Get Out (2017)

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Get Out Movie Review

Get Out is a 2017 horror film directed by Jordan Peele and starring Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams. It is a very good, albeit far from great movie.

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“Man, I told you not to go in that house”

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It follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman’s parents. Yes, the script is strong and very smart. It for once explores a different kind of racism, the one of jealousy. Whether the protagonist was subjected for his penis size or strength, all of those were certainly incredibly racist remarks and highly uncomfortable and cringy moments. The film is very contemporary in its subject, yet very old-fashioned and timeless in its approach which pleasantly reminded me of psychological thrillers from the forties with its uncomfortable moments, stares and conversations.

But Get Out is still just very good and never great owing to its problematic third act. The first two acts are excellent for sure, but the third one featured a highly unnecessary turn to supernatural horror elements and an excessive amount of  regular gore. A once clever and subtle movie turned into unsubtle and typical bloodbath. And the explanation for the family’s behavior did not satisfy me at all.

And maybe I have watched way too many movies by now, but I totally got the twist with his girlfriend from the very beginning which rendered it frustrating. And if I may nitpick, I really disliked how in the beginning we see Andre getting abducted and yet I would never know that it was him hadn’t I read it afterwards. A very disappointing treatment for a potentially superb plot point.

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But the performances are excellent. Daniel Kaluuya is very good as an upcoming actor and Allison Williams surprised me with her creepy performance in a role quite unlike Marnie. The character development is solid for a horror film, but I found Rod to be a typical black friend stereotype who is just there to be a comic relief. Sometimes he was admittedly funny, but mostly he was overused. And to me Get Out is not a comedy at all. Just because it has a couple of funny lines does not classify it as a comedy.

What I liked about this film is its attention to detail and its extremely well done and creepy atmosphere. It felt menacing and dangerous. It was always cringe-worthy and awkward. And all of those family members were well utilized and each of the conversations was clever and memorable owing to a combination of great dialogue and script. It has some thriller and comedic elements, but I would mostly call it a horror film and a very good one for sure. It deserved all the attention that it received.

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The pacing is also fantastic as the film is deftly edited and never rushed. It is also well filmed and a couple of its moments were quite creepy so it succeeds as a horror film definitely. But Jordan Peele has to be the best thing about this movie. He was overhyped, but deservedly so as his direction here is remarkable and one of the best directorial debuts recently. He deserves every gig that he gets after this. And even though I think it is a bit overrated, Get Out is still a remarkable horror flick stupendously well done.

Its third act is inferior as an otherwise subtle and clever movie suddenly became typical and unsubtle bloodbath at that point plus I got the twist from the beginning, but Get Out is still a very good horror film and a remarkable directorial debut from Jordan Peele. The performances are good, the script and dialogue are clever and the film is both contemporary and traditional owing to its mix of relevant subject matter and old-fashioned, creepy scares. It is not as fantastic as everyone says it is, but it’s a respectable film nonetheless.

My Rating – 4

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 superhero film which is the fifteenth entry in the MCU. It is a pretty good, but inherently problematic flick.

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“He may have been your father, Quill,

but he wasn’t your daddy”

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First, the story. What I liked about it is that it is very engaging and the entire film is immensely entertaining and a lot of fun. It also found good use of each of its characters which is a great accomplishment as its set of characters is so large. Each one of them got their proper due and their moments to shine and to me they were very well incorporated into the overall storyline which was impressive. And of course I loved its setting. I will talk more about the plot’s deficiencies later on.

Star-Lord isn’t as funny as he should have been and that was definitely a problem. He is good as Peter Quill here but totally fails as Star-Lord. But the theme of fatherhood is really well explored here and I loved his relationship with both of his fathers. The fact that he lost both of his fathers here is commendable and very dark, albeit predictable. So he is very good here as a dramatic character, but just not good as a comedic one.

