2019 MAY MOVIE RANKINGS:
Another month passes by, and thankfully this site is getting back on track. While six flicks isn’t much, it’s something, and I’ve got a whole lot more cooking on the back-burner (a few movie marathons are on the way). This month proved to be a half-and-half, with three films being seen in the theater and three out-of-circulation. While I do seek to analyze all that I can on this site, it is more beneficial to review what is making the runs in theaters today, and I’m hoping to make a bigger splash in June when it comes to reviewing what is in the box office. Until then, let’s see who took the month.
60%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Solid acting for most, cool action sequences, and an interesting plot.
Cons: Complete let-down of a franchise ender, under-utilized character arcs, poor ending, and story tries to set up a twist that only harms the overall film.
#5- “Pokémon: Detective Pikachu”
65%= Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Amazing visual effects, can be entertaining for Pokémon fans, and has its fun moments.
Cons: Dull cop story outside of the Pokémon aspect, has a pretty one-dimensional lead, and the acting could’ve been better.
#4- “The Fifth Element”
74%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Original, beautiful cinematography, bizarrely good in certain areas, and has a unique style.
Cons: Some elements fall flat and can be a bit too weird for quality entertainment. Also, the villains are quite awful.
#3- “Tag” (2018)
75%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Surprisngly funny, solid performances and chemistry, interesting story, and fun.
Cons: Very predictable, doesn’t do much to go above the bar for comedy, the lighting work was terrible in a lot of scenes, and there were some filmmaking nuances (like transitions) that seemed amateur for a bigger film.
#2- “John Wick: Chapter 3- Parabellum”
89%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Killer action sequences, great performances (for most), John Wick is still an awesome bad-a, and has some solid story development.
Cons: Can get dry in its dialogue moments as it is a different approach when compared to the previous two flicks, focusing more on story than action. It also sets up a fourth installment, which garners weariness from this fan.
#1- “Avengers: Endgame”
92%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Brilliant visual effects, fantastic performances, unpredictable, great action scenes, has some teary-eyed moments, a bittersweet finisher to an epic 22-film franchise/arc, and has many memorable moments.
Cons: Without spoiling… there were decisions in the story that lessened the impact of this film, both in the beginning and end. Thanos was a let-down regarding this feature, and there were certain character arcs that were left unresolved/abandoned.
And what’ll you know? Another “Avengers” film is in the running for the Movie of the Year. Crazy to believe that just about every single one has taken away a Movie of the Month. The epic finale will face off against “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Green Book,” “First Man,” “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” and the rest of the month winners to decide who will be crowned the next Movie of the Year…