MNS returns with another undesirable movie. "Old" stars Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Thomasin McKenzie, Abbey Lee, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Ken Leung, Eliza Scanlen and Aaron Pierre. This horror/thriller tells the story of three different families who all get stuck on a beach, have no way to leave, and are aging fast at a dangerous rate. While the concept is new, and new horror ideas are always welcomed, the execution was lacking at best. When watching the movie you realize quite fast that MNS wrote himself into a box by having them stuck on a beach there's very little things that you can make the characters do in this setting. This box also leads to lots of plot holes, some more obvious than not, but some things that can't be overlooked. The movie is also filled with large amounts of exposition of characters explaining what's happening and why. Which, is useful on one hand but on the other it's unrealistic for them to make all these assumptions and it starts raising questions how these characters even know this. One thing I can credit MNS for is his creativity in finding new ways to effect the characters with the aging. Even some of the camera work is engaging and interesting, but not entirely because some shots are straight up ugly. The script is also another weak point, its boring, predictable and laughable at some points. Mix that with some odd performances from some actors, and it ends up being this creating these moments in the film that are meant to be taken seriously, but they end up coming off as foolish. I'm feeling a 3 (1.5/5) on this one. "Mid Sized Sedan for 2022 best artist grammy"
Emily Blunt stars as Evelyn Abbott. In this horror/thriller the Abbott family (Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Emily Blunt) must continue to try to survive in a world where if you make any noise you get hunted by aliens. The Abbott family now has new challenges too as they have a noisy newborn baby, and recently just lost their father (John Krasinski). While this movie definitely doesn't hold up to the original you can still see a lot of care and effort put into the film by writer and director John Krasinski. The camera work is still engaging and interesting. The sound design keeps the tension continuously building. However, with the absence of the symbolic farm and Krasinski the film loses the magic. This film also becomes weaker when you realize that the plot is driven by characters doing stupid things or coincidences. We are also given nothing new in this film besides a single character and some incidents that would feel more in place in "The Walking Dead." The film also slips up by creating three different storylines to follow, which was disappointing, because I found the beginning of the movie quite engaging and entertaining when the family is surviving together and not separately. I just cant help but see a lot more potential in this sequel than what we were given. I am feeling a 60% (3/5), although I am happy for Krasinski for his successful franchise and positive reception on the two films. "The film falls short of presenting new ideas in a creative way."
Tobey Maguire stars as David. In this comedy/drama, Pleasantville, David and Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon) try to help people in the town of Pleasantville discover their passions, interests and better versions of themselves, which turns them from black and white to color. However, when Big Bob (J.T Walsh) the mayor of Pleasantville, views these changes as a threat to Pleasantville he places bans on "colored" people and on people expressing themselves. Therefore, David and Jennifer must show the non-colored people that it's healthy and important to express themselves, and that it doesn't affect the town in a negative way.
The performance standouts were Jeff Daniels, who played Bill Johnson, a soda shop owner, as he portrayed being fascinated by the idea of not having a routine to follow everyday, very well. His performance helps with the worldbuilding of this universe, which shows the viewer how, almost depressing, this world is, because these people don't know about how to live their best lives. It helps humanize these people that you think are just extras in a TV show. Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon play as brother and sister, their characters get flushed out properly, and each go through their own arc which is portrayed well by both actors. The character development that David and Jennifer have helps make you relate more to them, and it works so well because of their performance.
The soundtrack to Pleasantville adds a lot to the storytelling. In most of the scenes with the black and white characters, old 50s music is accompanied by the scene. In contrast, when there are scenes with the "colored" people there is more upbeat, jazzy music in the background of the scene. It subtly reminds the viewer the current state of the characters in the scene, and while it's significance is small it is very effective with the storytelling of the film. In some scenes, there are "colored" people interacting with an edited black and white setting, which was mostly done well, but sometimes it wasn't done properly and was distracting from the scene.
This movie is so genius because of its use of symbolism. The movie symbolizes so many heavy topics like Adam and Eve, racism and The Nazi Invasion, to name a few, in such a seemingless harmless movie. This movie seems like such a fun comedy on the outside, which it still is, but because of its hidden layers it can leave viewers thinking about it for days, like me. Due to its good pace, comedic moments, wonderful storytelling and message this film should be an enjoyable watch for all audiences. However, if you don't understand the hidden meanings of the movie, it's understandable that some could dislike the film.
In conclusion, this film's positives greatly outweigh the negative. This film reminds viewers not to always watch movies at face value, which is important. Also, with great performances, symbolism, editing, storytelling and worldbuilding there is too much of this movie to like. Pleasantville gets a (4.5/5). If you are looking for an enjoyable film to watch with your family, you shouldn't look any further than here.
"The Invisible Man" is a horror thriller movie that was written and directed by Leigh Whannel. The Invisible Man follows the story of a crazed scientist (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) who fakes his own suicide and then terrorizes his ex-girlfriend (Elizabeth Moss). Overall this is a good horror movie. There is some amazing camera work and a chilling score to follow the main character. The movie also succeeds in building suspense and not relying entirely on jumpscares. Whats disappointing about this movie is that the last 30-40mins the movie becomes unconsistent with its logic and storytelling, and ruined my slightly overall look on the movie. In conclusion, this is a great horror movie that builds suspense very well, and Moss does a fantastic job as the lead, just try and turn your brain off for the end. (3.75/5) "The ending needs to stop suffocating me"
1917 is an intense, wonderfully shot war movie that was written and directed by Sam Mendes. The movie is about two soldiers (Dean-Charles Chapman) and (George Mackay) must go deep behind enemy lines to deliver a message to save 1,600 soldiers. 1917 is an excellently shot film where the director tries to make the entire movie look like it was all in one take with no cuts. This was pulled off exceptionally well. The movie also does a great job at showing how deary war can be and it shows in this film. The settings of this film where also phenomenal and felt so perfect. My complaints for the film would be that there wasn't much connection to George Mackays character and I felt I knew nothing about him. The film is great! I definitely recommend it! (4.25/5) "The continuous shot thing is really good, like really good."