Gamora is as boring as ever and their relationship lacked spark. But I loved her relationship with Nebula who is excellent here and such a tragic character. Drax the Destroyer is the opposite from these two as an entirely comedic character. Sometimes the film relied too much on his jokes, but he was mostly really funny and enjoyable.

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Yes, Baby Groot is adorable. I have to be honest. The film again relied too heavily on his cuteness, but again his scenes with Rocket were so funny. Speaking of Rocket, he is a bit too mean here, but still memorable and fun to me personally. I just loved Mantis! She is just such a sweetheart and I hope that she joins the Guardians team as was hinted here.

So let’s talk about Ego. I disliked him in the end. He had potential, but he basically became a clichéd superhero power-hungry villain in the end. And that is one of my major problems with Guardians 2. I thought that the twist with him being evil was so obvious and the entire storyline was very predictable from start to finish. I liked that he led to good development and emotional scenes for Peter Quill, but Ego himself is so typical and ultimately boring. Some of his lines were as subtle as an earthquake.

And my second and bigger problem is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s sentimentality. It is overly sentimental to the point of being pathetic. Okay, it is great that all characters got their moments, but those moments were extended and became scenes and that was not right. Everyone was crying, everyone has a hard life and a set of problems and each one of them got their extremely emotional sequence. This is the reason why the film is so unsubtle and the big reason why the first Guardians was so much better.

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But the actors all did a really good job with Kurt Russell being admittedly very good in a weak role. The dialogue is weak, but the performances are good. The film is long, but is so fun that it never overstays its welcome. And I loved the special effects here as they were gorgeous and that entire Ego’s planet felt alive and it was very well explored and simply fascinating. The designs are beautiful here. The score is interesting and I guess I know why they chose calmer and more country oriented songs to fit the more dramatic mood, but I would have liked to have heard more fun songs regardless. The humor is pretty good, albeit not as good as it was in the original.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is overly sentimental – frequently even unbearably so – and extremely predictable, but still a lot of fun and it never overstays its welcome. The special effects are gorgeous and that entire planet felt alive and was fascinating to watch, the performances are quite good, the humor is solid and each character got their moment to shine.

My Rating – 4

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 Marvel superhero film directed by the Russo Brothers and starring Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. It is one of Marvel’s better films.

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Before we get started,

Does anyone want to get out?

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I liked its story quite a bit. It is an action film definitely, but it still has a solid plot which was great to see. Everyone talks about it being similar to 1970s political thrillers, but to me it is more like a spy film and a really good one at that. Its mystery is strong and some scenes are quite unforgettable, but more on that later.

Let’s talk about the characters. Cap is quite good here and this is possibly his best use yet. Black Widow is as cocky as ever, but still pretty solid and this might be her best movie as well. The two are great together with an excellent dynamic. Bucky Barnes is an underutilized character. I get that he is important, but to me he was just never as well developed as he should have been and thus I just could never get into Cap’s obsession with him. But he is a cool villain here, that’s for sure.

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Falcon is likable, but he is such a stupid superhero and I continue to think that he is thoroughly useless in the MCU as a whole. Maria Hill is quite likable and I liked her relationship with Cap. Brock is good in action scenes with a great fighting style and Nick Fury has some great moments here, but I still despise how they did not kill him for real. That was cheap and it ruined the movie for me. They unfortunately just keep doing that in this franchise and it is quickly getting on my nerves.

The acting is very good with all of its actors delivering strong performances. And of course the direction by the Russo Brothers is quite capable and they truly cracked this trilogy really well and it is a shame that they didn’t direct Captain America: The First Avenger’ too as it would have thus been much better.

The action is where this movie shines. Captain America: The Winter Soldier definitely has overwhelming action, but at least it is done right. Truly most of the action scenes here were amazing, so well choreographed and so incredibly entertaining. The highlights are attack on Fury which is both funny and dangerous, Cap’s fight with Bucky but the first one as the second one is lacking and of course the entire Hydra bunker sequence is just phenomenal with a great mysterious quality to it.

