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While the film is an adaptation of the book by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 the movie is a almost unrecognizable retelling. While the changes from book to movie would be unnoticeable to anyone unfamiliar with the original story the changes quickly become a distraction for those who have. Unfortunately a lot of changes made either don't work or don't make sense. The one saving grace is the emphasize on the dynamic between Montag and Beatty, while the film creates a more complex relationship between the two that entails a more father to son or brother to brother style relationship combined with a boss to an employee. This differs from the original story where it was more that Montag was Beatty's plaything that he manipulated into taking his life for him. In this story however you can see a lot more clearly the inner conflict of Beatty as a character and the film foreshadows Beatty's death with a scene between the two that has Montag instructed to burn under Beatty's hand while he gives a speech about his experiences as a fireman. The one thing the film and the book have in common in terms of Beatty's character is his use of quotes from books which act as a window into his thoughts. The thing with Beatty is he tortures himself with books vs society, while he has a high role in their society and constantly praises the way the world is and how their society functions as it should he subtly makes jabs at its flaws with the quotes from books. He is aware of history and aware that the world is not as it should be but he still finds himself in a position he worked for and throughout the film conveys his feelings through small messages on tiny sheets of paper. It almost works like a diary but its kind of a lazy way to show the audience how he is feeling without showing the inner conflict. In the film he essentially raises Montag and feeds him the lies of the Ministry his whole life grooming him to be the next fire Captain but he also arrested Montag's father when he was young and lied to him about that too, Montag has flashbacks through the run of the film that are extremely easy to predict which leads to a scene where Montag kills Beatty in the book but the movie instead subverted expectations and had Montag kill a different character who attempted to tackle him. While this was an admirable choice to pick a different route it takes away from both the satisfaction of killing Beatty as well as completely takes a wrecking ball to what the story was building up to in both the movie and book. The movie does make up for this choice later by having the movie end with Beatty killing Montag which worked just as well because of the way the movie built a relationship between them and that is the movies biggest triumph. The only problem with that is there were absolutely no consequences to that ending, that is to say there was no cause and effect to Montag's death it was a cheap way to end the movie in a way the audience is not gonna expect but if your gonna do that then your gonna need to show how that death effected the characters otherwise the death is emotionless. If Beatty took his own life after killing Montag that would show not only consequence but also pay off all they set up with his character and truly convey a message about human behavior and how a society without freedom of speech, lack of individuality and constant surveillance takes a toll on different people. The films other victory is that its shot beautifully and fire effects are fairly good. Now the film had quite a few problems, I almost turned off the movie when Montag and Clarisse kissed, this is not even Clarisse this is a character they made up and called Clarisse. First of all this girl is in her twenty's she's an informer for the firemen (which never gets payed off at all, as far as the audience knows no one finds out she was snitching on her friends who are called eels) the movie fails to explain what being erased actually is or show it in a clear and distinct way, I had a few educated guesses but as a viewer its the movies job to craft a interesting story that is able to explain what is going on. Clarisse is instead of an insightful and intelligent teenager an ex member of the insurgency group referred to as eels. They upload past culture which is illegal into the films version of the internet, the illegal content is called graffiti. This was the movies way of modernizing F451's censorship and while its unexplained why the Ministry can't just delete the content it for the most part works as a concept except that instead of taking a backseat until the end of the book