In many ways this is the absolute best film of 2013. shot and… MoreIn many ways this is the absolute best film of 2013. shot and designed beautifully, with wonderful acting and one of the best scripts, potentially, ever written. the dialogue and humor and raw emotion of the film is at perfect levels from beginning to end, and the love story is truly epic. the story plays out like a progressive, post-modern, hedonistic parable. the moral is something like "do whatever makes you feel good and don't let other people judge you." the film seems to miss that some judgments are sober and right, as some things that make us feel good are morally wrong and destructive. the film presents a hedonistic outlook that is ultimately untenable. however, the film turns at just the right moments to reveal how truly broken hedonism can be. it plays out like a scathing criticism of the way humanity is inverting in on itself with the aid of technology, and shows us that there is no substitute for human interaction. in the end, the film is remarkable even if flawed and incomplete. i left it feeling inspired to be better to those i love, and full of hope for real romanticism and wonder in the world. i'm glad i can look at something so broken and still marvel at what i see.
i really liked this film a lot. there was a sequence at the end which… Morei really liked this film a lot. there was a sequence at the end which sort of lost itself in cliches and poor sentimentality, but most of the film was unique and very funny. the characters are great and the story was quickly paced and engaging.
the acting is over the top good, really the shinning light of the… Morethe acting is over the top good, really the shinning light of the film. however, the film portrays the world of excess through excess, not by judging such a world but simply laying it out in objective format. sometimes this is the right move, maybe even most of the time, but in this case i felt that the lack of judgment drained the film of potential power and left it feeling nearly as empty as the world it portrayed. the humor was great and the film was entertaining, but this is longest film of scorsese's career with little reason to justify it. many of scorsese's films left me wanting more, this one seemed not to use it's time well enough, especially in the climactic scenes where the drawn out story suddenly seems to skip steps and come to a speedy halt.
i liked this film a lot. it's good to see that we got a really good… Morei liked this film a lot. it's good to see that we got a really good animated film in a year where pixar isn't in the mix. the story was a bit all over the place and copied almost too closely from many other well known films, but the characters were fun and the humor was witty. the climax was perfectly heartfelt. i might have enjoyed a bit more exploration of actual various lego environments, but it's hard to remember loving such an imperfect film so much.
only could a movie this fun hide its massive flaws so well. we all… Moreonly could a movie this fun hide its massive flaws so well. we all knew this would be escapism, with giant robots fighting giant monsters and no other justification needed to love the movie if the scenes were exciting and well executed. because of this we all expected that things like acting, dialogue, and character development would take a huge back seat, which held true (all of these areas were severely lacking). even though it was riddled with these flaws, it was still the absolute best version of what i was hoping for, a big budget fight fest in the spirit of the old "B" monster movies. because of that i would proclaim it one of the years best films. so odd that only this genre can be so bad and still be so good. i hold it off from a full 5 stars because even thought i expected flaws, the end was even too cliche for this kind of film, and the beginning missed on some really intriguing concepts by way of story development. having said that, this is a fantastic escapist treat.
a shinning light in the midst of a down year for cinema for me, which… Morea shinning light in the midst of a down year for cinema for me, which makes the snub of oscar recognition stand out all the more. the film is incredibly ambiguous, almost an exercise in open ended plot and character development. the music is really good but actually centers in realism rather than being inspired, it is almost underwhelming despite its quality. great performances and wonderful writing round out another amazing coen bros. film.
the film is grossly entertaining, i watched it with my sons and we… Morethe film is grossly entertaining, i watched it with my sons and we really enjoyed the viewing experience. but this is all the film has going for it. the story is not pieced together with any creativity, the effects are terrible, and it was not quite as realized as it could have been. a fun but very poorly made film.
12 years a slave is everything it promised to be. it would have taken… More12 years a slave is everything it promised to be. it would have taken a much longer running time to have any improvement, that is, in terms of adding layers of depth or letting the length of northup's captivity sink in any more. for the time provided, which is all that was needed, the film hits nearly every note perfectly. for the first time this seems more of a slavery movie more for a thinking person than an emotional one, although it hits an emotional cord at the end of the film as well. the acting was brilliant, and the visuals were as perfect as one might expect from mcqueen's direction. a monumental film.
a rare and very interesting look at the movie making process with one… Morea rare and very interesting look at the movie making process with one of the greatest directors of all time. the film lets you in a bit to the process of the actors, editing, script writing, and even bergmans thoughts and habits leading into the premiers of his films. the great payoff is the final scene where bergman and sjoman have a casual and candid conversation about anxiety and the role of critics in the film process. overall very revealing.
the reviews of this film have been starkly divided, and i can't… Morethe reviews of this film have been starkly divided, and i can't understand for the life of me why that is. this film is wonderful. it's engaging, entertaining, hopeful, and moving. i usually hate overly optimistic films, going in for the more atmospheric, cynical, violent types, but that's only because optimistic films are usually retread and silly. this was not. i loved this film, its performances and locations and humor. a great film.