We’re now a little over a full week into the 2021 movie watching season, which means I get to kick off 2021’s slate of films with the first and only brand new movie to start things off for the new year, a sort of horror flick as seems to be the case every brand new year for movies.
But first, a reminder of what my grading system for movies works like:
- S Grade; 5.0 Stars: The Best Film I’ve Ever Seen, Everyone Has An S Graded Film
- A+/A- Grade; 4.0/4.5 Stars: One Of The Best Films Of The Year, If Not All-Time
- B+/B- Grade; 3.0/3.5 Stars: Worth A Trip To The Theatre For First Viewing
- C+/C- Grade; 2.0/2.5 Stars: Watch From Home For First Viewing
- D+/D- Grade; 1.0/1.5 Stars: Don’t Bother Watching This At All If You Can Help It
- F Grade; 0.5 Star: One Of The Worst Films Of All-Time
- Reminder: Reviews For These Films Can Change Over Time And Will Be Reflected Over At Our Letterboxd
With all that out of the way, lets get to this first review of the year already…
- The Plot: A WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.
- The Review: This film has an interesting concept, using the urban fantasies of gremlins messing with planes to give us a sci-fi based horror flick set in World War II. Our lead actress in Chloe Grace Moretz does a serviceable job in making us want to see what happens to our heroine from start to finish. It also has a nice bottle film type setting throughout a chunk of the movie. And on top of all that, the gremlins in this don’t look too bad for a small budget film.
Unfortunately the film does have some over the top dialogue, in particular with how some of the male characters are (obviously very real for the time but just a tad too over the top for me) depicted as sexist figures. The movie also has a sort of eye rolling twist mid-way through that left me feeling like I was watching more of a melodrama than the film I was getting in the first half. However the final act does finish with some decent action flicks that make this fun every now and then as a viewing experience.
This is available in limited theatres and on demand right now, and the vibe I got from this was this is one of those films you’re better off waiting for when it shows up on a streaming service for no extra cost or when it shows up on TV one day. Its a cheap popcorn flick you watch when bored, and forget about down the line. C- for SHADOW IN THE CLOUD. I’ll give it this though , its a better start to 2021 movie season than THE GRUDGE reboot was for 2020…