Film Reviews - December 2020

Five Mini Film Reviews: December 2020

Grab your remote – I’m returning for some mini film reviews today!

Despite having more time in an evening than I know what to do with, I surprisingly haven’t been watching any more films. I’m not entirely sure what I have been doing, but that’s a different post.

I’ve mixed feelings with this one. I selected my films, then some disappointed me. I wanted a post raving, but alas…

I’m missing writing up film ramblings, so I’m going for it, and hoping the next round is better.

Five mini film reviews

Jumanji: The Next Level

I started on a high: I love this film. It’s far-fetched and silly, but the characters and the relationships are heartfelt, and make me laugh. We’re returning to Jumanji, but the stakes are different and the rules have changed – resulting in hilarity for our new team of gamers.

If you’re looking for sheer entertainment, a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, and guarantees a fun night in, then grab your popcorn – this is the one!

Charlie’s Angels

I’ve never watched anything else about Charlie’s Angels, so I have no comparison. This film was okay: it was implausible, yet predictable. The characters fell into stereotypes and it doesn’t take a lot of imagination.

But it was enjoyable enough. You stayed engaged, the action sequences were fun and although I didn’t connect with the characters, it has some good moments and well-timed dialogue. A good Saturday night film if your expectations aren’t too high.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

I was bored.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one: the messages it tried to push felt like they’d been done before, and the same was true here. It had some impressive scenery and some good imagination with the settings, the characters and the magic.

But the plot left me wanting more: there felt a lot of talk and not enough magic, and I don’t see how it kept a younger audience engaged.

Enola Holmes

Another success that hits the pure entertainment mark, and not just because of Henry Cavill. This felt fresh: I liked the plot, I loved Enola’s developed character and the pace of the film was fast and upbeat.

I didn’t know what to expect. It took me on a ride, filled with the detective notions we’re used to when Holmes is in the title, but full of heart and character. A definite yes for this one!

Spiderman: Far From Home

I don’t know where I’m up to in this ‘verse any more. I’m missing films along the way but no idea which. Still, I could place this one, which definitely helps. I’ve never been a big Spiderman fan, but I do love Tom Holland’s portrayal and the charm that offers.

As with any of the Marvel films these days, it’s far-fetched. But it’s fun; it’s action-packed; and it’s full of sweet moments, so can’t complain.

Writing this showed I enjoyed more of them than I thought. It’s funny how when putting it into words, I couldn’t necessarily place what I wasn’t sure about. Still, hoping for 5/5 next time.

What are you currently watching? Anything you’d recommend?

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12 thoughts on “Five Mini Film Reviews: December 2020

  1. These are some great reviews. I haven’t watched any of these before. I’ve been watching a few classics from my childhood recently like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Another one I really enjoyed was Zoo with Penelope Wilton. Its got a lovely feel good vibe to it.

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  2. I agree with Maleficent, I LOVED the first one but the 2nd just didn’t cut it! I really enjoyed Spiderman, Tom Holland is very good. Apparently the 3rd is coming and it’s meant to be brilliant x x

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  3. I loved and laughed over The Next Level; it was not a let-down like a lot of sequels are and I would watch it again! Enola Holmes was also such a relevant film and an emotional journey!

    As for Far From Home, I am ready for Marvel to be done now . . . (unpopular opinion alert).

    Thanks for sharing this; I feel so good for having seen three of the films on this list!!

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  4. Thanks for the movie reviews! I love to read reviews before watch movies!
    Thanks for sharing 🌹

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  5. Tell you what, I wasn’t big on Maleficent either. Although I did re-watch it this year and enjoyed it but I’m just not sold by the storyline. Maleficent is supposed to be evil and in the first one that element was just taken away from her really. I haven’t seen the second but I probably won’t now, after this! Loved Enola Holmes. I’ve been to the train station it was filmed on too, it’s Arley in Shropshire!

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  6. I loved Enola Holmes too! And got completely bored of Maleficent after half an hour, tried more than once to watch it but never went past it! Thanks for sharing x

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