The calendar year’s resident blockbuster month didn’t do much to… well… bust the block, if I’m being honest. With a couple of living, breathing toys and Earthly black suited protectors fighting intergalactic forces, I’d say we got, if anything, a rather conceptually repetitive month. But hey for all the awfulness of the X-Men’s last stand, I’d watch it all again and again for a cowboy and a spork dissecting the meaning of life – that’s true cinema. So, without further ado, here’s my ranking of the five cinema releases I managed to see in June 2019.
#5 X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Theatre of DOOM)
An anti-climatic final chapter to Marvel’s mutant step-sister franchise; plagued with an endless tonal drag, the movie leaves the once mighty X-Men on a sour endnote.
#4 Men In Black: International (Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…)
A visual depiction of a cool concept on a downward spiral; despite charm from Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, the movie neuralyzes its audience into forgetting its events almost instantaneously.
#3 Child’s Play (Kingdom of the Criminally Dull…)
A pretty by-the-numbers attempt at 80s shlock horror that slashes any attempt at nuance despite having some ounce of entertainment value.
#2 Yesterday (A CRUSADE!!)
A highly joyous and pleasing romcom with an inventive edge, that isn’t quite perfect, but manages to charm from beginning to end.
#1 Toy Story 4 (Lost Art)
A heartfelt and essential continuation to a sentimental saga; opening a new chapter, in unison, to film and life whilst exhibiting the age old charm of Pixar’s Golden Era.
- Turan, K 2019, Review: ‘Toy Story 4’ grows up but still keeps the joy to toys, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, viewed 26 June 2019, <https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-toy-story-4-pixar-review-20190610-story.html>