I’ve been quite busy lately, enough to not be able to shoot videos on my Youtube Account, and be able to share just how amazing these past three weeks have been for film in general. These past three weeks have seen some major releases come through, and all have been stellar in their own rights. You have Get Out being a fantastic and nearly perfect horror-comedy genre film, you have Logan which is the perfect send off to the character Hugh Jackman has played for an unbelievable 17 years, and then you lastly have Kong Skull Island bringing forth the movie that giant monster and Kong lovers have been itching for for nearly 100 years.
I didn’t expect Get Out to be as good as it was to be honest, I personally thought that the movie could be, if done right, a blast either intentionally or non-intentionally. But when reviews started pouring in and it kept at a 100 percent for the longest time on Rotten Tomatoes I was honestly surprised. The trailers looked creepy but then the fact that Jordan Peele was going to be directing and writing it threw me off also. Even though I knew that it was going to be a well made film considering what everyone online was saying, I was still moved and blown away by just how great this film was. I really didn’t expect this to come from Jordan Peele but the writing and directing really are what stand out to me, along with the great performances all around from everyone. I still can’t believe the father is played by Bradley Whitford, whom I’ve loved since I saw him in Cablin in the Woods. Anyone looking for a great suspense thriller should support this film any way they can, I know I’ve seen a lot of link online for the movie but I really hope that everyone either at least rents it just to give their support to more movies like this from Jordan Peele. 5/5
If you had read my review round up for the original trilogy of X-Men movies then you’d know that I thought the first two films are quite good, excellent still to this day in regards to X2, and that X-Men 3 left some more to be desired especially with it’s second half. After I had rewatched all those films though I had sat down and rewatched X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and finally got around to seeing The Wolverine, the extended edition no less, as well to get me ready for Logan.
Honestly I love it when trilogies can improve upon themselves like this one can. Because it shows to me that the film makers and sometimes studios actually listen to fans and fix what might not have worked the first time, much like The Purge films to me. I feel like Fox started listening to what people wanted and started delivering the Wolverine goods we knew Hugh could deliver given the proper treatment. Now granted we probably wouldn’t have gotten Logan like this if Deadpool wasn’t a huge success because it showed fox that R rated superhero films are at the very least desired if the character you’re basing the movie on deserves it. Like I personally don’t think Fox should go around making every X-Men film from here on out R rated, and I don’t think other studios should too, unless the character is, in their comics, a R rated character. Because that’s what makes these films so successful, fans want their characters that they’ve loved in the comics to be properly portrayed on the big screen as those comic book characters.
Now the movie itself is quite powerful, and very emotional. The movie does have some flaws but they’re few and far between and don’t at all hinder the experience. I will say that if there were to be anything I would have to say negatively would have to be how long it is, I feel like there are some sequences that could be shortened down, but at the same time I understand that with this being a sendoff to basically a couple decades of films then I can let it slide. If you’ve been a fan of at least Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine through all the X-Men films then you deserve to allow yourself the experience of this proper send off for the character and honestly the whole chapter of the original X-Men films. 4.5/5
Kong Skull Island
Kong Skull Island is just a blast. It is finally a movie that isn’t just a retelling of the original 1933 classic, and it also isn’t bloated to 3 hours long either. It knows what it is and what people want from a King Kong film. It is beautifully shot and the action is spectacular, especially with the fact that 90 percent of the CGI scenes are all during the day time, unlike most movies made nowadays in this category seem to do. I don’t usually mind that though because I know that some movies use that to their advantage, much like 2014’s Godzilla. I just thought that aspect was such a welcome change to the norm. I will say that this is probably my second favorite King Kong film, behind the original. It’s just a step above Peter Jackson’s version mainly because it does tell a different story, one that I find brilliant.
The cast is great and I love everyone’s performances. John Goodman, Samuel Jackson, and John C. Reily steal the show though. Most people have a problem with the characters and I do understand that they may feel like some people are underused and to some extent I do agree. I do wish Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston were able to do a bit more than just show up on set and be themselves, but their characters really don’t need much more than that. Which is why I think the script is just fine the way it is. I do hope more people keep supporting this film, I’m surprised and grateful that so many people are supporting this film as it is and that it is doing great business at the box office. 4.5/5
Like I said, there’s a bit of everything for anyone right now, especially with Beauty and the Best coming out this weekend. I hope I enjoy that one too, but I feel like I’m going to be a little disappointed, especially after the excellent Jungle Book released last year. I just am not seeing too much stuff to warrant it getting made especially since we have the 91 classic readily available and it doesn’t look that they’re doing much different with this movie.