This month it’s the 2nd edition of “Movies Watched this Month” aka MWM. Hope you’ll like it and as usual, use the comment section if you want to share your thinking about these movies.
“Sully” was directed by Clint Eastwood, released in December 2016 and starring Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and Tom Hanks as Sullenberger. It is inspired by the emergency landing of the US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, and by Sully’s autobiography “Highest Duty”. This heroic act has permitted to save the lives of all 155 aboard. The movie received positive reviews from critics and has good ratings all over the internet. The American Film Institute selected it as one of its ten “Movies of the Year”. However, the film was subject to controversy because of its portrayal of the US National Transportation Safety Board. Fun fact: Several major airlines, including American Airlines and British Airways, decided not to screen the movie within their onboard entertainment; Virgin, however, did show the film.
I particularly found this movie interesting by the way the story is handled, it’s showcasing the extraordinary professionalism of an aircraft pilot facing danger and extreme stress with 155 lives to save. It shows all the psychological aspects of what Sully had to face during the flight landing and after during the hearing at The National Transportation Safety Board who claims that several confidential computerized simulations show the plane could have landed safely at the airport without engines.
Also, Tom Hanks is one of my favorite actors and did a great job portraying Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. I think it might be one the best performances of his career yet and Clint Eastwood has a great part in it by his direction.
I give it an 8/10
Cast Away (2000)
“Cast Away” was released on December 22, 2000, it’s an American epic survival drama film and it was directed and produced by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks. The movie is about a FedEx employee who after his plane crashed in the South Pacific has to survive on an uninhabited island using remnants of his plane’s cargo and trying to get away from the island.
As I told you Tom Hank is one of my favorite actors and this movie is also one of my favorite movies. I was young when I first watched it and watching “Sully” gave me the urge to watch “Cast Away” maybe because it’s the same actor and also a movie about a flight crash! One thing for sure never travel with Tom Hanks in a plane you never know what could happen! More seriously this movie is a masterpiece and was a critical and commercial success! “Cast Away” and Tome Hanks were nominated for a lot of awards and won the 6th Critics’ Choice Awards for the Best Inanimate Object and the 58th Golden Globe Awards for the Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
I give it a 10/10
Assassin’s creed (2016)
“Assassin’s Creed” is an adaption of the video game franchise of the same name. It’s an action adventure film directed by Justin Kurzel. It was released on December 21, 2016, and received negative reviews from critics.
The plot of the movie is based on a company, Abstergo, that came up with a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories, the main character Callum Lynch is able to relieve the memories of his ancestor, Aguilar de Nerha, in 15th Century Spain. Callum found out he’s descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and Templars, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
I’m not familiar at all with the game franchise “Assassin’s Creed”, I just know it by name and watched some videos of the gameplay but I never played any Assassin’s Creed games. So I can’t compare it to the games and my critic is only based on the movie itself. For me, this film is a typical “Pizza Movie”, something you want to watch when you have time to kill while eating a pizza. The story is interesting but not captivating and not fascinating. I think the only reason this movie was released was to surf on the hype of the video games to make money outa it and attract people with the aim to make them discover the video game franchise and create more players for the games in order to generate more revenue from this franchise.
I give it a 5/10
“Logan” is a 2017 American superhero movie featuring the famous Marvel Comics character Wolverine played by the well known Hugh Jackman. “Logan” is produced by Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, and The Donners’ Company, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film is inspired by “Old Man Logan” from Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. “Logan” was directed by James Mangold the same guy that directed the previous movie about Wolverine: “The Wolverine”.
The story takes place in the year 2029 after the “Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters” was destroyed. We meet an old sick and drunk Logan who has his healing factor faltered due to his highly advanced age and who have a hard time to extend his adamantium claws during a street fight, the same metal that is poisoning him. Logan now works as a limo chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away in the desert. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. In order to make her free from sinister figures working for a powerful corporation that creates powerful DNA modified mutant to use them as weapons.
“Logan” is touching, funny and sad at the same time. Watching this movie is like undergoing a hurricane of feelings! And it’s, for me, the best Wolverine movie. It’s heartbreaking to know this movie will be the last one where Wolverine will be played by Hugh Jackman and Charles Xavier by Patrick Stewart both made the X-Men saga successful. And as many critics said this movie was the best way to say goodbye to our two X-Men!
