A short month with only five films in the fight.
#FF23 Alice, Darling looks at abusive relationships in a more complex way than most.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 25, 2023
Kendrick is excellent as the lead, but the whole cast shines. The script drips out what's been happening, while showing how decent people can get trapped by abusers.
Excellent but difficult.
#FF23 Extraction 2 is an excellent follow-up to the original.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 25, 2023
It once again focusses on one massive action set-piece shot to look like a oner. It's ridiculous, but fun. The back-end of the film drags, but there's enough silly action to get through it.
Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse
#FF23 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is a disappointment.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 25, 2023
It's visually interesting but not much else works. It's far too long, with shoe-horned character arcs, and a bunch of fan service. As it's the first of two parts, it doesn't have a conclusion.
No Hard Feelings
#FF23 No Hard Feelings will hardly make you feel.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) June 25, 2023
It has some amusing moments throughout, but is mostly a little flat. The premise doesn't work well enough to setup the various incidents, and the emotional moments simply don't work.
It's not awful, but it's not great.
#FF23 Asteroid City is the usual mixture of things you expect from Wes Anderson.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) July 1, 2023
Precise framing, pastel colours, dry but funny dialogue, a weird story with some interesting narrative choices, fun contrivances, and a self-seriousness undercut by low stakes.
His best in a while.
The June Winner
Some good options, but the winner is Alice, Darling; an excellent, if difficult, watch.