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Zumba Fitness and the Olympic Torch

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , on May 27, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Today marked the arrival of the olympic torch in my hometown of Aberystwyth. In celebration, a variety of events took place throughout the day at the Rugby club before moving on to the Vicarage fields. The celebrations included a preview of my local Zumba Fitness class that takes place at the University Sports Centre. We performed four dances including the warm-up (“Good Feeling”), “Mami”, “Boom Boom Mama” and Kevin Lyttle.  Information regarding the Zumba classes is available on the video . Also, check out our other videos! Well done to everybody who took part today and made this video possible!

Hayley Alice Roberts

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Time for another slice of pie? “Yes Please!” A review of “American Reunion” (2012)

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

**WARNING: Minor Spoilers**

There seems to be a fixation with 90’s reunion’s as of late, with several UK pop groups such as “Steps” reforming. In terms of cinema, later this year we are being treated to another sequel to alien action comedy “Men in Black 3” and 2011 saw the re-boot of the “Scream” franchise, the movie that redefined the horror genre back in the 90’s, therefore it makes perfect sense to do the same to the crude, teen movie that is just as much as part of 90’s nostalgia as everything else mentioned, “American Pie”.

Bringing back the 90’s!

“American Reunion” still has a certain charm and it’s definitely great to see the old gang back together. Its managed to update itself while mixing in nostalgia and in-jokes tailored for the fans of the original offerings of pie. The film definitely achieved its objectives as it balances out great humor, relatively funny gags, consistent continuity derived from the previous three helpings and of course the characters who make a welcome transition from the late 90’s/early 00’s into the present day.

The film opens with a crude, in-your-face sequence including a laptop, some porn and a shower! It is in place to remind the audience what they’ve missed and exactly what their in for! Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are back, they may have aged but they still deliver the hilarious slapstick style of comedy that was on offer in the first three movies! Their plot-line centers around their adjustment into parent-hood and reluctance of how so much as changed since they were teenagers. It is soon discovered that Jim is still in touch with Kevin (Thomas Ian Nichols) and along with the other guys Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) and Oz (Chris Klein) they are heading back to East Great Falls for their thirteen year high school reunion!

Oz and Heather

Oz was last seen in the second movie, he has since married a super-model and is a sports announcer on NFL, he also has a reputation for being famous in a  “Dancing with the Stars“-type TV show in which he lost out to Gilbert Gottfried and can’t seem to shake the stigma!! Out of the core characters, Oz has the most interesting character development as he feels melancholic in his superficial lifestyle and longs for the times he had with the boys and his high school sweetheart Heather (Mena Suvari). A nice touch that the fans will appreciate is during their scene at the reunion dance Bic Runga’s “Sway” plays as the couple reunite, the same song was used in the first movie when they first sleep together.

The Stifmeister Returns!

Stifler (Sean William Scott) doesn’t fail to entertain and after the disastrous “Wedding” installment he is back on top form! In many ways he has not changed or grown up, still mocking his peers, holding wild parties, always spoiling for a fight and trying his luck with the opposite sex. What’s great about “Reunion” is seeing a more human side to him as he makes the realization he was never fully accepted by the guys and is constantly put down by his boss. As always he still comes through in the end and in some ways is the main attraction to the franchise! He has some great one-liners and is the main source of the gags which allow some brilliant laugh-out-loud moments!

Jim’s Dad!

Another character that remains equally as entertaining is Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy). He still gives embarrassing and awkward advice to his son but also comes through when Jim really needs him. This provides an endearing quality to him. “Reunion” sees him get wasted and of course there’s the genius and long awaited encounter with Stifler’s Mom (Jennifer Coolidge)!

Kara flirts with Jim

Jim and Michelle make up at the reunion!

Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan give terrific performances as their alter-ego’s in a perfectly balanced mix of comedy and drama as they play the sexually-frustrated married couple! They face an obstacle in the shape of teenager Kara (Ali Cobrin) who lusts after Jim and is going to do everything in her power to seduce him! This plot-line was a least favorable one as it features a kind hear-ted Jim driving her home safely following too much drinking, only for her to strip off and throw herself at him followed by knocking herself out in the car. The scene is played for laughs however comes across awkward and uncomfortable to watch as if this incident occurred in real life it would be slightly more traumatic. “American Pie” has never been one to hold back therefore it wasn’t entirely off the field for them.

