Movies of the Week #18 (2018)

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Road trip!

  • Kodachrome (2018): Unfortunately, Kodachrome is an uneven affair, with moments of genuine emotion undone by sloppy craftsmanship. The father-son relationship is equally imperfect, but at least it anchors the film somewhat, thanks to the performance Ed Harris brings to the table. The relationship between the son and the father’s nurse, on the other hand, is cliched and wholly unsatisfying. I’m not sure Jason Sudeikis is made for these slow-burning roles, because they don’t provide the snarky wit that suits him best. Kodachrome falling short saddens me, because it felt so close to putting together a solid movie. 6/10

The solitude of sheep

  • God’s Own Country (2017): There’s a very sweet gentility to a movie set, contrastingly, in the harshness of farming life. Francis Lee’s first major motion picture is rightly praised as one of the most significant LGBT films of recent years, but it succeeds regardless of sexual conviction. Its protagonist leads a frustrated, emotionally sterile country life with no avenue for escape, before the foreigner arrives to show him there are other ways to do it. At its core, GOW is a love story that peddles affection, which has gone amiss amongst the rough expectations attached to small, family owned farms. It works, however, on all kinds of levels, as we become witnesses to the power of example, care and commitment. A strong cinema outing, that’s for sure. 8/10

The soon-to-be second highest grossing movie in history

  • The Avengers: Infinity War (2018): You know me by now, I’m not the biggest fan of superhero franchises. They have all become a bit of a blur and Infinity War epitomizes that, with a plethora of characters, constant blow-uppery and a massive dramatic arc. However, it also proves an entertaining, might I say ’emotional’ journey, towards the end of the Marvel Universe as we know it. If only there wasn’t this sense that it’s, really, just smoke and that the consequences can only be those that don’t hurt the bottom line – let’s see if the screenwriters are telling the truth here (spoilers!).  The Avengers, like most superhero melanges, are doomed to some form of mediocrity, which is not to say that a mediocre story can’t be appealing. For what it’s worth, my expectations were slightly surpassed and I was left with the image of a devastated teenage girl a few seats away from me, overwhelmed by what she had witnessed. Seriously, it’s that rough. 7/10

On a quiet Thursday evening

  • Most Likely to Murder (2018): I ended up watching this because I sort of tolerate Adam Pally and am a big fan of Rachel Bloom’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. There’s nothing fancy about the story, in which Billy, an a-hole poser, returns to his home town, where nobody really cares for him because he’s an a-hole, a reality he fails to grasp. When it turns out the former high-school dork is now a well respected member of the community, who also happens to be dating the girl our lead a-hole deserted years back, Billy starts suspecting he is hiding something. While not a total waste of time, the movie tries to defy convention and it only turns out to be underwhelming, because it feels like there’s no proper ending to it. Empathizing with a-holes who end up seeing the light is rarely entertaining, nor truly revealing. Also, that title? Who thought it was a good idea? 5/10

Outlander, the animated movie

  • Brave (2012): Another animation movie that proves to be a tame affair, which has one thing going for it, that there were no ridiculously high expectations attached to it. You have your princess who refuses to bow to her mother’s demands of marrying on cue, then thinks it’s a good idea to curse her mother in changing her mind. This whole plot takes forty minutes to unfold and is mostly uninteresting, but vaguely amusing at times. The next twenty minutes or so actually peaked my interest, because changing her mother’s mind happened in a completely unexpected manner. Sadly, it wound down to the formulaic in the end, with neat lessons to be laid out before us. I guess the animation saves the experience, because it’s easy on the eye and the Scottish-ness of is absurdly, insensitively funny. 6/10

Laugh on cue

  • Game Night (2018): For me, Game Night was just one of those perfect little comedies: great cast, lotsa film references and an over-the-top plot filled with twists. Sure, the twists were fairly predictable, with gaping plot-holes around, but the execution was top notch. No surprise there, as the movie stars the likes of Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons and the lovely Sharon Horgan of CatastropheI’m not even a fan of game nights – if anything, I’m the hater – because I can neither disconnect, nor truly enjoy them. But the movie let me do both and half-way through it I was laughing my head off. I guess it’s a bit like Horrible Bosses, just better. 8/10