__Welcome to another collection of my thoughts on every movie I’ve seen within a certain period of time. These posts are irregular, so there’s no telling how long that time might be. In this case, my last “first impressions” post was over two months ago, on August 26th.
__If you’re familiar with these posts, I’m afraid this will be another lacklustre one, too. I recently started a course at the Galway Community College, so I’m more preoccupied with trying to write for the coursework than for these reviews. Plus, I’ve seen so many movies since I last checked in that I have neither the time nor the inclination to elaborate on all of them. So this will be another instance of me just copying and pasting the comments I post on Twitter, with each title being a link to its IMDb page if you’d like to know more.
__If it helps, some of these will be appearing on my list of the best and worst movies of the year, so I’ll be able to go into slightly more detail then.
__As always, our first category is what I’ve seen at the cinema.
__The Hitman’s Bodyguard (2017). The leads’ great chemistry and the slightly offbeat tone make this a bloody good time. My rating: 70%.
__American Made (2017). Well written and ever interesting, but its tone and pacing come off a little too light-hearted. My rating: 75%.
__The Drummer and the Keeper (2017). A well told story of an unlikely friendship that benefits both parties. My rating: 80%.
__American Assassin (2017). Its grounded tone and slick characters seem promising at first, then it devolves into clichés. My rating: 65%.
__Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). Recaptures some of the magic of the first one, but tonally it’s all wrong. My rating: 65%.
__Mother! (2017). I don’t know what the fuck Darren Aronofsky was trying to pull with this, but I want no part of it! My rating: 45%.
__Wind River (2017). Part murder mystery, part character journey, all hard-hitting and backed by exceptional music. My rating: 80%.
__The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017). Not nearly enough wit or character to obscure its derivative nature, resulting in tedium. My rating: 45%.
__The Mountain Between Us (2017). Uninteresting characters make it largely mediocre, but the ending is a further step down. My rating: 55%.
__Blade Runner 2049 (2017). Almost as poignant and cerebral as the first one, but unnecessarily long and slow-paced. My rating: 70%.
__The Snowman (2017). Tries to be a horror/murder mystery, but fails at both, resulting in an insipid snoozefest. My rating: 40%.
__Thor: Ragnarok (2017). A good continuation of Thor’s adventures, but I did not appreciate the comedic approach. My rating: 65%.
__Now, normally I’d divide the movies I rent on DVD and the miscellaneous movies I watch on the side into separate categories. However, since moving to Galway, I no longer have access to anywhere that offers DVD rentals, so I have to find other ways to go about watching those movies. Therefore, every movie I haven’t seen at the cinema will henceforth be grouped into one section.
__John Wick (2014). The action scenes are competently shot, but the tone, story and characters never won me over. My rating: 60%.
__Flatliners (1990). A middling movie: overwritten and overacted dialogue, but some good ideas showcased in the second half. My rating: 50%.
__The Bye Bye Man (2017). Boring characters, boring story, boring attempts at scares – it’s just boring all around. My rating: 35%.
__Going in Style (2017). Just what I expected: an unremarkable crime caper that’s inoffensive enough not to get mad at. My rating: 60%.
__Sleepless (2017). A thriller so overwhelmingly dull that it’s like it’s aware of how derivative it is. My rating: 35%.
__Colossal (2017). A just plain bizarre movie that starts out promising before turning into something entirely different. My rating: 55%.
__A Cure for Wellness (2017). Overlong and frequently derivative, it’s neither scary nor particularly thrilling. My rating: 45%.
__John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017). It bored me to tears; I was even less invested than I was in the first one! My rating: 45%.
__My Name Is Lenny (2017). A rather pedestrian biographical drama with a puzzlingly overacted lead performance. My rating: 55%.
__The Void (2017). After a promising start, it takes a sharp turn into perplexing nonsense halfway through. My rating: 50%.
__Beauty and the Beast (2017). A pathetic, almost note-for-note copy that only reminds me how much better the original was. My rating: 20%.
__T2 Trainspotting (2017). It’s the rare long-delayed sequel that works, because the passage of time is a key driving force. My rating: 80%.
__The Boss Baby (2017). Not a fan of the plot or the animation, but it’s generally harmless and often quite funny. My rating: 50%.
__Free Fire (2017). Consistently holds tension fairly well, but its impact is lessened by all the dreaded shaky cam. My rating: 65%.