Seven films this month…
#FF23 Missing is a thriller about a missing mother, seen through the lens of technology.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 8, 2023
While there is some silliness in the tech, it's not awful for once. Predictable in the end, but tense enough to be enjoyable. Good performances.
Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3
#FF23 Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 3 is, as with everything Marvel these days, entirely what you expect.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 8, 2023
It's big, silly, loud. There's some decent action and some that is a CG mess. Rocket's backstory is great, but sad. The film is at its worst when Pratt takes the lead.
#FF23 Scream VI manages to bring some fresh air to the creaking franchise.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 8, 2023
Moving from a small town to a big city works surprisingly well. The opening rug pull is a neat change to the formula. Ortega is underutilised, and doesn't seem to want to be there.
#FF23 The Mother is a dour, lower budget action film.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 14, 2023
The action itself is edited to pieces, poorly hiding a lot of nonsense in the cuts. Given the plot isn't up to much either, this was a slot.
Beau Is Afraid
#FF23 Beau Is Afraid is a mixed bag.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 21, 2023
Aster shows his control of the camera and mood remains masterful in its uneasy precision. The plot is entertaining and perplexing; at times demanding your attention, and at others boring. Overlong, but arresting.
Hard to love, easy to like.
#FF23 Dead Shot has promise as both as serious drama and a more action film, but it squanders both.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 29, 2023
There are so many moments of cliched dialogue it's hard not to roll your eyes. The film looks fine, and the performances are okay, but nothing really rises up here.
#FF23 Hypnotic is a conundrum. One one hand it's trying to be a solid, Nolan-esque, mindbender. One the other, it's plain silly.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) May 29, 2023
You'll see a bunch of the twists coming but, as pure popcorn fodder, it doesn't matter too much. Some good ideas, that become goofy by the end.
The May Winner
While Missing almost had it, Beau Is Afraid takes it because it has stayed with me more.