I can't think of any words to describe it apart from plainly BORRING. I am a DC fan so it doesn't matter that there was a lot of fan service they kept to keep it interesting, it's just draged out action scenes and blatent not clever dialogue for everyone. And what makes it worse is that it was brought about by fans bulling it out of the company. oof, that was rotten.
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Starting with the most important thing about a comedy based movie: this film is endlessly hilarious and even when one joke doesn't work you know there are at least five coming up that will and that when they do work, they REALLY work. This, and the similar ways the premise is used, makes this film very similar to its predecessor but it's not quite as good in a few ways: the characters aren't boring but aren't as fleshed out in some ways, the beginning doesn't set things up badly but it's pretty obvious what will happen and it's a little less funny. Despite this, the movie is still really entertaining through it's fast paced but still mcguffin based plot and really well done performances from everyone involved. On top of this, the movie looks really cool and realistic which adds to the tension it builds, which it does really well especially in the Baboon scene. Although it definitely trys to expand the universe in which it takes place, it definitely could have used some different ideas and a MUCH better villain which is weird because this was my biggest problem with the first one. It builds to a well deserved if not a little long conclusion that left me genuinely happy about the sequel that will hopefully come in a couple of years (with covid you never can tell). What a hilarious fantasy that lives up to the previous' reputation.
Big is obviously a film ment for all ages from it's premise to it's comedy, making it endlessly entertaining and enjoyable. The performances really bring the story to life and make every childlike movement believable to the point where i genuinely got emotional in a story about a little kid in Tom Hanks' body. The story is well paced and has a good series of montages to keep the plot going and advance the character development that the main kid goes for. At no point was i bored or not enjoying myself immensely. The beginning sets up the story well with a genuinely creepy funfair that left you on the edge of your seat, and as soon as the film gets going it's even better, with an actually likeable and believable love interest that they managed to pull off without making it seem creepy that he was dating a grown woman. The story from then on is simple but extremely effective, filled with childlike whimsy and fun. If i had one problem it's that it's a bit too simple but i really think they took the concept to the extent they could have done without making it too jam packed or without taking the emotion away. I also love the ending of this film, that makes use of the simplicity of the story and, at least to me, doesn't feel weird or forced. What a fun premise carried out in a family fun way.
Cars 2 is really weird movie to talk about because on the one hand, i had an okay time watching it and sometimes enjoy it but in reality, if we are thinking about this as a PIXAR film then this film is rubbish. The comedy is obvious, unfunny and repetitive and makes me want to push mator in his stupid face beacause i really can't stand films that use a character's stupidity as a crutch for the story. Lightning McQeen manages to have understandable goals and still be an unlikeable idiot while the rest of the characters find some way to look past Mator's stupidity or are also stupid wich doesn't make sense considering how smart they are supposed to be as super spies. Also, about that superspies thing: Why? I don't know but, weirdly i kind of enjoyed it because of how much it related to the Cars universe (i can't believe i just wrote that i mean what has my life come to) as does the villain who isn't fleshed out in the slightest but has an interesting storyline so… I actually quite like the story and how it goes around the world because this fillm isn't boring in the slightest and you will experience a series of different emotions while watching it: anger, confusion and hilarity. What a strangely entertaining, rubbish movie.
I seriously think that the only reason this movie is considered so mediocre is because it's on the same shelf as the legendary Endgame and Avengers: Assemble because this film deserves a lot more praise. The writing is witty and handles all the characters differently but emotionally and mostly in a clever way, with stand out characters being Tony and Wanda but the real pinnacle of the film being Ultron. Much like the movie, the only reason he is not the best villain in marvel is cos we have so many great ones, because Ultron is a hilarious and threatening, well designed marvelous (see what i did there) mix of Tony, Bruce and Vision who has motives that line up with Iron Man's character leeding to real deep dives into the sea of his phyce. The story is mostly simple, with many well choreographed but somtimes boring fight scenes and lot's of exposition but you have to remember that it's introducing three new characters here AND trying to move development on for the Og's. The movie set's up further Marvel movies, like Civil War, and gives our heroes something internal to recon with while still leaving us asking questions that we know will be answered. I don't watch it was much as any of the others because i don't think it does as much fan service and i don't think it's as funny despite it being just as witty as the others.
