Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Jumanji, Showman, Water (again)

Saw three movies this week, one of them for the second time:

New movies first:

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is much, much better than it has any right to be. We went into it expecting amusing fluff, and got REALLY, REALLY good amusing fluff. The plot is hopelessly silly but often hilarious, and the performances are excellent; Jack Black (about whom I am generally no more than lukewarm) is fabulous.

"The Greatest Showman" is amazing. It is an exuberantly joyful musical that has been wrenched out of an industry that just doesn't DO that kind of thing any more, and it is a hymn to Tricksterism like nothing else I can think of. It isn't perfect; it tries too hard for social relevance, and the third act is decidedly weak, mostly because of that. But given that the movie started to tear my heart out during the opening credits, and pretty much finished the job over the finale, I just might not have lived through it if the third act had been actually GOOD. I have NEVER cried more during a movie than this one; I have never cried this much during any other three movies combined. It made me that happy. Highly recommended, but also not for everyone.

I saw "The Shape of Water" for the second time, and picked up a lot of things I missed the first time. I continue to wish that Del Toro were a more narrative oriented writer, but am still very glad this movie exists.

Uncle Hyena
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