Easily the most bizarre film of 2019! Steven Knight’s Serenity starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway. The movie has some insane and jarring scenes along with one of the most outta left field endings and second half’s you will see this year, I’m sure.
The movie has a pretty solid start and leans on noir tropes and has some great shots and camera work. The acting is top notch, as it should be with multiple academy award winners and nominees.
This is where the praise ends though. Serenity is not good, but entertaining none the less and totally worth you’re price of admission!
This movie is tough tot talk about without spoiling anything too massive.
Escape Room or Saw lite is the first major release of 2019 isn’t what you typically expect from a January horror film, It’s close though. Escape Room has a few solid cast members and some cool shots and set pieces, but the third act almost destroys what the first two acts built up. The actors are awful for the most part and are not likable at all. This is basically Pg-13 Saw. I would say it’s worth a watch for January cinema and even more if you’re a horror fan. Solid 2.5/5
” A lot of weird stuff happens in Marwen, a lot of stuff that makes no sense.” Steve Carrel’s Mark ” Hoggy” Hogancamp says this late in the film and I can’t think of any other way to sum up Robert Zemeckis’ Welcome to Marwen.
Welcome to Marwen is absurd. The animated sequences are completely odd and unfortunately ruin the film.
The humor is the lowest hanging fruit and unfunny. The bright spot in the film are the actors and some of the live action scenes and the story behind Marwen.
Steve Carrel and Leslie Mann are great! Unfortunately the intercutting of animation throws off any drama or emotion the live action shots invoke.
Bumblebee harkens back to the heartfelt Spielberg films of the 80’s that encourage exploration and acceptance of the unknown. There’s a bit of E.T in Bumblebee and that’s not a bad thing.
This latest installment of the Transformers franchise is a prequel of sorts that sets up how Bumblebee came to Earth and depicts the war for Cybertron. The basic plot is somewhat similar to the first Shia Lebeouf film and that’s not a bad thing either! This time though we have Hallie Steinfeld as our protagonist and she’s fantastic!
I really dug the film. It’s fun, fast paced, and has some great humor.
The latest DCEU or whatever Warner Bros. is calling the extended universe of the comic properties, is Aquaman from Horror OG James Wan.
The film is an origin for Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman first seen in Justice League and who was also my favorite part of that film. The film centers on Arthur Curry a.k.a Aquaman and his quest to become the rightful king of Atlantis and save the surface of Earth’s humans from Wilson’s Ocean Master’s mar plot to take down the humans.
Mamoa does a solid job In the title role, while others were just average with the exception of Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master and Aquaman’s half brother and king of Atlantis! Wilson was the bright spot for me as the antagonist for Mamoa’s Arthur Curry.
James Wan has set up one of the most entertaining and fun DCEU films and future franchise. It’s funny, action packed, and has some incredible cgi. The trench and underwater battles looked phenomenal and had a touch of Sean’s signature horror aesthetic.
The third act falls apart a bit for me with the, now formulaic third act fight scene.
Overall Aquaman is a solid effort from Wan, Mamoa, and DC, while not a favorite of mine this year or a top comic book movie in 2018, Aquaman is a solid 3/5.
A Star is Born, but much more dark and weird. Vox Lux is and odd movie to say the least. I really liked a lot of the direction of this film, while not loving the overall package. The film was written and directed by Brady Corbet and stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law, and the real star and shining light of the film Raffey Cassidy!
She’s so damn good in this film! I loved her performance and the first half of this film! Portman is the saving grace in the second half, but I felt it collapses on itself a bit.
The basic premise is similar to this years, A Star is Born with Port,an and Cassidy’s Celeste character achieving the impossible and becoming a massive pop star. Where this separates itself is the dark messed up commentary by Corbet about media, the music industry, and how it all shapes the individual and their ultimate corruption of themselves and others who are influenced by their art.
The film has some jarring images and scenes! And also has some of the best music of the year, written by pop star Sia. The film also has some very avante garde looks and feels. Willem Dafoe narrates at multiple points throughout the film and title cards set up new chapters in Celeste’s life. At times it felt like Corbet was maybe aping Darren Aronofsky and his style.
While not being a perfect film, I enjoyed Cassidy’s performance the best and Natalie Portman is a force to reckon with as she sings and dances away her personal demons if only for one performance.