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Even 25 years later, it's an adrenaline rush from frae one to fade out... Die Hard on a bus... almost as good as Die Hard itself
A visually extravagent movie that's twenty-minutes too long and lacking any real stakes. It's a feast for the eyes, a nostalgia trip for 80s kids; the cinematic equivalent of halloween candy... you'll love it while it's there... it won't matter once it's gone
It may be contrived. The protagonist may have the underpinnings of a sociopath. And it just may be the most violent Christmas movie out there. But amongst all the mischief and mayhem, Home Alone has just enough that season sentimentality, played in the quieter moments, like when Kevin visits the fake Santa, that still reminds us of the power of family (even the most dysfunctional and opinionated ones) at Christmas time.
The Last Jedi is an odd beast for the Star Wars series: a direct sequel with no time lapse, and a movie where whatever your expectations are, forget them on the way in. On first viewing, there were things that I loved, and things that, as a Star Wars nerd, I was peeved by. On second viewing it all became clearer, making The Last Jedi a much better film. It lacks the thrill-a-minute blast that was The Force Awakens, but The Last Jedi's utter refusal to play things straight and challenge everything that we knew about the Force and the galaxy far far away makes it a stronger film overall. Sure, 90% of its set pieces are recycled from the original trilogy (as it was in TFA), but this trilogy, as the OT, is a hero's journey, so there will always be a familiarity to source material. (The Hero's Journey is the most prevalent of storylines in fiction.). When it comes down to it, I believe the backlash will recede in time, as we've begun to see for the Prequels