Hello and welcome to my monthly movie recap! 4 animated films and 6 films, including some awesome finds and mild disappointments. As always, no spoilers!
The Road To El Dorado (2000). I feel like the idea was there, but the execution didn’t live up to this film’s full potential. It seems like the script was rewritten multiple times or some scenes were deleted because the narration is unevenly paced. Another thing that bothered me was the overtly sensual scenes involving Chel (the native woman) and Tulio that felt totally uncalled for and unnecessary (well, same as Chel’s character, to be honest). The characters overall feel paper-thin, they lack any real traits (‘Tulio wants a lot of gold’ and ‘Chel wants to escape and have adventures’ kind of characterization just doesn’t do it for me). This animated film is watchable, but I wouldn’t give it more than 5/10.
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000). Now this is a true gem! The characters are consistent, the jokes land every time, the music is great, and the voice cast is just on another level – Eartha Kitt alone as Yzma is pure gold. The plot is dynamic and just logical, the animation fits perfectly well with the overall tone of the film. I’d highly recommend it to anyone!
The Favourite (2018). I’ve heard a lot about this film and finally got around to watch it. My verdict is: this is one of the most overrated movies in recent years! My goodness, it’s just vapid, self-indulgent, ugly, boring, and completely depressing to watch. If this film was created as a satire to mock the upper class then it’s got some redeeming points, but if not, then it’s just plain bad. If you expect at least some historical accuracy, I wouldn’t recommend it. If you expect aesthetically pleasing scenes, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s an ugly movie about ugly people (and I don’t mean appearances).
Armour of God (1986) & Armour of God II: Operation Condor (1991). Jackie Chan classic! These movies are fun, the plots are straightforward, and the action scenes are awesome (especially the final fight in the first movie). The second movie has considerably more silly moments than the first one, but it’s still lighthearted. It’s something different from what I usually watch. Overall, enjoyed these films!
Shrek 2 (2001). No surprises here – it’s a good movie! It’s a great sequel for the first Shrek that feels completely logical. It’s easy to watch, the jokes are great, the songs are 100% fitting. I really have nothing negative to say about Shrek 2 – it’s perfectly watchable and rewatchable.
Shrek Forever After (2010). I enjoyed this film quite a lot because of its darker, more serious tone. The characters we know and love are revealed from different sides that still feel natural. The animation is great and so is the script with very good, meaningful dialogues. I’d recommend Shrek Forever After to anyone.
Dr.No (1965). This is the first film of the 007 franchise as we know it. I watched it before, but it’s such a great movie that it can be rewatched multiple times for sure. The acting is very good, the story progresses in a logical way, the pacing is steady. The 007 franchise wouldn’t be the same without Sean Connery, who, in many ways, set an almost unattainable standard for Bond actors. It’s truly sad to hear about Sean Connery passing away and I feel like appreciating his films is the best way to pay tribute to this great actor.
Barry Lyndon (1975). Originally I planned to watch this film to see the costumes that are deemed as some of the most historically accurate in movie history. So I came for the costumes and stayed for the story 😊 Staley Kubrick was a genius of setting the right pace for every story he told and this movie isn’t an exception. The movie is more than 3h long, but it doesn’t feel too long or boring – every moment is essential for the story. The music is amazing as well.
Jurassic Park (1993) & Jurassic Park 2 (1997). Jurassic Park is certainly not a perfect movie, but it’s fun and the idea is interesting. It’s not less than a 7 out of 10 for the originality of the idea, dynamic script, and good pacing. Jurassic Park 2, on the other hand, just feels uninspired, the characters are annoying, and the story itself isn’t engaging. I would give this movie 4 out of 10 and all 4 points go to Jeff Goldblum.
Eyes Wide Shut (1999). Inspired by Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, I decided to watch his final creation and see for myself why people continue talking about it 20 years after it was released. On the one hand, it’s got all the Kubrick signature elements – the pacing, the suspense, the symbolism. On the other hand, I didn’t feel such investment in the story as I did watching Barry Lyndon. By all means, this is a very specific story and it’s told in a very speciic way, everyone will see something different in it, perceive a different meaning. You can see the topics on the surface or dig deeper – it’s the choice of the viewer. As for me, Eyes Wide Shut just didn’t ‘speak’ to me. One thing for sure: it’s a one of a kind film that is both disturbing and thought-provoking.
Have you watched any of these movies and series? I would love to hear your opinion! As always, looking forward to reading and responding to your comments 💖
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