Hustlers (2019) | Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

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“We were fucking hurricanes, weren’t we?”

From the moment the first trailer for Hustlers dropped, I was intrigued and I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint. This entire movie was a blast. I genuinely had the best time watching it and I can honestly say that it was all done incredibly well.

Hustlers is based on the article The Hustlers at Scores by Jessica Pressler meaning there was at least some kind of jumping off point. Even so, I would say the movie does a pretty fantastic job at bringing the essence of that article to the big screen while also creating something that you can follow even if have never heard the story before. Hustlers sucks you in from the very beginning and keeps your attention without really having to try. Whether it be the performances, the slight shift in tone between present day and the past, or even something as simple as the music, at the end of the day there’s always something to focus on and keep you entertained.

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Joker (2019) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose: to bring laughter and joy to the world.”

Prior to its release, Joker already had a ton of things going for it that made me excited to see it and thankfully, it did deliver on those things but I have to admit that for the most part, I was wildly underwhelmed. Before I really jump into this review, I would still say that it’s worth checking out. However, I wouldn’t say you’re missing out too much if you have to wait to see it and don’t get the chance to do so at the cinema.

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Ocean’s Eight (2018) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

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I remember when I first heard that Ocean’s Eight was going to be a thing and how happy I was about it, especially when I found out that it was a spinoff. The original Ocean’s trilogy are three of my all time favourite movies and it felt much more satisfying, as a woman, to know that we were getting an all-female spinoff rather than a remake. This way it felt somewhat original while also being an extension to a really fantastic franchise. I mean, let’s be honest, one of the biggest flaws of the original trilogy was that it was very much lacking women and oh boy, does Ocean’s Eight rectify that.

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Money Monster (2016) | Movie Review [Spoiler Free]

The second I heard that Jodie Foster was directing this movie I knew I was going to watch it. Even before I saw any kind of trailer. I’ve been a fan of her for a long time as an actress, but I hate to see I’ve never seen something she’s directed, so that only made me want to see Money Monster more.

“Financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor takes over their studio.” – [imdb]

Going in I wasn’t really sure what the actual story line was going to be. All I knew was the very basics given in the description above. I’d seen one trailer and that didn’t really give away much either. Now that I’ve seen the movie I can safely say that that was the best way to go into it.

This movie has a central idea, that is executed very simply. The story line is clearly thought out, but it’s not overly complicated and it goes about showing it in a equally uncomplicated way. It gives you just enough to put two and two together, but never enough to take away any surprise, suspense, or general enjoyment. The way it’s put together is very well done.

The cast has a lot of big and popular names in it: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell to name a few. On that front it definitely doesn’t disappoint, the acting talent is on point, and even those characters that only have maybe one scene give so much. Overall the people on screen and off do a lot to bring this movie together and each of them do it so perfectly.

This movie works. Is it flawless? Perfect? Probably not, but there was never anything major to distract me from having a great viewing experience.

For obvious reasons this movie is serious and full of suspense, but, surprisingly enough it’s funny in places. Not the side-splitting, happy kind of funny, but the kind that has you laughing in the moment as a impulse reaction. Money Monster does a great job of jumping between all the different components so that when you’ve just been laughing at something, the next moment you’re thrown into silence by something a lot more serious and intense.

Critically and technically I can’t really fault it, entertainment wise I can’t either. It was just a really enjoyable movie. I didn’t feel like I wasted any time by watching it. Everything seemed to be wrapped up by the end in some way, shape, or form. It’s greatest attribute (beside the cast and crew) was the fact that it chose not to over complicate things and create a huge show. They managed to keep it entertaining while having everything in check.

Overall this movie is memorable and a great watch. If you’ve been considering watching it then I would highly recommend you do. It was a lot of fun and I have no major complaints.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ /5