Ah, goodbye summer. It felt like I was waiting for you for so long, and now you’re over. At least I thought you were. I put away all my daughter’s summer clothes, got out all her jumpers from last year (and realised she’s grown out of most of them) and there’s a mini heatwave coming next week now! British weather. Movie-wise, August was quite slow for me to begin with, but I caught up towards the end of the month and even ran out of time to write full reviews for movies I really liked. I guess that’s why I started doing these round-up posts!
Let’s dive right in to what I watched, shall we?
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021) – I never bothered with the original Justice League movie. It came out when I had a newborn and cinema trips weren’t on my agenda, and I disliked Batman v Superman so much that I never sought it out when I had more free time. I know the entire world was excited for Zack Snyder’s version but I wasn’t too bothered, but obviously I vowed to watch it eventually! It was good though. I have nothing to compare it to which helps. There were some really great moment but no movie has the right to be this long. Either trim it down to no more than 2.5 hours, or make it a mini series!
The Suicide Squad (2021) – Full Review
Zola (2020) – You wanna hear a story about how me and this bitch here fell out? It’s kinda long, but it’s full of suspense. That’s got to be the best introduction to any movie, ever. We’ve moved on from creating movies based on fanfiction, and now we’re making movies based on Twitter threads – who’d have thought? I didn’t know what to expect from Zola but the hype was enough to get me curious and it was a really exciting movie. Absolutely crazy that it all happened in real life.
Vivo (2021) – Full Review
Aftermath (2021) – This was a typical mediocre Netflix watch. I should have known it wasn’t worth it about 20 minutes in but I hate not finishing a movie. So there’s this house where a murder suicide has just taken place. Super gruesome, very messy, etc. Introducing our young couple, with a relationship full of troubles. She cheated on him, and he clearly can’t move past it. I KNOW. Let’s move into the murder house, that’ll solve all our problems and I’m sure it won’t be haunted or anything. UGH.
Free Guy (2021) – Full Review
Seabiscuit (2003) – Full Review for Film & Wine Club
Naked Singularity (2021) – What an odd movie. It’s such a shame that it tried to be two types of movie because it failed at blending the genres and could have been a pretty decent crime/thriller. You have to see it for yourself to fully understand what it was trying to do. Thankfully, the screen presence of Olivia Cooke and John Boyega make it entertaining, but it’s still a lot of wasted potential. Someone please give Olivia Cooke a better role next? She’s ace and she deserves better!
The Courier (2021) – Here’s some proof that I’ll watch just about anything for my favourite stars. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the real-life businessman turned spy Greville Wynne in a retelling of the events that led to the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis back in the 60s. It was interesting enough from an educational point of view, but not thrilling or exciting enough for me to label it a good movie.
Reminiscence (2021) – Full Review
Sweet Girl (2021) – I have to hand it to Netflix, they chose the perfect scenes for the preview that plays whilst you’re scrolling and pausing to sell Sweet Girl to me. It looked really exciting, but it’s so by-the-book it’s almost painful to watch. Until of course, you reach the twist towards the end which is was…something. If I weren’t bored to tears by that point I might have actually enjoyed that twist. Great idea, dull execution.
Annette (2021) – Full Review
Censor (2021) – This was so much better than I expected! The less you know the better, but it’s set in the video-nasty era of horror movies and takes a very dark turn. I wish I’d found the time to write a full post for this one because I couldn’t recommend it enough. If you liked Saint Maud (2020) then I think you might like this, too. All hail the rise of Welsh horror movies!
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins (2021) – I enjoyed watching Henry Golding, but I know nothing about G.I. Joe so a lot of this was lost on me, I wasn’t the target audience. A lot of it felt quite generic but the last 40 minutes were great!
Candyman (2021) – Full Review coming soon
I also watched Wildlife (2018), Love & Other Drugs (2010) and Stronger (2017) as part of the Hidden Gems Challenge. Jake Gyllenhaal was obviously my choice for August and you can see my post here.