The last couple of years have brought some good Science Fiction/Fantasy movies to the theater after several years of drought. Not a lot of them, but some. 2015 had “The Martian,” 2016 had “Arrival,” 2017 has the excellent “Bladerunner 2049.” We also had Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and “The Last Jedi” both noteworthy films. Here are quick notes for the genre films I have seen this year:
The Space Between Us – kind of sappy, but Ok
The Lego Batman Movie – good, I liked it even though I am not a superhero/comic book fan.
Beauty and the Beast – good Disney fare.
Life – bad, really, really bad.
Ghost in the Shell – good, I liked it even though I am not a superhero/comic book fan.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – excellent round of fun.
Wonder Woman – meh.. (I really dislike superhero type movies. we have several on DVD here at the house and at other times everyone else has gone to the theater to see that I have passed on. So it is probably more of a genre thing than aspects of the movie Wonder Woman that I find boring. Guardians are more like a campy science fiction movie, so they get a pass.
Transformers: The Last Knight – not good
Despicable Me 3 – fun, but the series is going downhill.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – excellent, I don’t understand why everyone was so down on the movie. Not extremely deep, but fun by the director of Fifth Element – Luc Besson.
The Emoji Movie – ok
Blade Runner 2049 – the best science fiction movie I have seen in years.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – good addition to the Star Wars saga, maybe the third best of the series.
Bright – anew Netflix film with Will Smith.It has some flaws but I think it is worth seeing. It would be a better film if it were positioned as a piolet for a series where some of the unanswered questions in the film would be addressed during the course of the series.