Friday, 26 June 2020

Mini Film Reviews #8 - The Invisible Man, The Gentlemen & More

It's been a long, long time since I last shared some mini film reviews, since January actually! Whilst in lockdown, it's safe to say I've been watching many films and boxsets. George and I are loving having movie nights, usually at the weekend with a pizza and of course a load of snacks because what is a movie night without popcorn and sweets? There are a few more films than usual this time as there were so many I wanted to talk about.
collage - The Invisible Man, Endings Beginnings, Trolls World Tour, The Hunt, The Gentlemen, Birds of Prey, Ready or Not

The Invisible Man - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was one of the films that was released online and available to rent around the time we first went into lockdown so luckily we had something new to watch that we'd originally been hoping to see in the cinema. I love anything that's a thriller or a horror and this seemed like a bit of both, something that would have genuinely creepy moments in and also leave you in suspense throughout. This also had elements of science fiction thrown in too. This stars Elisabeth Moss as Cecelia, a woman who is convinced she is been stalked by her abusive ex boyfriend who recently 'apparently' committed suicide. When the police refuse to believe her story, she has to take matters into her own hands. I was really impressed by this and genuinely couldn't work out what was 'real' at times and what wasn't. Really like how different it is to many other horrors that have been released recently.

Ready or Not - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another horror as we watched quite a few during those first weeks of lockdown. Ready or Not is about newlyweds Grace and Alex. Grace couldn't be happier to finally have a proper family of her own but unfortunately she finds out there's a catch. Everyone who marries into the family has to play a game and it just turns out that Grace picked hide and seek. She is sent to hide and believes it really is just a simple game but unfortunately she actually has to try and stay alive from midnight to dawn whilst her in-laws hunt her down with guns, crossbows and various other weapons. I thought this was a really good horror despite quite a few gory moments and there was definitely some humour thrown in too. I thought the ending had quite a good twist even if it was maybe a little silly.

The Hunt - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Yep, another horror, though this came across as more of an action movie to me for the majority of it. This starts with twelve strangers waking up in a forest with no idea where they are or how they got there. Turns out there's a group of ruthless elitists who gather at a remote location to hunt humans for sport and these twelve are the unlucky ones this year. Quite a few big names were included in the trailer for this so I was very surprised with just how many are killed within about 5 minutes but that definitely kept me intrigued as everything I thought I knew about the movie, changed. The trailer now seems very different to the actual film so it really has the shock factor.

Trolls World Tour - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love love love Trolls. The first film is probably one of my all time faves, I can put it on at any time and I know I'm guaranteed a few hours where I just feel happy, it's just that sort of film. I've looked forward to the sequel since the first film was released so I was just glad the time had finally arrived. Whilst I don't think this was quite as good as the first film, I still REALLY enjoyed it and I can't wait to watch it again. Yeah it's a film primarily aimed at kids but there's something for the whole family I think. It's funny, it has a nice story and the music is great. Please let there be a third film.

Endings, Beginnings - ⭐⭐⭐

Ah I was so looking forward to this as who doesn't love a bit of Jamie Dornan and Sebastian Stan but it wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be. Endings, Beginnings follows Daphne, played by Shailene Woodley as she is going through a bad break up and trying to navigate the single life. Whilst vowing not to get involved with a man anytime soon, she meets both Frank and Jack at a party, best friends too and polar opposites. One is a bad boy that drags her into scenes she doesn't really want to be in but she can't stay away and the other is an intelligent and sensitive man who really cares for her, but is that enough excitement? I did like this and I think the acting was brilliant but the ending just let it down for me.

Birds of Prey - ⭐⭐

I was SO disappointed in this! I absolutely loved Suicide Squad in 2016 and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was definitely one of the stand outs so I had high hopes for her standalone movie, Birds of Prey. Unfortunately I feel like it was just a bit of a mess. I'm sure they'll be people who love this and I'm really glad if you're one of them but I personally sat there thinking 'what is going on?' the majority of the time. I felt that Harley's break up with the Joker was brushed over pretty quickly, there was no real plot and then several other 'superheroes' come into the movie to form the Birds of Prey but they don't really get together as a gang til towards the end.We didn't really know much about them so I couldn't connect to any of them. Like, one randomly had this power too that had not been mentioned beforehand or after so it was just a bit 'oh okay this is happening now!' It felt thrown in for the sake of it. Can you tell I didn't enjoy this?! I think they could have done so much more with it.

The Gentlemen - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Now this was a fantastic film, one of the best I've watched in lockdown. I actually want to watch it again soon as I think each time it would just get better and better. This has an outstanding cast and I was so impressed with every single one of them. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Grant & Henry Golding, just to name a few. It follows Mickey Pearson, an American expat who has built himself a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When it gets out he's looking to sell off his business, it triggers an array of plots, schemes and blackmail from various characters who want to steal his domain. Just from the synopsis and even the trailer, it wouldn't usually be the sort of film I'd rush to watch but I thought it was fab. Really funny at points and Hugh Grant and Michelle Dockery especially stood out to me.

I think that wraps this post up and I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of the films I've enjoyed (some not so much) over the last few months. Have you seen any of the movies in this post? What did you think to them?

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19 comments

Sarah Trademark said...

i really want to watch the hunt xx

Amie Cadwallader said...

Oooh I really want to watch The Invisible Man.

Love, Amie ❤️

The Curvaceous Vegan

Lisa's Notebook said...

I'm SOOOOO glad you loved The Gentleman, it's one that's been on my list to watch for ages. I think with a cast like that (judging purely from the trailers) it would be a hard film not to like. Your review has just confirmed that, so thank you! Lisa xx

Hannah said...

I love your film reviews and these are great too! The Gentleman doesn't seem like something I'd pick to watch, but it sounds brilliant xx

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Riana Ang-Canning said...

Embarrassed I haven't seen any of these and have barely heard of them either. I need to expand my movie watching! I have heard of Birds of Prey and am sorry it wasn't good. I was rooting for Harley Quinn!

Nic said...

Thanks for sharing your reviews, I have been wanting to see Birds of Prey, but did not get round before lockdown

Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

Heather Nixon said...

I haven't watched any of these but the last one sounds interesting x

jennyinneverland said...

I've really wanted to see The Gentleman and The Invisible Man. Actually both were on my to-watch list at the cinema but then lockdown happened. Glad you enjoyed those two! Shame about Birds of Prey!

Kelly~Diane said...

I haven't watched any of these but I really want to see The Gentleman. These are some great reviews and I love how you've grouped them together into mini ones.

Tiffany Timms said...

It's so good xx

Tiffany Timms said...

It's so creepy, such a good film xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Yay I really hope you enjoy it! I can't wait to watch it again xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you! I originally thought that but it was brilliant, can't wait to watch again xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Me too! I had high hopes but it was so disappointing xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I hope you enjoy it more than I did xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I really recommend it xx

Tiffany Timms said...

I hope you get chance to watch them both! The Gentlemen especially is brilliant xx

Tiffany Timms said...

Thank you so much xx

Sophie said...

I've never seen any of these! It's a shame Birds of Prey was such a let down for you. The Gentlemen sounds like one I'd really enjoy! x

Sophie
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