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I love Spielberg films, and who doesn't? But I think this movie just focuses to much on it's pop culture references and nostalgic soundtrack, and not enough on telling a meaningful story that reflects the world today. I got the message that the only thing that's real is reality; but, with a story that takes place mostly in a virtual world, where the audience is made to feel like they are watching a video game, I think this message is lost and even possibly contradicted. Maybe I'm missing something (I didn't read the book though I imagine it's much better), or maybe I should stop thinking about what the movie is trying to tell me and enjoy it for what it is. Overall, Ready Player One was fun to watch, but it just didn't hit the spot.
I went into this movie thinking someone like me, nearly a century later, would not be able to appreciate and enjoy a movie that had no audible dialogue and was made without the modern filmmaking technology used in many of the films I have come to love. I was very mistaken, Fritz Langs Metropolis Restored is a masterpiece, I have never seen anything quite like it. Even though the storyline seemed to have some issues and could very well at times be over the top, the movie knew what it was, and it sent powerful messages about society and life. Ultimately, the story tells us that working together is more powerful than working against each other. This film also touches on many other topics indirectly such as religion and industry. I understand that this movie may be controversial because of it's underlying themes of socialism, and especially unity, in a time that bringing people together in Germany had terrible consequences. But art can be used for bad or good and it really comes down to how people decide to use it. Nevertheless, bold visuals, intense theatric acting, a stunning on point score (by Gottfried Huppertz), and the inspiration it gave to almost all science fiction films to follow makes Metropolis a film that should not be missed.
Even though Love, Simon was a bit corny at times, it was a good coming of age movie, and was the first I have ever seen to tell the story in the perspective of someone who is struggling to come out in High School. I feel like it was more relatable than most movies that try to discuss the topic of sexual orientation in society because it doesn't rely on that discussion as it's only element of storytelling. In other words, for this type of teenage romantic comedy, it doesn't make it seem abnormal for the plot to focus around someone who is gay. The score by Rob Simonsen was also very fitting and the special sound he brought made the movie even more enjoyable to watch.
While Tomb Raider may have its appeal to the fans of the video games legacy, this new installment, just like in the past, fails in many areas, although not as badly. In particular, it comes short in it's somewhat meaningless plot and obnoxious action sequences. Additionally, the sound mixing could be better, there were parts of the movie when Lara Crofts (Alicia Vikander) grunts could be to clearly heard while she is running through the jungle and enduring gun fire. Junkie XL put together a decent original score, but even if it was as great as some of his other work like in Mad Max, it wouldn't be enough to bring this movie out of the tomb it's going to continue to bury itself under.
Harold and Maude directed by Hal Ashbey explores many serious ideas that almost borderlines it's comedic essences in each scene. Some of these ideas include suppression in society, life and death, wealth and happiness, and love. After Maude metaphorically turns into a sunflower, Harold and Maude will no longer be effected by societies suppression. This movie not only benefits from fairly solid on-screen design, but also benefits greatly from it's soundtrack performed by Cat Stevens. You will be left singing in the back of your head, "if you want to be free, be free"!