Alien Covenant: Spoilery Review

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Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Katharine Waterston, Billy Crudup

Grade: B-

Okay, first thing I have to get off my chest. I liked Prometheus. I didn’t think it was a flawless movie it had some real problems but I liked the questions that it asked. I liked that it tried to be bigger and deeper even if it didn’t really make it. I appreciated it for that.

While I found Covenant entertaining it was also a bit disappointing in that regard.

Spoilers below! Although I try to keep it vague 🙂

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Assassin’s Creed

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Assassin’s Creed

Director: Justin Kurzel

Grade: C

I was really hoping this would be one of those movies that I liked a little bit better than the reviews. It’s the story of Callum Lynch who is forced into a private experiment that sends his mind back in time to connect with an ancestor and find an artifact that can save or destroy the world (depending on who found it of course.) Yeah, there was a lot going on and a whole lot of speeches and I spent most of the movie wracking my brain trying to figure out who played his mother for like three seconds in the beginning because she looked so damned familiar.

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Slow West

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Whenever there’s a Michael Fassbender movie on the table I’m going to take that option. Actually anything really… If he releases a record I’d buy it. Wrote a book? I’ll pre-order. You get the general idea. So I was so happy to finally get a chance to see Slow West this week.

I will say overall I enjoyed this movie. Though the ending was a bummer and the film was slow at times. Fassbender plays a mysterious figure who joins this adorable kid Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who is traveling out into the old West to find his love Rose and her father. Exiles from Scotland who have a two-thousand dollar bounty on their heads. Unfortunately everyone but Jay knows about said bounty.

This is really a really beautifully shot movie in New Zealand and Scotland. Seriously even though there are a couple of those long silent moments I was perfectly happy to fill them up with Fassbender and scenery. Taking the movie as a whole I actually enjoyed the slowness of character reveals. Is Sila’s playing Jay over? Does he legit want to help him? It’s quite clear that something about Jay appeals to Silas. That relationship worked well enough so that at the end Silas actions make sense.

Now if you’re like me and watch the trailer you may get a cute happy vibe. Yeah, no. This is pretty brutal film. People die violently and the shot out at the end had me gasping for reasons that I don’t want to spoil. It’s also brutally honest. Jay is a dreamer a hopeful and perhaps a little bit guilty romantic clashing up against the West.

Recommend: Yes. It’s even available on ITunes which makes this even better. A good new movie that you don’t even have to leave home for you can just sign me up. Now I can start counting the days until I get to see Fassbender in Macbeth.

Frank Review

I’m a bit torn on Frank. On the one hand Michael Fassbender is amazing as a guy who hides himself underneath a very large corny looking head and creates music with a band with an unpronounceable name. He’s charismatic, sympathetic and the best part of the movie.

On the other hand he’s pretty much the only character I liked. Jon stars off well as the underdog but his quest for social media fame wore thin. Clara, in my opinion, is pretty much unlikable throughout. Honestly I think Maggie Gyllenhaal was a little bit miscast in this one. I understood Clara better at the end but I still didn’t like her. The rest of the bandmates didn’t even register to me. They were mostly background.

Plus while it has come cute moments and I liked the musical bits I think the preview gave me the wrong impression. It’s not really a comedy movie I’d say if anything it was more bittersweet by the ending. But I did love Frank and his desire and ability to look for and find the beautiful and creative moments in every bit of his life and the world.

So I’d recommend it for that and Fassbender’s great performance alone. I just wish I had read up on it a little bit more and knew what kind of movie I was getting myself in to watching.