Jean-Luc has written 20 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • 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.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★½

    Alien: Covenant is a tough film to write about. For all its shortcomings, I actually quite like Prometheus. And its biggest flaw - the lack of payoff for its philosophical ponderings - could easily be fixed by this film.

    That is, if anyone involved in the creation of this film had learned anything from the mistakes made by Prometheus. Covenant follows the structure of Prometheus almost to a tee. Of course, the setting and characters are (mostly) different this time…

  • The Battle of Algiers

    The Battle of Algiers

    ★★½

    Based on how much I've heard about The Battle of Algiers, I've always just kind of assumed it was a classic, and have had perpetually on my list of films to watch. It's one of those that I'd just heard a lot about, but could never be bothered to track down and watch. As it turns out, I actually had to watch this film for a class this semester, so this is kind of a 2-for-1.

    Except for the fact…

  • Dirty Pretty Things

    Dirty Pretty Things

    ★★½

    "Dirty Pretty Things" is an absolute chore to watch, from beginning to end. Initially, this isn't so much because the film is bad, but rather, because of its willingness to deal with uncomfortable subject matter. It's meant to be provocative and gritty, to show more privileged audience the reality in which so many immigrants live. That is certainly an admirable goal.

    I will say, there are things that I liked about Dirty Pretty Things. The performances are excellent across the…

  • Mr. Right

    Mr. Right

    I'm not quite sure that Mr. Right is a bad film.

    In fact, I feel quite comfortable saying that it isn't a bad film at all, it's actually completely fine. It's just... decidedly not for me. It's attempts at humor really didn't resonate with me, and I really wasn't buying the romance between the two main characters, who's names I don't even remember.

    At some points, Mr. Right felt, to me, like a weak attempt to be a Tarantino film.…