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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.
An awesome movie with great female characters and cool CGI. It is so nice to finally see a female superhero movie that equates and even challenges all the other male superhero movies. However, superhero movies need to stop focusing solely on their young audiences. Children will recognize a strong female or male role-model without adults pointing it out to them. But I understand that this movie is supposed to set a precedent for featuring a female lead and that may be the reason for cramming so much "awesome-ness" into one movie (Wonder Woman doesn't seem to get hurt, similar to her superhero contemporaries). Other than that, Wonder Woman is a great start to seeing more films with female lead roles.
A subtle uncovering of an uncommon espionage case told in a classy old-fashioned setting. Accompanied by unexpected crafted details -- check out the typography in the opening credits and the end credits that moves slowly from left to right (glad to see a filmmaker make use of the entire format of a film). The star-studded cast narrates the story with hints of information told in dialogue and mostly nuanced actions. Proving the audience does not need to be told what is happening at all times. In addition, the story isn't just about solving the case, but a study of the many characters each actor brilliantly portrayed in their short stage time. Ultimately, this is a one-of-a-kind espionage film that lets the audience join the game.
Always great to see a strong female lead in an espionage story (hope to see more in the future). The setting is uniquely stylized in a neon and punk aesthetic and the action sequences are intense and engaging. However, the plot is unoriginal and lacks attention.
A serious and brutally emotional war film centered around three characters of different temperaments. The lack of music and the clever use of silence successfully dials up the intensity in each bomb disarming mission. Despite the lack of a central story arc, emotions and character psychology are the qualities that carry the film. Suggested by the film's great writing and acting, we empathize with our three major characters and delve ourselves into their complex minds that speaking cannot elucidate.
The pace of the film was slow and it takes some time for the plot to unfold. However the plot is nicely fitted, with a straightforward introduction and a closed ending. Not exactly climatic with the uses of action and suspense like other crime dramas, but more of a subtle character study of the protagonist.
"The Lost City of Z" tells the tale of Percy Fawcett in an unique mysterious tone. Unlike its contemporaries, the film isn't completely driven by Fawcett's obsession nor his survival in the jungle. The pace of the film is rather subtle, unlike typical survival films. At first cautiously, the film's cinematography beautifully immerses into the dangers yet rewarding jungle. Then as the film moves unpredictably forward, we come to understand that the jungle and the quest to find the lost city of z represent everything life in England cannot give Fawcett. An original film told truthfully.