Fantastic acting, truly eerie. This movie is all about tone and building suspense, rather than cheap jump scares and special effects. It never states the obvious, never treats the audience as stupid, rather it leads you to read between the lines in a natural and satisfacting way. Before the end you will understand all there is to understand, without giving away what is going to happen next.
Brilliant debut for Oz Perkins (Anthony Perkins' son) as director.
It is hard to talk about a movie that has been so thoroughly analyzed and praized over the decades. The directorial choices are flawless, the acting quite theatrical (in a good way) and the content profound and always contemporary, despite taking place in the middle ages and being made over 60 years ago.
All over the place in its tone, changing it from dramatic to comedic to tense to even cynical without real consistency, the lack of an original plot and the inappropriate amount of stupid jokes make this movie a gigantic farse. After the first ten minutes you might think you ended in the wrong room, watching a rerun from some Mel Brooks or Leslie Nielsen parody. There is almost no real moment of drama or tension, since they keep cutting it with some very questionable "funny" moment or animal or situation. So much so that it becomes quickly impossible to take anything seriously at all. It is filled with cheesy one-liners and pseudo-witty jokes in the most inappropriate of moments. Oh, and yes, we discovered that Hoth is actually a salt planet, not an ice planet. So the whole opening scene in "Empire strikes back" makes no sense at all anymore.
The only exception to this mess are the scenes in snokes room which are visually beautiful, reminding of "Flash Gordon" and keeping a serious tone throughout, but still it seems to watch a retake of "Return of the Jedi".
All in all this might be the worst thing happened to Star Wars since the prequels, and maybe even worse. It takes a huge piss on everything Star Wars might have ever meant to anyone.
Old Yeller is one of those examples of movies that are known and loved by everyone in the US and unknown to most of people in the rest of the world. One good thing is it faces topics (like growing up to become a man) that nowadays no-one talks anymore, because no-one wants to grow up.
What is bad is the constant animal cruelty going on for entertainment purposes. This is why this film gets 0 stars.
It is tiring to keep seeing the same movie in another sauce. The premise of Prometheus was great, but it got lost in being "Alien" once more. This one did not even care about the premise and just delivered the same movie again. It's a pity, seen the premise of the creators of mankind, that Scott did not think to develop more that side of the story exploring new territory and preferred repeating himself ad nauseam.
It's big, it's glorious... and it's Braveheart. I happened to watch this movie the day after seeing Braveheart, and I couldn't but notice that it's essentially the same movie with gladiators instead of scotsmen. They even have the same runtime of 2 hours and 50 minutes. The main difference is that I was never bored during Braveheart. And that Gibson's performance was SOOOOO much better than Crowe's.
What is it with Mel Gibson's insane passion for torture? I mean, Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto...
Anyway, it's an energetic, passionate script and performance by the whole acting crew, and while it may not be a masterpiece, its nearly 3 hours don't bother at all, even though in the end the scottish martyr seems more like an american fanatic. Good effort.
This "comedy of errors" style movie reminds much of Oscar Wilde's style of comedy, the title might be a hint. Sly isn't the best comedian, however it is entertaining enough and delivers quite a few genuine laughs with the always charming and funny Marisa Tomei and the great Tim Curry. Good enough for a rainy sunday afternoon.
Visually it is miles ahead of anything the lord of the rings had to offer almost 20 years later. Sadly it doesn't take away from a stretched, often boring story, and the constant close-ups become very tiring very soon.
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly might be the best american comedic couple since Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Even though their comedy is much more silly, outrageous, nonsensical, and in some way childish, it takes nothing away from how funny they are put together. They seem to fit together like "two peas in a pot" to quote another comedic duo.