Bestselling Teen & Young Adult Films in 2021
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe Book 2)
- Mariner Books
Flowers for Algernon
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)
The Little Prince
Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy (Villains)
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch (Villains)
- Disney Press
The Giver Movie Tie-In Edition (Giver Quartet Book 1)
"From Up on Poppy Hill" (2020) Played Tug-a-War with Us
This is a sweet story that revolves around young love and the power of unity between kids who really like their clubhouse, which may be demolished by the city. This film had something in it, there were smidgens of something special, but it was spotted.
What were the things that worked for me? Well the story was good enough for me to care and the characters were developed correctly. The music, like I said before worked for me as well. The romance was sweet, but it lacked that beauty that has become a staple from Studio Ghibli. The comedy worked for me, too, and while I didn't bust out laughing, I did smile here and there. Oh and the background to this love story was cute too, the cause of the teenagers in this school (which include our couple) of saving a clubhouse was admirable.
What didn't work? As the film came to an end, the romance began to poke at my enjoyment of this film, and it kept me at bay. We learn a truth about the past of these two, then we unlearn it and learn it again, it played a tug-a-war that was just a little too convenient. Before this I was into the story but as soon as this began I felt like I was watching something scripted again, something fake, if you get my drift? It's not that I disagree with what was revealed, I actually was excited, I thought I was going to watch a strong philosophical dilemma between two young lovers but that wasn't the case. I guess the ending was my problem and the cause for my muffled Phix, so yeah, watch it with reservations as you'll only get a mild-Phix.