So, you may or may not have heard about my new gig as the chief film critic over at Ready, Steady, Cut! – it isn’t as though I’ve been tweeting about it near-constantly, so it might have escaped your attention. (I’ve been tweeting about it near-constantly.)
From now on, you can find all of my new (and old) movie reviews over there; several each week, in fact. And with that in mind, every Friday, I’m going to be writing one of these posts that sums up what I’ve covered over there, and gives you some helpful links to click if you’d like to go and read them. (Please do.)
First up was the spectacularly mediocre Ghost in the Shell. Putting aside all the controversy about Hollywood “whitewashing” and suchlike, the movie was bang-average in almost every way besides the visuals. I’d have bumped up the score a little for that, but the tone-deaf third-act plot twist lost it a point. It’s incredibly average.
(We also recorded a podcast episode about Ghost in the Shell, which is mostly us struggling to find interesting things to say about something so uninteresting, but you can hear me rant about the “whitewashing” on there, and find out why, for once, I actually think there’s some validity to it.)
Kong: Skull Island, on the other hand, turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Admittedly I mostly expected to like it and ended up mostly liking it, but as far as creature-features go this is an extremely distinguished variety with a solid cast and some seriously fun set-pieces. Go and see this.
Don’t go and see A Cure for Wellness, though, unless for some reason you have a peculiar fondness for eels. Look, I know, I’m supposed to like this, and I kind of understand why some other people do (the technical filmmaking is exquisite, if nothing else.) But I really didn’t care for it at all: I found it rote, predictable, boring, overlong, and generally unpleasant.
As for Beauty and the Beast… it was fine. Pretty much exactly what you’d expect from a live-action remake of Disney’s most beloved animated feature. It retains the same spirit, but a little something is lost in the translation.
That’s it for the this week. Please check out Ready, Steady, Cut! if you have the time (and if you subscribe to me – subscribe to them. It’s mostly just more of me.) This is a burgeoning project that we’re very fond of and excited by, and we’d like you to be a part of it.
See you next week.