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I wish I had seen this before there was so much hype, because it was hard to live up to. None the less, Taron Egerton transforms into Elton John and his performance is magnetic. The music and costumes are of course amazing and I enjoyed the plotline between Elton and his writing partner, which I could only describe as a platonic love story.
Wow. I find that often when I watch multi-decade-old best picture winners, they dont live up to the hype. Boy was that it not the cause with Deer Hunter. The slow burn of the hour the film takes establishing the life before the war, and then showing how the characters lives unravel after is worth the three hours. Unlike most Vietnam movies, this film is able to retain the humanity of its characters, while still depicting the cost of war. De Niro and Streep have excellent subtle performances, and the overall cast is strong.
While the cinematography was very well done and there were some quirky interesting plot points, ultimately the movie was just too slow and boring to enjoy. How a movie with FBI and alternate shadowy parties spying on hotel guests, discovering celebrity affairs, kidnappings, murders and bank robbing proceeds could manage to be boring is a question for the ages. The characters manage to maintain a shallowness that you never get overly attached to anyone and to top it all off it sizzles and fades to an anti-climatic ending. Big disappointment coming from this all-star cast.
While I generally enjoyed watching this film, and the performances are strong, the neglect and naivety of the protagonist's parents is distracting. Perhaps that's how it was in the early 60s, but it is hard to ignore from a modern perspective.
Holly Hunter is magnetic in this drama about the shift in broadcast news into entertainment. William Hurt also gives a solid performance. While I always love Albert Brooks, his role doesn't age well as the "good guy" who doesn't get the girl and is very sore grapes about it. Overall an entertaining watch, although the ending leaves something to be desired.
This film is incredible overrated. Glorifying the peter pan complex, we follow a group of late twenty somethings pine for their teenaged glory days, as our protagonist considers if a twelve year old Natalie Portman is his soulmate.
Charismatic cast cannot save this film that doesnt know what it wants to be. The underdeveloped lead character's crazy night out after her boyfriend of 9 years dumps her is neither serious enough nor funny enough, and instead walks a boring middle ground that fails to keep the viewers interest. The movie then abruptly ends in a rushed manner.
I imagine this is an accurate depiction of what it is to be a middle schooler, it reminds much of my time in middle school, with the added layer of the new issues brought by social media and the internet. Very awkward at points and interesting, but I did not find it as ground breaking as most.
The quirky soul searching by the likeable Lily Rabe cant save this film from the creep fest of the jail bait vibes between Rabe (Miss Stevens) and her student, played the the inescapable Timothy Chalamet. I am surprised the Critics Rating is so high.
Great performances from an all-star ensemble cast who each bring off-type characters to life. This fresh take on a heist movie with unexpected terms is a fun watch and a clever plot.
Ronan as always brings a strong performance, but her romantic counter part does not bring the same level of screen presence or charisma to his role. Further, the two have minimumal chemistry, which does not help the film. Further, the imbalance between Ronan's characters fears on her wedding night during this sexually repressed period versus Howle's frankly mean and harsh reactions make him far less sympathetic a character. THe cinemtography and costuming is beautiful, but ultimately it feels like an unnecessarily tragic love story.
I wish there was a way to give this a "how good of a terrible movie" rating. Have you ever watched a movie so terrible that you couldn't look away? Have you ever seen oscar award winning actors completely commit to acting in a movie that makes utterly no sense? Have you ever watched a movie that had a basic plot so ridiculous you wonder how it ever got greenlit? This is that film. I was NEVER bored (which in my opinion is the worst thing you can be in a movie), and utterly perplexed by this film. A must watch awful film.
Well acted. Well written.
I had never seen this movie despite being a child of the 80s, and when I finally watched it 30 years later I was not disappointed. Everything about this should be terrible, but the combination of stars and camp is a can't miss. Light despite its murderous subject matter.
Cute premise but the lack of character development coupled with an incredibly dark ending thats never fully resolved ultimately leaves the movie half finished. Some ok scenes but overall not greater than the sum of its parts.
Ugh. I will never forget when I was in fourth grade and my parents surprised me by telling me I was going to see a kids movie, since Jurassic Park would be too scary for me, only to discover in the theater that we were at a Jurassic Park screening. The magic of seeing what could only be described as real life dinosaurs was one of the greatest movie going experiences of my life. (In particular, the first reveal of the brontosauruses.) While the director has some moments of creating beautiful tableaus of dinosaurs on screen, the plot is lacking and the "men are the real monsters" theme doesnt play out as it could have. Some casting weaknesses coupled with the lack of chemistry between Chris Pratt and Bryce Howard (and for what its worth theres no reason this needs to be a romantic plot line), the movie is ultimately dull and farfetched. The Jeff Goldblum cameo is a waste. Overall, I could have dealt with never seeing this.
The premise had such potential, particularly with a talented cast, but ultimately the film is not greater than the sum of its parts. Applegate, through no fault of her own, plays a character that the writers cant seem to determine if she is the villain or victim. A wife and business woman, feeling neglected by her husband and believing she is being cheated on, has a fling with a twenty something loser. That loser, Domhnall Gleeson, is written in a way to make him so strange, it is hard to feel the sympathy it seems we are meant to. Rather than being content with his one night stand, he attempts to extort Applegate by threatening to tell her husband when she doesn't instantly fall madly in love with him. The plan backfires for all involved when Applegate tells her husband and said husband decides to move in with Gleeson to bother his wife. He ends up mentoring Gleeson with women, but ultimately the teacher becomes the student, learning to appreciate his wife again. While this is a cute concept, the execution falls apart.
I have no idea why the reviews of this movie are so low. IT. IS. SO. MUCH. FUN. The villains are so cartoonishly evil, there are several meta moments that either reference the video game story origins, the Rock's past as a wrestler or other action tropes and just leans into it. The motion capture for the gorilla lead, George, is amazing. He is a fully articulated character, with his own sense of humor and emotional motivations. The supporting cast is also strong, including Naomie Harris of Moonlight fame and Jeffery Dean Morgan (Walking Dead, Grey's Anatomy). The fight scenes are fun and exciting. If you like Godzilla movies, the first Pacific Rim or any Rock action movie, this movie is for you.