The format for these weekend film posts feel like the need a bit of work so I’m going to try some things out over the next while. I watched a couple of things this week so I did a bit of a round up. In the order I watched them…
Love and Monsters (2020)
Enjoyable but forgettable. It stars Dylan O’Brien, who I know from the Maze Runner films and quite like. It’s been long enough since the height of YA apocalypse stuff for this to feel fun and it has a nice dog in it.
This film was ruined on me before I watched it because I didn’t really want to see it in the first place. It turned out to be better than I’d expected. It’s unsettling and fairly creepy. I went on my phone for parts of it but sometimes that’s the type of film you need.
Palm Springs (2020)
Probably my favourite thing I watched this week. That’s very subjective, not necessarily the best, but it is the film I enjoyed the most. It’s a classic Groundhog Day, reliving the day story line, but it’s great fun. Andy Samberg is a very likeable dude. I don’t remember seeing Cristin Milioti before but she has great chemistry with Samberg. It’s funny and silly but it’s also sweet. The time loops set up some good gags, there’s some great dancing and some good testing of the limits of the loop. Definitely worth a watch.
Promising Young Woman (2020)
Promising Young Woman is an odd one. It’s an intensely unpleasant story but a very likeable film. There are a couple of serious messages to the film about “nice guys”, attitudes to sexual assault and cancel culture but the tone of film is generally light and quite funny. Carey Mulligan is superb. Bo Burnham is surprisingly good. The casting in general is very well done. I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t go on, but there is a lot to discuss after watching it.