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This is a novel film about the subconscious. It starts slowly but finds ways to bring out the suspense and mystery. Bergman and Peck have undeniable chemistry. My favourite scene is a stunning piece of cinematography: Peck's drinking of milk, seen from the perspective of the drinker. This is the only Miklos Rozsa collaboration with Hitchcock, which is a shame because no one does epic quite like Rozsa. If you like the music, you should listen to the piano concerto based on Spellbound.
The magic of the original is missing. This sequel paid less attention to detail on the fight sequences. This film was thinner on character development, and lacked the sense that Po was growing as a fighter and as a person (panda). Zimmer failed to bring fresh, compelling material to this sequel's score. The peacock was not a terrible villain, but I did not appreciate the appearance of the soothsayer.
The film comes to life with the performance of Leslie Howard in a rare comedic role. The fast-paced dialogue and witty remarks make the film entertaining throughout. Particularly good scenes include Eric Blore's whistling like a bird, and the furious argument between Bette Davis and Leslie Howard.
The concept of the film is one of the most original I have seen. The use of the Internet as a tool for research, social media, and for conferencing with family accurately reflects the lens through which many people have viewed the world in the past two decades. John Cho appears too angry at times and the inspector too calm, but acting can be forgiven in a movie that largely eschews traditional methods. The film's ability to direct our attention to parts of the computer screen is impressive. The movie appropriately speaks about the danger of the Internet and its ability to isolate members of a family from each other.
The cinematography of the film was on point, most notably in the footprint scene. But the tone of the film was off-putting, with a curious score that only seemed to be suitable in the stressful scene where the boy was nearly caught. I did not identify with any character, and particularly disliked Bale's. The film stagnated greatly once he went to Suzhou, where he seemed to have a bizarrely happy life. The film tried to fill the audience with the sense of wonder, but it just left me confused.