The Shining: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #37

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Seeing as it’s Halloween soon, I thought I’d review a horror movie. If you know me in real life, you’ll know I hate horror movies. I don’t see the point. Why pay money to be scared? When it comes to horror movies, I’m out. However, there’s no point reviewing movies if you avoid one genre. So I put my hate of horror aside and watched one of the most notorious and classic horror movies, The Shining. Here is my review of it.

Based on Stephen King’s novel and from director Stanley Kubrick is The Shining. Writer Jack Torrance becomes a winter caretaker at the Overlook Hotel in an attempt to get over his writer’s block and moves in with his family. There, his son, Danny experiences demonic visions. While Jack’s still stuck in writer’s block, Danny’s visions only become more disturbing. Jack begins to explore the hotel and uncovers more of its dark secrets, causing him to go down the path of insanity and leading him to terrorise his family.

Jack Nicholson played Jack Torrance, the normal-turned-psychotic author. The Shining is easily Nicholson’s famous role. His acting in this film was brilliant, as you can see the slight but eventual slip into insanity. Nicholson captures the true essence of a disturbed, murderous man and his portrayal of this is not only iconic but also what makes The Shining so good. Danny Lloyd played Danny Torrance, Jack’s son who experiences the telepathic ability of ‘shining’, where someone who can shine is able to telepathically communicate with others and also see into the past and future. Danny Lloyd played Danny when he was six/seven years old, and for such a young actor performing in this role, he did such a brilliant and commendable job. Lloyd made the film more engaging and allowed the viewer to connect with his character, experiencing fear and horror just as he did. Shelley Duvall played Wendy Torrance, Jack’s wife. Wendy experiences her husbands slip into insanity first hand and the way Duvall depicts this on the big screen is wonderfully done. I felt her performance was lacking in a few areas, but generally, I liked what she did with Wendy’s character.

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Another classic scene from cinematic history, the Grady twins in the hotel corridor.

The music was absolutely brilliant. It was hauntingly beautiful and chilling, adding to the eerieness of the movie. The best scene for music is when Jack escapes from the pantry and hacking his way through the hotel on a murderous rampage against his family. The music is at a spine-chilling theme which is almost in sync with your heart rate and BAM! Jack bursts through the bathroom door in the iconic ‘Here’s Johnny!’ scene. True movie magic from a brilliant actor.

The Shining has become one of the most iconic movies of all time. It’s because it takes something so simple and does rely on an ancient backstory of some sort to create a story. All you need is a family, a hotel, winter and just a brief summary of the ability to shine. From there, just have some brilliant acting, some surprising twists and turns and create an atmosphere that leaves people on the edge of their seats and that’s how you make a great horror movie. The Shining has all of this but was one of the first horror movies that actually earned a name for itself. From the bloody elevator to Room 237, not forgetting the twins, The Shining uses chilling music combined with an uneasy silence to scare viewers in a way that is unforgettable and sticks with them for life.

For someone who’s a hater of horror movies, The Shining was a good film and gets an 8.2/10 from me. It doesn’t play into the typical field of having killer clowns and creepy toys with jump scares to frighten the audience. It’s a psychological horror, that constantly plays with your mind through music and the uncertainty of what could happen next.

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Shutter Island: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #36

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As Shutter Island has a huge twist at the end, there are spoilers in this review as indicated by bold warnings.

One of my favourite types of movies is those with a huge twist or something that makes the movie more interesting and fun to watch. From Se7en (check out my review for it here) to The Prestige, some great films have been made with twist endings. I recently watched Shutter Island with my uncle, not expecting much from it. By the end, I found myself in shock and awe over how brilliantly made this movie was.

Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Sir Ben Kingsley is Shutter Island. US Marshal’s Edward ‘Teddy’ Daniels and his Chuck Aule are travelling to Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane on Shutter Island to investigate the peculiar disappearance of a patient, Rachel Solando. The pair investigates and interviews various people, only to learn that Solando’s doctor, Dr Sheehan, is away. During their investigation, Daniels reveals that his wife, Dolores Chanal, was killed by an arsonist, Andrew Laeddis. In a dream, Teddy sees a little girl and his wife Dolores, and she tells him that Solando is still on the island somewhere, as is Laeddis but the staff on the island claim he was never there. Soon, Solando resurfaces, prompting Teddy to break into Ward C, the most criminally insane of the patients to look for Andrew Laeddis. While investigating, Teddy meets George Noyce, who tells Teddy that everyone on Shutter Island, even his partner Chuck, is playing a game designed for him to solve. As the mystery deepens, it’s down to Teddy to find Andrew and uncover the true story about what is really happening on Shutter Island.

Leonardo DiCaprio played Teddy Daniels and, like most of DiCaprio’s performances, it was fantastic. His acting ability is on point, as his emotional complexity allows the viewer to know exactly how he is feeling and further engages the viewer with the film. DiCaprio made the film more enjoyable and interesting. Chuck Aule was played by Mark Ruffalo, who is a talented actor, but I find his acting very rigid and he doesn’t have much range. As an actor, he was great in Shutter Island but I couldn’t help but feel that someone else could have been better. Don’t get me wrong, he was fairly well suited to the role, but there were people who could’ve done better. I felt that as good as Ruffalo was in this film, but he was lacking in some areas that, if they were fulfilled, would have may have actually made the film better. Sir Ben Kingsley played Dr John Cawley, the overseer of the mental hospital. This was my first time seeing a film with Ben Kingsley in it and I was impressed by this acting skills. As Dr Cawley, Kingsley had the perfect tone of mysteriousness mixed in with a sense of sanity. It comes to make sense at the end of the film, which makes Kingsley’s acting choices even more commendable. He, much like DiCaprio, made the film more intriguing. Michelle Williams played Dolores Chanal, who did a great job playing the somewhat psychotic character. The character chemistry between Teddy and Chuck, and also Chuck and Dr Cawley was very well done. You must hand it to Ruffalo because though he may not have much range, he is able to act phenomenally with any other actor in any situation he’s put in.

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Dr Cawley and Teddy Daniels discuss Rachel’s mysterious disappearance.

⚠️Now scroll down to the next bold warning to continue reading my review. I am now going to discuss spoilers for Shutter Island. I highly recommend that you watch the film though, as it’s a truly amazing movie. You can watch it on NowTV and Amazon Prime Video.

The film is slow to start off with but then builds to something truly amazing at the end. Teddy is convinced Chuck has been taken to the lighthouse on the island and breaks in as an attempt to rescue him. There, Chuck and Dr Cawley await, ready to explain everything to Teddy. As he was told by George Noyce, it was all a big game played on Teddy.  Dr Cawley reveals that Edward Daniels is, in fact, Andrew Laeddis and that he killed his wife, Dolores Chanal. Rachel Solando is revealed to be Dolores Chanal, and the girl in his dream is his daughter. Rachel Solando was never real, it was just a nurse playing her. It is then revealed that the viewer that Andrew Laeddis came home from work to discover that Dolores has drowned their three children. In a scene superbly acted out by DiCaprio, Edward tries to rescue his children and breaks into tears. Dolores explains that they can take care of the children like dolls, but Teddy then shoots her. From here we can piece together some of the story. where insane Edward kills his wife, then is taken to Shutter Island and put in Ward C before creating the alternative personality of US Marshal Edward Daniels. Edwards Daniels is an anagram of his real name, Andrew Laeddis, and Rachel Solando is also an anagram of Dolores Chanal, Andrew’s wife. Dr Sheehan was actually Chuck this whole time too, explaining why Chuck was paired with Teddy in the first place. Mind blown.

It gets even better. If you rewatch the movie, or just pay very close attention to the movie, you will notice little details that show that somethings up, and this is mainly shown through the use of water. For example, there’s a scene where a woman being interviewed by Teddy is drinking a glass of water. We see this from Teddy’s point of view, but she does not have a glass in her hand. We then cut to an over the shoulder shot of the woman putting down a glass. Teddy has blocked out the water, as it is part of the reality he is trying to forget (Dolores drowned his children). Further, in the interview with the woman, she looks at Chuck when describing Mr Sheehan and looks awkwardly at Teddy when asked if she had ever met Andrew Laeddis. There’s even more, where any scene with water represents Andrew trying to escape his past, such as the boat trip to the island at the start of the movie. I’m pretty sure if you watch this film with the keenest eye, there will be the tiniest of details that Scorsese has snuck in.

