Aight I won’t lie, I personally found those whole expectations vs reality bits I was doing when talking about so many movies at once to be an enormous drag. So as I move down to movies I like just a little bit less I won’t be doing that. What will I be doing instead? Who knows? I’m just making it all up as I go really.
My next category of movies is the “Solid Stuff”. It makes up largest part of 50 movies I saw over the past 8 months with 1 of the 50 fitting into this category. Another common phrase I would use to describe these movies is that they’re good, not great.Movies fall into this category usually for a couple of reasons. First and most likely what I’m saying is that while I enjoyed myself while in the theater, almost nothing about the movie actually stuck with me in any meaningful way. There is no phenomenal performance, breathtaking cinematography, clever and nuanced storytelling, or anything else that I would really like to gush about. The great flaw of these movies is more often than not that they’re forgettable, perfectly competent pieces of filmmaking that no one will remember a month or two from now.
Movies from the past 8 months that fit this description in my mind include TAG, Adrift, Antman and The Wasp, Midnight Sun, Game Night, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Annihilation, Unsane, Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Ready Player One Solo, and Beirut. Great way to spend a couple of hours, but nothing anyone is going to mention on a best of the year or favourites of all time list.
There are of course exceptions to this, like say Sorry To Bother You, which is an incredibly memorable movie, but it fails to fully realize its own goals. In this specific example I feel like the goal of Sorry To Bother You was to deliver a scathing criticism of 21st-century capitalism via satire and dark comedy, and while it definitely gets its criticism in, I felt like it failed to deliver on the comedic end. For all of the interesting things it had going on, the jokes were just too spread out and not all that funny. This is the second most likely reason I would consider a movie good but not great, a critical flaw within the film that I just cannot ignore.
Another reason I would put a movie here is that while I enjoyed it I clearly didn’t enjoy it as much as other people for whatever reason. Take Black Panther, Deadpool 2, or I, Tonya. All of which are really well-made movies that I liked a lot, but I can’t personally justify calling a Top Shelf movie for whatever reason. Now I know a lot of people really really loved Black Panther, but its the perfection of the Marvel formula which is THE definition of good but not great filmmaking in the last 15 years. (That’s how long Marvels being doing this thing right?)
Before I finish up I want to extend an olive branch here because I’ve been pretty down on some of these movies. These are all GOOD movies, they just didn’t quite do it for me. If at some point in the future I’m having a conversation with you and you tell me that you just loved Deadpool 2 and think it was the best movie of the year I’m not gonna like heavily challenge you on that, you clearly got something from the movie that I didn’t and like that’s how movies work so its all good. Although who knows, you might catch me on a day where I’m particularity argumentative I’ll just be a pretentious tool about it all. Probably not though, more likely it’ll be something like “ya I liked it, but (insert my favourite here) really stuck out to me.” Aight olive branch extended I’ll be back tomorrow to get into movies I won’t be extending any olive branches too. Later