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But even though it has an abundance of absolutely great, truly unforgettable scenes, the entire third act was so disappointing that it diminished the effect of the whole movie quite a bit. The action there was much weaker and the overall act was too bombastic and like a typical, annoying blockbuster with those frustrating explosions and high equipment which I dislike personally. The movie definitely ended well and I liked its post-credits scene, but I just wish that the action in the third act wasn’t that overwhelming and typical and to me the entire movie was overblown and way too long for this story. At least 15 minutes should have been cut from it and it would have been much better that way. But this is still a very satisfactory blockbuster experience and one of Marvel’s better, if not the best offerings.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel’s better films with a third act that is certainly disappointing and done in typical blockbuster vein, but the rest of the film features pretty solid storytelling with good mystery and spy elements to it, a very good use of its characters and some of the best and most memorable action sequences in recent memory.

My Rating – 4

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Silence (2016)

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Silence Movie Review

Silence is a 2016 historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson. It is such a good, truly sophisticated film.

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I pray but I am lost?

Am I just praying to silence?

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Silence Movie Review

It is set in 17th century and follows two Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story did sound intriguing to me and the film ended up being a fascinating experience. I loved its historical authenticity and especially that it tells a little known story and it acquaints you with it wonderfully leading to such a great historical piece and a superb history lesson.

The highlight of the film is its dialogue which is so strong, clever and sophisticated. The entire second half and especially the third act were just riveting to watch with those endless discussions about religion, morality and God. To me the movie is so great mostly because of Martin Scorsese as his direction is very good and he is the man most responsible for this whole story and its unbiased portrayal.

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I am talking about the film’s realistic and down to earth portrayal of both Christianity and the Japanese. It showcases how the Japanese are horrible for the torture and murders they inflicted to the Portuguese and their own converted Christians, but it also shows us how they respect their religion and their culture. It is a very difficult situation and you lose something whatever you choose. The same goes for the Christians. The fathers’ faith was admirable here, but their quest was overly problematic morally speaking and a bit too aggressive. But how they portrayed martyrdom in a non-romanticized manner is what made the movie feel different and much more honest and real than any other religious offerings. It truly is a clever and mature religious film that provokes thought-provoking conversations with its unbiased and honest look at both sides.

I liked the characters and the performances are excellent across the board. But Andrew Garfield is the true standout here. He gave such a strong, emotional and admirable performance and it is just unbelievable what a strong year he had in 2016 as both Silence and ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ proved to be two of his best roles.

Silence has one big problem that in my opinion prevents it from becoming a true future classic. That is of course its running time. Clocking in at more than two and a half hours, the movie definitely felt overlong and it did not need this huge length to tell this story and that results in pretty bad, sluggish pacing at times with the second act in particular being frequently boring and uneventful.

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But it is a technically polished film. It is both superbly directed and acted, but also beautifully shot with some awesome scenery at display here. It utilizes on its religious imagery really well with some memorable shots, but it also features unforgettable natural scenery and the Japanese setting is very well portrayed and strong in detail. The score is forgettable, but both its script and dialogue are top-notch. In the end, Silence truly fascinated me and made me ask questions and I liked that it didn’t give any answers and just provoked questions as you can’t really answer the problems and morality of this situation in any meaningful manner. All you can do is portray it honestly which is exactly what the director did here.

Silence is a fascinating film that provoked some big questions out of me in the best way possible. Its sluggish pacing at times and overlong running time prevented it from reaching even higher heights, but the acting is strong across the board, the cinematography is superb and the film’s script and especially dialogue are phenomenal. Scorsese portrayed this difficult situation in the best, most honest and unbiased way possible with thought-provoking conversations and such a rarely sophisticated, complex take on religion.

My Rating – 4.5

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Movie Review

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and starring Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. It is such a fun movie.

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You made me swallow my gum!

That’s going to be in my digestive tract for seven years!

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I love this movie. I now watched it again after five or so years and it really holds up. It is actually one of the most entertaining movies that I have ever seen, there is no doubt about it. Everything about it is fun and I was constantly having a great time. I know the story isn’t the greatest here, but it is a regular video game story and it works that way. I thought that it treated all of its character so well and that it was not only fun, but also moving and genuinely charming.

