Comfy seats, friends, popcorn, nachos, coca cola and sweets – these are just some of the things I love the most about the cinema.
There’s something so fun in seeing movies on the big screen, especially in Hungarian theaters which aren’t known for being particularly crowded. I don’t know about other countries, but if you are able to wait about a week to watch the movie, you’ll likely have no more than ten people in the room with you. Obviously, there are exceptions – like highly hyped movies – but generally, you’ll be able to talk and laugh with your friends without anyone shushing you.
The past few weeks had brought me three movies I was highly excited for, two hyped ones and one less known one, and of course I just had to see all of them at the theaters.
Look, I had my doubts going into this movie, especially after hearing about Tarantino butchering Bruce Lee’s portrayal, but my friend and I were both curious, and… *shrug* so we went. Well, they do say curiosity killed the cat, and mate, that’s an apt description of what happened to us. We were sat there, like:
I feel weird shit-talking Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, because it’s been incredibly well-received, and I don’t want to seem like I don’t understand “art“, but by god, I could not stand this movie. It was too long, too boring, too aimless, and I ultimately felt like I wasted nearly three hours of my life.
It wasn’t all bad, though! At first I was pretty interested in the career problems of the main character, played by DiCaprio, but that didn’t really lead up to anything concrete. This, by the way, is a pretty good description of the whole movie – it all feels very inconclusive. There are lots of interesting threads and characters, but neither the journey, nor the destination impressed me. The last approx. twenty minutes and the few scenes I found entertaining couldn’t possible make up for this, which means that Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood falls into the disappointment category.
I went to watch Ready or Not with mid-level expectations. To sum it up, I thought it’d be entertaining, but it’d ultimately fail to leave a huge impression on me – boy, was I wrong! Ready or Not is pure, mindless entertainment for those who can handle gore, and I was immersed in this story from the first minute until the last.
Despite how straight-forward the story seems at first – husband’s family is hunting down his new wife as a game, for yet unknown reasons – it packed quite a few punches, and it managed to me keep me invested all through. Yes, the plot is predictable, but it never takes itself too seriously, and so even the predictable and ridiculously silly scenes are fun to watch.
Despite being a horror comedy, the characters are solid – not terribly complex, no, but they are certainly enjoyable to watch. Our main character, Grace is particularly well-crafted, so I had an easy time rooting for her. This is probably the reason why I was 1000% invested all through – survival movies aren’t my cup of tea, but in this worked really-really well for me.
Before I start dragging it, let me be fair to It: Chapter 2 – this is an okay movie, with some damned good actors, fun and freaky scenes, and I (mostly) enjoyed watching it. Also, a fun fact: I went with a huge Stephen King fan, and she liked the movie far more than I did, so take my review with a grain of salt.
My first problem is that the trailer showed too much – it kept the plot hidden well enough, but it showed us some of the best scenes of the movie. For me Pennywise is, without a doubt, the best part of these movies, and nearly all of his scenes were shown in the trailer. This, of course, reduced the creepiness of the film, which is far from ideal in a horror movie.
To be frank, the first movie wasn’t particularly scary (to me) either – it had a few chilling scenes, of course, but it couldn’t hold a candle to horror movies I was actually scared of. Even so, It: Chapter 1 became an instant favorite because of the characters, their humor and the wonderful friendship between them. Somewhere along the way, though, the story lost its charm – the second movie didn’t deliver the same way the first did, and I found myself not quite loving the characters, or their friendship as much as I did back when they were kids.
Finally, I want to take a moment to mention my concerns and problems with the gay representation of the film. The movie opens with two men in a relationship having fun and discussing their future when they are verbally and physically assaulted by a bunch of anti-lgbtq+ folk. It’s a brutal scene – one I had to look away from – and I don’t believe it was necessary to include in the movie. I’ve heard that there’s more to this scene, to the anti-lgbtq+ hatred of the town in the book, but because that never made it into the movie, this scene should have been changed as well, in my opinion.
To make matters better, or perhaps worse, one of the main male characters is revealed to be attracted to men, but this is treated “dirty secret” (an actual quote from Pennywise). As the movie takes place in the 2010s, I feel this could and should have been better handled, and I wasn’t impressed by this representation. (Note: this character is not gay in the book, this was added by the creators of the movie.) Don’t let me convince you, though – here’s a positive take on the rep, and here’s a negative one.
Do you like going to the cinema, or would you rather watch a movie at home? Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think about the lgbtq+ rep in It: Chapter 2?