February 23

5-question film review: Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

Why did you go see this film?

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn was the absolute best thing about Suicide Squad and I thought this would be fun.

What was the best thing about it?

‘Awesome things about this film’ is a field with a lot of contenders but I’m going to say the fight choreography was so sharp and, more to the point, the way each character fought said a lot about their personality, which is rarely something I pick up in movies. (Only two I can think of in recent memory was Charlie’s Angels, 2019, and Ender’s Game, 2013.)

What was the worst thing about it?

Ewan McGregor. No, wait! I mean Ewan McGregor’s character, Black Mask. In a movie teeming with violence, the tabletop dance scene was probably the most horrific moment.

Who would you recommend go see it?

Do you like fantasy violence? Do you enjoy elaborate joke setups? Kickarse costumes? Jurnee Smollett-Bell in a denim top? Bad guys getting their butts smashed? This is the movie for you.

If this film was a car, what would it be?

It’s a stolen Batmobile but make it rainbow-coloured and driven expertly by a woman.

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January 23

5-question film review: Jumanji The Next Level

Why did you go see this film?

Saw Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and thought it was good fun. Also, my movie buddy loves The Rock. This is the same movie buddy who loves Colin Farrell.

What was the best thing about it?

Awkwafina does Danny de Vito, followed by Fridge’s reaction to cake.

What was the worst thing about it?

The amount of comedy eked from the body swapping gets a little tired after a while.

Who would you recommend go see it?

If you want some light fare with absolutely no nuance that features Karen Gillan pulling some funky moves then this is your movie.

If this film was a car, what would it be?

It’s the dune buggy you made from a golf cart that you’re going to zip around in for a short while until something better comes along.

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January 8

5-question film review: The Gentlemen

Why did you go see this film?

Have enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s other ‘gangster’ work. I don’t mind violent films that are comedy-leaning. Plus my bestest movie buddy loves Colin Farrell so we had to see it together.

What was the best thing about it?

Complex plot layers and interesting structure. Hugh Grant having the time of his life. Any scenes with younger characters (Colin Farrell’s milkbar scene, The Toddlers, the Aslan incident with the phones).

What was the worst thing about it?

The casual racism was not casual at all.

Who would you recommend go see it?

If you’ve enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s other work or other types of stylised, slightly ridiculous action comedy (plus you can put aside its sometimes grating racism), you should enjoy this.

If this film was an item of stationery, what would it be?

Stapler. It is kind of ridiculously complex for what is essentially a device that enables you to hold things together.

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