June’s film wrap up

After Christmas, I went through a streak of watching loads of films and told myself it was going to last. Funnily enough, it didn’t. Perhaps because I’ve been watching three or four different series at the same time this year, I just don’t seem to sit down and watch films – or, if I do, it’s repeats of old favourites.

Still, I have been trying to watch a few more (the ex-film student in me is feeling like I should rectify this!). I figured I’d write up a couple of thoughts on the new ones that I’ve discovered this year:

5 mini film reviews

Jumanji

Jumanji

This one surprised me! I was prepared to find it cheesy and ended up really enjoying it. After an uncertain start, the acting, humour and pacing of the film drew me in. It was cheesy: it was also fun, had some morals thrown in and the clichés weren’t annoying.

I didn’t expect to add this onto a re-watch list, but I think it makes the cut. Teaches me not to judge before I’ve watched it!

Jurassic World, Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

This was the opposite. I love the first Jurassic World film and was looking forward to this. It was so far-fetched and predictable though. I didn’t dislike it and I enjoyed the acting, but knew what was coming. It felt like a complete redo of the originals in terms of the dinosaurs coming off the island, and we all know how that one ended.

Too much budget with not enough time spent developing the plot.

Star Wars: A Solo Story

Star Wars: A Solo Story

Han Solo has always been a favourite character. I had been warned this wasn’t great and as I haven’t enjoyed the other new ones; I wasn’t holding my breath.

It was too long: the plot could have moved faster and been more engaging if some scenes were cut. It felt there was a lot of character development considering we know how he turns out. Not as bad as I was expecting, but still quite ‘meh’.

The Incredibles 2

The Incredibles 2

I haven’t seen the first for years but remember loving it. I enjoyed the second as well: there’s a cliché story of roles within the home and the male/female divide of duties in both the home and being a hero. But that doesn’t stop it from being good fun! Baby Jack-Jack is a definite winner for favourite character and seeing his multiple powers manifest was hilarious – even if his dad doesn’t agree!

Christopher Robin

Christopher Robin

Oh! Oh, this film hit me in all the emotions. It’s predictable, but that doesn’t undermine the heartbreak of Christopher Robin telling Pooh that he had let him go. A true balance of growing up but remembering to be true to your heart. We all have that piece of childhood we carry with us and this is a reminder to not forget who you truly are. Gorgeous, heart-felt and impossible not to grin!

There we have it; what I’ve been watching. How about you – any good films you’d recommend?

A Rambling Reviewer

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10 thoughts on “June’s film wrap up

  1. I only managed to watch half of the Incredibles 2 but I loved what I saw. It was classic PIXAR and it worked on so many levels. I’ve also been watching Christopher Robin a lot recently. It’s the film I needed this past couple of months and in true Disney fashion, it is lovely, heartwarming, and full of nostalgia. My very close family are big Winnie the Pooh fans and it ticks so many boxes for us. It’s perfect.

    One not on your list that I’ve also watched recently is Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. In the same vein as Christopher Robin, it’s been a go-to film this past few months because I can’t help but be uplifted by the music and watching the cheesy dancing.

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    • Ooh I’ve heard so many mixed reports on the second Mamma Mia, but looks like I’ll have to give it a go! Ah yes, love the nostalgia feels from films like Christopher Robin!

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      • I know and fully understand the mixed reviews because the film does have its issues, but I personally can easily let them slide as it was one of those films I happened to watch at precisely the right moment.

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  2. Oh I missed out on Christopher Robin and going by your mini review, I should definitely catch up. I found Jumanji really cheesy… the best by far has to be Incredibles 2, they pulled off the sequel so perfectly. Nice post by you!

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  3. I was really surprised by Jumanji as well. I thought it would be terrible but the whole family really enjoyed it. I feel the same way about Solo, it was meh. Honestly, as much as I love Star Wars, I felt like it was an unnecessary film given that we know everything that comes afterward. I have yet to see Christopher Robin, will have to make sure I watch it.

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    • I was so prepared to hate Jumanji – think I was just in the right mood for it! Yeah, there was no suspense for me with Solo – very disappointing as he has always been my favourite character. Christopher Robin is such a charming film.

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  4. Jumanji surprised me too. I saw it in theater when it came out and thought to myself that I would be wasting my money, but i loved it. would love to see it again.

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