I know, it’s almost the end of August..please don’t hate me for being literally almost a month behind on posts, I’ve just been awful at keeping up with things lately. Being completely honest, I’ve been in a bit of a rut so I haven’t felt like doing much of anything. I’m hoping that’s going to change soon because I love interacting with everyone—both on here and on my Instagram—so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to post more frequently soon. I’m going to try to type up a bunch of blog posts in advance so I always have something to post! Anyways, like the title suggests, I’m going to be doing my July wrap up of all the movies I watched. If you missed my book wrap up, just CLICK HERE to go catch up on it!
(Full disclosure, it’s been a while since I watched these so my memory on some of them may be a bit fuzzy so I won’t have a lot of detail to go along with most of them)
Arrested Development(Season 5-part 1?)
I’m going to start with the one and only tv season that I watched last month which was the newest season of Arrested Development. I think there may still be more episodes to come out in this season but there’s no release date so I figured I’d quickly mention what is currently released. I almost rewatched the entire series because my boyfriend finally took my advice and started watching this show. So as he was watching for the first time, I would rewatch the episodes with him while I was around. I did enjoy season 5, I thought the jokes were back up to the standard I was expecting of this show. I also appreciated it because there was slightly less green screen and more actual interaction between the characters/actors than in season 4. Let me explain that really quickly..there was an 8 year gap between the release of season 3 and season 4 and during that time, a lot of the actors careers grew quite a bit so they had a lot going on. Fantastic for them, but it meant a lot of scheduling conflicts during season 4 so green screen was used heavily for it and you could definitely tell when watching it. Season 5 definitely still had that, although it wasn’t to the extent of season 4. Since I watched season 5, I can’t tell you much about it without ruining previous seasons. However, if you haven’t seen this series, I would highly recommend it, the comedy is pure gold. There are literally jokes in this series that they set up seasons in advance, it’s insane and I would go as far as saying this is one of my top five tv shows—probably, I’m really bad at picking favourites and making lists of them! The first three seasons—aka. before the cancellation and subsequent Netflix revival—will always be the best and strongest seasons in my opinion.
Ghostbusters: Answer the Call
This movie definitely didn’t live up to the original, it wasn’t as funny or as groundbreaking. That being said, it did keep me entertained the entire way through. The plot was okay, it wasn’t very complex or layered, but I wasn’t expecting it to be. The characters were stereotypes but they still made me laugh occasionally. I thought the actresses/actors all did really well, even if I didn’t love their characters. Abby(Melissa McCarthy) was probably my favourite, although that’s no surprise because I love McCarthy in pretty much everything, she has a way of making me like the character even if I shouldn’t. One character that did bum me out a little was Erin(Kristen Wiig) I adore Wiig but I thought her character fell flat and they didn’t make the best use of her talent or type of comedy that she uses as an actress. Overall, not the best movie but if you want something on in the background while you’re cleaning or something, I think this could be a good option. You don’t need to pay very close attention and you’ll probably get a couple laughs out of the beginning—I did find the first half much funnier than the second half.
I will be honest and say that I missed the first 20 minutes or so of this movie but I still feel like I watched enough to warrant counting it. I thought this movie was really well done, I laughed many times during it. I’ve also discovered that I love Dewayne Johnson and Kevin Hart together. They play off of eachother really well and their chemistry makes for a good, entertaining movie—they’re also really funny on social media together. The plot was interesting and intriguing enough to keep me watching but not too detailed that it ruined the comedy aspect of the movie. The pacing was great, I did’t feel like any part of this movie dragged out, which seems to be a thing that’s happening a lot lately. So many movies that are coming out are just too long, but this one doesn’t suffer from that issue. If you like comedies and want a good, entertaining way to pass an hour and 45 minutes, look into watching this movie.
Big Hero 6(rewatch)
This is probably my favourite Disney movie and I was so glad when my boyfriend finally decided that we could watch it—he doesn’t like Disney movies so it’s always exciting when he says he’ll watch one with me. Even though I’ve seen it twice before, it still gave me all the same feels as the first time I watched it. Its got everything going for it, it will make you feel every emotion possible and somehow you’ll be both almost in tears and laughing at the same time. It deals with loss, grief and depression but also shows that with help and support, you can get through times like those. It’s got some of the best characters in a Disney movie and it’s such a fun movie. If I had to pick one reason for you to watch it, I would say watch it for Baymax alone, he is the best character and I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise.
