I have another movie review for you all today! Something I find myself doing quite regularly is continuously watching true crime videos on youtube (on that note, a youtuber I would highly recommend if you love watching true crime videos too is Kendall Rae). When I found out that Zac Effron would be staring in a movie all about Ted Bundy, I just knew I had to watch it. I found the Netflix series about Ted Bundy really intriguing so I couldn't wait to see what the film would be like.

WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT? 
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is a true story and follows the story of Ted Bundy, an american serial killer. It also follows the views of Elizabeth Kloepfer and her struggles with coming to terms of dating a serial killer. It's hard to completely explain without telling you the whole story.

MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS
Something that I appreciated about this film is how quick paced it was. It made the experience really engaging and it made me want to keep on watching. Along side this, it was very to the point which I also appreciated. Some films can take ages to get to the point, unnecessarily dragging it out but this one was great because of how to the point it was. Not wasting it's time on pointless scenes. If you're worried about this film being really info dumpy then you need not worry.

Obviously I couldn't not write this review without mentioning the brilliant acting that Zac Effron and Lily Collins performed in the film. Zac Effron as Ted Bundy, was actually uncanny. He really became the character. There was a lot of worry that by casting Effron as Bundy, they would be 'romantising' Bundy but I couldn't have disagreed more. The interesting thing about Bundy is that no one expected him to be a killer, due to his looks and charisma, so by hiring Effron for this job seemed like a perfect decision and Effron did not disappoint in the acting side of things.

Lily Collins also did a fantastic job and she really pulled on my emotions. I can't imagine how it must have felt, finding out that the man  you love was actually a serial killer and Collins really showed the emotions that Elizabeth was probably feeling throughout the Bundy trial incredibly well. Some scenes I found difficult to watch as you could really see the pain in Collins/Elizabeth's eyes.

Finally, I absolutely loved the attention to detail. If you have watched the Netflix documentary on Ted Bundy, they showed televised clips of Ted Bundy, throughout the case. In Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, some of the scenes were identical to these clips. Identical down to the what they wore, what they said and where they said it. It was beautifully done. It gave the film a more immersive feel, especially if you were familiar with the original clips.

MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS 
I adored Lily's acting and before I went into this film, I had the assumption that this film was going to be followings Lily's character (Elizabeth) and look more into her perspective of the situation. Though we did get this, I did think there would be more which left me feeling a little disappointed. I also thought that there would be more build up and more background before the killings occurred. Giving us a little more understanding behind Bundy's and Elizabeth's relationship. It just felt a little rushed in that department. Something else that ties into this is that even though I enjoyed how quick paced it was, the story was a little jumpy and there were definitely a few gaps where we could have had an extra scene explaining the situation a little better.

My final negative point was that I thought it would be darker. Maybe see more of the darker moments of Bundy.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

Overall, I did really enjoy this movie. I loved Zac Effron and Lily Collins acting and I really appreciated the nods to the original case. It just made the film really immersive and intriguing. We will never fully understand Ted Bundy but I definitely think this film was done well. If you want to understand Bundy a little more, I would recommend the Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix if you haven't watched it already. Have you watched this film?
I really love reading monthly favourites posts so I thought it would be fun to start writing some up too! I loved a fair few things during the month of April so I have split them up into 5 categories (beauty, fashion, books, film/TV & miscellaneous). I really hope you enjoy reading through my monthly favourites!

BEAUTY
During the end of April and continuing on in the month of May, I have been trying to clear my skin and revamp my makeup items, in the hopes of having clearer skins and being happy wearing less makeup. There are a few products I have been loving but something I have been loving the most is The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner (link). Since using it, I have definitely noticed my skin clearing up. The toner is designed to encourage spots to come quicker but also eradicate them quicker. I use this daily, morning and night and I really have seen a difference in the volume of spots I have on my skin. I would 100% recommend if you are trying to clear up your skin however, be careful if you have sensitive skin, as tea tree can be quite harsh.