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Despite this movie being slow to start off with and a little dull in places, it was certainly worth the wait. The whole ending reveal is marvellous, mind-blowing and will leave any viewer in complete shock and awe. It must be handed to both director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Scorsese was able to bring together this fantastic story and portray it in a cinematic way that was an all-around great experience. DiCaprio was honestly one of the best parts of the film. Like most roles, he immersed himself in the character and gave a truly fantastic performance. Together, you have the awesomeness that is Shutter Island.

Overall, Shutter Island gets an 8.1/10 from me. It was a brilliant film which, though had me a little disinterested in places, left me in complete amazement over how crafty and smart this film was. I’d highly recommend that you watch this film. It’s currently available on NowTV and Amazon Prime Video. It makes for the perfect movie night in and will leave you wanting to rewatch it.

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Johnny English Strikes Again: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #35

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! Just as a heads up, this review will contain spoilers. Spoilers will be in areas with bold warnings, but the spoilers won’t ruin what is a hilarious film.

There are some things that you associate with a country. Baguettes and croissants remind people of France, kangaroos and didgeridoos remind people of Australia and so on. Some things are unmistakably British. The Queen, fish and chips, football, and of course, spies. Since 1935 when ‘The 39 Steps’ were made, spies have been one of the biggest parts of Hollywood’s releases, with the James Bond franchise having grossed just over $7 billion at the box office. Only recently have spy films started to incorporate comedy within them, such as Kingsman and The Spy Who Dumped Me. One of the earliest examples of this was 2003’s Johnny English. 15 years later, and the series lives on, with the latest addition, Johnny English Strikes Again, hitting cinemas globally this month.

David Kerr directs the third instalment in the Johnny English, where Johnny is now retired as a teacher. When a hacker infiltrates MI7 and reveals all of the current spies out in action, Johnny is called back in to track down the hacker and bring him to justice. Johnny is reunited with Bough and together the pair must use their (lack of) skills to defeat modern technology and succeed in their mission.

Rowan Atkinson returns to play the titular character and shows that age is no restriction when it comes to making movies. Atkinson is known most famously for playing Mr Bean because of his physical comedy ability. Johnny English Strikes Again further proves that Atkinson is a master of it. Atkinson could have said nothing in this film and it would have been hilarious nonetheless. Whether it be dancing hyperactively to Darude’s Sandstorm or cooling his mouth after eating a hot nut, Atkinson nails this role once again. Ben Miller is also back to play English’s right-hand man, Agent Bough. It was great to see the duo reunited and the chemistry and comedy between them were fantastic. He was a fun character and I liked the way that Miller played him. Olga Kurylenko played Ophelia, a spy against English. I can’t reveal too much about her character, but she was a good character, well played by Kurylenko, but I felt we could have had some more character development of Ophelia, as we were just thrown in with her being there. They did develop her character a bit as the film went along, but nothing was really done with these developments. The Prime Minister was played hilariously well by Emma Thompson. I would have loved to have seen more from her character, but other than that she was great in this film.

The music was actually one of the best parts of the film. It had something for everyone, from ‘Venus’ by Bananarama to Changing by Sigma, even with Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’. The best music moment is a spoiler for what was the funniest part of the movie. All I’ll say is it’s Darude’s Sandstorm in a hilariously fantastic scene.

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Johnny shows off his moves on the dancefloor.

If you don’t wish to read any spoilers, skip this next paragraph and continue reading from the next bold indication mark.

 

In all honesty, this film was funnier than I was expecting. As Johnny English is marketed as a comedy, any jokes are spoilers. Johnny English Strikes Again doesn’t fall down the usual hole of using up all the good jokes in the trailer. I found that the first half of the movie used up all of the jokes from the trailer, making the first half more boring than the second. As mentioned above, the funniest moment featured Darude’s Sandstorm. We see Johnny take a pill causing him to be hyperactive. He heads to a disco room in the hotel he’s staying at and dances wackily in time to Sandstorm, slowing down and speeding up with the music. The comedy was fantastic and better than expected.

