Awesome sequel. Even though one story in the first movie was SUPER SCARY -- and none of these quite hit that level -- These were more consistent. Every story was gripping, and sucked you in immediately. I think the best one was definitely "Paradise Haven" -- It felt like a nightmare. Literally. I never felt a nightmare captured so well. Nothing wrong with this horror movie. One of the better modern horror movies I've seen in the past ten years. Watch it. Good Concept. Good Execution.
This was a good movie. The only thing that holds it back, is its minimalism has been done so many times before in indy filmmaking that I can't give it creativity points. We've seen the long shots of middle america. The slow moving shots for the slow moving people. I've seen the slow back and forth banter between simple people before. Coen Brothers has done it. Wes Anderson has made a career about it. And other movies have failed trying to reproduce that feeling, but this movie did not fail. While it doesn't reinvent the wheel, it has the wheel reach its destination. June Squibb steals the show. People should have mentioned her more. All the jokes hit. The dialogue is what you want it to be. The characters are subtle but well stated. The theme is obvious but not cliche. Good movie. Good Concept. Good Execution.
I mean, it is definitely interesting. Any of these documentaries where they kind of oust America's shittiness to other countries is always going to be somewhat interesting. J-Soc stuff was intriguing. America really comes off as modern day Nazi's here, but with that said, there are times where I can't help but feel like I maybe making the same decisions as these generals if I was in there positions and knew what they knew. This gave me a moral dilemma at times. So that helped the movie. It also felt long even though it wasn't. I hate when a movie does that. Cool Concept, Ok execution.
Anything Somali Pirates I enjoy. So this is going to get a high mark. Interestingly enough though this was some good incite on the pirates and where they come from. I think the best tidbit of information is that they are all ex-fishermen who couldn't fish anymore because of American assholes. Truth is, while yes they can't fish as much, most of them are not ex-fishermen. They are just assholes. That's life for ya. Good Concept, Good Execution.
It struggles to really find a true arch in the middle of the series, but the imagery is so well executed you don't mind it. You are too busy staring at the magnificence of Smaug. Which was well done. Smaug had that real BIG BOSS character feel. For better or worse, this was a transition film, really just to set up part 3. Which is did nicely. I was entertained. Great Concept, Solid Execution.