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Yes, it's worth watching on the big screen for the incredible MCU-multi-main-character action showdown sequences, that all these films have built up to, as well as the relentless pacing from it's "medias res" opening. It's also a welcome change because it pulls the rug from under most triumphalistic (Disney) American films in that it's wiling to eliminate characters and leave the audience at a loss to how the narrative will move forward in a world where the ones you're counting on are so utterly defeated. But what's most striking, and terrifying, is how timely the film is (the Russo brothers' helmed Marvel films have said a lot about our socio-political realties) with a villain that views the world as a zero-sum game and so believes it is righteous to cast aside entire populations.
Yes, there's A LOT of blood since this is a Takashi Miike film and it's always a pleasure to see Kimura Takuya do his thing on screen. For anyone familiar with the genre, what was unexpected, but welcome, was the treatment of characters trying to find their way, each with their own sense of motivation, and reflections on the murky way of revenge. Ultimately everyone that picks up their weapon must deal with their own demons and justifications.
The DC universe film that people have been waiting for: an ensemble cast with chemistry, action with humor, characters with emotional depth...unfortunately the Marvel Universe films have beat them to the punch on several counts already. The interaction of the DC big hitters is still worth seeing though and definitely doesn't deserve the amount of consistent negative criticism these films are racking up, that is now bordering on ridiculous levels of bias toward Marvel (Disney evil much?). But tbh, Wonder Woman continues to carry the DC films, and her leadership (and bad@$$ery) in this film is no different.
a beautiful, beautiful film. blade runner 2049 picks up 30 years after the events of the original film, itself inspired by a short story, capturing a similar sense of reflective mood and mystery. but what director villeneuve (director of "arrival", another film based on a short story) brings to the table is a mediative vision that simultaneously captures the alienation (our main character is often alone) and inhumanity of man (human life is a product to be marketed) as well as glimmers of the best of humanity (selflessness, ironically, reflected most clearly by non-humans).
one of the best films i've seen in a long time...i cannot recommend it enough. a story about a bully who in turn gets bullied and his path to make amends with the one he had wronged, in the process learning the meaning of friendship. somehow this story is able to tackle multiple issues (interacting with deafness, bullying, suicide, loneliness, friendship, young love) through the awkwardness of adolescence with such honesty and without out being heavy-handed or losing focus.