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It may be quiet, but it's a very powerful horror film. Though Emily Blunt does carry some star power (and she should be applauded for her performance), it's director John Krasinski who did a rather excellent job with the film, in both directing and acting. While today's modern horror films are heavily reliant on jump scares, A Quiet Place uses them sparingly, though more to its advantage. And impressively, this film's actions definitely spoke louder than words. Like with Get Out last year, this film is perhaps the front-runner for Best Horror Film of the Year.
While it certainly isn't the best Stephen King adapted film, it is one of the most accurate adaptations. Bill Skarsgard portrays Pennywise, a clown who feeds on scares of the children; while Tim Curry arguably has him beat, Skarsgard does give this character a memorably haunting performance, jumpscares aside.
The children, meanwhile, are okay to say the least. Virtually all of them have a type of fear hidden beneath themselves, some of them playful, some just... dark. The one character that I hated the most was the vulgar motormouth with glasses named Richie, who has a noted hatred of clowns.
The movie is basically a hybrid of a horror-comedy film. While it's technically not bad, I ended up laughing at the wrong scenes. Particularly the "You'll float too" scene; despite trying to be scary, I ended up laughing so badly when the line was repeated before Pennywise started attacking one of the children after dropping a 'puppet'. Even though it is a good adaptation, sometimes it just doesn't know when to be serious.
The special effects were notably convincing at times, especially at the beginning, and even at some of the scariest scenes. Basically, this movie was a modern take on its predecessor, only more polished and focused. While this movie is far from perfect, 2017's It is a movie that you need to watch, granted if you have the heart for it.
While it would be easy to point out each glaring flaw in the movie, John Travolta (Saturday Night Live, Pulp Fiction) and Nicolas Cage (Gone in 60 Seconds, Raising Arizona) do more than enough to overcome the main flaws, with both of them delivering great, if not over-the-top performances, to match with the unique concept, where after the discovery that a time bomb would be going off soon, the two end up playing each other in an attempt to outwit the other until the end. Accompanied by a score that can touch your heart strings, and wonderful direction by John Woo, and you have a movie that could get through virtually any flaw if executed properly, like surgery. And executed properly, it is.
While it does capture the ideal theme and atmosphere from the games, Dead or Alive is burdened with an emphasis on sexuality especially from the main characters, blatantly obvious special effects, and the fact that it actually lasts only 75 Minutes without credits. The movie could've benefitted from at least 10-20 minutes of anything that would make sense, along with a better storyline that doesn't rely on Mortal Kombat-esque action.
Life, Animated is an interesting story told by Owen Suskind, a young adult afflicted with autism ever since the youth of his life. He does not let it go down, though; with the power of Disney movies within him, the family use it as a conversational breakthrough to their son, and Owen himself goes on to do several things, from starting up a Disney club in High School, to creating a story focused on sidekicks. While it is admittedly slow at the beginning, the documentary does go on to pick up from there, capturing the spirit of the main person very well. There are good times, there are bad times, and there are surprises hidden in this surprisingly well-done movie. Life, Animated, is a documentary worth watching, no question.