FASHION
I absolutely love styling my hair with scrunchies or head bands and so when I discover Magic Dreams Wishes (link) etsy store through instagram, I knew I had to make an order. If you don't know, Magic Dreams Wishes, creates the most adorable Disney scrunchies (as well as Minnie Ear headbands). I had been looking for some Disney scrunchies for quite some time, so I was incredibly pleased when I discovered Magic Dreams and Wishes. I ordered 8 different scrunchies because I couldn't decide on just 1 or 2. I especially love my Aladdin scrunchie and Winnie the Pooh scrunchie.

I was in need of some new trainers last month (my current ones were looking pretty grim) so I treated myself to some Nike Air Max 97s (link) and I am obsessed with them. I mean, they aren't the 'prettiest' of trainers but I love how they look and I know they will be perfect when Matt & I are at Disney due to how comfortable they are.

BOOKS
I didn't get a lot of reading done in April, check out my reading round up here, but I did read Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix and I'm now on such a Harry Potter fix. I absolutely love the films and I am 100% loving my journey whilst reading the books. If you are like me and love the films but haven't read the books then please read the books! I really wish I had read them years ago! Better late than never though!

FILM/TV
If you don't follow me on instagram (link) then you wouldn't know that I have made the decision of finally watching the MCU movies. I know, it's been a long time coming and I am now kicking myself that I didn't watch them years ago when they all started to come out as I am loving them so much. So far, Thor is definitely my favourite and I also love Spidey! I still haven't watched Endgame so please, no spoilers if you've seen it! 

Something else I have been loving, is obviously Game of Thrones. It's been a journey and so far, this final series is killing my emotions but I am enjoying them. I can't believe we now only have 2 episodes left! It's going far too quickly!

MISCELLANEOUS
Finally, we are on to my last two favourites of last month. The first one being that I was cast as an Advance Dancer in Our House. I am so excited to start rehearsals for this show. Annoyingly, I'm unable to attend rehearsals until June due to completing my final hurdle of university but once that is complete, I will be starting rehearsals and I just can't wait!

Lastly, it was Fast Pass+ Day in April! If you don't know what is, it's the day you're able to book your fast passes for your Disney World trip. Matt and I managed to book all the fast passes that we wanted and now we are so incredibly excited to go on our trip next month!
There you have all my favourites from the month of April! I really enjoyed writing up this post so I really hope you enjoyed reading it too. What were your favourites during the month of April? I would love to know!


I'm going to be completely honest, April was a slow month for me in regards to reading. I honestly think this was down to my dissertation being due at the end of March and so my motivation to read dropped. It was really frustrating too as I wanted to spend my Easter reading but unfortunately, my dissertation took it out of me and I needed a well deserved break. 
Though April was a slow month, I did get two books finished and I loved both of them! Which definitely makes up for the lack of reading I did in April. 

APRIL WRAP UP
1. Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror?
This book. I don't even know where to start. It's been a long time coming and I have been meaning to read the 5th book in the Harry Potter series for years and I am now so thankful that I have finally read and finished it. I honestly really enjoyed this book even though it's one of the darker books in the series. You follow Harry as he's going through PTSD which is so painful to witness. However, the light moments do shine through which definitely helps as so much upsetting and depressing things are happening throughout this year of Hogwarts. I didn't think Professor Umbridge could get any worse but oh man, she is 100% worse in the books. Every time she popped up in the story I instantly felt angry and dreaded what awful thing she was going to do next. This book kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the whole story. Another aspect I loved was reading about DA and the journey they all go through. It felt like I was there taking the classes from Harry as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and enjoyed seeing the differences between the film and the book (which there is a lot of) and falling in love with characters I already love so dear (especially George and Fred!).

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


2. Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself by Matthew Gray Gubler

Rumple Buttercup has 5 crooked teeth, 3 strands of hair, green skin, and his left foot is slightly bigger than his right. He is weird. Join him and Candy Corn Carl (his imaginary friend of trash) as they learn the joy of individuality as well as the magic of belonging. 
If you have been following my blog/twitter/instagram over the last year, you will know that I am a BIG fan of criminal minds. So when Matthew Gray Gubler (an actor from the show) announced that he was releasing a book, I knew I had to get my hands on it (especially because I am definitely in love with Matthew Gray Gubler).

