4Q 2021 Twitter Film Reviews

Final film reviews for 2021!

#TheMatrixResurrections Unlike its predecessors, this is not an action film. This is a philosophical romantic drama with action, and it’s all for the better. The freshness of the original comes through in the nuanced character development, perspective and soul here. 4/5*

#DontLookUp Hilariously, depressingly, painfully accurate. 4/5*

#BeingTheRicardos A masterclass in witty interplay and sparkling cast chemistry that manages to capture its time and place while bringing the context forward through the decades to today. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish and a must-see. 5/5*

#DeckTheHalls Not a bad start to a mindless holiday film, but as the story goes further and further off the rails, everyone just looks more and more…bored. The climax is ridiculous and painful. 1/5*

#SpiderManNowWayHome (Spoiler free review) Surpasses the hype at every level. One of the greatest Marvel films of all time, not only for its thrills, but its committed performances, cast chemistry and a surprising amount of depth and heart. 4.5/5*

#RedNotice Pure escapism that’s just clever enough to keep you guessing while it lets its three powerhouse leads do their things. It’s light, it’s fun, it’s got some thrills, it ain’t great and lacks depth, but so what? Pop some corn, sit back, and enjoy it for what it is. 3/5*

#TheFrenchDispatch Anderson at his most Anderson-ish, and the aesthetic makes it a fun watch all on its own. The story lends itself more to a limited series than a film. They never come together while also failing to bring in the context of the period and history. 2/5*

#KingRichard Anchored by the best performance from Will Smith in a long time, and one of the best of the year, the film brings refreshingly balanced and layered storytelling to the inspirational sports drama genre. 4/5*

#GhostbustersAfterlife may be the best franchise re-starter ever. Jason Reitman brings a fresh tone to a very clever script which (mostly) manages the high-wire act between nostalgia and story with ease while still bringing a bustin’-good time. Can’t wait to the next one. 3.5/5*

#PrinceAvalanche A philosophical, odd-ball buddy film that has two compelling performances that almost carry it across the finish line. The story and character development both wear thin after a while, though it resolves okay. Don’t get the title at all. 2/5*

#Eternals It’s an ambitious reach for Marvel and it’s great to see an existential superhero film for a change. Performances are all top notch; particularly loved Jolie’s Thena. Critics got it wrong here…though I guess it’s cool to shit on Marvel for trying something new. 4/5*

#Finch is a fun post-apocalyptic movie…something you don’t get to say very often. Tom Hanks gets to play his full range of charming and dramatic emotions, and that’s always a great watch. I’d like to see more from this world at some point. 3/5*

#Venom2 Honestly, I could watch 90 minutes of Tom Hardy arguing with Venom and be pretty entertained…and that’s good because that’s about all that’s happening here. Fun CGI and action scenes, but the story lacks states and development. 2.5/5*

#JayandSilentBobReboot The fan service and wink-nod humor is on point, and Jay’s character arc is surprisingly defined and sweet but the rest of the film is a complete mess. But is that the point? The narrative is a sloppy and non-sensical reheated version of the past…? 1.5/5*

#TheLandofSteadyHabits Another winner from the always compelling Nicole Holofcener, though I wonder if the story would’ve benefited from a narrower focus on character development, or a wider one as a broader comment on blue blood society. Still, it rings true and human. 3/5*

#TheMeyerowitzStories A beautiful, bittersweet and distinctive family drama that does a wonderful job of creating three dimensional characters and allowing them room to run without getting too heavy-handed. The interactions are some of the most true-to-life I’ve ever seen. 4/5*

#TheGuilty Jake Gyllenhaal puts on an acting clinic with a huge range in this tense, film-in-a-bottle thriller. The story strains its credibility at times, but the confident and blitzkrieg pacing from Fuqua and Gyllenhaal’s presence always keeps the story compelling. 3/5*

#Candyman A overly heavy-handed attempt to blend horror and significant social issues that isn’t scary, interesting or important. 1/5*

#Paddleton Romano has never been better, balancing his trademark humor with heartfelt and emotionally honest drama. His chemistry with Duplass sparkles, and while you know from the beginning where it’s all going, it’s still surprising and devastating when it gets there. 3.5/5*

#LanguageLessons A beautifully simple and charming story about friendship and true connection with another. Refreshingly spare with a pair of spot-on performances and confident direction which, after 18 months on Zoom, gives us new hope in digital connection. 4.5/5*

#Dune It’s the first act of a 10 hour movie, but what a gorgeously immersive experience of a first act it is. The visuals, cinematography and music are beautiful, and the performances are all top-notch. The film lacks an emotional center, though it hints at once late. 3/5*

#Reminiscence The world and characters are richly drawn and compelling. Would love to see more from both, which didn’t get their full justice in this film. The primary story was ok. A fun noir, though the dialogue was stiff and the story relies too much on coincidence. 2.5/5*

#TheLastDuel Scott’s best since The Martian. Full of excellent performances, and is Affleck’s best in years. The story takes some time to settle in, but it builds into a complex and layered meditation on misogyny while leaving you with a lot to think about. A must see. 4.5/5*

#NoTimeToDie Highly satisfying conclusion to Craig’s tenure. First act is overloaded but the confident direction, pacing and brilliant filming keep you engaged as the story (veeeery) slowly builds to a compelling crescendo, even adding some light-hearted fun along the way. 3.5/5*

#TheDamnedUnited A unique brand of sports film, turning its attention on the unhealthy obsessions which have become so commonplace within athletics. The story, while interesting, lacks direction and the film ultimately lacks emotional heft. Sheen is fantastic, though. 2.5/5*

#BestSellers Unity of theme comes up a lot in the story, but the script certainly could’ve used it. The story had all the pieces, but it never really came together as a whole. However, Caine and Plaza have great chemistry, and it’s still an enjoyable, if lacking, trip. 2/5*

#ManySaintsofNewark Would’ve worked better as a limited series than film, as it lacked a solid beginning, middle and end, and more felt like a couple of episodes strung together. But what episodes they were, giving us the characters and themes we’d expect from the Sopranos. 3/5*

#ThoseWhoWishMeDead Taylor Sheridan finds the top of his directorial game and Angelina Jolie has seldom been better in this white knuckle, throwback thriller. The script moves well, but there was more room for character development and some social context. Still, a fun ride. 3/5*