Mini reviews of the movies I watched this summer

At the beginning of summer I posted my summer bucket list, and the first item on that list were to watch the new movies coming out. There were four specific ones I had my eye on, and I ended up watching three of them, but the only reason I didn’t watch the last one was because it was rated R.

Incredibles 2 (watched June 23)

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Rating: PG
Length: 2h 5min
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

What I liked:
– The characters in this movie weren’t perfect. For example:
Violet isn’t awkward in a funny or cute way, she’s just awkward awkward.
Voyd’s in the process of learning how to use her powers. She also completely fangirls over Elastigirl.
Elastigirl has a lisp.
Mr. Incredible struggles with his feelings of jealousy and happiness towards his wife for being the one who gets to be in all the action and do all the missions. And of course, he has difficulty taking care of the kids.
– I appreciate that this movie passed the Bechdel test, which is when two women in a movie or book talk to each other about something other than guys. I’m specifically talking about that conversation between Elastigirl and Evelyn. It also felt like the people making the movie deliberately made sure to do include it too because the pace of that scene didn’t match the rest of the movie.

Now, a “quick” story.

I went to go see this with my friend, my friend’s younger brother, and my two family friends who were visiting. While we were standing in line, one of the family friends really didn’t want to watch some “kids’ movie” and tried to convince everyone to switch.

I told him he could go watch Oceans 8, which was playing at a similar time, and that it was about a heist. He jumped at the chance to get out of watching Incredibles. Then, at the last second, he completely backtracked when he realized the robbery was organized by a bunch of middle-aged women. (You can’t see, but writing this made me roll my eyes.) He reluctantly ended up watching Incredibles 2 with everybody else.

During the movie, I heard him laughing so I could tell he was entertained, but I still did not expect the review he gave afterwards. As we were walking to the car and having the usual post-movie conversation, the same guy who made a huge deal about not wanting to watch Incredibles 2 said something along the lines of, “Dude, that movie was so good. It made me want to be a better person. I would totally give it a 100% rating.”

At first I thought he was being sarcastic, but then I realized he was serious. (I’m rolling my eyes again.) As for my other family friend who didn’t make a fuss at all, he gave it a significantly lower rating. I don’t remember exactly what the number was, but I think it was around sixty. 

Ant-man and the Wasp (watched July 8)

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Rating: PG 13
Length: 2h 5 min
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

What I liked:
(Warning: I watched Ant-man recently too, so I might have mixed some stuff up.)
– The villains weren’t evil and the good guys weren’t perfect.
– Scott’s relationship with his daughter Cassie is so good. That cardboard playground thing he built for her in the very beginning? Amazing.
– I like Scott Lang in general. There’s the card tricks, the drum playing, the jokes, and his friends, but my favorite thing about him is that he’s a normal guy. Most of the other Avengers are people you would expect to be superheroes: Tony’s a genius, Dr. Strange is meant for the mystic arts, Thor’s an actual god (and worthy on top of that), Captain America and Bruce Banner and Scarlet Witch (and Quicksilver) have received scientific help, et cetera. Then there’s Ant-man, who’s just trying his best.

And finally, I can’t not talk about THAT SECOND END CREDIT. What. In. The. World. When the period turned into a question mark? Aghghghgh.

Eighth Grade 

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Maybe I’ll watch it some day. I heard it was good though.

Crazy Rich Asians (watched August 31)

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Rating: PG 13
Length: 2h 1m
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

What I liked:
This is not a comprehensive list because a) I can’t remember everything and b) it would be way too long.
– The mahjong game
– The dumpling making party
– Rachel in general: can we eat the dumplings after?, Rachel with her mom, Rachel with her best friend (I don’t know what her name in the movie is, but I do know her stage name in real life is Awkwafina. I read an interview of her in an airplane magazine.), Rachel with Astrid
– Nick using Rachel’s Netflix account
– The jokes: no swerving- bawk bawk, Awkwafina and Kerry during the dresses scene
– The little things that felt so very familiar: Rachel’s mom packing her food in the Tupperware containers for the trip, red as a lucky color
– Astrid (who is also going to be in the Captain Marvel movie!)
– The lady on the airplane scene near the end
– The end credit scene

My friends and I are planning to watch this again after it comes out on Netflix/Amazon/Youtube so we can have the freedom to make all the comments we want on it.

