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Mad Max: Fury Road exemplifies what a pure action film should be. Rather than having the action sequences support the story, it's the action that dominates the film. And the action was done authentically and with style. This is a film where you would want to watch over and over again just for the visual experience. In addition, the plot was straightforward and doesn't overindulge the audience in any way. The backstories of the characters weren't covered in the film, however, it is clear that during each character's short stage time, a complex past can be inferred from their concise dialogues, costumes, props, etc. (ex. Furiosa's robotic arm was never covered in the film because it does not support the main story, however, it is still in the film). Ultimately, this is a rare film where its creators had enough time to develop the story, characters, and action to last beyond its two-hour film time.
Lots of great scenes, especially by Tom Hardy, however, there were just too many themes being crammed into a two-hour movie. The characters were iconic and the action was exciting, but if there was more time for the audiences to empathize and understand the characters and their relationships, then maybe the ending might have had more impact.
Queen of Katwe patiently tells the story without over-exaggerating the major themes. The film includes great dialogues and a well thought out storyline that audiences of all ages can learn and be inspired by.
A one of a kind film that takes its audience on an unwanted yet captivating journey through the perspective of a protagonist who's also a villain. Set in nocturnal LA, the story unravels the contentious job of a stringer whose unethical methodology questions the consumerism and journalism issues in our society. At the end, the film never revealed what is right or wrong, only left the audience to their judgments, which is essentially what art is supposed to do.
Burnt introduces the audience to the world of Michelin chefs and restaurants. Other than the fact that audience might be impressed that the Michelin world exists in reality, the audience is stuck with a story that lacks substance.