King Arthur Legend of the Sword
Throughout Legend of the Sword, it’s clear that director and co-writer Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) was not the right person for the film. His style, comedy, and editing (especially the editing) just don’t fit with the story of King Arthur. This is really a shame, because the cast could portray their characters amazingly in a better film. This film was intended to be the first in a series of six, or potentially even eight films. If this is an indication as to what we can expect in the sequels (should they go forward), then I don’t have high expectations for them.
With only a 90-minute run time, Sleight moves along rather quickly. JD Dillard’s debut makes the most of its $250,000 budget, and the visual effects are quite impressive regardless of the minimal budget. The film showcases how great of an actor Jacob Latimore can be, as well as the rest of the cast. The ending seems a bit anticlimactic, however overall, it doesn’t detract much from the film.
Guardians of The Galaxy Vol 2
Vol 2 continues Marvel’s winning streak, but it isn’t as fresh as the first film. Some of the humor in the film feels a bit forced and derivative of the first film. On top of that, some characters (both new and old) feel as if they were written to be annoying. Thankfully, other characters continue to be worth investing in, and a few (such as Michael Rooker’s Yondu) get more well deserved screen time. This movie also proves to be one of the rare Marvel films with a great villain (though I won’t spoil who that is).
10 years after Prometheus and nearly 20 years before the original Alien, Alien Covenant focuses on the crew of the Covenant discovering a signal on a rogue planet, that also happens to house the Xenomorphs that we all know and love. The biggest problems with Covenant are spoiler related, so let’s just say it really messes with the continuity of the series. It also feels like two different films (a Prometheus sequel and a straightforward Alien film) were mashed together, which really hurts the tone of the film. And while the creatures do look good up close, the CG feels very rubbery. That said, it is a very good looking film (New Zealand is where the film was shot), with Dariusz Wolski returning to provide cinematography. The cast is also great (Danny McBride and Michael Fassbender in particular), even if they do make some really stupid decisions (we’re talking Millburn from Prometheus levels of stupid).