I have to start with the reviews of others who call themselves critics. Before viewing EDSS, as a longtime film watcher from a longtime film family, having a grandfather that was a distributor and an uncle that was a producer "The Blob" etc. I have several comments. As a child I carried reels to theatres and even got called in to run projectors when a projectionist called in sick. I have been around the block with film, and I vended films for 20 years. It is important you know I am not a "reviewer". I hate reviewers, as I find most are self riteous and obnoxious with a holier than thou attitude towards filmmaking.
No need to vent further.
I am not sure EDSS needs as much discussion as the critics have given it..Like all disturbing films it calls for discussion as to what is this film about? I have learned in my 60 years of watching film that often what a film is about is unimportant. We often forget that film is a "moving picture" in any picture the single most significance is the image itself. Film making doesn't have to be "about" anything.
All the discussion about Herzog and the meaning of this visceral film to me is meaningless without understanding that the imagery is the single most important part of any film. The 28 dwarfs who were cast specifically for the script that Herzog wrote are likely not professional actors. They do their parts to the best of their ability following Herzog's lead as a director. Is the film surreal? is the film a farce? I say does it matter? The point being the imagery alone is significantly disturbing enough that it makes the audience think. It makes the critics discuss what they assume Herzog's intentions are. I did not love this film, however, I understand that all good Art makes me think and my reaction whether positive or negative is important in that if I have a strong reaction either way, the film has made it's point in being Art. Without positive or negative reaction film fails. Yes, I found the imagery disturbing even Diane Arbus like in comparing still to moving photography. It isn't imagery I want to own, but it's imagery that I react to when I look at it. Therefor Herzog succeeds in making a good film. It doesn't matter if it is supposed to be surreal or Werner is simply playing a personal joke on the audience. Tearing it apart and guessing why it was made and what it means have little importance to the value of film. That critics have determined it is political or surreal they have lowered themselves to the misunderstanding of the "moving picture"medium. I do think that EDSS was shot in black and white for a reason
and the contrast and mood of the film are elevated in the black and white format it was shot in. I hate giving stars, it is so opinionated. I prefer thumbs up or thumbs down. So Herzog gets the thumbs up for this effort even if only for the disturbing imagery he creates in this odd film.
First I have to say I love Whit Stillman's writing and it was a pleasure to meet him at the opening screening of this film in Bryn Mawr. A period film with
everything one could want in terms of a good story and great dialog and acting.
I am going to be crude here, this is as always intelligently written including
Stillman's usual biting sarcasm. I laughed my ass off. Love and Friendship isn't
a film for everyone but it was a film for me and I am sure all of the other film
snobs like myself will rate the film very high. It is unfortunate that the what I
have been told 'millenniums' are so filled up with CGI and action that they do
not have the patience nor the insight as to how people spoke or acted in
another Historical period. Spoiler. This film offers no fast cars, no explosions,
no murders, no major action. So most of you out there will not have enough
patience to sit through it because it just doesn't offer that adrenaline rush that
you require in order to like a film. Kate Beckinsale is absolutely wonderful it's
early yet but I am calling her role Oscar nomination worthy, Cloe Sevigny is
also just great. I found the film to be the best I have seen so far this year and I
have seen many many films thus far. Hopefully you will get it but you must be
familiar with the English language it is a requirement for this film! I am holding
both thumbs up Way to go Whit!
First of all this film is too long. it's just over 2 hours long and would run better if it had been properly edited. That is the largest flaw in the film. It isn't perfect by
any stretch at times I felt just cut to the chase. It felt like someone who
supplies more details than needed providing information you really have no
need for, thus, the writing has issues. However, now that the flaws are out if the
way. This is a better than average film with very good acting, interesting
characters, and a very absorbing storyline. As you would expect Bryan
Cranston is wonderful in this role as a Federal agent , undercover and all the
acting around him is better than average. Even with the painful length and
terrible editing, this is still a worthwhile film. I recommend it for the acting and
the dialogue. Considering the script was much too long, what is left are
character studies that you find yourself interested in, relationships that make
sense, Bad guys that have class, bad guys that launder money that have no
conscience with Bryan Cranston stuck in the middle of all of this. Cranston holds this film together and as I already stated with the help of a better than
average cast. It is by far the most interesting film I have seen this summer but
it's only July and I am waiting for many more. If you have to pick one that is
playing this week including the high grossing films from the past few weeks I say this is the best bet.
Well there are many nay Sayers concerning the release of this film...I had read the negative comments on IMDB and after seeing the film and re-reading the
comments many who rated this film never watched it.. Granted, considering
this is a summer "popcorn" movie ...it doesn't have a stellar plot, the ghosts are
much less interesting than the previous films, and the acting is just so so, The film at times can be funny, and Then there are the times where it is just plain
stupid, even insulting but it is what it is, a summer popcorn type film that tags
on to the wings of the previous ghostbusters blockbuster box office success stories. The film has it's moments just not enough of them. I can't agree with
those one or even four out of ten star IMDB critics, and I don't want to give out
any spoilers including who you might see in the film ( there are some noteable
cameos) I am giving it 2 and a half and it's better than two it certainly not better than average. Yes a very average film with the usual gags the writing is just
So so and there is nothing stellar about this movie. However it is not what
some are calling the worst film ever. I went to the previews so I did not have to
pay to see this. It may be worth waiting for Netflix ...Lets put it this way, if I had
a large family and had to shell out $$ I wouldn't do it. So if you have nothing
better to do and you have already seen "The Infiltrator" which is a much better
film opening at the same time. Then go for it it will give you a few laughs.
Jupiter Ascending has had few followers and the Wachowsky brothers ( now brother and sister) have had their lumps from the sex change days on.. The Matrix series of films were some of the most innovative in their time. Many simply won't take the time to see the big picture as far as story line goes. I still find Wachowski films innovative and always using top notch technology and always entertaining. The concept of Jupiter Ascending is a bit involved maybe too much for some. "Time is the most valuable commodity", and greed to maintain the largest supply of time is worth fighting for,
This is unique and certainly a valid element to this futuristic space story. I am not in agreement with the many who have stabbed the story line in the foot.. This adventure is always entertaining and with the many turns held my interest. The acting is average considering most of it must have been done in front of a green screen it is par for the course for this type of film. The visual effects and the 3D effects are stunning and they do not disappoint. Jupiter Ascending isn't my favorite of the Wachowski films, I am a fan of their work ( regardless of brother and brother or brother and sister) I am starting to feel that the film community has turned against them more for Lana deciding to become a woman than for the quality of the work of their films. I read nearly 100 bad reviews and felt that in order to be fair I would watch the film a second time in an attempt to understand what the problems for viewers were. Upon second screening of the film, I felt the same way as I felt the first time.. the effects wowed me , It was a nearly non-stop adventure and was still entertaining the second time around. Some of the dialog is a tad hoaky, but there are scenes that make up for this like the bees which I won't go further on as I don't want to include any spoilers here. Plenty of interesting stuff and unusual characters from space. Do yourself a favor and try to keep an open mind and give this one a go it is much much better than the 25% it has received here.