More random lockdown movies.
I started watching Happiest Season, a new Christmas romantic comedy with an LGBT central couple and an amazing cast.
But it was terrible, so I stopped that and watched…
Disobedience, a not at all Christmasy, not at all comedy and not very romantic movie with Rachel Weisz about her character going back to the hasidic jewish community from which she was previously expelled. It’s very serious and not very ‘fun’, but it’s well acted and written.
It has an interesting structure where it kinda reveals some plot points layer by layer. They aren’t exactly ‘twists’, but it doesn’t always foreshadow things at all.
Of course, the main plot point reveal is entirely revealed by every poster, trailer, thumbnail and dvd cover of the movie, so it’s kind of a moot point.
Good movie overall.
After that I went back and finished Happiest Season and it does get slightly better. I’m not sure it ever fully redeems itself.
It’s kinda inexplicable. It has a great cast, with people like Kristen Stewart, Mary Steenburgen, Victor Garber, Alison Brie, Dan Levy and Aubrey Plaza who I know can act and can be funny, but the acting is bad and it’s not at all funny. So I guess that must all be on the writing and directing. But even that is done by an apparently well respected person.
Kristen Stewart is o k, but only really Dan Levy and Aubrey Plaza are good, and they’re both very minor characters.
The plot seems to be going for a kind of Meet the parents style thing, but it doesn’t work because the entire family is horrible, even the supposed romantic lead (Mackenzie Davis) does horrible things, and the other romantic lead is just treated badly. Which isn’t very funny, or romantic, or Christmasy.
Of course, at the end (kinda spoiler if you can’t guess) they all become nice and everything is lovely… which is what is supposed to happen in xmas movies… but feels totally out of the blue and unearned here.
When I, and apparently a lot of the commenters on imdb, feel like your main lead should have run off with a different character, your romantic movie has a problem.
Didn’t rate Mackenzie Davis in this, but I did the thing I’ve been doing this year of looking up an actor or actress and then ending up watching something else by them. Which has lead to some weird places…
In this case it lead to Terminator: Dark Fate, which I’d meant to watch, been excited about, and then missed and completely forgotten about.
I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s a decent high-paced action ride without most of the dumb crap that bogged down the previous 3 movies in various ways. The new characters are cool, and Mackenzie Davis was pretty good in this.
If it has any weak points, it’s mainly that the returning characters aren’t as good. I love Sarah Connor, but in this it often felt like she was trying too hard to be badass. Arnie had no real reason to be there and his introduction was kinda dumb.
It’s also not remotely deep.
The cgi varies between great and shakey, but I quite like the ramped up speedy version of the terminator in this one.
I think others have said it’s the best since T2, which is damning with faint praise, but probably right.
Seems it bombed at the box office and the franchise is probably dead for a while… which is both a shame and also a blessing.