Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mini Movie Reviews: Bulk Hit No 56

Mom, this one is not for you (cussin' and crass).  So, based on the synopsis, I thought I was in for an edgier, British Groundhog Day, featuring a lead I'd liked in things.  It's not all of those; especially don't hold out for the alternate versions of the same day so much, though that element is there.  I did not find greatness here, but I did enjoy it and want to see it through to its end.  Haki did not, and he bailed.  It's a bit of an awkward circus, so avoid if that bugs you.

This was okay.  Technically, impressive, but overall enjoyment was at def "okay."  Haki fell asleep.  Dare I say, another case of "all the best bits were in the trailer."  But not bad.  Wouldn't watch it again or buy it.

I liked this more than Into the Spiderverse.  The girls still talk about this one and want to see it again (saw it once, in-cinema), and our entire family quotes it did alright with us.  There's something irresistible about this one.

An excellent film.  This one is for you, Mom.  And anyone who enjoy a sassy octogenarian (think something akin to the Downton grandmas).  Available on Netflix.

Speaking of Downton, of course I went to see the film.  OF COURSE, I did.  I was very satisfied with it. *smug satiated face*  

Dumbo (2019)
For some reason, as a child, I treated Dumbo like religion.  Watching the 1941 version as an adult I'm a bit befuddled by this.  I remember feeling unsettled watching it back then too...very.  And yes, as well as the yucky feeling, the movie has many flaws.  Me now doesn't like the original, even my nostalgia for it is muddied by the gross feeling.  I like the live action update even less.  Blah.

To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
This was fun like the first.  Still like the movies more than the books. Really appreciate the sensuality and content choices for these teen films.

Dark...slow...yet intriguing.  It's a genre I find hard to look away from, so I stuck with it when many would not.  The score's probably the strongest part.  It has the lowest rating on imdb for anything in this list, so probably for other post-apoc die-hards? Not for Haki at all. 

Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
Pretty good...but also frustrating.  *shrug of apology*

Swiss Army Man
THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE OH MY GOSH PROCEED WITH CAUTION.  Haki and I exchanged so many looks during this and kept saying, "Who could we recommend this to?  I mean, WHO?"  We both enjoyed it, but like I say, we have no idea who else would.  It's like a much less reverent, more morbid and weirder Life of Pi?  I think it's safe to say if the premise sounds like something you'd rather not see, you shouldn't, and here it is: A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.   If you're intrigued by that and "weird, morbid and irreverent," well, maybe you're the answer to our puzzle!

The general consensus on this and the book seems to be "mediocre" but I enjoyed both.  It took me years to see the film adaptation because of this talk, but maybe that was for the best?  I went in with very low expectations and found it quite fun...and when I read the book, I wanted to see a film of it.  Thank you, Hollywood.

Falling Inn Love 
Better than I expected.  I was thinking this would be Hallmark movie standard (I mean, the punny title screams it) but it's a cut or two above that.  There is definitely the possibility you will watch it and say, "Oh, it is that, Ange." *more shrugs* I quite liked it! Though casting an Australian as a lead in a kiwi film and not saying as much was a bit buggy.  I let the girls watch it after I watched it, too -- they asked to, and it has no sex, nudity, violence or profanity. 

The Light Between Oceans
HA!  Now to a very different story!  This is more artistic, has a sex scene (it snuck up on me, it's PG-13!), and a powerful and unforgettable narrative.  Beautifully acted, elegantly told and achingly tragic.  A great Film Club film.  What. a. cast!  And what a premise!  I'm certain I projected all over the show.  I have not read the book, but the story reminds me of something Bryce Courtney would pen.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Alright.  Interesting moments I'm glad I saw. It's like a younger Guardians of the Galaxy x Babylon 5 hybrid (so right up my alley, you would say?)  But...a lack of chemistry where I think they hoped there was some, and less punch.

Australian.  Swearing and some sex scenes (rated M).  EXCELLENT sci-fi concept. 

Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Haki and I found this funny.  I will watch it again in two years when I've forgotten most of it to enjoy again. Lots of sexual references.

The Knight before Christmas
Quite awful really, but watched alongside the girls in all its corniness.  I'm glad they enjoyed it, and I didn't hate it.  This, this is the Hallmark movie one that is exactly what you expect from its punny title and HSM cast member.

Jumping the Broom

More of a typical rom-com.  I liked it.

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