Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio (2022)
PG | 1hr 57min

A father's wish magically brings a wooden boy to life in Italy, giving him a chance to care for the child.

This movie offers a dark and captivating take on a classic fairy tale, almost like an adult version of Pinocchio. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it and was truly amazed by the mesmerizing slow-motion animation. The film's unique approach breathed new life into the familiar story, delving into deeper and more mature themes that kept me engaged from start to finish. The slow-motion animation added an extra layer of visual brilliance, creating a truly immersive and unforgettable cinematic experience. Overall, it was a refreshing and captivating departure from the traditional fairy tale adaptations, leaving a lasting impression on me.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
PG-13 | 2hr 41min

The people of Wakanda fight to protect their home from intervening world powers as they mourn the death of King T'Challa.

What a wonderful birthday treat for me and my boys, marking our first movie post-pandemic! It was truly a special occasion since our last cinema visit was around 3-4 years ago. To make it even more exciting, we got to experience the newly renovated cinema house, and I must say, it exceeded my expectations. The upgraded setting was a significant improvement over the old one, providing a much better viewing environment.

The only downside was that the restroom was quite far from the cinema, unlike before when it was conveniently located near the entrance of each cinema hall. Nevertheless, it didn't overshadow the joy of being back in the cinema after so long.

Admittedly, I didn't have high expectations, as my boys had shared some negative feedback beforehand. However, the movie turned out to be much better than I anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it's worth mentioning that the movie showcased some fantastic girl power moments that I absolutely loved! It was a delightful and empowering experience, and I couldn't help but cheer for the strong female characters throughout the film. All in all, it was a memorable day, and we had a fantastic time celebrating my birthday with an unexpectedly enjoyable movie outing. Girl power all the way! :P.