Brittany Runs a Marathon
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This movie is made for people who have seen IT (2017), but makes sure those who haven't won't be completely lost either. Where the first movie explored the horrors of childhood, this one explores the horrors of returning to your hometown and does a pretty good job of it. It's all jump scares and body horror, like the last one, with enough gruesome spectacle that something on screen will disturb pretty much anyone at some point. But it falls short of the previous entry in several key places. First, when kids freeze when they should be running or make bad decisions like splitting the party it's understandable, because they're kids, but when adults do it it's profoundly less believable. Second, there's a lot of contrivance around reliving the past, seemingly just to be able to reference the previous movie. And third, there are multiple places where the movie stops to give pro-gay messages and it really throws off the balance of the pacing and engagement.
Content warning: body horror, gore
Closest comparison: It does to IT (2017) what The Temple of Doom does to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Setting: Sci-Fi Horror
Plot: Horror Sequel
Tone: Mostly Body Horror
This movie has all the zombie tropes, from the rag-tag group holed up in a mall to the zombie hordes mindlessly wandering around or beating down the doors. There are plenty of bone-crunching and flesh-ripping deaths for fans of the genre, delivered with visceral special effects, but nothing can save the dearth of relatable, well-written characters. Zombie movies live and die on the interpersonal drama of the survivors and this movie forgot to make the audience want them to survive at all, with two exceptions that aren't enough to carry the story along.
Content warning: gore (obviously), female nudity
Closest comparison: It's a flashier, shallower remake of the 1978 classic.
This move is just a long shootout, with enough setup to know the characters and what's going on. It keeps you guessing initially about when the fight will start, and for the most part the action is pretty cool. It sticks to a more gritty realism tone than many other movies of this genre, but that only makes the more unbelievable aspects jarring when they come up. And instead of weaving the narrative into a cohesive surprise turn or diatribe against gun running, it basically just ends.
Closest comparison: It's like the shootouts from The Salton Sea without the context of story or a satisfying ending.
Charlie Chaplin is known for his comedy, but this movie throws in a more multi-faceted underlying story to build on. It's not all-out comedy, but instead layers in the laughs to balance the story. Where The Kid (1921) is often too realistic to be funny, here the premise is exotic enough to provide the separation for the audience that is necessary to comedy. It feels more like a stage play than most movies almost 100 years later, but less like a stage play than many of its contemporaries, and is a very good example of Chaplin's work.
Closest comparison: It's like The Kid (1921) but less dour and with better comedy.