I found myself quite surprised, on rewatch, after hating this film as a kid that i had now learned to like it. It's lowkeyness played in it's favour, delivering a time on all accounts that could only be described as pleasant. The comedy is funny - laughout loud hilarious at some points, most characters aren't likable but are charming and interesting to watch which goes along with how nice the set design is. It really feels like a film from the forties and i was again surprised that i liked the costuming for the animals and reminded me of what they did for Into The Woods- for the wolf. The script is continuously enjoyable and relates to every character perfectly. In addition this film feels more of an indie film in it's lack of goals for each animal and lack of concrete story. It's a shame this movie didn't appeal to kids, as everyone i asked when i was younger ALSO said they didn't like it and most of them now do. Then again, this movie feels like it's written for adults, not because of any langauge or violence (i mean god, no) but beacuse it's VERY nostalgic. I'm not fan of the ending in any sense but i think it's fitting considering it's indie tone and what the characters would have done. What a purely pleasant, nostalgic experience.
As one of Netflix's ‘just throw money at it' movies, i thought this film would be prone to some si fi tropes and mostly deliver a slightly above average "sad" film. And… i was kind of right. This film is one in which it's sad-bit after sad-bit and it does become a little exhausting when coupled with the not-so-interesting style of the environments used but mostly kept me captivated because i could tell a twist was coming up. I liked how the twist was hinted at but overall went ‘ohhh' when it happened istead of being properly shocked. I think this was because most of the films 2h run time is spend basically doing nothing and probably would have worked better as an animated and silent short film with only one storyline. There is one scene, where woman on the ship get's cut and she starts bleeding little bubbles that i loved watching and found myself really on the edge of my seet about what was going to happen, this also happened when he first found the girl but not really anytime else. Mostly, the performances are stale and "sad" with almost no personality or wit to any character which really doesn't help when they are trying to build tension and when the writing isn't memorable. I don't remember hearing music in many of the scenes so i think that's another reason why the tension didn't work as well. What a boring, somtimes intriguing basic half si-fi.
The high concepts and creepy style really highlight the characters in this unexpected if not a little mediocre teen half horror/half action. And if you're watching it as a tween/teen looking for a quick scare and some fantasy action then it's really good, with some enticing and fleshed out ideas and characters all brought to life in a cleverly stylised world that makes you forget about how okayish the story is. Whereas in the books the exposition was done through letters and such and seemed more natural, the dullness of the main kid's character makes it blatantly obvious he is only there to ask questions and really serves the purpose of the story. I think the point of stories like this- ones about being special/different but in a kind of horror based way- are supposed to make kids think they are useful (maybe thats the wrong word) any way that they are but the characters in the home we look into more could basically live in the real world without a hitch. For example- the love interest can literally control air and fly so why is she sad about her power again? I found the villain interesting enough and the portrayal of him and I didn't really get bored during the film, more just annoyed they didn't make another one. Because, it's not perfect by any means but it would have been nice to explore these worlds and perhaps more of the more horrible characters? What a quick, mostly enjoyable teen fantasy.
Despite actually quite liking Ben Stilller, i actually didn't like his performance at all but enjoyed everyone elses in this very character driven film. And thank god, it is character driven because not only are the characters funny, well written and historically…. Something but the story isn't that great. It's not because i don't like the concept but more because i don't like what they do with it, especially for a franchise that is three movies long, it seems, in a word: bland. Still, this movie knows how to pace and build tension nearer the end by making a great, if not very guessable, twist villain and villain plan. And it knows how to do a great montage because seriously? The one nearer the start is one of the best and introduces us to the concepts extremely well in a fun, brilliantly scored way. I am not a big fan of his divorced kid or love interest plot line and think it is basically un needed when compared with every other great thing in here. I also don't think it needed to be included because you've already got some emotional stuff in here that you don't really need another thing to worry about and takes away from the enjoyment of characters like Teddy and Sacagawea. This movie also made me dislike Ricky Gervias briefly which is hard to do and i think it's because they took a good comedian and didn't give him a script which works for some people but not for Ricky Gervias in my opinion. What an average funny, family concept film.
Consider this review less of a review and more of a public gush about its uter awesomeness in a way amost everyone and their dog has done before but who cares. The moment i started watching this movie i wanted to start it again and watch it forever because seriously? This film is more of an experience than it is a film when in the cinema because of it's stunning colours, style, textures, speeds and everything inbetween. But not only is this beautiful and adventurous to look at but the story and writing is great as well. Every character in this rich cast has a part to play in defeating the brilliantly designed villains and helping each character reach their carefully planned out goals and the moment they do this it makes me feel good in my soul. On top of this, this movie smushes together comedy and wit to an astonishing extent making every line re playable and analysable. It's also, fast paced and has really well done exposition and has comic relief and the right amount of fan service and great representation and amazing, really well fitting voice actors and i could gush about how close to perfect it is until i die and i probably will. But in my head. For now i will just have to get used to watching it on repeat and wondering why i never get bored. What an artistic but fun revolutionary masterpiece.
