The movie Journal

The Movie Journal: February & March 2018

The Movie Journal

The Movie Journal is a feature where I keep track of the movies I watch in 2018 and my thoughts about them. Usually I do it monthly, but since I only watched one movie in february I decided that doing just one post for february and march was better. Here are the movies I watched:

FEBRUARY 

black panther

Black Panther (4.5 stars)

T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.

I loved this movie, this had gourgeous visual, amazing music, the acting was fantastic, the representation was meaningful, there was insightful commentary about race and it was a really thought provoking movie. Don’t hate me but…my only little problem was with the plot, I was left waiting for something more to happen.

MARCH 

 

Love Per Square Foot (4 stars)

Love Per Sq Ft deals with the very common predicaments that faces today’s urban youth; finding a house and finding love. Through the course of this romantic comedy we see Sanjay Chaturvedi and Karina D’souza desperately seeking a house, but realizing the difference between ‘ghar’ and ‘makaan’ (house and home). 

This one was a fun movie to watch with really well used comedic elements. I was rooting for the characters the entire film, the acting was really good, the leads had a lot of chemestry and that drove the story and madeit easy to be invested. Also, I loved the cultural insight of life in Mumbai, I found it really interesting.

Game Night (4 stars)

A group of friends who meet regularly for game nights find themselves entangled in a real-life mystery.

This was unexpectedly funny, it’s an absurd movie that goes all in and embraces that absurdity and it does it with a sharp script, which makes it work.  McAdams and Bateman give really strong perfomances and the acting of the rest of the cast is pretty good as well.

Moms’ Night Out   (3 stars)

Hardworking mom Allyson has a crazy night out with her friends, while their husbands watch their children.

This has funny moments, not often and not with a lot of sophistication, but they were there. It was an okay film, the acting wasn’t bad. The main problems is that it requiers a suspention of disbelief from the viewer, like a lot of comedies,  but it doesn’t embraces that and pretends to be a more realistic story that it is.

Coco (4.5 stars)

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

I wasn’t expecting to love this as much as I did. It had me in tears by the end, it’s a heartfelt and magical movie. The music is fantastic and it contribues so much to the story, especially the song Remeber Me, and the visuals are out of this world beautiful, full of color and wonder.

 

Tomb Raider (3 stars)

Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

I don’t really like action films, so I was not expecting to like this, but it was fun for once to see a female character as the action heroin. This movie is full with ridicusly unbelievable stunts and the scrip wasn’t the best either.

I Am Not Your Negro (5 stars)

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

This was interesting, frustrating, thought provoking documentary and I thoroughly enjoyed seen it. I do think it was missing some female perspectives, that are mention in passing throughout the documentary but never given as much attention as the males. Nonetheless, this was very enlighting.

Wanderlust (2,5 stars)

Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple surveys alternative living options, ultimately deciding to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules.

This was terrible, it wasn’t funny and the script was not good. It was vulgar, dumb and quite forgattable.

Annihilation (4,2 stars)
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.
  • Directed & Written By: Alex Garland
  • CastNatalie Portman , Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
This was intriguing, suspensful, absorving and thought provoking. The visuals were captivating and magical. This was not an action packed movie, it had an intelligent and a bit complicated scientific element to it that was interwoven with existential questions.

 

 Have you watched any of the movies I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to watch any of them? Let me know in the comments! 

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