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Pacific Rim is an irresistibly fun movie that should make a mark on summer blockbusters that needs to be seen by far more people that the box office stipulates. I am not a Del Toro fan, but this is warming be back up to the director. This had such a sense of fun that I have not seen in a film for a while and a truly operatic tone that I haven't felt in quite some time.
I want to begin by saying this isn't as good as it's predecessors. But I didn't enjoy this film for that reason however. The film is made competently, although the swooping shots of Gotham do get old. It's not a bad movie but it's simply okay, it's politics seem misguided and it's just simply too bleak. Now I enjoy other "bleak" films such as "The 400 Blows" but everyone seemed to be just plain evil when the previous film held that goodness could lie in everyone as much as evil. I didn't think the themes worked quite as well as the previous films and it has nothing to do with the legacy" of these films. It seemed frustrating, and some characters seemed miscast. For a film that tries for realism this one was a little too cartoonish for my taste. It didn't have any of the style or appeal as the others. Bane was a terrifying creation but when he got self righteous and transparently evil it simply stopped being scary and sounded like preaching. Overall, it's a passable film but not all that enjoyable for the dark, bleak, attitude it takes. Bleakness is fine in some films, but there are at least characters worth liking in those films.
McCabe and Mrs. Miller stands as not only one of the best Robert Altman movies, but amongst the best westerns made. While Altman describes it as an anti-western, it more or less reinvents the western and gives it another face. Though, for the time, I can see why this would be considered an anti-western by lackluster standards but when compared to others, it holds its own as some of the best. This stands as one of the better anti-capitalist films, as well as a great look at hubris. However, new themes become more apparent with each possible viewing. An amazing period piece if I ever saw one and, in this case, the improvising feels natural and flowing.
While this isn't a perfect film, it is quite charming. What I didn't like about the film was, unfortunately, the editing is a little unfocused as we never really can tell when a day passes or what exactly is going on at times. That said, Benigni is wonderfully funny and the story is absolutely sweet. Apparently based off of Sleeping Beauty, Benigni spins a semi-light, semi-dark tale about a woman injured in an Iraq bombing and one man's attempt to revive her. What ensues are both hilarious antics and dark scenarios. Mixed together we are greeted with a wonderful film that, sadly, is a little disjointed and unfocused at times. However these can be ignored, especially for a little anti-war message slipped in here and there.
Despite being one of those films where you love it or you hate it, 9 is still intriguing. The story was disappointing in some aspects, as I felt it would have been a much better character driven story as opposed to an action film. That said, Shane Acker created a unique world, unique characters, and some rather fascinating concepts for such a short movie. If I have any major complaint, it's that the film is much too short. This is a film which deserves a lot of time devoted to it's universe which is why it would be much better had it have a sequel. But this is just 9, and 9 isn't all that bad of a movie, a little lacking, but a rather interesting film and a pretty good first film for Mr. Acker. Despite failing to live up to expectations, it makes me want to see more from him. I do recommend this work, and it's anti-war message comes on a little blunt, but it works quite well.