It's unpopular opinion time because despite the fact dreamworks totally made this one for money and probably only money, i adore this film in most aspects. The voice acting on all parts make the characters and their audio based gags come to life and the jokes that aren't character made are also well calculated and hilarious, and also translate into the story enough for it to be relevant. The mock-spy premise is well carried out and takes us on a trip through some pretty good locations and moments that may not have hit me in the feels but didn't really intend to. The point is, this movie doesn't take itself at all seriously and is all the better for it because i would have been laughing either way in the ‘emotional bit' of the movie came on so it might as well be laughing with the film instead of laughing at it. The villain especially is great fun and has an understandable motive carried out in an incomprehensible way and has some great jokes and amazing voice acting. Sure though, this movie isn't apsolutley perfect in it's story and someadults will probably get borred on the second watch but this movie kinda isn't made for adults. (quick aside, can we take a second to appreciate the score? It is absolutely steller and i'm really surprised i still recognise it after all this time). What a hilarious, colourfull aside from Dreamworks' usuall product.
I'll just start by addressing the elephant in the room and saying this movie is really astonishing to look at, which doesn't really mean everything is pretty or that everything is creative because the point of this movie is a place where all your nostalgia bate dreams come true. Talking about that, this movie has a surprisingly solid story for one that is based on so many different others, not amazing or amazingly smart even but still good enough to make an enticing mcguffin hunt with okay enough characters in most places. Except the villain that is, no matter how well Ben Mendelsohn plays him his entire motivation is advertising makes money and i will kill entire peoples randomly for money. On top of this, the backstory for the technology and stuff does painfully feel like it was written by someone who thinks gaming is the most important thing in the world making the movie very weird to watch for anyone who doesn't really care about this kind of random pop culture in varing levels of popularity. This would be more okay if the movie didn't take itself as seriously as it does but unfortunately it doesn't make one joke or light comment about how it's weird a bunch of kids are saving something (yes, the stakes aren't really clear either) through the power of kindof nerdy knowledge, seriously though you don't have to be a cool nerd to have seen the shining. What a amazing looking, averagly written bunch of nostalgia bate.
To me at least, it's such a huge shame that this movie turned out so obvious, unfunny and cringeworthy as it is because of how good of a concept it is for a film series, or tv show. And even sadder that i can't even give them credit for the idea's creativity because the idea was made by someone else, and delivered by them (Alan More) in such a more interesting, witty and entertaining way. The script is cringy at best and embarrassing at worst and of course i am legally obligated to mention the ‘i hoped to nail you one more time' Dorian Grey line before i say anymore. Character wise? Oh my god this movie wastes some of LITERALLY the best characters in fiction to make the most obvious dumb incarnations i have ever seen, examples being Jakkles and Hyde being an extremely poorly rendered hulk rip off with some kind of serum he could totally stop taking if he wanted to, and Dorian Grey being so dumb that he chooses to look at his own painting despite his entire twist villianious motivation being ‘i want to liv 4ever bitches'. Not only do they use the ideas and characters that they were so graciously bestowed with badly but they decide to mishandle the action poorly as well. As someone who didn't know who many of these people were going in (cos i was 11) i suppose i was surprised when Dorian was immortal but non of the other millions of twists it insisted on throwing in are at all well done or shocking. The fight and chase scenes are dark (not like metaphorically, in a Zak Snyder way) and they are either too short or too long and don't actually involve much fighting, more just running and not dying with an embarrassing snappy comeback at the end. What a weird, embarrassing clusterfudge.
I really want this film to be good just because of how much i like(d) it but i really can't say it's any better than average while simultaneously being a very UNaverage movie. It's crazy through all the exciting concepts and zany performances so it's clear that everyone had a really good time making it but is it too self indulgent that we don't have a good time watching it? For some people, yes and i can totally see why people genuinely can't stand this film if you didn't grow up with it or grow up with imaginary friends. but as someone who only ticks one of those boxes (i grew up with imaginary friends but never saw this film till i was 12) i still thoroughly enjoy this film and laugh out loud at all the immature gags just because of how great the performances are. The story is pretty bare bones but i think it doesn't need to be much more complicated due to the simple message of the story that is clearly aimed at kids. Something else that is bad if your not a kid is definitely the comedy, it takes the unique direction of being a 12a with jokes relating to sex and swears but they are diliberatly very childish jokes which i think only really works if your into the right type of comedy and the right type of mood. What a rarely deliberate collage of childish comedy.