The villain, Jason Volta (played by Jake Lacy) was kind of predictable. I figured out in the first 20 minutes what was going down. One thing that annoyed me about the film is that Ophelia was revealed to be a Russian spy, but didn’t really do much with it. The film could have had more too it and was quite simple, lacking in areas that, if expanded on (as it was only 90 minutes long) could have made for a better movie.

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Johnny English Strikes Again was quite formulaic. There’s a problem, Johnny English is called in, comedy and action take place, Johnny accuses someone who you know is the villain but MI7 think he’s crazy and has no clue he’s right, MI7 get mad and fire him, Johnny comes back and proves that he was correct and saves the day before the film ends on an awkward yet somewhat funny cliffhanger. You could argue that this is the same for most movies, such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with Johnny English, it’s the same guy doing the same antics repeatedly, just with different comedy and different situations that he’s thrown into. In the MCU, you have different people with different backgrounds against different threats. Admittedly, the MCU is also formulaic, but not so much as other franchises like Johnny English and the Fast and Furious series. Another thing that I didn’t like is how the film would give itself away. Bough would say that something may happen, Johnny would say that he was being silly and ignore it, then it would happen five minutes later. The comedy was better than expected and actually made the film better, and that’s mainly down to Atkinson’s brilliant acting. His physical comedy combined with situations in the film was the best part of the film. However, the film was flat in places. It had its moments of great comedy and action but failed to keep me entertained throughout.

Overall, Johnny English Strikes Again is a 7.1/10. It was a good film that was interesting in places, and hilarious in others, but didn’t have much else going for it. The only reason why it got a 7.1/10 is down to Atkinson’s acting ability and humour that made the film so much better than expected.

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How I Met Your Mother: Ryan’s Movie Reviews #34

Hello and welcome to Ryan’s Movie Reviews! As a heads up, this review will contain spoilers for seasons 1 – 9 of How I Met Your Mother.

There are great and iconic television shows. Friends, Breaking Bad, The Simpsons, the list is endless. And amongst this endless list of shows is my personal favourite. The gem that is How I Met Your Mother. Some love it, others dislike it (mainly because of the ending), but for me, it’s one of the best shows. It’s got good humour, a neat and simple storyline and is something that you could binge watch for hours on end. Here is my review on How I Met Your Mother.

From producers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas, and directed by Pamela Fryman is the story of How I Met Your Mother. It’s 2030 and an old Ted Mosby (voiced by Bob Saget) has sat his two kids down to them the story of how he met their mother. The whole story is told through flashbacks and starts off in 2005 where we meet a young Ted Mosby living his life, meeting people and going to events which will allow him to meet his wife. Nine years later the story is more or less tied up, with Ted showing how a nine-year story was necessary to explain the story of how he met his wife.

