Plot: Earth is quickly nearing the point of no return in the energy crisis. Aboard the Cloverfield Space Station, Hamilton (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is working with her colleagues on a particle accelerator, hoping that they can make it work which would mean a near-endless energy supply. But so far, they have not been successful and they are running out of possibilities to try. But when thing finally seem to go right, the consequeces of their experiments are definitely not what they expected.
The Cloverfield Paradox is a decent space station thriller/horror film. It wouldn’t have necessarily needed the connection to the other two Cloverfield films, but that it can be watched independently is one of its strength, I’d say. As is the awesome cast.
Plot: Emma Russell (Vera Farmiga) is a scientist working on a bio-acoustics device that is supposed to communicate and calm creatures like Godzilla. She has been testing it on a moth larva in China and it seems to work pretty well. Her research doesn’t go unnoticed, and so Emma finds herself and her daughter Maddie (Millie Bobby Brown) taken, and her device used to wake all giant creatures instead of calming them.
Just to be very clear: kaiju films are not my thing and I didn’t particularly enjoy the first Godzilla, nor Kong. But I agreed to see this one for my friend and for Vera Farmiga. But it didn’t come as a surprise to me that I didn’t actually like this one either (my friend, who generally likes kaijus did, though, so it probably is a good kaiju movie anyway).
Plot: Ip Man (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) is a master of Wing Chun kung-fu, looking back on his life. In the 1930s, his until then rather uneventful existence was disrupted with the arrival of Gong Yutian (Qingxiang Wang) – who managed to unite the martial arts from in Northern China, for which he has chosen an heir, Ma San (Jin Zhang). He now also wants to find a representative for Southern China. Ip Man is chosen to battle him, and by winning his life and the life of Gong Yutian’s daughter Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang) have become forever entwined.
The Grandmaster is a beautiful, beautiful film with great leads and I loved it. Unfortunately the plotting is a little weak. But it’s great to have Wong Kar Wai back.