PaoAndrade has written 81 reviews for films during 2020.

  • The Personal History of David Copperfield

    The Personal History of David Copperfield

    ★★★½

    Another one I’ve been meaning to check out for the longest of time.

    Having never read the novel or seen any prior adaptations, I was completely in the dark about what this movie was about. The narration tools the movie used, specially at the start, caught me completely off guard. It immediately made the film stand out.

    The runtime is around 2 hours and the story covers so many events, that by the end I was feeling exhausted.

    The casting…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    ★★½

    Going through my backlog of 2020 movies before the end of the year... it was now or never.

    I don’t hate the film, but there is not a single thing in it that I find remarkable. Being predictable is not always a terrible thing, but going through the motions in the slowest way possible makes for a very boring movie.

    The dialogue didn’t help matters. It went from meh to hilariously bad.

    There are worse films out there, but chances are I never watch this again.

  • Sylvie's Love

    Sylvie's Love

    ★★★

    A really sweet movie.

    It’s not groundbreaking, and at times I found myself a little bit bored, but overall it’s a well told love story.

    The acting was good (Tessa Thompson is just about everywhere these days) and having it be a period piece helped.

    I liked the first act the most.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★★★★

    I remember at the beginning of the year I realized we would get three huge blockbusters directed by women: Mulan, Black Widow and Wonder Woman. And that from the look of the trailers all of them would be amazing IMAX experiences. Fast forward to now and one was pushed for next year, the other two I had to watch on my tiny lap top.

    I didn’t enjoy this any less for not giving me the theater experience, but while watching…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★½

    Aside from the third act, I truly believe this is a perfect film.

    Maybe it’s my bias toward origin stories. I felt the introduction of Diana, and the rest of the cast was really well paced, the plot moved organically and the comedic and serious moments were very well balanced.

    The third act became a CGI fest and it felt quite generic, like I was suddenly watching another movie. Thankfully the emotional scene in it was powerful enough to carry me all the way through.

    I need to watch this one more often, it brings me a lot of joy

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    Everyone kept saying this was on the same vein as Inside out, and while that would be great news for most people, I don’t love Inside Out. I can see why the comparisons are being drawn, but to me they feel completely different.

    There is a section of this movie that is not as great as the rest (it had the potential to be, but the humor didn’t land with me), everything else is pretty phenomenal.

    The animation looks beautiful and the music brings everything to life.

    This is another win for Pixar

  • Elf

    Elf

    ★★★½

    First time watch. I wanted to love this so much, it didn’t get to “great” for me, but I still found it really good.

    Will Ferrell is great as Buddy, the comedy works because he sells it. His character brings wonder and joy.

    The third act does lose me a bit. It felt rushed, and it introduces stakes that weren’t really necessary. I wish the climax had been less “grand”.

    I can see why everyone that grew up with it is so attached.

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★

    I’ll add this to “my favorite movies of 2020” now, thank you.

    I’m not sure even how to deconstruct the movie. I just know I had a blast, I loved the story progression, I had a huge smile on my face the whole time and I’m obsessed with the final scene. Obsessed!

    Mads gave a hell of a performance, I want more...

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★½

    I’m conflicted about this movie. On the one hand I felt the play influence a bit too much, the way everyone was delivering their lines, the dialogue itself, the limited locations... on the other hand I really liked the storyline and the acting was amazing all around.

    I didn’t get as emotionally invested in the characters as I would have wanted to, but I’m willing to attribute that to my own state of mind rather to a shortcoming of the…

  • The Prom

    The Prom

    ★★½

    I wanted to like this. I don’t hate it or anything, but it was pretty underwhelming. 

    This is actually the first Ryan Murphy project that I’ve watched. I’m going to keep an open mind when sampling his other stuff, but if they feel the way this felt, I’m afraid I’m going to walk out disappointed.

    The trailer looked like fun, but the movie never made me laugh, cry or be mad. I got no emotion from it. The songs were…

  • Wolfwalkers

    Wolfwalkers

    ★★★½

    I may have been a bit too hyped for this one. I was so sure I was going to adore it, and while I did really like it, I was left expecting the moment that would sweep me off my feet.

    The animation is astonishing. It feels simplistic but fresh. What holds the movie back a little for me is the predictability of the story. I usually don’t mind if something is predictable, not everything needs to be full of…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    I remember this played at TIFF 19 over a year ago and the few people that saw it all seemed to have loved it. It’s been on my radar ever since.

    Until a few months though, I still didn’t know what the movie was about, other than knowing it involved a drummer and it was a sensory trip. I assumed it would involve deafening music (no pun intended) and it ended up being the complete opposite. The sound design is…