I've been stalling this for way too long, haven't I? Nevertheless, here's the final verdict on the blockbusters that were on my watchlist, and a bit of banter about the new Oscars category. Read on!
Yup, definitely a full score for the biggest - or at least part of the biggest - finale these 10 years of MCU could have possibly gotten. Goosebumps scenes (Cap coming out of that shadow in the train station is imprinted on my eyeballs forever), clever and perfectly timed lines (Every word is a made up word), your favourites finally meeting each other (Guardians x Thor = genius) and a couple of emotional moments (you all know what I'm talking about, right? Mr. Stark.), it's just filled with tons of incredible moments which make it worth every star.
I was actually going to give Deadpool 2 three stars, because it was just more of the same thing. But then I remembered I almost choked in my own laughter about two times during the film itself, that cameo, and probably the best post credit scene ever, so... Four stars it is. I really didn't like that kid, though. Couldn't get behind saving him until the very end.
Given the impossible task of filling Harrison Ford's shoes, Ehrenreich pulled it off quite nicely actually. I enjoyed it, but couldn't help but feel a bit unmoved by Emilia Clarke's character and quite disappointed in the amount of Lando screen time. The minutes he got, however, were the best, next to the Chewie/Han moments. Chemistry = through the roof!
I promised myself never to resort to half stars, but there you have it. I absolutely loved Fallen Kingdom. Every single bit of it. Except the thing where Goldblum only got one scene. I knew it was going to happen, but still... How dare you. No, just kidding. The classic feel in the scene at the start of this film! Baby Blue! T-Rex in cage! Badass Blue! Can someone release this DVD already?
What I do get: Incredibles 2 being awesome. Almost everybody thinks so and they're absolutely right. What I don't get: the hype surrounding Elastigirl's main part and it being a total surprise. Come on, people, she already had to go save his ass in the first one, we already knew she was the best, am I right? Now, Jack-Jack, THAT's the revelation. I can't tell you how much I loved that raccoon scene.
Well... I enjoyed it? It's a fun side story in the MCU, pretty light after the rollercoaster that was Infinity War, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Couple of real funny scenes that can only be pulled off by the likes of Rudd, and an end credits scene that'll leave you looking forward to Infinity War Part 2 even more. It should totally be said that the real hero in this one is The Wasp, however, which is probably the thing I loved most about it.
WHAT A RIDE! I'm just going to come out and say it: Cruise is flippin' crazy and without a doubt the best action hero out there. The thought of him doing all his own stunts is reason enough to slide over to the edge of your seat whenever an action sequence begins. Which is - well - most of the time. The scenes still walk the fine line between ridiculousness (the hanging out of a helicopter bit) and realness (the bathroom scene! So deliciously awkward), which is why this was one of the best times had at the cinema these past few months. Five frickin' stars, because why the hell not?
You know, I thought I wasn't supposed to like Mamma Mia! to begin with. It was a guilty pleasure for a film geek to me, until I saw all those reviews and reactions of like-minded people and I must say... They warmed my heart. I absolutely loved how everyone just embraced the wackiness/delightfulness of a film like this, and couldn't wait to go see it myself. I was not disappointed. I laughed (Julie Walters is life), I cried (Oh, come on, Streep... You are in this for five minutes and you do this?!), I cringed (sorry, Cher, never accepting auto-tuning. Never) and I left the cinema with a huge smile on my face, ready for a second viewing already. Who's in?
That leaves just one of the films I really wanted to see this Summer, and I'm afraid it was once again the cursed dubbing that prevented me from seeing it before posting this update. I usually go to the local theatre, you see, and they sometimes (read: nearly always when it comes to Animated Features) rather disappoint me by not showing the original version. It's still on the watchlist, though, so I'll update this bit the minute I had the chance to get to a different theatre! I'm actually already quite sure I'll like it, by the way. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger AND McGregor? Sounds like a done deal to me.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN... WHAT?
Oh, I know. The first storm has passed after the Academy announced a new category for best popular film so why dig it up again, but I wouldn't be me if I didn't at least try to put my thoughts into a blogpost. I'll make it short, though, and will start by saying that feeling 'torn' is quite the understatement. I went from excited to disappointed, to confused and then full circle to excited again, to... This happens every time I think about it, so let's just jump right to the pros and cons in my head, shall we?
PROS. It's great that blockbusters could finally get some recognition. I've never really made a distinction between blockbusters and 'Oscar-worthy' films, never been able to because I generally just rate a film by it fulfilling expectations. Was it entertaining? Was it mind-blowing? Did it make me cry and think about stuff? Did Tom Cruise prove he's crazy? Were the images beautifully planned, even? That's ultimately why I'm perfectly OK with giving a film like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Infinity War the same amount of stars as a film like Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Why would I like a separate category, then? A throwback to Mad Max: Fury Road. Or The Dark Knight. I remember being excited they were there, but I knew that's all it was. A name in a long list. They'd never win. Mad Max was being laughed at during a couple of those ceremonies, even, and I remember feeling so angry and sorry for the whole crew behind those (imma say it) masterpieces. It's about time we stop seeing those kinds of films as Visual Effects winners only. Always deserved, mind, but you know... it's getting old.
CONS. While I'm definitely excited to see those deserving blockbusters win an Oscar, I can't help but feel annoyed by the fact that it's still necessary to put them in a separate category. For different reasons, really... Such as: how will they be able to fill up those categories every year? What's more: how do you decide which film is popular? Doesn't it either make the category of Best Film seem like the boring category, or the Popular Film seem like a marginalised, participation Oscar? Ugh, 'participation', by the way... A word that was thrown around annoyingly often by so-called film buffs after the announcement, as it seems that no option (do it/don't do it) will destroy the sometimes ridiculous superiority some still feel over a brilliant blockbuster (name-dropping Mad Max again, sorry not sorry).
See? I'm torn. I think I would have preffered a couple of other new categories, though... How about Best Stunts (Mission Impossible) or Best Ensemble (Infinity War)? Always been a fan of the Best Voice Acting or Motion Capture possibilities, as well... All categories that sound just a teensy bit more appreciative for both parties, or is that just me?
Q: what was your favourite blockbuster these last couple of months? And how about that new Oscars category?