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I know it's a typical "bad boy, good girl" teen romance movie. But I loved it. Josephine as Tessa was stunning, and acted beautifully. Hero played Hardin powerfully, and meaningfully. They both had a great emotional range, and made viewers FEEL something. There were parts that weren't awesome, like her initial Boyfriend Noah, but he was supposed to be boring. Selma Blair as her mother also could have been built up more. I wish there was more of a reunification at the end, but the ending with the essay was still beautiful.
Their loves scenes were sweet and tender, they did such a good job of conveying real, pure, and innocent first love, and all of the emotions behind it.
No, it wasn't perfect, but for a Netflix teen romantic drama, it was excellent. I recently watched "The Last Summer," which was a stark, shallow contrast to this. In the end of "After," I was left wanting more of the characters, which is the mark of good character development.
So, I give it 5 stars. I would definitely recommend it! I don't understand the critical critics with 17%. It's a Netflix film, you can't judge it against huge budget Nicholas Sparks movies or similar.
The movie was excellent, for adults. HOWEVER, I believe it should have been rated PG. I know it is nature, but I assumed a G rated movie would be more or less happy, so I watched it with my four kids. Not too far into the movie, I had a crying 6 and 7 year old due to the killing of monkeys. Had to explain to them that it was nature and they needed to do this to survive. But then ***spoiler alert*** Oscar's mom died, and then I had 4 sobbing children. Even my 11-year-old who is way "too cool" to cry during movies. Yes he goes on to bond with Freddy, but watching him look for his momma after she left, the sadness and confusion in his eyes, especially with how they established their relationship (she was such an amazing mother, and he clearly loved her so, so much), then lack of affection after...it was just heartbreaking.
Now my children are talking often about how sad they would be if I died, my 3-year-old especially. I do want to raise my children to be strong, but part of being a good human is also having deep compassion and empathy, especially for animals or those who are vulnerable, so for those who read this and think, "your kids are snowflakes," I will never tell them not to have compassion for another living being's suffering.
So, if it were not for the rating, and if they had added a warning at the beginning or something, I would have given it 5 stars. I can't imagine the feats it took to capture and edit this footage. But especially for small children, a warning would have been nice. There is a lesson to be learned about nature for sure, but maybe not at age three.
I thought it was absolutely fantastic. I don't really understand the mixed critic reviews, or 6.8/10 on Metacritic. It was beautiful, passionate, fun, funny, joyful, heartbreaking, maddening. It is one of those projects that really makes you stop and think about the meaning of life, the meaning of work, the meaning of Capitalism.
It was filled with both subtle and profound symbology. Caged birds. People who loved music so much, that they make instruments out of anything they can find to play the rhythms in their heart. The need for the motivation of joy and enjoyment of life. The idea that you can't cage someone's essence.
People need to be free. Oppression only works for so long before the souls of the people will rise above it. This film is the embodiment of all of these greater ideas, and Glover absolutely shines. His voice is transcendent, his character is magnetic and unapologetically magnificent. Rihanna is genuine, raw, and powerful. Her last line, "we got our day," is the perfect ending to this masterpiece.
Seeing the ideas behind "This is America" brought to film is just what the world needs right now. "America IS a ‘ concept.' Anytime you're working to make someone else richer, it's America." - One of the most relevant and poignant lines of any film I've seen in a while.
10/10, I would recommend this film to absolutely anyone. Even small children. There is no sex, no gore (one small scene, out of view), no language. Only the celebration of life and freedom from oppression. I don't know why anyone would feel anything but complete adoration for the film and it's actors.
There were good and bad parts, but Rami Malekï¿ 1/2(TM)s performance took away from every otherwise decent scene. The casting of the other bandmembers was brilliant. But Ramiï¿ 1/2(TM)s forced accent, and comical teeth, were so distracting I felt myself wanting to reach into the screen and rip them from his mouth. It was incredibly disappointing. Every scene where it felt like it was meant to be poignant, felt more like Malek reading directly from a prompter something that Mercury had once said. There was no true emotion, no grit. Just forced lines and a truly terrible accent. I love Malek in his other roles, this just wasnï¿ 1/2(TM)t the one for him. Though maybe if he hadnï¿ 1/2(TM)t gotten such horrible teeth, all of it would have been less effort for him. I understand Freddy had large teeth. But like was explained, he had a larger mouth and larger palette, so his lips and mouth could accommodate the size better. Malekï¿ 1/2(TM)s mouth was not made for those teeth, and he looked comical when trying to force his lips over the fake dentures. They could have done a much better job portraying the teeth.
Overall, I was extremely disappointed. The concert scenes were good, but not good enough to carry the drab, slow, perfunctory scenes that soiled the rest of the movie, and ruined the experience completely.
This is a really good example of why we should not let corporations regulate themselves, and do their own safety/toxicity testing. Itï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)s also a good example of how the government allows these practices to continue, despite overwhelming evidence of harm. For people who trust the EPA, FDA, and corporations to be looking out for their best interests, stories like these show that they are all only interested in one thing: money. They do not care about who they hurt to get it, and the only way to do anything to stop them is years of idependent research and huge lawsuits, if you can even get that far. Yet even then, the companies are allowed to continue, to make new products that are self-regulated, that are just as toxic. But they learned nothing from their past mistakes, because they were never truly held accountable. So they figure it doesnï¿ 1/2(TM)t matter if itï¿ 1/2(TM)s toxic, it will take decades to prove it with the new product, during which time they can continue to make hundreds of billions of dollars.
If mass poisoning and large-scale fraud isnï¿ 1/2(TM)t enough to shut down a corporation, I donï¿ 1/2(TM)t know what is. I am grateful to this documentary for exposing this to the American public, but what can we do? Even if we avoid all DuPont products, itï¿ 1/2(TM)s still in our water. Just like glyphosate, and thousands of other toxic chemicals that are dumped into our lands and waterways every day, by hundreds of corporations all over the world. At what point is enough, enough?
But what happens when an entire industry canï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)t be sued for issues with safety? What happens when the agencies trusted to regulate them, simply donï¿ 1/2 1/2(TM)t? I think we have now seen that for ourselves, and our children are paying the ultimate price.