Oh hiiiii there! Welcome back to another edition of What I’ve Been Watching, where I share spoiler-free mini reviews of the films I’ve seen recently at the cinema. This time round, we have a HUGE ASS SHARK, a British comedy bursting with cameos and last but definitely not least, a movie that has shot straight into my top 5 of the year.
What’s not to love about a movie with a massive shark in right? Well, the issue with The Meg is that it’s nowhere near fun enough for a movie about a massive shark. It has tense moments, but for the most part, it just takes itself too seriously.
Considering the trailer made it look more like a B-movie style romp (or should I say chomp?), the actual result was kind of disappointing. I do still rate it slightly above my expectation, but only because the first part of the film is actually decent but then it goes and spoils it all.
Reality: (a low) 3
I’d sort of forgotten that this movie existed after seeing the trailer a little while ago. But after seeing a few comedy favourite pop up in it (Noel Fielding, Nick Frost and Claudia O’Doherty), and expecting it to be The Inbetweeners-esque, I decided to give The Festival a go. This is definitely the sort of movie that probably would have been given a miss if I didn’t have my Cineworld Unlimited card, though.
Although it has its funny moments, it does rely a little too heavily on the gross-out humour. Claudia O’Doherty and Hammed Animashaun are definitely the highlights performance wise, but maybe the film would have had more of an impact if I could relate to the life of a festival-goer.
We were originally going to go and see The Spy Who Dumped Me at an Unlimited screening, but clashing with that screening was a special preview screening of BlacKkKlansman, with a live Q&A with director Spike Lee afterwards. So, we decided that Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis could wait, because we really wanted to see this movie.
Best decision ever. BlacKkKlansman is a brilliant film tackling racism in a unique way that will have your emotions jumping all over the place. This film has its funny moments, but it will also play recklessly with your heartstrings. It really is incredibly poignant that although the movie is set in the 70’s, the issues it addresses are just as relevant today. Go see this movie.
Which movies are next on my list to see then, huh? I’m still crossing my fingers that our local Cineworld gets Searching as I *really* want to see it, but here are two of the movies I’m sure we will get…
The Spy Who Dumped Me
Although we decided against the Unlimited Screening, we will likely still go and see this movie just because we can. I do love Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis but in all honesty, my expectations for this movie are pretty low.
The Happytime Murders
It seems to be the season for comedies that are probably average at best! But I’ll see this movie because I like Melissa McCarthy, and because it’s probably just going to be dumb af fun.