O@tM: Pacific Rim – Uprising & Game Night

Remember back in the pre-millenial, pre-politically correct days, movies were just supposed to be … good? Some were silly, some were earnest, some were comedic, some were sad. Difference in quality was easy to point out by production budget, director and actors. What they all had in common was they had a story to tell, a real congruent story written down in screenplays, mostly free of plotholes..

This has changed drastically over the last, say, 20 years. Nowadays it’s more common for movies to be custom made for special audiences and fandoms, they are products now, that have to fit into certain franchises. Test screenings are more common than ever before and it’s often that a movie will be drastically changed even between the first teaser trailers and the finished “product”.

And so has changed the art of movie criticism. No longer can we expect a movie to be predominantly good, but we expect most of them to be fundamentally flawed *cough* Last Jedi *cough cough*. And, yes, there are so many factually bad movies out there, we critics are reduced to the role of detectives, pointing out what and where a certain movie went on the wrong side of the tracks and became bad.

Where am I going with this little escapade? The two movies I’ll talk about today are kinda good, at least ok-ish, and so don’t give me much to complain about. When your job consists of pointing out the negatives of certain products, what will you write about the absence of negatives? Not much, that is!

So let’s get right into it and don’t expect this post to be very long …

PacificRimUp
Is this going to become a franchise?

Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.

IMDb: 5.7

Scott Eastwood, John Boyega, Ivanna Sakhno, Mackenyu, Wesley Wong, Lily Ji, and Cailee Spaeny in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Yes, I know I know: Pacific Rim – Uprising is a very formulaic movie, a franchise product, and its screenplay was specifically written to satisfy a specific audience. I don’t know why it got such a bad rating based on this very basic “flaw”. It’s system imminent ffs!

Ivanna Sakhno, Wesley Wong, Rahart Adams, and Lily Ji in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

What we’ve seen was a highly entertaining, non-boring movie with lots of Jaegers and Kaiju and high CGI spectacle. Also some returning characters from the first Pacific Rim movie plus the new champion of the masses, everyone’s fave South London bruv, John Boyega.

Scott Eastwood and John Boyega in Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Overall a very pleasing spectacle with lots of eyecandy and excitement. A movie that was very good … for what it is. We had a good time. Not much more to say about it.

 






 

GameNight
More funny game night than we thought.

A married couple’s weekly game night goes to the next level when the husband’s brother books a murder mystery party complete with actors as criminals and cops. When the brother is kidnapped which is supposed to part of the game, the weekly gamers set out to solve the case but soon learn that things are not as they appear to be. The gamers soon find themselves in for a night of utter excitement that they never anticipated.

IMDb: 7.1

A surprisingly original screenplay with some weird twists and turns and lots of gags, good production value and appealing actors gave us a chuckling good time. Game Night is nothing special when you consider the movie industry of times past – a real blast tho, in the year 2018!

Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in Game Night (2018)

Of course is the whole setup constructed, the characters unbelievably stereotypical, the dialogues made for laughs … who cares? The end product is well rounded and perfectly fitting its genre. Let’s just hope they’re not planning to make a Game Night 2 as that would just ruin everything. Some things are better left alone.

Natasha Hall, Lamorne Morris, Kylie Bunbury, Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams in "Game Night".

See now what I meant about having nothing to write about good stuff?

 

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