Films update: May – July 2017

I contemplated putting a trailer for each of this film too (embedded on to here for your convenience) but then it’s too difficult to choose just one trailer! xD I mean, there is a trailer on the IMDB page, which is linked for each film anyway so hopefully that’s good enough!

Also, a warning to say that my rambling will contain spoilers of films, not just the ones that I watched but any other that I think are related to these films! So please be warned!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (5 May)

You wouldn’t believe how much I was looking forward to this film, considering how I felt about the first GotG.

It’s not that I didn’t like the first GotG, I just didn’t like it as much as other people… I’ve heard quite often how GotG Vol 1 was the best MCU film for the past few years and I just can’t agree with that. Sure it was fun and it does have a great soundtrack, but I was underwhelmed with the film as a whole. Especially the climax, it didn’t really hit my expectation. That dance-off bit? Threw me off and made me go, ‘WTF?! They can do that in a film like this??’

HOWEVER, there was a lot of hype for GotG Vol 2 and from the little promotions that I saw, it looked promising.

(I actively avoid promotions of films I definitely want to see so that the film can surprise me as much as possible. It hasn’t always worked out well but I’m still happy with this method for the time being. I definitely avoid movie trailers as much as possible because I find watching them can spoil the film for me.)

Back to GotG Vol 2. As I have mentioned in my previous entry, I hit the cinema as soon as I came back from Qingyuan which was the day the film was released in China as well. I was super jealous of lune, who got to see the film more than a week before me because the film was released one week earlier here in Thailand!

So I went the see the film with two friends. Only one was coming for sure in the beginning but I met up with Kathleen for dinner and she ended up joining us.

GotG Vol 2 definitely exceeded my expectations. Baby Groot is AMAZING. I love him so, so much.

AND YONDU. The Mary Poppin comment was just gold. AND THEN HE GOT KILLED OFF?!? WHY?!?!?!? So yes, I ended up crying again in the cinema. It almost became a thing now that going to the cinema with me might end up with me crying. ^^” BUT IT WAS SO SAD. I lost it when the other Ravagers turn up to pay their respect to Yondu and set off fireworks. Just thinking about it now gives me a bit of goosebumps…

I find the Ego’s arch and Rocket’s a bit cliched but it was still fun. The two hours passed by quickly, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and, of course, stayed right through to the end for all of the end credits.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is definitely one of my favourite MCU films now. 🙂

 

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12 May)

Here are the reasons why I wanted to go see this film:

1. I love Charlie Hunnam in Pacific Rim

2. I like myths and legends like King Arthur

3. apparently it got a great cast…?

4. er, did I mention that I like Charlie Hunnam?

You can imagine that I wasn’t really expecting much. I haven’t seen any of its trailers at all either so wasn’t sure what to expect (I didn’t even know that Jude Law is in it!).

So you can imagine my surprise when I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I’ve got to say, the humour is right up my alley. I laughed and snorted so many times in the cinema and I was hooked for the whole film! It was clichéd, of course it was. But I love clichés when they are done to my taste 😉

And yeap, the cast was fantastic. Not everybody will like it as much as I did, but I’m sure as hell very glad to have gone see it in the cinema!

I also found out later after I came out of the cinema that it was directed by Guy Richie, who also directed the two Sherlock Holmes films with RDJ and Jude Law! I actually really liked the first Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the second one too so I think I do quite like Guy Richie’s films. It also made me go ‘ohhhhh, duh’ because the slow motion sequences in King Arthur were definitely similar to the ones in Sherlock Holmes.

Also, I didn’t know that Charlie Hunnam was in Queer As Folks UK version!!!

 

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (26 May)

I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to go see this film to be honest. I mean, I was going to but I wasn’t dying to see it. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean were good, #3 is my favourite which may surprised quite a few people. Apparently, many liked that film the least. But I loved the battle scene in the end and I liked how Will and Elizabeth Turner’s arc.

#4 was underwhelming for me so I wasn’t expecting much from Dead Men Tell No Tales. It got a good cast with Javier Bardem but I was mostly excited for seeing Orlando Bloom as Will Turner again! And that Keira Knightley would make an appearance as well! I kept waiting for her and I was almost annoyed that she might have not made it into the final cut because she did came up right at the end didn’t she? But then there was that post-credit scene as well… So happy for that.

