Incredible master piece, just the opening scene alone makes it one of the all time great movies. Moricone's music sends shivers up my spine every single time. Henry Fonda as a bad guy was a stroke of genius and boy, does he pull it off. There's so many wonderful performances, simply unforgettable, even though strangely enough the plot itself is totally forgettable, somewhere in the translation of the script to the moving image and sounds magic happens and a great work of art emerges.
The movie is ok. The socio-political aspect of the movie is rather overrated; in the end it's a pretty straightforward action movie. The acting is not exactly stellar, but it's not annoying. The Brasilian landscape is beautiful and the final climax of the movie satisfying.
Anyone expecting an in depth social commentary on political appropriation of people's lives, will be disappointing, it's a background hum to an otherwise rather generic action/revenge movie.
I disliked this movie even more than The Last Jedi.
Let me first start with what was good about it ... uhm ... yeah, visually it was stunning, even though every location was portayed so hastily I didn't even have time to take anything in.
Well, so far for the positive stuff.
I really dislike the characters in the new saga, Finn just stays as non-descript as in the previous two movies, never saw such a boring central character, because Rey was away duking it out with Ren most of the movie, they had to give him a new friend for a while to make up for it.
Poe was hopelessly behind on points already as a second rate Han Solo in the previous movies and this one didn't add anyting to that.
I'm sorry but Rey is just a completely uninteresting heroine to me, her particular drama and dilemma's left me cold, I mean I felt more sorry for Anakin in ep 1-3 and that guy was a terrible actor.
The cameos by the old garde felt as cheap crowd pleasers, but did not move as they were so cliche'd; at least in TLJ Yoda's exchange with Luke was very well done, nothing like that in this one.
It at times felt like a bad James Bond hopskotching from location to location, but none of them really managed to get me into the story and yes, sure, that might have been me and judging from the many positive audience reviews, that may very well be the case.
Enough said, just never thought to ever watch a Star Wars movie and looking at my watch waiting for it to be over. I really liked Ep. 7 Abrams did, but to me this franchise is almost completely ruined, except .... man, I love The Manadalorian, it saves my love for Star Wars every single episode, so I'll stick to that and hope Disney leaves its current creators alone enough to let them keep making it the way they have been.
Disappointing movie, great cinematography, decent score though, like the movie, felt like a wanna be Interstellar and couldn't pull it off.
At no time did I feel any emotional involvement with the characters.
Pitt's character was like the movie vapid of any emotion, which I get was sort of the point, his daddy having abandoned him at all, but he just got on my nerves and would have benefited more from some decent psychotherapy sessions as I gather applies to the movie's director.
On the positive side, the movie looks gorgeous, a steam punk fan's delight.
The story however is so bad, especially if you know how great the novels are, this is a sadly bereft of life carcass of its literary source.
I expected a lot more by the Lord of the Rings brilliantly talented writing time, but they dropped the ball on this one, very very badly.
The cast doesn't help here, with the exception of Jihae as Anna Fang who is quite charismatic whenever she is on screen, but even her part, to no fault of hers, is riddled with cliche plot points and trite dialogue.
Hugo Weaving as main villain is a one note actor and one note role, so nothing new there.
Hera Hilmar, the main heroine, is such a stock cliche character, I felt more emotional connection withe the android Shrike stalking her, than with her.
Robert Sheehan is a very annoying Tom, with the constant helpless stare into the camera, reminding me of Elija Wood in his most annoying Frodo moments and I kept wishing him to have a lethal accident.
And that's reallyu all there is to it, great visuals, very bad adaptation of great source material that deserved so much more and finally a one dimensional cast delivering the final fatal stroke that made this movie tank at the box office.
Saddest thing is we will now probably never see the kind of adaptation these great novels deserve and that's a loss.
This ... was ... bad.
Completely assinine story lines, dreadful acting, crappy visuals, sloppy camera work, you name it.
Wondering why Will Smith signed up for this, but definitely wrong career move, same goes even more form Noomi Rapace, who obviously can act and I guess had a weekend appointment canceled and did this movie instead.
I don't get the audience score, saw this flick on Netflix, money well saved in cinema.
And yes, Ayers is about to make a sequel, obviously...
Brilliant movie by Corbijn about the lead singer and writer ian Curtis of the legendary band Joy Division. I grew up with this music and to this day treasure it. Sam Riley does a very good job portraying Ian Curtis and kudos to the actors for actually performing music life and not all bad either.
