Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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Even Steve Carell can't save this movie from utter stagnation. He's trying, he really is. But there's only so much you can do with shitty dialogue. Lucy Punch screaming to be spanked? Octavia Spencer - Octavia motherfucking Spencer - cawing and squawking? What the fuck are you doing? The affable Paul Rudd is the medium between the audience and this circus, his dialed back performance acting as counterbalance to a world of impossible coincidences, outrageous misunderstandings and zero subtlety.
It is slow-moving at times yet somehow still in a bit of a rush to cram all the facts in (for instance, the investigation's obsessive nature is an interesting side of the movie but never gets to sink in as much as it could). But it's also well-directed, intriguing and boosted by a very good cast. The absence of any redeeming finale, given that Zodiac's identity remains unknown in real life, is arguably its Achilles heel, although the tense Marshall/Vaughn subplot does act in lieu of a crescendo.
A lot of it is actually pretty cool. For the most part it's quite tense, the kills are savage and I liked how some crucial shots were framed, it really added to the atmosphere. Frankly it's good to have Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (a great Jamie Lee Curtis) back on the screen. Also, her having prepped up to confront him again was a promising idea. Basically the main disappointment is the finale, especially since the plan Laurie had literally 40 years to come up with turns out pretty moronic.
The idea is catchy and the first act is promising indeed - a bit of action, a bit of mystery, nothing riveting, just enough to get your attention. Unfortunately it goes downhill after that, despite all the names involved. It's not just that the reveals (regarding the aliens, Jack and Ella) are insipid as fuck whichever way you look at them. It's also that this film is slow and boring and somehow still has no time to establish the antagonists and the setting well enough for the action to matter.
A bit gimmicky. There are rare glimpses of something more (e.g. the scene at Felix's, accentuated by a great turn from Jamie Foxx and signifying an important change in Max), plus the action's pretty good and it's an overall entertaining film, it just lacks the personality that would make it stand out and take your mind off of the glaring plot inadequacies, i.e. Vincent's fuck-ups (keeping the same cab after it got smashed, the whole suitcase debacle) and the major coincidence of the fifth kill.