Ballerina (2016)

Ballerina Movie Review

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Ballerina Movie Review

Ballerina is a 2016 animated musical film. It is a solid, but deeply flawed and ultimately quite disappointing film.

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I will take you to this dance school

and you will become the greatest dancer ever!

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Ballerina Movie Review

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A poor orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and eventually achieves her dream and beats the other girl and dances in front of the crowd. Very clichéd stuff and actually this is one of the most clichéd animated films in recent memory. And also the most predictable as I knew everything that would happen in each and every one of its plot points. This story is well told, but in an overly familiar manner and thus ruining the potential to become truly meaningful and touching.

The characters are also pretty typical. Felicie is such an annoying protagonist and I just did not care for her. Odette is much better and much more likable. Victor I disliked at first, but he grew on me later on. His sidekick friend can be pretty funny here. Of course Camille is typical and especially her mother is awfully clichéd as this over-the-top villain.

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The voice acting is one of the worst things about Ballerina, quite mediocre. I guess some are fine here such as Dane DeHaan, but others such as Elle Fanning are very weak, uninspired and just the voices themselves were overly modern. The entire movie suffers from being too hip where it should have been more traditional to go in line with its time period.

Ballerina is definitely very well animated and its animation is certainly the best aspect here. I liked the characters, but the interiors and especially the nature and the city were all gorgeously animated. The dance movements are also fine and of course I loved those aerial scenes. The film does look really great.

I also liked its score. It is too modern, but still pretty solid. It does sound and look good, but I just wish that the dialogue wasn’t as uninspired and as simplistic as it turned out to be. Some of the lines spoken here were awfully corny. But the humor is actually pretty solid as the second half has its funny moments.

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This is a Canadian-French co-production and, just like ‘The Little Prince’ from the year prior, it was done in English with their voice talent. I disliked that so much here as the film revolves around Paris and thus French would have suited it much better and the film would have been infinitely better had it been in French. But besides from that, it is a solid film. I gave it a hard time for its immense clichés and somewhat typical characters, but still some of those characters are very likable and the film is very entertaining and it definitely won me over near the end. It could be quite charming when it wanted to be and some scenes are just very beautiful, not to mention gorgeously animated. Had the script been better, it easily could have been great, but this way, it ended up being just solid.

Ballerina has some likable characters, but others are overly typical. The plot is beyond clichéd and predictable, but the film is entertaining and charming to watch. The voice acting is pretty mediocre, but the score is good and the animation is frequently gorgeous. In the end, it is a film that is perfectly solid, but just never as good as it could have been.

My Rating – 3

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Tanna (2016)

Tanna Review

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Tanna Movie Review

Tanna is a 2016 Australian-Vanuatu film that was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is plotwise typical, yet otherwise a very authentic film.

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It is set in the island of Tanna in Vanuatu and it follows a couple who decided to marry for love, but that is not the law of the tribe. It is a real life story as it really happened and that certainly made it more interesting and real. This story is basically a retelling of Romeo and Juliet and sometimes it was quite obvious in its plot points and I wished that it didn’t follow that formula this close, but this still happened in real life and the setting and the characters are so interesting that they helped elevate an otherwise standard material.

Yes, the film is interesting for actually being shot on location and featuring real tribe people and not professional actors. That certainly led to a lot of realism of the film. Although sometimes it was obvious that these weren’t actors, most of the time they did a pretty good, even commendable job for amateurs. The characters are typical, but the actors themselves are beautiful and likable and they definitely carry the movie on their shoulders. Some scenes between them were quite romantic and wonderful.

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I loved its setting. Tanna is the name of the movie as it revolves in that island in its entirety and I loved it. The scenery was gorgeous and it was so much fun and very educating watching and following regular activities of the lives of this tribe. That made the film almost like a documentary of sorts.

