The box office summer is packed full of movies that are tailored to a very specific type of audience and this week is no exception. Godzilla has got your kaijus, Rocketman has your Elton John fan service and Ma has your horror movie fun.
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters
If the Godzilla in 2014 was your subtle kaiju movie about climate change, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the anvil allegory upside your head.
The rebooted films have a great and simple premise. Godzilla and other monsters are waking up to correct the errors of human civilization and are basically the "first gods." That's all you need to know to love every single second of the Godzilla sequel.
Yes, there's a plot and Millie Bobby Brown gets into some hijinks, but honestly no one cares. The eco-terrorists are probably the only interesting part of the plot and yet, all that mattered were the fights between Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah.
If you're a fan of Godzilla films, this feels more like the older films than the 2014 reboot did. But it'll never go back to the hokey fun that you grew up loving. - Michael Buckner
Rocketman makes Bohemian Rhapsody look like bland white bread.
Directed with a HUGE sense of splendor by Dexter Fletcher (who finished Bohemian Rhapsody when the original director went AWOL) and starring the future A-lister Taron Egerton, Rocketman is a music biopic in the style of a fantasy musical.
It hits all the highs and lows we come to expect from these types of movies, but the songs are used to push the story further. This is what the almost-billion dollar movie Bohemian Rhapsody *should* have been. It actually shows the rock and roll lifestyle of the singer, without glamorizing a thing. Don't be surprised when you see this movie a dozen times at the 2020 Academy Awards. - Zach Keast
Ma is a suspenseful thriller that fulfilled its commercial-teasing potential. Octavia Spencer is known for baking poop-filled pies and working for NASA in her previous roles, but Ma takes her range of genres to a whole other level.
When a group of high school teenagers befriends a middle-aged woman to score some alcohol, you might think, “Oh, that’s just your typical teenage act.” But when that lonely and bullied middle-aged woman become obsessive, and not as innocent as initially viewed, you better watch your back.
If you’re in for a lot of surprises, ups and downs, lies and truths revealed, you’ll take a trip to the theater to see Ma. My advice to you after watching this movie: Always be nice to people, because years from now it might come back to bite you in the butt if you’re not. - Hana Williams