I was disappointed to say the least. Full of cliches, characters I cared nothing for, forced emotional moments that fell flat and inspirational speeches that felt like came from the writers of Independence Day Resurgence. Lots of convenience and foolish contrivance, with the horrid spice of bad humor I simply could not care about the action going on or the peril of the rebels as they were nameless cardboard cutouts to me. The worst part possibly was some bad callbacks to A New Hope and what seems to me to be destroying the continuity of the Star Wars storyline but I suppose Disney just doesn't give a damn.
I was hoping for another solid outing in this new Star Wars after the woeful sequels but this is a misfire for me. I can only hope that they do better with Episode VIII after this poor showing of a side story.
10 months ago
I'll keep it short: Kimi No Na Wa has animation I'd put up against anything from Pixar, a pair of interesting and amusing characters and a fascinating premise and storyline the engaged me start to finish. Studio Ghibli couldn't have done better!
10 months, 1 week ago
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10 months, 4 weeks ago
Loving focuses more on the relationship between the couple the film features and pushes the actual court proceedings and general reactions of the case to the background which was an interesting choice I have to say. I was hoping for a little courtroom drama and on that front I was disappointed as it has none of that. A low key film that avoids the trappings of over-dramatizing events but I have to wonder if Loving may have went a bit too far in the other direction instead. It tried in a couple of places to hike the drama up but given what the overall film gave us it just felt like a desperate attempt to add a little spice to a bland meal and it just wasn't enough. Terrific acting, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga nailed their performances, I just wish that this slow burn would have flared up by the end instead of just fizzling out. Decent film for all that, can understand why there was Oscar talk for it but for me I simply can't see myself watching this again.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Watched this to see how bad it really was and I have to say it really is one of the worst things to come out this year if not the champion of suck. Terrible by any standard from the idiotic plot, cringy dialogue, bland characters and the worst sin which is it being boring as well. The animation is worse than a straight to DVD release and the "humor"? Barely rises above fart jokes. I don't think even kids can get any enjoyment out of this, never mind an adult. Only reason this doesn't get bottomed out completely is because of a couple of places it managed to get a slight smile out of me. So... good job I guess? Entertaining me perhaps 1 minute out of the 90 minute runtime? Congrats are in order obviously.
10 months, 4 weeks ago
Good looking but disappointing, reminded me of The BFG that way, special effects fantastic but the story let me down. In Fantastic Beasts, I found it dull and thin, largely in part I think that it chose to be two movies in one. First the magical creatures, they get loose in NYC and need to be tracked down. Second is Colin Farrell and the powerful entity he was searching for. Especially with the latter it felt tacked on and not enough attention was spent there. Or on any of the characters really, I felt nothing for any of them, the wizarding in America or much else since almost no detail was given. Movie was also too sugary sweet in places, felt the whole theater would be leaving with cavities. The Harry Potter films avoided all of this, they built up the main characters, built up magic and Hogwarts, balanced the humor, the delight of new discoveries with decent plot. I guess JK Rowling thought that with the Potter films coming before it none of this was necessary? Not sure but the film suffered from it.
Won't give a negative rating though, was fun enough as a whole even if I have no desire to see it again, its problems are too pronounced for me to care really.
11 months ago
I found Arrival to be overall too much of a slow burn to give it a higher rating but that doesn't mean that I didn't have a great time figuring this film out. It is definitely one that makes you have to think, especially after leaving the theater to decide if it all holds together at the end. Of which I think really worked, a reveal at the end could have fallen on its face and ruined what came before but it flowed easily with the film as a whole.
Amy Adams carried Arrival on her shoulders, the rest of the supporting cast were fine but if she didn't sell her performance than what unfolds wouldn't have had the impact that it managed to. Jeremy Renner's character though didn't have enough to do here, felt more like he tagged along as Adams did all the heavy lifting. Would have been nice to make him more useful throughout.
Of course the special effects were fantastic, the opening shot of their approaching the spaceship was the best in the film imo, incredible on a theater screen and was quite intrigued with how the film decided to make these "arrivals" both visually and with how they communicate. I can say that Arrival is not a film for everyone, those who need more action will be very disappointed here, it is not that kind of film, not an Independence Day or War of the Worlds at all, closer to Contact if a comparison must be made. Arrival is certainly more on character and plot which is hardly a bad thing now is it? :)
11 months, 1 week ago
11 months, 2 weeks ago
This is without a doubt the most boring film I have seen so far this year. The first act was painful and it was hard to keep focus on what was happening and to not have my mind wander. It was impossible to ignore the fact that The Girl On The Train was trying soooooo hard to be another Gone Girl and failing so hard at the attempt. On top of the terrible pacing was the fact that the film deliberately sets out to mislead you. Its not a mystery to solve or to wait for all the pieces to go into place but it makes you believe something and then contradicts itself later. I'm not impressed with leaving narrative breadcrumbs going one way and then "surprising" you with something else. Especially with something so easily guessed. The film was so engaged in twists that the final one was easy to figure out as storytelling was second to the "what a reveal!" attempts.
Best I can say here is that the cinematography was engaging enough, the camera at least made an attempt to film something interesting though what was being filmed was so bland that the most brilliant mind would be able to do nothing with it. The acting as well was fine, especially with Emily Blunt who was trying hard with what she was given. Her character though was hardly interesting though. Its a shame really, the marketing for this was great but the film left me very disappointed.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Entertaining at times, especially when the third act comes along but overall I simply didn't find Hunt for the Wilderpeople to be that engaging. Found the relationship between the boy and the surly loner type to be too forced to find natural as well and the humor at times took me out of what little I had invested in the story with its in your face jokes. As if the movie had to stop and say "ok time to laugh for a minute or two". Nope, not into it.
11 months, 4 weeks ago
I appreciate the originality but there quickly came a point where the fart and boner jokes wore very thin. Filled with strange dress up scenes, philosophical ponderings with a corpse and a final ten minutes that really was a capstone to the foolishness that happened beforehand. Paul Dano gave perfect overacting to let the audience absolutely know what an absurd premise this film has, as if a talking, farting, horny dead man wasn't enough. Good enough for a one time watch, had enough humor and fun to override (mostly) the sporadic dumber parts as well as a too strange finale.
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