May 14, 5:52am
I almost completely stopped going to the movies during the pandemic. While I saw a few limited release anime films, I hadn't been to see a live-action movie on the big screen since ... probably The Rise of Skywalker? Which was a pretty terrible note to go out on. But over the past month-ish I caught several current movies that were on my radar.
First was The Batman, which I managed to remain almost entirely spoiler-free for despite it having been in theatres for going on two months (remarkably, it was still at the local first-run). I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it felt like a fair bit of connective tissue was left on the cutting room floor that might have made the movie more cohesive, which is a strange thing to say about a three-hour film!
Next was Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which wasn't as offensively terrible as FB2, but was still strikingly bad both as a singular film and as an expansion of the sprawling "Wizarding World" franchise. For almost any other series, I wouldn't have gone back after a film as dire as Crimes of Grindelwald, but like any good Millennial, Harry Potter was a huge part of my childhood, so I couldn't let a new movie go unseen. That said, there's an undeniable schadenfreude at seeing Rowling's latter-day efforts fall flat.
Lastly, I saw Everything Everywhere All at Once. Unlike the other two, which I'd known were in the works years in advance, I first heard of Everything Everywhere when I saw the trailer a few months ago and was immediately intrigued. I had the highest hopes of the three for this one, and it didn't disappoint. Unfortunately, the themes of mother–daughter alienation and reconciliation hit uncomfortably close to home, and rather than thinking about the film in depth afterwards (which it deserved and would undoubtedly benefit from) I tried to think of anything else. But I don't regret seeing it, because it was easily the best of the three.
I'm not sure when I'll be back. I wasn't an especially frequent theatre-goer even before Covid, but I enjoy the experience, so I hope it won't be too long before something else catches my eye. I thought about seeing the new Doctor Strange, but I've got a couple years' worth of MCU content I've barely heard of to catch up on, or at least read Wikipedia articles about, and it just didn't feel worth it at this juncture.