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I May Destroy You
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.This film tries extremely hard to be a powerful female driven statement on rising up when knocked down, that it fails because it neglects to emphasize the randomly inserted scenes of our heroine as a youngster getting knocked down and rising up and only makes you realize that this is one of the themes when a montage of all these scenes are put together at the end of the film. Until then, its a comic book film that delivers sparse action and an extremely weak villain played by Jude Law. How can you care about the lead when the entire film is of the lead searching for who she is. Wonder Woman knew who she was, and we felt it, often. Her passion for love, life and the preservation of it at any cost. Captain marvel wants nothing more than to find out who she is. That is boring. Captain Marvel is a predictable clichï¿ 1/2 (C) that offers NOTHING in the way of female empowerment, and offers nothing new to the Marvel Universe. So, she is a human who got her powers from a light speed engine that blew up and she absorbed its energy? This is suppose to help defeat Thanos? HMM. Unless she was special in the way Star Lord is and we just don't know it yet. A very disappointing effort from Marvel. Almost as bad as Doctor Strange.
Though the dirt is dirty, and as one reviewer said, makes you feel like taking a shower, THE DIRT is literally a continuation of how the bands morals have not changed. They started as a Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll and their biopic only goes to show you the sex, drugs, rock and roll and nothing more. There is no moral learning curve, there is no high grand the band can stand on saying we learned something through all this, because the show stops when the epiphany of their past hits and we don't get to see the change. So, its basically a visual of all the stories we, or rather those of us who remember them. Its just a visual sex, drugs rock and roll montage and nothing more. There is NO heart infused into this story at all.
There are 2 large problems with this film.1 - The cinematography is to dark and you cant see anything, especially with the shaking hand held aspect which never works in action films. 2) The whole premise, IGNITE A MATCH and START A FIRE is the catch phrase repeated throughout the film. Chicago is ground zero for the film, Aliens have taken over our world to rape us of our natural resources (genius idea right) and a select few will be taken with the Aliens when they leave earth. The entire film is set up in the first 5 minutes with a scrolling story, which is fine, its sorta how Pacific Rim was set up with the voiceover narration. However, as I mentioned above, the premise of the film is to LIGHT THE MATCH to IGNITE the fire, meaning lets have one big rebellion that works, to show the world we can fight back. That is what the film builds to for its entirety. THE PROBLEM - We never get to see the Match IGNITE. It ends with us having to imagine it. I mean, In Independence Day, which this is basically a rip off of, we get to see the ship get brought down, then we get to see snippets of the rest of the world doing the same thing. Imagine if we never saw any of that in ID4? That is what you get in this film. The build up to a conclusion, and then the film doesn't even have enough respect for the audience to let them see it. That is why this film ultimately fails.
What worked here are the performances by all involved. The fear is palpable and some of the characters make smart choices, while others make cliché moves that end up getting them bumped from the film. However, there are 2 parts of this film that drag it down, first and foremost Bullocks characters is uncaring, so we don't care, she never changes and the moves she makes are the required moves for the movie and not organic to the story. The whole naming the children boy and girl is as ridiculous as it sounds and literally removes any drama from a decision she must make later in the film, and when she names them at the end, there is no emotional connection for us to care. This aspect sucks the life from the film. The 2nd part that slows it down, the house during the first few months I am gathering, it is slow, and nothing happens worth keeping us there for the first 3/4 of the film. It takes to long to get away from it and therefore we lose some interest.
Still, the film is fun, and there is enough intrigue and suspense to keep you watching and if not for a film that was way better, A Quiet Place -this film might have had different reviews and standing.