Three sentence movie reviews: Kingsman The Secret Service

There were things I really liked about this movie: the style of the Kingsmen,* many of the action scenes were thrilling, the characters were compelling, and the villain’s evil plot sounded like a feasible evil villain’s plot.  There could have been a little more action for the women in the film.** Unfortunately, the violence in this film–both stylish and humorously rendered–left a bad taste in my mouth.

Cost: free from libarary
Where watched: at home with Matt

*Those training suits the potential Kingsmen wore were awesome! (picture clipped from here )  

**Gazelle does  a lot, it’s true, but Sophie Cookson’s character was wasted

(I watched this twice in one day.  I watched it on my own and then re-watched it with Matt.  I had a bad cold, and didn’t feel like moving from the couch.)
(This was also a pre-watch because Channing Tatum is in the sequel, and I felt I needed to catch up.)

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/kingsman_the_secret_service.html
(I did not choose the other versions of the posters which feature a back view of Gazelle, legs spread wide framing Colin Firth/Samuel L. Jackson/Eggsy/the pug.  I get that they are an homage to the famous James Bond poster, but if that was the ass of Sofia Boutella then it had been digitally shrunk so small as to render it unrecognizable.  Homage to misogyny is still misogyny)

Three sentence movie reviews: The Age of Adeline

I enjoy movies about women, and thus I enjoyed this movie about Adaline, a woman who hasn’t aged since the 1930s, something that complicates her life.  How would it be to move through this world and not be able to establish any lasting relationships owing to the fact you must assume a new identity every decade, so as to avoid detection.  It’s a clever story, and one with a few good twists.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home while painting toes green.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2015/age_of_adaline.html
I love this poster, as did the peanut gallery on impawards.com

Three sentence movie reviews: Hidden Figures

This was fun.  And when a movie can make systematic discrimination (both race AND gender) fun, it’s a winner.  I could have done with less cut-away “funny” comments by Glen Powell as John Glenn.

Cost: $1.50 via Redbox
Where watched: at home with Matt.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2016/hidden_figures.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What the first film nailed, and what made it enjoyable, was the personalities and the relationships.  The second film also continues this tradition, making for a very fun and funny sequal.  Baby Groot was used to maximum advantage.

Cost: $9.25
Where watched: Regal cinemas in Bend, with Matt

poster from:
http://www.impawards.com/2017/guardians_of_the_galaxy_vol_two.html
http://www.impawards.com/2017/guardians_of_the_galaxy_vol_two_ver2.html
I like version one, but version two is awesome in the rad premise.

Three sentence movie reviews: Lego Batman

The jokes come fast and furious in this follow up to the Lego Movie.  I enjoyed Batman’s journey as well as the many cameos in the film.  Overall, a winner.

Cost: $4.00
Where watched: McMenamins Old St. Francis Theater

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/lego_batman_movie.html

Three sentence movie reviews: The Fate of the Furious

What is it about these movies that make me incredibly happy?  Plot elements, acting ability, general ridiculousness that would sink any other movie are gleefully enjoyed when it comes to the Fast and the Furious franchise. Jason Statham’s final fight scene was my favorite, but there were many other enjoyable moments in these 136 minutes.

Cost: $6.00
Where watched: St. Johns Twin Cinema (move #3 on Movie Day)

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/fate_of_the_furious.html

Three sentence movie reviews: The Face of Love

I loved the concept of a grieving widow finding a double of her husband.  Both Annette Bening and Ed Harris did their usual steller work.  I also appreciates Jess Weixler’s brief, but memorable scene.*

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home (movie #2 on Movie Day)

*Probably the best freak-out I’ve seen in the past few years.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2013/face_of_love_ver2.html

Three sentence movie reviews: 45 Years

This was brilliantly acted with a lot of nuance and great performances.  It’s also a movie that trails off with no ending, which can be interesting and also as if the writer didn’t know how to end their story.  Overall, one of those films I don’t mind that I watched, but am not chomping to return to it.

Cost:  $1.50 from Redbox
Where watched: at home (movie #1 on Movie Day)

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/intl/uk/2015/fourfive_years.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Get Out

As a scary movie with lots of interesting commentary about race, this movie delivers.  As a story with a plot that makes sense, this movie stumbles badly.  Combine the two and I had an excellent cinematic experience, followed by several days of, “but, wait.”

Cost: $6.00
Where watched: St. Johns Twin Cinema with S. North

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2017/get_out_ver3.html

Three sentence movie reviews: Weiner

I had this calibrated as “funny documentary” and then was confused to find that the story was mostly sad.  Aside from the incorrect packaging* this was an engrossing documentary.  It’s one thing when you sign up for the documentary about your comeback mayoral campaign, but end up in the documentary about your derailed mayoral campaign.

Cost: free from library
Where watched: at home, while cooking.**

This movie is featured with the War Room as part of a Next Picture Show podcast.

poster from: http://www.impawards.com/2016/weiner.html

*Maybe the ease at which puns can be associated with Anthony Weiner is the reason that two of three quotes on the poster refer to the humor in the film.
**This was an experiment to see if I could watch documentaries while cooking.  The answer is no.