Finch

Finch’s storyline held a sense of realism, depicting a man worried he hasn’t made the best of his life, therefore fabricates exotic stories to impress his friends and a potential love interest. It however teaches that everyone is in the same boat with regular jobs, marriage and kids and its not to say they haven’t made something of themselves. Having Finch confront that was a fitting touch and emphasized the themes of obsession for nostalgia and looking back at the past that is also a recurring theme in today’s society.

Kevin and Vicki

The more pointless of plot-lines came in the shape of Kevin crossing paths with ex-girlfriend Vicki (Tara Reid), as there was so much else going on, their screen time was limited therefore lacked development between them resulting in a far-fetched conclusion where the two of them share a dance at the reunion with Kevin’s new wife Ellie (Charlene Amoia).

The Sherminator is BACK!

The cameos at the reunion were great fun, each with humorous results. It was enjoyable to see moments from all the minor characters including the MILF guys, Sherman, Nadia and Jessica. The only criticism in this instance is if there had been more screen time a lot more could have been done with them. Nevertheless it was nice seeing them included. Also a mention to the introduction of Finch’s Mom (Rebecca DeMornay) brought an interesting twist!

The main criticism of the film would have to be the re-enforced stereotypes of homosexual characters, depicting gay guys are overly camp and lesbians as really butch. It wasn’t funny or done in an intelligent way and felt out-of-place in a 2012 comedy in a more accepting day and age. Seeing the stereotypes critiqued instead of celebrated would have brought a more interesting edge and given the film a better quality. There was also the portrayal of today’s generation of teenagers that the movie dealt with in a patronizing manner, this was depicted in a scene where an 18-year-old states “The Spice Girls” are considered “classic rock”.It seems far-fetched and unbelievable that a teenager would be so out of touch to make that sort of remark, undermining that particular age group. The core characters also behave in this way towards them by stereotyping that teenage girls would automatically be fans of “Twilight” and Justin Bieber, this is clearly an attempt to cash in on as many pop culture jokes as possible however comes across as cheap! On the positive side,  a worthy mention needs to be given to the mise-en-scene during the reunion scenes with how it was decorated with palm trees re-capturing the spirit of the prom from the original.

Overall “American Reunion” certainly delivered a long-awaited slice of pie and defied prior negative expectations. A great reminder of the past that incorporated something new and fresh at the same time. It didn’t go overboard with gross-out humor or nudity which actually contributed to creating a funnier film as it was done just right. Despite a couple of nit-picks it managed to maintain funny, crude, dramatic and heartwarming elements and if there’s one American comedy franchise that achieves this its definitely this one!

It still has potential mileage, I wouldn’t say no to another in the near future!

Ranking “American Pie” films from best to least favorite:

#1. American Pie (1999)

#2. American Reunion (2012)

#3. American Pie 2 (2001)

#4. American Pie: The Wedding (2003)

Hayley Alice Roberts.

A Hot Summer in Swansea in 1976, A Review of “Hunky Dory” (2012)

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

From acclaimed Welsh director Marc Evans (“Patagonia”, “House of America”) comes a feel-good musical, comedy set in sunny 1970’s Swansea! “Hunky Dory” (2012) is the tale of a free-spirited drama teacher Viv (played brilliantly by Minnie Driver) who encourages her class of teenage misfits to partake in an unusual adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” set to a rocking 70’s soundtrack with music from David Bowie to Electric Light Orchestra. Deemed as the Welsh version for the “Glee” and “High School Musical” generations the film maintains a strong sense of realism vs. escapism, believable characters and a whole lot of charm that arguably could be reminiscent of “This is England”. The premise may sound strange and out there however it will pleasantly surprise its audiences.

A strong sense of the 70’s comes across well with the bright yet grainy effect throughout the film as well as the music capturing the nostalgia. The cinematography aids a new feel and helps challenge the traditional image of Wales (namely bad weather and fields of sheep!) with the use of sunny landscapes conveying Swansea as the place to be!

