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I watched this on a lark and was pleasantly surprised. I think critics worth their salt will mostly have something to say about the third act because it is bittersweet and not wrapped up in a nice bow. The movie is flawed in the same way the character is and I think for the most part that was intentional.
Although the overarching villain and his schemes were a bit formulaic, the period piece humor, (Andy Warhol etc...) Josh Brolin's brilliant impression of Tommy Lee Jones and the great plot twist tie-in at the end raises the movie to a C+ or B status. If you are a true cinephile I would say you only need to buy the 2nd MIB for collecting purposes. 1st and 3rd are by far the best. The third is pretty good but it is lacking certain magic that the first one had.
The funniest parts in the movie were ironically the parts with Kevin which were blatantly sexist and there is no attempted balance...which in itself shouldn't bother anyone outright (the original had some of this), however, the fact that all the actresses did interviews denouncing sexism just makes it hypocritical and weird, furthermore none of it felt like it was in fun spirits, but highly spiteful. The villain is not fully fleshed out, the supernatural lacks mystery, and where the humour in the original felt like something one might actually run into in real life (like the office, or parks and rec), none of these characters personalities felt real. It is really important to ground the characters in a film that is already flirting with the suspension of disbelief. This is why the snide and pithy remarks of Venkman in the original were so great. Honestly, I blame the script mostly. Melissa McCarthy and Kristin Wiig have already pulled this off in Bridesmaids so I was hoping for more.
An empty shell of a story masquerading as profound.
Artistic visuals spoiled by odd pacing, script, and storyline. All of the redeeming qualities were completely ruined by the one scene with Sam Jackson that should never have been made under any circumstance. Just because one can, does not mean one should. The most impressive performance to me was Jennifer Jason Leigh.
I would rather have watched a movie that simply revolved around the kids making their film project...Everything else is insufferable. The plot, the "villain", and the point.
My friend and I pass the buck to one another when we choose a bad film. I had to own it for quite a few years due to this movie. It had a promising opening sequence and then devolved into a garishly uncouth mess for no other purpose than to be risque in itself. Calling this low brow is a disservice to low brow humor.
Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston bantered back and forth quite well, but the script and especially the third act fell a bit flat. I haven't had the chance to see the original, however, I am excited to compare the two.
This movie was done a great disservice from marketing when it came out. Is it the best time/quantum film I've seen? Perhaps not, but it is a really good flick and I am glad I watched it.
A wonderful comedy that pokes fun at an elite class that seldom makes it under the microscope from a middle or lower class point of view. Also a great film for a history class regarding society, self-reliance, and the Great Depression.
It was ambitious in the right ways and minimalist in the right ways. Yes, the plot is simple, but sometimes less is more. Plus, isn't it nice to just know who the good guys are? Not having to wait for some overly convoluted twist or turn of fate? Oh, but the aliens are actually good guys...blah, blah, blah. It's almost like not so long ago writers knew how to write a story that one not only could follow but made sense and was fun. "I just want to get up there to whoop ET's ass that's all." It gave you levity mixed in with suspense which is refreshing from the self-important, self-serious, self-aggrandizing movies we get today. The actors brought really fun performances, it was highly quotable, and I actually think Hollywood should have continued down the path of practical effects with CGI overlay because some of the effects are better than what we get today.
Fight scenes so blatantly choreographed that if you added music it might be a Step Up from what we got...
Pandering for gold and striking big...The relationship between him and his father was inspired as was the one with the other main Spiderman. However, the villains didn't really get any time to develop and were very one-dimensional which is a shame when this is a multi-verse. I really enjoyed the artwork except for the strange blurring/out of focus effect, had to check and see if I accidentally walked into the 3D theater. Lastly, the direction they took Gwen was a superfriend-zone haha. Overall 2.5-3 stars. Fun, but nothing really sets it apart.
This movie had extremely odd pacing, just okay protagonists which didn't really even look the part, and honestly, it didn't achieve anything that great through its CGI. In ten years time, it will have joined the ranks of Jar Jar Binks visually speaking. It spends tons of money to make orcs out of CGI and then robs us of all the different factions within the ranks of humans. Elven archers, dwarven gunners, etc..All of which could have added to the experience especially if it was through practical effects and trick photography. It would be one thing if the movie was a bit campier in its form, but it simply comes off as cartoonish. I know it's always hard to please the gaming community as well as newcomers in such a genre, but I think it is safe to say they failed on both counts. Where the Game of Thrones book series was elevated through cinema, Warcraft was desecrated.
