Ah Jake Gyllenhaal in another weird art movie.
I felt pretty mixed about this movie. What I liked was the performance, which were strong from Amy Adams, Jake, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Michael Shannon. I was most impressed with Aaron, however. He played a major d-bag character that really got under my skin and pissed me off. Jake was at his usual emotionally unstable character, and I loved it.
Also, the visuals were stunning. The movie looked slick and gorgeous, except the opening scene. The parallels between the real world and fictional world were shown smoothly.
However, what I didn't like was the story. For the majority of it, I was wondering about the story in the novel, and I didn't find it all that intense. It wasn't like I haven't seen the story before. Not gonna lie, I got certain things from the movie, but I wasn't able to string everything together to get the overall theme. Had to ask Google for help. Still, I wasn't satisfied with the progression of the plot.
Overall, strong acting and visuals, but I wasn't on board with the story. 6.5/10
You need to watch out for run-on sentences.
I have heard about this movie for a while, and a friend also recommended this to me. A slice-of-life look at a high school student going through a tumultuous life.
What I enjoyed the most was the jokes, especially from Woody Harrelson's character. They sounded pretty simple, yet were effective and full of savagery. I was gaping and could not believe the replies from the characters.
The characters were interesting and relatable. I like and relate to the character Erwin the most. He was very cringe at times and not crafty at socializing and choosing the right time when talking to his crush.
The theme of the movie was that everyone has their own problems, and sometimes people forget about that. Also, the movie emphasized the familiar theme of the complicated life of a teenager. This was shown through the main character, portrayed wonderfully by Hailee Steinfeld, as she struggled to socialize and keep those close to her.
As for issues, the plot was pretty predictable, and I was not surprised that much. However, this does not mean that the story wasn't real and relatable.
Overall, an entertaining and relatable drama. 8/10
Just because you're high doesn't mean you can make a movie. Almost had a seizure watching some of the scenes.
There's a phrase that perfectly summed up this movie: style over substance. This was pretty much the director got bored in the pandemic, took some drug, then made a random movie with no plot, but to express how high he was.
Near the end of the movie, there were a lot of visuals and seizure-inducing flashes that became very annoying. The story was practically nonsense. There's a set up suggesting that there was a pandemic going on in the movie, and there's a stupid folklore about sound and light or something.
A horror? Certainly not. I was even remotely scared at all. The overall pace was slow, but since the story was nonsense, this made me bored for a while.
If you're high enough you might like this movie. But this style-over-substance stuff is boring and stupid. Definitely not recommend. 2.5/10
A classic French slice of life movie about a delinquent kid facing harsh treatments from unsympathetic adults.
This was a pretty slow burn movie. The first 2/3 was about the kid being a kid: making troubles at school, playing around town, and having childish thoughts. Some parts were pretty funny and relatable. This was where I had an entertaining time with the movie.
However, the last part came, and the story became more heartbreaking and sad. It revealed a harsh side where kids were misunderstood and mistreated.
Overall, a pretty entertaining and sad story, although it was a bit slow at times. 7/10
Oh man how the turntables. This took "Reasonable Doubt" to another whole level.
Well for a cinephile this is one of absolute classic. So I wanted to check it out and see if the hype was real. Not only was I surprised that listening to 12 people in a room can be so fascinating, I also was astounded at how emotionally invested I was.
When the 12 jurors got into the room, the atmosphere was pretty friendly, and I liked the one long shot of just the 12 men talking and greeting each other. However, the moment they sat down, my eyes were glued to the screen the whole time.
What was so intriguing about the movie was that, when the men tried to re-examine the evidence and testimony, there was a struggle of the men not trying to argue and get personal. This brought the point about the realism of this movie. This had to be one of the best screenplays. The dialogues and camera angles were incredibly real and hooking.
As the movie got along, I became emotional, and felt like I was the 13th person in the room listening. The reactions from the men were incredibly relatable. I understood why each of these characters would feel the way they did. This made the scenes even more interesting because I felt like I would react just like any one of these men. Also, when a new point was brought up, I both felt amazed and ridiculed, just like how these men felt.
Not only was I emotionally invested, I also was shocked at the arguments. People were firing and shouting at each other. Some of the counter arguments had me jumped up because of how good and satisfying they were. There were many "Got ‘em" moments.
Overall, an absolute masterpiece. I got drama, thriller, suspense, and shock values just from listening to 12 angry men stuck in a room during a hot evening. No flaws. 10/10