Where the movie shines is in its characters. The character development is excellent here and each character is highly memorable. Yes, there is no bad or forgettable character here which is a huge accomplishment having in mind its high set of them. Scott himself is really good and a typical, yet well done Michael Cera persona. He gave a pretty good performance here. Ramona is also really good and the two are great together. She is cool from start to finish.

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Wallace as his gay best friend is surprisingly funny and I really liked their friendship. Knives is very sweet and the band members all got their moments. As for the evil exes, they are so well incorporated and I loved how well developed they are, yet so over-the-top and clear in their personalities and attributes. Very video game like. Patel was fine, but Lucas Lee is excellent and so funny and Todd Ingram is actually hilarious with his vegan powers. Roxy is terrific as well and I loved the inclusion of a lesbian character. This movie is surprisingly diverse both in race and sexuality. I expected much more from the Katayanagi twins, but Gideon is an excellent main villain and his scenes are all great.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World succeeds as a comedy because of excellent dialogue and strong delivery by its actors. I laughed out loud quite a lot to be honest and some lines are so funny and so well used within the context of the scenes. But it succeeds as an action flick just as much, if not more. The action scenes here are spectacular and the kind of action I love most. Every fight is so well choreographed and wonderfully over-the-top that I enjoyed them immensely. The highlight was the fight with Roxy and of course Gideon.

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As for its visual style, it is so great. It reminded of action/fighting video games instantly and I loved the use of sounds and exclamation points. The gadgets are also superb and I loved the use of 1-UP as well as the swords in the final fight. So well done and certainly like a video game and sometimes even a comic-book. This movie is sometimes too crazy and predictable, but I’ve had a blast watching it and it is one of the most shamefully underappreciated films of this decade.

I love Scott Pilgrim vs. the World so much. It is one of the most entertaining films I’ve ever seen. Its video game visual style is amazing and so well done, the fights are all a lot of fun and so well executed and the characters are diverse in race and sexuality and so well developed and each one is very memorable. The humor is also terrific and it made me laugh quite a lot. It truly is one of the most underrated movies of the decade.

My Rating – 4.5

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Iron Man 3 (2013)

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Iron Man 3 Movie Review

Iron Man 3 is a 2013 Marvel superhero film directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. It is one of their most underrated movies.

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My armor was never a distraction or a hobby, it was a cocoon,

and now I’m a changed man.

You can take away my house, all my tricks and toys,

but one thing you can’t take away – I am Iron Man

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The plot itself isn’t the greatest, albeit it has its great scenes. I found the third act to be over-the-top and bombastic in a typical blockbuster fashion, but other than that, the film was mostly restrained from action and actually quite engaging. I liked its humor as usual and I especially liked the interactions between the characters.

Tony Stark is probably the best he’s ever been in this movie because not only is he funny and Robert Downey Jr. is as charismatic as usual, but here he also has a human side to him, he is vulnerable and watching him struggle with the events that happened in ‘The Avengers’ was the standout aspect of the entire film, very moving and serious.

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I loved Pepper Potts, here she is very likable and the two probably have the best and most memorable scenes in this movie. Watching the two together was so much fun. Aldrich Killian is a typical, boring and such forgettable villain that he isn’t even worth talking about more. Maya Hansen is solid, but ultimately forgettable. Harley is such a likable kid and I loved the scenes between him and Tony and I have to say that I really liked what they did with Mandarin. Most fans were angry, but to me it was much more interesting to have this twist that he is just an actor and not a bad guy, very clever and refreshing.

The performances are as good as usual and the direction from Shane Black is surprisingly good. I say surprisingly because I disliked his other movies. I found the film’s humor to be quite good, but I also admired its more serious and dark and emotionally devastating tone which was new for the MCU.

