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Far from Home was a good movie, but not always for the hero stuffs. The story is solid. It mixes humor, moral choices and actions. The actors are amazing. For once the villain is really believable. The FX is decent, but somewhat lessen by the action scenes. Yes, the action is kind of confusing. Sometimes too fast. It does get better in the last 1/3 about the movie. The ending credits leaves you with a lot of questions. I give it a 78%. That was a fun ride.
JW 3 is a very good action flick. The story doesn't bring much to the characters. If anything, it is kind of a loop that brings you to the start. The acting was pretty good. I really like the H. Berry scenes. There are smalls moments of pure fun in the movie. The action is precise, violent and very intense. The film doesn't take itself too seriously and it shows this time around. I give it a 80%. In terms of action this movie is a blast. In terms of story they could have give us a bit more. But you feel like a lot is unsaid, for the other movies.
This film is a monster show. The story in itself doesn't break anything. The villain motivations are very blurry and it's hard to swallow Emma Russell lines of thoughs. And there isn't much emotion apart coming from the monster. Those for the humans are kind of bland like a series B movie. However everything regarding the monsters, the actions, the new lore are the fun parts. The FX are pretty decent. Bradley Whitford has the better lines in the movies. The 3D effect is absolutely ineffective. I give it 72%. Good film for monsters lovers and a good follow up to the first.
Ithaca is actually a pretty decent scifi. The story is subtle enough and has somewhat of a classic style to it. The special effects are limited but they got a good result overall. The acting is well directed. The oldest actors move this boat. The movie is short and for once, to the profit of intensity and a focused narrative. I give it a 75%. For a small budget film, they crossed a lot of marks from AAA movies.
Dark Phoenix is an average movie by many accounts. The story approach the alien perspective in a very distant manner. It also approach all the relations of Jean Grey the same way. It makes all the emotions a very bland affair because the structure of the story is bad. Most of the dialogues are dull and with very little intensity. The humor is just gone. The actors should be good but their performances are bound to the bad choices of the story. And the incessant music kills this movie. Their is virtually no pauses to the long succession of tunes. It's painfully excruciating. Yet there are good pieces in it, but it's disastrous to the movie. The fight in the ending is quite amazing. And the FX are well done. Even the death of a character can't make you feel anything. I give it a 48%. They were too many mistakes to redeem this one. There was a promising story somewhere but not this one.
Endgame is a good ending for IW. The story starts really slow. Mainly because you have a lot to carry over from other movies. The story is kind of grounded and didn't resolve on a magical solution that much. The acting was really solid. The FX still amazing. What they did with Thor and Banner can be debatable but I found it justified in their own ways. The final battle was something for the eyes. I found interesting that there were still consequences to the choices they made. I give it a 78%. I wasn't blown away by the movie but very satisfied with the story in general.
This is really a kid movie and with a limited budget. The story is passable. They try to present the legend in a more modern way, but with very mix results. The young actors were pretty good and they have solid adult actors around them. The CGI were not always very good, especially with the villains. I am not sure that even for kids, the movie wouldn't be boring. I give it a 55%. Maybe the intentions were good but I think this movie would have been better in the style of anime, it started with...
Captain Marvel was a fun origin movie. I like the fact that it wasn't presented in a straight forward manner. Most of the flashback works very well and feels natural. That actors are pretty solid. The FX were really nice. I think that the younger Colson didn't work all that well. The music was fine and very focused. And it was pretty funny from beginning to end. I give it an 80%.
Alita is a very fun film. The story feels a bit episodic, but it is surely a strong aspect of the movie. The FX are well done but the transition between the real world and CGI is a mix bag. You can see at times, the composite cuts and placement over the 3D models. I really like the sounds and the music was sensational. There were a couple of moments with emotions, but this film is mainly for the action and the visuals. I give it a 78%. It's a nice adaptation and also experiment in visuals. Now I really want to read the Manga!
