Typically when you do a coming of age story you rely on the reader/viewer consuming it at the age when they can relate to it so they have an emotional attachment to it otherwise it will lose its impact. The movie is an odd mix and it is sterile. The movie and the cast acts like how they think the characters would act if they were mimicking a Hollywood movie from the 50's, it never feels authentic. The other oddity is the lack of a soundtrack, it is a very quite movie which is in stark contrast to the teen angst which is supposed to be driving the movie forward. Are we to feel love, hate, envy... no, just apathy.
The movie is known more for the director and that it is the first or a very early movie for much of the cast that would later go on to be big stars. Sometimes all of the pieces do not make up a puzzle.
Let me get this straight Tony Stark gives Peter Parker this new high tech suit and yet does not offer any training not just with the suit but with his powers all the while claiming he wants to protect Peter. Sorry that is a fatal flaw. To offset the lack of training with his suit we get to watch Spidey crash through many walls and obstacles and since this version of Spidey has no spider-sense his new computerized suit cant even warn him of any situation. Its better than Spiderman 3 and any of the Garfield ones but that is a low bar.
So the latest Alien movie has turned into a teen slasher movie with all the clichés and all the same questionable behavior. I was expecting a little more after how thoughtful Prometheus was but this was a paint by numbers horror flick and a boring one at that.
I enjoy William Powell as much as any actor but there is one reason to watch this and that is Luise Rainer. The joy and charm she brings to the role of Anna Held is captivating. The movie is long and it tries to be a biopic and a 30's era musical at the same time which I can understand as this is during the depression and it gives people a chance to see a Ziegfeld Follies production which most people could not do back then.
Like Avengers, an omnipotent being is here to destroy the earth, in this case Steppenwolf. What? Who? Yea I laughed everytime they said his name. He may be a strong, albeit minor character in the DC universe, on film it was just silly. Gadot and Momoa are great, Cavill is excellent as Superman but having him swinging away in front of a green screen for the last third of the movie means he does not bring a lot to the table. I don't have a problem with Affleck, Miller was a mixed bag and perhaps that was due to the two different directors. Now for Fisher's Cyborg, WTF. A bizarre suit design, poor CGI, poor editing to the point where at different scenes he was not scaled to size and another where he was pasted in wrong. Seems like this would of been a better second movie with the first one having the hero's putting all the villains in Suicide Squad in prison. The end credit scene has promise but frankly I would be happy with just a series of Wonder Woman and Aquaman movies, with them teaming up.
What is better than two monsters fighting? Four monsters fighting that's what. The highlight in this movie is King Ghidorah, a giant 3-headed flying dragon that spews lightening from each mouth. It arrives from earth on a meteorite and its up to Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan to send him back from where he came.
One of the better Godzilla themed movies this one has some of the best special effects of the group.
After the Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot film footage from the late 60's Bigfoot became a popular obsession during the 70's along with other mysterious and occult phenomena.
This movie, to heighten the drama and hide the fact that it is a guy in a gorilla suit and a cheap one at that, takes the approach of a documentary film. It works in a way but mainly it is silly. I still remember one of my buddies in high school describing this movie as "this kid runs for like 10 miles, stops, then runs back the other 10 miles and it takes like 15 minutes for him to do this."
At the time this was an effective way to market this cheap movie, pre-internet, much like Blair Witch did recently. It is still a terrible movie but a amusing case study of the early 70's.
A musical about juvenile delinquents picking cotton in a Texas work camp, oh and Mamie Van Doren's breast. A horrible premise and the story or acting does not get any better. Although Ms. Van Dorens breast are magnificent it is not worth watching.
An odd movie that takes a fictional account of real life events. In some ways like Saving Private Ryan but with far less talented people making it. It seemed to me that what they really wanted to do was a film about Col. Doolittle and the "30 seconds over Tokyo" mission but there was not enough explosions for Bay and the writer was not creative enough to do it. A formulaic movie and since we know how this ends and we have seen it before the only difference is the use of computer generated scenes instead of using stock footage.
I don't know what a Hollywood screenwriter makes these days but they are raping Americans with this type of movie. With a plot taken from a 12 year old's diary, or perhaps the remnants of some Bravo reality show script we are given the improbable meeting of Jolie and Depp on a train to destiny, where the only person who did not know the ending is the 12 year old who woke up before her dream ended.
What you do learn is that to make a movie you have to convince 2 stars that making a movie for 4 weeks in Venice they will get a 2 month vacation, expenses paid, as part of the contract. The international intrigue angle and mystery sponsor fall flat and the whole movie seems to be nothing more than a vehicle for Jolie to wear as many designer costumes as she can.
Like most of the SNL alum movies this one is 91 minutes to long. A premise that would of been funny as an SNL skit, I would even say a sitcom, does not work out in a movie format. Think of all the jokes you thought were funny when you were in 5th grade and became just sorry by the time you were in 6th grade and you have all the material for this movie. I got tired of Ferrell's "buffoonish" portrayal after 5 minutes and all it made me want was to put in a copy of The Best of Will Ferrell from his SNL days.
The only reason to see this is the stunning Linda Darnell in what can only be described as a movie made from leftover costumes, scenes, and dialogue. First the dialogue is laughably bad as is Robert Newton's dialect. The plot is your basic pirate fare; pirate captures pretty girl, the main pursuer falls in love with girl, and is the pirate really bad. It is a paint by numbers movie.
In what can only be described as a step below a student film project, Troma gives us the 4th installment of the Toxic Avenger, for who can be debated. The jokes are few and might make a 9 year old laugh but should of been tossed in the trash after they were written down. It is gross, in concept and visually, and would be offensive if not so cheaply done.
1. Big action star,The Rock, who signed on early before script was complete and once he realized how bad it was requested to die before the end ..... check
2. Sexy Scientist...... check
3. Guy in wheelchair..... check
4. Cheesy ending........ check ( the POV gimmick was laughable).
5. Dark tunnels with bad lighting so the audience cant see how bad the effects really are........ check
Didnt "I'm Gonna get you Sucka" do this much better 20 years earlier? If you are going to spoof a genre, go all in, this is a prime example of not taking it far enough resulting in a non-funny comedy. It relies on Stiller doing his Zoolander look, Wilsons quirkiness, and having Snoop Dogg as Huggy Bear without any script.
Now who thought this was a good idea? Lets make a movie about a group of people (lawyers) that most people dont like covering a subject that nobody likes (divorce) whose clients are a couple of elitist, entitled snobs and make that into a love story, can I fire someone now!
Bronson and Moore are great personable actors but even their charm cannot save this dreadful movie. This might of worked with a much better script and recasting Parker Posey for anybody else but it still would have trouble from tripping over it poor concept.