Living in France, I wasn’t very familiar with Marvel comics books but I try to catch up 😉. I discovered the X-Men thanks to the animated series. The first time I’ve ever meet the X-Men it was when I was a little boy watching the animated series “Spider-Man” there was a cross-over with the X-Men and Spider-Man. Later when I was a teenager I was a huge fan of the animated series “X-Men Evolution”, the best anime adaptation ever of the X-Men! And I have to confess I still love it and I recently watched the entire series. It made me realized that the X-Men movie saga and the animated series “X-Men Evolution” complement each other. You’re gonna say it’s normal because they’re both inspired by the comics books but the movie saga explains a lot of things that the anime barely address like the origin of Phoenix in the early movies where in X-Men Evolution you just learn about her at the very end of the last episode. Sometimes you have the feeling the animated series was created after the movie even if it’s the contrary. For example, X-23 aka Laura in the animated series the character looks a lot like the actor in the movie. Don’t know if they cast her for this reason or if it’s just a coincidence.
I give it a 10/10
Fast and Furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious (2017)
“The Fate of the Furious” (aka “Fast & Furious 8” or “Fast 8”, or “F8”) is an American action film directed by F. Gary Gray. It is the 8th movie in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars almost all the characters from the saga, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges.
The story takes place after “Fast7” when Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the team and the rest of the crew has found a semblance of a normal life. But one day, a mysterious woman trapped Dom into the “dark side” and he’s gonna have to betrayal his family and friends. Dom and his crew will have to face each other and find a way to go over it and travel all across the planet, from Cuba to New York City to the icy plains of the arctic Barents Sea to stop an anarchist from creating chaos on Earth thanks to nuclear weapons and massive spying software…
It was one movie too many, I mean “Fast and Furious 7” was already giving this feeling of let’s roll the “Fast and Furious” machine and earn a lot of money but at least it could be the movie that ended the saga with a great and touching ending by giving a tribute to Paul Walker who died. But this “episode” is just a WTF film! It looks like the Expendables movies, a meeting of big muscles friends and hot chicks who gathered to make a movie with nice cars a lot of explosions. The story is okay, the cars are nice but the franchise has run out of steam. Most of the time I was like okay this scene is totally impressive but it’s too much like when the bad girl hacks a lot of cars remotely thanks to their auto-pilot system and creates a rain made out of cars in the street.
I give it a 6/10
Now You See Me (2013)
Released in May 2013 this American heist thriller movie was directed by Louis Leterrier a French Director who also directed The Incredible Hulk and the two first Transporter films. The movie is starring good actors I’m thinking of Jesse Eisenberg who did a tremendous job in the movie “The Social Network”, Isla Fisher who played in The Great Gatsby, Mark Ruffalo who is Hulk in the Avengers and The Hulk and I don’t forget Morgan Freeman one of the best Hollywood actors! It was a box office success even if the film had received mixed reviews when released. “Now You See Me” won the Favorite Thriller Movie at the People’s Choice Awards in 2014 and was also nominated for the Empire Award for Best Thriller and the Saturn Award for Best Thriller Film and Best Music.
The movie starts with four magicians that received mysterious invitation cards to go to an unknown address with a lot of jigsaws inside and one year after they became the Four Horsemen a “band” of illusionists who are holding a sold out show in Las Vegas in where they’re gonna rob a real bank in France. From here the FBI agent Dylan Rhodes and the French Interpol agent Alma Dray will run after them to catch them.
I’d qualify “Now You See Me” as magical! You’re watching a thriller but it feels more like an illusionist show in Vegas.”The closer you look, the less you see” this quote perfectly sums up the movie. Every time you’re expecting something to happen because you thought you have understood everything, something else happens. You’re captivated from the beginning to the very end! Often when I’m watching a movie I’m doing something else at the same time, especially when I know the film is directed or produced by a French guy because besides Luc Besson movies the others are so so. But this time I couldn’t, the movie caught all my attention! The only downside: the awful French accent of Mélanie Laurent! I’m bilingual but I had very hard time to understand her even when she was speaking French 😂. I think she was asked to force her French accent to please the American viewers who expect French to speak English with a “butter cutting accent”, French saying to say a “f**k god damn strong accent”.
I had this film for a long time now on my shelf I didn’t watch it before and it’s partly due to the fact I didn’t watch the trailer before and also because of the dull cover! Come on it’s something I could do with Pixelmator on my computer.
The movie has a sequel released in 2016, I plan to watch it soon and I hope it’s as good as this one!
I give it an 8/10