Can I rise to the challenge of giving my opinion on these six movies I saw recently in a hundred words (or less)?
Let’s see, shall we?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Continuing in the tradition of sensible, sarcastic dudes cleaning up after John Hammond’s hare-brained vision of a world with terrifying-but-absolutely-gorgeous dinosaurs, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom picks up a few years after its blockbuster predecessor left off. While it’s not quite as brilliant as Jurassic World, it definitely hearkens back to Jurassic Park: The Lost World and still contains the thought-provoking ethical dilemmas that both the franchise and our postmodern, science-driven world are known for. Also: Chris Pratt in Dad Mode is the kind of A+ content we need and deserve.
The Murder on the Orient Express
I went into this one with no expectations whatsoever. I’ve never read an Agatha Christie mystery nor have I watched any episodes of David Suchet’s Poirot—so please, if you’re a Christie enthusiast, don’t murder me (pun intended) for thoroughly enjoying Murder On The Orient Express*. Since watching it I’ve discovered that fans of the book were generally dissatisfied with this adaptation, but have mercy on me—I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and in love with the music and the cinematography…in spite of its morally unsatisfying conclusion.
The Great Escape
The Great Escape* tells the somewhat-fictionalized-but-still-based-on-truth story of one of the biggest escapes from a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp. While it’s not the greatest World War II film I’ve ever seen (my biggest complaint was that it’s very, verrrrrrry long and laboriously-paced) it still engaged my emotions and had me in suspense—and it was my first time seeing Steve McQueen in action. Also, as a longtime fan of Hogan’s Heroes, it was fun picking out the ways that show parodied this movie.
(91 words. I’m getting better at this…)
This is another, far more fictionalized Allied-prisoners-escape-the-Nazis film, but with a twist: soccer (or football, if you’re European) is involved. I enjoyed Victory* more than The Great Escape mainly because it has better pacing—but also, I admit, because it had a much happier ending. It also gave me a greater appreciation for soccer: I wouldn’t mind watching a real game one day! And last but not least: Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine are awesome. Trust Moi to develop a soft spot for the manly Englishman—although you’ll never hear me objecting to Stallone, either.
(99 words. Just squeaked by that one…)
The only reason we watched this one is because my brother Ben is currently fascinated with the story of the USS Indianapolis (if you don’t know about it, Google it now), and the Indianapolis is mentioned in Jaws*. I was a bit underwhelmed by this classic, to be honest. There was one part where I did jump sky-high, I was so startled—and the end did get a bit gory—but overall it was kinda…”meh.” Jurassic Park is way better, if only because the characters are better-developed and far more lovable. Jaws is mostly hype.
WE WAITED 14 YEARS FOR THIS MOVIE AND IT DID NOT DISAPPOINT. I’m gonna be That Person, too, and say it was even better than the first one. Think about it: the first Incredibles film came out long before Iron Man jumpstarted the superhero movie phenomenon—so this one, was able to demolish all the stereotypes and tropes we’ve come to expect while still giving us a good old-fashioned superhero story! Every member of the Parr Family got his or her chance to shine, the humor and plot were ON POINT, and Edna was perfect. As she should be.
(100 WORDS BECAUSE INCREDIBLES II DESERVES EVERY SINGLE ONE.)
2 thoughts on “6 Movie Reviews in 100 Words or Less”
I really enjoyed the new Jurassic World movie! I felt like there were some plot hole issues and some decisions that didn’t quite make sense to me, but it was still fun and suspenseful. (and I mean, who doesn’t like Chris Pratt in Dad mode?)
I’ve read Murder on the Orient Express twice…and I liked the movie? I know some people seemed to hate it, but I thought it was decent.
I love The Great Escape! It’s been forever since I watched it. And I saw Jaws for the first time this summer, too. I liked the last third of it or so (when they are on the boat) but the beginning didn’t really hold my interest as much.
There was so much I loved about Incredibles 2! My favorite was Jack-Jack, though. And Edna. (and Frozone coming to save the kids! And just the Parrs as a family in general). I don’t think I liked it as much as the first–mainly because I think Syndrome worked as a villain better? I mean, the motive for the villain in Incredibles 2 was great but for some reason her whole plot altogether didn’t work as well for me? Which is frustrating because I feel like it should have, but it didn’t. But it was still a great movie and I’m already looking forward to watching it again.
I was that strange little girl who loved dinosaurs, so that’s probably why I enjoy Jurassic Park/World as much as I do–even if, like you, I wouldn’t say they’re the pinnacle of good storytelling. But they are FUN and sometimes that’s all that matters (and all you need). Not everything has to be super-deep, y’know? But you know what else Jurassic Park/World has in its favor? Heroes who go full-blown Dad Mode on us. (*claps hands gleefully*)
Oh, whew, somebody who doesn’t think I’m crazy for enjoying Murder on the Orient Express! I was a bit leery about even mentioning it after seeing some rather visceral reactions to it. It was considerably less terrifying than “Mummy on the Orient Express,” though–I will say that for it XD
Jaws moved at a surprisingly sluggish pace for most of the movie. That surprised me. So did The Great Escape, but I wasn’t expecting it for Jaws.
TBH I think both Syndrome and Evelyn are great, complex villains–and as all well-written Pixar characters do, whether heroes or baddies, they bring a lot of good philosophical/ethical questions to the table. I just remain so impressed with Pixar’s storytelling. They’ve had a few misses in my opinion, but 98% of the time they always leave me amazed and grinning from ear to ear!