The young cast of new and upcoming welsh talent deliver stunning performances  as rebellious, confused teenagers struggling with growing pains, school, relationships and summer heat. Each of them have a unique and mesmerising vocal range when it comes to the musical performance segments creating a surrealist notion to the piece. In a sense the vast amount of characters in the film could be further explored in a television series format due to several of the minor character’s sub-plots being unresolved. The characters are empathetic and identifiable providing a great deal of potential for future storytelling. Minnie Driver gives an outstanding performance playing a down to earth, happy-go-lucky Welsh woman, capturing an endearing humanity to her role as a teacher who truly understands her pupils teenage conflicts.

“Hunky Dory” is a must see and guarantees an uplifting feel good factor. Welsh cinema is truly making a name for itself thanks to gem’s like this and of course the critically acclaimed “Submarine” (2010).

Hayley Alice Roberts.

“The Prince, The Showgirl and Me” A Review Of “My Week With Marilyn” (2011)

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

WARNING: **SPOILERS INCLUDED**

  • Directed By Simon Curtis
  • Written By Adrian Hodges and Colin Clark (Book)

Conspiracy and enigma are two notions that have always surrounded one of Hollywood’s most famous actresses Marilyn Monroe; therefore fabricating some sort of fantastical ideology of her would appear ignorant from a film perspective. “My Week With Marilyn” defied this. Unlike the other major biopic film of recent “The Iron Lady”, “My Week…” managed to capture a strong balance between the public persona of Marilyn and a more human side told from the perspective of a young man named Colin Clark who knew her for a brief time yet impacted him greatly. There were no assumptions being made as it was based off his experience as told in his book “The Prince, The Showgirl, and Me”. Through this tactic of the film focusing on one chapter of her life, it managed to tell the audience a great deal about Marilyn Monroe more than a film about her entire life would.  However the film doesn’t tell Marilyn’s story, the key focus is on Colin’s journey and how his experience in the film industry and meeting the world’s most famous actress shaped him. The film proved to be more than an insightful biopic, it acts as a story of first love and loss, it questions the notion of perception and highlights the pressures of the 1950’s film industry.

Cleverly the film opens with a re-enactment of Marilyn performing “Heat Wave” from the 1954 film “There’s No Business like Show Business” with Colin (Eddie Redmayne) watching her in awe from a cinema screen achieving a sense of identification between him and the audience of the star persona of who Marilyn was. The scene creates a fitting opening contrasting the glamour of the cinema world with the harsh reality of what is to come later in the film as well as demonstrating Colin’s naivety during the beginning. It is then learned that Colin is a determined character and is prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve his dream of working within the film industry. The knock-backs he first receives don’t seem to phase him as he remains persistent until he gets the opportunity to work on Sir Laurence Olivier’s film as an assistant director. Even though Colin holds a sense of naivety and optimism he makes an interesting and likeable protagonist as the audience wonders if he will have what it takes to deal with the pressures of working with the fame and talent of the day. The seediness of the industry is conveyed when Vivian Leigh (Julia Ormond) elaborates about the extra-marital affairs that occur in show business and that it appears just as much apart of it as making the films.

The majority focuses on Colin’s perception of Marilyn. Her presence is absolutely intriguing as there are so many dimensions to her and she is definitely more than what meets the eye. Michelle Williams gives an incredible yet uncanny performance that brings her to life in so many ways. By the film’s end conflict is left in terms of reaching a judgement of her portrayal; Marilyn could walk into a room and eyes would be on only her, she caused friction among her colleagues as well as everyone who associated with her but at the same time appeared extremely child-like, lost and lonely. It is ambiguous as to whether she wanted to live a normal life or bask in the fame and adoration she received from the public. Marilyn will always remain a mystery. Did she cling on to the fame as it was all she knew and she believed she could not survive without it? Or did she really love the attention that surrounded her and act on vulnerability? Could the notion be true that she was one of the best actresses that ever lived? By the end the audience are none the wiser and the question remains: “Who Was Marilyn Monroe?”