A story that's really good and kind of feels like a Fahrenheit 451 with a twist. It takes some ideas from other content but truly makes it its own. There are a few hiccups along the way both regarding plot and cinematography that were questionable and the villain was a bit underwhelming, but this is definitely a solid SciFi that was simply overshadowed by The Matrix's critical acclaim that just came out a few years prior.
"There are several good reasons for drinkin'
and another one enters me head
if a fellow can't drink when he's livin'
how the Hell can he drink when he's dead?
mush mush mush too roo li addy
singin' mush mush mush too ri li ay
if a fellow can't drink when he's livin'
how the Hell can he drink when he's dead?"
This movie is one of the best with John Wayne and one of the few that strays from his wheelhouse of Western or Military genres. It's been said that John Ford told Maureen O'Hara to say something shocking in the Duke's ear at the end of the movie because he wasn't getting the reaction that he wanted...Well, she must have said something quite shocking indeed with the look John Wayne gave her and to this day nobody else knows what it was. Something else that occurred during filming was in the scene where her hair was blowing in the wind, it kept getting in her eyes and messing her up with her performance. Ford yelled at her for it and she fired back saying, "What would a bald-headed son of a b**** like you know about hair lashing across his eyeballs?!"
This movie is truly magical in multiple ways, but most significantly being the cultural clash between Irish tradition and new American ways and the understanding each of them must learn in order for things to work regarding their separate social norms and customs.
Lastly, keep an eye on Barry Fitzgerald in the first pub scene. Cheeky old-timer tosses back two glasses of porter in less than 20 seconds and grabs a third before the scene's end. (Even if they were just stage drinks it was still impressive with the pacing of the scene).
The reviews that say this is only one star read like the way Douglas in the movie sounds...You have to be some kind of special to complain about pc nonsense from a movie made 56 odd years ago portraying a time over 100 years ago. If we're being honest this movie is more forward thinking than we give it credit for. What's more than that it is funny while doing it!
1) Native American subplot+the assimilation plot with Davey. (Powerful speech the Comanche write for the trial).
2) Political dialogue with rural vs. urban. (Douglas Jr. calling McLintock Reactionary.)
3) Discussion of separation and divorce in an era where it was taboo.
4) Responsibility and duty to family. (The reverence/respect he gives his wife when speaking to his daughter even though his wife and he are separated).
5) Encouraging self-reliance in his daughter and rebuking entitlement. (One of the best moments of the movie).
And again, these were all things they chose to put into a movie in the 1960s...let's be somewhat forgiving when trying to hold older movies up to the standards we have established for ourselves in 2019. This actually does a fairly decent job.
Most people who are raving about how awful this movie is are doing so because girls get spanked...Not encouraging domestic abuse. Seriously... Why was the first one spanked you ask? Because she asked her father to shoot someone over nothing...Yes. She asked him to shoot somebody. Fast forward to today and seeing a young woman asking her dad to shoot someone over anything...What are you going to do? Give her a talking to? Lol, okay. This world needs to chill.
The fact that there are more people complaining about ladies getting spanked and fewer about a self-indulgent child wanting someone to get shot is actually a perfect representation of what is wrong with our society today. Think about it.
This is a dramedy that really functions as one successfully. Williams plays himself and Doubtfire incredibly well and believably. Especially in an era where many people were doing multiple parts or roles in movies. At the end of the day, this is a heartwarming story about family.
I am sure you've heard it before, but yes, it was a great Groundhog Day meets Sci-Fi action. Tom Cruise did a great job as well as Emily Blunt, but I think we have a diamond in the rough performance from Bill Paxton. He was seriously a chameleon of personas and consistently matched if not outperformed leads in movies he was in and was taken too soon.
I saw this for the first time during my undergrad...thought it was stupid, went to my friend's house for a movie party the next day and they were watching it so I got a second showing, and then went over again the following day to hang out and they watched it again...Oh, my God, tried it three times and it was worse each time I watched it. After Superbad came out we kept getting reheated leftovers from the likes of Cera which were good but never as good as the first sitting.