Ever since getting a Cineworld Unlimited card for my birthday, I’ve been on a few cinema trips (including exclusive screenings for Unlimited card holders), so I thought it would be good to start sharing my thoughts on the films I’ve seen in one handy succinct post.
I’m going to turn this into a bit of a series for you guys to read and find out what I think is worth seeing, and what I think isn’t… oh and also what I’m looking forward to seeing next. Anyone who has an Unlimited card (or whatever the equivalent is at other cinemas), will probably also go and see films they may not necessarily be that bothered about – and sometimes those can be a pleasant surprise, so I’ll be documenting my expectations vs reality ratings as well.
All reviews will be spoiler-free…because I’m not a dick.
I hope you enjoy it!
This trip was my first Unlimited advance screening, held exclusively for members – this meant we saw the film about a week before general release. Other than feeling very important and smug for seeing it before the general public, we also wanted to go to an advance screening as it would avoid there being too many kids in the cinema making noise.
Moana, for me, was one of the pleasant surprise movies. I went in not really knowing what to expect as I haven’t seen any of the other more recent Disney movies (Frozen, Tangled etc). Me and Liam both love Dwayne Johnson (“Can you smelllll what The Rock is cooking?”) so we figured we might as well give it a go. I’m really glad we did.
This movie is so sweet, and the music is amazing. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack every day since. No lie. Once you’ve seen Moana you will not be able to get “You’re Welcome” out of your head!
Even if like me you aren’t usually that big on kids animated films, I think you’ll enjoy it. The music is created by Lin-Manuel Miranda who is the guy behind Hamilton – which I am dying to see – and he does such an awesome job of adapting what makes Disney songs great whilst also making them unique.
Bleed For This
When Liam recommended we went to see Bleed For This, I was slightly apprehensive given it’s a biopic about a boxer (a subject that didn’t really interest me) – but Miles Teller plays the lead so I was still onboard and willing to give it a go. I love him in Whiplash which you should definitely see if you haven’t already.
I went in with little expectations – I knew Miles Teller would be good but I wasn’t going to get that excited about the story. To be honest, this was pretty much the reality too. The story was kind of interesting and well told, but ultimately I thought the film was pretty average overall. Some of the boxing scenes were good and well shot, and Aaron Eckhart was also a highlight.
I’d still say to give this a go if you’re a Miles Teller fan, but if not I wouldn’t really bother.
Edge of Seventeen
I hadn’t even heard of this film when we booked tickets for it. I was told it was a coming of age film so I knew to expect a high school setting, perhaps a few laughs and a standard story of a teenager coming to terms with growing up. Y’know, the usual.
That’s exactly what you get here, with no deviation from that structure. The best part of the film was probably Woody Harrelson who plays a seemingly embittered teacher, however the dynamic between him and the lead character (played by Hayley Steinfeld) wasn’t particularly realistic.
I wonder whether I didn’t enjoy the movie more because it was quite difficult to relate to the lead. She’s not very likeable as a character which makes it a bit of a struggle to feel a lot of sympathy or empathy for her. Or maybe I’m heartless, idk.
What’s up next?
So those are the movies I’ve seen lately, but here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing soon and reviewing next time!
Office Christmas Party
Ever since first seeing the trailer to this, I’ve been looking forward to it. I know it’s going to likely be a typical ensemble comedy but I’ll watch anything starring Jason Bateman. Plus, Kate McKinnon is in it and since seeing her play Hilary Clinton on SNL, I’m all about her. I think she’s great.
We’re actually going to see this tonight, so not long to find out whether it’ll deliver!
Expectation: 4/5 (possibly ambitious!)
Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them
You may be wondering what has taken me so damn long to watch this film, but Liam insisted we rewatch all of the Potter films first before we go and see it – not that I’m complaining. We just have Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 to watch now so I expect we’ll be catching FB&WTFT next weekend.
I’ve heard mixed things about it, and I expect it’s going to mostly be set up for the wider story but I shall reserve judgement for now!
Expectation: 3/5 (hopefully beatable!)