Also, I know there’s already been a lot written about how important this movie is, so I’m going to keep this short. The feeling I get about this movie isn’t deep or profound, but it does mean something to me, and not in a small way either. I am glad it exists.

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What’s something on your summer bucket list that you either completely finished or utterly did not?
Did you watch any of those four movies? If so, you’re not allowed to say yes without mentioning what you thought about it.
What upcoming movies are you excited for?
For me, it’s The Hate U Give (October 19). Ralph Breaks the Internet (November 21). The Marvel movies (Captain Marvel, AVENGERS 4, Spider-man: Far From Home), but those aren’t coming out for a bit. Oh, and apparently Venom (October 5 this year) might be a Marvel movie? Interesting.

WAIT, there’s an adaptation of Unbroken coming out December 25?? Whaaat? If you haven’t heard of Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand, it’s a book about a man’s incredible journey through the Olympics, World War II, and after. It’s so good. She also wrote Seabiscuitwhich is also very good and has its own movie adaptation already.

Well, this is exciting. Quick recap for movies that I want to see this fall:
October 5: Venom– actually this one is only a maybe. And I’m also getting Deadpool vibes for this one, as in I feel like it might get rated R.
October 19: The Hate U Give
November 21: Ralph Breaks the Internet
December 25: Unbroken

22 thoughts on “Mini reviews of the movies I watched this summer”

    1. AHHH YES. Crazy Rich Asians was so great.
      OH my goodness, yes I have! Ahh, it was so cute. Have you heard about the movie coming out at the end of this year made by the same production company that stars Noah Centineo and Laura Marana (Austin and Ally)? I’m hoping it will be as good.
      Thank you!

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  1. I WATCHED THE SAME MOVIES!!! I really wanted to watch Eighth Grade because the trailers looked so good and seemed like they reflected the awkwardness in middle school well. I did get to see Incredibles 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Crazy Rich Asians and ADORED all of them. I cannot wait for a sequel to Crazy Rich Asians because THAT END CREDITS SCENE MADE ME WANT TO SCREAM. But in the best possible way 😀

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

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    1. AHHH YOU DID?? THAT IS AWESOME. I was more persuaded to watch Eighth grade by the thoughts people gave after they watched it than by the trailer- I think because it looked pretty different from my eighth grade experience. YES, I am so glad you liked all of those movies too. I KNOW RIGHT. The end credits of Crazy Rich Asians and Ant-man and the Wasp both made me want to do that- actually, maybe not in the best possible way for the second one.

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  2. Ahh, I love this post! I haven’t seen any of these movies, but I really wanted to see Incredibles 2, I just didn’t get around to it. That’s a very interesting story about your family friend, haha.😂I’ve never heard of the Bechdel test, but now I’m always going to be looking out for it. The only movie I watched this summer (in theatres) was Mamma Mia 2, which being the musical obsessed person I am, was amazing.

    I can’t wait for The Hate U Give! It comes out on my birthday, which is kind of cool, though I have dance all night so I can’t watch it then. Maybe a couple days after I will!

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    1. Thank you! Ooh, I hope you get around to watching Incredibles 2 at some point. Hahaha yes, I agree. It’s an interesting thing to look out for, isn’t it? Ha, I love that both you and Em mentioned Mamma Mia 2 as both the only movie watched the summer (in theatres) and how good it is.

      Me too! Ahh, that is way more than kind of cool- that’s so exciting. I’m hoping to watch it a few days after it comes out too.

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  3. Ooh I didn’t know Unbroken was going to be made into a movie! The book was so good…
    I somehow haven’t seen Incredibles 2 yet (even though I’ve watched the first movie so many times) but I’m excited to watch it (eventually…) I want to see/read Crazy Rich Asians- I’ve heard it’s so good…the only new movie I watched this summer was Mamma Mia 2 which was AMAZING…

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    1. Yes, I didn’t know either until I was writing this post! I KNOW right. Have you read Seabiscuit too?
      Haha, I’m the opposite with the first Incredibles. It IS so good. I’ve also heard there might be a second Crazy Rich Asian movie coming out! Oooh yes, I’ve heard good things about that movie.

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      1. We watched part of the movie in 8th grade history class because we were doing presentations on famous people in the mid 1900s, and Seabiscuit was one of them, haha. It’s so good though, I think you might like it, especially since you liked Unbroken. And then there’s The Boys in the Boat, which 1) also in that amazing storyteling non-fiction style, 2) my second favorite book of all time, and 3) a book I just can’t help telling people about.

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