Anyway, corbijn as a famous photographer obviously has an eye for creating beautiful images and he doesn''t disappoint.
The story does not dig very deep, but we get an impression and I hope more people discovered this fantastic band.
The one star missing is because corbijn obviously still has to learn a lot about story telling, but for any Joy Division Fan this is required viewing, of course followed by watching 24 hour party people, to get more context and because it's a lot of fun.
It was a fun movie with an intense athmosphere. The playfullness surrounding its basic concept, which isn't as complicated as many a critic makes it out to be, makes the movie enjoyable.
The two filmmakers and leads have turned a pretty basic philosophical concept into an appealing scifi movie even though the gimmick used is repeated a bit too often to hammer down the point it is trying to make, which was pretty obvious halfway through. nevertheless, this duo is very talented and a refreshing breeze within a genre that is stifled by lack of creativity and fresh ideas, so this particular movie is a very welcome addition.
Let me start by saying that anything brad bird does, i will at least give a chance, because the guy that came up with "the iron giant" gets an automatic pass for me.
The incredibles 2 was a fun movie, let's start with that first, the family is still very relatable and of course, for this second movie, the baby steals the show and is very cute.
There is never a dull moment and the animation is fantastic, as is the music.
Ok, so what's your problem dude?
Well, basically, the story, the sort of light weight moral preaching about our addiction to modern technology as opposed to good old family values is just rather childish as the way to deal with the very real downsides to our mass adoption and addiction to modern technology, what with 5G just aroiund the corner, it's never the less a rather simpleminded idea that only if we hold on to our old moral standards, things will turn out ok.
in the end, what we see, is that the motivation of the villain of the story is not so much a concern about modern society, which he shouts at us from the rooftops, but quite simply rooted in a personal tragedy, which undermines the critical message we as an audience are presented with. a stupid half baked choice which annoyed me and made the wstory rather half baked and missing the balls to follow through with something to say that was actually worth listening to.
in the end, what remains is very well crafted fun movie that i enjoyed seeing with my kids, but tried to aim a bit higher than pure entertainment by stepping up the pulpit and preaching to us about the dangers of modern technology, but in the end going nowhere with it, which was missed opportunity.
and now of course the most grave criticism for this movie: way not enough edna, by far my favourite character of the first movie, what a waste.
anyway, ending my rant, it's a fun movie folks and definately worth seeing, just enjoy it for what it is.
Soulles diatribe, I didn't care about any of the characters in it. disney is quiickly squeezing the life of the beloved series.
Ehrenreich is not to blame, he tries, but the odds were stacked against him by a glib and pointless uninspired script that was still born from the get go.
I don't understand why the press raves about donald glover as lando. it's a one dimensional character if there ever was one, just as forgettable as the rest of the cast.
Don't know what the rebellious lando robot was about, comic relief or whatever, but it fell flat completely and lando being all torn up about it, was totally ridiculous as the movie didn't invest whatsoever in that relationship so the supposed tragedy completely misses its mark as indeed the entire movie does.
Emilia clarke was enjoyable to watch as she actually breathed some hard earned life into her character but unfortunately not enought to save this fluff.
Brilliant movie, achieves maximum suspense in a really short time. Only thing I regret is that I would have enjoyed being with the family a bit longer. The director really lets you get close to them in a very short time, which I considered a great achievement. already in the opening scene from the first shot he draws you into the story.
The acting is all around fantastic and as already some critics hace pointed out, this director understood that true horror ans suspense comes from people being I jeopardy that as an audience you really care about.
The creatures were great, beautiful (odd as that may sound) and terrifying of course.
I'm not going into plot details, but I would advise everyone to check this movie out. and I'm very happy for the genre that a movie like this did so well both with critics as well as audiences..
Solid Spielberg movie, very lightweight but I must admit equally enjoyable, especially seeing it with my kids. It's basic message is, mind the big bad corporation and while it sets at its center stage the rescue and survival of a virtual reality, while having little to nothing to say about the real world, it's all done in a very entertaining way.
I didn't get bored for even a second, the fx\cgi were top notch as one would expect from Spielberg and the kids were all cute which one would expect as well.
