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Thanks to superb animation, a lot of intriguing imagery, memorable creatures and fun fantastical elements, Fire and Ice is an engaging fantasy adventure flick with superb action sequences that serve so well in the context of the spirited adventure. Yes, the women are objectified once again and the storytelling is minimalist to a fault, but still this is undoubtedly the greatest, richest and most entertaining entry in Ralph Bakshi's filmography.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a polarizing experience. On the one hand, its rock music did not appeal to me at all personally, and the entire storyline is slight and it serves as the background to everything else here. It's an esoteric movie for better and for worse. But on the other hand, the imagery is admittedly intriguing, the central protagonist is so interesting and the movie's memorably artistic at times. John Cameron Mitchell delivered both in the acting and in the directorial chair.
Alita: Battle Angel is visually dazzling, very cool in its world building and fun in some well executed anime-inspired action sequences, but the characterization is very slim, Cameron's script is so mediocre and the entire film is incredibly rushed in both its pacing and its storytelling.
Spider-Man: Far from Home succeeds wildly in two particular areas - the humor and the romance. The humor is so strong, many characters are funny and the dialogue is superb. It succeeds as a fun teen flick. And the MJ/Peter romance is absolutely terrific as finally Marvel gives us a strong romance after Pepper and Tony. They are so great together thanks to two charming performances from both Zendaya and Tom Holland. The VFX and some action scenes are also terrific and so cool as is the film's great use of Venice in particular. However, no matter how good Jake Gyllenhaal was, Mysterio is simply a villain whom I've never taken seriously how goofy, cartoony and cheesy he is. Peter is ridiculously naive at times and the twist was obvious. And the whole movie is very low-key, very low-stakes in its plot and ultimately forgettable in the bigger scope of things. It's solid, but quite overrated and inferior to 'Homecoming'.
The Sin of Madelon Claudet is a theatrical and highly implausible melodrama which literally is a soap opera in its silly, unbelievable plot point after plot point. The third act is very effective though and Helen Hayes really delivered a strong performance which was important as the entire movie rested squarely on her shoulders. But it was still an obvious Oscar-bait role, and expectedly so it got her the award.