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I May Destroy You
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Funny thing is, I don't understand why it's an animation. Perhaps the filmmaker didn't have enough money to make a live-action version? While the plot is twisty enough, and the dialogue quite fun, the pacing feels rather slow, and the somewhat dull animation doesn't help.
Visually entertaining enough, though there's not much meat there. Mark Rylance is the best thing about the movie - as he usually is - giving his weird character surprising depth and emotion. The 3D was fun, though probably not essential.
Proves once more that some actors can be really good directors (and writers) too. The premise is brilliantly simple, it's nail-bitingly tense, and you genuinely care about the characters. The nail in the stairs doesn't really make logical sense, and the score can be a tad overbearing, but they're forgivable; everything else just works perfectly.
So utterly dumb and generic that even downing a sake cup while watching it didn't make it better. Gone are Del Toro's unique vision and voice, replaced by bland characters who aren't given room to grow, so you don't really care what happens to them, as well as shameless pandering to the Mainland Chinese market (UGH). There are a couple of nice plot surprises, but even those could've been handled less clumsily. And I did not like the camerawork - so many bloody closeups for no discernible reason at all. Still, if you like giant robots, I guess it's still worth watching on a long-haul plane ride.
It's a trashy B-grade premise that desperately wants to be an Important Film, and so takes itself way too seriously to be interesting. It really needed a Verhoeven at the helm, someone who wasn't afraid to push buttons and sensibilities in the service of providing lurid pulpy entertainment. Apart from the multiple twists in the final act, it's pretty dull. Still, you can't say Lawrence isn't committed.