CGI facial hair and a Princess – It’s a Bug’s Life – 28/1/20

“It’s a Bug’s life’, the weekly post when I tell you what films we’ve watched both on our film Sundays and other parts of the week (I will talk about TV shows elsewhere). Please if you haven’t read the introduction page to this series go take a look that’s where you’ll learn the history of our sorely missed Bug.”

There are no spoilers for the films listed

A bit more viewing of the film kind for this week, on Tuesday and Wednesday we finished off the Night at the Museum films (which we started last week), much to both mine and my Wife’s surprise we had not seen the second one Battle of the Smithsonian (2009). I have had this happen before when you’re convinced you’ve seen a film then surprisingly discover you have not. It was sad to think the third film in this series Secret of the Tomb (2014) was Robin Williams last live action appearance in a film. I enjoy this series of films, the performances are all solid and they are a fun watch.

On Friday I decide to give The Godfather (1972) a whirl, I’ve not seen it in probably 15 years or more. There is not much you can say about it other than it is still a masterful film and a lesson in slow film-making for a lot of the newer film makers (you don’t need a cut every 2 seconds). I must make sure there is not such a long time between viewing again. On the same day we had a couple of films in the evening starting with Disney’s Tangled (2010) in my mind probably the best of the Disney princess type animations, well worth if just for Maximus the horse. We finished off the day with Suicide Squad (2016), I must admit I don’t get the hate that this film gets and I really enjoy it, I’m also looking forward to James Gunn’s sequel to it.

The following evening we finally watched Justice league (2017), I’ve actually been avoiding it due to the bad things I’d heard, and to be honest I must stop listening to things like that. Yes it has a few problems, the major one in my opinion is Stephenwolf does not really feel like a threat because of the lack of build up, but it was still enjoyable not a classic, but it will still appear on my watch list. We followed Justice league with Skyfall (2012) ,to continue our Daniel Craig 007 films we’ve been working through. I know it’s a lot of people’s favourite of the Daniel Craig Bond films, I really like it but as I’ve said before controversially Quantum of Solace is my favourite. I do always miss the lack of humour or lightness in these Bond films and hope one day they can get some of that back.

The final film of the week was a small Scottish film For those in Peril (2013). I had picked this up at a charity shop and thought we’d give it a go. Unfortunately almost immediately the film got me on the back foot. One thing I hate in films is depiction’s of animal cruelty that are needless, what I mean is scenes that don’t progress the plot or tell you anything new about the character, has no consequences and, hasn’t been shown in the film another way. I personally think including these scenes just normalises the idea of animal cruelty. The acting performances in the film are really strong but unfortunately what could of been an interesting exploration of grief and its affects got a little pretentious, with random shots of so called home movies that had no context which in the end left me cold. Visually it looks great but the script just didn’t work for me.

So that was our week, as always a varied bunch. I am excited for next week as we will finally be watching Joker so keep your eyes peeled and happy viewing.

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