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I May Destroy You
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This film is probably wonderful. I didn't know whether to give it 5 stars or none. As it became quite, no, very tedious I went for one. Kafkaesque. You sit wondering where the movies going. It goes nowhere. A very unpleasant leading character with some but little talent but who has a touch of real life about him. As a documentary it would likely be good, but not as 'entertainment'; don't expect to be entertained. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Very slow motion. I toss a coin. Go or don't go. ... Heads: don't go. (It was a double-headed coin).
A film in the line of movies about movie making which began with Sunset Boulevard. Visually stunning, super bright and glittering, it exposes the greed, artificiality and hollowness of 1930's Tinsel Town. All the characters struggling in their own mean selfish ways to succeed in this false glamorous world. Karen Black, as the unashamedly sexy, resolutely virginal, blonde bombshell is perfect, unrepentant to the end. Yet marvelously Black is able to imbue her character with an unexpected child-like innocence. An equally fine performance from Donald Sutherland as...Homer Simpson !! (is that where the Simpsons got the name I wonder?), so different from his usual screen personality, as the nervous, neurotic, down-trodden accountant. Nice to see Burgess Meredith too, warm and likeable as ever as Black's ailing, drunken, con-man/showman father. Meredith an old friend I'm always glad to see. And that Shirley Temple-like pesky kid. She's the one who lights the fuse that brings the whole house down. She's only a kid. It WAS her fault but the fuse was already there in this timber-house and it was ready to be lit and would have been - if not by her, by someone or something else. The ending is bloodily realistic, awful and genuinely frightening. Beware mobs! They have a life of their own, so different from the way individuals behave. Also at times the sets had a falsity about them but this works and agrees with this view of the trashy falsity of movieland. A long film which doesn't seem long.
Perhaps it helps if you saw at least one of the first two Bill and Ted movies, but I thought it was a good, happy film taking us from the worrying real world of today. Admittedly the end of the world as we know it was at stake and they do get into a good number of situations from which there definitely is no escape, including being sent to Hell (The Devil plays a mean guitar) but you know nothing bad is ever going to happen to the world or more importantly to B and T. More Excellent than Bogus. It's fun. Party on, Dudes! Oh, stay till the end of the credits if you want to see a real cool care-home gig.
FINALLY!! a great Superhero movie after all the usual junk. It's got everything and in style, goes with all guns blazing, and, as with The Joker, includes a perhaps overdue cynical comment on today's society. So watchable, so exciting and such depth too. The 'heros' especially Rorshach, are uncompromising each with his or her own human (or should I say super-human) failings giving the characters depth and life. A long film, almost three hours, which didn't seem long. It did threaten at one point to turn into a who-dunnit but the endings, yes, both of them ! were stunning and fooled me completely. And what an inspiration was the god-like Dr Manhattan, such an awesome character. I never saw the book but loved the TV series which is why I went for the film. Maybe better. Altogether a brilliant, brilliant production by all concerned. It stands alone as THE fantasy movie.
Well, you certainly get your moneysworth!! What was this? A Carry On Bankrobbing script played by actors who aren't funny, and a cast of thousands? Parts are very good especially the beginning and you have to admire the energy of a young Al Pacino throughout keeping the show going right to the very end; but everyone concerned must have been glad when it was over. They had tried so hard. The problem (surely the original bank robbing couldn't have been so mishandled or eventually so boring), was that they crammed way too much resulting in a self-indulgent, labyrinthine, silly plot. A host of individual ingredients are wonderful in a banquet but, unlike the film, at such a meal we don't have to eat EVERYTHING! In this very long film, to avoid nausea, you have to leave the table early.