David has written 17 reviews for films rated ★★½ during 2020.

  • Roald Dahl's The Witches

    Roald Dahl's The Witches

    ★★½

    The Witches (2020) is a very uninspired film with very little to take away from it. By far the biggest compliments this film can be given are that Robert Zemeckis has a good eye for visuals and scale, which definitely comes across well here. Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer are also good, with the former having a ton of fun. The designs for the Witches are also pretty good and their mouths are an especially nice touch. Lastly, Alan Silvestri…

  • Unpregnant

    Unpregnant

    ★★½

    Unpregnant is a very uneven road trip movie that happens to also be about getting an abortion.

    Starting off with the positives, Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira give really good performances, and they both have really good chemistry. Their characters also have interesting arcs and their relationship is easily the glue that holds this film together. The cinematography is also pretty good as far as films like this go, and the editing is pretty good too. There's also a…

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    ★★½

    I really wish I liked this one. The first act is pretty strong and sets up a really unique, original sequel. But it just gets dumber and less interesting as it goes on. It lacks the charm and innocence the original has, and while I appreciate its ambitions, most of them feel very half baked.

    Rating: C

  • The Cameraman

    The Cameraman

    ★★½

    The Cameraman is a film with a cute, heartwarming story, but it doesn’t succeed from a narrative point of view. Buster Keaton is clearly having a lot of fun in front of the camera as the film’s protagonist, and it’s fun watching him be clumsy and get himself into different situations. What’s not fun though is how repetitive and overlong this film is. The story here is so simple and straightforward that it could have been told in around thirty…

  • Magic Camp

    Magic Camp

    ★★½

    Magic Camp is pretty much as safe as a movie like this gets. Right from the first 10 minutes, you know exactly where this movie is going, and that's no magic trick. This isn't a bad film, but it just feels like it goes in one ear and out the other. None of the characters are particularly interesting, and most of them are defined by one trait. The performances are also pretty bad across the board. To be fair, none…

  • The Outpost

    The Outpost

    ★★½

    The Outpost is a well made film with good ambitions, but it's just not a very interesting film overall. By far the most enjoyable aspect of the film is the way its scenes are shot. Nearly every scene is a very long, one take shot. And for the most part, it's well done. I believe long shots in general are really good ways to get a person immersed into a scene, and when utilized correctly, it can make a film…

  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★½

    The Lobster is so freaking weird. To be fair, I've never been a fan of director Yorgos Lanthimos, so I wasn't going into this movie with any big expectations. What I did expect is that the film would at least stick to its plot. If there's one thing I hate in a film, it's when it doesn't stick to its original and unique premise. The Lobster has such an interesting idea, and for the first act, it was pretty solid.…

  • My Spy

    My Spy

    ★★½

    My Spy is such a weird movie. Nearly every joke feels like it's intended for young audiences despite the fact that the film has a PG-13 rating. In a way, the film feels like it's trying to appeal to multiple demographics, but doesn't know what it wants to be. One half of this movie is a typical film about a loner spy who shows no emotion or compassion whatsoever, but once he unwillingly has to be with a kid, suddenly…

  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

    ★★½

    Beautiful and catchy songs, some good laughs, and wonderful performances by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams unfortunately aren't enough to save a film with a story that could be predicted within the first scene and jokes that lack wit. The film simply doesn't have much to offer besides its soundtrack and lead performances. If that's enough for you, maybe check it out. But if you want a hilarious, clever, and original film, you should probably look elsewhere.

    Rating: C

    But seriously, there are some great songs in this. Listen to the soundtrack. It's awesome.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★½

    Probably one of the most disappointingly bland finales I've seen. This film is pretty much more of the same and doesn't really offer anything new. It's just very forgettable imo.

  • Scoob!

    Scoob!

    ★★½

    Scoob! is a film that had a lot of great potential but unfortunately didn't have very good execution. The film is mediocre in every sense of the word because for every good element the film has, there's almost always something that makes it worse. For all of the really clever jokes the film has, there's two that fall flat. And for every likable character, there's one who's really annoying. The film is by no means an atrocity or insulting to…

  • Stuber

    Stuber

    ★★½

    This was an extremely meh comedy that was fairly entertaining whenever it wasn't focused on the plot. Kumail Nanjiani is a great comedian but he unfortunately keeps playing the same character in every movie he's in, and Dave Butista is alright in this. He plays a very easy character too, but his role interestingly requires more complex comedic timing than Kumail Nanjiani. This was way too predictable and not nearly as funny as it could've been, but it's watchable.

    Rating: C