It seems putting this post in my planner is the only way I persuade myself to watch films these days. Which makes the ex-film-student in me feel very ashamed! I used to be really consistent with watching new things, but since Lovefilm finished, I’ve been rubbish.
I have Netflix, I have Sky, I have Amazon Prime…but there was something about the disc landing on the doormat that made me watch it. I guess being at uni rather than working full time probably has more to do with it…
I’ve finally got around to watching some new things though, so here’s my latest wrap-up:
Thunderbirds are Go
Okay, nothing new about this one as it’s back from 1966. For anyone who doesn’t me, I’m a massive Thunderbirds fan, but somehow had never seen this one. It’s cheesy, it’s silly, and it left me with a massive grin on my face. At one point, I was laughing so hard I was literally crying. Who needs heavy, action-packed emotional films when you’ve got something that makes you feel light? Perhaps not for everyone though?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald
I found this one pretty much as I predicted: long, showing off a big-budget with massive effects that were often at the cost of the plot. It was enjoyable: it had magic (and I don’t just mean in the form of the charming Eddie Redmayne) and it had adventure, but it could have been shorter and not lost any of its power. I am a big fan of Jude Law as a young Dumbledore though!
I’m sure this was 45% posturing, 45% ego-comparing with a 10% plot thrown in to connect all the special effects and guys comparing sizes. I’m not sure what I expected from this: again, it felt like the budget was blown on spectacularly effects and long fight-scenes at the expensive of the plot. The pacing felt slow and it didn’t feel there was any real depth to the characters. I guess it made for entertaining watching.
One of those rare occasions where I watched the film before I read the book. I’ve had it on my shelf for ages but not quite got to it. It will be boosted up now though; a very powerful and emotive film, superbly acted and touches more than one chord. It invoked so many emotions that a short review doesn’t do it justice. Out of all five of these snapshot reviews, this is my recommendation!
As a Taron Egerton fan, I wanted to see this but balked at cinema prices. I’m glad I didn’t: it didn’t blow me away. It was fun watching a different take on the legend and the type of Robin Hood that Egerton bought to the role. He carried off the roguish look, the sarcastic attitude and the good-hearted thief. For once, the pacing and the plot was the right length and it was enjoyable enough.
What are you watching?