Short Review Roundup – Movie Edition

I don’t watch many movies, but I’ve been doing alright lately.  And not just King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.  I caught Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 in the theater.  You can blame my wife for Big, JimFear138 for In the Name of the King, gitabushi for Orcs!, and my misspent youth for Lost Boys.



Super Troopers meets Lord of the Rings on a b-movie budget.  Orcs!, the Jeb! of movies, is damn funny and a hell of a lot of fun.  But it suffers from some big plot holes, occasional atrocious acting from bit players, and, in the final act, a limited budget.

3.5 of 5 Stars.


In the Name of the King

A serious fantasy with a real budget, a-talent, and a b-director.  I was surprised to see it’s decently written, if a little paint-by-the-numbers.  And there really is a lot of talent in the cast, if some of it is badly miscast.  It’s too long, but, like Orcs!, still better than three-quarters of fantasy movies (not much of a compliment).

3.5 of 5 Stars.


Wonder Woman

Worth the hype. My only complaint is that they didn’t really take advantage of the WWI setting.  Joins my all-time top five superhero movies along with Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 1, Logan, Captain America: Winter Soldier, and [spot reserved for Black Widow movie] Spider-Man: Homecoming.

4.5 of 5 Stars.


Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2

GotG 2 lacks the magic of the original.  The first half of the movie is a mess.  The humor frequently misses the mark, Gunn has no idea what to do with Drax, and the whole Sovereign subplot was inane.  On the other hand, the overall plot (once the movie gets to it) is solid, it hits its emotional beats, and it is visually gorgeous.  Squeaks in behind John Carter as science fantasies go.

3.5 of 5 Stars.


The Lost Boys

The perfect movie to start drinking to in high school.  Holds up to drink-to twenty years older.  It gives us Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, a young Kiefer Sutherland, and, uh, Jason Patric (as Jason Patric vehicles go, I’ll stick with Rush).  It also gave us the greatest gif in history.

4 of 5 Stars.



My wife and I grabbed the blu-ray from the bargain bin with a few other movies and I didn’t give it much thought for the next few weeks.  I hadn’t seen Big since I was around 13.  I caught the sex jokes at 13.  What I didn’t realize is that Big is an absolutely killer satire on office life.

5 of 5 Stars.


About H.P.

Blogs on books at Every Day Should Be Tuesday (speculative fiction) and Hillbilly Highways (country noir and nonfiction).
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5 Responses to Short Review Roundup – Movie Edition

  1. gitabushi says:

    That’s a good review of Orcs!
    But don’t see “Dudes & Dragons” by the same team. All the same problems, none of the same strengths.

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  2. I haven’t seen Orcs, but your reviews are on point for the rest. Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 definitely lacked the lightning in a bottle of the first one, and overall focus, but it was entertaining enough. Oh, and I saw King Arthur: Legend of the Sword at last. Twice. I even bought a copy because it’s that rewatchable.

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