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Probably the best Disney Princess.
It is not as good as the best X-men movies, but not as bad as the worst ones. That said, The Last Stand is better than this one, the former's Dark Phoenix double personality, was better than the cosmic origin in this movie.
I did enjoy the fights, specially the train one, and the one at the house.
Continuity is a mess, in that Jean Grey died, but clearly lives on Logan. Should had been a 2-parter, but apparently the Disney buyout negotiations, prevented this. So the ending is rushed and unfinished. Who knows what the finished thing would had been.
The highlights are the acting of Professor X and Magneto. In this one, Quicksilver is removed early on, and doesn't get to re-appear, the Magneto son plot is never addressed. There's a nice scene, where Jean "Dark Phoenix" Grey tries to ask Magneto for advice.
At least is more serious than the MCU fare.
Let´s face it, anyone who saw this movie did it for one single reason, to see Margot Robbie´s Harley Quin, specially after seeing Robbie do an even better, Harley Quin-esque character in I Tonya). And she is the best part of the film, the problem is that for some bizarre reason, this movie wants her to share the spotlight with a group of characters called "Birds of Prey". And every time that Harley does anything, Margot is amazing. Sadly, the movie keeps jumping to these "Birds of Prey", and whenever that happens you can´t help but want for the movie to go back to Harley, whom is the only likable character in the movie. Ewan McGregor tries his best as Black Mask, but the movie doesn´t allow him to do anything interesting.
The other problem is that, the plots either go anywhere or don´t realize their full potential, and is a really frustrating movie. Because all the potential was there, and little small fixes could had saved the movie. The movie would had benefited a lot, from merging some of these Birds of Prey characters, into a single one. For example;
*The singer girl, all her lines should had been given to Harley Quin. Which works, because Harley already had a better song/musical number. Black Mask does hit her, like the Joker used to hit her. It would had built into, the intro cartoon where the Joker rejects her, despite Harley getting a diamond for Joker. Since the story revolves around Harley attempting to get a diamond for Black Mask, it would had been more compelling for Harley´s whole arc, to be about Harley actively seeking another Joker-like abusive relationship (despite all kinds of red flags, suggesting she is mentally ill), only to of course, at the end realize why it was wrong (with a psychologist breakthrough). It shouldn´t had been about getting police immunity, but about her fantasizing about another horrendous abusive relationship. (This is sorta implied, but quickly forgotten).
*The Huntress revenge character, should had been fussed with the little Asian girl, character Cassandra Kain. Remaining a little girl (this way Harley would have to choose, between another Joker-abusive relationship or saving a girl, from going in the same path as her). And because seeing Harley using psychology to help the girl, get over revenge, would actually had made sense.
*Then police woman, Renee Montaya should had been made younger with an age closer to Margot Robbie. And actually made into, a love interest for Harley. (With the girl having to choose between her and Harley).
Mel Gibson did a great film, he gave Mexican-Latino representation before it was ever a thing. As a Mexican is great to see a big budget film with a full Latino cast, in a Pre-Colonial language from Mexican tribes. Is interesting to show that the Mayans (although more historically accurate should had been Aztecs) are every bit as morally corrupted from within as our would be, at the time future Spanish-Slavers.
An uplifting indie film, in every sense of the word. As someone who has some experience in Research, no film captures that beautiful feeling like this one. (My field was Concrete, I am a Civil Engineer).
This may as well, be is the best film about research of all time. The characters feel like real people. Research students are mostly underpaid volunteers, that are just doing it for the love of it. However this makes the experience frustrating, and undervalued. To feel un-rewarded
Work in labs, can be lonely and tiresome, extremely methodic. Doing things that are very alike, over and over again. In the search of this new thing. The existentialism behind the pursuit of knowledge. This film really captures, how this little discoveries, or just the possiblity of them, are the things that keep us going.
In movies we always see this big budget fancy CGI rooms. With all kinds of technology. This is the first time the equipment looks like something, an average working person. Could afford.
And then learning it was made with a super small budget. Knowing the struggles of indie film-makers, this makes the movie even more inspiring and awesome.
I'm mixed in this one. I appreciate that Linda Hamilton and Arnold returned, but I wish there had been a better idea behind it. My problem with this movie is the same I have with a lot of JJ Abrams' movies (Star Wars: [7: The Force Awakens / 9: Rise of Skywalker], Star Trek: Into Darkness), which I consider bad. The problem is that this movie is a remake of a previous movie, rather than an original work, is very derivative. All these old and new, well-casted and talented people with potential, all wasted on a reenactment -remake of a better film.
