- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
- Throwing real people into a situation where they have to act as if part of a video game to survive sounds like a weird proposition, but it works to funny effect in this case. While a few things are predictable, and some a bit sappy, enough surprises happen to keep the viewer engaged and amused.
- The Mummy
- More action and comedy than horror, even though death comes via the undead (or rather, the reawakened dead) and flesh-eating bugs. It's a bit predictable who gets it, but still fun to wait and see how so, and how the others get away. Good summer fare.
- Crocodile Dundee and Crocodile Dundee 2
- It's a funny movie, although a bit predictable in places. I had expected Dundee to create much more havoc in New York than he did. Linda Kozlowski's role seems mostly to glaze admiringly at Dundee, although it remains a bit of a mystery how they end up together (Dundee is a big step up from her shit fiancee, though). The second part takes the fight to Australia, where Dundee naturally has the advantage (and help from Aborigines). Still fun, and still nothing much to do for Linda Kozlowski but to look pretty.
- Sherlock Holmes
- The trailers had caused me to avoid this one when it came out, but it's actually quite enjoyable. While it's a bit disconcerting to see story arcs (Holmes drawing conclusions from examining a watch) and figures (Irene Adler) from various Sherlock Holmes stories mixed freely into something new (and I think no one ever pictured Watson as a fighting man), the result is still good entertainment.
- Mr. Bean goes America could sum up this movie. He's guest at a family that expects a smart person, and accepts an excentric one, and he delivers the same general mayhem as in the series, extrapolated over 90 minutes. If you liked the series, you'll like the movie.
- Finding Dory
- The main fish suffers from short term memory loss, and thus has trouble remembering where in her quest to find her parents she is. While there are curiously few predators around, a nicely grumpy octopus has lots of tricks up his sleeve to get her back on track. Funny.
- The Royal Tenenbaums
- Wes Anderson movies are a bit hit-and-miss, and this one is more miss than hit. While it's got the obligatory great cast modeling an extended dysfunctional family, except for Gene Hackman they don't get an opportunity to shine - Bill Murray especially seems wasted here. Time to watch Grand Budapest Hotel again.
- The Incredibles 2
- More funny exploits of a superhero family, but this time supermom has got to go to work, while superdad has to deal with the kids and other family matters. Of course they need to pull together at the end, only to discover that superbaby's secret power is about more than making diapers superdirty.
- A Bug's Life
- This one came out the same summer as Antz, and lost out to it back then. Seeing it now, it's geared more towards kids, meaning there's less stuff for adults to "get" than in Antz. It nonetheless has its funny moments, and it's kind of surprising in a movie for kids that the bad guy (a grasshopper) is fed to the young birds at the end. I liked that, of course :-)
- The Incredibles
- Continuing to catch up with Pixar movies, the Incredibles are a superhero family, each with their own strengths, living in a time where superheros are not supposed to exist any more after cleaning up their occasional mishaps has cost the city too much money. But they're still around, and eventually a villain worthy of their talents shows up.
- Monsters University
- Not quite as inspired as Monsters, Inc., but which sequel ever measures up 100% to the first part? Still, fun goings-on in monsterland, although, of course, you can guess that the little guy wins at the end.
- Six Days Seven Nights
- Stranded with a broken-down plane on a remote island infested with animals and visited by pirates, that's the premise. But it's no match for Harrison Ford and Anne Heche, who ingenuously manage to survive and get home, improbably falling in love somewhere along the line.
- Addams Family Values
- Like the first part, this is my kind of dark humor. Raul Julia and Christopher Lloyd shine especially.
- Kung Fu Panda
- A Kung Fu fighting Panda - what else is there to say? Suspending my usual aversion to martial arts movies, this one is quite funny. Animated films provide good distraction from the pandemic.
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