Iron Man 3 is very well made and shot. The dialogue is as brisk and fun as usual. The special effects are quite good and some of the imagery and locations are memorable and very well used. I really liked some of the action, but to me some action sequences were overloud and typical. It also had too much action in some scenes, especially in the second half as the first half is surprisingly restrained for a superhero flick.

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The villains are possibly the major problem that prevented me from enjoying this movie more. They are all bland and extremely forgettable. The same goes for some of the action as stated above. But other than that, I really liked the characters here, all very well used, and I have to say that I found the overall film to be a memorable, pretty involving and mostly very satisfying entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I do get why most people dislike it, but to me it comes right in the middle in this trilogy. It is of course inferior to the first ‘Iron Man‘, but it is miles above the quality of mediocre ‘Iron Man 2’ and it is overall one of the better, if not the best Marvel movies to date.

With very good imagery and special effects, an interesting story and an excellent twist, terrific acting, strong characterization and so well utilized characters, Iron Man 3 has absolutely mediocre villains and some of its action was dull and overlong, but it is mostly very satisfying and quite underrated and is the most human and probably the most tonally serious Marvel movie yet and it is a worthy third entry in this trilogy.

My Rating – 4

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Fences (2016)

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Fences Movie Review

Fences is a 2016 drama film directed by and starring Denzel Washington with Viola Davis being the other lead. It is such a great, deservedly acclaimed movie that is one of the year’s best.

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Some people build fences to keep people out,

and other people build fences to keep people in

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So obviously the film feels like a stage as it is based on a play. However, even though sometimes it definitely felt overly static, I really liked its stage feel for the most part. That is because I was always a big fan of family dramas that feel real, relevant and relatable and even though it is certainly not up to par with Hollywood’s best dramas such as this one from the fifties, it still feels as if it came during the fifties and I loved that. The film flows really well and to me it was always very involving to watch and filled with so many powerful scenes.

I loved its characters. So realistic and well developed. Troy is a highly unlikable, awful person, but there are people like him in this world and I especially loved the portrayal of such a domineering, manipulative figure as there has always been a lot of fathers like this. That is why the film should prove relatable to a lot of people who’ve had similar daddy issues.

Rose is also great and unlike him quite likable. Both of Troy’s sons are memorable, but Cory’s troublesome relationship with his father is the highlight. Gabe is such a tragic figure, Bono is so sympathetic and of course Raynell is such a wonderful, cute girl. I really liked all of the characters here as all of them are well developed and they felt real.

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Of course the major highlight of Fences is most definitely the acting which is magnificent. All of the supporting actors did a good job in their roles, but of course Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are the standouts. I thought that Denzel’s performance wasn’t the year’s best, but it was certainly very good. In a difficult role, he definitely delivered and was both charismatic and unlikable. As for Viola, she is of course amazing. She delivered the finest performance of the year in my opinion, female or not. She was outstanding, just brilliant and watching her emotional speeches was such a special experience as both her words, her emotion and her facial expressions felt real. But she was also terrific in calmer and more dignified moments. She delivered in a hugely demanding role and once again showcased her evident immense talent.

Fences is definitely not cinematic enough, the editing is never polished and only the ending felt like a movie scene to me. But I like these kinds of films so I’ve never had a problem with it. The dialogue is stellar and it was so powerful hearing so many sophisticated, yet realistic lines spoken by people that felt real. This is a real family drama that has been absent from Hollywood for a long time which is why I fully embraced it.

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The themes are great. It definitely deals with too many issues, but it makes use of most of them stupendously. The dominant, redneck and manipulative father is so well portrayed here, his relationship with his wife is excellent and his adultery was presented in a melodramatic, yet satisfying manner. His relationship with his son is superbly realized here and of course I really liked both the time period here and that the film showcased very subtly and cleverly what it felt like to be a black person during this period. But it was never a black movie, but a real drama that just happens to have black people in it. And because it has so many great scenes in it, it is much better than ‘Moonlight’ which only has one truly powerful scene. Here the ending is absolutely amazing and so emotionally rewarding, Troy’s speech to his son is of course memorable and the argument between the spouses is definitely tough to watch and heartbreaking. The movie is very moving and ultimately one of the best Oscar nominated films of the year.

