Sorry that this is a little bit late. Had some stuff to take care of. I managed to get to the theaters five times in the month of September. We got two really good movies this month. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
IT was fantastic. If it wasn’t for the last movie I saw this month, this would have won movie of the month in a walk. A movie with genuine scares that is more unsettling and creepy than it is outright terrifying. The imagery is intense and just off in that uncomfortable way only truly good horror movies manage to pull off. Bill Skarsgård was absolutely amazing as Pennywise. Now, I haven’t seen the Tim Curry ‘90s miniseries or even read the book, but that doesn’t matter. This movie kicked ass. I cannot wait for the sequel. Word of advice for the casting director: Put Seth Green in there. He was, after all, one of the kids in the ‘90s miniseries. (I’ve seen The Nostalgia Critic’s review of it.) Trust me: Any horror fan will love this.
SEE IT A MILLION TIMES!
This movie wasn’t all that great. If it weren’t for Michael Keaton, it would have been downright boring and pointless. With him, the film is just barely tolerable. A razor thin passing grade if I ever saw one. American Assassin looked so cool from the trailer. Unfortunately, the reviews were not kind. I knew this going in, so I couched my expectations. As y’all may know, I can be a rather lenient reviewer. While I would have failed this movie, Michael Keaton’s manic energy, really giving it his all, is why I can’t. I mean, the action’s all right when it’s there, but it doesn’t hold a candle to any of the better action flicks this year. And we’re had some pretty awesome ones. This is definitely a Redbox one, folks.
SEE IT ONCE.
While this film is strange, I can’t say it’s the weirdest one I’ve seen this year. (That has to go to Brigsby Bear.) I don’t really know how to describe mother! After seeing some in-depth examinations of it, I get what Darren Aronofsky was going for. But it’s just strange. The performances from the cast were great, although Kristen Wiig is completely out of place. I recommend watching this just to take in the surreal flavor of it all. It’s extremely messed up in parts. Uncomfortable to the degree that I think Mr. Aronofsky has some personal problems he needs to deal with.
SEE IT ONCE.
Two LEGO movies in one year. This one isn’t as good as the other one. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is certainly entertaining, but it lacks the heart and tight writing of the previous two LEGO films. We get some cool mech fights, but the action in the other two was somehow better. From what I understand, there’s a TV series for this one, which does not have the same voice talent. We got some good jokes and some interesting character choices. Jackie Chan, as always, was delightful. As Your Highness proved, Justin Theroux plays a great comedic villain. Dave Franco is fine as the audience stand-in protagonist. The rest of the cast gets the job done. This one is the least likely of the three LEGO movies to get a sequel (primarily due to the box office,) but I imagine they can fold some of the characters into one of the many LEGO movies Warner Animation Group is still planning.
SEE IT MORE THAN ONCE.
Movie of the month goes to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. While not as good as the first, it’s certainly still truly awesome. I’d give Kingsman: The Secret Service a solid 100. This one is closer to a 95. Julianne Moore plays what I imagine Martha Stewart would be as a drug kingpin. The action is pretty much perfect and original. The comedy is well-done and lands every time. There’s a really strange celebrity performance in this movie that extends to be more than just a mere cameo. Worked so much better than it had any right to. Is the “Colin Firth being alive” thing a little hamfisted? Yes, but the character is so great most won’t mind it. Now, the real question is what country will we get an independent intelligence agency in the third one? My money’s on China or Japan, although Australia would be cool. Probably not gonna be Canada. Unless them being nice is just a façade. Taron Egerton wants Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to be the villain in it. I’d love the crap out of that.
SEE IT A MILLION TIMES!
Strange thing I noticed: There have been three films this year to feature the song “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver. Hell, two of them have Channing Tatum! Rather odd coincidence. I’ve already seen, at this point, most of the movies I will see in October, but there’s still one that I’m really excited for. We shall see.