What I Watched: September 2019

Well, this month has been pretty nuts, to say the least. on the first day of September I was on vacation in Disneyland, and today I’m dealing with a poorly toddler and working out how to deal with the fact my office is moving in December. Oh life, how you love to throw curveballs at me. Did I mention that said toddler is going to be TWO this month? I cannot even.

Amongst all the fun, jetlag, illnesses and stress I still managed to watch a few movies. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always found movies to be a good escape from the real world, even just for a couple of hours. I’m glad my movie mojo is back though because there are so many October releases I’m looking forward to!

First, the movies I watched but never got around to reviewing properly…

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The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Okay, this was actually a rewatch, and I already did a full review back in July, but I needed to see Adam Driver in that smart car again and let me tell you, he didn’t disappoint. Still love that song, too.

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Plus One (2019)

I saw the poster on Netflix when I was having one of those ‘ugh, don’t know what to watch’ nights and genuinely thought it was Joel McHale. I realised very quickly that it wasn’t (I also thought Dax Shepard and Sam Rockwell were the same person for years) but I was in the mood for a romcom so I stuck it out. It’s your average, boy and girl who are only friends go to loads of weddings together and fall in love kind of movie. Nothing to go crazy about, but an enjoyable watch nontheless.

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Late Night (2019)

Despite the lukewarm reviews I was gutted to miss this in the cinemas. Emma Thompson seems to pop up in cameos in everything lately and she’s always the best part of whatever she’s in. She obviously has a bigger role in Late Night and is still the best part of the movie, but it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. I’m all for political jokes but they got old really fast, and this movie isn’t going to age well.

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The Drop (2014)

What can I say? It’s a movie in which a scruffy Tom Hardy rescues an injured dog, adopts him and kicks the ass of anyone who dares to threaten said dog. If that’s not enough for you then ugh, there’s just no pleasing you!

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Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Yes, I was in a VERY odd mood the other night. Jim Carrey movies were my goto in my teens and yet I don’t know how I avoided Ace Ventura for so long! I loved it, it cheered me right up and I can tick another Carrey movie off my list. It makes for a funny watch in 2019 though, there’s no way a script like this would be greenlighted in this day!

And then, just in case you missed any, these are the movies I watched in September that I did write a full review for:

The Aftermath (2019) 
It: Chapter Two (2019)
Downton Abbey (2019)
The Perfection (2018)
Ad Astra (2019)
Ready or Not (2019)

Downton Abbey (2019)

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Genre: Drama

Runtime: 122 Minutes

Main Cast: Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode, Tuppence Middleton, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Imelda Staunton, Robert James-Collier, Hugh Bonneville

Plot: In the fancy building known as Downton Abbey, the residents and staff prepare themselves for a visit from the King and Queen of England. (My version)
The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early 20th century. (Official version)

My Thoughts: If you can’t tell by my description of the plot, I’ve never seen an episode of Downton Abbey. I dragged my friend Steph to see The Dead Don’t Die though, and I kind of owed her one. Plus I always say I’ll give any movie a chance! All she told me before we went in was that, and I quote, “if my beautiful butler does not get his happy ending we are rioting!”. I agreed wholeheartedly whilst eyeing up a chocolate cookie at the cafe!

(Spoiler warning from here on out because I genuinely don’t know what can be considered a spoiler!)

So to be honest, I had a lot of fun watching it. There were far too many characters for me to keep track of, I genuinely thought that Imelda Staunton’s character was the Queen for about half of the movie, so I got myself quite confused, but the movie itself is a standalone story in a way so I wasn’t completely lost. Any movie is worth watching for Dame Maggie Smith though, isn’t it? Plus, my geeky little heart was overjoyed to see Professor Umbridge and Professor McGonagall bicker!

I think I wanted just a little bit more drama, though. Maybe the TV show has it, but these incidents were built up and then fizzled out a little. Terrorist attack? Fizzled out before it really started. Thief in the Abbey? Found and scolded appropriately. Illegal, secret gay bar? The butler got arrested and bailed in about 2 minutes. My drama llama went hungry!

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Still – I had a good time and I’m tempted to actually give the show a chance now, especially as I’m probably the only female Brit who’s never watched it…

Best Bit: Sorry but this isn’t even related to the movie. Me and Steph were the youngest audience members by at least 30 years, and that made the adverts/commercials section hilarious, as it was clear the target audience was definitely not us! It was all fun laughing at the specialist, pediatric chairs being advertised until one of Steph’s favourite shops made an appearance…!

Worst Bit: I was loving the totally hot plumber fixing the boiler and flirting with one of the younger staff members, much to the annoyance of her fiance, but then said fiance did the stupid thing of breaking the boiler (not realising the guy would have to return?!) and we didn’t get to see him again? Shameful.

Fun Trivia: The royal visit of George V to Downton Abbey was based on his real-life visit to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire which was used in the film for the ballroom scenes.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 boiler pipes which, you know, you should probably not stamp on if you don’t want the hot plumber to come back and hit on your gal.

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