Juamanji: The Next Level (2019) Film Review

One thing leads to another and several of the original crew end up back in the game – although not exactly the same group. But the world has changed, there are desserts and angry ostriches, a different bad guy and a whole heap of different fun.

My big issue with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the lack of women and the way the few females in the film were represented… while this is still extremely male heavy, a few things have improved. We’ve got Awkwafina, which is delightful, she’s marvellous. Then a few of the sense with the women are a bit better. I mean, there’s still a long way to go, and there’s a huge setup for a sequel at the end. Maybe they could get a few women on the writing team… maybe even just one?

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) Film Review

Rachel(Constance Wu) goes with her boyfriend Henry(Nick Young) to Singapore for his best friend’s wedding. What he hasn’t told her is that his family has a lot of money. They are not simply rich – they are crazy rich. When she is brought into his world, she has to deal with judgement and accusations of gold-digging and a whole heap of nastiness, which is especially annoying because Rachel is just so totally good and adorable and awesome. Thank goodness she has kooky friend Peik (Awkwafina) and kooky family – also very rich (not crazy rich, just very rich) to help her through.

It’s a romantic comedy, so there is bound to be a fair whack of cheesiness. But my goodness, I feel like I spent quite a bit of the movie laughing at things which were not really supposed to be funny – like the “eating and smiling” montage at the market, or the strange over the seat hug which they’re driving around. It’s a really fun film, beautiful (and with so many hot men and hot women in amazingly stunning and luxurious locations – it’s worth watching for that alone) and a hell of a lot of fantastic, familiar faces, but it’s lacking something. I feel as though it needed someone to go through and tighten it up a bit. Maybe lose a few characters, or the odd scene, or just give it a bit more of shape. But having said that, it was so much fun, especially seeing in a cinema with a good audience who laughed loudly and really enjoyed it. Plus, the soundtrack is fabulous.

Crazy Rich Asians was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Constance Wu) and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.