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It doesn't live up to the iconic original film, it tries to mesh with both the book and the film but the result is all over the place. There are no scares or suspense in this film at all since you don't care for the characters. If you were worried about this movie from the trailer, mainly with the villains, you are right to be worried. The villains are cartoony and really feel like they belong in a different movie.
Visually and sound-wise, the movie looks great! There are slim moments that remind you of the Kubrick classic, but those are too few and far between in this 2 1/2 hour movie! It is a really long film and you really feel it, especially in the first hour. The final act is okay but it really does change up the groundwork of the original film. It just gets a little too ridiculous and leads to more eye-rolls than thrills. The original film is a slow-burn as well but the characters, creepy atmosphere, and sequence of events keep you engaged throughout. This film has none of that and only offers some generic setpieces that you've seen a million times before.
Rent this movie if you're interested but don't worry about spending your money with it. If the book is like this, then maybe the book itself isn't that good.
Controversial, Hilarious, and the Most Important Stand-up act this generation!
Dave Chappelle has always been no stranger to controversy. Ever since his days with Chappelle Show, the comedian has always pushed boundaries with race, gender and politics, usually with pretty hilarious results. His newest special, Sticks & Stones, is no different. While it may not be his best special, Sticks & Stones is arguably his most important one. In a time when our culture has become highly sensitive, adopting a more PC nature, it's quite refreshing to see a comedian let loose and speak their mind without having to have that thought in the back of their head of "don't say that." Most comedy nowadays has been very tame and safe, because of this, all of it began to mesh together and hardly anyone really stood out unless they already had a name. With Chappelle, as he has proven before, nothing is off-limits. Tackling cancel-culture, the LGBT, Michael Jackson, and Jussie Smollett to name a few; Chappelle has quickly offended most of the mainstream media. With many critics calling this special "low-bar," and "tired," it's safe to say his newest special is his most controversial. However, everything in this special screams Dave Chappelle. It is his humor down to a tee. His brilliant set-up for jokes and the gut-busting punchline fill the entire hour. However, your enjoyment of it will rely on how sensitive you may be to certain social issues. If you are easily offended, this may not be for you. Personally, I love Chappelle and believe he is the best comedian working today. His humor was edgy and hilarious, but also had a sense of realness to it that can be felt through his delivery. These were his words and he will stick by them, no matter the backlash. And that is an important lesson, especially in today's society. Cancel culture has taken over in Hollywood, and Chappelle is here to show how ridiculous and hypocritical the entire thing is.
With the title "Sticks & Stones," it seems that most of the mainstream media have simply missed the point Chappelle was making (which isn't surprising). And for that alone, this must be seen! And it also helps that it is funny as hell!
Packed to the brim with nuanced performances, including a fantastic lead performance by Ronan, real but witty writing, and moving at a brisk pace; Lady Bird is a great coming-of-age film in the same vein as Boyhood. My only real issue with the film has to be that the ending goes on a bit too long.