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I was very pleasantly surprised with this entry into the Star Wars cinematic universe. I actually skipped seeing it in theaters back in 2018. But here in 2020 when getting to a theater is rough and not a lot of new stuff is coming out, I finally got around to circling back to it. I'm glad I did! The characters are fun, the cinematography is sumptuous, and there's plenty of space battle cowboy action to keep your inner child entertained.
"Tenet" was fun. Definitely not worth going to a theater and risking your health for. "Memento", available on disc and streaming, is a way better backwards Chris Nolan movie, for what that's worth. John Washington's great in the role that feels written for Joseph Gordon Levitt. And this might be the first movie where I kind of felt the promise of Robert Pattinson that the industry so desperately wants me to. Though Pattinson's definitely not as good as Leo would have been in the role also clearly written for him. The visual effects are engaging, but get a little tiring. The novelty of "Oooh, a backwards explosion" wears off super quick in this movie with a 150 minute runtime.
I didn't see Book of Shadows back in the day because the reviews were so bad. Then recently I read some stories about how hard the studio interfered and how there were fan edits to fix it. I checked out the theatrical cut out of curiosity. I can't possibly imagine how this film could be fixed. Jeffrey Donovan's the only decent actor in the cast, but he's playing a character that doesn't fit him at all. Who buys his action hero self as a stoner, ne'er do well tour guide? The plot is recycled and silly. It feels like one of those Hellraiser sequels that started as something else and then they shoe-horned Pinhead (or in this case the Blair Witch) in to get views.
Awful! Every single thing in it has been done better in other sequels. To be honest, I think Danny McBride wrote a sequel to Terminator and couldn't get a green light in that franchise. So he put in a couple name changes and switched it over to a Halloween sequel. This movie might work better for you if you've never watched another Halloween sequel. Even then, the suspension of disbelief is way over the top. Michael would be something like 67 at this point and have spent his entire life in an institution. That's not someone who's going to be physically intimidating. And in the original film, if we ignore the sequels, Michael's not physically intimidating, really. He's a looming presence always in the background. He sneaks and slunks around. Imagine this film if it were about a quiet old man who escapes a mental institution slyly and goes back to kill the one who got away. Imagine if Laurie were a nice old lady who-when confronted with the evil of her childhood-finds that strength again to do anything to protect her granddaughter. What would that movie have been? One that was a lot more relatable and not just realistic but also human than this hunk of garbage Terminator sequel.
One of my favorites! This is one of those films that has multiple cuts and even goes a step further with fully 2 whole, different musical scores! One score is by synth band Tangerine Dream. That was the score heard by audiences in the US in the 80s. The other score is by cinematic legend Jerry Goldsmith. Goldsmith's score is much grander and symphonic. Both scores have their merits. Then there are the runtimes and various cuts. 4 seem to be well known. There's the American theatrical version which is confusingly short and has the Tangerine Dream score. There's the European theatrical version which is a tad longer and has the Goldsmith score. Then there's the British version which is closer to the European cut but has the Tangerine Dream score! And finally there's a very long "Director's Cut" with the Goldsmith score. I think that if more people who experienced the short version were to go back and watch a longer cut or try one of the other scores out, they'd find out how much magic is in this movie. Amazing sets, phenomenal acting from Curry and Sara, intoxicating music (from both scores)-Legend has everything you could want.