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(3 1/2 out of 4 stars) Fishing with John is among the most comfortable shows I have ever watched. It is a parody of those boring fishing shows that have the potential to cure a case of insomnia. The humor is dry and often lands effectively. The characters are bizarre, and are definitely pleasurable to watch as John and his guest go on exotic adventures catching fish, despite the fact they really know next to nothing about it.
(4 out of 4) Three Billboards was one of 2017's most critically acclaimed films and I can agree with the praise it has received. The film centers around an angry mother dealing with the loss of her daughter who was murdered months ago. She is frustrated with the police's inadequacy with how they are handling the situation, so she decides to take matters in her own hands by renting out three billboards that send a message to the chief of police to do their job. It causes an uproar in the city. The billboards act is at the start of the film and movie focuses on a series of events that unfold that occur after the act. The first praise goes towards it having one of the finest casts of 2017. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, as well as other recognizable faces. No characters feels out of place and they all act accordingly with the films tone. I will say that the character with the most moving performance is from Rockwell as a corrupt cop who undergoes a character arc that is at times devastating. It's always a challenge for a filmmaker to get you to feel for an unpleasant person, but the movie pulls it off by letting you spend extra time with the character and allowing you to witness his redemption. When it comes to what the movie is about (not the plot, but the themes), there has been debating about it. From my perspective, the movie seems to be about redemption, justice, and having the guts to take action. At the beginning, It seemed like it may go a police brutality route because of some things said by characters at the beginning, and adding on the fact that it is a topic discussed profusely in our culture. There may be something in there about the idea, but to be honest, I don't think it's about that. If there's anything else, I may have to look harder. Despite my confusion, I can say that the drama is always riveting and I was always curious to see how the movie unfolded. I love when a film transcends traditional narrative structure and avoiding falling under one genre. It's mostly dramatic, but offers dark comedy as well. It's among my Top 5 of the year.
(0.5 out of 4 stars) There is a scene in this thing where the main characters go to a McDonalds, and not long after they arrive, a random dance number starts up inside and outside the building. This sequence is pointless and makes no sense (which could be said about the rest of the movie), but the reason I truly dislike this scene in particular is because of how misleading it is. How is it misleading? Well, despite the oddity of the scene, the kids dancing are at least pretty talented, but the only talent I've personally ever encountered at a McDonalds is the talent of finding new ways to screw up your meal order. I really should just read a book......