I just read yours and your right, they do! I can't stand Blake Lively. I don't know how she gets casted. I think, like you mentioned, anyone could have played her part. The difference is I'm sure whoever replaced her would have been remembered.
So those aren't all my fave movies and actors because I love WAY too much. In fact,I am way too lazy to change my fave movies that are listed below, plus I feel like it would be too much to change my reviews, since I really don't like any of my early reviews lol. So here is my current top 20 fave films...
2.The Breakfast Club
5.The Nightmare Before Christmas
9.The Wizard of Oz
11.10 things I hate about you
14.A Knight's Tale
18.Stand by Me
There's not much else to say about me. I'm not on this site, to hook up. I am here, because I love movies, celebrities, and all things enetertainment. And right now, I am very much a Glee-aholic lol. I guess that's it.
If you're into quirky comedies/coming of age stories, then I think you'll like this one. I found Frances (played by Greta Gerwig) likeable. She was charming and funny. And although the story is about how she's lost in the world, she's full of life. And I think Greta played her wonderfully. I also like that this story didn't require a romance. You dont really see her date, she doesn't discover herself because she met a guy. Its kind of refreshing. The only real "love story" in it, is the love of friends. I also think it had a pretty good supporting cast. I especially liked Adam Driver as Lev and Michael Zegen as Benji. I also loved the wide shots of New York and Paris. Made me want to go there. And I thought it had a good soundtrack.
Despite those things, there are some things I didnt care for. Like the urination scene. I know her character was drunk, but I just didnt really need to see her pee on the train tracks. I didnt think Grace Gummer was that great of an actress. I also didnt care for the way the director would show time elasping (the quick shots of them at a party for example, where there was no volume, but you would see them talk or laugh). I kind of found it annoying. Also, while I didn't find the Black and White distracting, I didn't think it really added anything to the film either.
I think the film had potential. It had a good premise. And at times the script seemed witty and interesting. (At least whenever it had something to do with Sutter) However, it had a horrible cast. I thought Miles Teller was fantastic. Shailene Woodley...not so much. It absolutely boggles my mind the amount of love she gets from the critics. She's not a great actress. Just an ok one. I also thought Kyle Chandler did really well in a small supporting role. However, 2 great performances do make a great movie.
Plus, I just didn't like the character "Aimee" either. I didnt feel there was any depth to her. She just seemed like a mindless sheep who would do anything Sutter said. I thought Cassidy, played by Brie Larson had more depth and she had even less screentime. I also didnt really get a sense of WHY she was into Sutter. Was it really just because he was the first boy to pay attention to her? Thats how I felt.
I give it 2 stars, mainly because Miles Teller was awesome in it.
I thought this was very funny and charming. I loved that these characters aren't one note. They are very layered. I even loved the little backstory on Randall. We get to see how he became that way in Monsters Inc.
The animation was also spot one. The details in Mike's hat were crazy. It looked like a real hat. Its amazing how far animation has come along. I loved all the new additions to the movie.
The plot seemed a little bit like "Revenge of the Nerds". So I can't say it was a 100% original idea. But it worked. I enjoyed the film. Other Disney/Pixar fans will as well.
I honestly think this film is overrated. Don't get me wrong. Fantastic acting. Definitely I think Chiwetel and Michael Fassbender are Oscar worthy. Would be surprised to not see them nominated. I even really enjoyed Paul Dano's small part in the film. Lupito was also good, but I wasn't as wowed with her as I was with the others. Plus, I think Brad Pitt was the worst of the bunch. I've liked him in other movies, but he was the weak link here and felt out of place.
I also didn't care much for Steve McQueen's directing choice. Like, he would use these really long shots of Chitwetel's face or example. Not doing anything but breathing. Some people might like that artsy stuff...but I just wanted to get on with the program already. Also the film just feels really long. Its only around 2 hours and 10 min long. But it felt like 3. And I realize that slavery was absolutely brutal but I just personally felt like the film was trying to much to make you cry and grab you by the heart. And I just didn't feel that way. And I'm not some robot. I cry a lot at movies. Last thing I didn't like, "aging" Solomon (Chiwetel). They add some grey to his hair to signify tht 12 years had past. But did absolutely nothing else. He still looked the same. Plus, I dont even feel like the movie adequately showed that 12 years had gone by (except for the title, and at the end of the movie, his kids are grown up). I felt like there was no sense of time in the movie. It seemed like the events only took place over a year. None of the other characters "aged" either.
But those were my main problems with it. Otherwise, its a pretty decent flick and should be checked out at least for the performances.
If you like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, then you probably will also like this. It is pretty solid movie. There are some occasional moments where it seems a bit too silly and a bit over the top (like the scene where Gary argues with the head robot guy). But overall the film had me chuckling here and there.
I also like the original concept behind it. Definitely refreshing to see after countless rehashes in the cinema.