Blinded by the Light
His Dark Materials
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An exercise in teen movie mediocrity, defanged, declawed, and glamorized so it could achieve a PG-13 rating and attract more people to the theater. It's minute redemption comes in a few small, but spirited performances. Believe me, read the book instead.
Beautiful animated film that's based in an entirely different artistic tradition than anything we usually see from the animation world.
It's so disheartening to see a brilliant idea fall victim to sloppy execution, specifically in terms of dialogue and direction.
To watch a movie where so little is at stake emotionally because you have no connection to the characters (due to most of their dialogue being catch phrases or monosyllabic wails), it almost makes me wish that I did not watch it in the first place.
At the same time, the idea of a post apoctalyptic America that has fallen to the Soviets, where people wander aimlessly with samurai swords strapped to their guitars is brilliant and deserves much better treatment and mystery than this straightfoward, made for tv-looking mediocrity.
A terrific coming-of-age story set in early 70's Reading, England. Realistic with some excellent bits and scenes. Two scenes in particular, one halfway through and one near the end, really helped me to elevate my appreciation of the film.
Don't expect it to offer the same comedic feel as The Office. Though the creators are heavily involved in this project, it does not go down the same path at all. It seems that a lot of the film's criticism is coming from people who were expecting more of the same.