As well as Michelle Williams, the entire cast did a fantastic job of bringing the stars of the past to life, particularly Dame Judi Dench who acted wise and empathetically as Dame Sybil Thorndike. Kenneth Branagh gave an interesting performance as Sir Laurence Olivier creating a sense of conflict as a frustrated director, naive to the workings of the film industry over the theatre . There were moments when it was uncertain as to whether Marilyn was behaving in a manipulative manner to gain sympathy over Olivier’s authority that ignited tension throughout the film. Honourable mentions to to Zoe Wanamaker as Marylin’s coach Paula Strasberg, Dominic Cooper as the bitter Milton Greene and “Harry Potter” Star Emma Watson in the small role of wardrobe girl Lucy.

The film gave Marilyn so many layers that combined with the themes of the film itself. There were moments of comedy and romance partiularly when Colin takes her to Windsor Castle and gives her a taste of normality. Contrasting were moments of despair and conflict especially the scenes where Marilyn would entice Colin to support her in her hours of need. Overall it managed to achieve a raw tone without sugar coating any aspects. The ending is bittersweet as Colin has learned a great deal about life, about the career he wants and has grown up over the course of the film positively.

“My Week With Marilyn” is Dramatic, Moving and Bittersweet…Definitely a biopic worth seeing!

Hayley Alice Roberts.

Check Out ArcLight Cinema’s Interview with Kenneth Branagh:

Cult Classics: BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

I lost my “Back to the Future” virginity last night!!!

No longer will I face reactions of disbelief from admitting its a movie that in my 22 years of existence I have never seen. However I do wonder why it has taken me this long to view this classic piece of awesomeness.

Rob Zemeckis “Back to the Future” is a blend of genres from science fiction, adventure, comedy, and romance that can be enjoyed by all ages! It is evident why the film carries so much adoration and popularity as ultimately it tells the classic story of the underdog with the message “stand up for yourself and don’t let others walk all over you”, this is a very positive outlook especially for young people dealing with the traumas of high school and searching for an outlet.  Protagonist Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) embodies these notions as well as representing a strong role model and the kind of friend everybody would love to have. There is a feeling of satisfaction present in  the moments where Marty stands up to the school bully as well as the teenage version of his father George (Crispin Glover) following suit. . The science fiction aspects of the film are also interesting delving into and expanding the audiences imaginations; admittedly it would be so cool to go back in time, see how people lived and the cultural changes, although the impossibility of this scenario is in place in “Back to the Future” as Marty realises if he has changed anything about the past it could have severe consequences, such as him never existing!  This fantasy element acts as an escapism for the viewer in a thought provoking but also in an entertaining manner. Critics interestingly depicted “Back to the Future” as a modernised “Its a Wonderful Life” (1946) which through emphasising on the film’s message the reasoning for this comparison is clear.

The inventor character of Doc Brown has to be the film’s most larger than life entity adding a sense of quirkiness to the piece, Christopher Lloyd’s performance stands out as arguably one of the most memorable in cult film history. He is funny, likeable, entertaining and a strong figure in hero Marty’s life, mentoring him in his choices through making him and the audience understand that everything needs to happen for a reason. Despite his humorous and outlandish presence he remains a wise and vital attribute to Marty’s journey.

The versatile soundtrack captures the time periods of the 1950’s and 1980’s wonderfully from Huey Lewis and the News hits such as “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time” to 50’s ballad “Earth Angel”. For viewers unfamiliar with those times the music is in place to emphasise the era’s while orchestrating the time periods the film is conveying. Musically the stand out scene has to be Marty’s rendition of “Johnny Be Good” at the school dance as its just so damn cool and entertaining, especially the moment where he stuns the crowd with his electrifying guitar solo.

“Back to the Future” is understandably popular and still holds impact in 2012 as a timeless classic due to its versatile mix of genre’s, likeable, entertaining characters, edge of the seat science fiction, awesome soundtrack and most of all its sense of nostalgia, even for those who are new fans! Ultimately its the underlying message that stands out with Marty’s journey as a metaphor: never be afraid to stand up for yourself but also handle the consequences of your actions. “Back to the Future” definitely holds the feel-good factor and no doubt will be watched by generations to come!

