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It's a movie about giant monsters fighting each other and that part of it is awesome. If you're going into this expecting more than that don't bother. However, if you want to see some giant monsters fight each other this is the best film to do it yet.
This fails at every level. Acting, plot, and cinematography. It felt like watching a flop in the 90's. Even if you expected as much going in and you just wanted to see the classic Doolittle story it will still let you down. Even if you wanted to be surprised by a new Doolittle story once again it will let you down. It's not what you want and yet it's extremely predictable once it gets started. The opening exposition is the story you want and what follows after that is a let down that doesn't even hold anything unexpected in it. It tries so hard to be charming and doesn't strike a single emotional chord. I GUESS RDJ is decent enough in it but Eddie Murphy did it better. Don't go to the theater. Don't stream it later. Don't even download it illegally. Hard pass.
Richard Stanley has directed his best film with "Color Out of Space." It really is a masterful feat of film direction from a director with a clear vision. The performances from the cast are masterful as well with Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson are so great they suck you into the insanity of their characters. It's quite unnerving but in a good way. The only downfall of the film is it takes too long to really dive into the depths of it's madness. When it does pick up speed it still takes a while for anything note worthy to happen. Having said that, when the film reaches top speed it floors it and never lets up. There is a substantial problem with the ending though. That's what keeps it from going from good to awesome in my opinion. I won't spoil it except to say it is one of the most anticlimactic endings I've seen in a long time. You get the sense that there was a riskier ending which it deserved but for some reason the director or the studio decided not to pull the trigger on. It's a shame too, because up until that point it was on track to be one of the best mind bending horror films ever made. It just didn't stick the landing. Still though, I would highly recommend this film to fans of the genre.
This film explores sexism and misogyny in the workplace better than any film before it. It's broad sweeping and yet specific. It shows us how individuals suffer from sexual harassment and how a culture of masculinity damages professionalism on amass scale in workplaces across the world. It's about true events at Fox News but really could be about anywhere in any profession. This is an important film. This is recent and relevant. Apart from it's subject matter the film is also extremely well made. It's shot beautifully. The performances are Oscar worthy. The pace is perfect. It doesn't pull back from handling it's characters with both respect and scrutiny. I think the first part is why so many critics are trashing it. I'll say it. It's about Fox News and most of us HATE Fox News. It's about Megyn Kelly, among other women at Fox, and most of us hate her too. She's the idiot who said Santa Claus and Jesus were white. To the film's credit it addresses this. If I had any complaint with this film it's the scene where the woman comes up to one of our stars in the grocery store and tells her that Fox News is "doing horrible things to our country." We are clearly meant to feel bad for the character, who is a real life Fox News anchor, for this. The thing is...FOX NEWS IS DOING HORRIBLE THINGS TO OUR COUNTRY, and no one should feel bad or be vilified for pointing that out. Having said that, no one should be sexually harassed or sexually assaulted at work either. Even though I hate Fox News. Even though I hate the women in this movie. I'm glad that their story is being told. I'm glad that we are watching films which highlight this problem with our society. I'm also glad that they are being made as well as this one is. Bottom line, I'm not going to dismiss a movie because I hate the people it's about in real life. This was an important film, but more than that it was an amazing film.
Inspiring without being cheesy. Fun without being hollow. This film gets it. It explores body issues with elegance. It dives deeper into what it means to have a sense of self. It doesn't sugarcoat it subject matter or glorify it's heroine. A lesser director and star would have tackled this story with cliche tropes and insensitivity or perhaps an over abundance of it. Colaizzo has created a sharp, funny, and fresh film. At times it can be a little convoluted but the pace adjusts nicely to let you take it all in. Jillian Bell is endearing, frustrating, and complicated in all the right ways. She's always been a funny actress but in this film she's also a damn good dramatic actress. The cast of characters are diverse, without seeming like the film is pandering, and perfectly cast with great actors who fill the ensemble with a richness most films like this lack. There's no weak links in this chain. The only thing that keeps this from getting five stars is the limits of it's genre and subject matter. This is not a film everyone is going to gravitate to, nor is it a film that is going to win any awards. It's a bit too trite, but not in a way that is the fault of the filmmaker or stars. It's a story about a woman pulling her life together and finding herself under a miles of shame and self loathing. A great movie yes, but not for everyone. If you're looking for a film with universal appeal this may fall a little short. However, if you're looking for a heartwarming film with an inspiring story I can't recommend this enough.