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2018: The Year in Reviews (December)

After Thanksgiving, most people get happy because they know Christmas is around the corner. I get happy because I know these articles are around the corner. Even if a year is absolutely atrocious and I get absolutely nothing done on this site (like this one), I know that once December rolls around, I have things to say until March. But before we get into the Oscars, we gotta wrap up the year.

Here’s the skinny for the newbies: every January I preview an ungodly amount of movies. And then, from then through December, I watch an ungodly amount of movies, tracking along the way what I thought of each of them. Then, when we get to this point, I recap everything and see how close I guessed my eventual rating back in January. That part is mostly for me, but along the way you get my thoughts of all the stuff I watched (which will probably give you a bunch of stuff you didn’t even know about). So everybody wins.

Today is December.

December

Mary, Queen of Scots

January’s preview:

4 stars. I’m hoping we get another Lion in Winter type movie. I could really use another one of those. I hope this is great.”

The review:

“I was so disappointed by this. I wanted to love it so badly.”

“It’s not about their relationship, and that feels like the biggest misstep this movie took.”

“I was joking that this was my Batman vs. Superman, but I really wasn’t expecting that to be literal.”

“I wanted this to have a shot at my top ten. And instead it’s just a pretty good disappointment. Damn shame.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I really wanted so much more out of this, and I’m so disappointed that it’s just okay.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Ben Is Back

January’s preview:

“No idea what this is, but I guess 3 stars?”

The review:

“Nice little addiction drama.”

“Of course, it goes in the obvious places in the last forty minutes (or at least takes a turn that doesn’t feel like the movie it set up), but overall, it’s more solid than I was expecting.”

“It’s a small little movie, but worth seeing.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked this. The first half starts off strong. It does veer into some obvious territory, but the acting holds it together. Still doesn’t get out of “indie” territory in the end, but way more solid than I thought I was getting.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Vox Lux

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I feel like this is a movie that’s trying to be worse than it should be, but still remains okay.”

“The whole film feels really disconnected from the rest of it.”

“I’m both intrigued by it but also wondering what the hell it was trying to do. I don’t know how to feel about this.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure what it was. The two halves didn’t really inform one another, and it felt like a solid, disjointed movie.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

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The Mercy

January’s preview:

“Sounds solid all around.”

4 stars.”

The review:

“The real story is more interesting than the movie.”

“They tried to both tell the uplifting tale and have their cake too. Which just doesn’t work with a story like this.”

“It’s a solid enough movie, but it could have been way better.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

The real story definitely is more interesting than the movie. They didn’t get a whole lot out of the drama of this story. I’m not sure if it was the writing or the performances, but there should have been a way better movie out of a story like this.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Tyrel

January’s preview:

3 stars.”

The review:

“Very indie movie.”

“Just kind of okay. This style isn’t really my thing.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Meh. Didn’t do much for me.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Clara’s Ghost

January’s preview:

3 stars. I’m excited. This should be interesting.”

The review:

“What a strange movie. Stars the entire Elliott family, and clearly feels like it’s them amusing themselves. Didn’t do anything for me at all.”

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not for me.

* * ½ (2.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

The Party’s Just Beginning

January’s preview:

“I like when actors get into directing. I hope they all do really well at it.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“It’s an interesting debut. She’s really going for it.”

“It’s a really mature first film, and I appreciated it.”

“Can’t say I loved the film, but it does make me want to see her make another one.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked this.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Dumplin’

January’s preview:

3 stars. This could be okay.”

The review:

“What I like about this is that it’s designed to undercut all the usual tropes and norms.”

“It’s the kind of movie that, even though I didn’t like it more than ‘just okay,’ it’s a really solid movie and worth seeing.”

“It’s smart and touching and has a solid message to it. And it features a character you don’t really see on screen that isn’t a walking stereotype. I recommend this one.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s really solid. It’s a more important movie than my rating. I wasn’t totally in love with it, but the stuff it does is really great and really progressive. Very recommended, even though my opinion is probably lower than the overall quality of the film.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Mortal Engines

January’s preview:

“This is another one of those Peter Jackson movies where he’s like, ‘I might direct it!’ and then he just produces it and pawns it off to someone else and they shoot it in his studio. He’s becoming the George Lucas of New Zealand.”

“This looks like a giant, young adult, CGI mess. Just too many effects.”

3 stars. Can’t assume anything more than that. Hard to trust anything Peter Jackson does anymore, because it’s all bent to adding too much unnecessary CGI. So no. This is a no for me. Let it be good, but I don’t see that happening at all.”

The review:

“We all knew this was a giant disaster waiting to happen.”

