Shorties #8: “6 Balloons”, “Wiener-Dog”, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”, “Brick” , “The Emoji Movie”

This article will have short reviews for the following films in this order: 6 Balloons, Wiener-Dog, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Brick and The Emoji Movie


6 balloons


Thanks to some fantastic lead performances, 6 Balloons is as good as it is. Dave Franco was incredible as a heroin addict and gave a very down to earth and realistic depiction of one. At the heart of the film, there was Abbie Jacobson, played her role extremely well as a worried sister going through a hectic evening. She, just as Franco, gave a very grounded performance. The dialogue too felt quite realistic, though it was the directing that made the film not always very fun to watch. There were some things the director did well, but there were also some things he didn’t do right. The film depicts some very serious scenes that were handled very well. He succeeded in portraying the negative effects of a heroin addiction and he was able to put into images what our lead was going through. I wasn’t a fan of the film’s aesthetic and some of the ideas the director had, came off as pretentious, while others worked well with the film.

Grade: B-


wiener-dog


When you’re making a movie consisting out of a handful of different stories, make sure that they’re all relatively interesting and that the tones are also relatively the same, which is something Wiener-Dog failed to do. The first story, for example, felt like a social commentary and as if it had something to say, while the last story was just pandering to the audience. And to add to the inconsistency between shorts, the second story was tonally totally different from the first one, and the last one was tonally different from the previous three. The last story also was by far the worst, as it blatantly attempted at making some social commentary, but failed miserably at doing so. The other three were fine on their own, but they all had some dull moments. Though, during the uninteresting bits in Wiener-Dog, the cinematography’s still something to look out for, since the director was able to create some visual creative ways to tell his stories.

Grade: C+


king arthur


King Arthur: Legend of The Sword is quite a mixed bag for me. I liked some aspects but hated the others. The film’s sometimes really stupid and stacked with exposition scenes, while at others it’s quite clever. These exposition scenes are mostly scenes of people telling a story about something, rewinding to add details they forgot or scenes of characters suddenly reflecting on an event that’ll happen or has happened in the film. This gimmick gets old really quick and happens way too often, though there are some fun ones here and there. Guy Ritchie’s style is also often put in front of substance, but sometimes both accompanied each other extremely well.
The acting too was fine for the majority, but Jude Law’s acting was quite terrible and the actress who played Mage was pretty bad as well.

Grade: C+


Brick


The debut film of the man who would go on to eventually direct Star Wars, was actually a very, very good start to a very promising career. Rian Johnson did not only direct, but also wrote this well-edited neo-noir tale about a teenager looking for a girl who went missing. Everything Johnson did was practically perfect; his dialogue was on point, and the characters he created were all well layered and thoroughly explored, Johnson’s directing was creative and original and the usage of the color blue was done really well. Joseph Gordon Levitt was fantastic in this film and made his character feel more realistic due to small gestures, movements, and ticks. The only negative point I have to make is that though everything’s done very well it does show that the film didn’t have a big budget.

Grade A


the emoji movie


The 15-minute lasting story that was stretched to an hour and a half mess about a meh-emoji, who’s able to feel other emotions, was as good as it possibly could’ve been, namely terrible. The predictable jokes and super intelligent puns made each minute feel longer than it actually was. With a not so funny side character, voiced terribly by James Cordon, and an underdeveloped love interest, Gene heads off on a journey to be converted back to a normal meh-emoji, who can only feel meh. During this very fun trip, loads and loads of pop songs will play, that’ll cause your ears to spontaneously start to bleed . The trio will go to the most irrelevant apps there are to shove in some nice product placements, which will make you want to poke your eyes out with the sharpest tool in your proximity. The masterfully idiotically and stupidly crafted finale makes for an aloof ending to this everlasting advertisement. But! When you think it’s finally over, a spectacular dance scene starts to finish everything off. The only thing that made this thing bearable was the colorful animation, which makes me sad for the animators that worked on this film, since they obviously put in a lot of effort, while the studio execs didn’t even think twice when greenlighting this film.

Grade: F


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