Hayley Alice Roberts

A Portrait of Margaret Thatcher: “The Iron Lady” (2011)

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews
  • Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
  • Screenplay by Abi Morgan

“The Iron Lady” as a title for the portrayal of Britain’s longest-running Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in itself is ironic. Viewing through the eyes of someone who did not experience the conservative society of the 1980’s the film presents an image of a strong-willed yet sympathetic feminist icon during the political aspects of the film. However the majority focuses on Mrs Thatcher’s mental decline in recent years; therefore is it a story of an elderly woman and her family coming to terms with mental illness rather than the achievements and mistakes of one of the most influential leaders in history? Although what can be said is Meryl Streep who takes on the main role does a stunning job at re-creating the 2oth Century’s most loved yet most hated political figure in appearance and in mannerisms. As a protagonist she engages the audience in a wave of empathy as she recalls her days in parliament and how she got there while struggling with day to day life. The fact that controversy has been generated surrounding the film is no surprise as opinion has always accumulated a divide among the public when it comes to Thatcher. Its fair to say and understandable that her real life children Carol and Mark were against the film’s production describing it as a “left-wing fantasy”. Perhaps a film in general on Margaret Thatcher has been released too soon, taking into consideration the woman is suffering with dementia to this day does ignite a sense of disrespect. Despite this it was an interesting approach at portraying the time through Thatcher’s perspective. Many films such as Shane Meadows “This is England” (2006) showed how the government policy’s and war affected the working classes therefore in terms of viewing history it proved insightful and different.

The main issues as in the Miners strike and the Falklands War are touched on depicting Thatcher’s reactions, one of the most poignant scenes being where she decided to write to all the casualties families of the Falklands. Due to the main focus being on Thatcher’s later decline the political issues weren’t given a lot of depth. This acted as a shame for the film-makers as concentrating on the impact of these historical events and how she dealt with them as Prime Minister had the potential to create something much more powerful rather than personal.  The use of the real footage from the time did provide an impact, reminding the audience of the reality of what was happening and adding grit to the piece. At times by showing her vulnerable side it was as if the motivation of the film-makers was an attempt at endearing her to the public after all these years. An alternative approach to the narrative with removing the flashbacks would have been effective taking the audience through the beginning of her life, what led to her ambition, her time in parliament then closing on her resignation allowing a fascinating depiction of 1980’s history.

For what “The Iron Lady” does convey is an emotional story with a thin historical backdrop, however depicting the personal nature of a human being’s mental state especially the hallucinations of her late husband Dennis (Played by Jim Broadbent) made an uncomfortable watch. Its strength lay in the way it acted as a vehicle for feminism through the message of never giving up and fighting for your beliefs. Thatcher was brave to stand up and fight to get where she wanted to be in a male-dominated world and succeeding. The film does overall give out a mixed reaction through being interesting on one hand and distasteful on the other, but there is no denying Meryl Streep’s performance was touching and engaging and ultimately carries the film.

Hayley Alice Roberts.

“Know This, We’ve Noticed” (#9.1) One Tree Hill: The Final Season.

Posted in Old Non Horror Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

CONTAINS SPOILERS

“I don’t wanna die yet. At least not until One Tree Hill gets cancelled….” -Glee

“One Tree Hill” the long running US “Teen Drama”/”Soap Opera” series returned to the CW last week with a brand new episode beginning the show’s final season. Preceding the upbeat tone of the Season Eight finale, “Know This, We’ve Noticed” (#9.1) conveyed a darker edge with the show appearing to be going as dramatic as possible to see the series out for good. Instead of the familiar opening credits, the black titled background returned with sombre piano music over it emphasising the dark and  melancholic feel that its approaching the end. Notorious for its time jumps the episode begins with the characters thrown into chaos with the reasons unknown to the viewer. There’s an explosion implying that as its the final season its going to go out with a bang, a familiar face has returned in the shape of Chris Keller (Tyler Hilton) who hasn’t been seen since way back in the fourth season (see. #4.17), at first the character re-introduction seems random but as loyal fans will be aware there will be a reason for his return. The major question however lies with why is he with Dan Scott (Paul Johansson) discussing “killing”? As well as where is Nathan (James Lafferty)? Why is his wife Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) identifying a body? is it his? Why’s Brooke (Sophia Bush) smashing up the cafe? Clay (Robert Buckley) and Quinn’s (Shantel VanSanten) relationship appears in jeopardy and Brooke and husband Julian (Austin Nichols) don’t seem to be experiencing the parental bliss we left them in back in the previous season. With interesting conflicts and over-the-top drama, the viewers can expect the series to finally end in epic fashion, with the intriguing opening encouraging us to keep glued. But as always the important part is the journey and how the characters ended up in this place…

