I sat looking at my screen for a couple minutes, thinking about what I should blog about. In the end, I suppose I should write the last 3 films I’ve seen which didn’t make it into the last entry.
No idea how long this entry will take, considering how it took, like, 2 months to finish the last one. 😂
(Ohhhh, I can paste emojis into my blog, sweet! 😁 Though, to be honest, I just only need the smiling and crying face, the rest I can do with just letters/characters on my keyboard. 😏 Oh wait, I can do with a lot more smirking emojis in my blog. xD)
Anyway, I saw 3 films in September! One film per week for 3 weeks straight, loved it. It was just like being back in GZ where I have a cinema within a 15-minute walk!
Without further ado, let’s get on with it.
Oh! Almost forgot, spoilers alert! These are my thoughts and feelings about these films so the plots of the films will be talked about. Possible extensively for one of this films…
The Hitman’s Bodyguard (9th September)
I thought I wasn’t going to be able to catch this film in the cinema! It came out on 24 August in Thailand and I was just busy to go see it in the first or the second weekend after that. Then I checked the showtime for the 9-10 Sept weekend and found that only one cinema in town (Paragon Cineplex) had it on and it was on in the evening. I was just feeling lazy so I resigned to not getting to see the film on the big screen.
Then I was talking to my mum and she was like, go. And take your sister with you. o.O This is very unlike my mum but after more thoughts, I did want to go see it so my sister and so I went.
I thought the film was funny and I loved Samuel L. Jackson‘s character more than Ryan Reynold‘s. Ryan Reynold’s character was just a more, erm, what’s the word… Ryan Reynold played himself (again) but just a version who won’t take any risks? A person who has a contingency plan for everything.
Whereas Samuel L. Jackson was just being his charming self and it was fantastic.
It was a pleasant surprise to see Gary Oldman in the film as well and it was a breath of fresh air to see him playing a non-British villain, xD.
The film, however, pisses me off with there female characters. Elodie Yung‘s character, who supposed to be a strong, female character, fell short and needed Ryan Reynold to save her at the end. I don’t like their romance either. 😑 Was not impressed with Tine Joustra‘s character either, I think she played the head of Interpol or something like that. They both really fell short of being ‘strong female characters’ so I was annoyed by it.
I really liked Salma Hayek‘s character, Samuel L. Jackson’s character’s wife, though! She was fun to watch.
So I suppose this was a bit of a mixed feelings film but overall, I was entertained. The two main leads carried the film through and that was what I paid to see!
Baby Driver (17 September)
Now this, was a bit of a disappointment. I heard great things about the films and I loved a good soundtrack album to films so this should really be up my alley. It just, didn’t pull through for me. Some of the music was great but I didn’t like it as much as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.
And then, it kinda derailed in the second half. It started getting cliched, and not in a good way, and I just felt like some characters, like Kevin Spacey’s Doc, just didn’t stay consistent.
So yeah, it was a bit of a bummer because I really wanted to like it but it just felt flat at the end. I think out of these three films, Baby Driver is the one I liked the least…
Kingsman: The Golden Circle (21 September)
Oh, this one. I have very mixed feelings about this one.
Let’s start from the bit that I didn’t like first.
- How quickly they killed off Roxy. URGH. I don’t care if they’ve made it ambiguous enough that may be they will bring her back for the next one. It’s a fact that she was only in a tiny part in this one that annoys me to hell. I love a good, strong, female character and she definitely kicked ass in the first one. And yet, she only appeared a little bit, helping out Eggsy (of course he needed saving -.-), and then, BOOM, gone. T^T
- How they killed off Merlin. AHHHHHHHHH HOW DARE THEM KILLED OFF MERLIN LIKE THAT? I felt like it was worse than the shot in the head they gave Harry Hart in the last one! URGH.
- How there was so very little of Eggsy’s family. We got to see like, 3 seconds of his mum during the final scene but no trace of his little sister at all. Considering how important family was to Eggsy in the first one, this is so out of character. It also makes Eggsy seems a lot more selfish and more like a dick in this second one.
- His relationship with Tilde. Oh. My. Goodness. First of all, I can’t believe they reused her character. Secondly, how unrealistic is it to have them paired up and then married off at the end? That wedding scene made me so mad! Eggsy has only been a Kingsman agent for a year. And now he’s willing to give that up for a woman who doesn’t understand that sometimes, needs must in a mission, especially one that would ultimate save millions of lives? So. Unrealistic. Even for a spy film.
Things that confused me:
- What exactly does the Statesman do? Why were they not involved with the Valentine’s shit in the last film? Because they seem to have more advance tech and more money. I suppose it could be because they only came up with in for the sequel or they weren’t sure how well the first film was going to do so let’s not go into that much detail for the universe, but still. The Statesman still didn’t do that much in this film, most of the action was carried out by Eggsy and co. What did the other agents get up to when that many people suffered from Poppy’s drug?
- The role of Tequila aka Channing Tatum. Tequila spent about half of the film in a cryofreeze. From the posters I’ve seen, I was expecting him to be the lead from the Statesman but that clearly did not happen. What…? ^^” I get it that he’s more well-known than Pedro Pascal (aka Whiskey) but he wasn’t there for the majority of the film!
(The problem with being a procrastinator is that it takes me so long to finish a post and now I actually don’t remember all of the things I want to rant about this film… ^^” I’ll come back and add them on later if I remember it…? Unlikely but thank goodness for the ‘Edit’ button xD)
So let’s finish off this with the things I did like/love about Kingsman 2:
- The fact that Eggsy did become Galahad and inherited Harry’s house. I had to hold my screams in. MY HEADCANON. THANK YOU.
- I nearly cried with tears of joy when we FINALLY got to see that breakfast scene that got cut out from the 1st one. I felt cheated when I found out that they had that scene filmed but cut it off from the first film. BUT HERE IT WAS IN ITS GLORY.
- Harry Hart reuniting with Eggsy and Merlin again. ❤️ AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YASSSSSSSSSS
- Julianne Moore was amazing as the villain. The character was crazy, ruthless but still beautiful and freaking smart. And Julianne Moore played her so well, thumbs up.
- The action sequences. Still as fantastic as the first one!
- The jokes and scripts. Still had me laughing/giggling in my seat.
- Elton John playing his sassy self. Loved. It.
For all of its faults, Kingsman is still the only film franchise so far that motivates my inner writer and pushes me to churn out work. I managed to write a 10k, canon-divergent work to how I would have liked my Golden Circle to be minus the Eggsy/Tilde pairing that was pushed up our faces, where Roxy is alive and well and kickass-ing, where Merlin did survive and where Harry and Eggsy finally did something about the sexual tension around them. With a bit of help from Elton John. Because Elton John is the best.
So yeah, I think that is it for the films I saw in September. And because I am such a procrastinator, this entry is, what, 3 months late? ^^” But again, better late than never!
And to bring you all up to date with all of the films I’ve watched since September:
- Geostorm (20 Oct)
- Thor: Ragnarok (4 Nov)
- Justice League (18 Nov)
- Murder on the Orient Express (26 Nov)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (15 Dec)
It would probably be an entry and a half if I want to write about all of these films properly. But let’s be real, it probably isn’t going to happen ^^”
Anywho, I better sign off here so I can just publish this entry (finally!).
Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful time whether you celebrate Christmas or not! My family don’t because we’re not Christian but I do like the festivities and the idea of getting together and spending the time with the people you love during Christmas time. And I love all of the decorations and food! xD