How I Met Your Mother is one of those rare occasions where the casting was so perfect. You could replace every character with any actor but the ones chosen for the roles were the best and could not be beaten. The protagonist of lovable Ted Mosby was played by Josh Radnor, who is honestly one of my favourite actors. Radnor is most famously known for playing Ted Mosby and rightfully so. He plays Ted as a lovable guy that you feel sympathetic for. He’s sweet, romantic and really nice guy. Though he is wrong in some situations, Ted is a good guy and you find yourself rooting for him and loving him. Ted Mosby is one of my favourite TV show characters, and it’s because of how perfectly Josh Radnor plays him. Ted’s best friend is Marshall Eriksen, played by Jason Segel. Segel is one of the more famous faces from How I Met Your Mother and plays Marshall, Ted’s kind-hearted best friend. Marshall is a fun character who people can relate to and sympathise, and Segel brings humour blended with a tone of responsibility and sensibility in a way that makes Marshall a good character. At the beginning of the series, Marshall proposes to Lily Aldrin, his girlfriend since college. Alyson Hannigan plays Lily Aldrin and does a good job of it. Though she’s my least favourite character, Lily is a fun and great character who Hannigan portrays well. Lily can be a bit of a bad character, in that she can be quite self-centred and think of what’s best for herself and while this may be a character flaw, I actually respect that. In one of the best episodes, season 3’s ‘Spoiler Alert’, we see each of the members of the group have a flaw within their character. Ted is always correcting someone, Robin doesn’t know what literally means or how to use it and so on. Similarly, Lily is self-centred. As a character flaw, that’s ok. Because at the end of Spoiler Alert we see the group look over all the flaws in each other and celebrate and enjoy their friendship. Though Lily will never change out of her stubborn and selfish ways (which is both good and bad), it’s nice to see that there’s some bad in people that can be overlooked to see the beauty in them. Ted’s best bro while living in the Big Apple is Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris. And similarly to Josh Radnor, Neil Patrick Harris is one of my favourite actors. Just by watching him as Barney Stinson you realise that Patrick Harris is so incredibly talented and capable of great things. Barney Stinson is one of the best TV show characters. Ever. Just watch even 5 minutes of an episode and I can guarantee you that Barney will have you cackling with laughter. Neil Patrick Harris makes Barney a fun and awesome (dare I say legendary) character with some issues. Barney is a great character, but as the series goes on, you realise he has issues. I think it’s an interesting character arc for Barney, and Patrick Harris tackles it and acts it out well. Barney’s ending at the end of the series was both sad yet also deserving. I’ll talk about it later in the spoiler part of this review, but it suited Barney well and was actually quite sweet. It was good. Watch the whole of How I Met Your Mother and you’ll know exactly what I mean. Last but not least is Cobie Smulders who plays Robin Scherbatsky, Ted’s first love interest in the series who becomes a member of the group. Smulders is hilarious and great in her role and makes a name for herself in Hollywood by playing Robin. The cast’s chemistry is really neatly done, both between the five characters and individual relationships. The show even addresses this in episodes like Spoiler Alert and The Mermaid Theory, which is such a good idea. This is just like real life. In any group, individual friendships may not be as strong, as seen with Marshall and Robin or Barney and Lily, but as one unit, the group all gets on well and have a good time.

Of all the good things in How I Met Your Mother, the music definitely one of the best parts. It doesn’t have many pop songs in it but chooses the perfect song for every moment as it always suits the scene and emotional tone so perfectly. Whether it be Heaven by The Walkmen for the final episodes ending or Shake It Out by Florence and the Machine for season 7’s ‘No Pressure’ (which has an unforgettable ending). The cast even sings their own songs, such as Barney’s ‘Nothing Suits Me Like A Suit’ or any of the hilarious Robin Sparkles songs. Incorporating music into the show is a fun idea that makes it more enjoyable and How I Met Your Mother’s music is fantastic.

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The group listen to Barney’s advice and Suit Up!

I love the storyline of this show. It’s so basic and simple but made into a TV show and it’s marvellous. In the alternative ending to the show, Ted narrates how easy it was for him to meet the mother. In all honesty, the series was very drawn out and could have been ended sooner in some way, especially as season 9 was not the best season of the show.

Now I’m going to talk about some spoilers from How I Met Your Mother. Don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen all 9 seasons of the show. To see my final verdict, scroll down to the next bold statement. 

