Why hello there, August! It’s my birthday month which means everyone has to be nice to me. Or that’s what I think the rules are, anyway. Can someone remind my three-year-old? What a wild age. One minute she tells me she never wants to play with me again (I asked her to eat her dinner) and the next she’s giving me kisses and telling me she loves me. She’s cute and hilarious though so I’ll forgive her – I think my husband would say the same about me, to be perfectly honest. Let’s talk movies though, shall we? I’ve watched loads this month, but haven’t been so great about writing about them afterwards.
That’s the beauty of these little round-up posts though, I get to talk a little bit about everything I’ve seen without trying to find the time to write a full review for each movie. Here’s what I watched in July!
Fatherhood (2021) – I genuinely forgot I watched this, which serves about right as a review I guess. It has some sweet moments and raises some genuine issues that single Dads are facing right now, but it’s just not memorable enough. I find Kevin Hart so enjoyable though so I’ll forever watch his movies, but he’s at his best when he sticks to pure comedy.
Fear Street: 1994 (2021) – I’m not a huge fan of slasher horror movies but I do like to keep up to date with the Netflix Originals and I was intrigued about the three part movies all coming out on a weekly schedule rather than having to wait at least a year, so of course I watched Fear Street. It didn’t convert me to the genre but it was stylish and I really like the cast so I still had a good time watching it.
Black Widow (2021) – Full Review
Fear Street: 1978 (2021) – This was probably my favourite of the three Fear Street movies. It was interesting going back in time to delve deeper into the mystery and the soundtrack was brilliant. I feel like I’m yet to see a movie about summer camp that doesn’t involve kids being murdered though? So kind of grateful they aren’t a thing in the UK!
Arthur Christmas (2011) – Full Review for Drew’s Christmas in July Blogathon
Werewolves Within (2021) – I’m not aware of the video game this movie is based on but I know very well the board game/card game Werewolves which is very much the same thing. I think I took this movie too seriously to begin with and I wasn’t enjoying it much, but once I let go a bit I had a much better experience and loved the conclusion to it. Such a great cast, too! Sam Richardson is quickly becoming one of my favourite comedic actors.
The Tomorrow War (2021) – Bit gutted I didn’t find the time to write a full review for this one because I had a blast watching it. It’s loud, it’s expensive but it’s a proper popcorn movie and if you don’t get your head too wrapped up in the logic of the time travel then it’s really fun. It was so weird that Sam Richardson was in this too as I had only watched Werewolves Within the night before. If you’d like to know my Mum’s review of this, it was “I think Chris Pratt should stick to comedy”. Clearly she wanted Dwayne Johnson as the lead!
Good on Paper (2021) – I’m not aware of Iliza Shlesinger so I was watching this just for the romcom vibes. I liked how it was a bit different to the generic movies of this genre but UGH. The characters. I mostly had problems with the character of Dennis, the guy who is meant to be the ‘good on paper’ boyfriend. He’s downright unlikeable from the very beginning so I was never invested in the relationship for a minute.
Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021) – Full Review
Fear Street: 1666 (2021) – Probably my least favourite of the three movies but I did still enjoy it. The first half felt a bit ‘by the book’ but it was a satisfying conclusion and the final fight in the shopping mall was super cool. I hope Netflix do something like this again, I would definitely be up for it.
Goodfellas (1990) – Full Review for Film & Wine Club
Pig (2021) – Two new Nic Cage movies in one year? We’re being spoiled. I loved Willy’s Wonderland (2021), it was the right combination of gory and absurd, and I have to admit I went into Pig mostly blind. I was expecting some sort of Big Lebowski type movie but it wasn’t that at all. It’s a must quieter movie about grief and I was pretty blindsided. At first I was disappointed, but I’ve appreciated the movie more as time has gone by.
Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) – Now this is what I was expecting Pig to be more like! I was down for this movie for the name alone but I’d read a lot of lukewarm reviews so I wasn’t expecting much. Gunpowder Milkshake has many comparisons to John Wick and whilst it’s not on the same level as that franchise, it’s still a lot of fun. There’s some fun worldbuilding and great action scenes and I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. I’m a fan of Karen Gillan but she didn’t quite feel like lead material here, that’s my main gripe.
The Forever Purge (2021) – I’ve missed a couple of movies in this franchise but it was so hot outside and inside that I just needed a couple of hours in an air-conditioned room, so off to the cinema I went. I wish these Purge movies were of a higher quality because it’s such a good concept, but they’re enjoyable regardless. The concept of this one is that when the 12 hour Purge ends, people don’t actually stop and the killing gets worse. And let’s face it, if the Purge were real, that’s EXACTLY what would happen.
Thelma & Louise (1991) – Full Review for Film & Wine Club
Old (2021) – Full Review
The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021) – Oh I do love my ODEON membership and being able to see movies early every now and again. This kind of sappy romantic movie isn’t usually my kind of thing but when you’re in a cinema with no distractions it’s easy to get sucked into the story and I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought. Callum Turner was surprisingly good, but as much as I like Felicity Jones I can’t help but feel like she was miscast. She’s not believable as someone who loves to swear, Emilia Clarke would have been my choice.
Jungle Cruise (2021) – Full Review coming soon