In the United Kingdom, January and February is the best time of the year when it comes to films. This is because a lot of the movies that are in contention for awards such as the Oscars are released in the UK at this time.
The Favourite is one of the movies expected to do well at the 2019 Oscars and Timothée Chalamet has been getting nominations for his supporting role in Beautiful Boy. I had the chance to see both of these films recently as well as How To Train Your Dragon 3, an animated movie which might be nominated for Best Animated Film at the Oscars next year. You can see my short reviews for all of these movies below.
Beautiful Boy is a film with great subject matter that never reaches its full potential. There is some great acting from Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet and the latter is the standout in this film. Moments of brilliance are littered throughout whenever he is involved with a café scene between his character and Carell’s being a particular highlight.
There is no doubt that the father/son relationship and the impact that drug addiction has on it is the heart and soul of Beautiful Boy. I also liked the nice variety of music. However, something was missing from this film that would have delivered the knockout emotional moments. From a storytelling perspective, Beautiful Boy felt quite passive in my opinion.
Everything was there to make this movie great but, for whatever reason, it never did enough to get to that level. It is a good film and, in terms of acting, I can see why it has received award nominations. Still, the overall movie is not at a high enough level of quality to get more award recognition.
I despised The Lobster which was the first and only Yorgos Lanthimos film I had seen prior to The Favourite. Because of my disdain for his previous work, I was not going into The Favourite with abundant excitement. Gratefully, I had a much better time with this movie than I did with The Lobster.
While I did not love it and I questioned what the whole point of it was by the end, I found some enjoyment in the comedic aspects of the film. A big reason why I thought The Favourite was a decent movie was because it was much more restrained and less quirky with its storytelling.
This made the film more palatable and I could appreciate the comedy and the performances because of this. I am not of the opinion that this film deserves all of the Oscar nominations it has received and I would be shocked if it won Best Picture. Nonetheless, it was much better than I expected it to be.
How To Train Your Dragon 3
Upon a re-watch of How To Train Your Dragon 1 and How To Train Your Dragon 2, those films did not hold up that well for me. I still enjoyed watching them but, in a score out of 10, they both went down from an 8.5 to a 6.5. I could not really separate the two in terms of which one I preferred over the other. After watching How To Train Your Dragon 3, I still cannot give you a confident ranking of all three films.
I enjoy all of these movies and the consistency of their quality is somewhat of an achievement. It is a decent trilogy. However, I do not connect with these films nor the characters within them on an emotional level as others do and the moments between Hiccup and Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon 3 where I was meant to get the feels kind of fell flat for me.
From an animation standpoint, this is the most impressive of the trilogy and there are some funny moments. Yet, I also feel that these films are more animated movies for kids than they are for adults. I would rank the Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar trilogies above the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy and I do not have a huge desire to watch this trilogy again.