Monday, 10 December 2018

Movie review: A Star Is Born (2018)



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A Star Is Born (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


I have mixed feelings on this movie.

Both entertaining and boring.
It's good, but not great as I've been expecting :))

Coherent and consistent storyline at first glance.
Quite a lot of drama, although rather superficial.
No twists and turns.
Overall, the story drags too many times because it actually is linear, predictable and a bit boring.

Must note that I expected better songs (you can check the soundtrack for yourself!) - only The Shallow really sticks in my mind :)

Lasts too long. 90 minutes would have been enough for the story it tells.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga do a good job: they act well, sing well and definitely there's some chemistry going on there.

I feel rather upset that the whole team could have achieved much more with the movie, could have done better etc., but somehow they waste (or at least are unable to capture) all that huge potential.

Certainly better than the hyped La La Land (2016) [Liviu review] in all respects and certainly deserves more nominations and more awards.


Conclusions


Worth watching for sure. It's good, but not great as I've been expecting :)) One can safely watch it on TV; no need for the full cinema experience.

Friday, 26 October 2018

Movie review: Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)



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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


Everything is great up to Billy Lee's (played by Chris Hemsworth) arrival at the El Royale:
  • Entertaining movie, keeping the audience focused on the story at all times
  • Coherent & Consistent storyline
  • Really smart storyline with a few twists and turns
  • Great acting
  • Great post processing

...and then Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) arrives (accompanied by a cheap / second hand gang :D) at the El Royale:
  • Everything breaks and
  • The story stops making sense, drags, turns unnecessarily violent etc.
Look, I can understand (I really do!) the story has reached a deadlock and they really need another character at this point in order to push things forward… but they should have done it differently!

... but God is there watching - this joke regards the characters of Father Daniel Flynn (i.e. Jeff Bridges playing a fake priest), respectively Miles Miller (Lewis Pullman) looking for redemption :D - and He wants this to get very close to a great movie, so He makes the scriptwriters kill Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth) - hooray! :) - and the story is back on track :) and everything ends beautifully and they all succeed in making a almost great movie :))

Reminds me to some extent of Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) with respect to the story style and story telling style, characters and acting, post processing etc.


Conclusions


Almost a great movie. Worth watching. It would have been even better if it wasn't for Billy Lee (Chris Hemsworth)! :))