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I had some reservations with IT: Chapter One but ended up enjoying it, IT: Chapter 2 is all the reservations I had with Chapter One merged into one overly long, disappointing film. The entire film is one beat, one of the characters revisits their past, something scary approaches them and it turns out to be pennywise. Pennywise is a freaky character but the novelty wears off the second time around and it's a lot less scary with time. Everything just feels a bit ridiculous and misjudged, the direction is pretty good but the film is so unnecessarily long it starts to feel repetitive. The themes aren't explored nearly as effectivly as they were in Chapter One, leaving the films emotional impact pretty soft. It's cringe, not very scary, way too long and rather unsatisfying.
Terrible, ridiculous, non-progressive, awfully written, badly directed, implausible and completely hilarious.
More creepy than scary with a some thinly explored themes, but it's a mostly fun, throwback kind of movie that entertains. The story in itself of a troubled teen who thinks her mother leaving is all her fault is a bit simple but the idea of the book writing stories which come to life was really interesting and worked well. It's more a bunch of happenings mashed together with some existential chat merged in but the stories are done well and the monsters are well conceived. A pretty decent horror of sorts.
It can be a bit silly and nonsensical but crawl is a mostly fun, tense and undemanding watch. A lot of the themes and foreshadowing are on nose but it can be forgiven, given the genre it falls into. You don't go into these creature features expecting brilliant scripting and bracing originality, you go to watch these films to watch people battle giant alligators and it defiantly delivers on that front. Haley and her dad must have bones made from titanium because they seem ridiculously agile for the injuries they sustain. To the films credit it manages to stay pretty tense and exciting throughout, the novelty of the gators attacking does wear off slightly but the short run time means crawl never overstays its welcome. It's not the most poignant piece of film making but it's a nice injection of adrenaline fuelled cinema.
Fantastic vintage Quentin Tarantino yet also boldly put together Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is up there with the directors best works. Pitt and DiCaprio have undeniable chemistry and both put in different but similarly brilliant performances. Tarantino builds their characters very well as he allows us to drive around, visit sets and their homes which gives us a real insight into the lives of two juxtaposing characters in the late 60s film business helping us understand their high highs and low lows. The old westerns along with their posters and adverts are impeccably put together and give you a real sense of nostalgia no matter what age you are. The fact that i'm 20 years old born in the very late 90s and tarantinos recreation of old 60s westerns feel really authentic to me despite not having seen any is a real testiment to the directos commitment and understanding of the industry which i feel most of his films also show, he's a man that just love films and the process of making them. The representation of female characters is cause for concern, Margot Robbie doesn't get too much of a look in as Sharon Tate and the other female characters don't have much if any development and depth but that's a different issue compared to the films quality. There is a sense of sheer joy letting this film sweep you up and plop you down in this era of Hollywood and I was content just being with all these characters for just short of 3 hours. The ending is a spectacular, vintage QT gore-fest that benefits from its over the top nature and leads the film towards an amiable, crowd-pleasing finish. Loved it.