Even if I think Dark Fate is better than those due to at least bringing a bit more new ideas. Those new ideas are quickly forgotten. Like the machines replacing humans tease of a new industrial Revolution (and the quite obvious yet missed fear of Latino migrants replacing Americans the same way). Or the marriage of the new Terminator, or the Death of Jhon Connor.
All this neat new ideas are sidelined in favor of re-doing Terminator 1 and 2, again with a road chase, ending in some Power Plant/ factory (). I feel like those movies, should had skipped this movie and instead started with the direct-sequel to this movie. We have the originals to familiarize ourselves with the originals, specially in the streaming era. Sequels are for new things. Hell even if Dark Fate is better directed and written, at least Salvation and Genysis were trying new things. Even of they failed at them.
I don't know, I feel this remake Sequels all fail to justifiy their existance.
Maybe a controversial opinion, but Salvation is my favorite of the Terminator 2 sequels. Regardless of the intent of the creators, I don't see this movie as a sequel to Terminator 3, but rather as a Prequel to the first movie.
Maybe the direction is not as good as it could had been, and as a consequence the whole movie suffers. But the idea they had with the movie is the best attempt at a Terminator 2-sequel, because trying to show Future Jhon Connor is at least is refreshing from the whole time travel guardian/robot killer that all other Terminator movies repeat again and again from the first two. (Also the discarded Sequels idea of bringing Sarah Connor to the future, at least seemed more interesting than whatever all the other post-Terminator things were attempting, even if it didn't worked out).
I don't think this movie damages anything in the first or second. Is meant to be the early days of the Resistance.
The young Kyle Resee from this was at least believable as someone who could grow into the character from the first movie. Cristhian Bale is a more believable Jhon Connor than the one from the 3rd film (even if is anoying how adult Jhon Connor is a new person in every movie. At least they could have tried to keep the same wife from the 3rd film; just for the sake of continuity. I don't know, that's the least of the problems. Just a nitpick.)
A great and simple action film, that is a blend between the slasher and bodyguard genres. But with the twist of a time traveling robot, being the killer. It spawned an ever better Sequel in Terminator 2: Judgement Day.
Terminator 2 is the quitesential time travel film about robots. Everything works, this is a perfect Sequel in every sense. Every actor, VFX, the script, directi, everything works in the best way possible.
Is a movie about proving destiny is never written.
It feels like a Deadpool sequel, whose main plot is being an X-men: Days of Future Past parody about someone traveling to the past to kill a would be mutant-apocalypse cause. Is less grounded than the first, but is fine is very simple' but the jokes land and is all I care about. Ryan Reynolds performance as Deadpool is strong; and so is the characterization of Cable.
Despite being the weakest in the original trilogy; X-men 3: The Last Stand, somehow manages to explore toughtful ideas, even if not all of them is explored to it's full potential.
The 2 main plots are the cure storyline and the Dark Phoenix saga. Neither is explored to it's fullest; because both are crammed in the same movie. However the Dark Phoenix takes the backseat in favor of the cure storyline, which is fine.
Because the Jean Grey turned Phonebix is properly depicted as strong enough of a mutant to at least justify the racist humans concerns toward needing a cure (in their racist minds, I suppose). The movie does a good job at it; when even Proffessor X and Magneto are shown to be scared of Dark Phoenix. I likef how despite being depicted as super-powerful mutant, still feels grounded enough.
Charles Xavier death was well done, and while I completely agree they shouldn't had killed Cyclops. Truth is he spent most of X-men 2 brainwashed; and Storm was the one leading the team. So even though they shouldn't had killed him; at least it works for this continuity, even if it isn't close to the source material. Also, the part where Rogue renounces to her powers, is nice too. Sure she doesn't go tonthe fight, but is nice to see someons got affected by the cure.
Really wish that Nightcrawler had appeared, as he was my favorite character from X-men 2. However, Kelsey Grammar's Hank Mcoy/ Beast was enough of a proper compesation.
Overall the movie is good enough. Even if it's not the best in the trilogy; and the humor is clunky. I still put it above all MCU trilogy enders and above all of the Avengers movies; by far (including Civil War). At least the consequences of the trilogy felt permanent. And regardless of the director switch, at least it felt like an actual ending to the previous 2 movies.
A nice self-referential movie that criticizes the superficiality of all the other fairy tales. Really wish they could release a extended edition adding some subplots from the Shrek musical, wish add new layers of depth to the movie.
Shrek 2 is a classic. The sequel pushes the themes of the original to the edge, in a do I deserve this kind of way. It reverses the trope, Shrek actually tries to change for good. Even if he as to settle for middle ground. Far Far Away is a nice parody of Hollywood where all the princess live, with product placement being so in your face it makes the place, so hilarious.