Brenton Thwaites aka Henry Turner was also very easy on the eye. I’m glad that he’s joined this crew. Even if I found his arc to be almost exactly the same as Will’s during the second and the third film. Which, c’mon guys, can’t you come up with a new plot or something??

I wasn’t really a fan of Carina Smyth aka Kaya Scodelario though. I don’t know… her character annoys me even though she’s supposed to be a strong female character who is very much into science… I loved Keira’s Elizabeth Swann and she became a very strong female character. Kaya’s Carina, not so much to my taste for whatever reasons…

Anyway, I’d still go to the cinema to see the 6th one though if they ever come out with it. I am kinda curious to see where they would go with that post-credit scene.

 

Life (27 May)

It was a long weekend during that time (the Dragon Boat Festival I think) but none of my friends were around for that much so I thought, I’d go to see another film. Life got both Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds in it. And it’s a sci-fi. Sure, IMDb has the film as ‘Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller’ but surely it can’t be that scary.

Well, I was wrong.

I should have listed to IMDb.

It was a horror film for me. *shudders* I almost left the cinema a couple of times as I was watching it. I had my hands covering my eyes for about at least a quarter of the film. It was terrifying.

I think the story line has a good philosophical approach, but the execution of it was too much for me. And having Ryan Reynolds done that much promotion for this film was a bit misleading.

Well, actually, I only saw him in one clip with Jake Gyllenhaal for this film and that was the WIRED Autocomplete clip but he was on the poster with Rebecca Ferguson and Jake Gyllenhaal when he was the first to die and the other two were there right to the end! So yeah, misleading promotion stuff. I was very shocked when Ryan Reynolds’s death scene came because, as I’ve mentioned before, he was the first to die!! ^^”

I managed to stay through to the end because I needed to know how it ends. (Kudos to the twist at the end where it wasn’t the ‘happy ending’ we were expecting.) And Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting was superb in my opinion. I really liked his character.

Anyway, I think Life was a good film but the genre just wasn’t for me. And I have learned, the hard way, to listen to and trust IMDb.

 

(I’ve left this entry unfinished for a long while, and I’m not sure it will be finished tonight. I just want to contribute to it and see how far I can take it.)

 

Wonder Woman (3 June)

Oh, this film. There was so much hype around it and I was super excited for it even though I knew that setting too high an expectation can be the cause of disappointments. So I tried to keep cool.

The film came out on Friday 2nd June, but there was a work social event so I had to postpone it to the next day. (I also had something organised with friends in GZ since that was my last weekend on my own there but I had the afternoon free so I hit the cinema!)

I went to see it with friends and I was blown away. The film definitely met the hype and exceeded it to me!

I loved, loved, loved Gal Gadot. I think she was perfect for the role. She was my favourite part of Batman V Superman and I was a little afraid that she might not be as good in her own film. I was wrong. She was perfect.

And then Chris Pine. Chris. Pine. Urgh. He was so gorgeous, both physically and in character. It was heartbreaking that his character died because WE NEED MORE STEVE TREVOR DAMMIT.

I also loved the line, “I wish we had more time.” That hit just the right spot. The “I love you” after that, not so much. I though that was a bit of an overkill.

Themyscira was absolutely breathtaking on the big screen. And the Amazonians. So. Much. Love. For these ladies.

Oh! I also loved the fact that the war is WWI, and not WWII. I feel like we have enough of WWII on the big screen now.

So yeah, I absolutely loved this film. Even though I am an MCU fan, Wonder Woman was definitely one of the best superhero films I have ever seen. Possibly my favourite. May be. I can’t quite commit to that yet. ._.

 

The Lost City of Z (4 June)

As you can see, I went to see another film the very next day. Perks of having a cinema so near by!

Not going to lie, the main reason I was interested in this film was because Tom Holland was in it. xD So imagine my slight disappointment when I found out how little he was in it ^^”

Charlie Hunnam was still a joy to see though I’m not so sure about his character as a whole. RPattz and Sienna Miller, though, they jumped out from the screen to me. Really liked both of their characters.

I found the pace quite… slow and the the film, monotonous…? I supposed I was hoping for a more Indiana Jones type of film with a bit more action, rather than a biographical drama. My bad on that part since I didn’t allow myself to look up what the film might be like in details or even see the trailer. All I had was the title of the film and the posters. ^^”

Tom Holland was a joy to see though! Especially when he was a bit more grown up in the film, wearing leather boots xD Not a fan of the facial hair though.