The main reason why I loved this book was the message it gave by the end. It has such a beautiful message telling us (the reader) that no matter what, everyone is weird in their own way and you should embrace your 'weird' quirks and be happy in the skin you have. You feel for Rumple as he hides in the sewer thinking that he doesn't deserve to venture out of his sewer home because he thinks he is weird. It's quite heart breaking. Even though the story is so simple, it brings a powerful message for not only kids but adults too.

Another quirk with this book is that Matt illustrated the whole thing himself. This book is really a little bit of him and his personality that I adore. I felt somewhat connected with him whilst reading it and it's an illustrated book I will cherish.

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

MAY TBR 
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Of course Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince would be on my TBR as I am in such a Potter mood, I want to continue on with this series! I feel so connected with the characters too at the moment that I want to continue on the emotional journey that is the last two books of Harry Potter.
Last month I started The Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn and so far I'm really enjoying it. I love Connie as a person and I have been following her on youtube for quite some time now so I'm really looking forward to finishing this book. Finally, I'm in a really summary mood which means I'm also in a really contemporary mood. I have picked up The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson as I really enjoyed her other book Since You've Been Gone. I thought it was time to read a few more of her books!

There you have my April Wrap Up and May TBR! I really hope I read the books that I said I would as I'm really looking forward to getting lost in some stories (especially when I need to escape from exam stress). What did you read in April? and what have you got planned to read this month? I'd love to know!

The latest Disney movie to be released was Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton. I was incredibly keen to see this film as I'm a lover of the original and the trailer got me crying as soon as I started watching it. I was also really excited to see how Tim Burton would direct this film, as he is known for making dark but lovable films! 

WHAT IS THE FILM ABOUT?
If you haven't seen the original animation film then I'll give you a quick description of what this film is all about. A young elephant who was born with abnormally large ears. Those ears give the little elephant Jumbo Jr/Dumbo a lot of grief but he soon learns, along with some human friends that they also give him the ability to fly! The circus Dumbo is owned by goes on a new venture but as they get deeper, everything doesn't seem as magical.

 

MY POSITIVE THOUGHTS
What I loved about this film, was how Tim Burton added so many nods to the original film. The way he slid them in, was really well done and it gave me such a nostalgic feeling whilst I was watching the film. I especially loved the 'Elephants on Parade' scene as Dumbo's reaction was just perfect and I also loved how it was done differently to the original, making it more magical than scary! Something else that links in with this, is that I loved the musical score, composed by Danny Elfman. It was so beautiful and again, like Tim Burton, Danny Elfman mixed his own musical vision with the old sound score from the original animation film. It was beautifully done.

Like I said, I was really looking forward to Tim Burton's directing direction with this film and I was pleasantly satisfied. He definitely put a darker cloud over circus' which I definitely think was needed as animals in circus' are frowned upon and back when Dumbo (1941) was released, animals in circus' were still a thing. There were some moments which were quite difficult to watch but again, I think is was needed to portray the negative views towards animals in circus'.

I thought the acting in this film was also great and I love seeing child actors succeed and excel. It must have been really difficult for Nico Parker (Milly Farrier) and Finley Hobbins (Joe Farrier) to act certain scenes when with Dumbo as most of the time, he wouldn't have been there (CGI magic). There is a certain scene, where Milly has an emotional talk to Dumbo and it was lovely. You could really see all the emotion in her eyes and it made me choke up. I really hope we see more of Nico Parker in more future films. It was also lovely to see Danny DeVito (Max Medici) back on the big screen and he played his part superbly too! He was funny but charming and loyal, which is everything you want from a circus ring leader! Other actors that were also great throughout the film were Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton and Eva Green.

Now, I couldn't not talk about Dumbo. I was worried that the CGI would be off putting but Dumbo was adorable and beautiful. You can tell he is CGI but it's done well enough that it isn't off putting and he looks pretty real! I really did love him and I definitely lost a tear here and there as he was just adorable. 