“There was no way this was gonna work. And surprise — it’s a generic YA movie on at least double the budget a YA movie is normally made on.”

“They don’t do anything of interest here. So really you’re just left with a movie that looks like a waste of $100+ million.”

* * * (3 stars )

Final thoughts:

It’s exactly what you think it is — a perfectly okay, not particularly memorable YA movie that never needed to be made and only exists as a waste of money by a very powerful producer they banked a movie on because of their previous track record. At least a half-dozen of these come out each year, and almost none of them work. Nobody learns.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I will admit being way wrong about this.”

“I had my reservations because it was Spider-Man. But you know what? This is a great movie. The animation style is what sold me on it.”

“In a year where all the other animated stuff was outright bad, or just whatever, this one stood out as taking chances, having fun, and actually being pretty smart all around.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

This is really an entertaining movie. It’s not particularly game-changing in any narrative sense, but animation-wise, this took more chances than anything does, especially in the non-Disney/Pixar realm. So on that alone, I’m a huge fan. As a movie, it’s fine. The animation style is really what bumped this up above 3.5 stars. On its own, it’s just solid. If it were normally animated, it wouldn’t have gone this high. But because they went the way they did with it, I gave it that little extra bump. I was so wrong about this, but not as wrong as I wish I was.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

The Mule

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

This is a tough one for me, because I don’t quite know what to make of it. The movie has an 88 year-old Clint Eastwood going around, acting semi-senile for the entire film. And I truly don’t know where the “acting” line ends and the actual Eastwood begins. I know he’s not that good an actor, which leads me to believe that a fair portion of this is just him being really old and not really knowing what’s going on some of the time. I met Stan Lee in the last two years… that’s kind of what it was. Some coherence but a lot of being led around being told what to do. That seems to be part of what Clint was doing here. You can’t tell me Bradley Cooper was here to act. He was clearly the insurance director in case Clint died/was unable to finish, the way Paul Thomas Anderson was on Prairie Home Companion in case Altman couldn’t finish. Plus, half the movie makes no goddamn sense. It seems like it’s just there to teach Clint that the times have changed. Like that scene where he changes the black family’s tire. And he’s like, “I love helping out the negroes.” And they go, “We don’t get called that anymore. It’s just black. Or…. people.” And he’s like, “Huh…” and then the scene just ends. No point to it whatsoever except him being like, “Oh… so negroes aren’t called that anymore… interesting.” Almost like they designed it just to make sure he knew that. Bizarre. Or the scene where he teaches the “Dykes on Bikes” what’s wrong with their motorcycle and they thank him, and he goes, “You’re welcome, dykes.” I don’t know what the purpose is. Still, it’s an entertaining movie. Though clearly this is for the middle of the country/the people where I grew up, because for anyone else, they’re gonna wonder why half of these scenes exist. I enjoyed it, but it doesn’t really add up to anything more than, “Okay, that was fine.” I suspect the reviews are like, “I’m not really sure what this is, but you know, it’s fine. Clint is old, and this is good.” They’re giving it the benefit of the doubt because he’s old and anything made when you’re that old really isn’t expected to be particularly good. He’s graded on a curve. But sure. It is perfectly decent even if it doesn’t add up to much of anything long-lasting. That’s fine. It’ll probably be his last movie (we said about four times now). And, better than Trouble with the Curve, it’s a fitting finale for him.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

As flawed as it is, it’s a solid movie. And I like that this is his swan song over the train movie, which was awful. And this being his seemingly final acting role… I prefer him to go out on this than the baseball movie. So I’m okay with this all around even if I can pick part this movie like Swiss cheese.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Roma

January’s preview:

“Alfonso Cuaron’s new movie.”

“Don’t know anything about it, but it’s Cuaron, so 4 stars automatically.”

The review:

“There’s so much to love about this movie.”

“It’s one of those films that lets you live in the world of other people (for real) for two hours. It doesn’t rush you, it just sets you down and lets you wander in these people’s lives.”

“Cuaron’s made yet another incredible, incredible film.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

I really liked this a lot. It was fantastic, even this is won’t be for everyone. This is the kind of movie that seems pretentious to put in your top ten, even though some people will understand why this is so great and a lot won’t. I’m not gonna recommend this to everyone, but it’s still one of the best films of the year. Clearly Cuaron’s signature film now, even though Children of Men still seems like his high point.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

If Beale Street Could Talk

January’s preview:

4 stars.”

“Sticking with that and seeing what I get. I’d rather go in knowing less and being surprised more.”

The review:

“Barry Jenkins, man. This guy’s the real deal.”

