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It was decent and oddly came across as slightly disingenuous. The film's structure was uneven for me and the editing felt jumbled. Some of the cues for the dialect among a lot of the cast's discourse did not at all feel as real or as powerful as I would expect those interactions to be; this could very well be on the fault of this director. . The one big exception was Margo Robby in the phone booth. That was very well handled and conveyed. Most of the other events displayed felt stiff and inorganic unfortunately. Margot Robbie did a good job as well as Nicole Kidman. Charlize Theron was fine, a bit wooden with her approach. The makeup was pretty spot on. Overall, an important message that is true in a horrific reality and an on-going serious problem for women in not just the workplace, but in a lot of forms and environments. I respect the attempt they all made together, but to me, I was hoping it would have been better..
A stunning look at getting lost within the greed, anxiety and the unfortunate belief that you can live this life and pretend to play God and actually think you can live a great life without losing your responsibilities as a son, a father a husband and ultimately losing yourself completely to this parasitic infectious diease we all call gambling. Well made. Well acted and executed at a high level from the writing to the editing to the directing. Adam Sandler gives the greatest performance of his career.
The first act felt annoyingly pretentious, however as the story unfolds and you begin to see the story from these two young up-and-coming protagonists sobering points of view about the struggles with suicide, depression and trials of ostracism. You understand and feel for them equally. By the end, the film delivers a powerful message about pushing on forward, of persevering through the lesson which isn't necessarily about death and loss, but about living ones life and finding those most precious and fleeting moments in life and appreciating them and never forgetting about them.
With that powerful Disney magic, a darker and more complex film takes form here. However, while the eye-popping visuals and grandeur of the animated effects haven't grown at all stale, and have only in fact improved more beautiful, the film as a whole, took a big step back mainly due to its writing and songs that are overbearing. The direction was more clunky. The two main sisters, Elsa and Anna, are just as vibrant endearing and wonderful as before, thankfully. Some of the other characters weren't as rich or interesting at all for me this time around. Far less compelling and much more tropy and silly are filler elementary staged scenes, conversations and antical child pleasing dialogue, especially in the beginning of the 2nd act. Two songs, one with Olaf and another with Kristoff and his moose I absolutely disliked. Still, I think the darker more mature tone helped elevate the appeal of this entry for myself. The film starts off strong and completely, uniquely different in a great way in the 1st act. Then it suffers in the middle act and the pace is too slow and does no longer flow then... recovers with ease by the 3rd act with a solid ending.
A decent story of a man using his love of the game of basketball by helping a group of kids with a struggling school to rise up and overcome their losing record while battling his personal despair of losing his son and failing his wife. The approach is very bland I feel at times, but the message is resonant and Ben Affleck gives a strong, cathartic inside glimpse of a deep addictive struggle that hits close to home for many. One scene in particular stood out as Affleck's character lays it all out in a revelatory conversation with his therapist. That was heart-breaking gold.