The ending was also a bit bizarre. I was expecting a bit less of an opening ending? I had to come back and googled what actually happened, lol.

So another film I walked out of the cinema, wondering what I had just watched ^^”

 

Despicable Me 3 (17 June)

I was originally going to take (drag) my sister to go see Wonder Woman in the cinema but then I realised that Despicable Me 3 was in already. So I asked her to choose, and of course, she picked Despicable Me 3. T^T (lol)

I had a good time watching it though. I laughed with it and squeed over the minions and was quite entertained. I think I prefer it to The Minions Movie as well, lol. Steve Carell was great as Gru, as per usual. He’s becoming more and more attractive now that his hair is greyer. A silver fox indeed!

 

The Mummy (18 June)

Ah, now this was one that should have been promising. With a new Monster Universe and a great cast, I felt compelled to go see this first one in the cinema. Lune wanted to go see it as well so we saw it together with another friend. And I supposed I was entertained while I watched it but Tom Cruise, man. I’m not so sure about you…

I liked Russell Crowe and his character though and Jake Johnson! I’m glad he was brought back from the dead! lol (Sorry I don’t even remember your character’s name, Jake. I promise I really did like your character! Totally shipped you with Tom Cruise’s character xD)

If I have the time, I’ll probably go see the next one as well just because I do like the action-monster film.

Oh! Also! I recognised the scene that was shot in Oxford even though it wasn’t mentioned at all in the film! Well, I wasn’t sure whether it was really in Oxford or not but I was sitting there, thinking, that looks awful lot like The Radcliffe Camera, xD.

 

(It’s been a long while (again) since I was last writing this entry but I’m back again to try and get it finished!)

Spider-Man: Homecoming (16 July)

Oh. My. God. I had to wait so long to go see this film. This was when my back was not cooperating and I couldn’t sit for too long. I was initially going to go see it on Friday 7th of July, then I moved it to the weekend, then the following weekdays until I could finally sit long enough the following weekend. Urgh.

Even my sister, who was not a fan of seeing films, got to go see it before I did. (Because I gave her an idea to go see a film with a friend whom she has kinda grown distanced of but were meeting up and she didn’t know what to do when they hung out.) The silver lining of this whole ordeal might be how much she loved Spider-Man after having seen this. And how she’s been converted to an MCU fan ever since. She has now seen all of the MCU films and have been watching Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We now fangirl over MCU things together. It’s a bit of a dream come true to be honest, xD.

But I digress.

The film! It was a bit cliched but then I really do think that Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man so far. For once, he actually looks like an awkward teenager! I loved Michael Keaton as Vultures, he’s such an amazing actor. It was an absolute joy to watch him.

I had to stifle a squee when I saw Coney Island during the climax! My Brooklyn Boys reference! And then the end with Tony and Pepper!! Eeeeeeee

I don’t ship that many canon-pairing but Pepperony is one of them. ❤

 

Dunkirk (27 July)

Ah, Dunkirk… I will confess that I went to see purely because of the male, British cast. ._. (I found someone jokingly called it DNK48 and yeah, I love it and have used the joke myself!) I especially loved Tom Hardy and James D’Arcy in this. And the way the film developed is quite cool with the 1 week before, then 1 day before then 1 hour before. Took me a bit to get on with the programme, but once I did, it was cool to see things panned out from different POVs.

The film itself was on the stressful side for me. I was on the edge of my seat and I was emotionally invested in it. I didn’t realise how little ‘actions’ there were and a lot more emotional things. It was, after all, a war film.

 

So there it is! Finally, I’ve caught up to… July ^^”

Since then, I’ve been to see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Baby Driver and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Oh, it’s never ending with this film review entry, isn’t it? xD

I’ve just enjoyed going to the cinema to see films though, especially this year. I also have no problem going to the cinema by myself which makes it so much easier to just pop into the cinema, by a ticket and just go and enjoy a film! I definitely have at least 3 more films I have my eyes on to go see before the end of this year…

Let’s see how many films I’ll see in total in 2017!

Anyway, I am exhausted today so I’ll sign off here. Hope your week is going great!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – it’s been raining a lot in Bangkok at the moment. I think this is the 3rd grey day we’ve had in BKK, which is quite unusual! It does mean that it’s cool though, so I’m not complaining.

 

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