Snatched – Review

This month has been pretty slow for movie releases with Alien: Covenant being the only one I was specifically interested in seeing. So I talked with my friends about which upcoming films I should watch and this one did come up.

It’s funny but not as funny as it could have been. Mark Kermode made a good point in his review about the format taking too much attention away from the comedy. There’s still very funny jokes once the kidnapping plot starts but they’re rarely the focus.

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I know a lot of people seem to hate Amy Schumer for some reason, while I haven’t really seen her in anything else outside of an episode of Bojack Horseman I do think she’s funny in this. In fact I might check out another comedy film from her with more focus on the comedy.

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If like me you have Odeon Limitless it’s an enjoyable film to check out but if you don’t it’s not something you need to see in the cinema. Check it out if you see it on TV or Netflix. Now to figure out what my third cinema trip for this month will be, I want to see Colossal but they’re not showing it in my local Odeon or even the Vue.

Alien: Covenant – Review

Last year I saw all the Alien and Predator movies for the first time. This time however I get to see one around the same time as everyone else on the big screen. Everyone else is just as new to this film as I am and there’s even going to be long time Alien fans who haven’t seen it yet since it’s not out until the 19th in America. This is different.

It’s decent but not one of the better films in the franchise, even if I leave out the Predator movies. It’s got plenty of content I did like but mostly it just felt like it was the same stuff I’d already seen in Alien and Prometheus again. Even the settings lack that same appeal as the alien world doesn’t exactly look any different from Earth and the ship designs are nothing new.

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The new Xenomorphs (called Neomorphs according to my image search) look cool and there’s several great scenes with them. Unfortunately I just didn’t get an intelligent vibe from them like the better films in the series. Even when we do get a classic Xenomorph at the end because it only shows up at the end even it doesn’t get a chance to outsmart the humans. As a result it just feels like a regular horror monster with a cool design which is fine but not what I like about the Xenomorph.

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As far as the cast goes one performance stands out. Michael Fassbender does a fantastic job. Seeing the differences between David from Prometheus and the new model Walter through his performance is this movie’s biggest strength. Unfortunately to say anything else would be a spoiler.

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The human characters however just weren’t that interesting. They weren’t boring like in Alien 3, AvP Requiem or Predators but even now I don’t remember any of their names. Katherine Waterston does give a good performance in the lead role but the character doesn’t stand out like Ripley, Lex and Elizabeth did.

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It’s still an enjoyable movie and if you just care about seeing some cool horror action scenes this film has some good ones. I know there’s probably going to be another prequel after this but honestly I’d much rather see the series move forward and don’t really care about the origin of the Xenomorphs. Anyway here’s the updated ranking of the series

Aliens > Alien vs Predator > Alien > Predator 2 > Predator > Alien: Resurrection > Prometheus > Alien: Covenant > Predators > Aliens vs Predator: Requiem > Alien 3

Next year we’ll be getting a new Predator film so it won’t be too long before I’ll be updating this list again.

The Boss – Review

My parents recorded this to watch a while back and asked if I wanted to watch it with them. This seems to be how I’ve ended up watching most of the Melissa McCarthy films I’ve seen actually.

It’s alright, on the same level as some of the other comedies I saw near the end of last year like Office Christmas Party or Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, funny enough to be enjoyable but nothing all that special.

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Much like those movies a lot of what makes the comedy work is in the performances. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Bell are both good at playing these types of characters and make the jokes work. The supporting cast also features some talented actors but many are underused and don’t get chances to contribute to the comedy.

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It’s funny but the story suffers from narrative cliches I’ve gotten tired of like the third act misunderstanding. The last act is also very out of place with the rest of the film with a big sword fight between Melissa McCarthy and Peter Dinklage. If you like the work of the two leads you’ll probably at least enjoy it as much as I did, if not you probably already knew you wouldn’t like it before reading this.

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Review

With the sequel coming out later this year and it being on Netflix I decided it was time to finally see what this film was like.

It’s pretty good. If I’d seen it back when it came out it would have made my top 10 list for 2014. It’s very funny, has plenty of great action scenes and is yet another example of me enjoying satirical spy movies more than serious spy movies (there’s even a scene where two of the characters talk about how they prefer spy movies that are fun).

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Of course a big part of what makes this movie work is the cast. There’s just something about seeing the sort of performance you’d expect to see in an Oscar nominated movie being used in a comedy that just works and with actors like Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson in the main cast that’s exactly what you get. Throw in the fact it’s also a love letter to classic Bond and from the same director as the Kick-Ass films and the film is just a lot of fun.

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It’s not going to be for everyone. I’d say if you’re someone who likes violent comedies like Deadpool you’ll love it but that’s not your thing this probably won’t change that for you. And since I said it would have effected my top 10 list from 2014 here’s the updated version;

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Review

The first of three MCU movies this year and the sequel to one of their best films too. As such this was of course one of the films I’ve been looking forward to the most this year. Seeing it also means I’ve successfully seen 20 of this year’s films in the third of the year, if I keep this up I’ll surpass my goal for the year easily.

This is one of the best films of the year so far. It’s exactly the kind of sequel you’d want for the original, more of the same while expanding on some of the characters. In fact I don’t actually know which I like more out of this and the original. It also does a great job of playing with your expectations, something I obviously can’t give examples of.

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Of course the music is not just great but used perfectly, the fact it’s not just Star-Lord who enjoys listening to it now allows for some of the best scenes in the movie. Baby Groot is as adorable as he is in the trailers (and amusingly still voiced by Vin Diesel) but he’s not overused either, he’s the focus in just enough scenes to work.

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One of the best things about the movie is how the characters interact. Rocket and Yondu have great scenes together, Gamora and Nebula’s relationship is explored more, Star-Lord gets to know his father and Mantis learns about social interaction from Drax (which is hilarious).

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I’m glad that we’ll be seeing these characters again next year in Infinity War. I’m also interested in seeing the impact this movie will have on the comics. Oh and this should go without saying but stay for all of the credits.

The Boss Baby – Review

So when I realised I was close to seeing 20 of this years films by the end of the first third of the year I decided to set it as a goal. But outside of the obvious fact I’m going to see Guardians of the Galaxy on Friday I wasn’t sure what other film I could watch and whenever I’d check the Odeon’s website that smug face just kept looking at me…

It was ok, around the same level of quality as the better Netflix Originals from this year. There are a couple of jokes (such as a recurring gag involving a wizard alarm clock) that were funny and since it is from Dreamworks the animation is pretty good.

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The plot is odd. The film for the most part seems to imply this is all in the older brother’s imagination yet the last third of the movie where they have to go to Vegas to stop the main villain doesn’t really fit with that narrative and even has scenes without the older brother in them.

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It was better than I was worried it would be but not enough to be good. It’s a shame because I know Dreamworks can do better than this. Still it was clearly the better choice out of it and the Adam Sandler Netflix Original I keep seeing pop up whenever I visit Netflix.

Tramps – Review

So I watched this because Netflix has it listed as a 2017 film, but when I watched another review of the film the person reviewing it pointed out it’s actually a 2016 film that Netflix got the distribution rights to.

It’s forgettable. The film is listed as a romance but the romance felt forced and the characters weren’t that interesting. It wasn’t completely boring but I honestly am struggling to find things to say about it.

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So I’ve got a week left and while I’ve seen more new films that I did this time last year I still want to reach that 20 new films in the first third of the year goal. Maybe I should go see Boss Baby, at the very least I’ll have more to say about it than this.