The Movie Journal: April 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. Here are the movies I watched in April:


The Shape of Water  (3,7 stars) 

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Cast: Sally HawkinsOctavia SpencerMichael Shannon

This movie was simply underwhelming for me. It was not a bad film, the acting was good, the way the movie looked was very distintive but nostalgic at the same time,  it was very clear that it was a tribute to old monster movies, and the sound work was great. Nonetheless, it tried to be reminesent of a fairytale and because of that the storytelling was really straightforward, which could have worked well, but I felt like the story lacked depth, everything was overly simplified, including  the characterization.

The Circle (3,7 stars) 

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. 

  • Directed by: James Ponsoldt
  • Written by: James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers
  • Cast: Emma WatsonTom HanksJohn Boyega, Karen Gillan

I found this movie really interesting, the concept is not enterily unique but it’s compelling and it takes things a bit farther than a lot of movies with similar premises. The acting was fantastic and it was actually a very entertaining film. The main problem for me was the ending, which was incredibly disappointing. Another problem is that it brough up really complex and interesting discussions but the main characters had some messed up ideas about them and the fact that their positions where messed up was never addreses in the movie.

Avengers: Infinity War   (3,8 stars) 

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr.Chris HemsworthMark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

After I watched this movie, I spent a while not knowing how I felt about it and I’m still not sure. The movie is funny, enjoyable and entertaining. Also, it’s interesting to see a movie where everything goes wrong, plans fail, character fails and the ending leaves you waiting.

Nonetheless, the movie lacked a bit of cohesiveness in the way it looks, it felt disperse; different parts of this movie looked like different movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it was like several movie put into one. Also, I felt a completely lack of emotion when it came to deaths and sacrifices, the movie flied through those moments and left me not knowing if the characters died or not, if I should care or not, if I should be sad or not. I think that’s the biggest mistake of the film, because if those moments were more emotional, I would have made the storyline more believable and it would not have felt like everything was gonna be fixed later.


 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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7 thoughts on “The Movie Journal: April 2018

  1. Have you read the book version of The Circle? I haven’t seen the movie, but your issues with it sound pretty similar to mine with the book – he just tossed in so many dystopian “what ifs” that none of them got the background, justification, or follow-through they deserved. Definitely a good story with an interesting premise, but could have been done better.

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    1. I haven’t read the book, but it seems like the problems are the same than in the movie. There’s so many compelling ideas but they are not developed well enough. The exploration and discussion of those ideas falls short.


  2. I haven’t watched any of the movies (I think – I sometimes mix up all those superhero movies/don’t know the titles [I hope no one kills me for this comment 😂]), but I’d like to see The Circle, because I like Emma Watson. And also Infinity War (if I haven’t already seen it, haha).

    Your banner/header is so pretty, by the way 😭💖

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  3. Ooh I love this! I started a film/tv feature hoping it would force me to spend more time watching things instead of just reading all the time xD

    I went to see the Shape of Water when it came out because I heard such great things about it but honestly felt the same as you. I thought it was a lovely movie but it just wasn’t for me!

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    1. I started this for the same reason! I used to watch a lot of movies every month and it was something I really enjoyed, but in the second half of 2017 I felt like I was varely watching anything and I wanted to motivate myself.

      I’m checking out your feature! I love getting to know people’s opinions about movies and tv shows.

      I have heard so many people say great things about the Shape of Water that I thought I was alone in my feelings. It’s great to know I’m not!


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