What Webbed Watched is a weekly segment in which the contributors to Webbed Media give a brief review of any film they have watched in the past week. The film may be a brand new release, a golden classic, a film we regret watching or one we’ve seen a hundred times. This week we have Game Night and Geostorm.
Game Night – @CiaranRH
Game Night is an ideal film to watch when bored of an evening that doesn’t require your full attention but still keeps you enthralled and away from your mobile phone. For a film with such a straightforward premise on paper, “a group of friends whose game night turns into a real-life mystery after one of them is kidnapped”, it surprisingly has a relatively deep story which is rare for a comedy and there are even occasional stylistic flourishes with the cinematography, especially during the hot-potato-like scene in the mansion. Although I found myself chuckling more often than belly laughing, found some of the punch-lines obvious and was disinterested by the least funny character being a stereotypical good looking dumb guy, I still found the film to be completely enjoyable with the highlight for me being the appearance of an actor I love but hadn’t seen for many years, but I wouldn’t want to spoil who for you.
Geostorm – @Davemanson1
You know when you are 10 seconds into watching a new trailer, and you think: You know what, I’ll wait for the home media release. That was me approximately one year ago watching the trailer for Geostorm. Well, I’ve watched it now and wish instead I had thought: I’ll wait till I’m dead. Geostorm is an abomination in the already abominable genre of disaster movies. Gerard Butler desperately attempts to cling on to any semblance of an acting career still remaining, which is ironic because Geostorm is Dean Devlin’s (Producer on Independence Day and Godzilla) directorial debut, and the film will help to ensure neither work in Hollywood again. The world has succumbed to global warming, and Gerald Butler leads an international team in developing a network of satellites, called Dutch Boy, to control the climate and keep the world population safe. Only, spoiler alert, it doesn’t keep them safe at all. Butler must return to space and investigate accidental malfunctions in Dutch Boy, which, spoiler alert, he discovers aren’t accidental. The clichés are numerous, the plot twist predictable and the CGI dreadful: the tornadoes in Mumbai and tidal wave in Dubai look like they were created by a 16 year old studying media. What I will say is, I managed to watch the whole film, and on a Saturday night when Love Island isn’t on and you’re looking to fill the void of trash entertainment, look no further than Geostorm. You’ll be left with questions such as, ‘Is this what Andy Garcia and Ed Harris have to do for a paycheck these days?’ and ‘Why is Hollywood still casting Jim Sturgess?’ The only highlight is the inclusion of Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in Deadpool 2. To conclude, Geostorm aims to be a solid feature in the disaster movie genre, but ends up simply becoming a disaster of a movie.