What I Watched, What You Watched #137

Happy Gobble Gobble Week, everyone! We’re entering great movie week, and I have been celebrating accordingly. Since I won’t be reviewing it officially, I’ll have a breakdown of my trip to the theater to see Downton Abbey a little later in this write-up. But in terms of reviews, I had the opportunity to see The Irishman in a movie palace this past week. I won’t spoil my review (scheduled for tomorrow, unless it needs a little more time), but I will say it is always astonishing to watch a master do his work.

As for Downton Abbey, I was kind of set up for failure from the get-go. I’ve only ever seen the pilot episode of the beloved British series, and vaguely knew that Dan Stevens got his start on the program. Thankfully, I managed to figure out the characters and their relationships rather quickly. As for the film itself, it is every kind of film I hate: one where there are no stakes and it’s just a bunch of rich people wondering if something good happening to them will actually be good (it basically recreated Meet Me In St. Louis but sucked out everything that made that an enjoyable film). But that being said, it is hard to diminish the craft of the overall production. The performances were all strong, the production design glorious, and the score properly bombastic. It is, at the end of the day, objectively a movie. As for the Parental Marvel Marathon, we continue our trek to the end as this week brought Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp. Ironically, both parents enjoyed Infinity War more than I did, finding the blend of genres and heroes to be impressively executed. That said, my father hated the CGI and my mother hated the deaths (“deaths”) of Loki and Spider-Man. Thankfully, they were uplifted by Ant-Man and the Wasp, which somehow miraculously became both of their favorites thus far in the Marvel Marathon. Drawn to the comedy and cast chemistry, the warmly received palate cleanser is a surprise Top Five contender for both their lists.

On TV, things have been pretty mild on my end. My DVR missed It’s Always Sunny, and South Park was in reruns after their controversially bad episode last week, so I stuck to two comedy staples: Rick and Morty and Saturday Night Live. I really dug Morty this week and it’s Taika Waititi-featuring, darkly comedic episode, while Saturday Night Live turned in one of its best episodes yet, thanks to stronger writing, a ton of guest performers, and a very game Will Ferrell as host. In fact, I’d wager it was their best episode of this season, maybe even 2018. Oh, and I watched the major football games yesterday, including Arizona State’s upset over Oregon, the back and forth nature of Ohio State-Penn State, and Michigan’s dominance of Indiana. Solid day for football.

That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched! I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you all later this week for some 2019 wrap-ups, reviews, and updates on Oscar contenders like 1917 and Little Women. In the meantime, let me know in the comments what you think of the shows I’ve been watching, as well as what shows you’ve been watching. See you soon!

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