You know the movies that you add to your list for the sole purpose of being knowledgeable of pop culture references? Mainstream movies everyone else watches or you follow the hype of media attention and just have to see for yourself what all the hype is about. These are the movies I’ve finally gotten to watch now that we are all in isolation that I expected to be sub-par but were actually enjoyable and felt like I could watch again.
Sonic the Hedgehog was actually better than I thought it was going to be! I know everyone was saying so when it eventually came out and just like everyone else, I’m also glad they changed the animation style and thought Jim Carey was a perfect comedic villain. The comedy was well timed and the characters were developed enough to justify their supporting roles to the main character.
Master Z: IP Man Legacy was funnier than I thought it would have been. I thought it was going to be full of dramatic action but it was lacking so much realism in the fight scenes, I had to laugh. Now I’m just waiting to see Donnie Yen in the Ip Man 4 movie.
Frozen 2‘s highlight was Samantha ^_^ Hands down, Olaf made this movie for me. The dynamic between the sisters was stable now and Elsa’s quest for self discovery was understandable and expected because I also had questions about how she got powers. The ending also made sense. But Olaf and Samantha were golden!
I liked Maleficent 2 more than I thought I would have. I always say I’m not a fan of Angelina Jolie, but then I end up liking almost every role she plays. The themes of this movie managed to be more complex than I expected to see in this kind of movie and the internal conflicts each character was going through were understandable and relatable on some level. Predictable happy ending but hard fought and well deserved.
Hustlers was very interesting. I liked this movie more than I expected to but I don’t agree with the hype that Jennifer Lopez made an Oscar-worthy performance. The plot and the angle of the retelling of this story was so interesting to me that I felt compelled to go back and watch all the interviews with the actual characters and media coverage of the true story the movie was loosely based off of.
Honourable Mention – Jumanji: The Next Level. I thought the first one was amazing, considering I went into that one thinking it was going to be cringey and lame. The second one was just as good! Standout performance was from Akwafina for me, and then Nick Jonas.
My movie rules are: don’t watch any trailers if possible, one max; and don’t listen to media or movie critics or Rotten Tomatoes. Chances are, the trailers will have all the best parts of the movies in them and the value of the experience of watching it has diminished as soon as you say “Oh yea! I saw this in a trailer!” 😒 Then, the media and movie critics do not all share the same tastes in movies and it is very likely they will over-hype a basic mediocre movie while under-rating an amazing unique movie. Just watch what appeals to you for what ever reason. You never know, you might enjoy them more than you thought you would. I usually look for who the featured actors are and read a general synopsis, nothing too deep.
Other movies I’ve knocked off include Emma, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Birds of Prey, Little Women, The Addams Family, Abominable, and Lady and the Tramp.