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I don't think I liked this as much as everyone else did, but it's a beautifully told and sumptuously shot creature romance film. This is something you don't see every day (unless you're Guillermo Del Toro, of course). This film is filled with some of my favourite character actors, Michaels Shannon and Stuhlberg, and the otherworldly Doug Jones. One of the things I really appreciated about this movie is that it's set in the 1960s and it doesn't shy away from the ugly prejudices of the time. Racist, sexist and homophobic microaggressions abound, reminding you that, as always, the past ain't over.
A remarkable feat of colourful, vibrant and three-dimensional world building, peopled with endearing characters and repayable motivations. Though the story is somewhat shackled to its own detriment to the classic Marvel three-act structure, its incredibly well-drawn villain more than makes up for it. Killmonger is absolutely fascinating (not to mention easy on the eyes), and attacks the hero's ideology as much as he attacks his being. I also really loved the characterization of the Wakandan royal guard, and the whole story is told with inescapable flair.
What a delight! Great character design, insidiously catchy music, crackling sense of humour and a story that's timelessly elegant in its simplicity.
This movie is just wonderful. I don't even like video games and Ioved it. Ralph is such an endearing character and his motivation is so pure: he wants a little appreciation. That's it. He's spent 30 years smashing things, because that's what his game requires, and no one gives him any respect. Ogres have feeling too, but apparently none of the cast of Fix-It Felix Jr. have seen Shrek, and Ralph feels so unloved that he ventures out to seek validation in another game. Besides the characters, all of whom I absolutely love, the movie's plot of this brilliantly cohesive pretzel and it takes a really long time for a villain to emerge. It's such great writing that the conflict arises, for the most part, from the conflicting goals of the characters. Another delicious thing is how flawlessly sound the video-game-logic that governs the movie world is. They set a rule and enforce it with Draconian stringency, and as a result, everything flows and makes sense. One of the touches I love is how Felix' hammer does the exact opposite of what every other hammer on planet Earth does. Remember kids: double-stripe branches break, never mess with the first-person shooter and up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-A-B-start lets you see through walls. God, children's movies in recent years have gotten so much better than they used to be. You'd never see this much attention to detail in the Disney movies of the sixties.
This would have made a great short film. Sinister's got about enough plot for a good episode of Supernatural. They took all this time to build a really wonderful, (and wonderfully evil villain) and they didn't do anything with him! I hate it when novel ideas are wasted in movies. I also think it was a bit of a narrative mistake to give all the detective work to a police officer who doesn't do any of it on screen. The main character is a true crime novelist, for Pete's sake! For shame. Apart from all the times it disappointed me with its red herrings and promises of a brilliant payoff, a lot of Sinister's scare gags really connected. It succeeded in recreated those alone-at-night willies that make old-school slashers so delicious. If you liked those back in the day, this one is good for the same reason. I liked them too, but they're not my favorite.