“There’s a lot to love about this movie, from the incredible (full stop) living room scene between the two families, to the show-stopping ten minute monologue from Brian Tyree Henry, to the  sequence with Regina King traveling.”

“This movie is just an experience. And while it doesn’t feel as special as Moonlight did the first time you watched it, this is an amazing follow-up, and one I cannot wait to see again.”

“It’s one of the best films of 2018.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

This film is incredible. I’m gonna watch it again over the next two days, but in the two months since I saw it, I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s so good. There’s such minimal dropoff between Moonlight and this that it’s impressive. This is one of the best movies of the year. I truly wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up in or near my top ten, I liked it so much. Everyone needs to see this movie. It’s such a beautiful, emotional piece of work.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

The House That Jack Built

January’s preview:

“Lars Von Trier. ’nuff said.”

3.5 stars.”

The review:

It’s such a dark comedy. It’s Lars Von Trier, so you’re expecting an experience. This is at first a dark comedy that turns into a darker comedy, that turns into the Divine Comedy by the end. I liked it. Dillon is good, the movie is good, and it’s just one of those things that I can only recommend to those who know Lars Von Trier’s movies. Otherwise how the hell is anyone gonna willingly go into this?

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I like the idea of a serial killer movie about a serial killer who almost wants to get caught and then somehow never does. And then rather than follow any normal trajectory, literally becomes the Divine Comedy, where Virgil leads him through Hell in the end? I don’t know how you can pitch that to anyone or how anyone will willingly sit through it unless they know the director and his previous works and are willing to go down that path. Still, a really solid movie and one I would recommend as long as you know what you’re getting based on the people involved.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Springsteen on Broadway

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“It’s a fucking incredible show. Everyone should see this, just to see the master at work.”

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I saw this live. I saw this the minute it came out. I saw this again within a week of that. I listened to the audio twice. And I watched it twice more with family. This is incredible.

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

They Shall Not Grow Old

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

“I really liked this movie a lot.”

“I really like World War I, and am fascinated by a lot of the aspects of it, much more so than World War II. So I’m glad this documentary was made, and I like that Peter Jackson put a visual flair into how he told it.”

“This is one of my favorite documentaries of the year.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Fantastic documentary. One of the best of the year, and for people who love WWI, a must see.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Mary Poppins Returns

January’s preview:

4 stars.”

“Let’s begin with that. It’s Mary Poppins, it’s Disney, it’s Rob Marshall, who makes solid movies. 3.5 stars is the minimum for this. If they can recapture the feeling of the magic of the original, then 3.5 stars is the minimum.”

“Hopefully visual effects and not CGI. That will make me even happier.”

“I need this to be really good. I truly do.”

The review:

“Well this was delightful.”

“It’s pure candy, but it carries on a proper Mary Poppins tradition and doesn’t let the original down.”

“The original is perfect, and we all know that. This.. it works.”

“I felt myself easily swept away by this and feeling the kind of joy I felt watching the original film. Nothing can compare to the original, but this is a worthy successor in a lot of ways.”

* * * * (4 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s lovely. What more do you need? Could have been a way shittier Mary Poppins sequel. Sure, they didn’t need to make it, but if they were gonna, you couldn’t ask for a whole lot more than this. So I’m totally fine with it.

* * * * (4 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Aquaman

January’s preview:

“Well… definitely not something I’m excited about. The Aquaman scene in Justice League where he talks to Amber Haerd underwater was one of the most embarrassing parts of that movie, which is saying something.”

“D.C. has made exactly one passable movie so far, and I can’t see this continuing that trend. December is also a weird time to put this out, which makes me think they might try pushing it into 2019. But maybe not. We’ll see.”

“It’s D.C., so 3 stars. There’s gonna be too much CGI for me to give a shit, and I just won’t care. The best case for this movie is not Unforgivable.”

The review:

“This movie is a giant fucking mess.”

“The problem with these movies over a certain budget is, they just edit the shit out of them to make them a giant rollercoaster ride. You know what the problem with rollercoasters is, in this analogy? You’re being whipped around from side to side and going up, down and around, but you don’t get to actually look at anything.”

“I’d say this is Unforgivable, but honestly, we all knew what this would be.”

“Remember when we used to be excited for a new Batman movie? Now anything that comes out with D.C. on the label I dread.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Aquaman rides a giant kraken voiced by Julie Andrews in the third act.

I don’t even know what this movie was.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Bumblebee

January’s preview:

“Travis Knight is directing this, which I’m still amazed about. He could have followed Kubo with anything. But maybe that means this will actually be good and make this franchise fresh again. It’s not gonna take much for this to be the best one since the first one.”