As I already hinted at, I do not care much for the ethics of the movie, even though it half-heartedly, after defending the VR world for 90% of the moivie's length, squishes in the message that spending some time in reality might (in this case two days a week) be a good thing too, it maybe reverses attention to where it should be and not embrace escapism propagandized for a real world that has sort of been given up on, which I do think is a serious error in judgment on Spielberg's part even though he does put in various more or less obvious warnings in his movies against this very real trend today, like some people being literally enslaved to work in VR to make good on debts to the main corporation.
All in all though, good mindless fun.
No clue as to whether history will be kind to this movie, but personally I will always defend it for the masterpiece that it is. Critics complaining about the movie being incomprehensible simply give away their own stupidity, so I'm not even going to take that point serious.
I've read the book afterwards and though it's fantastic structure had to be let go by the Wachowski's I can wholly understand the reasons as cinematically the book's piramid structure would not have worked in this medium.
Funny thing is that I didn't care much for most performances except for hilarious Jim Broadbent in his Timothy Cavendish persona and the utterly spellbinding Bae Doo-na who commands your attention every second she is on screen, the others are mostly forgettable.
So, why a masterpiece then?
Well, first of all both visually and musically the movie is unforgettable, but where it shines the most is simply the power of its story that purveys a message this world is in dire need of (transcended later on in their Sense8 series) of the interconnectedness of humanity through time of what came berfore us as well as in time between us.
One can take the easy road of course and be cynical about it, but that only shows how much we need this message to become what drives us a species.
The movie is a work of awe and beauty that I will keep revisiting.
While not exactly a masterpiece I don't think the movie is as bad as most critics make you believe. I enjoyed it and even though I will not end up buying the blue ray (which Netflix hardly ever releases anyway with any of their productions), I thought it was quite entertaining.
I do believe the previous two movies did deserve a better third movie, but seen seperately form the previous two it's quite a nice entertaining scifi romp, no more no less and I guess most people were hoping for more.
Ah well like the Rolling Stones say "You can't always get what you want ..."
SPOILER FILLED REVIEW
Finally saw The Last Jedi and it's ok, but in no shape or form second best after TESB.
What I liked most was the character development of Adam Driver's Kylo Ren, very well build up as the main proponent of the dark side, no second Vader but he doesn't need to be, actually a much more complex and interesting character.
The battle scenes were impressive and the movie looks and sounds beautiful.
There's a few funny moments that work well, not the Porgs though, what do these anoying penguins in a star wars movie, they didn';t learn their lesson from Jar Jar Binks.
Carrie Fisher was great, even though the space scene was utterly ridiculous. The reunion with Luke was very well handled even though he turned out to be a bloody hologram, jeez.
I loved the reunion of Luke with Yoda, to me the most moving scene, quite magical.
Ok, the gripes:
- Luke was badly handled and I know it's a very subjective opinion, but on this topic it can't be anything else of course. I didn't want, what some fans seemed to be craving for, a reunion with Leia and Han and the old gang kicks ass one more time. That would have been stupid in my mind, but the way it eventually ended up being handled didn't feel right to me either.
Of course the movie is about Luke/Rey (being the last Jedi) I excpected way more than the scenes they had together.
Even though, if you think back, Luke's training by Yoda wasn't spend that much time on either, but somehow impacted you more, because Luke leaves, though before completing it, called away by the urge to save his friends. Rey leaves, because she has no time left to help her friends, but also because she is disappointed and failed by Luke, Big difference.
Also a gripe that keeps resurfacing, the parallels with the original trilogy are becoming a bit annoying and to be honest, come accross as a bit lazy by the writers.
Rey has become annoying and in no way captures your heart as Luke did in the original trilogy, sorry, she has a lot of spunk, but memorable she the character is not. Don't know why yet, but I think it's the writing not the actress.
Still don't have a clue what Finn is good for in this story, baffles me how he keeps getting screentime even though the character is developing nowhere.
Damon Poe has replaced him as the more fun rebel.
Didn't like at all the send offs of two of the new villains Snoke as well as Captain Phasma, apart from the fact that nobody kicks Brienne of Tarth's ass, sorry Poe, they both deserved a way better ending, having been build up in part seven and then show them once and off they go?
That;s crappy writing and no one will convince me otherwise and a shame because both had potential.
Anyway, I am very glad there was a new Star Wars and well, since the old garde is now gone, I hope they will start truly taking the reigns of the franchise storywise and actually come up with someting new and not just a badly disguised rehash of the original trilogy.