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Yesterday is definitely a sleeper surprise, and I loved it! Imagining a world with the Beatles? It's a charming rom-com that plays on a blip in time where suddenly, bits of popular culture, including its music and films go missing! Hamish Patel is superb in his lead role as Jack Malik, well supported by Lily James and a great cast. My main criticism is the editing and the plot holes in the story telling. But overall, a lovely film. Enjoyed it.
I have a rating for films that are entertaining and enjoyable, but forgettable. I call that the "Popcorn" rating. It's a good barrel of fun, thanks to the great chemistry of the actors. But I'm really missing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones though. MIB International suffered from two big problems - a weak script that had way too many plot holes, and poor pacing. After a while, even the popcorn chokes you because the gags fall flat. Is this the end of the franchise? I think not. Just that they had better go back to the drawing board and make sure they have good scripts, and bring back director Barry Sonnenfeld, and actors Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones too. I love great eye candy, but I prefer a well written and well directed story. Please.
I was blown away by Toy Story 4 - amazed by the creativity and depth of the storytelling, and the brilliance of the animation. It's simply beautiful and must not be missed. I can't think of a better conclusion to Woody's story arc, which is deeply moving. It's funny yet scary, childlike yet philosophical, light yet deep -- all at the same time. You can't help but emphathize with the existential crisis of a toy - one day beloved, next day trash and start questioning your purpose of life! Brilliantly told and executed, thanks also to having a great cast of voice actors, including Tom Hanks. Seriously, WOW! Please, Disney. Start working on Toy Story 5. And make sure it's the same scriptwriters. Love them to bits.
Spiderman: Far From Home did not disappoint! It's so good that I have watched it three times so far, and not one bit bored. What I love about Tom Holland's portrayal of Spiderman is how he perfectly captures this coming of age as a teenage superhero - of loss and love, of despair and hope, of betrayal and trust. Kudos to the scriptwriters and the director for creating a teen universe that is relatable - thanks to an excellent cast that carries sub-themes of friendships, support, shared secrets, competition, and angst, weaving each idea magically into this well directed film - complete with action, story telling and of course, romance. Love the lightness and humour that threads through the tough growing up lessons that Peter Parker is not spared either. The post-credits were shockers, and raises the intensity for the Spiderman character as he matures into a young adult. Sure feels more like the beginning of the next chapter of more universes than the ending of the previous one. Can't wait!
This is one of the few Disney films that I hated. Dumbo was long winded and self indulgent - sorry to say, very much what I would expect from a Tim Burton film. It was way too messy and boring.