Movie Reviews X 3

Over the past week I’ve gotten around to watching three movies I’ve been wanting to see: Aquaman, Unplanned, and Mortal Engines

Aquaman

I was happily surprised that Aquaman was good. I’m not big on superhero movies. They’re okay, but not my first pick for something to watch. It was well done, even if it had some glaring inconsistencies and Mera’s hair was a hideous shade of red hair.

The cast was a mix of rising stars and longtime actors who did a great job. The mix of personalities just worked. And for as fun as Jason Momoa is to watch, I preferred Willem Defoe’s Vulko who brought some depth to the story.

The environmental ranting was a bit much for me. You’d think that Atlantis, with all of it’s advanced tech, could have found a way to take care of the garbage in the seas, some of which all that advanced tech would create. Thankfully, this was just a very small part and didn’t take away from the rest of the movie.

Would recommend.

Unplanned

I went to an early screening of the movie that the prolife charity I help run sponsored. I usually don’t like these types of movies, simply because they are so heavy handed and badly made. This one was not.

The story is based on the book, Unplanned, by Abby Johnson, a former director of Planned Parenthood. It was a well done look into part of Abby’s life and her journey from supporting Planned Parenthood to fighting against them. It isn’t preachy and didn’t paint everyone who supports abortion as evil and everyone who doesn’t as saints. They were just people. Cheryl, I thought, was a little to one dimensional. But, I guess there are people out there where ambition and power are their only goals in life. I would have liked to see a hint that she was human.

There was nothing graphic, but there is blood…lots of it in places. Almost too much to be believable, but not enough to detract from the plot point.

I would highly recommend this if you like human interest type movies.

Mortal Engines

I finally broke down and rented this from Redbox. It was an okay movie. I think it could have been a really good movie, but it failed to make the vital connection between viewer and character. It also didn’t draw me into the world. It took too long to figure out what was happening and why. Some of the action scenes were great as were the giant machines. It’s billed as steampunk, but other than a few smokestacks there isn’t really much steampunky about the movie. It’s more post-apocolyptic than steampunk.

I’d recommend it if there isn’t anything better to watch.

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