herself is bound to create a positive wave among the fans. Unlike the last two Seasons, the Third Season is also focusing on other characters of the show as well, as it creates branches and stories for potential upcoming seasons. Yet, no one and nothing shines in front of Nicola Coughlan as she wears her crown with grace.

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington

Is It Better Than Last Two Seasons?

Each Bridgerton story has its unique charm that keeps our eyes glued to the screens. Some love Season 1, others like Season 2, and the rest prefer Season 3 but is it better than the last two? Probably not. Nothing can beat Season 1! As much as the show focuses on the ‘Friends to Lovers’ storyline, it lacks the true essence of romance and no, I’m not talking about the spiciness even though they severely lack to give us butterflies. Polin’s storyline sometimes gives us butterflies but not as much as previous seasons did. The groundwork for the couple was laid since the first season yet they are not coming as strong and passionate as expected.

Bridgerton Season 3 Part 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix. Part 2 will be released on June 13.

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Netflix’s Damsel: Millie Bobby Brown’s Medicore Fantasy Drama Fails Angela Bassett and Robin Wright

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Robin Wright, Millie Bobby Brown and Angela Basett in Netflix's Damsel

Netflix’s latest 109-minute original movie, starring Millie Bobby Brown, unfortunately fails to conquer its audience. The twisted dark fairy tale turns into a fantasy survival thriller as the “damsel in distress” faces betrayal and hardships. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by Dan Mazeau, Damsel offers a beautiful concept with a weak story.

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix's Damsel

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix’s Damsel

The opening narration of the movie, “There are many stories of chivalry where the heroic knight saves the damsel in distress. This is not one of them,” sets the tone of the movie as Elodie (Millie Bobby Brown) was ‘sold’ to another kingdom as a bride only to be betrayed by her husband soon after getting married. Hurt, alone, and frightened, the protagonist soon learns that she has been ‘sacrificed’ for the benefit of the kingdom to a dragon. Survival seems hard for the princess as she comes across the dangers of the majestic creature. Brown’s character soon finds out that she is not the first to be sacrificed. Several brides like her have been thrown away for generations like a stick thrown to a dog.

Damsel offers an unusual and strong concept with captivating visuals and cinematography. The traditional classy costumes and rich makeup style match the theme well. As usual, the Stranger Things star offered outstanding dialogue delivery with expectational expressions.

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix's Damsel

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix’s Damsel

As much as Millie Bobby Brown’s magnificent performance needs to be applauded one cannot help but notice the waste of fine talents. Yes, we’re talking about multiple award winners, veteran actresses Angela Bassett and Robin Wright, who are highly recognized talents out in the world, famous for their spectacular roles in multiple critically acclaimed projects. Brown’s heavy presence leaves no room for Bassett and Wright to shine. It leaves other actors such as Ray Winstone, Nick Robinson, and Brooke Carter far out from the spotlight.

Damsel includes some heart-wrenching action scenes along with many emotional turning points that make Elodie question her life. She is living in fear, facing betrayal, figuring things out, and most importantly, trying to survive all alone in a dark cave. The bland dialogues in between disrupt the flow of the movie, but the rushed conclusion lashes all hopes to the ground! All the buildup was quickly washed away as the movie ends cursory.

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix's Damsel

Millie Bobby Brown in Netflix’s Damsel

The period movie challenges patriarchy, inequality, and gender roles. The protagonist Princess Elodie is an open-minded, strong, progressive-thinking character who can do anything for her people – even if it means giving up her dreams and life in an arranged marriage. The women in the movie are bold, strong, rational, and, protective. It is only fitting that Netflix’s Damsel was released on International Women’s Day as the distressed damsel shows she needs no man in shining armor to protect her from the dangers present in the world. She is a brave, daring, sharp-minded young woman who takes revenge and expresses power when it was needed. Game of Thrones may have set a standard for dragons, but this one is no less. We’re sure Khaleesi would be proud of Elodie!

Damsel is available to stream on Netflix.

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