Something went very wrong with the editing and intentions of this last… MoreSomething went very wrong with the editing and intentions of this last Hobbit iteration. It's called The Battle of the Five Armies and not even all the supposed armies show up? What the hell are the bats for? Why was the actual army fight so short and underwhelming? 5 seconds of Beorn? More Thorin than Bilbo? And hallucination that makes his madness all better? Very silly Aragorn foreshadowing that comes out of nowhere? Legolas roadtrip to check the bats that doesn't add anything? Super short White Council kicking ass? Even shorter Smaug death that felt very "meh" when it ended? Jesus, either there's an hour of deleted stuff to milk this even further next year or everything derailed here.
It just proves that 3 movies were excessive for this. There's a lot of plodding here and an awkward follow of events that desperately tries to conclude every unnecessary secondary stories that were added on the previous two movies. They actually conclude well, with good dramatic punches and there's a nice running theme through the whole deal that mirrors some of the best aspects of the LOTR trilogy but the fun? The bombastic action we were expecting? It doesn't top any of the big fights in LOTR and that is very problematic for a "Defining Chapter".
A very mediocre conclusion to the first trilogy, despite tying up most… MoreA very mediocre conclusion to the first trilogy, despite tying up most loose ends, the pay off just isn't that great. And intergalactic empire outsmarted by Yorkshire Terrier bears and very poor strategy? Come on... Still, it's mostly fun when it starts at Tatooine and keeps a nice pacing until the end, even if most characters don't evolve much except Vader.
The most fun and best story wise Star Wars, works mostly because of… MoreThe most fun and best story wise Star Wars, works mostly because of having an awesome action sequence at every corner, with cool inventiveness, connecting well with the story at hand. It's also the movie with the best dramatic punches but it doesn't take a genius to figure it out early on. It's still a very basic and straightforward narrative, with pretty poor dialogues but memorable characters, for better and for worse.
The classic that pretty much created the modern blockbuster as we know… MoreThe classic that pretty much created the modern blockbuster as we know it, just isn't a very deep one and suffers from problematic pacing issues and poor character development, despite its great visual flair. Still fun while it lasts but there was a missed opportunity to do something truly amazing here but never came to fruition on later movies.
An improvement over the poor first two entries, Revenge of the Sith is… MoreAn improvement over the poor first two entries, Revenge of the Sith is a darker but surprisingly more fun ride. First of, it starts how every Star Wars movie should start. With a fuckin' awesome aerial fight. Then, it features consistent action ste pieces and a better constructed and simpler story that doesn't get too politicalsilly like the ones before and lastly, it actually has a couple of well pulled emotional punches.
Still, the cringe is still here on all its glory. Tacky dialogue, more awkward romance, even more Hayden Christensen and unnecessary foreshadowing of the older trilogy.
A small improvement over Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones is… MoreA small improvement over Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones is fortunentely a bit more focused on its storytelling, even if it's not a really great story to begin with. Some action set pieces are fun and well realized but there's just way too many cringe moments and silly things to make this barely tolerable. Add an unbearable romance and the worse actor imaginable for a young Vader and the Force is completely gone on Lucas on this one.
This is not the disaster many people claim to be but yeah, it's not… MoreThis is not the disaster many people claim to be but yeah, it's not very good either. The problem mostly relies on the plot which... come on, are you really going to the theatre to watch Star Wars and get very thin political intrigue? Incredibly thin characters? Superfluous racing scenes (which is awesome but adds 0 to the story)? One lame villain that looks awesome, completely wasting its potential by killing it too soon? Having pretty much the future movies spoiled for you? Jar Jar?
Sound design wise, this is as incredible as it gets. Just check all the detail put onto the Pod racer, it's fantastic, showcasing how much of a genius Ben Burt is. There's also some interesting connections to future movies and some nice inventiveness on a visual level, but other than that, it's a complete miss for the franchise.
There's nothing wrong with The Pact but nothing terribly great also.… MoreThere's nothing wrong with The Pact but nothing terribly great also. It's just well made and "exists", needless to say it won't surprise you, thrill you or show you anything new you haven't seen thousands of times before.
Eduardo Sánchez returns to the genre he pretty much created for...… MoreEduardo Sánchez returns to the genre he pretty much created for... this? Why? After the great Lovely Molly, the super fun Altered you created a Sunday afternoon movie you shot in two days with your mates? What the hell?
There's absolutely nothing original in Exists. The characters are all immense clichés, surrounded by even bigger clichés. Worse of all, you get the explanation for why these asswipes are being taunted by Bigfoot early on and that ruins the only positive surprise about the movie.
A simple but supremely effective tale, smartly put together, with a… MoreA simple but supremely effective tale, smartly put together, with a flawless execution, this thriller barely makes a mistake. I just wish it was a bit more inspired on a visual level, it's just too strict and not entirely inventive but that would've probably distract us from the carefully constructed plot. So far, definitely Nolan's best.