2020 NOVEMBER MOVIE RANKINGS:
I went for the smaller-scaled features this month, analyzing movies with small ideas, big(ish) stars, and independent approaches. I didn’t plan it. A part of me wishes I got around to some of the larger releases that were dropping on the various streaming services, but c’est la vie. There wasn’t much of a battle for the top spot of the month this time around. Nevertheless, all of these flicks offered something unique (well… “The Wrong Missy” is debatable). Let’s see how it all stacked up.
#4- “The Wrong Missy”
55% = Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Rob Schneider is gold, the acting isn’t all that bad, and for what it’s worth, I was entertained for the entirety of the picture.
Cons: Missy (Lapkus) was downright annoying/irredeemable, the plot is predictable (and upsetting, given how the change in Missy doesn’t make a lick of sense), and the humor leans too sexual for my tastes.
#3- “Yes, God, Yes”
70% = Burnt Popcorn
Pros: Solid performances, great theme/lesson (up until the end, that is), funny, gives Jared Hess vibes, and a good take on the Catholic prep-school atmosphere.
Cons: The ending seemed to paint a different picture for the narrative; one that I was not fond of (and cost points in the long run).
#2- “Flirting with Disaster”
74%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Hilarious, showcases a slew of all-star talent, unpredictable plot, and memorable situations.
Cons: The storyline itself is jumbled, giving into the laughs more so than the narrative string. Its chaos creates a story that doesn’t leave as much of a lasting impact as I think it should have.
#1- “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
90%= Juicy Popcorn
Pros: Stellar performances, strong theme, choice music, solid cinematography, and engaging characters.
Cons: Lends to other coming-of-age tales done in the past (that’s a given) and a lot of the appeal in the story lies in the demographic it shoots for (a younger audience). Granted, that only makes it an issue for the older folks.
By a wide margin, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” claims November, and will face “1917,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Parasite,” “Uncut Gems,” “Silence,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “A Ghost Story,” “Prisoners,” “Ford v. Ferrari,” “Thunder Road,” “The Cabin in the Woods,” and whoever takes December to decide which film has the chops to be the next Movie of the Year.