Theme of the Month: Cheap Thrills
Star of the Month: Michelle Yeoh
Associating the action movie with the summer season, is, in many ways, a given: It’s a period of time when people are most inclined to go to their
local theater in search of a simplistic, enjoyable night out. For decades, few other genres have been as dependably escapist as action — except maybe the musical, though that genre hasn’t been in vogue since my grandma’s childhood.
I’ve been thinking a lot about how wonderful a quality action movie can be recently. From Solo: A Star Wars Story to Avengers: Infinity War, these last few weeks, cinematically, I mean, have most frequently been defined by the genre — and now that it’s June, I now find myself more partial than ever to get lost in one-liners, shootouts, car chases, intricately choreographed fight scenes, and more.
So that’s why I’ve decided that June on Peterson Reviews is going to more or less be defined by action (and thrillers) — no better way to get in the carefree summer spirit, besides living my actual life to the fullest, I suppose, than spending much of my free time in the throes of pulpy adventures that could only exist on the big screen.
Choosing a star of the month wasn’t difficult: I’ve been wanting to spotlight her for months. It will be Michelle Yeoh, the doyenne of the action movie. I’ve for so long admired Yeoh — her work in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) first captured my attention so many years ago — so I figure now’s the time to really get into what has made her such an icon of the genre for so many years.
I hope you enjoy June on the site as much as I ostensibly will. Happy watching, and happy reading!