2019 In Film – A Preview – August

I’m back from a break from posting these – I wrote all 12 posts in December so by the time I post this I may have more information on the films below, but I haven’t updated anything from the original post.

Fast And Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw

Fast And Furious Presents? I’ve no idea what that means. I haven’t seen a single entry in the Fast And Furious series and I have absolutely no intention to, and I have no clue who Hobbs or Shaw are.

The New Mutants

An X-Men movie which focuses on mutants we don’t know and takes a horror-based approach? Sounds good. I’ve always felt that many of these comic book movies should be horror based – watching as your body changes in often horrific and unbelievable ways, leading to almost certain alienation from everyone and everything you’ve ever known. Sure you get some superpowers out of it, but not everyone is going to be able to fly or shoot fire from their ass. Surely most people are going to get more dubious powers like an extra four fingers, the ability to breath backwards, and the skill of seeing through (only) wood. Cast is good, director knows teen stuff.

Midsommar

Ari Aster’s follow-up to Hereditary. All in on this one. I love Will Poulter – still waiting on the big role in a big film to cement him, and Florence Pugh is there too. Sounds like more familial/relationship tension and dread.

Boss Level

This sounds exactly like the sort of junk I love – ex soldier somehow caught in a time loop and has to avoid being killed. So, like Groundhog Day but with guns and Mel Gibson. Naomi Watts is in the cast too and the director has a history of action with thriller elements.

Good Boys

Coming of age kids story which would have worked in the 80s. These don’t always work now, but there’s always potential and they tend to have a nostalgic charm which covers any cracks for me. It’s about a group of kids trying to fix a broken toy before their parents find out, presumably getting into some scrapes along the way. Probably needs more pirates or zombies to get me fully invested, but we’ll see. Directors don’t fill me with confidence.

Dora The Explorer

The series is one of the most irritating shows ever created, but it’s for pre-schoolers. Is the same? Either way, I don’t care.

Artemis Fowl

Is this a Harry Potter character? Or some other book series? Directed by Branagh whose stuff is always worth seeing.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark

I haven’t read much about this but I’m hoping it’s a genuine anthology movie because those almost never get a full widespread release. I assume they’ll go more the Goosebumps route. Lets actually try to scare the audience though.

The Angry Birds Movie 2

I’ve kind of seen the first one as my kids have watched it several times. Diminishing returns for cynical cash-ins is the norm.

Playmobil The Movie

A movie based around the toys for people who were too stupid for Lego? It’s a pretty dreadful cast outside of Anya Taylor-Joy and I can’t see this being anywhere near as good as The Lego Movie

Angel Has Fallen

Looks like another one of those Has Fallen movies – I haven’t seen any of the others, but imagine they’re passable dumb action movies featuring Gerard Butler shouting at things.

Overcomer

Another Christian Faith drama. Won’t be seeing.

Which of these will you be seeing? Let us know in the comments!

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