What I’ve Been Watching #13

Guess what’s back, back again? Yep! Some more mini spoiler-free reviews for you of the latest films I’ve seen at the cinema, plus the films I’m most looking forward to seeing next!

Flatliners

So uh, this is awkward. I genuinely totally forgot I’d watched this film. Which probably tells you enough about what I thought of it! It felt to me like it didn’t know what it wanted to be as it tries to incorporate horror elements that to me didn’t really work. The original Flatliners movie isn’t particularly great anyway, but in comparison to this “reboot”, it was a masterpiece.

OK, maybe that’s a bit harsh but the point remains that the movie was not good and they missed a trick by having a cameo from the original that could’ve been interesting but they completely changed who the character was. Sigh.

Expectation: 2.5
Reality: 2

Blade Runner 2049

I’ll admit that I’m not a *huge* fan of Blade Runner. I liked it more the first time I saw it than when I rewatched it ahead of this cinema outing, but I was willing to give this sequel a go (although reluctantly, once I found out it was almost 3 hours long).

To be honest, I actually enjoyed it more than I expected. Ryan Gosling was great in it, and as far as sequels go it was decent. It was definitely too long, and bits were slow, but overall I did find it to be good.

Expectation: 2.5 (a low one)
Reality: 2.5 (a higher one)

The Death of Stalin

Y’know when a trailer has several funny bits and you’re like “Hot damn! This movie is going to be funny!” but then you realise ALL the funny bits are in the trailer? Yep. Well, there were a couple of nice surprises that made me laugh, but generally I’m not sure I *got* this movie. Other people in the screening laughed out loud several times when I barely cracked a smile.

We also had a bad experience with some idiots sat behind us kicking the chairs and talking throughout the movie which didn’t help, but even if my chair hadn’t of been shaking (to the point I moved further up the row), and I didn’t have whispers in my ear, I still don’t think I would have thought any more of the film.

Expectation: 3
Reality: 2

The Ritual

What better time to see a horror movie at the cinema than Friday 13th…of October. Perfect! I’d seen the trailer for this movie several times and was pretty excited to see it.

The first half of this film is really very good – it’s creepy, tense but with these great moments between the characters that I really dug. But then it got silly.

The second half just lost it for me, which is a shame because if they had stuck to it being a more human story, it would have got a much higher rating.

Expectation: 3.5
Reality: 3

What’s next to watch? 

Well, I still haven’t seen either of the films I included in my last “what’s next?” round up, so it’ll be those two – The Snowman and Thor: Ragnarok…but here’s a couple of others that will be projected into my eyeballs real soon.

Battle of the Sexes

I’ll be honest, the main reason I want to see this is because I have lots of love for both Emma Stone and Steve Carell and I look forward to seeing them “sparring” on screen.

Expectation: 3.5

Happy Death Day

So we saw the trailer to this before The Ritual and I’m fairly certain it’s going to be a pretty average modern horror, but the concept intrigues me.

It’s basically Groundhog day in horror movie form and well…it’s not the first time an interesting horror movie concept has surprised people (see Get Out or It Follows).

Expectation: 3 (possibly optimistic…)

 

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2 Comments

  1. October 17, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    As thrilling as the Flatliners trailer looks, I had a feeling there was going to be a bit of a disappointment! I think I’ll stick to some classics this month x

    Alice // The Rose Glow

    • Cat
      October 18, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Yeah I’d give it a miss if I were you!

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