Apart from Dunkirk, I completely failed to review any of the movies I saw over the summer. To get things back on track, I figured I’d do a catch-up post with some mini-reviews of the films I’ve seen at the cinema over the past few months. Read on for my thoughts about: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, Wonder Woman, Churchill, A Ghost Story & The Limehouse Golem.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge Film Review
You know, I think it was Pirates 5 that killed my blogging steam. I really didn’t enjoy this film. Of course, Johnny Depp’s performance is still the lifeblood of the franchise but throughout the course of the four previous films it hasn’t changed at all and is no longer enough to sustain my attention. Apart from clunkily trying to tie the whole thing back to the characters in the original film, the plot of Salazar’s Revenge follows the same generic formula as the other films and, as I wrote on Letterboxd at the time, even Jack Sparrow seems tired of his inability to die. I give Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge a rating of 2/5.
Wonder Woman Film Review
I freaking loved Wonder Woman. Yes, the ending is long and confusing, yes, some of the CGI is dire; but this is the first superhero film I’ve ever found relatable in any way, shape, or form. I sat there crying at a freaking superhero film because behind all of the lasoos, swords, and shields, Gal Gadot effortlessly portrayed a woman with the kind of morals and fearlessness that suddenly seemed attainable to me. This film portrays Diana as one of ‘us’ – a woman trying her best to do good in the world with the attributes she’s been bestowed. The battlefield scene is iconic but I loved that it didn’t take itself too seriously. Also, dorky Chris Pine is the best kind of Chris Pine! I give Wonder Woman a rating of 4/5.
Churchill Film Review
I found Churchill to be a largely unmemorable biopic. Brian Cox delivers a decent performance as Churchill but my enjoyment of the film derived solely from Churchill being Churchill rather than anything the film did to elevate the history. I fell asleep in the D-2 day section but the rest was pretty watchable even though it contained way too many sweeping shots of Churchill standing alone on a beach. I give Churchill a rating of 3/5.
A Ghost Story Film Review
I’m always intrigued by films about death and grief; this film offers a truly unique perspective on the topic. Casey Affleck is a sheet-clad ghost for most of the film and there’s an uncut scene of Rooney Mara’s character crying into a pie that goes on for multiple (uncomfortable but captivating) minutes. Yep, it’s weird but it provides a harrowing look at life from the perspective of the lingering dead. (Writer and director) David Lowery manages to capture the intricacies of time while conflicting the all-consuming significance of our own lives against a backdrop of their inherent insignificance. A Ghost Story is a truly unique, fascinating film that made me empathise with a ghost more strongly than I ever thought possible; but it’s also an uncomfortable watch that left me eerily cold in an almost disturbing way. I give A Ghost Story a rating of 4/5.
The Limehouse Golem Film Review
The Limehouse Golem is a London based thriller set in the Victorian era that mixes the world of theatre with the bloodiest of murders. Bill Nighy plays an inspector that’s very much Bill Nighy dressed as an inspector but he definitely gets away with it! Although the ending is ultimately predictable, the plot is complicated enough to keep you on your toes. It’s full of gore (including explicit visuals of a severed penis … grim) but fails to frighten or build much tension; perhaps leaving the grim realities of the murders to the imagination would have had more impact. Otherwise, the visuals are quite atmospheric and I’m a definite sucker for London based scenery! I give The Limehouse Golem a rating of 3/5.
So there we have it, I’m all caught up with my film reviews. What movies did you enjoy over the summer?