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This is a very strange movie. Heavy with metaphors and themes that don't really make any logical sense despite an almost procedural detective mystery approach to its story.
The best way to describe it is like Twin Peaks with more Anime tropes, including a 10 year old super smart kid, some anime perv stuff, and fantastic visuals.
There are some rather strong characters who do have growth arcs, and the final culmination of it all does lead to a rather touching scene.
At the end of the day though, It definitely left me scratching my head trying to unpack everything I just witnessed by the time the credits roll. Since much like Twin Peaks, you do feel like there's meaning behind every surreal thing that happens in it and you're given the information on screen. But it's up to you to put it all together in your brain in a way that makes sense.
So I think I recommend this just for at least the visual side of things. But be prepared for what's basically a long winding surrealist adventure if you're strapped in for the story.
Starts off more like a WW1 movie and a little bit boring the action while serviceable is one step away from the amount of gore really needed.
One problem I also had is that a lot of the actors kind of look the same, so when they start dropping like flies it's hard to remember who was who.
What the movie does pull off well is a twist halfway through where the main character is killed off and a POV shift occurs to the other side of the same battle where we finish the second half of the movie with.
So the movie does do a decent job illustrating how Estonians got screwed over by both sides.
So entertaining and solemn enough for a watch.
Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse was a lot better than I thought it was going to be.
A little slow to start but once rolling. It had a lot of heart and consistently funny comedy.
That said I can't help but feel it had trouble deciding if it wanted to be a Miles Morales origins story or a Spider-Man alt dimensions ensemble piece. So it tried to split the difference, but it would have been stronger going on direction or the other.
Doesn't help that I found 40 year old Peter Parker to be more interesting than Miles.
But that said I really did enjoy the animation and the comic references peppered throughout. Also squeezing in my favorite Spider-Man offshoot Spider-Man Noir with Nicholas Cage worked surprisingly well. Wish he had more screentime though.
Also the after credits Easter egg is worth the price of admission.
Incredibles 2 takes everything that makes Incredibles 1 works but makes it more. Like a proper sequels, it's bigger and more sophisticated without getting bogged down.
I can see some neckbeard types getting upset that Elastigirl becomes the main focus of the heroics this time around while Mr.Incredible is more trying to keep family together in a reversal of the first movie.
But it honestly works so well. I just hope we don't have to wait 14 years for another one.