What a solid week of film viewing I’ve enjoyed. I actually didn’t see a bad film in the entire course of seven days. What a refreshing experience. You can read my review for Sully here, which surprisingly didn’t suck, and the other shows I viewed below.
I got caught up on the year’s third-highest grossing film with The Jungle Book early in the week. I wanted to like it a bit more, but it was still an impressive experience. The effects were astonishing, Idris Elba’s Shere Khan is worthy of George Sanders’, Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray are perfect for Bagheera and Baloo, and Christopher Walken is all the ridiculousness I could have ever hoped for as King Louie. I also got to see Hell or High Water again, this time taking my father, who also really enjoyed it. I realized that I had underestimated it. It’s one of the best films of the year, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it end up in my Top Ten come January. When it comes to home viewings, I managed to see Bridget Jones’ Diary, and Good God is that film charming. Zellweger and Firth knock it out of the park, and the writing, directing and soundtrack are all stellar. It’s even more impressive because I hate Pride and Prejudice, which the film is clearly copping. Meanwhile, I viewed Zulu for an article I’m working on for the future. It’s a very good movie, but I’m a little irritated because it was very nearly one of the greats, and could have been if they’d cut just a few minutes. What a shame. And finally, I saw Midnight Special, one of the more acclaimed films of the year. It was fine, if not a little overrated. It really gets going twenty minutes in, and the finale is thrilling. However, the pace is soooooooo slow, it’s hard to become properly invested.
Television wise, more of the same. I caught some reruns of Modern Family and Home Improvement, and caught some reruns of Roseanne and Will and Grace, two very funny sitcoms that I’ve sorely missed in my life. I also caught the second episode of You’re the Worst, as well as the pilot of Atlanta, both of which were highly entertaining, if not highly dark.
What about you guys? Watch anything good in the past week? You can leave your answers in the comments.