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One word: revolutionary.
This film is one of the very unique cases where I wanted to give a movie more than 5 stars.
The story is a tad bit cliche (origin story, someone gets hurt, hero realizes their potential, climax, fight scene, happy ending, etc...), but even an overdone concept (multiple universes) still managed to feel original. It was engaging, funny, and entertaining all at the same time.
Most importantly, the art! It was extremely refreshing to see something unique. I have no words to describe how what I saw, but it was mesmerizing and unlike anything I've experienced before. I wish I had watched this movie in theatres.
I've been a little upset with the lack of "Chloe Grace Moretz" in the spotlight recently, but was pleasantly surprised by this movie which exceeded of all my expectations.
The story was raw and real. The actors, lead by Chloe, did a great job at drawing empathy and compassion from the viewer.
This movie exceeded all of my expectations!
The back story was fantastic and answered so many questions I've always had. There were half a dozen moments where I would pose a question (while watching it with a friend), and 2 minutes later the film would answer it. This is hard for any film to do!
As expected, the plot was pretty straightforward, but the backstory accounted for it. More than half the film comprised of one large fight, but it went by extremely fast.
The animation was on point and one of the final fighting scenes was really reminiscent of "spiderman into the spider verse" with it's color scheme and movements. It was breathtaking and showed that the DB production team is really stepping up it's game.
It's worth mentioning that this movie picks up exactly where the first half of Dragon Ball Super stopped and the show will continue where this movie ended. This makes it the first DBZ movie that is part of cannon and maintains a coherent plot. I'm extremely happy the producers of DBZ are creating so much great content for the fans.
With all of that said, it is important to note that it does come with all the cheesy parts of anime, and if you're not a Dragon Ball fan it's not for you. However, if you are a DBZ fan, this movie is fantastic!
This was a very good, original entertaining film. Great cinematography, original concept, a little weird and different from anything I've seen before. However, I can't say it blew me away or provoked some sort of innate feeling or thought. It's worth watching but was overhyped in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the fact that there was no forced romance, and no sappy background story about why the girl didn't have an arm. The film didn't try to fulfill any cliche expectations.
I absolutely LOVED the cast! Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Alison Brie, Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) , Jesse Plemnos (Game Night, Black Mirror etc...), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley), Carrie Coo-n (The leftovers), etc... As someone who doesn't recognize too many actors, this one was filled with a ton of actors I love.
The plot was based on a true story, and mainly revolved around the events of one evening, but was still extremely captivating. It was interesting, fun, thrilling, exciting and educational.
My favorite part about this film is the manner in which I watched it. I watched it with my family in two parts (1 hour each) over a span of two nights. On the second day, my family and I went on a small day trip to Niagra Falls which is about a 2 hour drive away. We like to listen to podcasts, interviews or audiobooks on long trips, so during the drive back we decided to listen to one of Vladimir Pozner's latest talks. By chance it was about the freedom of speech and the role of journalism in democracy. This fit in extremely well with the premise of the film as the two really complimented each other. The fact that we watched the film in two parts and listen to Pozner's talk in between could not have worked out any better. My view and respect on the importance of journalism has changed in ways I could have never expected. The full talk can be found here https://pozneronline.ru/2018/10/22988/.