Month 4 of my adventures of MoviePass and picked up the pace in seeing films in the theater:
1.) Mary and the Witch’s Flower
Based on the story “The Little Broomstick” by Mary Stewart, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is the first film from Studio Ponoc but in it’s DNA is a Studio Ghibli film. The director Hiromasa Yonebayash previously directed The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There and this film has that same kind of heart and visuals. This film feels like a mashup of When Marnie Was There, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Howl’s Moving Castle. This is the next era of animated films as a spiritual successor to the Ghibli dynasty.
Based on the children’s book “The Story of Ferdinand”, Ferdinand is about this large bull named Ferdinand who everyone expects to be this fighter but he doesn’t want to fight. It was a really fun little film. The voice cast was entertaining and had a lot of laughs. It was very enjoyable.
3.) The Greatest Showman
The Greatest Showman is based on the life of P.T. Barnum, who helped create and run one of the biggest circuses in the country. Ironic that the film released shortly after the Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down. Anyway, I liked the film. I’m usually hit or miss with musicals but this one I enjoyed. The songs fit the story & overall had a good story.
4) 12 Strong
Based on a true story, 12 Strong tells the story of the first military group that went to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban after 9/11. There’s a really strong cast that includes Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena & Rob Riggle. This was a really good film and enjoyed it a lot.
5.) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
A “sequel” (probably better to call it a spiritual successor) to the first Jumanji film, this one takes the Jumanji board game and turns it into a video game. Four teenagers find the game during detention and get drawn into the game and in order to get out have to break the curse and save Jumanji. Very funny film with good action sequences. It tells its own story while giving nods to the original film. Worth checking out.
6.) The Post
Based on the true story of the “Pentagon Papers” and the release of them to the media specifically involving the Washington Post newspaper. It was an okay film. They had a good cast that did a good job. It just wasn’t as compelling a film to me as other films set in that time period.
7.) The 15:17 to Paris
This film is based on the true story of three friends (played by their real life counterparts) who help stop a terrorist attack on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it looks at the event as well as the lives of the three friends growing up out in California. It was a good film. There was some editing that was kinda off at times but overall I enjoyed. For not being actors, the three guys did a good job.
8.) Forever My Girl
This film tells the story of a country music superstar who left his fiance at the altar 8 years prior who finds his way back to the same small town and trying to win back the heart of his ex as well as the daughter he never knew he had. It’s a nice film and for a romantic film it’s pretty good.
9.) Black Panther
The latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther continues the story of T’Challa, king of Wakanda and superhero Black Panther as he deals with ruling his people as well as dealing with the troubles that come from outside and inside. I thought this was a really great film. The humor in it was way better than the last MCU film Thor: Ragnarok because it wasn’t forced or wasn’t trying for humor every 5 minutes. The action was great (another great job by director Ryan Coogler) and overall told a really great story.
Total films seen overall with MoviePass: 23