Movie & TV Wrap-up: June 2019

Today I am coming to you with my movie and TV wrap-up for June 2019, which is about a week behind us at this point. The reason I am writing this post so late in the next month is because as you probably saw, I was in New Zealand from the 22nd of June to the 5th July! Onto the movies and TV shows though. This past month was a great month for the big and small screen, which produced some really engaging, emotionally powerful and fun productions! It was definitely far better than last months catastrophe-of-a-month. I won’t ramble on about my pointless generalised opinions though – instead I will delve right into the juicy opinions on this months best and worst of film and TV.

Booksmart (2019)

Overall Verdict: 4.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Booksmart follows Amy and Molly, who are high achievers and are given entry into the colleges of their dreams – only to discover the popular kids and the party animals also got into them too. Therefore, they devise a plan to go to a party (the graduation party) before school ends for good. The movie follows these two over one whole day/night, which I very much enjoyed (as we get to explore the characters and each individual personality in-depth.
  • This movie was a hilarious teenage comedy with an incredible diverse cast, who not only gave some great performances but were relatable in a way that so many past teenage school-based movies have failed to be.
  • Beanie Feldstein stole the show for me!
  • There was a great number of really enjoyable one-liners that moulded this movie together extremely well
  • For Olivia Wilde to have this movie as her directorial debut is an accomplishment and should be rewarded and praised!

What Happened To Monday (2017)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Noomi Repace is incredible. She was able to portray all seven sisters with ease and in a believable way. I have not seen many of her movies but this film has definitely encouraged me to check out some other works she has been involved in.
  • An issue with this film was that after half way the movie became very predictable and you could see exactly where it was going, which ruined the suspense. Nonetheless, it still gripped me right to the very end.
  • The concept isn’t necessarily original or groundbreaking which slightly hindered the complexity of the plot. This also meant that the plot was not air-tight and plot holes were certainly evident throughout the films duration.
  • Great action sequences and certainly a movie to watch if you love action (it is jam-packed).
  • Unfortunately with twelve identities, it was hard to gain a sense of connection to them all during the length of the film. Although Noomi Repace did do her absolute best at making each character’s identity unique and likeable (making it understandable that some of the characters were underdeveloped and likeable)

Rocketman (2019)

Overall Verdict: 4/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • As a massive musical fan and an Elton John fan, this movie was incredibly touching and magical tribute to the singer and to his transformative music!
  • I did find I enjoyed Bohemian Rhapsody more (the reason I am comparing them, is because they are very similar in their stories and the thematic concerns that are dealt with).
  • Taron Egerton is an incredible and diverse actor and his ability to embody Elton John in this movie is truely remarkable. I cannot picture any other actor performing in this role.
  • It is broken up into flashbacks of his past highs and lows on his road to becoming Elton John and one of the biggest selling artists of all time.
  • Some parts did pass slowly and I can certainly understand why people may have disliked the movie (if they are not fans of musicals or simply expected a different narrative style) but I personally felt that the movie did Elton John’s story justice!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • This movie series has always been one of my favourite that Dreamworks has ever produced but this installation didn’t give me the same experience as the first two. Whether it is because I expected a lot going into this film, the fact that I am older than I was during the release of the first two or just because the film was average.
  • The plot of this movie felt repetitive, while the other two were fresh and original concepts, there were far too many trope and recycled plot elements in this movie for my liking.
  • The characters are one of the main reasons I love these movies and this third instalment only developed them further and made the experience an enjoyable one (even with the issues I had).
  • The ending is extremely sweet and makes this movie a very inspiring and heart warming family and kids movie!

Smithereens (2019)

Overall Verdict: 2/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Smithereens is one of the new black mirror episodes that was released recently! I don’t have much to say for this episode, as there is not much to this episode. While I understood the attempt to develop a minimalistic plot with a larger focus on the social comment, it feel short of engaging and worth-one’s-time.
  • This episode played with themes of social media and guilt at the forefront and disappoints; As the limited plot and lengthy screen time given to the protagonists struggle with his emotions only lessened my engagement.
  • It was interesting enough that I did watch to the end as I wanted to see the result of the situation – but instead I was again let down.

Toy Story 4 (2019)

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Overall Verdict: 5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • I absolutely adored this movie. It was a stellar instalment to the Toy Story franchise and only brought back my love for these characters and this animated world.
  • The script was great, as was the storyline and plot, which are always so well thought out and complex for such a simple idea.
  • It was emotional and humorous and put a smile on my face the whole duration of the film.
  • Tom Hanks is great as always!
  • The animation has evolved so beautifully for these movies over the years. It is hard to believe that Toy Story 1 was released in 1995!
  • Overall, I don’t have a single negative thing to say about this movie because I loved every minute of it.

