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If viewed as a boxing movie, Bayoneta/Bayonet will disappoint. If viewed as a psychological drama, this film will gratify.
Bayoneta/Bayonet revolves around the story of Miguel "Bayoneta" Galindez, a retired Mexican boxer who debates on going back into the boxing world. Though the plot seems storied and cliche, Kyzza Terrazas throws in a few twists that we don't expect.
The plot is slow and steady. Miguel Galindez is portrayed more as a regular, yet troubled, person than a former star boxer. We see the effects that retirement and previous failures have had on him and we emphasize with him.
Also, the cinematography of this film is simply beautiful. I've never been more drawn to a film due to its visual beauty than Bayoneta. Not enough credit is given to Guillermo Garza in this regard. This film brings the cold harsh environment of Finland to life that is rarely seen in any other film.
Though many judge this film for not delivering the action that they were expecting, I urge viewers to reexamine this film through a different lens to appreciate its true genius in storytelling.
4/5. Underrated and underappreciated.
American History X is a character study that examines what makes an American Nazi and how to overcome such thinking.
The film also examines the secondary effects that racism and racist ideology can have on others around you. We see not just the redemption of Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) but also what his way of thinking has cost him.
The casting, pacing of the plot, and cinematography are all top-notch. Topics covered in this film are not easy to discuss and this movie will be hard to watch for some. Yet, its examination of the flaws of white supremacy and the people involved is worth the watch.
4.5/5. A powerful performance by Edward Norton. One of Tony Kaye's best films.
Even as a Scorsese fan, this film disappointed. As much as I wanted to love this film, I was simply disappointed by the end result.
First, the good. The source material this film uses tells the real-life mystery surrounding the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. It shares the unlikely, yet true, story of Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and his involvement in the Philadelphia mafia. This epic of a movie covers ~30-50 years and a large cast of interesting characters. All could have movies made about their own lives that would be as interesting.
The cinematography and choice of music is AAA+. I'd like to give Rodrigo Prieto special attention to the work that he did in this film. The plot is compelling and worthwhile.
But the flaws quickly come up. I found Scorsese's choice of actors unfitting for the story told. Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci are all well distinguished actors in their own regards. Yet, their age and cliched acting overpowered the positives that they offered. There was no single point in the film that I was convinced of Robert De Niro or Al Pacino were men in their 30s/40s. No amount of CGI de-aging could hide that fact.
Seeing men in their 70s acts in a 3 hour film can make this a snoozefest for some of its viewers. That can be seen in the Netflix numbers showing the small number of viewers that actually make it to the end.
As many critics pointed out, I felt as if the long and winding story could have been told in a more concise manner. Action and scenes of significance happen far and few. Time is taken to build the world that Frank Sheeran existed in rather than moving the story. But some people will see that more as a pro than a con.
As mentioned earlier, I wanted to love this film. Yet, it fails to have the same cinematic magic that Scorsese has shown in his other work. The film disappears in the viewers mind as soon as they finish it, if not sooner. The film leaves no lasting impact on its viewers and will be overshadowed by Scorsese's earlier work.
2/5. One star for plot, one for cinematography. It really took Scorsese 10+ years to make this film?
A sweet romcom film that feels like it came from a different era.
Kumail Nanjiani the difficulties of growing up Pakistani in American society and the different expectations that both cultures entail. The originality and questions that the film brings make it stands out among its peers.
Even though the film is filled with splendid moments of pleasure, I found that a lot of the film is also padded with fluff. I also found that some of the "comedy" in the film fell dry. Yet, the genius in wrapping up the different stereotypes and expectations of both in a beautiful story makes it so engaging.
3.5/5. A solid romcom. Looking for more from Kumail Nanjiani.
Everyone loves a David vs Goliath movie. Especially if it turns out that such a story is based on a true story.
Erin Brockovich is a biographical film depicting the real-life story of the person the film is named after. The movie is full of tense moments, snappy comebacks, and a sense of elation at the ending. Julia Roberts does her part in bringing Erin Brockovich to life.
4/5. Great film. Must-watch film for those interested in environmentalism & real-life David v Goliath stories.