The 5th Wave

I went and watched The 5th Wave on Sunday evening with my family. I had seen the trailer on TV quite a lot, so it was a film I'd had my eye on going to see for quite a while before it was released. The film has been created based off of a series of books written by Rick Yancey. The 5th wave was released back in 2013 and is the first book in the trilogy, with the last book scheduled to be released in May later this year.

The story is based on a series of alien attacks (also known as "The Others") which are targeted at the planet in order to decimate the human race. The humans in the film call these the "Waves". The first wave - Lights Out - is where the Others take out all lights, technology and electronics, leaving the world in darkness. This starts the killing of the human race because moving vehicles and planes in mid-flight all loose power which creates explosions and crashes. The second wave - Surfs Up - is the creation of tsunamis all over the world which wipes out three billion people. The third wave - Pestilence - is the Others releasing a deadly virus which is intended to wipe out the remaining survivors on earth, which is spread around the world via the earth's birds. The fourth wave - Silencers - is when it becomes unclear who is actually a human and who is an Other as they start overtaking human bodies. The fifth wave is the story that the film follows, where the Others' goal is to take out the remaining humans so they have complete control of the earth.

The film follows a 16-year-old girl called Cassie Sullivan. (Who is played by Chloë Grace Moretz, an absolutely amazing young actress, who I instantly recongised from some of her previous films such as If I Stay, Hugo and Dark Shadows - to name a few.) Cassie's younger brother, Sam, gets recruited by the army, and getting left behind, she does whatever it takes to find and reunite herself with him. During her journey, an accident leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe) and knowing he can help her find her brother she's forced to trust him. Part of the story also follows Ben Parish aka Zombie (Played by Nick Robinson who's recently been in the new Jurassic World, and also played one of the main roles in Melissa and Joey) - who was Cassie's high school crush, before the alien attacks. Ben was also recruited by the army and ends up in the same squad as Sam, Cassie's younger brother. This spin off narrative follows the journey of Ben's squad within the army and the secrets they reveal when they're deployed. 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the 5th wave, the fast moving story, with the layered narrative kept my attention and interest the entire way through, the pace of the film ensured you understood everything that was going on, but it didn't give you a chance to look away and have a chat, because it was constantly moving. I really liked the fact the story follows the two different characters and also shows you what's happening within the army training facility as it splits up the story and allows the audience to see what's going on in each aspect of the plot. I think if they had kept the training facility a big secret from the audience the plot wouldn't have been as captivating as the audience would be constantly wondering if Ben was still alive and what the army were doing with Sam. Overall I would 100% recommend you go and see this film if you like fast moving sci-fi thriller films, there's not really any aspect of "jump scares" or a big element of surprise which makes you jump out of your skin but I think the plot makes up for that with the constant twists and turns, which constantly give you pieces of information.

"Somethings you can never leave behind. They don't belong to your past, they belong to you"

The 5th Wave was released in Cinemas on the 22nd January 2016 click here to watch the trailer and here to book tickets at your local Cineworld. 

Until next time,

Alice x
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Our local Panto this year was Cinderella, and although I haven't been to the panto for years now, when my mum said her Women's Guild were booking tickets to go, me and my sisters jumped at the chance. Cinderella has been my favourite Disney Princess since I was little, and I especially wanted to go and see this show. We went to the panto on the 8th of January and although we were a little bit later going, it was still a full house.

The "Comic Lead" was a circus clown called Tweedy. He played a character called Buttons who was "only given his role just before the start of show as the actual comic lead fell ill". However, this was cleverly done as it meant whenever he walked on stage and shouted "What's my name?" the audience had to remind him of his characters name and reply "Buttons". Buttons was definitely my favourite character, even as an 18 year old girl, I found him absolutely hilarious. Ok so some of the stunts he pulled where he repeatedly did the same 'silly thing' again and again did become annoying even if they did entertain the younger audience members, but for the most part, the jokes he told and the stupid things he did were really funny. My favourite parts were actually when him and William Elliot - who played the Baroness aka Cinderella's mother - made a mistake or created an off-script joke (some of which even made them come out of character because of the hilarity of it). You could tell the actors had done the pantomime together in previous years because of how comfortable they were with improvising jokes whilst their characters were interacting.

I also liked how they included little bits about our town to make it seem as though the story was set in Cheltenham rather than a big city like London or Birmingham - For example the ugly step sisters said things such as "Lets go shopping up Montpellier" (the more expensive shopping area of Cheltenham) - it made the show seem more familiar and relatable and set the show in the present time rather than in the past. They also put there own twist on popular songs such as For the First Time in Forever from Frozen and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran which I think also helped make the panto more modern.

Towards the end of the show they got some of the kids up on stage and asked the whole audience to join in with one of their original songs "These are Talented Shoes" by singing along and copying their hand actions. I think this was a really nice touch to get the audience interacting with them one last time and it was something both children and adults could take part in.

