films seen
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Alive and kicking


Easy A

2010 / 92m - USA
Comedy, Drama, Romance
Easy A poster

Pretty nice highschool comedy. Gluck seems quite competent in elevating genres that I rarely fancy. The highschool clich├ęs are still quite bland, somewhat surprisingly the adult parts are the funniest. Gluck keeps it short, sharp and funny, but it never reaches any memorable heights.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

2021 / 93m - UK
Adventure, Comedy
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway poster

After the success of the first film, a sequel was simply inevitable. I wasn't a big fan, but there was a certain charm to the predecessor which they managed to uphold in this second film. Of course everything's a bit bigger and bolder, something the film is quite happy to reference, but it's well within the limits of the acceptable.

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Bea's book about Peter and his adventures is a hit. It catches the attention of Nigel, a large publisher who wants to help Bea turn her book into a full-on franchise. Bea accepts, only Peter isn't too happy with the changes that are being made, especially not when he suddenly becomes the villain of the story.

Some of the jokes are a bit too on the nose and the plot's pretty cookie-cutter for a sequel, but I'm pretty sure Gluck and his team were well aware of this. The self-referential moments don't quite redeem this, but the film's charm does. The animation is solid, the performances are nice and when the comedy does hit, it's all very sweet and quirky. Not the Paddington competitor it wants to be, but it's not that far behind either.

Peter Rabbit

2018 / 95m - USA
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy - Animation
Peter Rabbit poster

Film that tries to mimic the success of Paddington, but falls short. Mainly because young MacGregor as well as the rabbits are a bit annoying. It ruins part of the charm and turns this into a film that's much louder than necessary. There are some nice bits, but also plenty of stinkers.

Anyone But You

2023 / 103m - USA
Comedy, Romance
Anyone But You poster

A basic romcom. They made no effort whatsoever to set this film apart from its peers. They merely slapped two familiar (and popular) faces on the lead roles, dumped them on the poster, and called it a day. And guess what, it worked. If you ever wonder why some cinema is so lazy, it is because stuff like this sells tickets.

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Bea and Ben meet by chance and they immediately hit it off. But after spending a night connecting, their fear takes over and they each go their own way. Six months later they are forced to spend a weekend together again, as they both need to attend the same wedding in Australia.

So yeah, two people, who clearly belong together, and you're just watching the push and pull until the film finally settles down into a predictable finale. The comedy is pretty bland, and the chemistry between the leads is minimal, but the setting is pleasant enough and the pacing is decent. Far from best in class, but not the worst of its kind either.