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While Peter Jackson's opulent version is faithful to the original classic film that inspired it, it's simply way too self-indulgent and tedious to hold a candle to the classic. The story is essentially a more contemporary reconstruction of the original King Kong, but without any of the simple charm, and an abundance of scenes that seem to only exist as filler. While I like the fact that they were trying to capture the time in which the original King Kong was made, I find that the film is way too absorbed in the style, and what we get is essentially an overly decadent pulp fantasy that revels in its self-imposed antiquity. The acting is alright, but I find it hard to make any connection with the characters. Perhaps I'm not supposed to, but I still think that some of the characters have a tendency to overact. The visuals and special effects, I must admit, were state-of-the-art about a decade ago, but nowadays, they aren't as impressive to me, and I find that this is especially true as the film's bloated length takes its toll. The "epic" action, I feel, doesn't have as much of an impact as it should have, mainly because, like every other scene in the film, the film-makers stretch the monster fight out for as long as they possibly can, to the point that it's more of a chore to watch than it should have been. This should have been a brilliant upgrade to the original King Kong, but if there's one lesson Hollywood keeps forgetting, it's that there's only one true king of the apes.
Everything that made For Your Eyes Only somewhat likeable will not be found in this lifeless outing, with its clearly ageing star trying and failing to save it from the brink of mediocrity. The story was so boring and needlessly stretched out that it almost reaches the apogee of tedium. Perhaps the tedious nature of the film perfectly encapsulates how irreparably stale the Bond franchise had gotten by this point. The characters are very uninteresting, which is a shame because the Bond films are usually saved by decent performances, and this movie has next to none. The production values were alright, but the film just felt like it was forcing itself onto the viewer with octopus tentacles, and the film's overall style simply feels antiquated to the point of blatant repetition, the only skill that Bond is really good at nowadays. I've heard that the action scenes are pretty good, but in my experience, the action scenes felt inferior to previous Bond films. Everything about this unfortunately titled Bond flick is inferior to its predecessors, and it's precisely this quality, along with the overall lack of creativity that was employed, that makes it one of the worst films the whole franchise.
Though it may seem antiquated to some, this film is the very definition of "Hammer Horror", with style, atmosphere and grandeur being emphasized instead of cheap gore. The story was very well constructed, and even though the film tends to cut to the next scene rather abruptly, these transitions are timed well enough that you can tell what's happening without the film having to waste time explaining everything in an arbitrary fashion. The acting in this movie was brilliant, with some of the most sublime performances I've seen in any film. The film has an incredibly well-crafted sense of style, and if you watch the film, you'll know what you're in for exactly as the film begins. The production values were very impressive for the time the film was made, and they still hold up today, like everything else about the film. Of course, it wouldn't be a real Hammer Horror film is there weren't any thrills, and this is one film that doesn't disappoint. It's a film that's really subtle, but very entertaining. To me, this is a movie that epitomizes almost everything that the horror genre has lost in today's film industry. Even with the presence of countless imitators and parodies, there can only be one classic original.
It's not as bad as the first Pokémon movie, but unfortunately, it doesn't get much better than that. For the story, they tried as hard as possible for you to be able to enjoy it, and to be fair, the first half of the film is pretty heart-warming, but the second half is where things start to go downhill. As the second half of the film progresses, the overdose of childish sentiment gets more obvious until it culminates in what is essentially a rehash of the crying scene from the first Pokémon movie. The characters are alright, but the acting doesn't help much, especially when Team Rocket arrives just in time to ham it up to the max. I will admit that the animation is pretty good, and the film itself is pretty eye-catching, but good films can't be made purely on looks. While they tried their best with Pokémon 4Ever, the cold hard truth is that the same kind of movie over and over again is going to get old very quickly.
I've wanted to watch this movie for many years, and now that I've finally seen the whole movie, I can say without any doubt that this really is one of the best films ever made. The plot is straightforward, and yet it's so compellingly told, and despite its long runtime, I had no trouble following the story. The acting and performances were superb, but none were better than Clint Eastwood's legendary performance as the "Man with No Name". That being said, all the characters were brilliant, and each of them helps to hammer home this film's depiction of the lawless Old West. The film's greatest strength is its style and overall presentation. The film's theme song recurs as a leitmotif throughout the whole film, and this creates a unique atmosphere that cements this movie's iconic status. The iconic soundtrack and the film's amazing visuals are among the key things that make this movie stand out from other westerns. The director obviously wanted to portray the Old West as a world of violence and fear, and he obviously succeeded with the well choreographed and stylish shoot-outs, and the ending was one of the best endings I've seen. Overall, many people give this film an iconic status, and in all honesty, this movie deserves it. Not only is it the best example of a spaghetti western, but in my opinion, it's the best western of all.