Welcome back to my 2019 movie rankings. If you missed it, you can find my previous post here:
Today I’m back with a few more movies that caught my attention in the build up to their various releases but, for one reason or another, I don’t foresee myself going back to watch them anytime soon. Sound fun? Great.
25. Yesterday (62/100)
It seems like musical biopics have been especially popular over the last few years. They’re not necessarily bad but it is becoming a stale way to work through an artist’s, or band’s, discography on the silver screen. So when Yesterday came up with a fresh way to work through the Beatles’ discography, I was pretty excited.
Unfortunately, what looked like a fun ride in the trailer is actually a bit more of a bummer than I was expecting. The main character spends a lot more time guilt-ridden than he does enjoying his unearned fame. They also tried to force the square peg through the round hole by trying to make this a romantic comedy at the same time. On top of that, it’s pretty clear no one had a great ending in mind when writing / filming this. The ending arguably raises more questions than it answers.
24. Ad Astra (68/100)
Ad Adstra? More like Sad Dadstra. Can’t take credit for that – I saw it somewhere.
Anyways, this is a real slow burn with a lot of subtleties and I can see how many people love it. For me, it just fell flat too often and was even kind of boring at times.
I will say though that I am shocked this didn’t receive more Oscar love – at least in some of the more technical categories.
23. Shazam! (70/100)
While many DC defenders will point to Shazam! as one of their several recently released “good movies,” I am not so sure it’s worthy of such praise. It’s a fine movie but it suffers from a clunky story and a weak villain. The most perplexing part of the movie for me, however, is the fact that Zachary Levi and Asher Angel, who both play the title character, act like two completely different people.
I know those are all negatives but it wasn’t all bad. I also had some fun watching this movie too.
22. Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (72/100)
Is this cheating? To be honest I’m not even positive this counts as a movie. Regardless, as someone who watched a ton of Batman and TMNT cartoons growing up, I absolutely had to watch this and it was exactly what I wanted! It felt like an extended crossover cartoon from yesteryear.
That’s all I’ve got for today. Have any thoughts on these movies? Leave them in the comments below and make sure to come back tomorrow for #21 – 17!