Films watched and reviewed in February 2021

During February I finished watching the Mission: Impossible series, started rewatching The Hobbit trilogy and revisited Drive, 10 years on from its release.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) – Action-packed, entertaining and with a healthy dollop of humour. ★★★★
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) – Powerhouse acting from McDormand, Rockwell and Harrelson: intriguing plot and worth all of its accolades. ★★★★
Greenland (2020) – A nice addition to an already packed genre of disaster films that tackle the end of the world. Gerard Butler pleasantly surprises although I would have preferred a more ambiguous ending. ★★★½
The Decline (2020) – This Canadian action thriller from Quebec is gritty and packs quite the punch documenting survivalists on a training course. It’s short and gets straight to the action. ★★★★
The Edge of Seventeen (2016) – Highly relatable with great casting, realism and character development. ★★★★½ [Full review]
Birthmarked (2018) – An interesting concept ably headed by Toni Collette and Matthew Goode but lacking ambition and depth. ★★★
I Care A Lot (2020) – Strong performances and characters, but loses its way with uneven thirds. ★★★½ [Full review]
The ‘Burbs (1989) – Nothing ground-breaking but entertaining with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. ★★★
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) – Action-packed with great effects and none of the ‘tugging at the heartstrings’ of the 2006 version. ★★★★
His Girl Friday (1940) – Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell excel as a pair of motormouth journalists trying to scoop the story of the decade. ★★★★


Drive (2011) – A slick, multi-layered film led by a strong cast portraying complex characters. ★★★★ [Read my review on Top 10 Films]
Passengers (2016)Passengers has an interesting plot, but ultimately it is played too safe and the conclusion is wrapped up very quickly, especially when compared to the length of the first third. ★★★½
Burn After Reading (2008) – Entertaining, witty and quite the trip, the Coen brothers made a fun film and Brad Pitt shines. ★★★★
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – An entertaining and joyous return to Middle-earth with an ensemble cast ably led by Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage. ★★★★

Total: 14

Since 01/01/21

1st timers: 28
Rewatches: 08
Total: 36

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  1. Some good films here. 🙂 I thought Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was really good & of course The Edge Of Seventeen. I’ve not seen His Girl Friday so should check it out (think I noticed it on iPlayer…)

    1. Thank you! Yes, I thought Three Billboards… was excellent too. I think the main cast (McDormand, Harrelson and Rockwell) are all fantastic character actors.
      Ah, I saw His Girl Friday on Amazon Prime!
      I recommend watching Moxie, especially as you’re enjoying YA novels and films.

      1. Oh, I just watched Moxie this morning before even seeing this comment. Yep – good recommendation! Enjoyed that one. My kind of thing (I’ll never stop liking the YA stuff, but especially love a “fight back against an unfair system” story). 🙂

  2. Great list of movies you saw in February, Claire. That’s awesome you’re continuing with the classics, I need to see His Girl Friday. Have you seen Roman Holiday yet? I highly recommend that one!

    As for your rewatches, I didn’t care for Passengers at all, I don’t think I’m keen on rewatching it. Believe it or not I have not seen Drive [gasp!] but I’m not too fond of Ryan Gosling, ahah.

    1. Thank you, Ruth. I’m choosing to watch films that are from genres, directors and actors/actresses I enjoy so that I am not wasting my time (as you know, it’s quite limited at the moment).
      I haven’t watched Roman Holiday as it hasn’t come up on any of my streaming services yet.
      When Drive came out I was a big Gosling fan – think I got caught up in Goslingmania when everyone else did!

  3. I have not seen any new movies.I hope I can see some before the Oscars. Fallout is a good movie but he would have every bone in his body broken…hahahaaa. Love His Girl Friday(poor Ralph Bellamy) I love 3 Billboards and feel she totally deserved the Oscar. The first Poseiden Adventure film is great, love Shelley Winters in the movie. Burn After Reading is a good movie and Brad Pitt is fun in it. Although the Hobbit movies are not quite as good as LOTR, they are still excellent and so much fun to watch.

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