In a world full of dower grittiness, it is nice sometimes to sit back, crack a cold one, and just enjoy some fun, and God knows in 2019we needed it. So today, I take a moment to champion those films that brought the fun, whether through upbeat action, one laugh after another, or that silliness that brings a smile to your face.
So without further ado, these are films that brought the fun in 2019. Be warned that there may be some slight spoilers ahead for the films in question. Also, you can click on the banners for the full review.
TL;DR – It has a good message, and I give it full props for trying something new even if it does not all completely come together
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Due to the vagaries of international copyright law, there are some stories that
you will see over and over again because
they have had the good grace to enter the public domain, which is becoming more
and more difficult to do. This means that anyone can make a film based around
the King Arthur mythology, and there have been a lot of them, including King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (see
review) from a couple of years ago, which I really liked, but I think I was
alone in that. Well, today we get a new
film based around this mythology, which is trying to do something a little different,
even if it doesn’t all quite come together.
So to set the scene, we open with a really well designed animated sequence that
gives you in a couple of minutes a quick overview of this particular film’s
take on the Arthurian mythology. With Arthur banishing Morgana (Rebecca
Ferguson) under the Earth, but in a last act of defiance,
she cursed the world that one day when the country was leaderless she should
return and take what is hers. Flash forward to 2019 and England is just as she
predicted … looks at today’s news … yikes they really timed this film well. Well
out in Britain there is still but a hope
because one Alex Elliot (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) runs into a construction yard
after being chased by some bullies and finds a rock with a sword in it … yes, that sword … and like all true and noble heroes, he is able to pull it from the rock.
This puts in motion a series of events because in four days there will be a
total solar eclipse and Morgana will rise.