This is such a trippy, clever, little movie. It's super fun to go back and forth between the three storylines, and then seeing how they intersect, and eventually, interact. It's a lot to wrap your head around, that's for sure. But I don't think it was about the end result, but more about the ride that you go on. I've really liked Alison Pill since Scott Pilgrim, and this is a great role for her, she is super funny in it. Gael Garcia Bernal is a lot of fun playing Edward, an animated film director. Michelle's storyline (played by Mariana Ximenes) has the most tonal shifts and changes, since she is actually in the movie that Edward is making (and is writing the story of Alison Pill's character's life. Told you it's trippy.). But you can see the cinematography change depending on how Edward's movie is being filmed. Overall, this is really clever, and a pretty fun watch.
So, to be perfectly honest, I did not go into this with high expectations. I didn't think a reboot was necessary, and the only reason I even considered going was the four main actresses. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised. The writing was quick and funny, the special effects were amazing, and it had enough homages to the original to satisfy fans while still letting these ladies be their own story. I particularly loved the part with the Youtube comment about them ("Ladies can't catch no ghosts"). Which I'm pretty sure was a real comment left online about the reboot. And as expected, the four main ladies were fabulous. All of them were smart, and hilarious. It was nice to see Kristen Wiig play more of the straight man, as was to see Melissa McCarthy not play someone gruff and low-brow. And the chemistry between the two of them from Bridesmaids is still totally there. Leslie Jones was hilarious, because duh, Leslie Jones. But I will say for me, Kate McKinnon stole the show. I'm pretty sure I laughed at everything that came out of her mouth, and I lived for her fight moment at the end with her ghost pistol-whips. Throw in using Chris Hemsworth playing a hot dumb dude in distress to make fun of typical movie tropes, and I was throughly entertained the whole time. Was this reboot necessary? I think my answer is still no. But that doesn't negate how much fun this was to watch.
I'm not going to lie, I've been looking forward to this one since the first teaser trailer. And I think it lived up to the hype. I would of loved it if it surpassed the hype, but I was thoroughly entertained the entire time. I found myself going back and forth as to whose side I agreed with more (as did some of the characters). It was interesting to watch though. The dynamic between every character was really clear, and it was interesting that although they fought each other, they still maintained those relationships. While seeing that they all were still friends and respected each other was great, it also meant that the stakes were not as high. Everyone was just running around trying to punch each other, at worst knock somebody out. So that big fight, while still really cool, I didn't sense that any of them was really in danger. We did get a knock down drag out fight in the end, and that made sense with what was going on. I know I'm being a bit nitpicky, because I did really enjoy this overall. It was really cool to see that many people on one screen, and all of those actors just work so well off one another. The special effects are awesome, per usual. And two new characters (Black Panther and Spider Man) were introduced really well. While I wish it had been a tad more epic and surprising, I still really enjoyed it.
So, this was one that I heard mixed things about. I also did not love American Hustle, David O. Russell's last effort. But, I actually quite enjoyed this one. It's quirky, to say the least, but so are the characters that inhabit the world. Jennifer Lawrence was wonderful, I actually think this may be some of her best work yet. It was very straightforward and blunt, without being a caricature. The cast around her is also very good. The movie itself is so interesting because it pretends to be realism, but it's not really. It's got this really interesting vibe to it, almost inexplainable, but not realism. But yeah, overall, this is nothing mind blowing, but I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.
So, to be honest, I don't really like boxing movies. I find them formulaic and simple. I've never even seen a Rocky movie all the way through. Nothing against the genre, just not my thing. But I've been hearing for awhile how good it was. And you know what? I was pleasantly surprised with how invested I was. Yeah, this may be a boxing movie, but I think this movie is way more about family. Boxing is just the frame work that it takes place in. Stallone is awesome in this, another thing I was pleasantly surprised about. Michael B. Jordan was also really impressive, I do wish they had given him a tad more to do dialogue wise. I feel like "come on" and "that's what's up" made up half of his dialogue. But when he did get something important to say, it resonated. Director Ryan Coogler was robbed. He completely deserved an Oscar nomination for this. The first big boxing match is done one shot. How amazing is that? Completely snubbed. The Academy screwed up on that one. There were some minor plot points that I didn't quite get because they were obviously about past movies. But overall, this is one worth seeing.