Entertainment Volume 69, Issue 4

2019 Movie Reviews

1917 Review

by Kate Beeby

Winning the Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture for Drama and Best Director, the film 1917, set high expectations going into the theatre. Director Sam Mendes takes viewers on the perilous journey of two young British soldiers during World War I, as they attempt to deliver a message to the front line. The order is time-sensitive, demanding that the waiting British troops stand down and not assault the German side, as they were entering a trap. The film follows the storyline of many other action movies of its kind, making the plot somewhat predictable. Seeming as though it was shot in one continuous take, 1917 makes the experiences many faced in World War I even more raw and real for many viewers. The concept of presenting the movie in one single take was very effective in many scenes, but it became distracting or even boring at times. Nonetheless, the film’s triumphs greatly outweigh its downfalls, as harsh realities of World War I were brought out through heartbreak, graphic scenes, true perseverance through opposition, and risking everything for the greater good. 

Bombshell Review

by Susan Rahimi

Bombshell displays the women at Fox News coming out and exposing Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, who sexually harassed them. Gretchen Carlson, played by Nicole Kidman, launched a long list of allegations when she first revealed that Ailes sexually harassed her. Roger Ailes, played by John Lithgow, made me want to take a long shower after he kept denying every allegation of sexual assault thrown at him. For a commonly-known conservative news channel, it sure seemed to have many women with more feminist values which makes me wonder why the women worked at the network in the first place. The movie was a powerful one that displayed the women being empowered during the #MeToo movement.   The outstanding explosion that happened when the women exposed the culture of sexual harassment in Fox brought me to tears. The cast’s performance was incredible, and the movie is a story worth telling, with obvious tensions that grew from the start of the movie and held the audience all the way to the end.

Just Mercy Review

by Ethan Wang

In a world where stories usually don’t have happy endings, the film Just Mercy stands out from the resth. The movie, based on a true story, portrays a painful reality where racism is very much alive and thriving. 

     Just Mercy follows the life of Bryant Stevenson and his first experience of being a death row lawyer for Walter Johnny D. McMillan, played by Jamie Foxx, a poor, innocent African American man sentenced to death over the murder of a young teenage girl after he threatened the racial hierarchy. Through his actions, Stevenson gains the trust of Johnny D, and works on his case in hopes of getting justice and mercy for an innocent man.      

     Throughout Just Mercy, the lack of proper racial education is clear, as a prison cell officer’s knowledge about the African American people and their struggles grows along with his compassion toward the death row inmates. The district attorney Tom Chapman, played by Rafe Spall, also has a change of heart and begins to clearly see the racial segregation in his town, which he was previously blind to. 

     Although Jordan and Foxx play the main characters of the story, Rob Morgan and his depiction of the character Herbert Richardson leaves the deepest impact. Richardson was directly sent to death row without proper mental evaluation after his efforts in Vietnam War and his retrial was denied. Richardson would be put to death by the electric chair and never received the help he deserved. 

     Just Mercy truly depicts racism and inequality in more conservative states. It gives viewers a glimpse of true racial segregation, seen through the inmates kept on death row simply for their skin color, despite being innocent. Just Mercy is a must watch and a truly amazing film that will severely impact the way you think about American society.

Cats Got Your Tongue?

by Grace Gonsalves

    The one hour and 49 minute movie Cats was released to theatres in December this past year, and it is one hour and 49 minutes more than the public ever needed to watch.

     I lasted only 41 minutes in the theatre, so I’m not sure if I’m qualified to write a knowledgeable review, but if you’re truthfully considering seeing Cats, I dare you. Once you’re 42 minutes in, give me a call and I will publicly congratulate you, but privately pray for your sanity. 

     I confess that the only reason I watched Cats was that Jumanj: Next Level wasn’t playing for another two hours. Maybe my crazed post-finals brain is what hated this film, or what decided to watch it, but my large popcorn was the only thing keeping me in the theatre for those 41 minutes. I never even got to the part with Taylor Swift.

     It truly is just cats dancing around in alleys and dumpsters and, unfortunately, a milk store. The only plot I could derive was that a cat named Victoria was shown around the various alleys of a cat-filled city. The worst scene I remember was this silent interpretive dance that was weirdly evocative and sexual that it’s a wonder I didn’t walk out then. What were these producers thinking?

     Instead of wasting money watching Cats, I suggest you go read its’ movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. They’re way more comical than this movie could ever hope to be. I couldn’t decide on which review I wanted to reference, but here was one strange idea: some people were crazy enough to spend time making this film, but others were crazy enough to actually enjoy it. Chase Burns said, “Cats is definitely not for everyone, but it is definitely for me” (Rotten Tomatoes). Mr. Burns, I can truthfully say that I do not want to know what you do in your free time.