Hey guys, I’ve watched a bunch of movies lately, and wanted to share my thoughts on them. Think of these as mini reviews. One of my goals for this year was to watch more movies, as I tend to stick to television shows. Netflix has come in handy for this, as I have a ton of options to choose from.
Here we go.
The Greatest Showman (2017)
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
The only movie on this list to be seen in the theatres. Rory and I were both fairly keen to watch this movie. I’m always fond of musicals, and since watching the movie, I still listen to a lot of the soundtrack.
Plot wise, the movie felt a little predictable to me. I also feel like they could have fleshed out more of the characters. That being said, the aesthetic, choreography, cinematography, music, and all that was amazing in the film. They nailed all of it and more, and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen!
I rate it 4 stars.
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)
Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris, until Tris’ friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah’s drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick’s band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.
I had just finished watching Juno, and felt that I could stand to watch another Michael Cera teen movie. So one January afternoon, while doing my jigsaw puzzle, I put this on.
I honestly didn’t care too much about this movie. It didn’t really grab me, and the characters felt quite one-dimensional. It pretty much became background noise, and I only checked in every now and then but could still keep up with the plot. In the end, it was just another teen comedy.
I rate it 2 stars.
Don Jon (2013)
New Jersey bartender Jon Martello knows what’s important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests — and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.
A more mature film choice, but it had Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johanssen in it, so I was intrigued. Plus, the New Jersey accents in the trailer had me hooked.
I did pay more attention to this film. It was hilarious, sweet, weird, sometimes emotional and just so much fun. The plot of this felt like it could fall into that weird genre of movie that relies solely on raunchy humour and gags, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulled off something way better. Props to him.
I rate it 4 stars.
Something Borrowed (2011)
Though Rachel is a successful attorney and a loyal, generous friend, she is still single. After one drink too many at her 30th-birthday celebration, Rachel unexpectedly falls into bed with her longtime crush, Dex — who happens to be engaged to her best friend, Darcy. Ramifications of the liaison threaten to destroy the women’s lifelong friendship, while Ethan, Rachel’s confidant, harbors a potentially explosive secret of his own.
I felt like a traditional romcom, and this showed up in the list. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was filled with familiar faces so I gave it a go!
This was a cliche romance in the best way. Reading this gave me that same happy, light feeling when I read a fun chick-lit book. It was just fun, sometimes cringy, predictable, but also sweet. If you feel like a light rom-com to watch, then I recommend this one. Although, this is advertised as a romance drama, so maybe I shouldn’t have found it so funny.
I rate it 3 stars.
Blades of Glory (2007)
Figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy take their intense rivalry too far during the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; both are banned from competition after a nasty brawl. After several years out of the public eye and hungry for glory, the men decide to set aside their feud and exploit a loophole that allows them to compete as a pair.
Rory put this on the tv, and I was in the same room. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have watched this on my own.
So, Will Ferrell is one of those actors to me. Where I can’t place my finger on it, but I just don’t really like his films. I didn’t like Elf, and I couldn’t get through Anchorman. Kind of like Adam Sandler, I tend to avoid his films. This movie was indeed in his style of humour, silly, raunchy, sometimes gross, and a little cringy. But it got a few chuckles out of me, and once I realized that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were also in this, I decided to stick it out. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. But it was very ridiculous and the green screens bugged me.
I rate it 3 stars.
This was kind of fun to write. Quick-fire reviews of some movies I’ve watched recently. What movie have you watched recently?
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