With such a great script, many well explored issues, so many unforgettable emotional sequences, stellar dialogue and a magnificent, truly brilliant performance from Viola Davis, Fences definitely needed to be more cinematic, but I mostly really liked its dialogue-heavy, stage approach as it gave us many great discussions. It is above all such an emotionally rewarding and realistic family drama that delivers in almost every aspect and is certainly one of the year’s best films.

My Rating – 4.5

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Hidden Figures (2016)

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Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures is a 2016 biopic starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. It is a clichéd film in every way.

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Here at NASA we all pee the same color

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This is one of those movies that are so predictable not only in the actual execution, but also in the expected rating and quality. I knew I was going to give it a 3.5 and I ended up giving it that exact rating in the end. It is that kind of middling movie that is so familiar and such a shameless crowd pleaser, but still well acted, imporant and competently made. It is basically the ‘Bridge of Spies’ of 2016.
The three characters themselves are never properly developed, though the actresses playing them are certainly immensely likable in their roles. Octavia Spencer was nominated basically just for being a popular actress and everyone is talking about Janelle Monae and her role is also very slight and not the best. I do not understand that, but clearly Taraji P. Henson gave the best performance and her role was the biggest and best established. She should have been nominated.
This is obviously an important story. These three African American female mathematicians were hugely influential in NASA and it is certainly admirable that we finally see their stories. But although you have that importance factor and it is a charming, certainly extremely likable film, it is predictable from beginning to end and that hurt it a lot.
Hidden Figures is well acted, directed and shot. It is okay in its execution, although not the best. The script is solid and the movie can also be quite funny at times while constantly being likable in its characters. But the dialogue is so on the nose and lacking any subtlety whatsoever that it actually annoyed me hearing some of the more ridiculous lines spoken.

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I liked the glimpses into their personal lives and the issues were mostly well emphasized. But I would have liked to have seen more of the space stuff as I am a big fan of astronomy myself. But here we mostly only get boring mathematics and some of those scenes were done in the most obnoxious, arrogant manner possible which unpleasantly reminded me of ‘The Martian’.

But overall it is a solid film and although long, it is quite engaging and harmless. It did not deserve to be nominated for Best Picture at all in a very strong year and it is certainly the weakest nominee after the mediocre ‘Hell or High Water’.
Hidden Figures is an expectedly solid and clichéd film. It is very well acted with Taraji P. Henson actually being the highlight, the characters are very likable and this is definitely an important story, but it is told in the most predictable manner possible with not enough astronomy in it, overly annoying science scenes and a total lack of subtlety filled with many ridiculous lines.

My Rating – 3.5

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Life, Animated (2016)

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Life, Animated Movie Review

Life, Animated is a 2016 documentary film directed by Roger Ross Williams. It is one of the year’s best movies.
It is about an autistic man who learned to communicate with the outside world through his love of Disney animated films. I am a huge Disney animation fan, I have been their fan for seven years now and I am going to remain a fan for the rest of my life. Those movies mean so much to me that I naturally loved Life, Animated. It showcased hot strong and beautiful Disney films are and how they can even help people overcome their fears and problems.

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“When I now look in the mirror, I see a proud autistic man.”

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That aspect to the film is so good. Not only do they emphasize the importance of animation and especially Disney in such a wonderful way, but they also showcase it beautifully throughout a series of well edited and used clips from these movies. I especially loved the emphasis on ‘The Little Mermaid’ as it is one of my favorites and a film that holds a strong emotional grip with the viewer.
But I respected the film for not fully be blinded by Disney and that was important. It certainly isn’t a one-sided endeavor. While it shows its strengths, it also shows us how those movies can be harmful for autistic people and that is also applicable to children everywhere. That issue is explored in Owen’s conversation with his brother where he states afterwards how Disney teaches you absolutely nothing about real relationships and sex. That was brutally honest, but important to state.
But let’s talk about the other aspect of the film. It may be called Life, Animated, but it is at its core a film about autism and to me an essential one. I knew little about this condition before, but that all changed after seeing this movie and now I am fully aware of this whole issue.

