Welcome to the first article in an ongoing series that I will be doing. This is partly a way to force myself to venture out and buy, stream or go to a movie theatre and watch movies that haven’t already seen. Now there are some movies that I have never seen The Godfather, the original Wizard of Oz & Pulp Fiction (I know, shocking). But this series of articles is for me to prioritise film in my life some more and let you guys know my thoughts!
After acquiring my own house this year I have obtained my own movie/gaming man cave and I love the vibe. The RGB lights provide such an awesome atmosphere within the room and just makes the movies excel! I also have (in the last month) upgraded my surround sound system to a Dolby Atmos setup and boy it is fantastic!
So there we have it, a little bit about me. But what exactly did I watch for the first time during February?
1. Gemini Man
The first movie of the month and I opted for Gemini Man. I’m a massive Will Smith fan and sadly missed this at the theatres so I waited for the home release which did indeed occur this month.
The movie was great and some of the action fight sequences were really well thought out. The CGI was great in some scenes and then just looked like a PS2 game in other scenes so for inconsistency lost a star immediately. Gemini Man does start very fast paced and gets the audience right in the thick of the action. It is and will always be the first movie I watch in my man cave and boy was it an all round great experience!
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I had extremely high hopes for Glass featuring a star studded cast including James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis. This was written in the stars to just be fantastic but sadly it didn’t live up to it…
I was and am a massive fan of Split after unexpectedly seeing it at a movie theatre when it came out I fell in love. The only good thing was what I loved about Split and that is James McAvoy! His portrayal of this character is second to none and earns both the stars on his own for his performance. All in all I just found Glass to be a bit boring and dragged a lot at times. Samuel L Jackson’s character was mute for a lot of the movie and Bruce Willis was just mediocre. I will continue to enjoy Split as a standalone movie and forget this ever existed.
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
3. Wonder Woman
This movie was just simply the highlight of my month! There has been many a time that I’ve pondered over DC superhero movies and never actually taken the plunge. And with my 4K Blu-Ray collection growing and it being the month that Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey was set to hit theatres, this was the first in 4 that I watched this month! With the movie being released just under 3 years ago, it’s insane how I haven’t seen this movie.
The colours are just awesome and the 4K Blu-Ray transfer just looks and sounds amazing. Gal Gadot and Chris Pine have a perfect chemistry and it was simply really hard to find any issues with this movie. I had such an enjoyable movie night watching this and cannot wait for the upcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984.
My Rating: ★★★★★
4. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
Well this is the first that I’ve watched in a movie theatre during February. Whilst one of my colleagues did review this for Kernel which you can read here, I didn’t find it gripping enough to give it more than a 3 out of 5 star rating.
The highlight of this movie (and let’s face it, it was always going to be) is hands down Margot Robbie’s portrayal of Harley Quinn. The character is edgy and her preparation for the role just works, she is just so convincing that she is actually Quinn herself. I found the storyline to be okay but at times I thought it lacked in depth at times. Not bad, but not the best DC movie.
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
5. Jojo Rabbit
I would have to say that this is easily my biggest surprise of the month! Jojo Rabbit won the Best Screenplay Oscar and after this I just had to watch it for myself.
There is so much humor and fun in this movie and I remember seeing a trailer where both myself and my girlfriend were puzzled as to who the target audience is. It is however a great movie with an extremely talented cast who all fit their roles perfectly. Scarlett Johansson and Rebel Wilson are great and I particularly loved the director, Taika Waititi; who plays the role of Adolf Hitler. The movie is just fresh and vibrant and a super easy to watch, would highly recommend.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
6. Justice League
After my interest in the DC movies growing this month and after my love of Wonder Woman now becoming apparent. I was so so excited to get into Justice League to see not only to see Gal Gadot back in that iconic role but also to see Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa. Three actors that I love in general and in Aquaman, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman – the only DC movies that I had ever previously seen.
Justice League started very very well, with Wonder Woman and Batman trying to create a team and recruit against an almighty threat to the world. The movie was very good and I did just watch and constantly compare to Avengers throughout. I’ve got to say I was surprised it was an equally enjoyable movie and the Dolby Atmos track was really good. I just slowly wanted to increase the volume as I was so immersed in the movie. My only negative was that I thought some of the CGI often looked like a video game at times and it lost a sense of realism this might not have been apparent in the standard 1080p version but on 4K it might just have been too sharp and shown its flaws.
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Ok so this was bad.
I’m going to cut straight to the chase – I simply found Shazam! to be a bad movie! Everything was just average; plot, effects, costumes and acting. It was so bad that I found it hard to even get through the entire movie and picked up my phone a lot more than I have done previously. It felt like I was watching a Scary Movie spoof that was just taking the mick out of the DC Universe. What makes this even worse is that I read there is a sequel on its’ way?! How can that be? This just wasn’t for me unfortunately.
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
8. Alita: Battle Angel
The final movie of the month! Alita: Battle Angel is yet another movie I missed in theatres and was so excited to watch a 4K version of this film! For this one I was joined by my girlfriend and we both found it very enjoyable.
It did seem like it was broken up into 3 acts very easily, with a fight scene separating each one so its flow was hard at times. I also liked its similarities to Chappie which is a great movie that makes you feel a sense of emotion towards robots and bionic objects. James Cameron did do an excellent job but I just think I missed a big opportunity here and it may have earned 4 stars had I watched this at a movie theatre. Either way I would recommend this and watch again no problem!
My Rating: ★★★☆☆
I would love to hear back from any of our readers and would love some suggestions on other movies that I should watch! Remember this is just a list of movies I have watched for the first time and there are so so many out there that I have to see but just haven’t yet got to!