2Q 2018 Twitter Film Reviews

Last post for a bit – heading into my annual blog break for Kastles season. I’ll be back on August 13. Have a great summer!

#JurassicWorldFallenKingdom, despite the reviews, is the best JP sequel thus far. Bayona takes a fairly absurd premise (particularly in the 3rd act), yet infuses it with true thrills, artistry and soul. The photography in particular was beautifully done. Can’t wait for #3. 3.5/5*

#Oceans8 The best “all female” reboot is yet still the worst Ocean’s film. Felt too much like it was trying to copy the others, and the denouement didn’t hold a candle to 11 or 12. Cast chemistry wasn’t as good either. Still…an enjoyable, if forgettable, summer flick. 2.5/5*

#Fahrenheit451 (the HBO remake) didn’t do it for me. It was so much more interested in building its world and drawing comparisons to the world today, than it was in developing multi-layered characters and a worthwhile story. 1.5/5*

#SoloAStarWarsStory Maybe my expectations were lowered because of production issues – and they do show, especially in the first act – but this was a fun and enjoyable film (that had missed potential for greatness). Felt like a cross between Serenity, Star Wars and Indiana J. 3/5*

#Tully More, and more different, than the trailer would have you believe. The result is somewhat odd, yet compelling. Big tonal swings that mostly work, even more so in retrospect once you see it all come together. Another terrific entry in Theron’s filmography. 3/5*

#AvengersInfinityWar is the film that we all deserved, everyone who watched, discussed and dissected the films, everyone who worked on them, everyone who just likes popcorn flicks. Making the villain the lead character was a masterstroke. Hemmsworth took it to another level. 4/5*

#FinalPortrait is the kind of quirky, British-style comedy that either you enjoy or you don’t. The film moves at a deliberate yet languid pace, ultimately proving to be an intriguing character study of Rush’s Giacometti. Hammer was good, but character needed more to do. 2.5/5*

#BradsStatus has something interesting to say, and it’s certainly relatable. This is Ben Stiller at his most Stillerest. The pacing is a bit uneven and the structure a bit odd, but do crises of confidence follow any sort of structure? Would love to read this as a novel. 3/5*

#Beirut In 1992, this would have starred @TomCruise or Harrison Ford and opened #1 at the US box office. We don’t make films like this anymore, which is a shame. It’s a true grown up spy thriller that doesn’t rely on huge action sequences to entertain. A new side of Hamm. 3.5/5*

#AQuietPlace You’ve seen this construct before, but you’ve seldom seen it done so well. From the opening shot, this film is meticulously crafted through tremendous visuals and the thrilling, visceral performances from everyone involved. Krasinski proves himself triple threat 4/5*