the people who upload and memorize the content are a very prominent part of the film. Unfortunately this takes away from Montag and his transition into a Eel in the movie which is nothing special but the actor who plays Montag (Michael Jordan) does the character some justice and brings a new energy to the role while still capturing Montag's almost childish nature and naivety. Although his romance with Clarisse (which was very uncomfortable to watch after reading the book) was not only one of the movies weakest aspects but weakened his arc by using the relationship as a transition to Montag betraying Beatty. It makes it seem more that he only switched sides because he was falling in love and its one of the first times he feels like he himself has decided he wants something, almost as if he feels individuality through his growing love for Clarisse and not like in the book where he realizes through Clarisse and his almost father daughter relationship that he is not happy. The change in the book to movie is honestly unpleasant to watch because of who the characters were in the book versus how they are in the film, its pretty creepy. The film also gets rid of Montag's wife who was pretty much the prime example of someone who is fully truly brainwashed by the government and its messages. The film attempts to compensate for this with the constant imagery of propaganda, slogans, and giant screens with flashing lights and constant news updates shoved down the throats of its citizens as well as flashing emoji's to subliminally tell the onlookers how to feel about what is being shown. This is an effective way to communicate how the government is controlling the peoples opinions but it is so impersonal especially compared to the book. Whereas Montag's wife Mildred and later her friends were almost like the books way of doing a character study on people who never had to think for themselves or feel anything but happiness the movie shows a different version of the how and not the effect. Once again the film struggles to show cause and effect in an emotional way. We have a few crowds of people booing and cheering for whatever the government says they should, however in the book we see Mildred and her friends demonstrate emotional instability due to their lifestyle, Mildred's friend bursts into tears after hearing a sad poem that Montag reads and reports Montag to the Firemen, Mildred does the same and betrays her husband the supposed love of her life who she can't even remember how she met, The book just does a much better job delivering a message and having stakes, tension, emotion, atmosphere, setting, and for the most part character. The movie doesn't even have the dreaded mechanical hound which added to the fear and hopelessness of defying the firemen and the governments rule while being able to have a monster that hunts Montag and puts the cherry on top to all the fear and caution Montag had throughout the Book until everything burned down and he had to flee. The movies way of adding stakes and tension was a bird that had all of the worlds culture in a part of its DNA code and the movie did this thing where they had a metaphor for a Phoenix rising through the fire and ashes into a new day after Montag died which was incredibly cheesy but conceptually an interesting way to end the film but it fell flat due to the films inability to make the birds escape or involvement feel important or tense in anyway it didn't even come off anti climatic because the film failed to feel like it was building to anything. Overall the film lacked an interesting vision and a budget, its biggest crime was that it made too many changes that failed to do justice to the source materiel and had no climatic build up or emotional payoff.
While not my favorite Scooby Doo mystery or story this movie is full of twists and turns that most people over the age of ten can predict pretty quickly. That being said this is not a kids movie, its supposed to be a kids movie but.....this movie has grotesque dismemberment such as decapitation (even if it is a zombie) people die or are transformed (features are rendered near unrecognizable) it is far from a kids film. I do remember seeing it as a kid but for some reason this one just did not scare me as much as others did. The mystery is actually solvable which is pretty cool and the music really heightens the experience of the film. It is a Scooby Doo film so expect some kiddy comedy moments as well. The movie is a perfect movie and seems to be exactly the movie it was supposed to be its just not my favorite. If you are a Scooby Doo fan its a must watch but for most people its likely a hit or miss.
