April wrapped up on Friday, and we are near halfway through 2021. This month was a big movie month for me. Half of the films on this list are new releases that came out in 2021. I liked every single movie that I watched this month, which is very rare. I'm excited for May. There's a couple of big new releases that I'm excited to see and review, and I hope you guys are too. Anyway, here is my ranking of all 8 movies that I saw in the month of April.
8. The Courier
The Courier was fine. This teetered on the edge of a Sour, but I ultimately decided it was good enough to stay Savory. I thought that this movie was really well directed, capturing the suspicion of the Russians well and fully immersing you in this environment. However, I don't think that this was the best story to adapt to the big screen. It doesn't have a very satisfying ending, and that holds it back a lot for me.
I was a little bit miffed when I watched Predator for the second time. I absolutely loved it the first time I watched it, but it didn't hold up as well as I thought it would when I saw it again. Still a very fun piece of 80s sci-fi action. The simple story and distinctive characters make this movie enjoyable to watch, but I thought that some of the logic and thrills don't work as well as they might have when this film first came out.
6. Mortal Kombat
The next three movies on this list are all high entertainment value and low quality. Starting with Mortal Kombat. This film is riddled with stupid things. The script is awful, the acting is inconsistent, and the fact that this movie is called Mortal Kombat without actually getting to the Mortal Kombat tournament is frustrating. However, I thought that the action and gore were tons of fun. I liked most of the characters and had a really fun time with it. But this will probably only appeal to people who have a good amount of knowledge of the games.
5. Boss Level
Boss Level was an absolutely hilarious and fun ride that delivered on everything you want. This is a Hulu original, so not the most popular movie, but definitely one of the most surprising of the year for me. This film is about a guy who keeps getting killed and then wakes up the next day and gets killed again. So it's like an action version of Groundhog Day. And it embraced the campiness of that. There's no shortage of huge explosions, violent deaths, and great one-liners. Frank Grillo, who plays the lead, is so charismatic and fun to be around. This film has the aesthetic of a video game. However, there is a bit too much science jargon for me to put it higher. But if you are an action fan and have Hulu, watch this movie.
4. Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong slaps you across the face with huge action set pieces and crazy monster mayhem from the get-go. The big fights between Godzilla and King Kong are absolutely incredible. And that is what the movie was going for. Now, the story makes little to no sense at all. The characters are pretty irritating. There is no logic in anything. But I went to this movie to see King Kong punch Godzilla in the face a lot. And that's exactly what I got.
Argo is a rare Best Picture-winning combination of quality and fun. This is one of the most intriguing true stories that I have ever seen. And it's crafted in a way that you know the outcome, but are still nervous when something bad could happen. Now, granted, I don't think that this movie is as much fun as Godzilla vs. Kong or Boss Level, but it is a well-directed, well-written, and well-acted film that has a bunch of exciting thrills and a great story.
2. Rear Window
I think Argo and The Courier are very well directed. But Rear Window is one of the best examples of visual storytelling ever. The entire film is set in one location. You see the film from L.B. Jefferies' point of view. You watch all of his neighbors doing their normal things. You don't know their real names and you barely hear them talk, but you know everything about them because of Hitchcock's direction. The suspense continues to build throughout the film and leads to a high-stakes, intense finale that pays off the film nicely. It takes some time to get going, but when it does, it doesn't let up.
1. The Departed
However, my favorite movie that I watched in April was the Best Picture-winning The Departed. This film has one of the most interesting screenplays ever. I loved the parallels that Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon's characters had. The idea of an undercover cop joining the mafia while an undercover mafia agent joins the cops is so cool. The film can be funny, intense, disturbing, and super exciting. That balance is everything that I want from a movie. That's why it comes in at number one.