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This director has a history of making incredibly heartfelt films that are big on making you feel things, and Mirai is definitely in keeping with this, but a little bit less so than before. While it certainly was big on the emotions and sentimentality, it didn't quite flow as well as his other films, with sort of a clunky narrative. The basic format is this young boy going to this magic tree in his yard (because anime) and each time he does seeing something from his families past or future. The problem is it sort of becomes formula. It's the type of thing I could see working nicely in a mini-series, but as a movie, it doesn't quite flow, and becomes a bit banal. Still, there are some really nice moments. I like the humanizing of his family dog, I liked him meeting his adult sister in the future, and the final sequence is genuinely emotional. It's a really nice movie that just doesn't quite stick the landing.
The movie that made Aquaman legitimate is well, let's be honest, it's godamn stupid is what it is. Essentially what we have here is sort of a live action anime. Laser sharks. We're dealing with laser sharks here people. And you know what? Sure, I'm okay with that. Yeah we got some of you're "where do I belong?" drama to keep us invested, but at the end of the day, laser sharks. It's big, it's dopey, it's loaded with CG, and honestly it's a lot of fun. It's stupid as hell, but it's a very self-aware sort of stupid. It's never trying to be anything more than exactly what it is. Jason Mamoa is clearly having the time of his life in the role, and that energy is actually kind of infectious. It's just good fun.
I love Godzilla movies. The Japanese original is one of the greatest movies ever made, the rest are consistently at least entertaining. This one, yeah, it's fun. It's not great, but it's Godzilla, and it's fun. They go much bigger with the number of fan monsters, and I enjoyed that, and even throw in some new ones. There isn't anything cinematically notable like there was in the last American film this time around though. That one had such a sense of scale to it, and this one it's really just a monster movie. But as far as monster movies go, it's a pretty good one. I wish there was more light during the monster fights, and for that matter I just wish there were more monster fights (despite what people are saying I don't think this is the non-stop monster brawl that's been advertised), but for what we got I enjoyed it. Look, I'm a simple man, you give me two giant creatures punching each other, I'm happy. This movie did that.
The first Happy Death Day was a refreshing new take on the slasher genre with an enjoyable lead actress and a fun dark humor. Not perfect, but fun, and I was actually looking forward to the sequel. What I can give this sequel is it's not a rehash, well, not in the traditional sense. While it does tread over familiar scenes, it does so with the time travel mechanic in sort of a Back to the Future 2 way that's actually quite fun. The plot itself, is brand new. However, it pretty much drops the slasher element for this weird overexplained sci-fi story that we didn't really need and a convoluted plot that even it can't seem to keep track of. I'm not even joking, besides kicking Tree back into the loop, the entirety of the first 20 minutes are completely inconsequential to the rest of the movie. There's even a few weird twists in the first act that seems to be completely forgotten about by end. The movie is ultimately kinda' forgettable. Literally, it's been a couple days since I saw it and honestly I can't even remember who the killer (killers?) actually ended up being this time around. Jessica Rothe as Tree is still a standout performance in this, managing to be really funny and actually pulling off some heartfelt moments too. It's passably entertaining, worth watching once if you liked the first, but it's nothing special.
Maybe my expectations were too high, hell I even loved The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the one in this franchise most people seem to agree is pretty mediocre. But this one just didn't do it for me as much. Is LEGO Movie 2 bad? No, not by a long shot. I still give a positive ranking, but only marginally, and I'm a bit harsher on it than usual just because of the precedent this franchise has set and just how far the ball has been dropped here. If this was where the franchise had started, I'd say it was better than expected for LEGO, but still not great if I'm being totally honest. It falls into a lot of that sequel fatigue of the same, but not as good. They explore different worlds, but only a couple, and they aren't as crazy or interesting as the first one. There's more about the connection between the Lego world and the human world, but after the mindf*** ending of the first this time it just doesn't feel as organic. Yeah there's a nice bit about sibling relationships, but overall the human element just comes out a little weird this time around and raises some bizarre questions. The biggest downer though is the comedy, in that it's just not as funny. The first Lego movie was outright hilarious. This one, at best, is chuckle-worthy. There were 2 or 3 decent laughs, but for the most part it just got small smiles out of me. Having said that, it's still charming and the animation is still absolutely gorgeous. The characters are all likeable, new and old, and kids will definitely love it. It's a shame that it's such a massive step down from the first one, but with the bar set so high even a step down is still a decent movie.