This is an overview for the new movies watched in the theater for 2019.
This was a movie of a too packed collection. There were good bits (Cap and Peggy, Nebula, Captain Marvel), bad bits (Hawkeye’s evil eyeliner, Thanos), and all the bits in between. Too many bits, not enough room for the characters to breathe.
Marvelous. Jude Law gives such good evil doer. As a nostalgia/sci-fi/comic book/air force mash up it should have felt over-crowded (like the above). It didn’t.
Fun silly weirdness. Bad wigs and outfits, however, which is a crime for a Charlie’s Angels reboot. All the Angels are on point, although Kristen is the lead here. She is sparkly and funny and vulnerable and I’d want them to make a sequel just to see her play Sabina again. The flirt scenes between Ella Balinska (Jane) and Noah Centineo also deserve more screen time. Netflix needs to get the writer of Knight Before Christmas to make these two a feature, please.
Elsa = Rainbow Brite. That makes me so happy, my nostalgia has overpowered my being. The music and songs are even better, which is witchery. Olaf and his whole becoming mature storyline kills me. You know who I want in their own movie solving murders? Olaf. Olaf with a pipe. Elsa and Anna’s parents are fleshed out and redeemed. Thank goodness, cause last time they were dicks. Also, Sterling K. Brown. We are officially firing on all cylinders.
The mystery. The cast. The Daniel Craig of it all. It is all swirly whirly funtimes with a surprise happy ending. You do not usually get those in the mystery genre, so thank you Rian. For so many, many things.
Holiday sparkles. Watching this in the theater, filled with families and lady friend groups hanging out right before Chistmas, it felt like everyone had a good time. It is no more and no less than a holiday feel good. There is nothing wrong with that. The female lead does not end up with a man in the end, but there is a cute as hell romance involving Michelle Yeoh and some lucky dude. We need a big budget romance with Michelle Yeoh as the lead by the way.
I watched this with my sister, which I fully recommend if you have one. I had a champagne, she got popcorn, and we both loooooved Amy in this.
Zachary Levi:) This man, I adore him. He is my younger Bruce Campbell. A couple of years ago I saw him speak at the Shazam panel at a Wizard World convention. I was with my dad and my little brother Matthew, and neither were familiar with Levi. I had seen him in Tangled, She Loves Me, and a few various bits of stuff. Enough to know how talented he is, and be excited for his casting here. By the end of the panel, both my dad and brother were huge new fans of his, because this man is a powerhouse live. If you ever get the chance to see him either perform in a musical or speak at a panel, you should go. Ideally to both. Shazam did not disappoint. It was almost freakishly perfect. In a good way.
Spiderman: Far From Home
Tom is lovely, but Zendaya steals this movie. It’s nice to have a European set superhero movie, just to change the background for once. Everything feels nicely refreshed and bright. The surprise heroes here are J.B. Smoove and Martin Starr as the best teachers ever.
Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
It was not the worst thing that I have ever seen. The Death Star in the sea was cool. Exclamation marks don’t belong in the opening crawl. Thinking about this movie saps my energy. It’s a force suck.
Terminator: Dark Fate
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Robot Dad is the theme. Overall, this was a pretty excellent chapter in the Terminator franchise. I’d say after T2, this is my next favorite. Mackenzie Davis was the best part behind the return of Sarah Connor. Linda Hamilton is still the live wire that this whole robot house was built on.
Cute concept, okay execution. If you’re a Beatles fan, you will be happy. Having a brunch at home? Watch this. Is it heartwarming? Not really. It’s heart lukewarm.