They say second months a charm (wait… do they?) but it would seem February 2019 has been a bit of a let down. With more dull films than big hitters, it was more the poetic intakes of cinema that made for anything memorable, including insights into Japanese drinks and American babies. But in the field of sci-fi and biopics… well, I could not necessarily recommend most of the flicks I sat through this month. Nevertheless, your opinion is the most important tool you have at your disposal, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan of reliving cliche after cliche (as if I was stuck in my own birthday for eternity), maybe you’ll think differently. Just saying, if February 2019 told us anything, it’s that live-action anime is no match for the original purest distillation of real anime. Anyway here’s my ranking of the releases from the month of February 2019.
#5 Alita: Battle Angel [Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…]
A visually impeccable, action heavy spectacle that works solely off its portrayal of its titular protagonist, but fails badly in its overstuffed epic narrative and cast of characters, who’s efforts fail to meet the passion of James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.
#4 At Eternity’s Gate [Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…]
A rather slow-moving unoriginal biopic that leans heavily on the performance of a great Willem Dafoe but mistakes meditative for meandering.
#3 Happy Death Day 2U [Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…]
A comedically tuned, entertaining follow up to the 2017 original, that may play a bit derivative and falter in effective nuance but delivers a serviceable, if not samey, narrative.
#2 Night Is Short, Walk On Girl [A CRUSADE!!]
A spell-binding epic poem visualised through vibrant and zany imagery that defies the very language of animation; only held back by some anime clichés.
#1 If Beale Street Could Talk [A CRUSADE!!]
A uniquely poetic, theatre-like epic romance that utilises it’s genius actors, sweeping cinematography and powerful score to reflect on the power of love, juxtaposed to hate; loosing immersion only to some obscure directorial choices, including unnecessary narration.
- Franich, D, 2019, Alita: Battle Angel review: It’s a sports movie?, Entertainment Weekly, Meredith Corporation, viewed 15 February 2019, <https://ew.com/movie-reviews/2019/01/31/alita-battle-angel-review/>