Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to Mathew Vaughn's modern spy film. The Kingsman again find themselves facing a world ending threat that forces them to seek help from their US Allies.
Critical Review: Kingsman The Golden Circle suffers from a lot of the same mistakes that most modern sequels succumb to. The story isn't very memorable due to it being very stuffed with characters that are underdeveloped, a plot that tries to "out epic" the previous, and some elements that delve really far into the unbelievable. However, the returning characters really own their parts and the choreography and cinematography create some really imaginative action sequences.
Entertainment Value: Even though the story and new characters come a little thin they take a backseat to the main selling point, the hyper stylized action. In that area it definitely delivers. Giving action fans some really exciting sequences, some funny scenes, and another great soundtrack. Overall, it's a fun ride, but just didn't pack the same punch the original did.
Similar Films: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Goldeneye, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
mother!: is a metaphor driven movie following the drama resulting from unwelcomed guests (Ed Harris & Michelle Pfeifer) at a couple's newly refurbished home (Jennifer Lawrence & Javier Bardem).
Critical Review: mother! is a very unique, artistic, and daring film. Every inch of the frame was carefully put together allowing for a story that makes you think. It's meaning is as deep as the source material it's cleverly referencing. The acting is fantastic, the cinematography is amazingly (and sometimes frustratingly) claustrophobic, and the sound design really stands out. However, the abstract metaphors seem to go to far and dark muddling the message while the film never lets the audience take a breath from the confusing tension.
Entertainment Value: I'll admit that I did not get the metaphors given at first. I let my guesses as to what it meant cloud my judgement. Both my girlfriend and I were confused for a majority of the film which caused for a very frustrating viewing (which based off many reviews, especially by casual filmgoers, is the case for most). Once we caught on to the message it allowed me to appreciate how carefully crafted and clever the film was. However, this doesn't take away from the frustrating and dark experience. It delves so deep into the abstract that a normal arc is overlooked, the runtime goes a little too long, and some of the imagery goes a little too far. Creating for what is sometimes a confusing mess . With that said, now that I understand the film, I may enjoy it a lot more on a second viewing (which may or may not ever happen lol.)
Similar Film: To be honest, it's very unique. First time I've been stumped.
Wind River: Follow a hunter with a tragic past (Jeremy Renner) as he helps a young FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) solve a murder at a Native American Reservation.
Critical Review: It's a slow burn in the first act, but it's done to serve the characters and build tension. That build up helps make the punch of the third act harder and even more satisfying. This is all furthered by a fantastically chilling score and great acting by the two leads. Bottom line, it's a well made film with a real life message.
Entertainment Value: The story was engaging enough to get me really invested by the third act. The tone of the film and the message being delivered left me a little down by the end, but that comes with the territory of the story being told. Either way I wanted to watch some comedy when I got home :). I definitely wouldn't say no to watching the film again, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to.
Similar Film: Prisoners.
road to 52
I'm a guy that really loves movies and I've set a goal to try and see 52 different films in a year. I've decided to share that journey and my 100% correct opinion on the films I see with the couple people who might read this.
Previous Years Stats -
2014 - 50 (61 With Repeats)
2015 - 51 (62 With Repeats)
2016 - 50 (58 With Repeats)
*Also, fun fact, I am not a writer nor do I strive to be one. There will be garmmatical errors in this blog :).
2017 top 10 (So far...)
2. Baby Driver
3. War of The Planet of The Apes
4. Wonder Woman
5. Guardians Vol. 2
6. Spider-Man Homecoming
7. King Arthur Legend of The Sword
8. Get Out
9. Beauty & The Beast
I don't think giving one score to a film is fair. There's a lot of aspects that go into making a film. Some are made as an art form trying to convey a message, others are simply entertainment, and some attempt to be both, So I want to answer the main questions that any kind of filmgoer would want to hear in a friendly conversation. My reviews are meant to be simple, quick, and very informal :).
The Synopsis: Duh
Critical Review: How well made is the film from an artistic, technical, and critical perspective?
Entertainment Value: Will I have a good time, enjoy myself, or get some form of emotional investment whether it's sad, excited, happy, scared..etc. A film can be very well made, but is it actually entertaining. Also, did it grip me enough to want to watch it again or even multiple times?
Similar Film: Sometimes it's just easy to tell someone - if you enjoy these films you'll probably enjoy this one as well.