Of course the highlights are its imagery and its score. The score is so good that it might be one of the year’s best, so fitting in style with its scenery and so memorable and effective. The natural landscapes were put to great use here with the highlights being the use of water and in particular the volcano which lent to the movie’s almost lyrical quality.

Tanna is surely formulaic in its storytelling and to me that is its only real weakness. Yes, the characters aren’t that memorable either, but they serve the story well and are likable, but because the film was so predictable from beginning to end, it certainly robbed it from achieving greater engagement from me personally. Plus the pacing is sometimes problematic.

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But in terms of the visuals and realism, it succeeds in spades. I loved its authenticity and rarely do you see movies like this with nations and tribes like this one. I loved that originality and even groundbreaking importance of it which is why I deem the film to be a success overall. It definitely deserved its Academy Award nomination and it was so great that a film like this was honored in that way.

Tanna is definitely predictable and formulaic in its storytelling as it is basically a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but the film is still a success as it deals with people we rarely see on film and having in mind that it was filmed on set brought a lot of realism and authenticity to the picture. I loved its score which was excellent, the film is wonderful at times and its imagery is at times quite artistic and memorable.

My Rating – 4

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Cameraperson (2016)

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Cameraperson Movie Review

Cameraperson is a 2016 documentary film directed by Kirsten Johnson. It is an interesting, albeit flawedly executed experiment.

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I hope you bring your kids and they see

where their mom was and what she was doing

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Cameraperson Review

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Basically the movie consists of various conversations and scenery that the director had been filming for many years. She has visited a lot of different countries, met a variety of people and traditions and this is an account of all that.
That ambition certainly makes Cameraperson an admirable, truly special experiment. Rarely have I seen a documentary of this magnitude. I loved the epic feel of the movie and I liked that it was diverse both in time period and in setting.
To me the most interesting scenes were with just the shots of some interesting imagery and that observational aspect to it is quite strong. I also liked that it mostly dealt with women and their troubles and thus it achieved some sort of thematic connection between all the different segments.
However, it isn’t as thematically connected as I wished it to have been. And yes, that is the problem of the editing. I don’t know why the editing here is so lauded among the festival crowd when it is problematic to me. Certainly the segments are sweet and short and mostly quite engaging which I did not expect, but they weren’t well connected both in imagery and thematically. Sometimes it just jumped to totally different, unrelated scene and that was troublesome.

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Cameraperson is well shot owing to Kirsten Johnson being a great cinematographer, but I disliked the use of shake camera from time to time as it felt amateurish. The film is quite interesting and rarely slow and it can even be fascinating at times. I liked its emotional approach and some interviews were so heartwarming leading to an overall pleasing film.
Cameraperson isn’s thematically connected particularly well and some segments are more interesting than the others. However, as far as experiments go, this one is certainly admirable in its ambition, wonderful in its emotion and pleasantly diverse in time and place with more than a couple of beautiful scenes.

My Rating – 4

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Silence (2016)

Silence Movie Review

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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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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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The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

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The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

The Edge of Seventeen is a 2016 teen dramedy directed by Kelly Fremon Craig and starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson. It is one of the year’s better films.

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“I am an old soul.

I like old music and old movies and even old people.

Bottom line is that I have nothing in common with the people

out there and they have nothing in common with me”.

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I really liked this movie despite its obvious shortcomings in terms of storytelling. The script is actually very well written, but some parts of it were too typical and obvious such as everything surrounding the protagonist’s brother for instance. But I liked that it was mostly sophisticated with many great scenes of which the highlights were the calmer scenes with the protagonist as well as the happy ending which is just beautiful in its subtle approach and execution.

The character development is surprisingly great. I loved Mr. Bruner, but I would have liked to have seen more scenes from him. Darian is not my favorite and the mother was also clichéd, but Krista is fine and of course Erwin Kim is such an interesting, different boyfriend than usual. I loved that he was Korean and that his profession is animation.

