Welcome back: This is part two of my series, where I return to review every single movie I have seen in October and November 2018. In Part 1 I focused on month of October, now let’s take a closer look on the month of November. Enjoy!
1) Halloween (2018)
The first movie I have seen in November was Halloween (2018) and I know that this movie was released in October, but I have seen it only in November. Before I start talking about the movie, I would like to say that I’m not a fan of the original Halloween franchise. I have seen the first two Halloween movies quite some time ago. So, Halloween (2018) is set forty years after the events of the original movie, Michael Myers is locked inside a sanitarium and Laurie Strode (Jaime Lee Curtis) is living in constant readiness for Myers return. Laurie also has the estranged family, that refuses to speak to her. But one night during Halloween, Michael escapes and starts killing again. And that’s the movie summed up. If there were not A Quiet Place (2018), this would be the worst horror movie I have seen in 2018. Halloween (2018) is such an uneven a movie, it tries to be funny, but at the same time it tries to be intense and in both cases fails quite badly. Halloween (2018) has some redeeming qualities John Carpenter’s new Halloween score is pretty great, Jaime Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode gives the best performance in the entire movie, direction is actually not bad and most importantly movie nailed the look of Michael Myers (which is hard if you have ever seen any previous Halloween movies). Perhaps the most disappointing thing about Halloween (2018) is that the movie for some reason focuses on teenagers (mostly Laurie’s granddaughter) and not Laurie, which is just a baffling decision, you know that many people just wanted to see Laurie.
So, Halloween is just a very uninteresting movie and if you want to see it for some gore and violence go for it, but I must warn you it’s quite tame: 4/10.
2) Bohemian Rhapsody
Queen and Freddy Mercury are absolute icons, even if you are not a fan of this group, I bet you can name a song or at least tell indefinite the songs, when they broadcast them on a radio. Before I start reviewing this movie, let me state this: “I am not an expert on Queen or Freddy Mercury, I read some articles before writing this review and that’s it. I also make some assumptions, that may or may be not true.” Bohemian Rhapsody follows Farrokh Bulsara/Freddy Mercury (Rami Malek) and the rest of the group from 1970 to concert Live Aid in 1985. If you decide to see Bohemian Rhapsody, you absolutely should just for the songs, they sound amazing and this is something Bohemian Rhapsody excels at, the movie looks and sounds amazing. Rami Malek as Freddy is very convincing and everyone else is also quite good. So, what is the problem you might ask? Well one of the problem is that the movie is very restrained and I would say that surviving band members are somewhat culprits of it. Movie is somehow afraid to portray anyone in negative light or at least show something controversial (doing drugs, drinking or anything). The other things that I really did not like, is that the movie has a PG-13 rating, like really? You are making a movie about a rock star in the seventies and eighties and you make it PG-13, that is just wrong. Movie also changes a lot from the actual events, like group formation and their “break up”.
Bohemian Rhapsody is a restrained and safe family movie about a rock star, afraid to offend anyone on a screen and that is something I can not support: 5/10.
3) Creed II
No matter what you think about Rocky franchise you should at least respect it, a franchise that against all odds exist and even more surprising is how consistent this franchise in its quality is. Creed (2015) was a decent soft reboot of the franchise with a new likable protagonist and also supporting cast and the main rival wasn’t a boss from a video game. Creed II is a sequel to that Creed (2015) and let me introduce to this amazing premise: “A boxer is doing really good after previous boxer movie now he is a champion, but he is defeated by giant douchebag boxer and also has to deal with some personal drama. After some intensive training and intensive monologing from boxer’s trainer, he defeats a douchebag boxer in a final fight.” If you have seen any Rocky movie (with the exception of the first one), you have seen Creed II, this is the most predictable I have seen this year. From a technical detail there is nothing to complain about, the acting is decent. For the last part I would like to address the villains of the movie Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the problem with them is that their motivation is actually likable and they are also quite likable, during the movie I wished that protagonist lost the final fight, it would introduce something new to the franchise instead of repetitive story line we all know. I bet there is going to be a Creed III and it’s going to be the same clichéd story.
I wouldn’t recommend Creed II to you, it’s a repetitive and predictable movie: 3/10.
To be continued in Part III…
Until than keep watching!