Brief Movie Roundup

I’ve been getting back into watching movies on a bit more of a regular basis and have watched some good and some bad recently. Here are my brief thoughts on what I’ve been watching for the first time:

1. The Gentlemen (2019) 9/10

I love Guy Ritchie movies and this was fantastic. The interweaving storytelling is sublime and although the cast is absolutely stacked full of stars, I feel everybody is given their fair amount of time to shine and connect with the audience. Hugh Grant’s best role for sure.

2. Trading Places (1983) 8/10

Two of comedies biggest stars of the eighties combine to create a classic comedy movie. Eddie Murphy’s charisma really shines and it’s just a shame he wasn’t able to maintain this level of performance throughout his entire career. Some of the comedy may be a little dated but you just have to remember that this film is 37 years old and times change.

3. Gold (2016) 7/10

Matthew MccConaughey and Edgar Ramirez were both exceptional in telling this rags to riches and back to rags story. The supporting cast were solid and story ebbed and flowed brilliantly. I felt Bryce Dallas Howard was a little wasted in her bit part role but otherwise this was a decent watch.

4. Trumbo (2015) 7/10

Bryan Cranston was magnificent as the titular character and he was desperately unlucky to come across such strong competition for the Academy Award that year. The movie felt a little long and a tad slow at times but Cranston’s brilliance really deflected my attention from any major flaws this movie may have had.

5. The Old Guard (2020) 7/10

May not be winning any awards anytime soon but in terms of action and entertainment this movie was really good. A strong cast featuring multiple Academy Award nominees delivered and although the story was a little predictable, it was still entertaining. The action sequences were great to watch despite being tremendously unrealistic but when your telling the story of a group of immortals, realism isn’t necessarily important.

6. Young Guns (1988) 7/10

A fun western movie starring a host of big names. I’m not a huge fan of Kiefer Sutherland but he was the standout performer here for me closely followed by the ever reliable Emilio Estevez. Western movies follow a predictable path for the most part but the cast did a very good job at making you feel like you were watching something a little different.

7. Hubie Halloween (2020) 7/10

A silly Adam Sandler movie not to be taken too seriously which is getting a lot of unjustified hate online. I’m not sure what people are expecting from Adam Sandler, his movies follow a formulaic pattern which is often successful at producing basic yet effective comedy routines. The laughs here are plentiful and there’s also a nice anti-bullying message woven into the story too.

8. Westworld (1973) 6/10

An idea I feel was way ahead of its time. I loved the uniqueness of it and the story being told. The acting was pretty meh and I feel that this sort of movie would benefit greatly with a modern spin on it. I haven’t seen the TV show but hear only good things and I feel a feature film remake should be on the cards to really bring this great idea to life.

9. The Da Vinci Code (2006) 6/10

A little underwhelming. I tend to expect brilliance every-time I see a Tom Hanks movie and this was just a tad disappointing. While it was still a decent movie overall, I felt the runtime was far too long as the story just dragged on what felt like forever. Ian McKellen was the definite standout performer as Tom Hanks just felt a little lost.

10. The Aeronauts (2019) 5/10

I wasn’t expecting much from a movie that seemingly didn’t get a huge cinematic release but I was quietly confident that Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones would deliver here, especially after working so well together on The Theory of Everything. I’m not sure what it was but the movie just failed to catch my attention and standout. The acting was good and but I just felt there was something missing to really captivate me.

11. First Man (2018) 5/10

Very disappointed with this movie. I wanted to watch it when it was released in the cinema but just wasn’t able to get the chance to. Such an iconic moment in the history of humankind deserved better and while the movie was still watchable, it failed to truly showcase the historic nature of the story.

12. Lone Wolf McQuade (1983) 3/10

I just don’t understand the appeal of Chuck Norris. He’s awful! His movies are awful, his acting is awful and despite being a legit martial artist, his fight sequences always look horrible. David Carradine played bad guy very well but his performance was a little wasted amongst this pile of nonsense.

Hopefully if time allows I’ll be able to continue to watch movies regularly so I can keep you guys up to date with my viewing history. Thanks for reading!

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