The First Purge: How to Kill a Franchise

I always thought the Purge was a really cool concept for a movie series. A 12 hour period, once a year, in which all crime is legal, thus the street become total chaos in which time your friends or neighbours could turn around and butcher you over any slight. I felt that the first movie wasted its premise by restricting it to a home invasion movie, but its two sequels more than made up for it in terms of action and fleshing out the concept.

It’s a shame that by the time movie number four rolled around, they seemed for forget how creative they could have been with this idea. The First Purge ignores all of the things that made the previous movies so interesting and boils it down to a weak action movie with even weaker social commentary.

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Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom is not just A Lost World

I struggled to have a strong opinion on the previous Jurassic World. The first two Jurassic Park movies were such a huge part of my childhood that I was always going to be hard to please when it came to the sequel/soft reboot in 2015.

While it wasn’t a bad movie by any means, it felt like it was lifting too much from the original movie and not doing enough to differentiate itself from the classics. It was entertaining but ultimately forgettable for me. It goes without saying that I didn’t have high expectations of Fallen Kingdom, especially when the first trailer came out and just looked like more of the same.

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I wanted to hate the Han Solo movie.

I walked into Solo with pretty low expectations, I’ve not been especially excited about this one since it was announced. Walking out though, I can happy say that I has a lot of fun with this movie. I worry though, that my enjoyment of this movie was purely from a place of deeply seeded Star Wars fandom that lessens me as a person.

I spoke about the problems this movie had in its production before, how Phil Lord an Christopher Miller were given the boot as directors and replaced with an infinitely more middle of the road director in Ron Howard. And while some of the excitement I had upon leaving the cinema has worn off, I still got a lot out of this flick.

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