This summer brought many interesting movies from all genres to theaters and through streaming channels. Hopefully the students of St. Mary’s College of Maryland were able to watch some of the following films during their break. If not, these movies are definitely worth checking out whenever you get a break from classwork.
“Mission Impossible: Fallout”
“Mission Impossible” is a franchise that almost everyone has heard about, and I can understand why. “Fallout” is an impressive addition to the series that is enjoyable for a wide range of moviegoers. Without too much gore, the perfect balance of action (and a tad of romance for the romantics) this flick keeps the audience engaged. The fact that Tom Cruise continues to do his own stunts is incredible. It is worth watching all 2 hours and 28 minutes of its runtime.
This indie movie features present day societal issues as it follows the main character Wilson, who is a convicted felon trying to build his life again in his hometown of Oakland, California. The cinematography and imagery present in “Blindspotting” was beautiful. This is a movie for everyone to see. It shows how inner city shootings not only affect the victim and their family, but police officers, bystanders and the community. The film also shines a light on the lives of urban individuals that have roots in their cities while they see it become gentrified. It is a tad slow at times, but everything comes together and is done with a purpose. Daveed Diggs continues to show his talent in this one, showing he can do even more than the broadway musical “Hamilton” and his comedic feature on the show “Blackish.” Overall this film is extremely powerful and moving. This is a must see.
“Crazy Rich Asians”
In this box office hit, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan, Rachel Chu finds out that her boyfriend of one year is practically royalty in Singapore when he invites her there for his best friend’s wedding. Struggling to keep up with his rich family’s expectations of tradition, she doesn’t know if she will fit in to this new lifestyle. I’m glad that this flick has done well in the box office. Representation matters whether it be race, gender or sexuality. Movies like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Black Panther” let young people of all backgrounds know that they have a place in Hollywood, and that is important. However, the execution of this movie’s plot was not ideal for the moviegoer. The person I watched this with nodded off a couple times during the film because the plot was sort of basic and dry. However, the presentation of Singapore and the extraordinary sets were highly enjoyable. Also, despite my opinion of the movie, “Crazy Rich Asians” is officially getting a sequel. Overall, I’m glad that this movie is getting support.
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”
This Netflix original, based off of a book, is about a teenage girl who has written five letters to all of her past crushes; each describing the admiration she held for them. The catch is, she keeps them to herself, never to send out. When the letters mysteriously find their way to the mail, Lara Jean finds her inner feelings exposed. I was starting to worry about Netflix’s ability to produce effective teenage romantic comedies with the poor execution of movies like “The Kissing Booth” and “#RealityHigh.” But with a stellar cast and a heartwarming plot, I couldn’t help but become obsessed with this movie. It was also refreshing to have the actress Lana Condor playing Lara Jean, seeing as there aren’t many romance movies that cast Asian American actors as the main character. If you are feeling sentimental, this movie is a wonderful pick.