1Q 2019 Twitter Film Reviews

I’m back with my quarterly clip show! 22 new reviews for you…enjoy!

#TheHighwaymen Surprisingly gripping given that you know the ending before the film starts. Costner and Harrelson have great chemistry, even if it does, at times, rely on cranky cop cliches. A bit long in places. Could’ve used more artistic photography. Still a good watch. 2.5/5*

#HotelMumbai pulls no punches. A hard-to-watch brutal film which does a great job highlighting the stories of those involved and the heroes who saved countless lives. There’s not a second to spare, as the film hits the ground running and doesn’t let up. Great performances. 3.5/5*

#Papillon An unconventional, pensive, brutal film that is buoyed by impressive performances by its leads in Hunnam and Malek. Compelling with enough surprises to keep the narrative going in its laxer places. Feels empty in the end, which feels oddly appropriate. 3/5*

#TheWeddingGuest Dev Patel has never been better, playing against type as an ice-cold underworld type. The film itself is a compelling thriller which also plays against type; often unpredictable, well paced and ultimately satisfying with a worthy message behind it all. 3.5/5*

#TripleFrontier The cast is outstanding, they’re all on top of their game and have great chemistry. I liked the story, despite the unevenness – unusual for a heist film, but develops its themes nicely and stays compelling even though it is a bit of a slow burn. 3.5/5*

#CaptiveState This should have been an eight episode Netflix series. There’s a lot of world-building that needed to be done and executing the bare minimum left zero time for character development or emotional pull. Compelling premise & timely but it needed more than it gave. 2/5*

#CaptainMarvel is one of the better origin films in the series. Brie Larson is a perfect fit for the MCU, deftly handling the action and humor to create a compelling character. Though the plot is the standard Marvel formula, it feels fresh. Mid credits scene is awesome. 3.5/5*

#FightingWithMyFamily Wrestling isn’t my thing, and you’ve seen films like these before, but this was a whole lot of fun. The chemistry among the actors was great, as were the performers. The story, of course, is an amazing one, full of great and interesting characters. 3.5/5*

#Arctic Mads Mikkelsen, of course, is the entire film, and he puts on a true acting clinic here. Every bit as strong as Hanks and Redford in their one-man survival films. Photography is well done, and though some deus ex machina is expected, it’s kept to a spare minimum. 4.5/5*

#ColdPursuit Entertaining and frustrating. The action was good, the irreverent humor was welcome and interesting and Neeson has seldom been angrier. However, the script needed polish; removing unnecessary scenes and characters would’ve really made this revenge flick great. 2.5/5*

#BeautifulBoy is an acting clinic put on my its three leads in Chalamet, Carrell and Tierney; all of whom have such great chemistry that I hope to see more from the trio. The story is moving to be sure, though the time shifting sometimes created unnecessary confusion. 3.5/5*

#TheyShallNotGrowOld The photography is just stunning; never seen anything like it. A more intimate portrayal of war has never been made. Jackson outdid himself with the story as well; stitching together 1-2 liner quotes to develop complex themes and a compelling story. 4.5/5*

#CanYouEverForgiveMe McCarthy is a revelation in this one; showing that’s she’s much more than the type-casted character we’ve seen so often. The filmmakers did a great job in making an unlikeable lead sympathetic and compelling. Fascinating story; comes up a shade empty. 3.5/5*

#ColdWar Even if you don’t like subtitled films, this one is worth it. It’s spare on the dialogue, relying on its stunning cinematography and pitch perfect performances from its leads to tell its story. The story sneaks up on you; probably need a rewatch to get it all. 4/5*

#Tag isn’t bad, but squanders a terrific cast with great chemistry and a pretty decent premise for needlessly cartoonish over-the-top shock moments that feel far too mean-spirited at times. A couple of notches towards reality would have helped a lot. 1.5/5*

#AtEternitysGate Willem Dafoe is transformative; one of the greatest performances I’ve seen in a while. An artistic perspective film; more interested in the feeling of the way things are, rather than the cold reality. Much like Van Gogh himself. Pensive. Not for everyone. 3/5*

#TheFavourite There’s a lot to like. The themes are timely, the cinematography beautiful, art direction perfect and three spectacular performances from a trio of superstar actresses. But the film itself is monotonous, repetitive and often heavy-handed (esp the final shot). 2/5*

#FirstReformed tackles a lot of interesting issues and is often compelling but also strange and leaves the viewer feeling empty in the end. Hawke is transfixing in the lead and he and Schrader handle each beat and turn with a high-wire delicacy. Not a crowd-pleaser though. 3.5/5*

#TheWife When these types of movies work, it’s on the strength of the performances, and this one is no exception. Glenn Close is phenomenal, so much so that I want to go back and watch the beginning, knowing what I know now, to watch her entire arc in her facial expressions. 4/5*

#BlacKkKlansman There’s nothing subtle about Spike Lee’s best film in over a decade, but damn if it isn’t the film we needed. Washington and Driver deliver perfect performances, while the story is compelling, entertaining and educational. A must see. 4.5/5*

#IfBealeStreetCouldTalk Another moody, understated and textured film from Barry Jenkins, which is better than his previous outing – 2017 Best Picture Moonlight. Hits on a lot of themes without seeming packed, makes its points without being preachy. Solid photography as well. 5/5*

#ViceMovie Christian Bale is a sight to behold in this all too dark comedy, but often the real star is Amy Adams, whose performance is nearly as transformative and character something of a revelation. Narrative lacks in focus, but remains compelling and hits home hard. 4/5*