For April’s Film Fight, we have 9 films.
#FF21 Concrete Cowboy makes a decent job of well-worn material (troubled teen sent to live in fish out of water place).— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 4, 2021
There are some threads that are very underdeveloped that should've been excised, but the main thrust is fine.
An okay film.
#FF21 Chaos Walking is a bit of a mess. There really isn't any character development, the action is boring, and the main theme doesn't work particularly well.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 4, 2021
There are moments where it looks like they'll do something interesting with the Noise conceit, but nope.
News of the World
#FF21 News Of The World is... fine. Hanks is as reliable as always, and the Helena Zengel puts in an excellent performance.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 11, 2021
It looks decent enough, it's got some moments, but is entirely predictable. There's absolutely nothing new being offered here.
The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things
#FF21 The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things is a fun teen romance about two kids caught in a time loop in their small town.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 11, 2021
The leads are charming, the loops work well, and it all builds up to a schmaltzy, predictable, but pleasant ending.
#FF21 Run is an okay, if silly and cliched horror.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 18, 2021
It's got moments of tension, despite the predictability, and both leads turn in good performances.
Nothing special but not bad. Pretty average.
Promising Young Woman
#FF21 Promising Young Woman is excellent; snapping between revenge horror and sweet romance.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 18, 2021
The music and visuals are great together; sharp, saturated, tightly edited.
But it's the lead performance that sells it.
The very end is too neat, but it doesn't matter. Must see.
#FF21 Nobody is an okay, cut-rate John Wick knock-off.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 18, 2021
Odenkirk is good, but doesn't get enough to work with. Most of the action isn't on-par with what it's trying to copy, but the pacing keeps thinks moving forward anyway.
Fine but forgettable.
#FF21 Proxima is a slow, deliberate take on motherhood, from the perspective of an astronaut preparing for a year away.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 18, 2021
Eva Green handles the mixture of physical and emotional challenge with the evenness expected of her exceptionally well.
A little thin in places, but worth it.
#FF21 Thunder Force is dull almost from start to finish, which ain't great for a comedy.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) April 18, 2021
It wastes Octavia Spencer throughout, with McCarthy going through twice reheated schtick. Scenes with Bateman as a crab-man are the only ones with laughs.
The April Winner
An easy one: Promising Young Woman has the story and style to take it here, and a better than average shot at film of the year.