The fun nature of the pantomime has definitely made me want to go next year as well, it makes you feel like a kid again and you aren't embarrassed to join in with the silly activities as everyone is joining in around you anyway. Visiting the theatre isn't something I get to do as often as I'd like because of the costly price of tickets, however whenever I do visit it always reminds me how much I enjoy going to see different shows.

Our local Pantomime has finished now, however, you can look into your local Christmas panto towards the end of the year - it's definitely worth your time and money and it's a great way to enjoy the Christmas or new year spirit with your loved ones.

"Madness, mayhem, laughing till your tummy hurts, that's what's best about Pantomime"

Until Next Time,

Alice x

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The Clothes Show Live 2015

Although the Clothes Show Live takes place at the beginning of December each year I've only just become available to write about it due to working a lot over the Christmas period (that's retail for you). The dates of the clothes show vary each year however it always runs for 5 days at the NEC Birmingham and always includes a weekend.

For the past few years my cousin has invited me and my sisters to go to the clothes show with her however we've always rejected her offers due to the expense of travelling and tickets. But, this year we decided it was time to take a visit and see what all the hype was about and we weren't disappointed. We had booked the 3pm time slot to go into the fashion theatre and watch the official clothes show catwalk so we knew we had plenty of time to look around both before and after our viewing. As soon as we arrived we bumped into Jake Quickenden from the X Factor and after having a quick photo with him we carried on looking around the many stalls and booths scattered around the huge room. We also searched out the paparazzi pen and the celebrity signing area (where celebrities came at different time periods to meet with fans) and the two smaller stages - image catwalk and the olympus pen style studio (where interviews and catwalks were taking place). We later returned to the celebrity signing area to meet Louise Pentland - none other than Sprinkle Of Glitter - we were kindly given a free poster and once we got to the front of the queue we were able to buy her book, so she could sign it (which of course we did). We weren't allowed to take any "selfies" but one of the lovely ladies on her team offered to take photos for each person meaning we still got some (well A LOT) of photos with her - which was really nice. Louise herself was so amazing and genuine she made sure to stop and have a proper conversation with each of us whilst thanking us for making the time to see her and asking how our day was going. If I had the chance to meet her again I definitely would and meeting her has made me love her YouTube videos even more. 

After meeting Louise we lined up to go into one of the photobooths, which was placed inside an old fashioned car (which was super cool). We got four photos and two prints for £5 which wasn't too expensive (especially for a photobooth anyway). After this we carried on wandering around stopping at various stalls whenever we spotted something that interested us. I found a navy blue coat for £20 - which was a total bargain considering how much you would usually pay on the high street. Me and my sister also purchased the Barry M goody bag for £10 which was definitely worth the money. Inside I got 6 Nail varnishes varying in colour, 2 eyeshadows, 2 lip glosses and 2 eyeliners - one of which was a silver pencil eye-liner and the other a black pen eyeliner. Considering how much you would usually pay in boots to purchase all of these things I can 100% say it was worth the £10. If I went
back to the clothes show another year, I would probably purchase more than one goody bag as I have already used the nail varnishes from Barry M quite a lot.

Going into the fashion theatre to watch the clothes show, I didn't expect much. I thought the models would walk down the catwalk in this seasons newest fashion trend and I would probably come out thinking "that was alright but a bit boring". However, I was completely wrong, the clothes show had set a whole theme, so the models came out assisted by different types of dancers ranging from ballet to street dance and they put on a whole show - they did performances surrounding water, earth and evil as well as many other different themes which made the whole show a lot more interesting and exciting than I'd imagined. They also had models showing what the trends are for this season and how you can buy them. For example, Glam Rock from River Island and Metallics from New Look, I think this instantly made us as an audience interested in the show as we wanted to know what the new trends were.

I would definitely recommend going to the clothes show, even if you're not big on fashion or make up, although it is widely based around these things, there are other stalls there such as jewellery stalls, food stalls and knicky-knack stalls which have lots of different things ranging for emoji cushions to china signs. Me and my sister spotted a stall where you got given a tote bag and you were assisted in screen-printing onto it a promotion for Alcatel onetouch (who were in association the clothes show 2015) - however the scene on the bag is quite cool, it isn't an obvious promotion for the company instead it looks really stylish and interesting. A lot of reality TV stars were there however I've only watched the odd episode of Made in Chelsea or TOWIE so I wasn't hugely bothered about meeting any of those stars, but we stopped to see Jamie Laing at the candy kitten stall as my cousin was a big fan of MIC.

Thank you for reading this blog post! If you want to find out more about the clothes show 2015 or are interested in going to the clothes show 2016 then click here to find out more.

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak"

Until Next Time,

Alice x
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