by Alex Chiles, who you can find seeing more movies than he can write adequate reviews for on @axchiles
Since getting MoviePass, I’ve now seen 4 new films and haven’t written about any of them. That’s a shame. To catch up, let’s do a rapid fire version of my typical reviews where the “full review” section is replaced with a simple pros/cons list. Ready? Let’s go…
One sentence review: Logan Lucky is ultimately just a southern version of Oceans 11, but it’s just enough fun to justify its existence.
Pros: Diverse talented cast (Adam Driver stands out here), entertaining as hell, contains a particularly great sequence involving Game of Thrones.
Cons: Seth McFarlane, the narrative wraps up just a little too nicely, suspension-of-belief is necessary at times, a major character isn’t introduced until basically the end.
Should you watch this movie? Yes.
Where? Small screen is fine, no rush on this one.
One sentence review: Deftly crafted and beautifully shot, writer Taylor Sheridan’s follow up to Hell or High Water continues his winning streak.
Pros: Amazing atmosphere, great acting performances, and after seeing three films he has written (Sicario, Hell or High Water, and now this one) I’m all in- I’ll watch whatever he’s involved with from now on.
Cons: It’s not quite Hell or High Water level for me (but not far off), some may find it slow (but if you do, you’re wrong).
Should you watch this movie? Absolutely.
Where? Anywhere is fine, but the big screen might better capture the enormity and endlessness of the landscape presented here.
One sentence review: A disappointing adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel, IT focuses too much on the monster and not enough on the kids.
Pros: When not being harassed by that damn clown, the kids and their interaction with each other is really good.
Cons: The music ramps up before every scary moment so you know it’s coming, too reliant on CGI/special effects, extremely repetitive (you have to watch every freaking kid encounter the monster one by one), you see the monster too early and way too frequently, the title card at the end, the portion of your life that you wasted.
Should you watch this movie? No.
Why did it make so much freaking money? I don’t know.
Was Dark Tower any good? Apparently not.
Will Gerald’s Game be better? I sure as hell hope so.
One sentence review: Another based-on-a-true-story-of-recent-events movie, but this one smartly focuses on a single character’s journey after facing tragedy, and doesn’t gloss over a single part of the experience.
Pros: The performances (Jake Gyllenhaal might be worth an Oscar nom here), the bold decision to make the main character’s flaws so evident/central to the story, the focus on his character as a person rather than empty patriotism, and it’s really nice to see a movie of this nature not directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon, Patriot’s Day).
Cons: Sometimes the drama is jacked up to 11 when it might have been more effective as an 8 or 9 (there is a scene involving crawling across a parking lot I’m thinking about most here).
Should you watch this movie? Yes.
Top 10 so far:
- Get Out
- The Big Sick
- Wonder Woman
- Wind River
- Lego Batman Movie
- Logan Lucky
- John Wick: Chapter 2
Recently Displaced: Win It All & The Girl With All the Gifts
Current Last Place: Kong: Skull Island (IT is second to last)