Rian Johnson's script teases you with just enough information to keep you theorising throughout, whilst still surprising you at the end. Wonderfully clever and delightfully performed, 'Knives Out' is a whodunit done right.
I would go as far as to say 'Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse' is the most visually stunning film I have ever seen; with a truly unique and revolutionary comic-book-esque animation style, every frame is poster worthy. Amazingly, its achievements lie not only in the aesthetic department - with another standout feature for me being the the soundtrack. 'What's Up Danger' couldn't have been a more fitting superhero theme to match its urban hip-hop context, and other tracks such as Daniel Pemberton's 'The Prowler' will surely give you goose bumps. With the musical department, I could go on and on and on.
Thankfully, this film doesn't suffer from the ailment of previous Spidey films, either. We're introduced to an intricate web of wacky characters (looking at you, Peter Porker) without the plot being over muddled.
Well done and congratulations to everyone involved in this clever modern classic that exploits the medium of animation to a new potential and shows us just how much more there is to discover in this realm of filmmaking.
After watching this film, I couldn't help but be surprised at the positive response it has seemed to receive from critics and fans alike. It's a strange one to review because, had it been approached as a standalone project, I think it would've worked relatively well. As a successor to its preceeding - and pretty much perfect - trilogy... not quite as much - and not only because it covers much of the same ground as 'Toy Story 2', only not as well.
Along with the whole mood, which felt far less organic, a lot of the toys' characters seemed 'off'. With almost with completely different personalities, it was as though the whole gang (and the creators of the film) had forgotten everything they'd been through together prior to the events of this one. The bodacious Buzz and willful Woody we've grown to love seem now more subdued and melancholy: God knows that's what life can do to humans, but it didn't feel right for it to happen to them. On the whole, 'Toy Story 4' left me feeling less moved and more just... confused.
Things weren't all bad, though. Naturally, as a Pixar film, the animation is stunning; at times, almost life-like. It's fascinating to see how much they've come on since the original film, and how different the characters look today (hint - they've changed physically as much as they have mentally). Randy Newman, as usual, provides a beautiful score and, as much as I have roasted it, the plot is quite nice - if at times a bit samey. There's also an abundance of sweet, sentimental moments - and laughs, largely owing to new characters 'Forky' and the dynamic duo of 'Ducky' and 'Bunny'. Really, this wasn't a bad film; it's not its fault it failed to live up to the huge standards set by the three that came before it.
This film is a truly fresh take on numerous societal and personal issues, which exploits cinema's ability to provoke thought and to educate, whilst still entertaining, moving, and gripping to the highest degree. In my opinion, this is a perfect film - and what I suspect will be one of director Bong Joon-Ho's many timeless masterpieces.
'Parasite' deserved all the critical acclaim I am overjoyed that it received.
I don't think I've seen a more cliché, stereotype and 'coincidence' packed film than this - but hey, it's a wholesome watch, and was largely enjoyable regardless. Nicely shot, pleasantly acted, and with some exciting fight scenes, this will be the flick many 'Transformers' fans have waited decades for.