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Mark Wahlberg, John Leguizamo and Zoey Deschanel are wonderful actors and the Director, M. Night Shyamalan has directed fantastic movies; this is not a movie worthy of such talent. The plot line could have made for an amazing lead; however, I'm not sure if it's the script or the director who created such a strange, unconnected and contradictory film!
Wahlberg appears to be a savant biology teacher (he often says the most insanely naive and non scientific hypothesis and some pretty crappy lines. His response to the "dessert date" of his wife is something a 12 year old might have said! Deschanel appears to have been affected by this "thing" from the get go since her lines and acting is so confusing and muddled it makes you dislike her character from her first appearance. You keep waiting for some reason to care for these people, yet the script never allows you that luxury.
About 40 minutes into the movie (I truly don't know how I lasted that long!) it became more of a voyeuristic urge to watch this train wreck than any curiosity or vested interest in the film.
This movie is not deserving of the star power it wasted. Perhaps it will become a cult classic, like Plan Nine, but I doubt it will even rise to that level!
Don't get caught in the deer in the headlights hour and half you need to watch this moving!
Horror movies have become somewhat passé. Instead of finely crafted and unique storylines, most movies of the genre are slasher flicks, with a few amazing exceptions; Get Out is one of them.
The most suspenseful and truly scariest horror films interject the horror of human behavior, our potential for great evil. Jordan Peele has decided to examine the fallacy of a "post racist" America in the wake of our first Black President, twisting the concept of eugenics and allowing our Black protagonist to do what few Black people do in this genre: survive the first half hour!
Sharp writing, carefully thought out scenes and superb acting all come together to create a horror movie that has its share of blood but also a peek into the banality of evil. The characters resonate well and are believable as well as likeable, at least as we first meet them all. The brevity of he film was my only disappointment, and to avoid spoilers, all I can truly add is you will spend the last half hour gripping your seat; remember to breathe! Peele has also carefully hidden some allegories you might not catch with all the action, so it would be prudent to keep your eye "peeled" for them (pun intended!).
Overall, I would highly recommend this movie!
I want to start this with the fact I am a YUUUGE Star Wars fan. I've been hooked since the day I entered the theatre back in the 70s and saw the monumental first offering, episode IV. That said, after seeing this latest movie, The Last Jedi, in the theatre this week, I wouldn't even waste time watching in on Network TV.
I did enjoy the last film, The Force Awakens, and was anticipating many things from Jedi, but the writing, acting and editing were so incredibly overplayed and overrated that I could hardly bear to sit in my sit; I even went back to the concession stand and chatted with the employees there for a bit due to frustration and boredom.
The plot was confused and there wasn't ample time for character development. I mean, as an avid SW fan who looks back fondly at The Empire Strikes Back and it's spiritual development of SKYWALKER in the scenes with Yoda, which were played out during a large portion of that film. In this Last Jedi movie, Yoda was a joke, flippant and used like a bad prop while Rey seemed to read "Jedi for Idiots" with the disjointed journey she took. There was little coherence in the story line and a definite lack of development of same.
The brighter moments were when Kylo Ren and Rey shared scenes, although the fact that these two young whippersnappers were able to kill Snoke pretty quickly left more questions than answers and killed credibility as well; it should be remembered that it took Skywalker, Solo, Leia and the rag tag gang three entire movies to rid the universe of Vadar and Emperor Palpatine! Max Kanata is a better Yoda in this film than Yoda was and had too small of a role to play. Poe was also present in the better moment and I was surprised to see Finnabsent from much of the film. The ports are undeniably cute but seemed tossed in for kid appeal.
Overall, the story was too rushed, and too busy. The storyline seemed forced and most likely deserved to be split into two or three films on its own. The writing was sophomoric and the Star Wars franchise deserves better!