It’s been a while since I made a movie centered post, and here I am to bring to you, all the recently released movies that I watched at the cinema throughout the past three months! This came a little later than I intended, so I also included the movies I watched in May. I will list them according to my least favourite to my most favourite. Let’s go!
Maze Runner: The Death Cure (3D) – 3/5
As the final movie in the Maze Runner series, The Death Cure was a solid and typically young adult movie. I read the first two books of the trilogy but gave up on the last one. Due to the several year gap between the second movie and the third, I barely remember anything that happened before. However the movie did well to refresh my memory, and the beautiful faces of some gorgeous-looking men was something I was definitely not complaining about. With an exciting plot that was never dull, and a lot of things happening towards the end, I thought it was a fun 2 hours. Was it worth to watch it in 3D? Probably not.
The Shape of Water (2D) – 3.5/5
Guillermo del Toro strikes again, bringing home a handful of Oscars for this highly acclaimed movie. Most of you have probably heard about The Shape of Water and what the story is about. I watched it merely days before the Oscars were actually aired, so I didn’t have too high expectations of the movie, I was mostly just curious what all the hype was about. Though it was beautifully shot with great care in the cinematography, special effects, music and colors, bringing out the atmosphere of the scenes beautifully, story-wise I was just not a fan. It was just too weird for my taste. However, looking at the story as art and not as a scientist that think about everything logically, it was a very enjoyable movie, and overall it brings out a beautiful message about loneliness, friendship, love, and fighting for what you care for.
Game Night (2D) – 4/5
A movie I didn’t expect to like as much as I did, Game Night stars two very famous actors in a comedy thriller about a couple and their friends on a game night. It had a lot of funny moments, and the story itself was not too wacky (which I hate in a comedy) or gross, or boring. It was fun, fast-paced, had some laugh out loud moments that kept us chuckling even hours after watching the movie. Great, light, and totally fun movie to watch with your friends.
Pacific Rim: Uprising (3D) – 3/5
I deeply enjoyed the original Pacific Rim movie, its premise and the execution of the idea, the sci-fi elements and the humour and the wonderful characters. This movie is set a few years after the previous movie, where problems rise again as another attack seemed to appear from not kaijus, but other beasts of the world. It was action packed and had funny moments, but overall it was just a fun blockbuster with empty story and unmemorable plot.
The Post (2D) – 4/5
Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie, I was already intrigued. As a daughter of a former newspaper journalist, when I was young I wanted to be a reporter as well. Then I decided I didn’t like being chased by deadlines and that I didn’t have the social skills to be a journalist. I am always still fascinated with the newspaper and journalism industry, and have always adored movies around that theme: The Newsroom, and more recently Spotlight. This was no exception. Though it felt a little too long-winded, and the story was sometimes too slow that it got boring, the story was exciting, and it felt very relevant to today. It was thought-provoking, and additionally, the cinematography and the acting was marvellous.
Avengers: Infinity War (IMAX 3D) – 4/5
Though I’m not a huge Marvel fan, my boyfriend is, so we would always, always watch the new Marvel movies when they come out in the theaters. I’ve always found them very entertaining, and had great cast and exciting stories. As someone who doesn’t read the comics or know much about the story, I had no expectations for this highly hyped movie. It was enormous in magnitude, cast, setting, action scenes and overall story. I really enjoyed the plot and the villain was well written, and a lot of the scenes were actually well-written and despite the large amount of characters and plot points needed to be ticked off, the movie was great. It was also highly worth it to watch it in 3D.
Ready Player One (2D) – 4/5
Most of you have probably heard about this movie based on the famous book, about a boy playing in a huge virtual reality game in a quest to find some easter eggs dotted around the game, while finding himself along the way. It was hugely entertaining for me, someone who hasn’t read the book yet. It’s very colorful and keeps you glued to the screen, and every scene was orchestrated wonderfully. Though it had some cringe-y young adult moments, and the ending was fairly predictable, it was highly enjoyable and very well made. However I had been wondering if it would’ve been worth it to watch the movie in 3D, because of all the colorful scenes and the dynamic effects.
Black Panther (IMAX 3D) – 4/5
This is another one of Marvel’s most talked about movie ever, and personally I thought it deserved every right to be so hyped. Everyone probably has already watched it, so I don’t think I have anything to say that other reviews haven’t said already. With great effects, amazing premise and an all-round excellent moviemaking, Black Panther is not only relevant and important, but most importantly it’s very fun to watch. Is it worth it to watch in IMAX 3D? Most probably.
Isle of Dogs (2D) – 4/5
I have always loved Wes Anderson’s movies, ever since I first watched Moonrise Kingdom in high school. Yet I have never watched any of his movies on the big screen. When I first found out about this movie I was so excited, and the fact that it had DOGS was just a plus point. Everything about this movie was perfect: the characters, the voice acting (Bryan Cranston NAILED IT and I can just imagine his face whenever Chief talks), the directing (of course), the Japanese elements and the small funny moments scattered throughout the movie. The music was amazing, the dialogues were characteristically Wes Anderson, so were the colors and the slightly “out there” plot. Everything was wonderfully made, and though at times it stalled and went a little bit boring/slow, it was such a wonderful, cute, genius movie.
Lady Bird (2D) – 4.5/5
I’m not sure why I ranked this movie as my favourite movie I watched in the big screens so far, but it does show that I’m not easily impressed with movies that have 3D or IMAX – a simple, yet touching movie on regular 2D can easily become a good movie without any special effects. Lady Bird won a lot of prizes and have been hyped a lot, though I have read mixed reviews about it. In my personal opinion, this movie was beautiful, with great story and AMAZING acting (I’ve always loved Saoirse Ronan), and the message behind this movie was so touching that it made me choke up. The music and directing was beautiful, and the scenes were so amazingly set up, especially with the unique and often hilarious dialogues. I relate a lot to the characters, and fell in love with them so much. As Chris Stuckmann said, there were so many unspoken messages all through the movie but mostly around the last parts, and everything was just so well made and hit me hard in the feels.
Recent watches on the small screen
- Fullmetal Alchemist (Live Action) – 2/5
- The Glass Castle – 4/5
- The Big Sick – 4.5/5
What movies did you watch in the cinemas this month?