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All in all a solid outing, but the premise is not very well served. It could have been much more, and the way it ends hints at it being much more -- with sequels. It's a seriously creepy idea. The best part is the teaser news reels at the end. Might we have a franchise here?
Lots of great acting, production value, cinematography, and all that, but almost no story and definitely no point. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
If there is a film that waters down this world-changing music to almost nothingness more than this, I'm not aware of it. Our favorite stars Jakob Dylan, Beck, Fiona Apple, and others (?) wax philosophic between horribly redone auto pitch corrected yawnfests when the original songs were 1000 times better. Actually, you can't compare the way these modern musicians do the songs; they're almost an affront they're so washed out. Hey, let's take some tranquilizers and play songs that none of us could ever begin to conceive in our wildest dreams whilst we put everyone to sleep. Good idea! The only reason I give it a 50% rating is that there are bits where the real people themselves talk and kind-of-play. Other than that, it's too long, and Jakob is the ultimate (boring, never smiling, pretentious, all knowing, all seeing) hipster who has no business here at all. The blame is laid squarely at the feet of the director and Jakob. The rest are kind of deer in the headlights, and none have anything to do with the freewheeling, cutthroat, hyper creative, spotty miasma that was Laurel Canyon in the sixties. Thank whomever we still have the songs we can listen to to remind us of the real thing. This movie is not it. The high rating? Just shows the age of the reviewers who knoweth not what they write.
No story, the acting and dialogue are terrible, there is no emotion, no suspense, pretty much nothing at all. Just the worst.
I have no idea why critics like this movie. Like all bad horror films, it: 1) takes way too long to get anywhere; 2) has obscenely long, interminable scenes, trying to make walking around with a weapon in your hand or a scared look on your face for 30 seconds or more stand for suspense; 3) includes almost nothing but clichés, things you've seen a million times in movies that are better, but still aren't good; and 4) is boring, which is the most unpardonable thing of all.
It tries to inject some form of originality with the back story and the ending, but this is so implausible as to be ridiculous. Doesn't hold water. They say Peele shows us how to overcome the sophomore jinx, but this film proves he might not be wunderkind we were hoping for. If Peele only makes the one great film, he still will have made a significant contribution, but I guess once you make something like Get Out, they let you write your own ticket, and he came up with this stinker. I KNEW not to watch it but still did. I should pay attention to my instinct.