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Zhang Yimou succeeded in not only making a Chinese epic, but a movie epic for the whole world. Personally, my favorite part of this movie is the combat. The methods of combat are so creative and visually enticing, and every battle, no matter how long, feels fluent and amazing. An umbrella is even used for a weapon in some scenes, and the creativity in these scenes is exceptional. The set design is incredible, and the makeup job for these characters, the blood and scars that they carry, works out really well. But what about the plot? Well, this is where I get negative. The plot works out in the end, but in the beginning, when the story's first starting, it's very confusing to understand just what's happening. Even the text in the intro wasn't enough to explain exactly what the problem was, and what people were doing to fix it. Shadow does present itself a visual masterpiece, and its minor flaws mean almost nothing in respects to the true greatness of this film.
Man. Is Dark Phoenix a true wonder. I don't know how you could mess up a movie this bad, but fox pulled it off. All the character motivation in this movie makes no sense. The only two characters that have any sensible reason doing anything are raven, who wants to leave the x men, and Jean Gray herself, who is supposed to be one of the villains of this movie. Jean is supposed to be doing so much bad, so the police are after her and everything, but as far as I could tell, she never harmed any humans in the first place. She was just intimidated by the police, so she crumbled up a building or whatever. The police had no reason to have all mutants in their suspicions; what Jean did was so minor to be called a threat. Hell, even the Phoenix from the first three movies was more of a threat than this one. I think the only thing that gave me pleasure in this movie (other than laughing at the horrible dialogue) was the train scene at the end. Funny enough, this scene was added in after the crew had finished production. This scene shows us a snipet of what dark phoenix could have been like, if only it was a good movie. Too bad it was too late to save the movie from there.
I'd say that brightburn was a bit better than I expected. Elizabeth Banks had a great performance, and I think the horror delivered pretty well. I would not place this into the superhero genre of movies at all, even if it begins as a superman scenario. The elements used in this movie are unlike any superhero movie I've ever seen. So, if someone who loves the superhero genre thinks this is the perfect pick for them, I'd say think again. I also feel like some of the classic horror tropes in this movie still don't work, such as people resulting to killing Brandon, but oh no, they're just too slow, and Brandon is able to stop them before they can harm him. All things considered, Brightburn is a very simple movie. There's no crazy plot twists, or unique horror uses. It's just very simple. This works for some people... but for other people, it doesn't.
The preview for booksmart looked fine, so I went to see the movie. It was not as good as everyone claimed. A lot of the humor in this movie is purely based on shock, where something is just surprising for the type of character presented in the story. This type of comedy gets old fast, and halfway through the movie the jokes no longer make me laugh, they just bore me. I would say it's a good comedy, with a talented cast and a nice structure, but this subgenera of comedy is beginning to make my head hurt. Good job Olivia Wilde, make something more original next time.
After seeing Parabellum, I don't really know where I'd rank it on John Wick's scale. 1 was known for having the best action, 2 was known for having a better plot, and this one has both, I guess? There were still some great scenes of action, using new styles in every scene. But with all the hype taken out of it, this movie doesn't mean much at all. I thought this was going to be the last movie in the series- the way the trailers were structured led me to believe so. But it seems as if this movie was hyped from excessive previews and the movie just hypes to chapter 4... all too much hype culture for me. The non importance of this movie could have resulted in a crimes of Grindelwald situation (aka trash), but instead, I think it holds itself together pretty well. The crimes of Grindelwald felt dreadfully slow and despairing, but I think Parabellum had a fast pace good enough for pleasing almost any audience. Keanu was amazing as ever, and Halle Berry, to my uttermost surprise, also did an excellent job. A good movie, in a series that everyone should get a taste of.