Found yourself using your downtime to catch up on some Netflix? Well, we all need a break sometimes! Here at CNMTypes, we took to review some of the films that were released in February and some new ones that are showing this month, ranging from films, series, documentaries and Kdramas! Read on to find out more.
1. To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Back in February, one of the hit films that came out during Valentine’s Day was none other than To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (2021).
The last film of the To All the Boys series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean follows Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky's romantic relationship right to the end of high school and onto a new chapter in their lives - college. It’s a relatable film pick for all of us university students out there, who have been through the beginning of a new and daunting life stage. Amidst all the cheesy lines in the film, this film pick is a heartwarming coming-of-age story for our main protagonist that we can take one or two lessons from. Accompanying the film is also its original soundtrack called "Beginning Middle End" by Leah Nobel which can be found on Spotify!
2. Space Sweepers
Another film that came out in February, was Space Sweepers. Starring famous actor and heartthrob Song Joong Ki, this space blockbuster is set in the year 2092 and follows the crew of a ship called The Victory, where they find a 7-year-old girl inside the space shuttle, only to realize that she is a humanoid. As she is known to be a weapon of mass destruction, they get themselves into a sticky situation of business dealings. While the film sounded promising with its blockbuster title and recognizable cast, many viewers felt that the development of characters was rushed and its storyline was too simplistic to captivate the audiences. However, if you just want a fun, entertaining show, Space Sweepers still manages to fit your watchlist.
3. Love Alarm 2: Season 2
Love Alarm, a popular Kdrama Netflix original is back for its second season! If you enjoyed the first season of Love Alarm and are just a plain sucker for romance stories, then this may be for you! (Or not?) Following the same cast and characters, viewers just can’t get enough of the love triangle between our female and male leads. Love Alarm is based on the webtoon of the same name and the story revolves around a “Love Alarm” phone application that will sound if someone likes you within a 10m range. This second season, however, might promise less for viewers as compared to Season 1. The storyline was messy with no contextualization, to say the least, and had no character growth or development. If you waited a year just to see what happened after Season 1 that left on a cliffhanger, we recommend that you don't watch Season 2. The scenes are kinda boring and the ending was disappointing for most fans. It's up to you to decide, what do you think?
4. Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
Moving onto some documentaries on Netflix, one that just came out this month is Operation Varsity Blues! This is actually the real name of an investigation into the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal that arose as parents of high school students used bribery to admit their children into America’s top universities. Watching this documentary uncovered many appalling secrets that those wealthy parents had as they sought all means to have their children admitted to top universities. With a focus on ‘Rick Singer’, a college counsellor who used a ‘side door’ to help these parents, the re-enactments on screen in this documentary were shocking and intriguing to watch.
5. Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Formula 1: Drive to Survive was just released on Netflix this weekend. It is also another documentary series and it takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of the drivers and races of the Formula One World Championship. It has 3 seasons altogether with 10 episodes each and focuses on the perspectives of Formula 1 drivers and what goes on during the competitions. Already receiving high praises, the raw behind-the-scenes and emotional footage from F1 races are what appeals to the audiences today. Give this a watch if you haven’t seen it already!
That comes to the end of our Netflix review of February and March! If we missed out on your favourite show or if you would like us to review any upcoming ones you’re anticipating, let us know in the comments below!
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