3.5 stars. I think I can get 3.5 out of this. It should be solid. Grounded and fun is all I need, and I think I’ll get that.”

The review:

“I’ve always been predisposed to this franchise. So I was always going to enjoy this. Though, even I would admit this franchise burned itself out.”

“A lot of people are saying this is the best Transformers movie since the first one. And the reason they’re saying that is singular — they actually tried storytelling in this one.”

“It’s a fun family movie.”

“It’s not perfect, but it’s fun. And for a franchise that was really starting to run thin, this breathes some life into it.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I enjoyed this. Easily the best Transformers movie since the first one, and just a fun time. Doesn’t add up to much, but the emotion in the narrative makes up for the lack of story going on. It’s simple. Could have done a little more there, but ultimately, it’s the kind of movie that, when you put it together on paper, actually works out. You know what I mean? You sit there and try to write a formula for the equation you saw and go, “Oh yeah, this one actually checks out.” That’s what this is. It checks out. It’s a solid movie that actually doesn’t have a lot of gaps in the solidity.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Welcome to Marwen

January’s preview:

“Robert Zemeckis. Who automatically gets a 4 stars rating no matter what. Don’t care what it’s about, he gets 4.”

“He’s one of the more consistent filmmakers out there (when he’s not making those weird, uncanny valley movies).”

The review:

This was weird. Not sure I cared about the main story as much as I cared about what he was doing with the fictional world of the dolls. The CGI of the dolls was at the very least unique, so I liked that. But I felt like this movie was less than the sum of its parts and could have been better. Which was the same for Zemeckis’ last two movies. The Walk felt weak outside of the main sequence at the end, and Allied felt like it should have been a better movie. In both scenarios, I wondered if a different director was the one to properly do it. That might be the case here. The movie is solid, but it doesn’t quite come together the way it either could or should. I’m not sure. Also, what is with Zemeckis and these so-on-the-nose-it’s-disturbing song choices? Every goddamn movie.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I didn’t hate it the way most people did, though the writing felt kinda weak and the overall product was quite strange. But I enjoyed parts of it and thought it was totally fine.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Bird Box

January’s preview:

3.5 stars. Gotta assume really solid with that kind of talent.”

The review:

“Really solid post-apocalyptic movie. I was worried about where this was gonna go, but it held my attention throughout.”

“It’s the kind of movie that will do well on Netflix. Very solid, good performances, well-directed. Good stuff all around.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I liked it. Solid and worth a watch. Probably not the kind of movie that holds up under hardcore criticism, but if you just watch it, you can enjoy it. Good cast and enjoyable to watch. You can get what you need to out of it as long as you don’t try to dissect it. I didn’t need much more out of this.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

All Is True

January’s preview:

None.

The review:

Kenneth Branagh as old Shakespeare. Looks good, acting is good, just a perfectly solid movie.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Not sure what else to add. You are only gonna be interested in this from the outside. Namely: Branagh, Dench, McKellen, Shakespeare. If that doesn’t sell you, you will never be interested in this movie nor will you seek out this movie. And if that does appeal to you… perfectly solid movie. 3.5 star movie on every level.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Cold War

January’s preview:

The review:

“It is a gorgeous movie. I’m just not sure the storytelling is all there.”

“It’s the kind of thing where, when I stopped paying attention to what was happening, I was able to just look at it. Because it’s stunning.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Gorgeous movie. Not sure I liked it as much as Ida, but this is the kind of movie that you can just look at even if you’re not interested in the plot. It’s stunning, visually.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: N/A

Second Act

January’s preview:

“I feel like this is a Jennifer Lopez vehicle.”

2.5 stars.”

“This might be sneaky Unforgivable. Let’s see what happens with this.”

The review:

Haven’t seen this yet, but will update it once I do.

Final thoughts:

How close was I?:

Between Worlds

January’s preview:

“CAGE MOVIE.”

2.5 stars. Supernatural thriller. Not for me.”

The review:

“Nicolas Cage stars as a widowed trucker. In the first scene, he hears a commotion at a truck stop bathroom. Inside, Franka Potente is being choked by another trucker. He stops him. She, rather than being grateful, says, “You ruined everything!” Turns out, she’s a medium. She can communicate with the other side and bring people back during near-death experiences. Her daughter has just been in a car accident, and she was trying to bring her out of her coma. Cage ends up helping her out (and fucking her). However, when Franka brings her daughter back… it’s not her daughter. It’s Cage’s dead wife in the body of her daughter. Who really wants to fuck her husband. Meaning Nicolas Cage’s dead wife is in the body of his girlfriend’s daughter and really wants to fuck him, meaning he’ll be fucking his wife, his girlfriend and her daughter.”

