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I am now officially leaving Rotten Tomatoes to only review movies on IMDB. It is only fitting my last review is for a movie unlike any other I've reviewed thus far.
Most people just do not understand Tommy Wiseau. Literally. Because of his accent. This movie is unlike anything that has come before or will come after; it is a fact you should keep in mind when watching it. And once you've seen it, it is a memorable event you won't forget.
Have you ever seen a movie that is such a masterfully executed work of art it transcends the need for any story, gripping or otherwise? Such movies, however rare, can be found.
Some directors safely follow the proven formula of what makes a great movie; others experiment and take bold approaches with their film-making for equally great results. These are two different ways to produce quality movies.
Tommy Wiseau bet everything he had on this movie; the result is something that can't really be defined within the constraints of a star rating system; it matters not whether you give it one or ten stars and so I literally flipped a coin for this review in the spirit of Tommy's bet on his vision.
I will say this: when I first heard about The Room I was told not to watch it alone, but organize my first viewing with a group of like-minded friends and copious amounts of the finest beverage available. And I am glad I waited years for this to happen, as The Room is an experience you have to share. It is then and only then you will appreciate it in its fullest for the ode to love, sensuality, friendship and football throwing it is.
Even though I am a big Marvel fan and animation fan, I never really liked Marvel animated shows or movies, so I completely disregarded this when it came out. All my friends were praising and recommending it so I finally listened to them... and boy am I glad I did (and my friends know me well!)
This movie managed to take familiar characters and stories and do something extremely original with them. It's enthralling, trippy, fun, touching and very funny all at once. It's also an absolute visual treat and the voice actors are impeccably on point.
Unless you're prone to epilepsy (I'm actually serious about that), I see no reason why you shouldn't watch this movie!
So I was hoping this would be a great movie so I could write a review telling misogynists to shut up and that it's fantastic to have a strong female superhero as a leading character. Alas, in that regard, Wonder Woman did a lot better as a movie as a whole.
The acting is not that great between Brie Larson poor performance and the prosthetic/GCI on Samuel L. Jackson to make him look younger but also give him a wooden appearance. There are very obvious plot holes (like, wait, how did they know to do that?) and the pacing is very uneven; there are a few parts I didn't feel engaged at all.
On the plus side it does fairly well as an origin story though, and there is that Marvel level of polish in special effects and editing. But all in all, it might be a necessary introduction to Captain Marvel for Avengers End Game, but it is probably the weakest MCU movie to date.
It's nowhere as bad as everyone says. While it doesn't have the most original plot or the most in-depth character developments, the concept and world are fun, so is the movie as a whole from beginning to end. And it's a stunning visual spectacle if nothing else. If you are familiar with the video game series Final Fantasy, this is pretty much what one of those games would be as a movie. I really don't think anyone involved tried to create a masterpiece here, so by being a very entertaining action-packed sci-fi fantasy it more than fulfills its purpose.
Now I do agree with one thing: the title is just dumb.
Having heard of the concept I was expecting the gimmicky nature of the movie to get old fast, but boy was I was wrong. First of all, it's just a great , original thriller on its own, with well-thought out storytelling and nicely crafted pacing. Then John Cho is absolutely amazing and convincing in this role, delivering his great performance through very non-traditional means. Finally the way they're using the screens and technology applications is some of the most realistic in movies to date.
All in all a nice surprise I highly recommend.