Movies: Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Terminator: Dark Fate

BIG HELLO to everyone!  We are finally back home from our five weeks in Europe.  Exhausted, refreshed, inspired, thankful, and content!  Thanks to all for the wonderful comments and updates along the way.  We truly feel like we live in a global family!!

It’s with apologies we are behind on our movie reviews.  We managed to see nine movies while on the road.  The first three have already been published.  The next six will be posted over the next few days in two separate posts.

A quick list of things that surprised us:

  • We were surprised to see films released in Europe before the US including Port Authority, Terminator: Dark Fate, and A Rainy Day in New York.
  • The multiplex in Bratislava, Slovakia offers snacks like nachos with Vodka shots!
  • One massive Paris complex had 32 screens, all underground.  Most theaters 75 to 95% full.
  • We saw the most popular films shown in VO (version original) that means the language of the films origin. We only saw English language films, some had subtitles in two or three languages.

Movie 1: Joker

Well…it won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival!  That said we found it concurrently intriguing and disturbing.  Joaquin Phoenix again morphs himself into an odd if not bizarre character.  There continues to be controversy about the film in terms of social commentary. 
We found it to be a fascinating and creepy psychological thriller. 

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Movie 2: Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

It’s a live action version of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty franchise with a darker underbelly.  It’s pretty sophisticated with exceptional special affects.  There are a few “rough patches” that just don’t work very well but overall it is well done.  It might be a bit much for youngsters.

 

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Movie 3: Terminator: Dark Fate

This was better than we expected.  After all the last three editions were a bit bleak.  This version was inventive, adding just enough new twists to keep it fresh while respecting the franchises’ history.  It’s well worth the watch if you are already a fan.  

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4 thoughts on “Movies: Joker, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Terminator: Dark Fate”

  1. Welcome home! We enjoyed your travels, but we missed your movie reviews. Glad you had such a great trip. Glad you’re back.

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