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While visually impressive and magnificently acted, "The Lighthouse" is something that should be complex yet simple in terms of cinema, but the execution by director Robert Eggers as well as the screenplay feels almost like it's talking down to it's audience and the result is a film that looks impressive, and presents nice ideas, but ultimately goes into a weary and odd state of madness that can be impressive, but is too "sophisticated" for it's own good.
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" is actually a welcome surprise from a studio who's had some franchise issues recently. The film works as a semi-sequel, homage, and reboot of the Robin Williams classic, and successfully makes an entertaining adventure featuring wonderful performances from Karen Gillian, Dwayne Johnson, the scene stealing Jack Black, and Kevin Hart (despite the fact he's playing himself). This film is a fun and exciting Jungle adventure that will give you just the right amount of nostalgia while also creating something new and inviting, even if the writing can be standard at times.
This sequel to the 2017 film and semi-sequel to the 1995 film is very funny, entertaining, and at times heart warming. However like many sequels to surprise hits, this film is not as good as the last one. Welcome to the Jungle was such a breath of fresh air, filled with great performances from our four leads, who return for this film. Hart is given so much more to do and is very entertaining to watch, Black is yet again phenomenal, while Gillan, Jonas, DeVito, and Glover are also amazing. The Rock shines, but he felt much more fleshed out in the previous film, while Akwafina felt underutilized. Altogether the film is a fun adventure that continues the story from the previous film, if not quite as engaging as the previous Jumanji films.
There is so much to process with "Cats" but the biggest question I have is What on Earth were they Thinking? As a fan of musical theatre I've always been familiar with "Cats" but honestly I've never had a desire to view it on stage. It just sounded like an odd experience, people also forget just how odd the idea is anyway, that said I don't know how much this truly connects to the original stage production. Having said that, the choices made in this film are so bizarre. The CGI people/cat hybrid is one of the most horrible decisions I've ever seen, they should have fully animated this or committed to makeup, because WOW it's just so off-putting. The movie is also oddly horny and doesn't really contain a plot structure, it's more like HERES THIS CAT AND HERES THERE SONG, which can work on stage but not in a feature film. This is quite odd because Todd Hooper is a good filmmaker and it just boggles my mind as to why he would make this. Despite all of this, the cast is talented, the music is really well done, and the set design is really impressive, but that doesn't really help the film at all. Despite all of this it's a true marvel of a film and I highly suggest it be viewed!
Though slow at times, and some might not quite understand what the film is trying to accomplish. "Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood" is one part send up, one part reinvented history, one part fairytale, and all Quinten Tarantino. The film has great dialogue, a surprising amount of quiet moments, as well as phenomenal performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, this is definitely one film you don't wanna miss.