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Fish Tank certainly has its moments and it's very well-acted across the board, but it's also realistic to a fault as it's an overlong drama that rarely goes to any meaningful places and it's a chore to sit through. It's an undeservedly praised indie film.
Eyes Wide Shut needs second viewing for me, as upon first watch I find it just solid, and I respect it more than I truly love it. That's because it's a very long, overly puzzling movie which relies too much on style over substance. However, the symbolism is still great, especially the use of colors, the atmosphere is amazing, the mystery is intriguing and the score is particularly memorable. As a story, it relies too much on symbolism to really make an impact, but as a cinematic experience, it's an undeniable treat.
My Left Foot is a standard Oscar-bait biopic which is typical in its narrative and structure, and fairly predictable throughout. It's manipulative, but also definitely quite inspirational in its story. Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker both delivered very strong performances and their characters are the highlights, and their relationship is the best reason to see this movie along with its inspirational nature.
The Jerk is a highly uneven movie which can be weak in some not so funny sequences and it never fully utilized on its amazing premise, but there is no denying the fact that when it works, it really works. Steve Martin is excellent in the main role, and the romance I found very charming. The humor is also very good along with the dialogue. The highlight has to be that exceptional and hilarious dinner sequence.
Kes has a very good, cinematic and actually sweet first act with a terrific score in particular, but the rest of the movie quickly succumbed to boring, bland and forgettable coming-of-age storytelling with long stretches of sequences which don't go anywhere and grind the movie to a halt how boring they are. It's thus another overrated Ken Loach movie that constantly had me wondering – Is this really supposed to be one of Britain's finest?