Jean-Luc has written 9 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2018.

  • The Mule

    The Mule

    ★★½

    The Mule is a bad movie. Plain and simple--most of the acting is some of the worst ever committed to film, and I think the script is the worst of any movie I’ve subjected myself to this year. The few bright spots (mostly just Bradley Cooper, Michael Pena, and Laurence Fishburne’s performances) are wildly underutilized. On top of all that, the film crawls at an incredibly slow pace for its entire runtime, only occasionally advancing in meaningful ways.

    And yet,…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    By the time the credits rolled on Thor: Ragnarok, I was struggling to wipe a smile off my face. In keeping with the tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ragnarok is more concerned with being fun than anything else. Using that as a measure, Taika Waititi’s debut to the universe is largely a success. Once the film locks into a groove, it’s an absolute blast.

    Unfortunately, Ragnarok takes its sweet time finding its groove. The first act is a disaster…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★½

    One of the first questions I was asked after seeing Infinity War by someone unfamiliar with the comics, was “how was it as an adaptation?” To which I gave a pretty stock answer: about as close as it could possibly be, considering how different the MCU is from the comics. Which is to say, not great. It pulled elements from various Marvel events to be sure, but didn’t really adapt a specific story.

    Honestly, I’m not concerned with how accurate…

  • mid90s

    mid90s

    ★★½

    I had planned to write something about Mid90s, but it so badly botches its thematic content there's nothing all that interesting to even talk about.

  • Skyscraper

    Skyscraper

    ★★½

    Skyscraper is fun and competent enough that I'm not disappointed I went to see it. It really is just a modern update of Die Hard with a different name and a few other wrinkles. There's little character development and not much in the way of originality, but boy does it have some great action sequences, the best of which were completely concealed by the trailers.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    The very first sequence in Ant-Man and the Wasp is expository, explaining the relevant plot points of its 2015 predecessor to the viewer. Which, honestly, is pretty fair--after all, Ant-Man was entirely forgettable, the truest incarnation of the MCU formula. So the opening was a little annoying, but excusable.

    What's less excusable is just how much time this film spends on expository dialogue. Or monologue, as the case may be. If you forgot what happened in Civil War, don't worry,…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★½

    The Incredibles was--is--a meticulously crafted film. Even as a child, I could explain each of the characters to you. Their characteristics, their goals, what motivates them, the obstacles they face. It's a movie where I, to this day, really feel the time put into fleshing out the cast and the world they inhabit. I aspire to, someday, be even a small piece of a work of art with the quality of the original Incredibles film.

    It saddens me that I…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★½

    Deadpool 2 is an absolute shame of a film. Sure, it's competently made--the action scenes are fine, the performances are solid, every other technical element technically works. But rather than capitalize on the interesting parts of the film, the script is bogged down in vulgar, poorly written wink and nod jokes.

    I know a lot of the defense of this film seems to revolve around "well, it's just like the comics." I'll admit to not being the biggest Deadpool fan,…

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★½

    Perfectly competent & totally fine, ultimately there's not a whole lot to say one or the other about the film itself. Circumstances surrounding the film - distribution, expectations, future of the franchise - are definitely more interesting.