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Excuse me while I die laughing. This films is precisely as hilarious, corny, and illogical as you probably think. It's a fun time to be sure so long as you go in expecting nothing at all. It's probably a bad sign when your protagonist turns into about 50 bats and the first reaction of the audience is to laugh. It is probably also a bad sign if the audience can make better battle strategy. Anyway it's ridiculous and if you are fan of ridiculous then it will at least be a nice night out. The end is sort of open for a sequel and I fear for what that will bring.
I did enjoy the weird game of thrones reunion that appeared to be going on. But that's a side issue.
One of those I've always been meaning to watch. Can't say I enjoyed the experience but I can respect it. There's a lot here that I have seen other films do with respect to the sound and imagery. Another viewing or two is necessary to say much else.
Sometimes horror films surprise you. I'd never heard of this one before I found it at my library. Smart, rather slow burning until you get a sense of what is going on, and it holds you tight. The thing is only 96 minutes but it feels like a lot longer - and I mean that in a good way.
It's a normal Valentine's day in Pontypool, Ontario. Ex-shock jock Grant heads in to work at the local radio station. The news is going as normal until a correspondent reports on a mob gathering in front of a doctor's office. The mob is also speaking and acting very strangely.
This sounds like the beginning of a typical zombie film but it really is not. The infection being spread is very specific but also very random too. Much imagination points for that as well to the claustrophobia of being stuck in a radio station without much contact with outside except with people calling in. It's a very Orson Wells/War of the Worlds sort of vibe.
I am so impressed with this and so glad I took a chance. I encourage you to do the same.
Why oh why couldn't we just have The Conjuring 2 now? Instead we go back to the Annabelle doll that we met very briefly in the beginning of the Conjuring. The story we get here is not the story of the Warrens dealing with it but with the initial possession/haunting that makes the doll so dangerous.
There were jump scares galore but the menacing atmosphere from the Conjuring just is not here. There are even some points that are just hilarious and unintentionally so. Some of the dialogue is just hilarious and awkward - not in the fun way either. I was constantly looking at friend and gesturing at the screen wondering if she was just as confused as I was.
There are parts that were nice but really it just didn't work. It just seemed ridiculous for the most part. If you are terrified of dolls I'm sure this is the film for you. I'll just be sitting here waiting for the Conjuring 2 - and hoping that it is nothing like this.
My only real complaint here is not being allowed to see much. The board is only shown in parts and, as an extremely casual, chess playing I was trying to see how the wins were made or trying to understand how this mistakes were made and traps set. I get wanting to make everything accessible but if you have people in a chess movie, it's a good bet they're okay with seeing some chess.
Tobey Maguire does do a great job here. I also loved Peter Sarsgaard too - even as sometimes he looked like either Michael Fassbender or Johnny Lee Miller. Politics and frenzy all boiled down to two men and a chess board. There are many games going on here, real and imagined, and the film does to a good job of letting that play out even while cutting quickly between things and making moving pieces insanely dramatic. It almost makes the wizard chess match in Harry Potter look subdued.