If you haven’t realized by now, I’m really bad at watching movies. How can someone possibly be bad at doing something that takes literally zero effort? Well, it takes a lot of talent.
Look, it doesn’t make sense. I see the length of a film and feel like it’s too long, but will watch enough YouTube videos to fill that same amount of time. I don’t know, seeing my Watch Later playlist on YouTube shrink makes me feel more productive.
All of this is to say, I’ve only watched three new movies since I last did a recap. The other four movies are rewatches from when I was stuck at home with a broken ankle and sadness.
Also, I accidentally developed a theme this month— Disney movies. Every film I watched is in some way associated with Disney. It wasn’t planned and I only realized it as I was writing this, but there you go. My viewing habits parallel the scary reality of Disney taking over all forms of visual media.
Without any further ado, here are my thoughts on all the movies I watched in July.
I wasn’t expecting to love this movie as much as I do. It just made me so happy. There’s a nostalgic feel to this movie— the audience is returning to their childhood along with Christopher Robin. I had a smile on my face during the whole movie. I could easily see this movie making my year-end best list.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (Rewatch)
Okay, so technically this collection of shorts isn’t actually a Disney production. It was made before Disney bought the rights to the franchise. But since they acquired said rights shortly after, I say it counts. At any rate, I enjoyed getting to rewatch this collection since I hadn’t seen it in years. It’s interesting to see how selfish Pooh originally was. I did not remember that. I still enjoyed my viewing experience though.
The Tigger Movie (Rewatch)
This is another movie I hadn’t seen in years, albeit less than the previous movie. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did as a kid, but it was still cute. I’m always a sucker for stories about found families.
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (Rewatch)
I’ve always regarded this as my favorite Winnie the Pooh movie, and that Correct Opinion™ still stands. It’s an adventure movie with great songs and a gaggle of lovable knuckleheads. What’s not to like?
Lilo & Stitch (Rewatch)
Lilo & Stitch is one of my favorite movies of all time. In fact, I appreciate it more now as an adult than I did as a kid. Once again, we’ve got themes of family and belonging. Also, Stitch is probably my favorite Disney character ever. He’s got some of the best character development I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t seen this movie in a while, give it another watch. You won’t regret it.
The Lion King (2019)
I don’t want to get too into this, seeing as I posted a thinkpiece on it already. Just know that it let me down. Disney did the greatest movie of all time dirty with this remake.
I was actually pleasantly surprised by this movie. I’ve already posted a discussion about it, so I won’t bog you down with the details. This finale is easily one of the best DCOMs ever made.
What movies did you watch in July and/or August? Have you seen any of these films? Let’s discuss in the comments!