“And that’s just the set up of this movie. If you’re not interested, there’s really not much more I can say in this review, can I?”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Truly, if that didn’t sell you, then there’s nothing else I can do.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Renegades

January’s preview:

“I have a copy. Will see it soon. Sounds fun. Luc Besson co-wrote it.”

3 stars.”

The review:

“It’s basically Three Kings, but in Bosnia.”

“It’s fine. Nothing special. Totally forgettable. But you can enjoy yourself during it. It’s the cable watch. You know my history with these. I’m all about the cable watch.”

* * * (3 stars)

Final thoughts:

Perfectly acceptable the once and then you have no need to ever see it again.

* * * (3 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Holmes & Watson

January’s preview:

“I… this is gonna depend on the tone they take. I’m not beholden to Step Brothers, even though there are parts of that movie I think are funny. I also don’t think comedy nowadays is in a particularly good place, and Will Ferrell might not have made a funny movie since Step Brothers. So all of this is building toward something I’m not particularly excited about.”

“However — Ralph Fiennes as Moriarty and Hugh Laurie as Mycroft Holmes. Rebecca Hall is in this, Kelly Macdonald. They’re trying to make this good. So we’ll go 3.5 stars. That way, we can see this as a definite disappointment. Which is where I’m concerned we’re headed with this.”

The review:

Haven’t seen this yet, but will update this once I do.

Final thoughts:

How close was I?:

Destroyer

January’s preview:

“I kinda wanna go 3.5 stars here, but I’m gonna go 3 stars. I feel like that’s the safer choice.”

The review:

“The performance is good and the movie around it is also pretty good as well.”

“Not gonna say I loved this movie, but I honestly thought I wouldn’t care about it outside of the performance.”

“The slower pace made it feel more like a proper detective story, even if some of the detours weren’t my style. Still, very engaging police drama.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Kidman is really good, the movie is solid, but most people won’t care. It’s slow (which I liked), it’s deliberate, but a lot of people won’t be totally into this. But she does jerk off a cancer guy in the first twenty minutes, so there’s that.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Off by a half-star.

Stan and Ollie

January’s preview:

“I’m in.”

3.5 stars.”

The review:

“There’s always one ‘old Hollywood’ biopic each year that gets nominal awards attention. Last year was Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. They’re all generally the same. Solid, but a bit too schmaltzy or underwhelming to really contend or really be in your favorite movies of the year.”

“Solid 3.5 star movie, nothing more, nothing less.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

It’s solid, but I don’t really need to see it again. Coogan’s good, Reilly’s good, but it’s just one of those movies that’s about Old Hollywood, so unless you care about the people it’s about or care about the era, you’re not gonna get a whole lot out of it. If anything it feels like Hollywood doing a “pat on the back” exercise than anything else. What are most people gonna get out of this. It’s for old people and fans of the movies. Otherwise, the common people aren’t gonna give a flying fuck about this movie.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

Vice

January’s preview:

4.5 stars. Go big or go home.”

“The Big Short looms large in that rating, but it was amazing, and this is supposed to be somewhat like that. So I’m down. Hope it’s a top ten.”

The review:

“This was almost anointed a spot in my top ten at year’s beginning.”

“This one, is just fucking horrifying, because you realize just how deep and dark the whole thing goes. That said, there are very funny moments.”

“It’s a very good movie, and one I want to see again very soon.”

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

Loved this. Still need to see it again, but this was really terrific. I think this is a movie that may turn people off during/after the initial watch, but will grow on you over time because it’s the perfect movie for its subject matter. I want to see this again, because I do think this is one that will prove to me that it’s worth my rating over time, even if a lot of people may not agree with me in the moment. I really, really liked this.

* * * * ½ (4.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

On the Basis of Sex

January’s preview:

3.5 stars. This feels exactly like a 3.5 star movie. On this alone, I can tell you exactly where this will end up come December.”

The review:

“This is not the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic that she deserves. But it’s the one we got.”

“The real problem this ran into was that it came out the same year as a documentary about her.”

“This feels like a solid and admirable misfire. There’s so much in her story that could have been told, and this movie barely scratches the surface of any of it.”

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

Final thoughts:

I’m disappointed in this as a Ruth Bader GInsburg biopic, but totally fine with this as a movie. It’s totally okay, but knowing what I know now about her story, this feels like it could have done so much more and been so much better than it was.

* * * ½ (3.5 stars)

How close was I?: Exact.

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One response

  1. Holmes and Watson has a 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, and earned a D+ from Cinemascore (a C is basically a failing grade)

    January 3, 2019 at 1:12 am

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