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:
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
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
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
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!
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?