Admittedly, How I Met Your Mother is my favourite TV show of all time. No doubt about it. The ending is riddled with spoilers so you have been warned. In the last few episodes of the series, Last Forever Parts 1 and 2, where Bays and Craig have to tie up all loose ends to achieve the ending they wanted where Ted somehow ends up with Robin. So Barney and Robin divorce in a 3-minute scene that’s incredibly overlooked and should have had more time devoted to it. Then we have an emotional final moment where Ted meets Tracy (the Mother) and it’s really cute and what we’ve been waiting almost 10 years for. And it’s honestly so well done, especially with Rod Stewart in the back in a song that was perfect for the scene. Then Ted begins narrating. How it was a long and difficult road, but he was glad as there was a clear message for Ted. He must love this woman as much as he can for as long as he can and never stop loving her. Ted carries this lesson through with him, in every argument they had and on every special occasion. And he carried this lesson with him when Tracy got sick. He thanks God and the universe that he went up to that girl at Farhampton train station and had the guts to speak to her. We learn that Tracy has passed away, and has been dead throughout the series and died in 2024 (remember that the show is set in 2030). Ted finishes the story to his kids, ending with the iconic line of ‘and that, kids, is how I met your mother’. But it then continues. Penny and Luke (Ted’s kids) are convinced that their dad is still in love with their Aunt Robin. Ted is urged to phone her but has better ideas. He visits her at her apartment, holding up a blue french horn and the pair smile at each other and the show ends. For me, this ending isn’t as bad as it has been made out to be. The intention all along was to have Robin and Ted end up together someway or another. And this is bad because we waited 10 years for Ted to finally meet the perfect woman for him, what with the yellow umbrella and him teaching the wrong class and all those little details of us leading him to the perfect woman, his wife, the mother. Ted meets her and we see their relationship on screen throughout season 9. But in a few minutes all that gets washed away. However, the ending wasn’t that bad. Throughout the series, it’s evident that nothing gets in the way of life. Tracy may have made Ted happy, but life is full of unexpected events and shocking moments. Because of this, the ending brought a sense of reality into the show and still showed that Ted and Robin lived up to their pact of if they were both single when 40. In the alternative ending of the show, Tracy remains alive and Ted has the best narrative of the show, as it sums up 9 seasons of TV goodness in a neat and simple explanation:

All I had to do was get out of the apartment for a couple hours so Uncle Marshall could propose to Aunt Lily. Go to the bar. Meet your Aunt Robin. Convince your Aunt Robin to fall in love with me. Break up with your Aunt Robin. Go on the rebound. Go get a rebound tattoo. Go get the rebound tattoo removed. Meet Stella. Convince Stella to fall in love with me. Get engaged. Get left at the altar. Get fired. Get beat up by a goat. Get a job as a professor. Teach the wrong class. Date the wrong girl. Date the wrong girl again. Date the wrong girl a few times actually. Let Uncle Barney fall in love with Aunt Robin. Let Aunt Robin fall in love with Uncle Barney. Book the wedding band. Go to their wedding. Make sure their wedding actually happened. Leave a little early. Be at the right place at the right time. And somehow summon the guts to do the stupidest, most impossible thing in the world. Walk up to that beautiful girl standing under the yellow umbrella and start talking.

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Ted and Tracy meet for the first time.

It’s important to talk about Barney’s character arc, expertly played by Neil Patrick Harris. In the beginning seasons of the series, Barney is seen as a playboy womaniser who has some issues. As the show goes on, we see Barney actually want to and be part of a committed relationship, his worst nightmare. At the end of the series, he reaches the point where he gets married, something he was critical of Marshall for at the beginning of the series. But then Barney and Robin get divorced and we see Barney return to his original ways. Barney then completes a Perfect Month but gets a girl pregnant. She leaves him with the baby, and that’s when Barney changes. All his life, Barney has been a womaniser, not caring for his treatment of women. But upon receiving the responsibility of a father, Barney changes his ways, telling his daughter Ellie that she is the love of his life and everything that he has and everything he has is hers. Forever.

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The comedy in this show is something else. Some of it comes from people just making puns and jokes, some comes from visual comedy and the rest is from just a smart quippy response. It makes the show more enjoyable and each episode is 20 minutes long, making it more bingeable.

There are some issues with the show though. For one, the ending. If you know, you know. Secondly, it was too drawn out. For a 9 season show, it could have been done in less time. You can miss a few episodes out and still understand the story, which is great, but you also miss out on some great comedy and some good moments in the show.

Overall, How I Met Your Mother gets a 9.2/10 from me. I’m hopelessly, irretrievably in love with this show. Though it rarely can bore you, it’s such great fun to watch and binge and laugh at and just enjoy it. I’m currently re-rewatching the series and am loving the show even more. I even got a ducky tie for my 18th, so lucky me and thanks to Josh and Khushal for that.

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