Movie Wrap-Up: April-July 2020

Movie Wrap-Up is a semi-monthly feature in which I discuss the movies I’ve seen recently. Except I’m really bad at keeping up with it. Mostly because I don’t watch a lot of movies.

In the past, I’d talk about all the movies I watched; however, I’m now only going to talk about movies I found especially notable. Most will not be rewatches, but some might. If you’d like to keep up with my movie-viewing in real time and see what I think about everything I watch, feel free to follow my Letterboxd account.

For now, let’s talk about the most notable movies I’ve seen since April.


Us

I have so many questions, but this was still incredible. Lupita Nyong’o was phenomenal. I also really appreciated the humor. I can’t wait for Jordan Peele’s next feature.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

This was a funny, clever movie. Ferris is a confusing character for me because I’m not sure how to feel about him. He’s totally selfish, but also really charming. Side note: Jeannie is a lesbian.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rocketman

It’s so cool to see Elton John’s life story told via musical. It feels very true to him (which makes sense, seeing as he executive produced the film). I never knew much about Elton, so it was cool to learn more about him. Great movie!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Am I perhaps a bit generous in my overall positive review of this movie? Probably. But movies with music make me happy and also I’m in love with Rachel McAdams’ character Sigrit. Demi Lovato’s song is incredible too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Hamilton

Historically inaccurate? Yeah. But it’s still well-written and fun. It brings me back to a simpler time. It was also nice to not have to watch a bootleg version, which I have definitely never done.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

13th

This documentary was so powerful. Even knowing as I did how disproportionately Black people are incarcerated in America and knowing racism is systemic, I didn’t know exactly how the government made this possible. Seeing images and videos of Black people dead and dying was difficult, but my disturbed feelings are nothing compared to the trauma of living the experience as Black Americans have. This was a rough documentary to watch, but an important one.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? What movies have you seen lately? Do you have any recommendations? Tell me all that and more in the comments!

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