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I'm forced to say here, that I did not enjoy this particular movie, even when I wanted to, and those who know me will tell you that I am not a very demanding viewer in that account. But for me cinematic version of SEGA games felt somewhat... cheap, like a bootleg version of said games. Special effects were really not impressive, jokes could have been written with greater wits, product placement hurt my ears and eyes and it was painfully obvious, that they transferred their entire casting budget to Jim Carrey, who acts here as if he was forced to say lines he himself found rather unfunny. And on top of it all the story-line made very little sense, but that was to be expected: when your main hero has the godlike power to freeze time, there can be no reasonable story, as all problems are already solved. In sum, it turns out that improving CGI of your main character does not magically resolve all other problems of your movie.
When I first heard of „1917", I feared that so soon after Nolan‘s „Dunkirk" it will feel like an unimaginative ripp-of of thereof, but I could not have been more wrong, as it is a completely different kind of a war movie. Here we have closer, more personal look at soldiers life rather than on the great scale of military operations. At the same time we don't loose the high stakes or epic magnitude of action, we just learn to see them from a more claustrophobic perspective, which is more that adequate, given the very nature of the trench war. And while supporting cast of really famous actors serves here its purpose, I found characters played by relatively unknown thespians, especially those playing two main roles, to be especially well-played.
At first glance, this is a very definition of your casual Sunday action movie: simple, cheesy and yet engaging story-line, colorful ensemble of characters, lots of fights, chases and other thrilling sequences, a hint of romance and omnipresent feeling of adventure. Nothing special, you would say. And you would be wrong, because we have here three important factors that make this movie something more. First, great cast, at least when it comes to Nathan Fillion, whose presence is always welcome in my book, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who makes a surprisingly good villain (still waiting for a sequel to „Doctor Strange" here...). Second, while CGI effects used in "Serenity" look today kinda cheap (although this also adds to camp-ish climate of it), fighting scenes are now as impressing as in 2005. Third, one can observe here a small part of a bigger, intriguing world full of motives and characters worth of better exposition. For all those reasons this movie just whetted my appetite for the TV series...
„A Man for All Seasons", with its slow-paced, patient narration, its instantly recognizable stable frames, its careful, intelligent dialogues and clever (if rarely present) humor is exactly like its main protagonist, Saint Thomas More, who, in turn, personifies the dignity and stability of holy Catholic Church. As this movie establishes Saint Thomas as one of the most intriguing saints in the history of Catholicism, one should think that we can also treat a splendid movie about this saint's life as one of the most intriguing hagiographies in the history of cinema.
For the majority of time here we are experiencing a kaleidoscope of jumbled up music videos just as visually dazzling as they are confusing, connected by a story that falls in two great pitfalls of sequels to autonomic stories: overusing a motive of „something from the past" (see e.g. „How to Train Your Dragon 2"), and the theme of prolonged „Will you marry me?" („The Rescuers Down Under"...). Still, it has its moments (Anna singing „The Next Right Thing"!) and in those moments it is just as good as „Frozen", a movie that for me personally will always be special, since it started my long-term fascination with animated movies. Those moments alone make this movie worth experiencing, more, they makes it so, so close to being great...