Movie Review Wednesday: Belated Juneteeth Repeat Edition

July 5, 2023

Belated because I planned to post these, you know, around Juneteeth. Juneteeth because one is set on Juneteeth and the other two feature Black main characters. Repeat because I saw two of them twice (in theaters!) and had plans to see the third again but wasn’t able to make it happen. Soon, though!

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The Blackening

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I went to an early screening of The Blackening and found it fun and funny, and I plan on seeing it again once it’s officially released just because I missed so many of the jokes what with the audience laughing throughout. Big Scream energy here with a lot of meta jokes and horror movie-aware characters.

My only complaint is that it was completely obvious who the bad guy was and why, and it would have been nice if the writers pushed a little harder on that front. Still, though, that’s a minor complaint because this was just fun to watch pretty much the whole way through.

[So nice I watched it twice, so here are my thoughts on my second viewing.]

I saw this again, and it was just as funny as the first time, so the humor definitely holds up. This is more thriller than horror (which is not a complaint). Even a big scaredy cat would be able to sleep at night after seeing it.

My daughter thought the who did it and why made perfect sense (unlike me who thought it was a little too obvious/on the nose) because she said something similar could totally be her villain origin story, so take that as you will.

The Little Mermaid (2023)

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I thought this live action remake of The Little Mermaid was really well done from start to finish. I loved the additions they made to flesh out the characters and modernize their choices. I loved that they made it clearer why Ursula was so angry, why Ariel would be so drawn to Eric besides him being a hot dude who lived on land, and also why Triton made the choice he did with Ursula at the end. Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy absolutely made two of the most iconic Disney characters their own.

My daughter and I made the exact same face when Eric started singing his solo (!), which still makes me laugh.

Also, I have to admit that I have seen the animated version of this movie approximately 837 million times (that’s a low estimate), and I didn’t get Scuttle’s name until she was flying over the town getting ready to give Ariel and Sebastian the hot goss–about two seconds before her song started. Me: “OH, SCUTTLE, duh.” Sigh. I’m just glad I figured it out BEFORE hearing the song because otherwise I would really be put out.

I’m taking off half a star because Ursula didn’t call Ariel a “little tramp.”



Seriously, though, I enjoyed this a lot and would watch it again in theaters,

[So nice I watched it twice, so here are my thoughts on my second viewing.]

I would see it again tomorrow if I had the chance.

Also, “tramp” got updated to “barracuda,” so that disappointment was unwarranted.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

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I did NOT know Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse was a two-parter, which affected my satisfaction with the ending. Otherwise, I have no complaints. I love, love, love the animation, and I deeply appreciate the meta-commentary on ~canon~.

The biggest compliments I can give this movie are that (a) I now want to read so many of the Spider-people’s stories and (b) I could watch one of these every couple of years, easy. So! Good thing there’s a sequel releasing in the next few years, eh?

[So nice I would watch it twice! But haven’t yet, alas.]

Also, the first movie wasn’t streaming anywhere, and I wanted to rewatch it before seeing this one, as one does. That was a good reminder that streaming can’t be trusted and hard copies (aka DVDs) are still necessary because SERIOUSLY. I’m still mad about it, honestly.

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  1. Bryan G. Robinson

    I was wondering about The Blackening. Now I know it’s good. 🙂

  2. kegarland

    Not knowing SpiderMan was a two-part movie was a huge disappointment. Viewers like to be satisfied with an ending.

    • Akilah

      Also, I mean it’s also a testament to how good/engaging the movie is that I was willing to sit there and watch more, but seriously.


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