A slightly quieter month than last, but still 8 new films!
#FF20 The Orphanage follows an Afghan boy forced into a Russian-run Orphanage in the 1980s.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 4, 2020
It switches between slice of life moments, surviving with bullies, to fantastical musical and action numbers, without breaking a sweat.
At times delightful, and others brutal.
The Wrong Missy
#FF20 The Wrong Missy is moderately better than the sum of its parts. Where most recent Happy Madison comedies have been terrible, this is... fine— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 16, 2020
A little wrong-headed in places, but funny in others. If it's late, you've had a drink, and want something easy, this might work. Ok
Da 5 Bloods
#FF20 Da 5 Bloods is a solid film about friendship, ageing, trauma, and what motivates us.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 16, 2020
The central cast are great, funny and well-fleshed out. The peripheral characters less so.
Longer than it needs to be, but not aggrevatingly so. A solid film.
#FF20 The Banker is a solid, historical drama about two of the earliest Black Americans to own a bank.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 28, 2020
The core cast, Mackie in particular, are good, the pacing works well, and you'll be charmed by how they figure out how to beat a system that is against them.
#FF20 Krabi, 2562 is a distant look at tourism and Thailand, against the backdrop of advertising, mysticism, and an unusual woman.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 28, 2020
It sounds better than it is. Lingering shots of the environment are beautiful but boring. Nothing really goes anywhere, it's more about mood.
The Last Days of American Crime
#FF20 The Last Days of American Crime: I can accept the silly premise.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 28, 2020
I can’t accept the awful dialogue, empty action, mountains of cliched plotting, awful characters, exposition, languid pacing etc.
If you’re going to overproduce a heist movie, do it in 90 minutes. Not 150.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
#FF20 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is an almost entirely forgettable comedy.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 28, 2020
The idea is fine, but there are too few laughs and too many things we've seen before for it to be lasting.
Dan Stevens and Graham Norton have the best moments.
The Ghost Who Walks
#FF20 The Ghost Who Walks follows a recently released convict trying to reconnect with his family, and avoid a hit.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 5, 2020
It looks good, particularly the lighting and framing in action sequences, but it doesn't deliver. The wider cast are not great, and the writing is cliched.
The June Winner
Lots of decidedly mediocre films, a couple of decent ones, but the winner is worth seeing: The Orphanage takes it.