Jean-Luc has written 15 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★

    Finally watched the Ultimate Edition and it's still terrible. Yeah yeah yeah it has a more coherent plot and really makes you wonder how the original cut got a theatrical release. But even with that it only really reaches the base level of competence billion dollar movies tend to hit.

    Much like Man of Steel Snyder has a lot of interesting ideas, the problem here is he doesn't engage with any of them. Whole character arcs are given a line…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    ★★

    Bad movie. But! Anya Taylor-Joy is in it so it gets at least one full star. Anyway you can see there was a good movie in there somewhere at some point but this certainly isn't it.

  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

    ★★

    Gotham by Gaslight is one of my most embarrassing comic book blindspots, so I can't really comment on the efficacy of this as an adaptation. What is here, though, is honestly really weak. Would have loved to see this play out more like a detective story rather than defaulting to the obligatory plot structure of all these movies. Plus I'm not quite sure it nailed the aesthetic? Multiple 10+ minute action scenes consistently detract from the things these movies do get right, and it hurts even more here where those sequences feel especially out of place.

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic the Hedgehog

    ★★

    Honestly the biggest problem with Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) is that it exhibits a base level of competency. It isn't some sort of awful joke movie, and it's definitely not good. Sonic is just one of those movies aimed at the 4-10 year old demographic that you see and completely forget about a week later. Just has no style of its own. Would have been extremely funny if they hadn't ditched the horrific design, and I've been saying they shouldn't have changed it from the beginning. I was right.

  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★

    Both of these movies are bookended by genuinely good stuff, but the two hours in between are so fucking painful and toss of any good will I had towards them.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    You wouldn't get it.

    I can't imagine a less provocative movie. On a technical level, sure, Joker works. The cinematography is fantastic, and much has already been made of Joaquin Phoenix's performance as the eponymous clown. Unfortunately, none of those technical chops are really in service of anything broader. Co-writers Todd Phillips and Scott Silver seem more interested in convincing audiences their script has something to say than actually saying anything.

    The biggest offender here is Joker's obsession with its…

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★

    Yikes bro you just posted cringe

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★

    More or less what I would imagine the experience of being a bad Shinedown cover band to be.

  • UglyDolls

    UglyDolls

    ★★

    I don't know why I do this to myself

  • The Intruder

    The Intruder

    ★★

    Nothing happens for like an hour then Dennis Quaid makes some extremely funny faces and does a home invasion for 15 minutes. It's probably the most incompetently made movie I've seen this year? It's better than some of the other studio fare but mostly by accidentally having some extremely funny moments.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    Three hours of bad editing and worse cinematography that could have been easily cut into a tight 90 minute package and been twice the movie it is.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★

    Despite living in an era defined by reboots of beloved media properties, I have yet to see one more contemptuous of its source material than Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. From the opening scene, Guadagnino desperately attempts to craft a film that is barely even evocative of the original. The bright, eye-drawing colors of the Argento classic are replaced with bleak, industrial greys. Rather than shrouding the plot in mystery and avoiding explanations, the script is instead shows its hand immediately before…