An enjoyable movie, for what it is
After the first few minutes of Mortal Kombat, it was clear that I was in for some creative violence. And it was a special kind of creative violence too. It wasn’t just an action movie with clever stunt work. Instead it stood out the way The Matrix and the Mission Impossible movies stand out for their action sequences. Mortal Kombat combined martial arts, CGI and fantasy with a heightened level of violence. And this wasn’t the violence seen in gore horror either – this was video game violence in a live action format. For the most part, Mortal Kombat really worked. Sadly, when the movie didn’t work, it really fell flat.
A fun and rewatchable movie
I can honestly say I didn’t expect to enjoy Love and Monsters nearly as much as I did. The movie has been available as video on demand since October 2020 but only when it landed on Netflix did I decide to give it a shot. And I’m very happy I did. The writing, cast, VFX and tone of the movie are all perfectly in sync with each other. Love and Monsters is a fun and rewatchable movie.
Legacy and Identity Explored
After the success of WandaVision, I was nervous about Marvel’s next MCU series on Disney+. Could they recreate the cult-like fan obsession with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier the way they did with WandaVision? Or was this follow-up series doomed to pale in comparison because of its more grounded subject material? There’s some strength-enhanced individuals and a lot of political commentary here. But the show doesn’t have the witches, body possessions and reality warping of its Disney+ predecessor. Still, Falcon and the Winter Soldier manages to carve out its own niche in the Marvel Universe and stand on its own two feet.
Like a long episode of the TV show
I like SpongeBob. He’s a fun character who makes for easy TV watching. His laughs come easy and never feel like they’re at anyone else’s expense. But he’s never seemed like good movie material. Previous SpongeBob films weren’t anything special, but they were fun enough. They felt like really long episodes of the show. And that description just about fits The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run as well.
A fun Spider-Ride!
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is my favorite Spider-Man movie to-date. In fact, it’s one of my favorite animated movies of all time. And the main reason for that is because it comfortably leans into the strengths of its comic origins. The movie embraces the art, quirky characters and origin stories of its source material. For me, it remains the gold standard for comic book movies. So I was only too happy to pick up Spider-Verse: Spider Zero. Fortunately, like the movie, this 6-issue comic also leans into its strengths – as an unofficial follow-up to the movie. Mostly, the entire comic is an excuse to introduce us to new and creative alternate versions of Spider-Man. And that’s why it works so well.
A humanizing portrayal of dementia and aging
The Father, based on Florian Zeller’s 2012 play La Perè, is a great example of adapting a play into a movie. In my Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom review, I noted that the movie genre often doesn’t properly switch from play-mode to movie-mode. In fact, they often just feel like plays that are being filmed. Fortunately, unlike many other play-turned-movie movies, The Father feels like it was made for cinema.
Shallow Monsterverse fun
Godzilla vs. Kong is a fairly empty movie. There’s very little depth and the story is mostly fueled by movie logic. Still, it’s a fun ride for what it is. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s the key to the financial success of the movie. In a time of pandemic shutdowns across the world, Godzilla vs. Kong is a reminder of a different time. Watching a big empty blockbuster with giant monsters fighting each other is just what people need right now. It’s the closest most of us can get to the experience of a packed theatre before the pandemic.
A fun and re-watchable sequel
I put off watching The Croods: A New Age (The Croods 2) for a long time. It just didn’t seem worth it when there were so many other things to watch or read. But for some reason, the movie just kept living on. Four months after its November 2020 release and it’s still (as of right now) one of the top five earners in North America. So I figured there must be something to this movie that I’m missing out on. And sure enough, after watching The Croods 2, I can honestly say that it’s a really fun movie. More than that, it definitely has the re-watchable factor to it.