2021 Movie Reviews

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“The Flight Attendant” (+ +) is an HBO Max mini-series staring Kaley Cuoco, who plays an alcoholic flight attendant with severe childhood-related PTSD. The show revolves around a murder mystery. The series starts off as light comic entertainment in the first few episodes. As it continues, however, the convoluted twists and turns of the plot barely come close to the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster so brilliantly portrayed by Cuoco. Watching her remarkable acting performance as a woman on the edge is as thrilling as watching a high-wire act with no safety net.


“Gangs of London” (-) is a British action TV series about rival criminal gangs in London. The key questions are: Who killed Finn Wallace, the head of the Wallace gang, and how many gangsters and innocent bystanders will be gunned down until his son Sean gets the answer? The series does state-of-the-art mayhem perfectly and regularly. There always seems to be yet another gang to mow down in a hail of machine gun fire. The moral of the story is that running a criminal enterprise is stressful and dangerous. Now if we could aim all that firepower at the Covid-19 virus, 2021 would be a less stressful and safer year for all of us.

“The Flight Attendant” (+ +) is an HBO Max mini-series staring Kaley Cuoco, who plays an alcoholic flight attendant with severe childhood-related PTSD. The show revolves around a murder mystery. The series starts off as light comic entertainment in the first few episodes. As it continues, however, the convoluted twists and turns of the plot barely come close to the ups and downs of the emotional rollercoaster so brilliantly portrayed by Cuoco. Watching her remarkable acting performance as a woman on the edge is as thrilling as watching a high-wire act with no safety net.

“The King” (+ +) is a historically inaccurate war drama film based very loosely on the life and times of King Henry V of England as depicted by Shakespeare’s “Henriad,” a collection of three of the Bard’s history plays. Mel Brooks once declared, “It’s good to be the king.” The reality was that kings have always had to fear getting overthrown if not assassinated. To unite their countries behind themselves, they often started wars with other monarchies. To keep the peace, they had to lay siege to the castles of foreign monarchs or at least marry into the royal family of their adversaries. Occasionally, they ordered the beheading of their enemies and the execution of all unarmed prisoners of war. Palace intrigue came with the turf. That all seems like a very stressful occupation. So it is in this film, which has a great cast and script, even though it takes liberties with history. If you think that we live in crazy times, this is one slice of history (among many) showing that craziness tends to be the norm. By the way, Henry V, who was a great warrior, died from battlefield dysentery. Those pesky microorganisms have been out to get us since the beginning of time. Kings have been just as vulnerable as the rest of us.