It should be noted, that being Mexican, I have only seen the dub in Latin American Spanish. Eugenio Derbez as the Donkey carries the whole movie; along Antonio Banderas as the Puss in Boots speaking Spanish from Spain (which is a different accent).
The movie is a mess, seems heavily thinkered by executives. There really is no morale, nor any lesson. Is all style and no substance. As it seems a bunch of unconected stuff happens until the thing ends. Jared Leto is by far the worst Joker, while Will Smith is Will Smith. Thebonly saving grace is Margot Robbie's Harley Quin, her acting as crazy dumb-blonde, even if the movie doesn't really gives her anything to do other than being eye-candy.
However the main problem is the plot, riddled with the same issues that plagues Guardians of the Galaxy. In that the end makes the characters so heroic that is hard to believe them as villians. They told us the crappy things they did, but they never show any of them. If all anti-heroes become heroes without a compelling reason, well then the main arc is bad. (Sure, Guardians of the Galaxy hides it better, but still shares the problem). Magic defeated because guns is stupid.
I feel that Star Wars prequel Solo, is what both movies should had been, a heist movie where everyone betrays everyone. And nobody learns anything, the consequences the purest of the bunch getting rotten.
I liked a lot this non-preachy portrayal of Jesus in his 40 days in the desert. It shows him as a human person without superpowers, he doesn't revive nor perform miracles; that is left to the audience interpretation. But if he doesn't have miracles, can Jesus still be good?
His role is the one of an observer rather than mesiah. He gives advice but leaves the choice of wheter taking it, or up to the person that is listening. His temptation is helping, rather than leaving the humanity run it's course.
I'm not a religious person, I don't believe in god. But like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, or any good story. But I take to hearth the moral of the story.
It interestingly feels like a spiritual sequel to other Ewan McGregor characters like Obi-wan Kenobi from the Star Wars prequels (an exile struggling with choosing not to help) and Doctor Sleep (he gives peace to the dying people).
While I could never get too much into Star Trek, this is my favorite Star Trek movie. And I would say is the perfect entry point for the overall Star Trek saga, due to the time travel-plot of First Contact centering on the First Contact between aliens and humans. Making it a sequel, but also a prequel to the entire series.
I don't know even though I'm confused by Trek mithology, the titular moment of First Contact, somehow felt important in weight. They build this space-rocket sorta scientist as this mythical historical figure and it turned out to be just a person, that was never meaning to become that. (It is not as memorable as Back to the Future's Emmet Brown, and the moment doesn't hit as strongly as when, for example Marty McFly helping his parents meet in the Enchantment Under the Sea dance). The movie is kinda clunky.
Is kind of what the Star Wars sequel trilogy does with Luke Skywalker, except that without the weight of preconceived notions, and thankfully without JJ Abrams ignorantly doing a whole remake film out of what should had only been the first act of a movie. So if the first act is The Force Awakens, then the second act is sorta convincing him to be the myth like The Last Jedi. I overall liked the movie but is feels rough at points.
I don't remember much of it other than liking it. Other than liking it. I don't remember much of it, other than Khan, the aged Kirk dealing with a midlife crisis, and the highlight of the film being the spoiler death of main character Spock.
I remember the speech towards Spock's death, more due to Jerry Seinfeld reusing the speech after the death of the fiance of George Conztanza, Susan.
Also, I feel the alien-torture creature may have influenced a similar Alien-torture method in rival franchise Rogue One (Star Wars).
The JJ Abrams remake.is is an insult to this movie, that completely missunderstands the meaning of this film.
Really good makes us feel more solidarity towards mental illness of Travis. I like how the film tells it's plot with many silent moments and it is quite heroic. This is better than the Joker inspired 2019 movie
It really helps us understand a different reality, social disparity, through the eyes of a new kind of hero. While side-tracking into the Mexican controversy of the students massacre ordered by the PRI government in the 1970s.
As a Mexican, I'm happy the Academy is finally talking about the sins of the PRI. Even if it is as subtle as this.
Is really good; it shares the themes of Snowpiercer but it is much more grounded. And like Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, it explores the social disparity barrier we all have faced from either the lower or upper level. This kind of stuff really makes me feel, thankful my family had those conversations about solidarity towards the people with less than me on my childhood. I hope this increases the solidarity towards other people; and I'm happy Hollywood is finally telling meaningfull stories about relevant things in life again; embracing other cultures. Showing us the realities of others; and moving away from the empty blockbuster.