MY NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Lets talk about the things that I didn't love about this film. I think the main issue I had with this film is that it dragged. The original film is only 1hr 4mins long, where as this film is 1hr 52mins long, almost a whole hour longer than the original film. Obviously, the film definitely needed to be longer as most films now are at least two hours long but because Dumbo is such a simple yet sweet story, I found the film dragged a little. I didn't 100% enjoy the second half of the film but I know it was needed to give the film more depth. Because I found the film to drag a little, I lost interest near the end of the film and I didn't find it as emotional as I was finding it at the start of the film, which for me is a shame as I was expecting a real tear-jerker.

I also found that I didn't feel very connected to the other members of the circus. There is a moment near the end of the film where you are supposed to feel sorry for the members of the circus but as I didn't feel very connected to these characters, I didn't feel the emotion that the film wanted me to feel.


FINAL THOUGHTS
I did enjoy this film. It's a lovely family film but I wouldn't rush back to watch it again. Like I said, I understand it had to be stretched out a little to give the story a little more depth, however I just didn't 100% enjoy the direction they took the film. Maybe because it was a little predictable? I don't know but that's probably the reason I wouldn't rush to see it again. But I did enjoy the film. I loved the CGI version of Dumbo and I loved the child actors in the film too because they did so well! So my final thoughts on Dumbo, is that I enjoyed it but I didn't love it

Have you seen Dumbo yet? What are your thoughts on the film? Let me know in the comments below. 

I'm still so over the moon that I am finally back blogging. I can say goodbye to dissertation stress and just focus on the final two assignments I have due and two exams, which does still seem a lot but it's nothing compared to dissertation stress, so I am in a very chipper mood. I'm currently sipping a tea (I know, it's not my 'brand' - I should be sipping a latte... #noregrets) and feeling very content. I could get used to this.Today, I'm going to be sharing with you what books I read in March, my opinions on them and share with you the books that I plan to read in April. Considering I had a lot of dissertation priorities, I did get through a few books which I'm very pleased with.

March Wrap Up

Fence, Vol 2 (#5-8) - C.S. Pascat
 - 4/5 Stars

Nicholas Cox is determined to prove himself in the world of competitive fencing, and earn his place on the Kings Row fencing team, along side sullen fencing prodigy, Seiji Katayama, to win the right to go up against his golden-boy half-brother. Tryouts are well underway at King's Row for a spot on the prodigious fencing team, and scrappy fencer Nicholas isn't sure he's going to make the grade in the face of surly upperclassmen, nearly impossibly odds, and his seemingly unstoppable roommate, the surly, sullen Seiji Katavama. It'ss take more than sheer determination to overcome a challenge this big! 

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I don't read many graphic novels but this is definitely one I have been enjoying! It's completely different to any story I have read before and I love the fencing element to it (it's really interesting!). I think I preferred the first volume just a little bit more but I'm still so excited to read the third volume! I think I like graphic novels because they're visually stunning and they're a quick read and sometimes I'm just in the mood for something quick. 

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas
- 5/5 Stars

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times Bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. 

I felt so many emotions whilst reading this book but the main emotion I did feel was 'love' as damn, I love these books and I'm so sad that this trilogy is over. I really enjoyed this book and I loved seeing all my favourite characters. This book was definitely a little slow at the beginning but the end was well worth the wait. I would have to say that 'A Court of Mist and Fury' is still my favourite book out of the three but I was very satisfied with how the trilogy ended. If you haven't read this series, then please do!

April T.B.R

I picked this book up last month and I have only read a few pages. This book is definitely a little out of my comfort zone as it's a adult fantasy which always intimidate me and it's also 800 pages long! However, I'm really hoping to conquer my fear and fully dive into this book this month. It's very ambitious for me but the premise of the story intrigues me so I'm hoping I'll really enjoy this read.

I think whilst I'm reading The Priory of the Orange Tree, I'll read this book! I'm slowly making my way through the Harry Potter books and I'm loving them so far. I haven't read this book before so I'm really excited to see the differences in this book compared to the film (I have heard there are quite a few).

Another book I'd like to get to this month is The Cruel Prince. I read this last year but I can't remember what happened in it and I have yet to read the second book. So I thought it would be wise to reread this book before I jump into The Wicked King. I really do hope I get to this book this month as I thoroughly enjoyed it last year.

Did you read any books in March? What do you plan on reading this Month?