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It may not have been the perfect movie, and there were several inexplicably "trippy" moments, but this 68-minute animated film from Don Hertzfeldt (who my high school peers know for the "rejected"/IAmaBanana videos) is unique for being the only film that has triggered moments from my infancy as well as moments where I have come face to face with the prospect of death and its impact on other people. I guess "It's Such A Beautiful Day" is just one of those films that I could connect with in the same way that other people could connect with Amour (2012), which I thought was awful. Having said that, this movie is not for everyone. But for those who can relate to its topics, it is perfect.
It may not have been the intellectual satire that everyone wanted or expected (for whatever reason), but in this sophomore effort, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg prove they are quite capable directors with many more films to come.
The Interview actually starts to take a little bit of a nosedive for about twenty minutes after the first few scenes, but I was in hysterics once the protagonists reached North Korea. And contrary to what I had heard, the film provided plenty of social commentary, whether it concerned the media and its exaggerations, Jong-un and his apathy for his people, or Dennis Rodman and his strange connection with the world leader (which seems to be the source of many plot points).
James Franco delivered one of the most confusing performances I have ever seen in any movie by any actor. On the one hand, his character is probably the biggest reason I had so many issues with the first third of the movie. But on the other hand, for the rest of the film the character is so perfect for the comedy. It's different and I can't quite place my finger on what they could have done to improve him. Maybe I just wasn't used to seeing this side of the actor. Rogen maintained the charm he has had in all other movies.
Cinematography and music were excellent for a comedy. The plot moved along logically and with fluidity. Even in the scenes where things weren't working, it was an enjoyable film nonetheless.
As far as I am concerned, Rogen and Goldberg are the current champions of the comedy genre and I look forward to whatever comes next.
I have never seen a film with so many elements that worked plotted against so many that didn't. I am also a little infuriated that my dad's final days alive were robbed of being able to see the actual ending to the fifth installment of his favorite franchise, which is what we are watching for the first ten minutes (of the sixth). If you ignore all of that, however, what you are left with is a very good film.
Looking back on the series as a whole, there is no denying the fact that it just could have been better. Having said that, Peter Jackson should not take any of the blame here (enough with the George Lucas comparisons!), as his reluctant acceptance of the project after Guillermo del Toro abandoned it is the only reason we got to see these movies in the first place.
So I'll leave it at this:
As a businessperson, I completely understand that the three movie split was a smart move in light of MGM coming so close to fiscal failure as well as the fact that the stinginess of the Tolkein estate would have prevented any other movies being made for a long time.
As an individual with my own successes and failures, I can understand a director returning to add some footnotes to his Magna Carta after making other films that will have no significant impact on his ultimate legacy. I can understand the overuse of CGI from someone who is probably exhausted and did not want the project to begin with (think of Frodo being forced to stay behind with Sam at the very end of Return of the King).
However, what I cannot understand is the studio's need to fluff up the movies with extra run time when we already know the split was a run for extra cash. They would have done just as well to release the trilogy at 140, 100, and 90 minutes for each respective installment. The only difference is that the audience's overall consensus of the three films would have been much better.
Tauriel ended up being a much more useful addition to the plot this time around, as she added some much needed emotional connection between the audience and the dwarves.
Lastly, the one big thing I am happy about with regards to The Hobbit split is that the three movies seem to make more sense than two in terms of big events in the plot. If it had been two movies, the first film would have ended with the capture and barrel roll sequence, which would have been anticlimactic considering the scenes with the goblin king and Gollum. I am satisfied with where things currently stand with finding the ring, encountering Smaug, and the battle of the five armies each representing one film. But man, oh man, that run time...
Boring and predictable. I would much rather have seen the version of this film that reveals the corruption of her character rather than the "everything is good, everyone is happy, no one can be a bad person" attitude brought to the final product. The study of how someone makes the wrong decisions and allows their trials to become their poison (a la Breaking Bad) can be a much more effective lesson than a study of how everything works out in the end. But that wouldn't be very Disney, would it?
Although it occasionally stalls with pacing and suffers from corny writing, the first season of Dexter succeeds in creating a magnificent antihero as well as a good standalone story that builds up to one of television's best season finales.