Eight films in Film Fight this month…
Meg 2: The Trench
#FF23 Meg 2: The Trench is a fairly flat sequel to the ridiculous original.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
It spends a lot more time with the badly-written characters, and less time with big sharks eating things. For a Big Shark Eating Things movie, that's a real minus point.
The Equaliser 3
#FF23 The Equaliser 3 sees the franchise switch to an. Italian coastal town.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
The action is good, but gets less screen time. The plot is fine but weirdly paced. Everything just kinda works without being particularly great. A perfectly fine action movie with decent moments.
#FF23 Strays is a fun comedy concept, following a dog out for revenge and finding friendship.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 10, 2023
Some funny moments, but it goes back to the same well a little too often (I get it, dogs pee). Lightweight, but reasonably made.
#FF23 Past Lives is a melancholy look at missed opportunity and what could have been.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 30, 2023
While the end drags a little, the pacing is otherwise great; lots of slow, deliberate steps. It's a pensive film, that doesn't try to take an easy route.
No-One Will Save You
#FF23 No-One Will Save you is a bit of a mixed bag.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 30, 2023
As a near-silent alien invasion film, it's damn near jaw-dropping, full of tension and excellent set pieces. When it tries to be a vague metaphor for trauma, it falls flat.
Worth seeing, but expect to roll you eyes.
#FF23 Dumb Money is a look at the Game Stop short squeeze.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 30, 2023
It tries to manufacture tension by bringing in lots of perspectives, but fails to do anything interesting or examine the subject particularly deeply.
Fine but forgettable.
#FF23 Bottoms is about two friends who create a fight club to try and hook up with their crushes.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 30, 2023
It's funny, original, stylish, keeps moving fast, and hits an interesting tone. Everything is a little off in a way that just kinda makes sense. Solid performances too.
#FF23 Reptile is a difficult film to watch, about a murder and its investigation.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) September 30, 2023
It's meanderingly paced and far too long, but there's something hypnotic about the tone. You'll see many of the twists coming but it's really more about the feel of the thing.
The September Winner
The winner is Bottoms for hitting the mark every single moment. Very good.