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)
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)
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.
Maybe I’ll watch it some day. I heard it was good though.
Crazy Rich Asians (watched August 31)
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.
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 Seabiscuit, which 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