MikeyB's Monthly Movie Roundup: September, October, November (2017)

 After a August where I didn't see any of the movies released that month, a September where I had an extended vacation, and a October where I was busy with my marathon, I figured it was finally time to get caught up on my Monthly Movie Roundup. Now I know I have delayed this long enough so lets dive right in!

Released: September 8 2017
Director: Andy Mushietti
Starring: Jaeden Leiberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Bill Skarsgard

 Plot: Maine, summer of 1989. In the small town of Derry, children are disappearing at an alarming rate. After discovering that the creature behind these disappearances is a shapeshifting clown, a group of seven friends band together to stop It.

 Opinion: I absolutely loved this new adaptation of Stephen King's best selling novel, and "It" is up there on the list of my favorite films of the year. If you'd like to read my full review click right here.

Released: September 22 2017
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong

 Plot: After the headquarters, and operatives of The Kingsman are taken out, Eggsy and Merlin make a trip to America and join up with a friendly U.S. based intelligence agency to find out who wants them dead.

 Opinion: Full of great action and some hilarious cameos, this is a fun sequel to the 2014 film Kingsman: The Secret Service, and while the performances are good and the introduction of The Statesman is an interesting addition to the series, it doesn't quite manage to recapture the magic of the first film.

Released: October 6 2017
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas

 Plot: Thirty years after the events of the first film, a young Blade Runner finds the himself tracking down the rogue "Runner" Rick Deckard in a case that could change the very course of humanity.

 Opinion: Villeneuve has done the impossible with this 35 year late sequel. He not only lived up to the first film, but in my opinion, surpasses it. While the original film is a milestone of the genre and insanely influential with it's iconic special effects and gorgeous world, it always lacked in one department: story. Thankfully this is something 2049 has in spades and it delves deeply into the theme of "what truly makes us human", that the original only ever hinted at. On top of a great story and absolutely breathtaking cinematography, set design, lighting, and special effects, 2049 has pitch perfect performances from every single actor involved, with Ford delivering the best of his entire career. This one is sitting firmly at the top best of the year list and I don't see it getting knocked off.

Released: November 3 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchet

 Plot: After being imprisoned on a planet far from home, Thor has to team up with the Incredible Hulk and Loki so that they can escape and stop the destruction of Asgard at the hands of Hela.

 Opinion: Thor has sort of been the red headed stepchild of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his film's never quite reaching the highs of the other members of The Avengers. Director Taika Waititi has completely changed that though with this third film to follow the God of Thunder. Waititi brings his own brand of absurdist humor to the proceedings and delivers, in my opinion, not only the best film in the Thor series, but the best film in the entire MCU.

Released: November 10 2017
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Daisy Ridley, Willem Dafoe

 Plot: World famous Detective Hercule Poirot, is riding the Orient Express when one of the passengers is murdered and he is enlisted to solve the crime.

 Opinion: Kenneth Branagh delivers this classic slice of cinema with a fantastic cast full of great performances in this wonderful rendition of Agatha Christie's timeless "who done it" story. Just a great story told well and made well.

Released: November 17 2017
Director(s): Zak Snyder, Joss Whedon
Starring: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Mamoa, Ezra Miller, Henry Cavil, Ray Fisher

 Plot: Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Aquaman team up to try and stop an intergalactic threat to humanity.

 Opinion: I've been a defender of the Zak Snyder's DC films but I just can't do it this time. This film is an absolute and utter mess. I really wish Warner Bros. would have just shelved the project until Snyder was ready to come back to the project after taking a leave of absence after his daughters death. Instead for some inexplicable reason they decided to hire Joss Whedon to come on and finish the film and do some reshoots and rewriting. The huge problem with this is that it has turned this movie into a horrible mix and mash of filmmaking styles and tones. It doesn't even feel like it is set in the same universe as the past films in the franchise and honestly is a huge set back for the series after the good will earned by Wonder Woman (2017). Truly the biggest disappointment of the year.

 Well that concludes my "Roundup" of the new releases I saw this past three months. Did you see anything I didn't? Differing opinion then me? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, and as always thank you for reading and I'll see you next time!