Continuing my quests to log (and briefly review) all the films I watch in 2017, here are my thoughts on the 16th and 17th films in the series: The Lego Batman Movie and War on Everyone.
YOF2017 #16 | The Lego Batman Movie
I originally posted a fll (if short) review of this over at Fake Geeks. You can check that out here.
In short, I found The Lego Batman Movie to be a fun hour and a half or so. There’s plenty of gags, references and quips (relating to the older entries in the Bat franchise and to science fiction in general) to keep adults invested.
YOF2017 #17 | War on Everyone
Now this was a film that flew under the radar last year (despite managing to watch an astronomical amount of 2016 releases, I didn’t make it to this one).
However, thanks to my fellow Geeketeer Simon (aka MelmanPringles to you YouTubers), I had the pleasure of watching this the other week.
This black comedy / buddy cop film divided opinion (4/5 in Rolling Stone, 1/4 at rogertebert.com etc). For me, whilst the humour can miss a little at times, it nails it a lot more often than not.
It’s also worth pointing out how good the cast is too – it’s like a whose who of underated talented. Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood, What Maisie Knew) has been a favourite of mine for a while, and Michael Peña (End of Watch, Ant-Man) has impeccable comic timing that Hollywood is seemingly only now really realising. Theo James (The Divergent Series, The Inbetweeners Movie) is entertaining in a one-dimensionally written antagonist role, and Tessa Thompson (Selma, Creed) is solid in support.
It’s been a quiet year so far, but I’m hoping to ramp up the film watching over March – April time. I shall report back soon with more thoughts.