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The Milk Of Sorrow is a wonderful film that might not be for everyone. It's slow and very hands off in its direction. The proceedings transpire with a non sympathetic approach. I felt bad for the protagonist in a real world sense in that i understood where she was coming from, but without all the usual hollywood cues hollywood uses to munipulate emotion from the audience. The underlining allegory of the film is about dealing with old wounds and a destructive past; and how sometimes it may be easier to cling to pain than to move past it. I can relate to that and i can see how it can be difficult to let go of something that has soo deeply scarred you and you people that its essentially changed your DNA. It's beautifully shot, with a wonderful but simplistic sound track. Highly recommended viewing ***** Five out of Five stars.
So, what can I say about X-men's Dark Phoenix that hasn't already been written on a truck stop bathroom wall somewhere in Decatur Illinois? Sophie Turner, who've ive never liked in the Role of Jean grey is actually the best thing about the film. Not that that's a compliment. My biggest complaint is how boring the film is. The actors, especially Jennifer Lawrence, are just phoning it in. Everybody seems uninterested in the film they are in. After 20 years of x men films its a shame it ended with a thud. Once the MCU reboots the X men nobody will be talking about this film. Hell, nobody is talking about this film now. At the end of the day the only real legacy this X-men franchise will have is convincing hollywood to make serious (ish) Super Hero films. Which isnt a bad thing to remembered for. Anyways, skip this one and save your money.
So I just saw the infamous bird box. I don’t get it’s on going popularity. It’s a film of epic averageness. Doesn’t really do anything new or provocative deserving of any accolades or praise. Its starts off pretty strong (I love the opening epidemic scenes) but besides it’s interesting concept it’s mostly undercooked, lethargic and underwhelming. I like the cast and they do their best with the material but they are stranded in a indifferent script with predictable stock characters who take the normal roles and make the typical bad decisions found in the genre. I feel the worst for Sandra Bullock who through her increasingly great filmography should know better. The ending was another meh for me. A scene leading up the conclusion that should have been tense and touching almost came off as comical. I’d take the similar but spectacularly bad “the happening” any day over it. At least that film was ambitious in its badness even though it ultimately failed. Racial and social political subtext aside the only good thing I can really say about bird box are the hilarious memes it’s produced. Two out of four stars **
So, I finally watched the muched talked about and obviously over hyped Aquaman. I've heard some fans even calling it the best in the DCEU even surpassing the highly entertaining Wonder Woman. My take on it? MEH. While I'm happy it's making money and that DC finally scored a profitable win it's just not that good of a film. My first problem is jason momoa himself, who in my opinion isn't a very well casted Aquaman. His delivery and line readings are bad and while that could be just the fault of mediocre dialogue written for his character, his acting is still questionable. Which is a shame because I loved him in the game of Thrones. Patrick Wilson (the films protagonist and arguably the better actor) would have made a better Aquaman. He looks the part and he has the chops. The cgi varies from amazing to chuckling bad. I know nothing more about Arthur curry. from before I started the film to after I finished. He is neither a compelling super hero or a interesting character for that matter. The film seems like something that would have been ground breaking in 2005. From the plot, to the action scenes everything seems to be going by the numbers just cruising by on autopilot; checking the super hero origin blocks as it moves along to its predictable ending. The worst travesty of the film is it's tacked on extra villain BLACK MANTA. You killed my father (even though it was his own fault) now i want revenge. ?? Perhaps the character could have been used in some fashion but more as an Easter egg for future installments and not a full on villain. Anyways. I only fret because I fear due to its success there will be more films like it in the dceu universe. Mediocre, half baked, poorly plotted, over blown, over manned, over sexed and worst of all over here. ? The Dc universe has an array of rich iconic characters with amazing stories to tell. They have literally decades of source material and this is the best they could muster. ?? two stars out of four