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What an odd experience, I watched through the first half or so of this film and found some fun in it but ultimately was bored with the film for a while as it began to build tensions in the second act between Rooster and Trumpy. All the characters in this film were very memorable surprisingly even though some parts were dull, I really enjoyed the beginning and being introduced to the setting and characters. Seeing how they got from point A to point B, I also enjoyed the acting quite a bit. I am a huge Outkast fan so seeing Benjamin and Antwon act was a treat and also a surprise. I expected there to be some bumps but they both played their parts extremely well and even though Percy was a standout performance I preferred the slick, smooth Rooster and his arc throughout the story. I was expecting a happy ending for Percy and Angel while having Rooster die at the hands of his wife at the beginning because I heard the Idlewild Outkast album which took some interesting creative directions that don't line up with the movie so listening to that ended up allowing my expectations to be subverted. I was also surprised to hear songs from Outkast's previous double album included for the majority of the films soundtrack and was pleased by how well they fit into the story apart from a few lines that sounded out of place and one or two songs around the end near the twist that felt off but had the right tone. The villain was an interesting foil for Rooster as they shared a father figure in Spats however Trumpy was Spats protégé and Rooster was more a nephew Spats took under his wing. Trumpy ends up killing Spats which sends him and Rooster on an inevitable war path while simultaneously Rooster must deal with his marriage issues that were caused by his lying, drinking, and cheating. In the end an act of kindness saves Roosters life causing him to change his life and find god for the better after he survives Trumpy although it was very easy to figure out what the film was gonna do with Roosters gift he recieves after the act of kindness. The gift along with a car chase leads into the climax and with the help of Percy triumphs over Trumpy at a cost. The film also features a aforementioned incredible car chase that I re watched a few times because the song mix combined with the high stakes chase and somehow compelling action made for the best scene of the film. Then on Percy's side of the story you have a lonely man who just isn't interested in the lifestyle Rooster is he just wants to make music for people to enjoy but is tied down to work at the mortuary by his father. When the character of Angel comes his life is changed forever and by the end he finds his first love and soul mate, he is ultimately rescued by Rooster at the end of the film after he is about to commit suicide and is motivated by Rooster and Angel to travel the world and become a famous musician which he does and it makes for a satisfying ending for both Percy and Rooster and a good conclusion to the film. Its not a wow film, its not exactly a light or fun film and sometimes there is obvious signs that it was filmed in modern day but its an intriguing and enjoyable film for what they were going for. I would say that I can see why many don't enjoy it but I can for what it is and the little nods, surprises, and that great car chase.
A movie that can only be enjoyed and is meant to be enjoyed on the screen of a theater. I saw this movie when it came out and it was instantly one of my favorite super hero films. The stand out for me was Black Manta and his story line for the film but Jason Mamoa is a perfect casting for a modern Aquaman and although he and Amber Heard don't really have any chemistry in the film the villains were great and the direction the movie took with the history of Atlantis and the seven kingdoms as well as the art direction and creativity mixed with the creative fight choreography made this film truly amazing. The full scale underwater war at the end was truly epic and I was overjoyed by the after credits scene and the setting up of the sequel. There were a few things I wish they explained like Mera being the only character to use underwater sorcery. Then there is the borderline hilarious scene where Aquaman takes the trident while wearing a tank top and jeans and comes out of the waterfall wearing the dead guys clothes. Its ridiculous to think he robbed the king of his clothes and also how do they fit him the chances of that have to be pretty slim. Also some of the jokes don't land as well as they should and I wish they explored the character of Orm and his inner conflict more which could have been solved in a flashback with his father during his mothers execution which could have turned him into more of a tragic character. Despite that I had a lot of fun with the movie and while its not as re watchable as other DCEU films like Wonder Woman this is the film that restored my hope for the future of this scattered universe.
While trying to watch the first movie me and my friend accidentally watched the sequel and it was very disappointing. After seeing the first film this movie just takes the formula of the first and fails with it. Almost every element just doesn't work for the film. In this one they swapped part of Mila Kunis's arc in the first movie where she meets the "hot single dad" with the Trashy Mom but she meets a male stripper and they end up in a relationship. This joke just didn't work for me it was painfully unfunny and I don't want to watch it again. Then they do the mom stereotypes with their parents. In this movie they basically replace the rich mom from the first film who is a perfectionist with Mila Kunis's mom who is the same way and is trying to have a traditional and perfect Christmas with comically over the top decorations and caroling contests and boring play. Some of it is funny and got a chuckle from me but mostly she is just annoying and evil for the duration of the movie. Then they do the films over the top stereotype of the helicopter parent and deadbeat mom with the character of Kiki and Trashy mom respectively. Kiki's mom is the funniest thing the movie had to offer while the Trashy Moms mom was a fair addition. The film wraps up the characters with all the moms finally driving their daughters to their breaking point and ending up in church together before mending fences with their children in a cliche and Disneyesque way that would have been better if it ended with a subversion of the audiences expectations that causes lasting damage to their relationships. Either way the film was boring, predictable, and not really funny.