 

Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Angourie Rice and Miley Cyrus are great in this fun but dark episode of Black Mirror that examines the lives of music artists and people in the public eye! It makes a great social comment on the pressure placed on artists to please the public interest. It also delves into creative control and freedom for artists. It is relevant in this day and age  especially, as we don’t often get to see behind the scenes – and while this was a work of fiction, the themes are very real.
  • A stellar song ‘On a Roll’ was by far, one of the best things that arose from this episode
  • While it began in a unique style, it flared out by the end and really didn’t blow me away. The episodes pace was quite slow and nothing overly interesting happened until the end. An end that felt cheesy and definitely not to the standard of a large number of the current catalogued episodes of Black Mirror.
  • In summary it was a very average episode with a great cast and a relevant concept.

BumbleBee (2018)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • I had very high hopes when going into this movie, as I find the transformers a really interesting concept and was excited to gain some backstory. It definitely did not reach the expectations I had set for it. In fact I was disappointed in the movie. While it certainly was not nearly as bad as Venom, it did give me the same vibes as Venom overall – where an interesting and potentially unique storyline was injured by bad writing and cliche tropes.
  • The actors themselves are all great but with the script being mediocre, it really did not showcase much of their talent to the extent I would have loved to have seen.
  • The setting and 80’s references were a highlight of the film and made for a more cultured and interesting plot. I also loved Bumblebee and the relationship between Charlie (played by Hailee Steinfeld) and himself.
  • The cinematography was really beautiful, with a great backdrop of
  • I think what disappointed me the most in this film is that I was expecting a more serious film that delved into the backstory and was quite emotionally impactful. However, I was presented with some corny and for-lack-of-a-better-word stupid characters (e.g. Agent Burns, played by John Cena) who’s attempt at comedy turned serious thematic areas into child’s play.

US (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • I have a lot of thoughts on Jordan Peele’s US. While a creative and clever movie, I don’t think it was as good as Get Out in terms of impact and plot concerns!
  • I think the creative mind of Jordan Peele and his ability to create such intricate and obscure stories, often with highly relevant and important thematic social concerns at the forefront – is genius!
  • The cinematography, iconography and all the small, unique elements that make up this film are brilliant and incredibly well thought-out.
  • However, the plot overall was a bit confusing and messy for me as an audience member and I was left a little underwhelmed (although the ending scene was shocking and perfectly fitting).
  • After going onto the internet and researching the meaning behind the scenes and certain aspects of the film, I had an outstanding newfound respect for the movie I had just watched. Although, this was after the fact and my experience watching the movie was no different because of my research. Thus, I kept my 3.5/5 star rating, as I still had a very average experience when viewing the film for the first time.

127 Hours (2010)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • James Franco shines through in this film which is based on the incredible true story of Aron Ralston, who gets his arm caught between a boulder while mountain climbing through the rocky canyons of Utah.
  • The story is gripping and engaging and and includes a great exploration of the human condition and instinct when placed in a live or die situation. Where ones mental capacity is tested to the absolute limit.
  • Since the plot is purely based in the canyon for the majority of the film’s runtime, it does seen to become quite repetitive and does definitely slow down in certain scenes
  • Overall, while I did enjoy the film, it did come across quite flat and I felt that a whole movie based on a situation that occurred in one small crevice just didn’t really need the production it necessarily got. A documentary is probably a more suitable way to produce such a story, as opposed to an entire full length film.

Godzilla: King of The Monsters (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • I was so excited to see Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, as I have been a fan of the Godzilla franchise for a very long time. Something about the urban/mythical setting never fails to excite and amuse me. I love learning about this universe of creatures and so when I heard that a variety of creatures from the universe would be explored in this movie – I was sold.
  • The movie didn’t disappoint. It was what I expected it to be. It was not perfect in any way and certainly had its flaws. However, for an action movie, it did everything it was supposed to do and developed an intense plot with great creatures and incredible special effects.
  • I think I liked the 2014 Godzilla more than this sequel, but nonetheless it still kept me entertained throughout its entirety.
  • The dialogue was one of the greatest flaws in the movie. It was so poorly written in some scenes that I felt it ruined the scene completely and the appeal it was attempting to portray. Emotional scenes inevitably lacked any emotional punch because the typical recycled dialogue was used.

– Joshie

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