But naturally the highlight is Nadine who is the main and most fascinating character of the bunch. Now, teenage angst is a familiar subject matter by now. But what differentiates her from the others is her more reserved nature. And watching her have trouble connecting with other people and especially in huge parties made me connect with her as she is so similar to the teenage version of myself. That is why the movie was relatable and all the more powerful to me.

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The acting is top-notch. All of the actors and actresses did a really good job, but Woody Harrelson is as likable as ever and he gave one of the year’s better supporting performances. Hailee Steinfeld is so good! It was so great watching her six years after ‘True Grit’ and realizing that she is still great and even better than before which is a rarity for child actors. Her performance here is so great and believable that it is one of the year’s best female performances for sure. So underrated.

I would have gone with less of that typical friend dating a brother thing, but all of the other subplots worked great with the highlight being the exploration of her character and her problems. The way she overcame them was emotionally rewarding to follow and that is why the ending is moving. The script is deft here and the direction is surprisingly strong for a newcomer.

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The editing is also terrific as it is such a well paced and always very involving flick. The Edge of Seventeen also features excellent dialogue with some of the lines being clever and some being immensely relatable. Some of the things she said seemed to come right out of my mouth when I was that age. I also really liked its humor which was surprisingly pretty dark and edgy for a teen movie. And of course the movie is very emotional at times, but never overly sentimental which I hugely appreciated. Yes, it could have been more original in some spots, but it is so well made and so relatable and dramatic that it is one of the better teen films that I’ve seen, from any age. It is also one of the best that 2016 had to offer as a whole.

The Edge of Seventeen could have been more original in some plot points which felt obvious, but other than that, this film is one of the better teen flicks that I’ve seen. The dialogue is strong, the acting is terrific with Hailee Steinfeld being so great and the ending is wonderfully subtle and emotionally rewarding. The character development is fantastic and the main character was so well realized and some of the things she said were very similar to what I would have said at that age. That is why the film was relatable and all the more powerful to me personally.

My Rating – 4.5

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Swiss Army Man (2016)

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Swiss Army Man Movie Review

Swiss Army Man is a 2016 comedy drama film starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano. It is an original and sometimes moving, but mostly ridiculous movie.

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You can’t just say anything that comes into your head,

that’s bad talking.

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It is about a man who, just as he is attempting suicide, sees a corpse wash shore and developed a friendship with it as it is half-alive and possesses a couple of interesting powers. Now the originality here is undeniable. However, there are two kinds of original works. One is admirable and groundbreaking whereas the other is bad or silly. This one falls in the latter category. It is just such a silly premise that you can’t take it seriously and some of its plot points were just too ridiculous to excuse.

Swiss Army Man has its strengths on the other hand. One is the emotion. Most of it is unearned and because the plot is silly, it doesn’t quite get through. But some of it felt genuinely moving and sweet. I liked the relationship between the two characters, it was a nice friendship. Another good aspect in this movie is its score. I just loved this score as it is uplifting, inspired and sometimes even magical. It thoroughly managed to lift some of the scenes to much greater heights because of it.

Daniel Radcliffe continues his quest into weird and odd territory with this movie and he is solid in it, but again probably a waste of his talents. Paul Dano is much better utilized and he was actually rather likable here where he is usually unlikable to me.

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The direction is okay, but the editing is not and the film felt too slow and not enough happened in it to justify its somewhat long running time. It is too simplistic and the ending, although fun, is probably more ridiculous than the rest of the movie which really says something. Some of the imagery was memorable, but most of it was too hippie and silly. As for its humor, it is horrible. It basically consists of farts and talks about bodily fluids which is why the dialogue is also terrible. Those two destroyed what could have been a much more interesting and better movie.

Swiss Army Man is a ridiculous movie. Some of it was sweet and moving, the performances are good and the score is actually very good, but the film is original in its plot but in a negative way as it was overly silly and sometimes even stupid and the juvenile humor and dialogue hurt it the most in the long run.

My Rating – 3

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