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That is what documentaries are supposed to do – teach us about its subject and explore it thoroughly and this film did just that. I not only now know a lot about autism, but I see how underrated a condition it is. And Owen as the film’s center is just so wonderful and such a kind soul that I cared about him and rooted for him throuhout the whole flick.
I love the Suskind family and their story is so strong. He overcame autism in such an admirable and interesting way that it fascinated me. It states that animation is suitable for learning emotion and communication skills owing to its exaggerated facial expressions and voices. That certainly makes sense and the film explored it wonderfully.
The issue of growing up, the fears of it and the importance of taking your own responsibilities felt strong to me as I am right now at such a crossroads myself. That is why, although I am not an autistic person, I still found the movie immensely relatable and emotionally powerful.

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However, Life, Animated isn’t perfect. I would have liked to have seen animated segments of his condition and those scenes could have visually helped us see how he feels. Those original animated segments about Owen and his stories are definitely fantastic, but I wanted more nonetheless. And I have to say that the third act of the film is, apart from its ending, much weaker than the rest of the picture and it seems too real-time and less documentary-like. But still, this remains one of the best films of the years and certainly its finest documentary.
Owing to its emotional power, relatability in its theme of growing up and taking responsibilities for your life and such a wonderful person at the center of it, Life, Animated is simply a wonderful movie. The original animated segments are beautiful and the film showcases the strengths, but also the problems of Disney animated films in a great way. But it is above all a very thoughtful and factual examination of autism leading to 2016’s finest documentary and certainly one of the year’s best and most emotional films.

My Rating – 4.5

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Paterson (2016)

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Paterson Movie Review

Paterson is a 2016 drama film directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Adam Driver. It is a sometimes wonderful, yet ultimately slight movie.

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She’s okay about it.

She understands me really well.

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It follows a bus driver who is an aspiring poet and his wife who dreams of becoming a country singer and opening a cupcake business. Yes, that is the plot here and I myself found it to be overly realistic in the sense that you watch real life unfold in front of you too much that it becomes slow and sometimes quite dull.
There is literally nothing cinematic about this movie. And although that realism is admirable in a way, it ultimately hurt the movie and especially its pacing.

The characters are also too boring. The supporting characters are better and more colorful, but Laura was honestly very annoying and sometimes I wanted to punch her in the face. As for the titular protagonist, he should have never been the focus of the entire movie as he can’t carry it whatsoever. The man is inert, too good and just too passive and boring which are not the qualities of a man you would want to follow for two hours.
Golshifteh Farahani did a good job in her frustrating role and Adam Driver, though sometimes problematic, was mostly really good as is expected from his character. I just wish that he got more to do with.
This is the only movie from Jim Jarmusch I have seen so far so I cannot say anything about the quality of his other work, but here he did a good job and he had good vision but he ultimately made too many wrong choices in the script and characterization.

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I know it sounds that I disliked the film, but I actually really liked it in some scenes. It is a solid film which definitely has its highlights. The scene with the little girl is excellent and wonderful and all of the dog scenes were amusing. I also really liked a couple of scenes on the bus as they perfectly showcaced what’s it like to be a bus driver and how many different conversations they overhear during the day. But there are also a lot of unnecessary and weak scenes such as all of those bar scenes and Laura got too many scenes for herself in my opinion. That is why I found the film to be just solid. The two hour format also hurt it immensely.
Paterson is certainly well acted and it has a couple of wonderful scenes including the very interesting bus sequences and the girl poet scene which is heartwarming, but it also has too many scenes which are unnecessary and dull, the film is overly realistic and thus too slow and the titular protagonist is too boring and passive for your main character.

My Rating – 3.5

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