Free Guy may have been just a bit overrated. It certainly had plenty of laugh out loud moments, and more than enough technical competence, but the movie is ultimately let down by a plot hole too many, and just a bit too much of a need to suspend disbelief. Though the premise of the plot is quite interesting and appealing, it seems that the creators of this film were at times trying too hard, or not hard enough.
Fun, but nothing to write home about.
Moonrise kingdom was sweet, quirky, and from the heart. There were quite a few shots that were simply beautiful, a bright and unique color scheme, and a set design that could only be from a Wes Anderson movie. The acting was superb, and the two leads certainly impressed. With more than a few laugh out loud moments and almost mock seriousness at times, it is a movie worth seeing.
Cold War is a beautiful piece of art. It's gorgeous black and white visuals, combined with its loose and skillful cinematography make it a work of visual excellence. At the same time a stunning soundtrack (alongside amazing choreography) makes it a joy to hear. Though its story is a little sparse on detail (something I like to call the curse of the indies), it is, for the most part, salvaged by superb acting and chemistry, conveying much of the tales meaning and message.
The Baader Mienhof Complex was certainly a compelling movie. The directorship was great, creating a richly detailed work with excellent atmosphere. The characters were superbly built up and human, portrayed in a grand manner by an outstanding cast. The action sequences, though not the focus of the movie, were great, quick, sweet, and a little bloody. My one critique might be that (especially at the beginning) the pacing went a bit too fast, the plot accelerating from 0-60 in no time at all, though this was mostly rectified by the end.
An interesting and brilliantly authentic work.
The Green Sea was a movie with much good, and quite a bit of bad. The atmosphere was outstanding, with a clear sense of tension and immanent doom at all times. The acting was also superb and skilled. The beginning though was a bit too confusing, and the ending was a little unsatisfactory, and left a few questions too many unanswered.
Certainly an interesting and unique work.
Fantastic Mr. Fox makes for a superb movie enjoyable by all ages. The stop-motion animation on the movie was amazing, and the movie looked absolutely gorgeous. The plot was both funny and sweet, though a couple of the jokes were used a time too many, and it wasn't entirely faithful to the source material (albeit it captured the spirit of dahls work well). The voice acting was also excellent.
Inglorious Bastards has once again proven why Quentin Tarantino is a legend. The classic Tarantino chronology didn't fail to disappoint, and the cinematography and directorship was superb. The acting was excellent, and the story fully engrossing. I was at the edge of my seat (both literally and figuratively) for the last 20 to 30 minutes or so. 99/100
Ghost world had its good moments, and its ehh moments. The plot certainly had times when it was deeply engaging and funny, but at times it could also get plain and uninteresting. Thora Birch's portrayal of Enid was similar, her acting could be great at times, and downright mediocre at others. Ultimately, I'm not entirely sure what to think of the movie.
Black Widow is certainly one of the better Marvel movies of recent times. With heartwarmingly comical family dynamics. Superb action sequences, and excellent acting (Florence Pugh's skill came as a pleasant surprise). In the end, Black Widow is fun and entertaining, and an excellent superhero movie.
Well that was amazing. Firstly, the dialogue was superb, and the acting, a masterclass. Secondly, the directorial aspect of it showcased why Tarantino is a legend, and the non-linear plot was immensely innovative for its time. And as a movie, it managed to keep me in rapt attention the whole time, while keeping a light heart in even the most serious of scenes.
A classic for a reason.
Just a quick disclaimer to begin with, I am a big fan of Dark(and Bo Odar), though I will try to make this review as impartial as possible. To start with, the cinematography was excellent, and Odar's unique style will be familiar to anyone who has watched the Netflix series Dark. Sound was also used in a superb way to create tension and enhance the overall atmosphere. The actors were all excellent, conveying as much meaning with their faces as with their words. As for the plot it was a bit of a mixed bag, the plot was certainly built upon an interesting premise, and by no means bad, but it felt like it was secondary in focus to the look and feel of the movie causing it to fall into the cliche at times.
A superb movie. It was certainly one of the best shot movies out there, at least of those I have seen. Adding to its visual splendor were the richly detailed and realistic sets. And an oft overlooked detail here, but the movie sounded great too. The one downside I can point to is that despite an excellent and well paced plot, I felt the movie's end lacked sufficient oomph and finality.
Off to see more of Haneke's works.
Wow, that was quite a movie. I'm not sure what to say so I'll give a quick rundown. The cinematography is awesome, so is the acting. The storytelling on the other hand, can be a little difficult to follow, though its not so bad as to ruin the movie, and in a way gels with the chaos of the characters lives.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a great movie. The way that humor is balanced with uncomfortable realities is superb, few movies can go from laughing out loud to cringing so smoothly. And yes, one must acknowledge that the movie is not incredibly loyal to the fact of what happened, and that the living members of the seven were not consulted, from what I've seen the movie does it's best to stay loyal to the spirit of the events, and for a movie, that's good enough.
It is a pretty amazing movie all round. The dynamics between David and Niki, David and Jess, and David and the boys, were all well developed and amazing to watch . The cinematography was quite unconventional (in the best sense of the word), from the often almost square aspect ratio to the frequent use of very wide or fairly narrow shots. The soundscape was especially good, instead of using music, a mixture of repeating everyday sounds (doors slamming, engines starting etc.) was used for the soundtrack, it sounded awesome, and the tension of it permeated every moment it was there.
Was it a masterpiece? No. Did it stun with its originality? No. But was it perfectly fine and enjoyable? Yes. It won't keep you up rehashing the plot, and you won't be amazed by it's beauty (except the driving, the stunt team did an incredible job there), but in the end it's a fun movie. And sometimes, that's just what you need.
It was simply a great movie, I was worried that it might be little more than just another revenge tale, but I can assure anyone with the same qualms that it is much more than that, the story is great. As for the more technical side of things, it really impressed, the camerawork and directing was above average, the backdrop looked great, and the acting was also excellent, especially Mads Mikkelsen and Andrea Gadeberg (Markus and Mathilde respectively).
A quick explanation, I'm a bit of a fan of the original, maybe if I wasn't I would like it more... The problem is I feel like the movie just messed up so much of Alan Moore's work. Important scenes were removed or simply mashed together. The character's and their relationships to each other were entirely changed. And the ending felt like it took the grandeur of the original and made a farce of it. But maybe I'm being a little too harsh, it wasn't exactly terrible, just make sure to read the graphic novel first.
It was great, great plot (it keeps you guessing), great directing, and great acting (except Daniel Craigs southern accent, that was horrific). There's really only one point to make, people keep comparing it to the works of Agatha Christie, and maybe it's just me, but the plot and characters have a suspicious amount of similarities to Crooked House (read it and you'll see).