Friday, December 22, 2017

12 Days of Christmas Catch Up, day 9: the big day, pitches!!!

Today is a big day for Awards Wiz and the 12 Days of Christmas Catch Up! I finally get to see another major Best Picture contender with "The Shape of Water" as well as what may or may not be the Best Actor frontrunner performance of Gary Oldman in "Darkest Hour." Heck, for all we know I may be watching the Best Actress front runner performance of Sally Hawkins in "The Shape of Water" as well. Who knows what's going on in this year's Oscar race. Not me, that's for sure.

Around this time last year I had finally seen "La La Land" and was completely over the moon. This year, I'm here, and I'm committed, but I still find myself more excited to watch season 3 of "Broadchurch" than heading to Memphis to see these films. I also got an advance screener of the first two episodes of "The Alienist." Can't wait to watch that as well. Although it's under embargo, so I won't be able to say much about that.

Last night, after suffering from yet another migraine (GOOD TIMES) I did manage to go out to the theater to see "Pitch Perfect 3." First of all, I was a huge, HUGE fan of the first film. It was funny, the songs were poptastic, and most importantly for films like this, it had a big heart.

The second film was fun in its own way. It certainly had the stamp of girl power and Elizabeth Banks, which was fantastic. That being said, I honestly don't remember much about it at all. I know that "Crazy Youngsters" is on the soundtrack, and I love that song. I remember the really cheesy number with Rebel Wilson and Adam Devine, but I can't remember if I thought that bit was funny or terrible. That's pretty much how I felt about all "Pitch Perfect 3."

Look, I laughed. A lot. Which is really great. I laughed more than I laughed at "The Big Sick." (Yes, I some point I need to rewatch "The Big Sick" because at this point I think it is the most overrated film of the year.) But honestly, it could have been so much better. The riff off was good. Pretty good. Fat Amy's beef with Emily was hilarious. Everything Rebel Wilson does is so funny, even if it's hard to tell if she is even trying. The ongoing gags with Ashley and Jessica are familiar but funny. And there is a joke with Lilly (the still brilliant, if underutilized Hana Mae Lee) near the end of the film that is worth the price of admission. But all of the songs and the majority of the film were instantly forgettable. It's great to see all the girls back together again one last time, but the heart infused in the final performance could've been woven through the entire film, taking it up to the next level.

Is it worth seeing? Absolutely. It is the perfect Oscar palette cleanser heading into the pre nominations phase.

AND...I got to see the "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" trailer in all it's glory in previews. I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I might be excited for that one as well.

Might need to check that these migraines haven't caused permanent damage.

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