Movie Reviews in 20 Words or Less | February 2020

Over on Twitter, I run an account that gives movie reviews in twenty words or less. In a fast and moving world, attention spans can be short, especially on social media. I challenged myself to strip away the excess fat from reviews and post my succinct thoughts that get to the heart of how I feel. New releases, old classics, first-time viewings, and tenth time rewatches

See below for a round-up of last month’s content. 


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Frank – Weird (in a good way), with dry humour and a masked Fassbender who somehow manages to remain his magnetic self. 


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Hard Eight – PTA gets the best out of a stellar cast in his confident debut. A low-key affair, with some great dialogue. 


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Bumblebee – Just the right amount of humour, action and robomance for two hours of enjoyable fun. Plus, Hailee Steinfeld is awesome. 


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Searching – Superb mystery thriller that had me guessing until the end. Storytelling via contemporary technology is used to great effect. 


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Parasite – Dark, funny and original satire on class division. Above all, a damn fine film and worthy of all the acclaim. 


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Jojo Rabbit – Heartwarming story that focuses on prejudices and childhood naivety rather than war. Lots of trademark Waititi humour throughout. Lovely stuff. 


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The Lighthouse – Dafoe and Pattinson are perfect together in this dark and hilarious nightmare. Eggers proving he’s a master of his craft. 


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The Guest – A little ridiculous at times, but a brooding Dan Stevens’ and quality synth score make it a ton of fun. 


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Uncut Gems – Exhausting experience that pushes things a bit too far by the end, though Sandler and the directorial style are fantastic. 


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Bad Times at the El Royale – A non-linear genre mash up, featuring an all-star cast, witty dialogue and plenty of surprises along the way. Thoroughly entertaining. 


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A Taxi Driver – Fact-based drama that begins as lighthearted comedy and ends as emotional roller-coaster. Real superheroes don’t wear capes. They drive taxis. 


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Dogman – A gritty, uncomfortable watch where naive groomer Marcelo draws enough empathy that you can’t help but root for him. Excellent. 


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Oldboy – What got me into world cinema many years ago still holds up today. The style, the violence, the twist. Perfect.


Have you seen any of these films and if so, what are your thoughts?

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Author: Lee McCutcheon

Happy to watch absolutely anything, with a soft spot for world cinema.