Saturday, December 22, 2018

Mini Movie Reviews: Bulk Hit No 54


Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I prefer the Newt franchise to the HP films.  I don't love number two as much as the first, but I still liked it very much.  It's way too dark to show my kids anytime soon.  Haki thought the story got a bit too convoluted.  I hear that, but still seemed predictable, so is it too much then? 

The Good Lie
I count this as one of Netflix's hidden gems.  Have watched twice and loved twice.  All thumbnails and posters misrepresent the story, baiting with Witherspoon's face.  Do not watch this film to see her.  My favourite Netflix watch of this year.  Not a romantic comedy.  Not for young ones.  After the second viewing with Haki he said, "Good pick, hon'".

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
I enjoyed the movie more than I did the book (which I found fun but oddly juvenile in patches) and overall, I found this better than the average high school movie. Well acted and good dialogue. I'll definitely watch the sequel.

Murder on the Orient Express
Haki and I both really enjoyed this.

The Clapper
A nice subtle little film.  We found it interesting to watch and talk about; a discussion-piece.

Set It Up
Risqué for sure but excellent rom com in all its rom-comishness.

Mother’s Day
It's okay.  Has some funny moments.  Way to make a watcher feel frumpy though.

I can't believe I haven't shared...I love this movie.  Cried through it with a sister-heart in the theatre.  Bought it.  Girls love it too, have watched more than once.  Adore the book and film both in different ways.

The Shack
Eugh.  I see there's value here but...this chewed up my heart and spat it out.  I can still get upset thinking about it now, months and months later.

Battle of the Sexes
I wasn't adequately prepared for the kind of film this turned out to be, and thus was quite disappointed.  Tonally, I expected a grand slam comedy.  It isn't.  It felt more about the battle against queer prejudice than gender prejudice. 

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
It's alright.  I like the whole trilogy, even if it's only alright.

The Dark Tower
Forgettable, sadly.  Haki had read the comic and had particularly high hopes that weren't satisfied.

A Monster Calls
I don't think this is a bad adaptation, but I do mourn the warmth and humour that came through in the book being lost in this considerably darker film. The movie had a lot to live up to.  Great book.

City of Ember
Fool's gold, this.  I thought I'd found a Netflix gem -- it looked so interesting -- but it was weak.  Also, wanted to scream at characters, "Come on, parents!"  I think my girls may like it sometime though, ha!  The set is great.

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The first one is so much better.  I was still entertained, but I don't think I'd watch it a second time.  Haki was very disappointed (he really liked the first one!).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
See previous review; Ctrl + V here.

My irresistible sub-genre.  I found it very intriguing and unsettling in the right way.  Not for those who don't like sci fi.  Quite steamy.

The Cloverfield Paradox
Not the best but not time wasted, sometimes I crave a wee space thriller; this is that.

The Titan
It starts swell then gets too weird.  Haki was mad at it at the end, like, throw your shoe in regret for having stayed so long, kind of mad.  I don't recommend it.

Never Let Me Go
More irresistible subject matter to me.  Liked the book.  Think the movie made it even better.  I'm gonna write a whole post about this rare phenomena.  There's sex scenes and full shots of someone looking at 2D porn in this...I'd avoided the film for a long time because of the sticker warning, but I really wanted to see the adaptation so opted to watch and AE (avert eyes, lol).


Sierra Burgess is a Loser - it's wrong, people

How it Ends - sweary and poorly executed

The Princess Switch - I was hoping this would be one of those cross-over ones where my girls like it and I like it; no such luck (but the girls did)

Yesterday's 20 here.
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