Due to limited space in the December issue there was no room to write a movie review. That being said during the holiday break I had plenty of time to visit movie theaters and catch up on Netflix movies and tv series, so this movie review will consist of multiple shows I watched between December through now that I think are worth watching!
The Autopsy of Jane Doe (with a hint of The Possession of Hannah Grace)
The 2016 movie The Autopsy of Jane Doe has hit Netflix and I absolutely believe it is worth the watch. Had I done a movie review during the December issue it would have been over The Possession of Hannah Grace. I mention this because I felt a sense of Déjà vu while watching The Autopsy of Jane Doe. I originally thought this was just a Netflix feature film with a very similar plot before finding out it actually came out in theaters three years ago and many critics have compared the two movies. The Autopsy of Jane Doe focuses on a father-and-son pair of coroners who experience supernatural phenomena while examining the body of an unidentified women. I absolutely loved the lead actors, the editing was eerie and the soundtrack was fantastic. Despite popular opinion I also enjoyed The Possession of Hannah Grace which is very similar being that it follows a former police officer who encounters supernatural experiences while working in a morgue. The only problem I had was that it was kind of slow and used a lot of filler to add runtime. I will say if I were to watch either of this again it would definitely be The Autopsy of Jane Doe!
I’m going to preference this one by saying that the superhero genre generally doesn’t appeal to me. Furthermore when I originally saw the trailer I didn’t expect to enjoy this. That being said I went to go see it with some visiting family and I firmly believe there is a reason this movie has been a commercial success, grossing in the top 25 movies of all time. Aquaman focuses on Arthur Curry, the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and his journey towards creating peace between the surface world and the seven underwater kingdoms while in combat with his half-brother Orm. I loved the various locations used for filming, the cast is excellent, I enjoyed the plot line and it had impactful underlying messages regarding sibling rivalry, environmental issues, jealousy and self-worth that make this worth the watch.
A Star Is Born
This movie featuring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga is a fourth remake of the original 1937 film of the same name. First of all, don’t ever let anyone lie and say Lady Gaga can’t act because her performance as Ally Maine was outstanding. This movie is a definite must watch as it focuses on upcoming star Ally Maine falling in love with hard-drinking musician Jackson Maine. As Ally continues to rise in the industry Jack Maine seemingly fades before a big embarrassing moment lands him in rehab. The ending is impactful and definitely teaches that words do have an affect on a person. If you haven’t seen this movie yet it is still showing in theaters and for good reason, it’s the textbook definition of a must-see movie!
Doing an escape room in person is a rush and I have been longing to watch this movie since I first saw the trailer around October. Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and they have to work together and use their knowledge and experiences to survive, or die trying. Throughout the movie dark secrets are unraveled about each of the main characters leading up to one room which offers a big revelation. Young actress Taylor Russell portrays her character excellently and there is a big suspenseful moment that pulls on the audiences heart strings involving her character that proves to be a tearjerker.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
So this TV series is not a movie, but I’m sharing it here because it’s honestly my favorite thing on Netflix right now. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on the American comic book series published by Archie Horror. It follows 16 year old half-witch Sabrina Spellman as she tries to balance her mortal and witch lives. The cast is absolutely phenomenal, not one actor gives a bad performance in their role. In addition to being absolutely enchanting the show focuses on major themes such as women’s empowerment, toxic masculinity, standing up for what you believe in and decision making. The music cues are absolutely fantastic, each actor & actress really digs deep into the subtext of their lines and makes you feel their emotions and the overall storyline is interesting and really pulls you in. If you watch anything I recommend I plead that it be this TV series. I’m not ashamed to say I finished season one for the fourth time this afternoon and I’ve already planned my trip back to my hometown the day season two comes out to binge the episodes with my mom and siblings!