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Super cute with a tongue-in-cheek depiction of contemporary American teenage life. A little too cliche and Hollywood for its depiction to be too realistic - the mainstream pop soundtrack is about as realistic as it gets - but a charming and very sweet movie that hits a few important points about coming out.
Great performance from Bullock, and though the ending - like 'A Quiet Place' - is more upbeat than literally the entire movie, It rewards the extreme resilience of malorie. Funny, that the premise is induced suicide, because I'd probably kill myself at the end of the world. Huge coward so I would probably try to avoid needless suffering and go in the beginning. Like Tom says, "surviving is not living" so ...
Anyway. Good, good film even if the ending is mediocre. Now I need to take some deep breaths to compensate for those 2 hours !
?A music documentary with a purpose. I never realised how active Dan was in LGBTQ rights, and this really struck a chord because LGBTQ is probably the first social justice issue I got really passionate about. Really interesting examination of Mormonism, and I laud Dan's understanding, community-oriented approach. Really restores faith in humanity.
Definitely one to show to people who think Imagine Dragons is just selling out to pop drivel (spoiler: Dan talks about 'Thunder'!). Also, look out for the Love Loud Fest because he's making that an annual thing!
If you thought Marvel movies were boring, this is the movie to change your mind. First and foremost - this is a piece of ART. Goddamn, the animation! A love letter to comic books AND cartoon styles, with a good dose of colour (as my friend Kelly put it, "It's like the animators were on LSD!") to boot. Just, gorgeous. And then there's the SOUNDTRACK! Atmospheric, moody, bass with a heart. The music was my personal favourite thing about the movie (that scene where they turn the volume up? Oh yeah.), because it reads like a character mixtape for Miles Morales, and I am HECKING ABOUT IT.
Now let's talk about why I cried: leap of faith, family love, supportive camaraderie. But mostly that leap of faith. "How will I know?" "You won't. You take a leap of faith." In a world wracked with uncertainty - where things most of us would never have predicted (*cough* elections *cough*) come to pass and reading the news can LITERALLY be anxiety-inducing, knowing you can fall back on faith is so important. Even more so when you consider the human condition is potentially, fundamentally lacking in knowledge. There are likely some questions we will never be able to answer (noumenon/phenomenon), so we need to be okay with uncertainty. More than that, we need to be able to keep going in the face of it. At some point, when you feel like there's nothing left, you gotta have faith in something. Because faith doesn't require evidence or rationality, it just needs your genuine conviction.
And that brings me to resilience: "Spiderman always gets back up." WHAT A TRAIT. WHAT A MESSAGE. The MCU likes to grapple with Big Issues (hello, Civil War), but with enough of a slant to feel completely conventional. I've argued before that superhero movies aren't just throwaway entertainment, because they are both outlets + inspirations for human heroes. But finally, a Marvel movie that tells you directly that you can be a hero! To your face, "We are all Spiderman" (and also that Stan Lee quote!). Because we have the potential to do good, and we really, really should try. But it's going to be a struggle, and when you fail, you gotta dust it off - hold onto that faith - and get back up. Spiderpeople do what need to be done, just because they should.
Oh, also, a good + experienced voice acting cast.
SERIOUSLY though, can we hang this up in a gallery?
What an EXQUISITE film. Some really powerful moments were created by expert editing and great acting (Driver aka the saviour of the new Star Wars trilogy). I especially love how Ron Stallworth basically was one person, due to the strong presence of both Washington and Driver. Overall, a witty and cleverly-balanced film that Lee and Peele can proudly add to their belts [of notches. I THINK there's a notch joke in here, but I might be wrong].
Let me start with the stuff I liked: Newt continuing to be a great male role model (sensitive yet strong; intelligent but confidently awkward); Leta; a few emerging motifs (family!); occasionally breathtaking cinematography; Tina as an auror (but honestly, could be more competent?) ... And with that, let me segue into the stuff I DID NOT like:
Everyone? Crushes on Newt? Which is TOTALLY fair but also ... Romance is being too emphasised, I feel (also WHAT are those weird video game-esque close-ups between Leta & Newt?); Nagini being cast as a Korean lady! If you're going to retcon, retcon thoughtfully; Queenie and Tina are just ... Not Strong Female Characters - which is fine, because being human is not being strong 24/7. But Queenie can read minds! Tina is an auror but displays less skill than Newt!; Why is this a 5-movie series?!; Why is there queerbaiting?; More Theseus screentime please; HOW does this chronology work? McGonagall? Who the heck is Aurelius?
There are some fun moments in this film but I can't help but feel like I'm being an enabler by continuing to financially support the HP EU when they're turning out mediocre films.
Literally, my favourite moment was the ending cards.
Flat and a little questionable, I knew going in that this probably wasn't going to be a great film. But it's really just incredibly disappointing how Sierra isn't held accountable at all for, quite frankly, some pretty out-of-the-line actions (especially her disproportionate reaction to Veronica and Jamey's kiss). Sierra also isn't particularly ... interesting, compared to literally every other character. She's relatable, in that she's a way to present positive messages about self-esteem, but Purser is what carries Sierra - Sierra herself is just, 'eh', as a character.
Would have been more interesting as a story between Sierra and Veronica (there's enough queer-baiting anyway, though that might be reading into it) or even with Veronica as the star.
I'm just here for Joel Courtney. (The BFF message is cute, but also like, eh.)
A billion props to 14-year-old me for *knowing* the book would be better as a movie. An ADORABLE (and, unfortunately, relatable) lead, a guilty pleasure rom-com plot and Lauv's "I Like Me Better" makes this a fantastic soul-comforting watch.
Also, the 'love triangle' was MUCH better handled, which instantly elevates this above its source material due to my distaste for love triangles.
Really kinda silly, but somehow just works. It's fun and arguably more enjoyable than the first Iron Man (controversial opinion???).
Surprisingly hard-hitting, Koe no Katachi is stunning both emotionally and visually. It doesn't shy away from shedding light on the darker parts of the young psyche and its message of forgiveness is, I feel, an admirable route.
Not as fun as the original (but of course) yet somehow still pretty darn great, despite the weight that comes with a decade-long weight.
Not sure I need a 3rd instalment but SERIOUSLY can we please just see Violet on a date?!
I really enjoyed the first Ant-Man but its sequel ... Maybe it was the airplane (gosh darn United's small screens) but Ant-Man and the Wasp just felt kind of confusing and not nearly as entertaining. The film's highlight was definitely Luis (aside, as always, Paul! Rudd!) and that fucking credits scene.
What a fun hecking movie, even for someone unfamiliar with its predecessor! Heist movies are SO fun because they essentially turn training montages - the BEST part of any action film - into a full-fledged movie. Ocean's 8's star-studded cast and visual decadence were extremely helpful in maximising its entertainment value, too.