Love, Simon (2018)

5aaace669b89eMarch 2018   Ι   1h 50min   Ι   Greg Berlanti

Simon is just a normal teenage boy with a happy family and fantastic friends, but he has a secret. He’s gay. He starts emailing with Blue, whose secrets they both share. Trying to hide a secret is however not the easiest, especially not when Simon is being blackmailed.

This, if anything, is such a lovely movie. I truly enjoy the feel good movies and Love, Simon is just in that category. For being a quite normal and often mentioned topic, I have to say that I have not very often seen “coming out” movies. Tv-series, a lot, but not really movies. I believe that’s a reason why this movie really got me as well, because it didn’t feel like a “oh haven’t we seen this a billion times”.

The main character Simon is quite normal, with a dreamy family we all wish for and amazing friends. There is actually not a lot of things that makes this character special or unique (rather than being homosexual, which I would say is not too special or unique but rather just human). The actor Nick Robinson did a great job in my eyes and I think all the characters and the story in general presented something of a reality most of us can relate to, and that’s just lovely.

There are a lot of cheesy scenes and the end is beautiful but the fact that a group of teenagers is cheering on Simon while his night and shining armor may or may not ride in is just a bit too cheesy, or very romantic, who knows. Either way, this movie is absolutely lovely and it’s definitely worth watching at least once.

My rating: 7.5/10 



Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

shareimageDecember 2017   Ι   1h 59min   Ι   Jake Kasdan

Four teenagers finds themselves trapped in a video game as different characters and the only way to get back to the real world is if they play the game, and win. It’s however not that easy when you don’t really like each other and when there’s an evil guy who’s trying to hunt you down. Players, are you ready?

When I first saw the trailer to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle I had such high hopes for this film but oh was I proven wrong. It felt so promising with a story that would take you to a cool environment, a fantastic cast and just the over all comedy that was provided in the trailer. I have to say that the cast were great with Jack Black, who was probably my favorite, Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan. I mean these are four actors that I adore and that’s a reason why I thought this movie would be great.

I feel like the thing that went wrong was the story. What sounded like a promising story with a lot of action and comedy turned out to be a bit of a mess and even if the story was quite eventful, I found it to be boring. It was also very very predictable. So you are provided with three lives, guess how many each character is going to have at the end of the movie. You probably guessed it right.

The visuals were there, the comedy was there most of the time, the story did sound quite intriguing, the cast is amazing, but it did not reach that point of excitement and entertainment. It’s overall a quite good movie, I just thought it would be a tad better.

My rating: 6/10


A Futile And Stupid Gesture (2018) – Stuff And That Guest Review

He’saback! Unfortunately some would say… but not me! Love it here. Thanks to ma grrl Renate for letting me have another crack at posting on her fantastic blog and I’ll be linking to my homeblog below if ya like what ya read.

Milo here.

A new release on Netflix, A Futile And Stupid Gesture chronicles the humble beginnings of National Lampoon magazine, which soon went on to influence American comedy in a huge way, bringing irreverent and dark humour to the US masses — and then onto produce smash-hit movies like Animal House and Caddyshack. All of this is centred on Doug Kenney, the driving force behind it all, played by Will Forte (Nebraska, The Last Man On Earth).

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I enjoyed the film a reasonable amount I must say. Will Forte delivered a fine performance in the lead role, with his quick wit and sharp delivery coming in handy with the character study, as did Domhall Gleeson (Frank, Ex Machina), who almost topped his co-star with a much more reserved yet likeable performance. His deadpan expressions and ability to stretch a little further than Forte, dramatically, solidifies why he’s one of my favourite actors at the moment. That being said, some of the most enjoyable actors to watch were those playing Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, Jon Daly and Joel McHale respectively, as they managed to capture the unmistakable likeness of their characters brilliantly.

However, my main criticism of the film is the some of the really misjudged storytelling devices, including the use of Martin Mull to play a would-be present day Doug and narrate the story in a weird, fourth-wall breaking but also documentarian kinda way. It’s a really good idea too, but the execution was wonky to say the most and an odd choice for the movie, considering the context. I also wasn’t a fan of how many assumptions and liberties the filmmakers took with the story, especially the ending where *SPOILERS GUYS DON’T IF YOU HAVEN’T YA DIG??* it’s heavily implied the Doug killed himself when, in real life, it’s much more ambiguous *YA ALRIGHT NOW IT’S K*. I mean, yeah, they did admit the changed stuff in the story and even played it to comedic effect, but, as I’ve said many times before, just because you admit it doesn’t mean it’s excused, and I think A Futile And Stupid Gesture would’ve been more effective if it had just stuck with the original story — it’s wild enough at least.

Overall, Netflix’s A Futile And Stupid Gesture is a perfectly enjoyable way to explore the surface level of National Lampoon’s story, and is hopefully enough to inspire one to dig a little deeper, with an entertaining cast of performances and light tone. However, it’s pick-n-choose approach to the more biographical aspects of this film render it much less effective, as well as it’s wavering tone and pacing, which left me feeling disappointed.

My rating: 6.8/10

Thanks again to Renate, twas a pleasure indeed. And if you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out Stuff And That, we combine the writing power of two weak amateurs, questionable taste and an undying need for attention — I know, tempting, right?

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