Hello my lovely pumpkins and happy new year! Today, I am sharing with you my monthly movie reviews. There are so many new movies I wanted to watch  this month but I didn’t get to because of the holidays and everything. I did end up watching: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Knives Out, Marriage Story and The Irishman.

If you want to know my thoughts on these movies, then keep on reading! Don’t forget to check out my previous post: COFFEE WITH JOY // 2019 Recap and 2020 goals

December Movie Reviews

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker [2019] 3/5

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“After Palpatine mysteriously returns, the Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.”

Star Wars Episode 9 is a very entertaining yet very busy movie with outstanding visual effects. It doesn’t explore anything new and it feels quite familiar however it steps on the toes of the previous Star Wars. Which means that some things did not make sense. I would say that this movie is definitely a fan service and it tries so hard to please its audience. I wish some things turned out differently concerning the ending. It didn’t feel like a good ending for the greatest saga in the history of American cinema but it is satisfying. Moreover, the movie had a really fast pace and the dialogues were really short, it mostly felt like a video game. If you are a big fan of Star Wars, I am sure you’ve already watched it. If you’re not, I would say skip the new trilogy and focus on episode 4,5,6,1,2,3 and Rogue One.

Knives Out [2019] 3.5/5

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“A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.”

“Knives Out” is a dazzling old-school movie that is extremely funny and very entertaining. It’s a very easy movie to watch, the story is quite simple yet smart and it continuously keeps us guessing like the great comedy mystery movie it is. What stood out the most to me is the character of Daniel Craig, “Benoit Blanc”, who is, to be honest, the most fun character to watch. And, even thought the story is déjà-vu, the storytelling is very beautiful and smart. “Knives Out” is a delight to watch and I 100% recommend it!

Marriage Story [2019] 4/5

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“Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.”

“Marriage Story” is a very touching drama movie that realistically portrays the horrors of divorce and of a family breaking up. This movie feels like one of the most humane motion picture I’ve ever watched in my life. The story is extremely well-written and develops so beautifully and realistically. With their performance, the actors truly surpass themselves and deliver an outstanding portrayal of their characters. What I loved the most, is how the movie manages to make you root for both of the characters. It’s a very intimate movie with a heavy dialogue and raw emotions.

The Irishman [2019] 4/5

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“A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.”

“The irishman” is a remarkable crime movie directed by one of the most reputed directors in this history of cinema. It definitely feels like a very wise movie that takes its time to reach the climax and that is preoccupied with the soul of the characters and story. I will admit that it is a very long movie and that it takes time to adjust to its style. I don’t think it’s made for everyone, it was so hard for me to actually watch it without taking a break or without wandering off. However, I do admire the detailed work and impressive storytelling. On another note, Al Pacino definitely surpassed himself with his truly amazing portrayal of this very charismatic and eccentric character.

5/5: Excellent!

4/5: Very Good

3/5: Good

2/5: Bad

1/5: VERY bad! 

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  1. January 4, 2020 / 1:16 pm

    Great movies! I’m still not sure if I want to watch the new Star Wars, since it became Disney’s I don’t like the movies as much as the older ones, as you said, they feel like fan service 😟 I loved The Irishman too even if I agree that it was a bit long, to be honest! And I totally want to watch a Marriage Story!! 😍

    • Joy🌻
      January 9, 2020 / 11:36 am

      Thank you love!! 😊yess I will forever be a fan of the old Star Wars!! I definitely recommend a Marriage Story if you love good drama movies!!