Sadly, now that Summer has come to an end and the weather is getting to be a bit crisper, the projector has finally been taken down. However, while there is still piles of films we failed to watch in our Summer movie marathon, these final four films were highly entertaining.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This film will make any Star Wars fan happy. It is an entertaining film, but it is nowhere near the excellence of The Last Jedi and Rogue One. Serving as an origin story to the legendary Han Solo, much of the film provides a deeper insight into his character and answers some burning questions fans have long been seeking, especially in relation to his developing friendship with Chewbacca. Stepping into the shoes of Han Solo is not an easy task, but Alden Ehrenreich does a decent job of capturing Solo’s charming and mischievous nature. Overall, Solo is an enjoyable low-stakes heist film that any Star Wars fan will enjoy.
One of the most entertaining films I’ve seen this year. Going into this film, expectations were low, but it is a hilarious heist film with a cast that surprisingly plays well off each other. Logan Lucky follows Channing Tatum as Jimmy Logan, who teams up with his brother (Adam Driver) and sister (Riley Keough) to pull of a strategically planned heist at South Carolina’s Motor Speedway. To help them stage this heist they recruit a convicted safe-cracker, Joe (Daniel Craig) and his brothers. As you all know, a full-proof plan is never without its glitches, and a lot of issues cropped up in the execution of this heist. The brilliance of this film lies in the character dynamics. These guys play so well off each other. The banter, the tension, and the comedic timing of their reactions were golden. It’s an hilariously entertaining film and gives us a fresh take on what could have been a stereotypical heist drama.
Let’s be honest, DC cannot hold a candle next to Marvel when it comes to cinematic productions. However, while this film was destroyed by critics and fans alike, personally I didn’t find it to be outrageously bad. It’s just not that good. It’s a film that felt like it was trying to hard to be a legitimate contender in a market that has already seen the best version of these superhero team-ups. The main villain didn’t feel like much of a threat and whie the story ticked every box on the superhero agenda list, it just felt like we were going through the motions. The film has some good one-liners, but it was lackluster, to say the least. In fact, this film probably should have waited a few years before being released so that characters like the Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman, who were honestly the standouts in the film, could have the time to establish themselves as a stronghold in their own solo films before coming together for the Justice League.
Batman: Under the Red Hood.
This film is down to pure nostalgia. I grew up on the Teen Titans/Justice League/Batman animated series and with the upcoming release of Titans, I had this urge to revisit my favourites. As I was browsing, this little gem popped up. There was no expectations for Under the Red Hood, just a sense of pure nostalgia, but it’s actually a decent film with a plot that has a surprising amount of substance to it. You see, the unmasking of the Red Hood saw Bruce Wayne come face to face with his biggest failure. There is a personal investment in this plot, one that might be predictable, but is nonetheless intriguing and brings about the questions surrounding the “moral code” in vigilantism as the Red Hood upholds the same values as Batman, but takes a more aggressive approach to his methods. Overall, this film was decent enough, the animation was solid, but the biggest surprise was realising that Jensen Ackles and Neil Patrick Harris provide the voices of the Red Hood and Nightwing. Fans of Batman will surely enjoy this flick.
What have you been watching?
What were your childhood favourite films and TV shows?