February Movies In A Nutshell

Happy March, everyone! In the blink of an eye, we’re already a third into the year 2024. Today, I’d like to compile some of the movies I’ve watched throughout February and share with you my thoughts on them! Without further ado, let’s dive into the world of cinemas – a feast for the eyes and ears!

Wonka (2023)

Wonka film (2024)

My friends had dropped by for a house visit during the Chinese New Year and we thought it would be great for us to watch a movie together in my humble abode. As we were scrolling through the endless list of movies, we happened to stumble upon internet sensation, Wonka.

I’d say the latest Wonka film is definitely a comfy film. It’s a musical film that you could watch on a random day with your friends and family for a good laugh. We were chuckling throughout the film and I especially enjoyed the addicting song of ‘Sweet Tooth’!

Despite the film being an Internet meme at the start of the year, I’d say I was surprised to have enjoyed the film as I did not hold any high expectations going into the film. I’d rate the film a good 3.5 out of 5. There are definitely better musical films out there and Timothee’s Wonka may not be my favourite version (I’m a huge fan of Johnny Depp, what can I say?). However, it was a great Christmas movie to watch while hanging out with my friends.

Saltburn (2023)

Saltburn film (2023)

An unexpected twist! Yes, I watched this incredible film, twice(!); once by myself and the last time with my partner. I was not aware of the film till it caught the attention of TikTokers and AO3 readers alike, where they were showering praises and memes of the movie. That was enough to pique my interest and delve into the English movie.

Saltburn is an amazing movie that combines romance, thriller, mystery, comedy and drama – all into a 2-hour long film. The movie starts as we are welcomed by the acclaimed Oxford University where our main protagonist, Oliver Quick, studies. The film portrays the slow burn of Oliver trying to include himself in the society of the riches until he finally gained a friend, the handsome Felix Catton. Felix slowly introduces Oliver to his family, who welcomed him after he had suffered a tragic loss.

Not only was the film visually pleasing, Barry Keoghan’s performance was equally incredible and breathtaking as we accompany him in a journey to understand the dynamic of the Catton family. However, ignore my high praises and heed my warning: this film is not for everyone. You might want to check out some clips of Barry’s ‘outstanding’ performance in the film before watching the entire film on your own. Even my partner gasped in surprise (?) throughout the entire film.

Overall, this might be my favourite movie so far and I’d give it a solid 5 out of 5.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (2023)

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar film (2023)

We’ll end today’s post with a wholesome entry. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a story by acclaimed British author, Roald Dahl. The 2023 film was Wes Anderson’s version of this amazing story, bringing to life the character of Henry Sugar and his journey to learning how to see with his eyes closed.

I have always been a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s works, particularly his cinematography. His movies were unlike real-life; they were like scenes from a storybook coming to life! His version of Henry Sugar had a hint of theatrical production. You’ll see extras coming into the scene to set up props, helping the actors change their wigs, or even setting up the next scene! It was quite similar to another of his recent work, Asteroid City, where the characters were actually doing a play in itself!

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a great film to casually watch with your children and loved ones. It’s a visually pleasing movie with an incredible cast and storyline to back with. For this, I’d give the movie a 4 out of 5.

Thank You For Reading

Alas, that concludes the movies I’ve watched for the past month! Thank you once again for reading and please look forward to my next monthly review post! Whether it’d be books or movies, feel free to share your favourites in the comments below. Till then, this was Shawn Sun!