Chris Keller

“Know This, We’ve Noticed” sees Haley and Brooke running the recently opened “Karen’s Cafe” successfully judging by the amount of customers and warm welcomes they receive. Haley soon discovers upon arriving at “Red Bedroom Records” that she has accidentally taken on blast-from-the-past Chris Keller to run the label much to her dismay. Haley and the audience are well-aware that he hasn’t changed since the high school years as he continues to aggravate the other characters to the best of his ability, re-igniting Haley’s past conflict with the singer. Alex (Jana Kramer) also encounters him with negative first impression, demonstrating that he has the same irritating effect on the new characters alongside the more established ones. Chris Keller adds a fresh dynamic while also giving a sense of nostalgia to the show’s earlier and better seasons.

Haley and Nathan don’t appear in scenes together as he is away on business, they do however communicate over the phone and unlike the other couples that are physically together, Nathan and Haley still have strong chemistry, giving out a sense of longing for each other and vulnerability in their separation. Despite their farcical and less believable beginning’s with marrying at sixteen and becoming teenage parents, one of “One Tree Hill’s” strengths is the development and growth of their relationship into adulthood, its stood the test of time; therefore as its rumoured James Lafferty won’t be appearing as much this season and due to the return of his half-brother Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) it would be incredibly devastating for fans to see their favourite, long-standing couple end under tragic circumstances.

Haley and daughter Lydia

A sleep-deprived Brooke and Julian discover the downside of parenthood as they attempt to balance caring for their twin boys Davis and Jude as well as holding up careers for themselves. Julian utters in a tongue in cheek manner that he wants to go back to a life where they were free to do as they pleased, considering their initial struggle to have children of their own the remark feels out of place however also conveys the reality of the stress that comes with their situation. On the other hand Brooke delivers a stunning narration about seeing the place she grew up in in a different light after having the twins, metaphorically depicting the notion of viewing life differently as time passes on and through the changes it brings. Concluding with the line “Sometimes my heart aches at how my life turned out, in a good way, it doesn’t mean there haven’t been hardships, there have been, but I’m here and here is good” sums up Brooke’s growth as a character and her true appreciation of how her life has turned out. Finally seeing Brooke’s father (Richard Burgi) at the twins christening added a new spin and gives a better understanding of who she is and how she grew up, placing the missing piece of the puzzle.

Brooke and her father

Dan’s reappearance in the christening scene invokes many questions that have been present through various seasons of the show. It is unknown whether he is being genuine regarding the fact his home has been involved in a fire however its satisfying to see him in a desperate state with nowhere to turn but to the people he hurt in the first place. The encounter between Dan and Haley is an intense watch and cleverly depicted as Dan realises he’s asking far too much than he should.

Dan asking for forgiveness?

The sub-plots such as Clay and Quinn’s issues in recovering from the shooting/stalker incident and the Chase (Stephen Colletti) and Alex relationship still remain as filler storylines and possibly unnecessary as the show’s strength remains with the original core characters that the audience have grown up with for the past nine years. On a personal level these minor stories aren’t as compelling. With the eagerly-awaited return of Lucas it will definitely bring the show back to its origins and generate intrigue in seeing what his character has been up to in his absence, like Chris Keller, its going to be interesting seeing him interact with the newer characters and of course Brooke, Haley and Nathan given its been three years since we saw them on screen together.

Overall “Know This, We’ve Noticed” was a decent opening and an enjoyable watch with compelling moments that have the potential for greater development. “One Tree Hill” is finally on the way to closure and hopefully will meet all the expectations the fans and characters deserve. It will be missed but the right time has come to call it a day.

For my previous Season 8 Finale Review Click Here: https://mshayleyr1989.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/one-tree-hill-season-8-finale/

Hayley Alice Roberts.