What I’ve Been Watching #8

what i've been watching at the cinema

Yup, WIBW is back once again! This blog series is all about the movies I’ve been watching lately at my local Cineworld. I share mini spoiler-free reviews so you can decide if you fancy checking out the latest films.

Let’s jump right into it!

Snatched

I have to open this by saying I’m not really an Amy Schumer fan, but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt by watching Snatched which is basically about Emily (Amy Schumer) and her mum Linda (Goldie Hawn) going on holiday together after Emily gets dumped by her boyfriend (Randall Park). It soon turns sour when Emily and Linda get kidnapped and held for ransom.

The movie isn’t awful – but it isn’t particularly memorable either. It has a few funny moments (predominantly the break up scene), and the story is fine. I can see why the film came out over Mother’s Day in the US as it does have that heartwarming mother-daughter relationship storyline tagged on, but overall it was just “meh” because it didn’t focus enough on being funny.

Expectation: 2
Reality: 2.5

Baywatch

We’re on a bit of a comedy hype this time, aren’t we? I’ve been looking forward to Baywatch for some time as I love The Rock, and Zefron can be great in a comedy role. I went in expecting a silly comedy, and that’s exactly what I got.

In true Baywatch style, the plot is a bit ludicrous which has its pros and cons. Yes, it feels “on brand” with the original Baywatch, but it’s also sometimes at the cost of the humour again, a bit like with Snatched.

You don’t need to have seen the TV show to enjoy this film, but you might be more forgiving of the narrative if you did catch an episode or two.

Expectation: 3.5
Reality: 3.5

Wonder Woman

So I tend to set the bar low for DC movies at the moment after being really disappointed by Batman V Superman (although Suicide Squad is decent).

Wonder Woman sits somewhere in the middle. It was average really – a few really cool scenes mixed in with some plot holes and predictable story strands. I was really on board at first, but the last 30 or so minutes of the film really disappointed me. Such a shame, because it could’ve done better had it not tacked on a rubbish ending.

Expectation: 3
Reality: 3

What’s up next?

Gifted

I don’t know much about this film other than it stars Chris Evans (Captain America), and is directed by the same person who directed 500 Days of Summer. I’m curious to see Chris Evans in a more drama-led role as I don’t think I’ve seen him in anything other than the Marvel films, and I dug 500DOS so hopefully this will be a good movie too!

Expectation: 3.5

Dunkirk

Let’s face it, Christopher Nolan is known for being an interesting – in a good way – director (just look at The Dark Knight and Inception). That’s pretty much the only reason I’m curious about Dunkirk, alongside the fact Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy are in it! The trailer does look good, so although war movies aren’t at the top of my list of favourite genres, my expectations are relatively high.

Expectation: 4

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