The Invisible Man
The Way Back
Never Rarely Sometimes Always
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Imagine a headless chicken running blindly around in the woods for 2 hours and you've got this movie in a nutshell. Astonishingly, Terry Gilliam fails every single aspect of competent story telling in this mess. I'm a great fan of Gilliam, but I suspected this 'film' was thrown together by a first year film student with absolutely no ability to get the audience from point a, to b, to c and then to the end. We only get endless scenes where we're given point a and maybe point b, but NEVER shown point c. The whole mess comes stumbling across the finish-line at the end with the audience having NO idea how we got there. Watched this on Netflix, but would have walked out of the threatre after 20 minutes.
Great movie and an obvious tilt of the hat to Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint - right down to the tube radio Truman messes with.
Overly long, overly complex and stuffed to the gills with more 'special effects' than a transformer movie - rendering the whole thing a chore to sit through as an adult. Animations were top-notch, but the color shift to simulate comic book printing was more distracting than effective.
Seemed more a 'coming of age' movie than a spider man movie (I say 'man', but the on-going cynical approach of making spider man a near pre-teen to appeal to kids is as prevalent here as in all the live action movies).
Far too much time was spend getting to know this kid and not enough time spent on editing the main action so it was actually meaningful. And the ridiculous idea that this kid (who has been 'spidy' for all of TWO DAYS, can defeat a villain all the other 'spidys' from all the other dimensions couldn't - and of course has more wisdom than any adult in the movie, was just a weak ploy to appeal to the children watching.
Probably great for young teens, but tougher to sit through for an adult.
Best part of this movie was the faithfully animated and acted stuffed cast. Really brought those original characters back home. The movie falls flat for me once grownups show up.
I blame the directory and screenwriter for this horribly directed and written mess. It appears the director was simple enamored with the cast and let them play it however they wanted, and the result was painful to watch. Bruce Willis played it all wrong and his 'love interest' (wow, was that laughable) had ZERO chemistry and that ham-handed grandfather mauling kiss at the end almost made me lose my lunch.
"you're in love with her... I can tell" was the most laughable line in the move. My wife and I can't stop laughing over that one.
The rest of the cast was passable for a 'light comedy' but Willis and the 'love interest' were either terribly under directed or horribly miss-cast.