A total of five trips to the theater this month, one of which was to see a movie I’d already seen. That movie shouldn’t be hard to guess. I did not make it to my local indie theater this month, but that was more a time crunch issue than anything. Save for one, this month’s movies were enjoyable to superb.
To the surprise of virtually no one, Captain America: Civil War was amazing. And I, of course, saw it twice in theaters. My movie of the month without a doubt. So much is stuffed into this film and yet it works so damn well. From the trailers, the expected scene with the epic throw down is indeed brilliant and a true feast for the eyes. Spider-Man was spectacularly well done. Movie James Brown killed it as Black Panther. The philosophical debate of the film was also satisfying. Team Captain America all the way. My only real complaint is that the finger quotes “villain” of the picture is kind of a dud. The MCU continues to have a villain problem. At least they save on prison costs, so that’s something.
SEE IT A MILLION TIMES!
A movie whose rating I swung back and forth on, but eventually settled on my worst one. The Angry Birds Movie just had little redeeming value. Maybe I was a little too easy on Ratchet & Clank last month. Both of the films are now in my mind forgettable. Maybe I just shouldn’t write a review right after seeing a movie. Now that I’ve had time to stew on this picture, I cannot say I recommend it. It takes a lot of time to get anywhere, the puns are atrocious and everywhere, and Josh Gad continues to grate at my eardrums. The Book of Mormon soundtrack seems to be the only place he’s really good. Except for a small part of Bill Hader’s performance, Peter Dinklage was the only real good part of the film, but he’s great in everything.
NOT WORTH SEEING.
A Shane Black movie is just a good time. And The Nice Guys did nothing to challenge that. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling have such good chemistry together. And, that cinema rarity, a useful and not grating child sidekick! Keith David was even in this. Matt Bomer, which everyone may remember from the show White Collar, should have been in the movie more. Is the reason for the whole investigation a little threadbare? Yes, but that takes up so little of the movie in the end that it just doesn’t matter. The plot is an excuse for the two main characters to play off each other. And it works.
SEE IT MORE THAN ONCE.
Is X-Men: Apocalypse as good as the previous two X-Men films? No. Is it still fun and enjoyable? Yes. Do the recasts work? Yes. Is Psylocke awesome? Yes. Did Oscar Isaac do Apocalypse justice? Yes. Is Quicksilver still awesome? Yes. Did they throw in a character or two for the comic book fans (and the people who just read a lot of Wikis)? Yes. Did I wish Jennifer Lawrence (or at least the direction they’ve decided to go with Mystique) was in this movie less? Yes. Do they kind of have to go to space (or Mojo World) next? Yes. Is this entire review going to be a series of questions and one word answers? Yes.
SEE IT MORE THAN ONCE.
Looking at the slate of movies to be released in June, I may see up to seven movies in theaters next month. I’ll see how that works out.