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I May Destroy You
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Just finished watching this film for the first time today, and it was amazing. Much better than any recent Hollywood film of the same rom-com genre I've seen in a very long time. Very well developed script, things that appear at first to not make sense, will by the films' ending and you really get to see two main characters grow and develop. It's obvious the film didn't have a very large budget but really, you don't need a bankbusting budget to have a good film. In fact, in my experience, the opposite is often the case. In any event, this is an amazing film that anyone should be able to enjoy.
Gorgeously filmed, very well thought out, and meticulously researched. I found this film to be, not so much "scary" per se, but more disturbing. There are no jumps or sudden noises that cause one to become startled. There is very little blood or gore. Very little in the way of violence, even, although there is some. I believe many general audiences may have trouble with the language barrier (as this film is set in 1630s America, and thus, the film makers chose to keep the language pretty accurate for the time frame) Many moviegoers will also, no doubt, be confused by the subject matter, by the religious proclivities of the Puritans portrayed, and also by the fact that writer in many places has left questions unanswered, allowing the audience to use their imaginations to fill in the blanks. Personally, I had no problem with any of these things, but I understand that many would, and so I would caution people when they go to keep such things in mind. All in all, a fanatic film, and one that I plan to own when it's released for home viewing. One of my favourite horror films I've seen.
I'm not quite sure why this has gotten such terrible reviews, because I can remember going to see this as a kid at the movies with my family and I loved it. I did get a bit confused by all the bag exchanges, but hey, I was a kid! I remember sitting there from the moment the little stop-motion animated opera singer did "Largo al factotum" during the opening credits until the final wedding scene at the end and just loving every minute of it. This is a film that anyone can watch, really, because it's just good, clean fun. Perhaps all the negative reviews are because so many people seem to want to take things so seriously these days, and this is definitely not a film to be taken seriously, its meant to be enjoyed, not analysed. Also, there isn't really much vulgarity which seems to be a prerequisite for any sort of comedy made recently. This film doesn't have any of that edginess, and it's certainly not PC so if you need those things, then perhaps this film isn't for you. But, to be honest, I can't think of anyone who I wouldn't personally recommend Oscar to, it's just a good, solid film.
I went and saw this last night with my husband, as a compromise, since I didn't want to see X-Men and I wouldn't dream of making him sit through something as insipid as The Other Woman...and I'm glad I did see this film. Not having ever seen a Godzilla film before, I was still well aware of it's history, as my dad used to love the old films from the 50s and would regularly watch them on TV, but I was concerned that this film, while it would have updated CGI, may still be a bit too campy for my taste. I'm happy to report, though, that it wasn't. The acting wasn't all that great, but then again, the actors themselves didn't have much dialogue to work with. Some people have complained that Godzilla himself wasn't on screen enough, and while I can understand some people's frustrations with that, I thought, personally, the director did a good job in drawing out the suspense of seeing the creature, and making the moments we did get to see him special, rather than have a sensory overload a la Transformers or Man of Steel. There were some beautiful moments captured on film, as well, which often get overlooked in modern films relying on special effects, and often the viewer is assaulted with the dreaded shaky-cam! Thankfully, there were not too many moments of that in this film, and the viewer wasn't left with motion sickness due to bad camera use. All in all, a surprisingly good film that I wouldn't mind seeing again.