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Worse than the Disney additions to the Star Wars universe. At least the new movies pretended to be something new and original.
Favreau's take on The Lion King, however, is an almost complete shot-for-shot remake of the original. Very few changes in the writing have been made. Rather than making us a brand new cake, Favreau strips the frosting off the old cake, lazily applies a new layer, and tries to sell it as a brand new product.
The humor is juvenile, the concept is more-or-less a ripoff of Toy Story, and endearing qualities are difficult to find. This is the kind of movie too-young-to-watch kids and teens love, but their parents can only turn away in disgust.
The Patriot feels like the same movie as Braveheart in many ways, in that they're both abut morally impeccable, loving widowers who fight for freedom and independence in brave, tactically subversive (yet honorable) ways against a ridiculously evil enemy.
It also relies heavily on formulaic plot execution, especially in character death. Every time there's a pause in the story's atmosphere, the movie takes a break to kill a bunch of people to raise the stakes and introduce tragedy.
I feel Kill Bill is where Tarantino is most allowed to be himself.
Tarantino's that one "cool" director that most people like. He's got style, he's got flair, and that's really what Kill Bill is- all the style and flair of a Tarantino film turned up to eleven.
I get the feeling the whole story is a practice in irony, both giving contrary viewpoints about historical elements, without contradicting their character. Jewish American soldiers are depicted as being occasionally brutal and sadistic, but they're still the heroes to root for. German soldiers are depicted as being honorable and patriotic, but are ultimately the enemy that needs to be destroyed. Hans Landa is a trademark Nazi, both brutal and sophisticated, making him both likable in some strained fashion, easy to hate, and serves as both the linchpin of the story and the antagonist the moviegoer wants to see brought down.
IB is driven by good characters and a story that's not terribly nuanced or interesting, but ultimately fun nonetheless.