Writer/director David O Russell is a known jerk (to put it mildly), but he makes movies that interest the hell out of me. Amsterdam is no different. It’s another murder mystery comedy, which seemed to be a big thing this year, and I think it’s easily one of the better ones. The cast is amazing, the plot is both fun and intriguing, and the dialogue crackles. I think it would have worked infinitely better as a miniseries or something more long-form, but for what it is, I think it’s a really great mess of a film.
Another Peacock streamer, and one I had planned to watch with Kaysi, but it just didn’t work out. I love the Halloween franchise and have since I was really young. My Uncle Bink was the one that introduced it to us, but it’s an all-around family favorite for sure. I mostly enjoyed this final effort of the recent trilogy, but I do think it’s an absolute mess. Ryan and I argued regularly over the Rob Zombie reboot, and I believe he only got to see the first entry in this saga, so of course I’ve oft wondered what he would think of it in total. I do hope the franchise isn’t dead, even if it means another reboot.
Well, you can hear Adam and myself discuss this a bunch on our podcast Nerds Ruin Everything, so the only thing I’ll say here is: I didn’t hate it, but it did not change the hierarchy of power in the DCU. James Gunn did that.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Chadwick Boseman died a week before my brother, and when I last spoke to Ryan I was on my way to visit Boseman’s hometown in South Carolina. Ryan had called and asked me to come back to our hometown to stay with him for a bit. I promised to call him back and discuss it. We never spoke again. The Black Panther character will forever be linked to Chadwick Boseman, who (for me) will be forever linked to the death of my brother. None of it negatively, only for sorrow for what never was and never will be. Moving on is a hard, often clumsy bit of business, but it’s something we must all do, otherwise, we’re just living in that sorrow.
I didn’t get a chance to see the limited theatrical run, thanks to living in a city that Netflix doesn’t deem important. This was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and I think it mostly lived up to that anticipation. It’s incredibly fun, witty as hell, and plays with the rules of the murder mystery in new ways. It’s very much like seeing a magic trick and then learning how it was accomplished. You can lean in, believe in the magic, and marvel at the way the magician was able to pull it off with a bit of foolery, or you can be pissed that magic isn’t real and you were too dumb to understand that going into it. I liked it a great deal.