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While Spielberg already seemed to achieve the complete greatness in regards of the sci-fi genre, his newest installment seems to deliver twice the charm and delight, with a smaller scale, but bigger and compelling spirit, enough to make the average and passionate audience fell in love with its concept and execution, relaying on tone, family-friendly themes, and the now exploited traits such as the use of children to handle an entire adventure-like plot, E.T. is a timeless classic that still taught us the essentials of cinema.
Steven Spielberg's brand new take on comedy might be effective at times, considering how risky his use of over-the-top slapstick turns in the end, escalating until concluding in a extravagant and exaggerated third act, also including a compellingly funny cast, but with a certain use of absurdity in its humor, this could result in either a love it-or hate it- entry in the director's filmography, also considering its profane themes towards a sensitive subject as World War II.
Amazingly displayed in regards of its photorealistic animation, in the visual department, this remake of the 1994 immortal classic is mesmerizing, as well as it is impressive to appreciate, nevertheless, the substance and value that defined the original are gone, mostly due to its excessive-scene by scene-imitative structure, regardless of the potential of its voice casting, its uncanny value is the definitive element that makes Jon Favreau's latest an unworthy Disney entry.
Spike Jonze, while delivering a visually gorgeous and faithful adaptation of the short kid's book by Maurice Sendak, the story stretches into bizarre and distinctive corners, managing to deliver the story's main message, but losing track into what the script should be all about, and while the production design really stands out (particularly the monster design and exterior-filming), its main character and all-over-the-place themes get on the way of a more concise and straight product.
Based on the infamous serial killer story, Jonah Hill, staring along James Franco, delivers a thrilling and engaging portrayal of the main characters, attached by a compelling and, at times, truly unsettling story that focuses on the potential it's drama and intrigue is capable of offering, depending mostly on the way things are narrated, but unfortunately, and while there's a visual engagement towards the viewer, this thriller doesn't necessary surpasses flicks with better execution and the same premise.