Replicas had a good idea to start with. The story has many holes in it. Almost everything takes shortcuts. The science, the absence of 4 persons for 17 days, the police, the bad guys. The acting is pretty ordinary. The best performances comes from the youngest actors. The plot's big revelation comes totally flat. I give it 48%. The kind of film you will forget tomorrow. That's why I am writing this review...before I forget about it.
Mortal Engines is a hit and miss kind of thing. The flashbacks were very detrimental to the movie. Put in order, the story would have benefit from the steady rise in tension and made more sens. The FX are amazing. You won't get bored looking at this movie. The action isn't always great. Sometimes it's very cool, some just plainly generic. The main actors are fine, but all the secondaries are pretty bad. But the dialogues are just poor all the way around especially with the loving part, there is no magic in it (in words). The music is horrible. Doesn't always match what you see on screen. I give it a 62%. It's not a bad film but the only seller are the visuals.
What I loved the most in First man are the trials before the actual launch. Yet we only have to see a bit of them. The story slow down a lot when it comes to the personal life and makes the film sluggish. I really like the death aspect of the movie. It make the experience emotional. The acting was very good all the way around. The music is on point in tense moments. I give it 72%. This is not to the level of Apollo 13 or Gravity but still interesting to watch.
There are some good things in Bird Box. Like the moving with the blindfold tension. The flashback are good in general. The Malkovich character. For me the enemies were a mix bag. I like that were not showed but didn't like some logic holes they create. Some of the flashback were too long and there wasn't enough scenes in the actual time. The music wasn't doing anything special for me. I give it a 63% but sometimes that movie felt like a gimmick story, like they develop all that story around the blindfolding.
Aquaman is a fun film because it doesn't take itself too seriously. The story has some good scope and some intricate moments. The effects are sometimes ridiculous but making anything under water is difficult to render. Some of them are pretty well done, some feels a bit tacky. The acting is excellent from Momoa. However the actors around him are a bit odd and delivers unequal acting. There are good actions and the movie is going at fair pace. I give it a 72%. It's not perfect but it is done with respect to the comics and with a lot of nice touches of humor and craziness.
Into the Spider-Verse has a lot of styles. The story is interesting and funny. The graphics draws from many types of animations movies but still keep an overall unity. The actions scenes are fun to watch. The music and sound very appropriate. Maybe toward the ends you got too much going on screen. I give it a 85%.
FB2 is a darker movie. Also it is lacking emotions in many areas. I didn't mind the quantity of information but I think the structure of movie wasn't fitting so well this time. The flashbacks had a tendency to broke the rhythm. There was a lot of superfluous, like some actions scenes, many small characters that brought nothing tangible (maybe they are for the next movies). I give it a 65%. I think the film has a lot of bad rhythm but it is still interesting to watch for the characters and the lore. For everything else, not sure...
Apostle started with good intention. You have great actors in this movie that deliver some greats performances. Sadly the story is slow paced. The movie fails to deliver anything tangible about the main character religion and his father relation. For someone that must save his sister, we certainly get almost nothing about the family and their links to one another. At the end you get some nice horror scene and actions, but nothing that scary. It's more like gory and violent. I give it 60% because I like the actors play, but the story wasn't very well executed. There was certainly potential in that movie.
I was really surprise to see what they could do with a small budget in a dystopian era. The story is simple but opens a lot of doors. The fighting is visceral and done in the manner of the first Daredevil TV season. The main actress is very convincing and charming too. The movie clocks at 1:30 but it is an intense ride. I give it a 78% and I think they did wonders with very little to go on. A keeper, no doubt.
Ocean 8 was a fair movie. The acting was the strong point and the characters are well defined. The story was weaker. I mean the humor was not that great. The editing was too conventional and broke the pace at several occasions. Maybe the film lacks hardship in doing the heist. It doesn't have any romance or love interest in it. I give it a 62%. It felt uninspired but the acting did save the movie.