May 1, 2019

Monthly Movie Recap - April 2019

Here we are folks, we made it to Endgame! 
Don't worry if you haven't seen it, no spoilers here.

Shazam (2019, IMAX)
When the trailer came out, I thought DC might be over correcting for their previous Snyder-ness but this was actually the right amount of fun. It's got plenty of humor and heart and there's one unexpected scene that might scare the pants off very young kids. The animated end credits sequence is one of the best things DC has put on film.

Rating: 7/10

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009, Prime)
I'm no hardcore fan but I watched the cartoon and collected the comics and a few toys. That amount of fandom is why I'm having a hard time figuring out how I feel about this flick. If I had no clue about GI Joe going into this, it would have been good enough to get me interested. But knowing what I do, they did so many things wrong. Why does Snake Eyes' mask need a mouth?! It's a fun enough action flick with a dash of sci-tech that could probably be improved by removing a flashback or two or somehow writing them better into the flow.

Rating: 6.5/10, I just can't bring myself to a 7

Eighth Grade (2018, Prime)
No matter who we are, I think we were all Kayla at one point in our lives. There was no internet/social media when I was her age but I can only imagine it just makes figuring out who you are even more difficult. This movie completely embraces the awkwardness of being a young teen and that's what really gives it its heart. Even at my age now, it's still comforting to know everyone else was going through similar things. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking this movie. Give it a watch and I can almost guarantee you'll want to be Kayla's BFF.

Rating: 8/10

The Silence (2019, Netflix)
The novel this is based on was released a few years before A Quiet Place so naturally most people will think this is just a knock-off movie. Well, joke's on them because this movie is not great. Kiernan Shipka (Netflix's Sabrina) is the best part of this. The movie seems to take place over a couple weeks at the most and in that time things around them escalates to a weird place. If the movie isn't entertaining me enough where I start asking myself questions about the logic, you've done something wrong.

Rating: 4/10

Don't Knock Twice (2016, Netflix)
I initially passed by this on Netflix because the summary didn't grab me and then someone recommended it so I checked it out. It's a good horror flick with some genuinely creepy moments. I feel like it might want to be The Babadook but there's never that foreboding dread. Not to say that's bad because I really like the lore/urban legend aspect of the Big Bad and the fact that it's something a bit different than your standard horror movie.

Rating: 7/10

*Avengers: Infinity War (2018, Netflix)
Pre-game preparation.

Avengers: Endgame (2019, IMAX 3D)
It's impossible to objectively rate this. It's not a movie you can just watch without having invested a good chunk of time into watching what came before it. That said, it blew me away. There are just so many great moments that put it over the top. It made me laugh and cheer out loud, it might have even got me a little choked up. I was actually tense during the final fight because I didn't know what was going to happen.
On the other (gauntleted) hand, I'm a little mad at them for giving me a good reason for doing things the way they were and then making a mess anyway. All in all, it's a comic book movie, "logic" be damned! I think it's a perfect end to the first 10 years of the MCU. They could stop here and I'd be okay with it.

Rating: 9/10

As always, let me know what you've seen recently that was good, or bad! But please refrain from posting any Endgame spoilers to preserve it for those that haven't seen it yet. Everyone should get to enjoy it as much as I did going in.

New: Rewatch: 1

Year to Date
New: 27  Rewatch: 2


  1. Endgame was awesome. Will have to check out 8th Grade with my 8th Grader. Social media technology has to make it tougher.

    1. Let me know how that goes. I'd be interested to hear an opinion from someone of that age.