Tuesday, 21 June 2016

A geeky trip to Madame Tussauds

Recently I took a trip to Madame Tussauds (a wax museum in London). I hadn't been there since I was about 12 years old so I was intrigued to see how it had changed. It turned out I was in for a treat. Not only had the attraction changed but it had improved and catered very well to geeky people like me.

Along with my boyfriend Luke, I wandered round the main celebrity waxwork displays getting selfies with everyone from politicians to pop stars.

We giggled away, amused by seeing the Queen and Miley Cyrus in such close succession. Then we arrived in the section we had been waiting for: the superhero displays.
My moody X-men face

We saw some of our favourite heroes brought to life through wax. We excitedly dashed round like children, getting our pictures taken with the wax incarnations of Spiderman, Hulk, Wolverine and more.

We then patiently queued up to see the Marvel 4D experience where we were transported through a cinematic adventure, where Captain America led us and numerous popular Marvel heroes through a mission in central London.

Then we came to the grand finale... The Star Wars exhibit!

We were greeted by Jedi's from the prequel movies: Qui Gon Jinn and Ewan McGregor's Obi Wan Kenobi. We then saw a moody looking Anakin Skywalker before spotting everyone's favourite smuggler (Han Solo).
Who shot first?

After getting a few pictures sat opposite Han in the famous Mos Eisley Cantina, we moved on to meet the popular droid double act (C3P0 and R2D2) and then sat with Chewbacca in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon.

As if this wasn't already enough excitement we turned round the corner and were suddenly in Yoda's swamp. After striking a few Jedi training poses we moved on to: meet Mr Vader himself, take a seat in Jabba's Palace (minding the Rancor pit) and jump into a father son battle from Episode VI with the Emperor looking over our shoulder.

Finally we had one last Star Wars treat and of course it was in the form of a new addition to the cast: BB8.

We had such a fantastic day out and really enjoyed ourselves. I really recommend Madame Tussauds, it's a great place for family's with children or just big kids like me!


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Why I'm excited for Beauty and the Beast

As you may have already heard there is a new Disney princess movie due to be released next year and it is a live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

If you don’t know the story already, Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairytale about a young woman named Belle who falls in love with a monstrous prince. Disney’s animated telling of the tale came out in cinemas in the early nineties, so it’s clearly time for an update.

I don’t normally get hyped up about Disney films but I have to say that I’m actually quite excited for this release and here’s why...

  •  Firstly this film has a fantastic cast. Emma Watson is taking on the role of Belle and Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens is playing the beast. It seems pretty perfect right? Not to mention that Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci are also members of this fairytale cast!

  • Then there’s the fact that Belle is a brilliant role model for young girls. Not only is this Disney princess beautiful but she’s got brains too! Belle has a thirst for knowledge and uses her book-smart ways to help others as well.

  •  Another reason I am excited is because of Disney’s recent track record with remakes. In recent years we’ve seen classic stories such as Cinderella and The Jungle Book be brought to our screens and for me they were bigger and better than ever before. This makes me even more excited to see what delights are in store for us with this adaptation of this popular fairytale love story.

  •  As well as this, the Beauty and the Beast story also has a great message. It tells a heart-warming tale with the clear moral that you should never judge a book by its cover (or a beast by his claws).

  • Lastly, have you seen the teaser trailer? It looks amazing. It doesn’t give too much away yet but reveals some beautiful shots of the mansion the story is centred around. I am definitely intrigued to see how the film will turn out.

So that’s why I’m so excited for the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film and you should be too. I can’t wait to see it!

Is there any classic Disney film you would like to see remade? Let me know in the comments below.