Friday, June 19, 2020

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Toy Story 4:
This is a pleasant, unnecessary segment of the Toy Story story that doesn't tread a whole lot of new ground. In order to invent some reason for existing, the movie undoes some of the work that went into making Toy Story 3 a "perfect" ending for the series. Treat it like a straight-to-VHS one-off and you'll be able to enjoy it, especially with key roles filled by Tony Hale and Key & Peele.

Final Grade: B-

Expanse, S3:
Season Three has a weird flow to it -- the first half feels like "the rest" of Season Two, and the last half (following a jarring time jump in the narrative) is really rushed with new settings and newly introduced characters. I liked it well enough, but it did a lot more telling instead of showing. Anytime a character gives a multi-minute exposition dump based on things seen in a vision, I felt like they were over budget and needed to stretch their funds as long as possible. Free on Amazon Prime.

Final Grade: B-

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG-13):
This is a mismatched buddy comedy from the director of What We Do In the Shadows, the mockumentary about vampries. It has a different pacing to it and manages to be fun and charming without getting sappy or oversentimental.

Final Grade: B+

Medical Police, Season One:
Parody is a really difficult tone to get right and this show does not succeed. I gave it three episodes but saw no reason to continue -- there were a few brief chuckles connected by lengthy segments of forgettable setup. Free on Netflix.

Final Grade: Not graded

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