Hello everyone, The Vern here and today I am communicating with you through the wonderful world of the written word. I usually talk to you on the podcast but today I'm going to speak to you in this article. There are a bunch of movies that I saw last month, and here are my quick thoughts on them. Majority of them are available on Hulu
Director Matt Reeves took a page from David Fincher’s
thrillers from earlier and has adapted them into a Batman story. Gotham city looks very close to the setting
of Seven and the costume of The Riddler
is almost identical to what the killer wears in Zodiac. Even though this is
a new story, it feels like a continuation from the trilogy that Christopher
Nolan made in the early 2000’s. It does
away with the elaborate costumes and make up(except Colin Farrell who in
unrecognizable as The Penguin) to bring viewers a more gritty, realistic
version of the caped crusader. The
result is a very fun and engaging movie.
The three hour long runtime flew by quick and I never wanted to leave my
seat. Robert Pattinson as the lead was very good and probably the best Batman
since Michael Keaton. Paul Dano was
freaking creepy as The Riddler and even though he doesn’t have much screen
time. Colin Ferrell does great as The
Penguin. The only downside was Zoe
Kravitz as Catwoman(in the credits she is called Selina Kyle but she is clearly
Catwoman). She is not a bad actor and I
liked her performance. It’s just that I
never once bought her as the character. This
character is suppose to be a con artist.
A woman that uses her sexuality and intelligence to dupe and destroy most
male egos. Here she trades in her skin
tight leather for a homemade knit mask and while I understand that some take
issue with the over sexualizing women in media.
With Catwoman, sexuality is her power.
While I did enjoy this very much, It just didn’t feel like Batman to me. I’m fully aware that this is a generational thing and I accept that. In another 15 years, we will have another version that will discuss the topics of that time. You could have an original story with all new characters but if you did than no one would watch it. People want to see something familiar when it comes to spending money at the movies.
**** out of Five Stars
Do not read any plot descriptions about this movie and just go into it cold. Even the trailer reveals too much in my honest opinion. Honestly I think A24 should have been the studio to release this because they could get away with having a vague trailer. This is a tricky movie to market and even trickier to describe without any spoilers so Im going to do my best. A single women(Daisy Edgar Jones) is just sick and tired of dating has met an incredible man(Sebastian Stan) who has invited her up for the weekend at his place up north in the wilderness. When they get there things don’t turn up like they have planned. That’s all Im gonna say, watch it
*****’s out of 5
Kristen Stewart is really good as Princess Diana in this film from the same director of Jackie (Pablo Larrain) but for me it didn’t pack as much punch as that movie did. It is a beautiful movie with stunning cinematography by Claire Mathon and great music by Johnny Greenwood. I was just never fully invested in the story. At times it took on the tones of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining with it’s use of tracking shots and being set in this huge house. I would watch again but maybe just to watch the visuals.
*** out of Five
*** out of Five
Pam and Tommy
***** out of Five