It is a very me generation film, which does and does not work for Chazelle's second film. We saw an aspiring drummer give up on love to pursue his dream. Now we saw an aspiring actress give up on love to follow her dream. The difference is that the character being given up on in this film has a more of a fleshed out role. The message is the same in Chazelle films: follow your dreams at all costs because love can wait. La La Land is a stronger piece of film than Whiplash, but I would argue that Whiplash is more original. As a filmmaker, Chazelle has successfully made a revamped version of his first film; however, he is embarking into familiar territory. He needs to examine more important social issues and conclude with a message that's relevant to more than just a college audience.
Ayer directs a film that could of had the potential to be something worth raving about, but it's too late now to discuss all that could of been. Suicide squad is flawed in almost every way imaginable. Bad story, bad script, bad acting--except for maybe Smith--and that's not saying much--bad music, and bad direction. Without going into detail on all of these points, the film is bad because can be bad. It's only geared towards audiences that won't know the difference between a bad or good movie, which are teens who subconsciously buy into the superficiality of Hollywood blockbusters.
I don't give movies like this anything more than three stars because no matter how good the movie is it's still just a frat-pack movie, but a really good one nonetheless. Movies like this are refreshing in the whole animation world of filmmaking. The reason is because the animation isn't what's good about this movie. It's what this movie is really about that's good. The animation is a vehicle for what the audience is ingesting. Sort of like a bun for a hotdog.
The Seventh Seal is one of those films that is what it is literally and figuratively. Light and dark are themes present in the film's characters, images, and purpose. Death is clearly a representation of the dark, but so is Jons, Tyan, and Antonius to an extent despite him being the protagonist. On the lighter side, there's Jof, Mia, their son, and Karin, who is the wife of Antonius. But only Jof and his family are spared when death comes in the end; they are the only true members of the light, for now anyways. While Antonius is the protagonist of the film, he is a symbol for something more than the dark or light, which is what many of us watching this film will associate him with. He is a symbol for us, what we want when it is time for us to meet our maker. We do not know the answers to life's questions regarding meaning, purpose, or what to believe in. But we want to live. Antonius has no faith; he is jaded and wants answers. But the answers he wants don't come easy without faith. His deal with death makes no difference in his faith. It only gives him just a little bit more time to hold to those questions before he gives up on them in his final seconds. Bergman makes a controversial statement in this film, and that statement is that people have doubts. He opened a door to a world where people can talk about those doubts and express them among people who don't or think they don't. What I am talking about is the doubts revolving around Christianity. Today, we live in a world where it's not cool to believe in Christianity. Or, to put it in a different way, a world where people choose not to believe in religion because it divides us. But for its time, The Seventh Seal made an impact that no other film did, especially in America. While many of us today watching this film might feels its a bit campy or comical, that is just another way in which the film's themes regarding light an dark are expressed. For the film is not all camp or comical, just when it is necessary in comparison to the scenes where death parades his victims for all of us to see or when Tyan is burned for her differing ideologies.