Movie Roundup; The Last 7 Days of Film

Dunkirk (2017)

A movie I’ve been excited for since its release but for one reason or another I’d never been able to sit down and watch it, until now. It was visually beautiful and very well acted out by all involved, even Harry Styles which came as a surprise to me. The scenes in the sky as the British Spitfires battled their German counterparts were particularly impressive and it was a real surprise that it lost at the Academy Awards for best cinematography. Despite Dunkirk being a visual masterpiece the timeline was all over the place and somewhat confusing, there was no clear indication as to when each scene was taking place and whether everything was happening simultaneously. Overall I think the hype I built up for this movie in my head was a little much as I found it particularly underwhelming and while it was still a decent enough movie it was no where near as good as I had anticipated.

6/10

A Star is Born (2018)

Very similar to Dunkirk, A Star is Born has always been on my radar as a film that I’d been meaning to see since release but again it eluded me. First of all, Lady Gaga…what a performance!! She was the shining light of this film and while Bradley Cooper and the other supporting cast members did their part too, she was just head and shoulders above everybody, truly magnificent. At times it felt like I was watching a seasoned actress with years and years of experience and it’s hard to comprehend that acting isn’t even her primary career choice but after this performance maybe it should be, would be a little easier on the body not having to do all that dancing. Overall, A Star is Born is a stunning directorial debut from Bradley Cooper as he and Gaga share tremendous chemistry and tell a fascinating story of ups and downs.

8/10

Puss in Boots (2011)

An early Sunday morning required an easy to watch, light hearted movie and I thought let’s give it a go despite not really liking the Puss in Boots character from the Shrek movies. With a cast headlined by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars of yesteryear such as Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Billy Bob Thornton it was quite the rough journey. There were some mildly amusing moments but for the most part, the jokes and the comedy fell flat and the story was very predictable. I know that it’s a kids movie and I shouldn’t expect a great plot but that doesn’t give the writers a free pass to put no effort or creativity into their work, have a little pride in what you do! The Humpty Dumpty character was awful and although this was less than 90 minutes long, it felt like an eternity watching it. Overall, it’s just best to avoid this one and I think if any character from Shrek was going to get its own spin off it should’ve been Donkey.

3/10

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

This movie was interesting as I feel like nothing really happened yet at the same time feel like everything happened, it’s hard to explain but it was very captivating. The characters were developed properly and each of them had enough time to grow throughout the film so the audience could make a connection with them and relate to their situation, especially Darlene Sweet, played by the pretty great Cynthia Erivo. Jeff Bridges performed well which is something that everybody has come to expect over the years and he very rarely disappoints. Chris Hemsworth was a fun addition during the final third of the movie and it’s something quite different from what I’m used to seeing him play. I feel that the atmosphere of the movie was built really well as it started off quite quirky and comedic before getting a little tense as the drama slowly started to escalate. The middle of the movie became quite slow and methodical before the explosive finale. I would’ve like to have seen more of Jon Hamm though, his character peaked my interest the most and he was given the shortest amount of time on screen. Overall, a solid watch which requires your attention to make sure you’re following each of the characters narratives.

7/10

This is what I’ve managed to be to able to watch over the course of the last week. If I’m not able to review each movie individually, I’ll try and keep you guys updated with weekly roundups so you can keep track of what I’ve been able to watch. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time!

3 thoughts on “Movie Roundup; The Last 7 Days of Film

  1. I saw Dunkirk on an IMAX screen and it was awesome. I agree with you that the timeline can be a little confusing due to a lot of stuff going on. My guess is that it happens all in one day.

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