This week’s Millard at the Movies column will review the Thunder Force, Those Who Wish Me Death, and The Perfect Little Things Card. All three films can be found on streaming platforms, which means you can watch them from the comfort of your own home. Those who wish me dead can be seen at the State 1-2-3 Theater in town. Slight spoilers to come.
Thunder Force (2021), Netflix
Thunder Force is a superhero film starring Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, and Jason Bateman. It tells the story of two estranged friends (McCarthy and Spencer) who come together to unexpectedly take on bad guys in Chicago. This is your standard Melissa McCarthy movie. She does physical comedy and makes jokes. However, all of these jokes don’t land. Jason Bateman, who I’m a bit of a fan of, is a little more ridiculous than he usually looks. All the characters are unfriendly. As funny as McCarthy can be, she can miss as much as she can hit. Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer feels somehow misinterpreted. Scotty’s Score: 23/100.
The Perfect Little Things Map (2021), Amazon Prime
The map of the perfect little things is another in a long line of time-loop movies. He has many references to Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow. It stars Kyle Allen (the actor, not the quarterback) and one of my favorites, Kathryn Newton. Allen plays Mark, while Newton plays Margaret. The movie is a bit predictable, but it does have its heartwarming moments. The Perfect Little Things Card is definitely a movie more aimed at teen audiences, but it’s the type of movie you can probably watch with the whole family. Scotty’s Score: 76/100.
Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021), HBO MAX, State 1-2-3 Theater
Those Who Wish Me Dead is an action thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Jon Bernthal (Shane from The Walking Dead). It’s elegantly directed by Taylor Sheridan, who has a history of incredibly directed films including Sicario, Hell or High Water, and Wind River. If you’re a fan of the Yellowstone TV show, he’s the one who runs too. He has the feel of Logan. It also has a ’90s action thriller look. Nicholas Hoult, who you may remember from Mad Max: Fury Road, steals the show. It’s a pretty decent movie that doesn’t go beyond its reception. Scotty’s Score: 70/100.