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Edgar Wright is famous for his fast-paced dialogue and memorable moments. This film takes things to the next level by heavily incorporating music into the action.
The basic plot is fine: kid owes a criminal money, turns out to be good at his job, and has a hard time leaving the world. Also, along the way, he meets the girl, and tries to run away. That's it. What makes it memorable is the sheer charisma of everyone involved. Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx...everyone made this movie feel fun and frenetic. It's like a cheerier version of John Wick.
The whole I-found-a-girl part of the plot didn't feel as fun. It worked for the emotional stakes, but honestly, I've seen innocent vaguely-southern blond girls get threatened a little too often to make this feel as special as the rest of the movie.
Don't let that prevent you from seeing it, though. The editing of the music in with the actions in the film really makes it a pleasure. This movie has more fun with its music than Guardians of the Galaxy.
Infinity War did something that no Marvel Studios film had done before: the villain won. At the end of the film, Thanos dusted half the life in the universe. We were left on a somewhat unfulfilled note at the end of the movie, and that continues right into Endgame.
The trailers and promotions for the film were deliberately vague, as it is difficult to talk about the core premise of the movie without spoiling it. Instead, I'd like to focus on the huge number of cameos and references this movie has. Almost every single MCU film gets at least a small nod here, which is to be expected for this big finale event. Everyone gets to have their moment (some more than others), and there is a healthy amount of fanservice, especially toward the third act.
The first act of the movie is verrrrry slow. Perhaps we have been spoiled, having grown accustomed to a big action set piece within the first 20 minutes of a Marvel film. There is an action sequence, but it is very anticlimactic, and leaves you feeling much as you did at the end of Infinity War, but at the wrong time. It seems they were trying to slow-roll the feeling of hope throughout the movie, but I felt we spent too much time at the bottom of the ladder.
There are many satisfying moments, and everyone is given their due by the end of it.
Animated films often have a hard time reaching the adult audience. The two best techniques to get that older audience are fast-paced references that go over younger heads and nostalgia. Spider-Verse happily hits both of those techniques in a way that really captures the comic-book sensibility.
This movie packs a lot into a small box. Honestly, the first twenty minutes are spent establishing the characters and the world. Even when the plot gets more complex, we never lose a sense of who these characters are and what their motivations are. The cast brings each and every character to life, and the story has real emotional meaning.
It definitely feels like a comic book, replete with action words and striking animation. While it captures a lot, I canâ(TM)t help but feel that this was overhyped. It sits in the same space Guardians of the Galaxy does; I think itâ(TM)s fine, but not transcendentally exquisite. Your mileage may vary.
I have no idea how these films manage to continually improve, but this film managed to meet the insanely high expectations we all had for it. Even without switching directors (a first for the M:I franchise), we still get the joyous high-octane fun we all love from Cruise and company.
The movie does everything it can to avoid being ï¿ 1/2~another dumb action movie.ï¿ 1/2(TM) The first few M:I films were just ï¿ 1/2~Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, and a rotating cast of nobodies,ï¿ 1/2(TM) but you now have a solid crew that includes Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, and Alec Baldwin. Because you are so invested in the characters, everything carries more weight. In addition to the cast, a couple of plot points from the previous film carry over, without making this feel like a sequel.
Ridiculous set pieces abound, as is tradition. After all, who wants to pay to see Mission: You Can Probably Handle This With Minimal Effort? Yes, some of the action does go into the realm of ridiculous, but itï¿ 1/2(TM)s done in such a fun way, I didnï¿ 1/2(TM)t even care. This is how you entertain people: give them a whole lot of suspense (countdown timer preferred), some insane stunts, and enough levity to justify having Simon Pegg in your cast. Thatï¿ 1/2(TM)s all we want.
Oh, and always make sure you get a nice long shot of Tom Cruise running. I could watch that for days.
I love Harry Potter. I love lore. This film really doesnâ(TM)t capture either for me.
The film hits you hard with action right from the get-go. Grindelwald does a great job establishing himself as a legitmate threat very early on. The rest of the cast, however, takes their time, plodding along without much apparent purpose until the true plot establishes itself very late in the first act. There are some fun, light moments, and there is some attempt to contextualize the plot, but there are also a lot of characters that are either misused or wasted (Nagini, Iâ(TM)m looking at you).
The main issue is a lack of focus. There are so many groups that all want different things, and yet, there is insufficient time given to understanding why these characters are making these choices. There are some good moments, though the lionâ(TM)s share are given to Jude Lawâ(TM)s solid portrayal of young Albus Dumbledore.
There is some straying from established Potter lore, but the greatest sin in the unfocused narrative and improperly fleshed out characters. Sorry, Rowling, but this may not have been your best work.