I want to start this off by saying that it is pretty rare for me to rate a movie under 5 stars, I have to have some pretty big issues with it for me to do that. So clearly, I had some issues with this movie and literally all of them have to do with the execution and writing. I also want to preface this by saying that I haven’t played the video games and therefore, I’m not familiar with the story that happens in them and cannot comment on if this is an accurate adaptation of the games. I want to start out with the things I did like in this one, the acting and the fight/action scenes. I thought the action/fight scenes were incredibly well done, I absolutely loved watching them, especially the scenes taking place in the past, they were fascinating to watch. I thought the acting was fantastic, I love Michael Fassbender and I haven’t seen a movie yet that I didn’t like him in, this was no exception. I thought he did a good job with the character based on what he was given to work with. However, I think the character was written to surface level, I didn’t get to know him well enough or get to dive deep enough into the history to fully understand and appreciate everything. That comment kind of sums up all of my issues with this movie and why I didn’t like it. We just weren’t given enough of anything, literally everything was surface level and nothing dived deeper into the history or world building. From what I’ve gathered of the story, that’s what makes the Assassins Creed games so interesting, so it’s a huge disappointment that they didn’t really delve into it..like at all. I would probably skip this movie, although the fight scenes do kind of make it worth watching.
The First Purge
This is one of the movies that I don’t really remember too many of the details for. I remember seeing it in the theatre and enjoying my time there but it’s not anything that really stands out for me. It wasn’t my favourite in the franchise—that award goes to The Purge: Anarchy—but it also wasn’t my least favourite. (If you’re curious, my least favourite was the first in the franchise, The Purge) I thought the plot was interesting and it was cool seeing the origin of the purge and how twisted the people who started it were and how far they went to get the results that they wanted. The casting and actors were good and there were a couple scares that got me to jump. Overall, this one is worth the watch if you’re a fan of the genre or franchise but it likely won’t be anything that stays with you after you watch it. On a side note, their coming out with a tv show based on The Purge and I’m cautiously excited to see how that goes—it premieres on ScyFy on September 4th, just incase you’re interested.
I don’t really have a whole ton to say about this one and the one gripe that I have with it is a spoiler so I can’t really talk about it. It was an interesting concept but it went in a direction that I wasn’t expecting and changed the entire type of movie that it was so I wasn’t a huge fan of that. The acting was decent, a bit cheesy at times, and the pacing was kind of off. I did appreciate it that they kept it short and to the point—it’s only an 1hr35min. That’s all I really have to say about this one..it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really affect me either way, it was just sort of there and I did’t retain a single thing about it other then the part I did’t like.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
This is the reboot of the original Robin Williams movie Jumanji, I absolutely loved the original movie so I was apprehensive about this reboot right from the start. In complete honesty, I wasn’t even going to watch it because I didn’t think I would like it and I also didn’t think it was going to be funny at all. But then it started to get good reviews and people started talking about how funny it was, so my curiosity went up. Then my brother told me how much he liked it and how funny he thought it was, so he lent me his copy because he wanted me to see it. I will say it was better than I was expecting but it was not my favourite movie and I probably won’t ever watch it again. The acting was fine, I liked the casting—it did have the Kevin Hart/Dwayne Johnson combo I was talking about earlier—but it just fell a bit flat for me. I laughed in the first half or so when everything was still new and the characters were first thrown into their new bodies, but after that..not so much. It plays into/makes fun of stereotypes which I thought was funny and the premise was still a good premise, it just didn’t work for me. I’m not sure if it’s just because of my love for the original skewing my viewing or what. I also thought 2hr for this movie was a smidge long, I think they should have cut it by 15 or 20 minutes to keep the pacing better. Overall, I’m glad I watched it and it ended up being better than I was originally expecting. I can also appreciate what they did with the movie, I just don’t really see what all the hype was about.
So that’s it! That’s the movies(and one tv season) I watched in July! My favourite was obviously my rewatch of Big Hero 6. What is a movie you’ve watched recently that you loved?