One of the most brutal, affecting films I've seen in a good long while. All the performances were stellar. Steve McQueen once again proves he's one of the best directors working today. This was so hard to watch that I don't know if I could ever voluntarily watch it again, but I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who's a fan of strong, powerful cinema.
This felt like more of a direct to video movie than a big theatrical production. I like Chloe Grace Moretz, but she really isn't strong enough to carry (hurrr) a whole movie like this. It wasn't terrible, I guess, but it wasn't particularly good either.
I was expecting this to be terrible, but honestly it was a pretty decent adaptation of the book. The trailer gives away the ending, sort of, but if you read the book like I did then you'd know how it ends already. The end of this one sets up a sequel (Speaker For The Dead), and if this one is profitable at the box office, I'm sure this will get milked for all it's worth and turn into the next big Young Adult film series. But if that happens and the rest of the movies are as decent as this, I'm okay with that.
While not as much of a laugh riot as any of the core Jackass movies, this was still pretty damn funny and probably the hardest I've laughed at any movie in theaters since 21 Jump Street. When the first trailer for this came out, I thought it was totally unnecessary and it wouldn't be worth my time. But even though it never reaches Jackass levels of hilarity, there were still lots and lots of moments when I found myself laughing my ass off.
With an all star cast, a top tier director and a great writer at the helm, I thought this would be a lot better than it was. Still, it wasn't all that bad. This is getting trashed by critics and I don't really think it deserves it. It wasn't super memorable or one of the best movies of the year, but it was good enough for what it was. I probably won't ever feel the need to rewatch it, but for a one time viewing, it was pretty alright. Fassbender knocked it out of the park like he always does, Javier Bardem and his hair were great, and there were several scenes that have to be seen to be believed. The amount of filler was disheartening, and the story probably could've been presented better. But overall this was a decent movie, no more and no less.