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I enjoyed every minute of the "The Old Guard", far more than I thought I would considering I knew nothing about the source material. It was very good linear storytelling and it was obvious that this film was an introduction to the immortals and their backstories, and setting the story up for Part 2, and as I understand it, there's 5 Old Guard stories. Charlize Theron has truly found her niche as an action heroine. She was great in Atomic Blond and she's great in the Old Guard as Andy. I loved her brooding demeanor and kick-ass action-packed fight scenes, especially with her ancient ax.
She sort of carried the film, however, Kiki Layne was damn good as Nile, the newest and youngest immortal. They had this big sister/little sister vibe and how they interacted with each other was compelling. I hope Netflix keeps going with The Old Guard because I want to know if Andy ever gets her immortality back (these immortals aren't quite as immortal as some would think, they will eventually get to a point where they won't be able to fully heal, so they die), what happens to Booker (an immortal), (he betrayed them by helping a crazed pharmaceutical CEO who wants to unlock the secret to immortality) and will he betray them again because of Quynh (Andy's friend from along ago), who appeared out of nowhere at the end of the film, escaping from the iron maiden after centuries (she was put in it and dropped to the bottom of the sea when she and Andy were accused of being evil heretics).
There's so much to unpack with The Old Guard, and that won't happen unless this film turns into a franchise. This is what happens when women are given the opportunity to direct an action film...there's depth, purpose, meaning, no gratuitous sex and the violence is necessary and not just fueled by testosterone. I'm glad Theron is kicking butt in The Old Guard since she was screwed out of the Imperator Furiosa film because the 75 year old director thinks a 44 year old beautiful and talented woman, who looks like she's in her early 30's, is too old. He probably wants to sex up the 20-something actress he's trying to cast for the film. But take that, The Old Guard is how you give that fool a middle finger.
I liked it. This is an interesting take on this genre of sci-fi film. It had a few slow moments, but overall, it's simply a story most people can identify with....those who are different, struggling to fit in a society that simply doesn't understand them nor do they want to. So they become desperate and that leads to making bad decisions.
Everyone was telling me that JoJo Rabbit is a tour de force in film-making. But when I finally screened it, I was scratching my head trying figure out what in HELL did I just watch, and those who've told me that I was missing out on a so-called "masterpiece", have lost all credibility. Besides being one long boring eye-rolling snooze-fest, it was desperately trying to find that Mel Brooks energy.
Brooks is the master of farces and comedic parodies. He can take serious subject matter and have you bursting your gut with laughter. The director and screenwriter Taika Waititi of JoJo Rabbit, tried as hard as he could to find that Brooks comedic magic in this tragic parody, but he fell completely flat. Brooks invites you into his comedic mania from the opening scene and never lets up. Waititi didn't know what JoJo Rabbit was supposed to be. It felt as if he just made it up as he went along.
It was a journey into excruciatingly dull redundancy, jokes that fell flat, the sudden appearance of Hitler, all throughout film, giving some of the most idiotic unfunny advice to the main character, a 10 year old boy who is obsessed with Hitler and Swastikas, the headache inducing homage to Anne Frank with a young Jewish girl secretly hiding in the home of the young boy and his mother, and by the way, regarding the mother, she's secretly working for the resistance and eventually meets her demise, and her gruesome death barely registers when her son sees her and other resisters hanging in the town square. Well alrighty then.
I know that critics and audiences alike, are giving all sorts of philosophical anecdotes on why this film deserves all of the praise and accolades it's gotten, in addition to the esoteric reasons why people like me just doesn't get it. I'm not buying any of it. It's a terribly dull mediocre film with no real reason to exist other than the powers-that-be in Hollywood are welcoming another man into their exclusive director's boys club. I would make a wager to guess that back in the day when Mel Brooks was at his apex, if someone tried to make a parody like JoJo Rabbit, they would have been laughed out of Hollywood. Oh, did I mention that the acting is unremarkable, the cinematography is good, the dialogue is stale and monotonous and the editing looked amateurish.
But JoJo Rabbit is nominated for multiple Oscars, which at this point, isn't really indicative of greatness, because the Academy's judgement and nominating process is on life-support.
Let me say that if Renée Zellweger isn't nominated for a Golden Globe, Oscar, BAFTA and any other award along the way for "Judy", it'll be criminal. Zellweger, after a long hiatus from films, showed us why she is one of the best actors of the modern era. I never thought that anyone could out-Judy, Judy Garland, but Zellweger came awfully close. She brought Garland to life, and it was as if we were flies on the wall watching Garland go through all of her highs and lows (unfortunately more lows than highs in this last chapter of her life and career). Out of the performances I've seen this year, Zellweger as Garland is one of the best, if not THE best. When Zellweger launches into Garland's songs, it's a bravura performance. Zellweger is actually singing all of the songs in the film and I think she's done Garland proud.
Judy Garland was a victim of a brutal inhumane Hollywood studio system, that was particularly destructive (physically and mentally) for young girls and women. She never experienced a real childhood, LB Mayer was a brutish authoritarian figure in her life and drove her past what anyone, especially a child, should ever endure just to make a film. And we see a lot of this torture and psychological assault in flashback scenes during the time she was cast in the Wizard of Oz. They plied a young Judy Garland with prescription drugs to keep her up (19 hour days were commonplace), they gave her pills to sleep, they deprived her of food because in that era, starlets and full-blown female stars were never small enough for the big screen (not much as changed, though it is a little better now). Garland was mocked because of her looks, and according to the studio bigwigs, she wasn't a great beauty like Lana Turner, Ava Gardner or Elizabeth Taylor (she attended the studio school with them) and her low self-esteem, insecurity, coupled with her drinking and drug addiction plagued her for the rest of her all too short life.
"Judy" turned a big glaring spotlight on a woman who had a great talent, and made millions of people around the world happy, but could never quite figure out how to actually live, and find the stability she craved and the happiness she wanted in her personal life. She had no support system and was left to her own devices. Garland was ill-equipped to deal with her problems because of how she was raised within the horrific Hollywood machine. "Judy" is both a tragic cautionary tale, and a horror story about how Hollywood can use a person's talent to make lots of money, suck the life and soul out of them, then throw them out in a world that they're unfamiliar with, and move on to the next victim, leaving them to fend for themselves.
Yes the film was a little slow, but Zellweger held your attention so astutely, that you simply overlooked a few continuity issues and some dangling subplots that could have been explored a bit more. Another standout in the film was Darci Shaw who played a young Judy. She showed a lot of range, showcasing a young Judy's fear of LB Mayer and her rebellious streak with just wanting to be a teenager and do the things teenagers do...a very good performance.
Judy Garland died of a barbiturate overdose at only 47 years old after her 5 week engagement in London, which is where the film ends.
Downton Abbey is a glorious confection of superb writing, outstanding acting, magnificent set design, marvelously elegant costume design and gorgeous cinematography. And I couldn't get enough of Dame Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess and her biting zingers. She was always my favorite character in the series. Downton Abbey was the best and most enjoyably entertaining two hours I've spent watching a film in ages. What a sublime ending to a stellar series.