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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
33 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

People criticized The Force Awakens for being too similar to other Star Wars films - People will criticize The Last Jedi for being too different. That's just the way it's going to be, it'll split people right down the middle. Some will hate it, others will love it. Me, I'm on the fence. I loved some of it, I didn't like other parts of it. I might need to see it again to truly decide.

Good things - It's very different. It takes risks. It subverts expectations. You can't predict any of it. It really does throw a spanner in the works. There are really memorable moments that will be talked about for years. Great visuals. Great sound. Good performances, especially from Mark Hamill and Adam Driver.

Bad things - Some of the decisions made, while I appreciate the director for taking risks, didn't pay off for me. Certain plot points are completely unnecessary and slow the film down massively. There's a new female character introduced that takes up a large amount of screen time who feels completely shoe-horned in. Certain established characters never get their "day in the sun" so to speak and disappoint. Too many characters spend the film sitting around with nothing to do, almost as if Rian Johnson was forced to give them screen time but really wasn't interested in developing them. There's humour in places where it's not needed.

Without spoiling things that's all I'll say. Like I said I wouldn't mind seeing it again to think about it more. But yeah, while I appreciate risk taking and trying new things, it's a mixed bag for me.

The Death of Stalin
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Definitely one of the best films of the year. Very funny which proves you can joke about anything, even genocidal communist regimes.

Murder On The Orient Express
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

It's alright. The world-building is fantastic and the locations are very vibrant and welcoming. It's shot very nicely, and the whole film has a coziness about it. Unfortunately the second act loses its grip and halts the momentum. The whole murder investigation revolves around a previous case that happened before the film timeline starts. Therefore we're only hearing about this very important event from second hand information from different characters (who are thin on the ground themselves). This creates confusion and a disconnect because we, the audience, aren't emotionally invested in how the previous case and the current one are linked. If the film had opened with a condensed summary of the previous incident, things would have worked so much better.

Thor: Ragnarok
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Excusing the main plot which is generic superhero stuff that bored me, as well as the unimaginative villain, the rest is pretty fun. I liked the retro-style synth soundtrack, there was some decent humour although some is forced, and fucking Jeff Goldblum stole the show. Unfortunately, the best things about this are just window dressing; the actual meat and potatoes, like most Marvel films, was by the numbers and things we've seen a million times.