This year, I’m committing to writing a bitesize review for every film or TV series I watch! I’ll be releasing the reviews in a twitter thread but I’m also gonna be adding them here, updating this post throughout the year.
Aaaaaand if I’m really into or hate something, this means I can add more details here!
The thing with Cats was, I had heard all the bad things, yet I was compelled to go see it for myself to answer the question: is it really as bad as they say?
And the answer is YES
Reading Cats reviews is actually now just hilarious and probably the best art to come out of the movie.
For All Mankind
For All Mankind is original content released on Apple TV, and follows an ambitious storyline which imagines that USA loses the race to launch a man to the moon to Russia. The first episode centres around NASA, both astronauts and administration, and later episodes introduce other characters and storylines.
I watched this super early on in the year (January lol), but I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended the year with this being one of the best things I watched in 2020. Yes, I thought it was that good!
*Adding TV to this thread*— Yaël (@that_ysl) January 28, 2020
Just finished For All Mankind. Its a fucking masterpiece if you love space + playing out parallel universe scenarios.
Good things❤️: Character depth, striking space visuals, production design
Bad things 🥴: Some meandering sub-plots
I’m a massive space geek so I found the detailed production design and space visuals really impressive. They didn’t skimp on the details – for example, utilising real NASA jargon – which I really enjoyed. For all the science, it was also an incredibly emotional and human-centred series. There were multiple scenes where I cried throughout and parts of the storyline have stayed with me for days after.
The only reason this series scored a 9/10 instead of full marks was a couple of subplots involving minor characters that I felt were a little unnecessary. But this is a really small nitpick.
Now I’m gonna go and rewatch it 🤩
Ah this film was so great. I loved Little Women when I was younger, but I couldn’t quite remember the plot or characters properly. This adaptation was a great plunge back into the Little Women world.
Last night I saw #LittleWomen ! Greta Gerwig done a stellar job breathing life into it 🙏— Yaël (@that_ysl) January 31, 2020
Good things ❤️: Loved Saoirse (Jo) and Florence (Amy). Oscar noms well deserved.
Bad things 🥴: They cast Saul Goodman (Better call Saul!) as the dad! Couldn’t take him serious 🤣
The standout performance for me was Florence Pugh, who I am so pleased has been recognised with an Oscar nom. Her version of Amy made me realise how ‘Amy’ I am (I always wanted to be Jo when I was growing up) and the interplay between her and Saoirse Ronan (who was inevitably amazing as well) was electric.
For me, the film only got an 8/10 rather than anything more because of a couple of casting choices that I wasn’t completely sure on. First was Timothee Chalamet, who to me just looked like a teenage boy throughout, and I didn’t think he and Jo worked as a pair. The second was more minor but who cast SAUL GOODMAN from Breaking Bad as the dad? No way lol.
1917 has had a lot of hype leading into Awards season, and I couldn’t wait to see it – even though its a war movie, and thats not typically my thing.
The reason I was so hyped to see it was due to a video that I saw that showed the amazingness that went into shooting this movie, and I couldn’t wait to see more!
Well, I wasn’t disappointed!
I just saw 1917! It’s visceral, emotional, gripping + gets you in the guts. Take tissues.— Yaël (@that_ysl) February 1, 2020
Good things ❤️: Incredible cinematography, beautiful score, nuanced acting
Bad things 🥴: The ending could’ve been stronger but tbh the journey was worth it. More Cumberbatch needed.
The film is shot as though its all one shot, and this is done exceptionally well. It makes the entire thing feel immersive, and you really go on a journey with the main characters from the get go.
The only thing that could’ve made this film better was more Benedict Cumberbatch 🤣
The Rhythm Section
This is the last time I go into a film without knowing ANYTHING about it. From the title alone, I thought this was something to do with music, and I was expecting some sort of upbeat movie, maybe about a high school band that triumphs against some low-level adversity.
Instead, the film opens in a dingy flat in Morocco, with a crazy looking Blake Lively doing something weird (tryna be vague to be as spoiler-free as possible).
I also saw The Rhythm Section 👀☹️, which btw, I was convinced was a music film 🤣— Yaël (@that_ysl) February 1, 2020
Good things ❤️: Um I now know what Blake Lively would look as a brunette?
Bad things 🥴: Jumbled plot, improbable to the max, predictable. Also, should win an Oscar for Worst Hairstyles
This film was truly bad and I stand by my 2/10 score. The plot was bad, confused and completely improbable, and a genuine waste of time. The only mildly entertaining thing about this movie was the array of absolutely terrible wigs that Blake Lively was forced to wear 🤣
Birds of Prey
I had semi-high hopes for this movie, having enjoyed Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn before. Unfortunately, aside from Margot Robbie’s characterisation, the film fell flat for me:
Just seen #BirdsOfPreyMovie— Yaël (@that_ysl) February 8, 2020
Good ❤️: The soundtrack bangs, there’s some good comedic moments, Margot plays Harley well, there’s a pet HYENA
Bad 🥴: I wanted to like it but the plot was kinda boring, the other characters felt tacked on, the fights had nothing new
5/10 (HYENA!) pic.twitter.com/Xgt7HAopGD
A very well-deserved win at the Oscars. No matter what The Orange One might think.
I feel very lucky that I had no idea about what the plot of Parasite was before I watched it, and I feel like this is the premium way to experience it. So I won’t be sharing any details of the plot here just in case someone hasn’t seen it yet.
All I will I say is that it is incredibly gripping, funny, sad and a thought-provoking reflection on a society where different classes of people must exist in the same space and how they survive.
Special shout-outs to the acting, the music and the production design.
Wow have just come out of #Parasite and even with all the buzz, it surpassed my expectations— Yaël (@that_ysl) February 15, 2020
Good 🤗: Literally everything. I’m gassed it won an Oscar, seriously well deserved
Bad 🥴: N/A
10/10 – go and watch! And try not to read about it first. pic.twitter.com/URCI9pyREX
The Invisible Man
I unexpectedly really enjoyed this movie – the last movie I watched before the pandemic shut down all the cinemas 😢
Elisabeth Moss continues to impress me with her acting range – I genuinely feel like she is severely underrated as an actress – and her performance really carried this entire movie, a good thing seeing as she was onscreen about 99% of the time acting against AN INVISIBLE MAN!
The film also managed to pack a lot of suspense and shocks into it, without coming across as obvious or tacky.
Just *seen* (🥴) #TheInvisibleMan!— Yaël (@that_ysl) March 1, 2020
The good : Elisabeth Moss (Handmaids Tale) perfectly cast as a damaged woman with reservoirs of inner strength. Good amount of suspense/scares!
The bad: No pun intended, would have liked to have seen more from the Invisible Mans POV
The only reason it gets a 7/10 is because I think the film could have really benefitted from more from the Invisible Man’s perspective – I wanted to *see* him outside of other people’s gazes so we could understand more about him.
However, if I would have known this was the last time I’d be in a cinema for a while, I probably wouldn’t have been so nitpicky 🤣
See is a sci-fi drama on Apple TV, that hooked me in from its first 5 minutes!
Aside from its thoughtful and expansive world-building chops, it showcased some really good performances. I particularly loved Sylvia Houeks as Queen Kane 😍
You also can’t go wrong with a bit of Jason Momoa..!
So, See on Apple TV was a great watch, set in a distant future when humans have all lost their sight.— Yaël (@that_ysl) April 29, 2020
The good: The world-building was 🔥, a lot of thought put into creating a future-world where vision has been forgotten. Also, Jason Momoa!
The bad: When it ended 😭