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Avengers Infinity War is a strange movie to review, as it has many values attached to it that transcend any normal film release, even under the considerations present with every release within the Marvel cinematic universe. Under common film considerations, it is quite notable how the rhythm and tone are not at the top of their game, as it tries to balance many themes and tones that, while belonging to the same universe, are quite different between one another, something especially noticeable, for example, with the Guardians of the Galaxy campy and energetic brand of comedy. Not only that, but constructing the film around a war becomes problematic in the sense that plain action is quite logically the main focus, instead of the construction of a new narrative that can hold a candle to any of the individual stories told before. However, and especially considering the way it ends, I find it hard to deny the experience it provides, both in the sense that it is, after all, a product that has to be understood and enjoyed as the latest installment in a wonderfully balanced and immense cinematic narrative, but also in the sense that it acknowledges the terms of its existence in order to create an unexpectedly bold and dark film that plays on our desires for conclusiveness and our expectations for retribution.
In a context where horror is likely to have the budget to show terrifying visual candy without having to resort to only jumpscares, El Páramo feels a bit soft in regards to the supernatural horror it suggests in its first half, as it later on decides to focus primarily on the emotional and psicological experiences of the soldiers themselves. However, and without this being slightly dissapointing within the movie itself, the suspense that is born out of the strong commentary the film makes against the "everyone is an enemy" military mentality is , neverhteless, strangely effective.
Hostel isnt ridiculous enough for its violent content to be less impactful tha it is, but as much as it is significantly more complex than I expected (that is, I expected nothing), it never really reaches the levels of depth that can be noticeable in other similar, more european films, clearely showcasing Eli Roths obsession with shock by itself rather than its possible meanings.
Its almost as if animation, through its greatest level of control, could express more effectively the feelings it desires, and this, along with a fascinating story and a beautiful execution, makes for one hel of a film that deserves to0 be admired both artistically and emotionally.
Not only are many of the moments in Annihilation completely memorable, but many of the themes and ideas presented within have plenty of artistic and intellectual value that cannot go ignored, but sadly, the film as a whole is nowhere near as perfect as many of its small moments, more often than not exhibiting questionable desicions of rythm and directing, as well as a general feeling that the whole concept of the film is not as smart as it is actually underdeveloped.