Monday, 16 July 2018

Movie review: Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

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Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]

Well done, overall. Good job!

Coherent & Consistent storyline, displaying a couple of nice twists & turns.
The first third and the last third of the story - excellent.
The middle third - boring; the story drags by focusing on the teenage girl etc. Basically, either the writer lacked the inspiration, or some "well paid decision maker" butchered the script due to some marketing reasons, dunno. Either way, the middle third is kind of junk.

Good cinematography.

Good acting.
Benicio del Toro (as Alejandro Gillick) and Josh Brolin (as Matt Graver) do a good job. Unfortunately, they share little screen time together.
Although none of the actors really shines, they all complete each other...
Given (1) the screen time which is very well balanced among all characters/actors and (2) the very good directing and postprocessing, the overall acting/performance seem a lot better than the sum of all raw performances, just like in Den of Thieves (2018).

I totally loved the sound & soundtrack - simple, yet powerful; the bassline gets into you.


All in all, a good watch. Time well spent. I recommend it.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Movie review: Hereditary (2018)

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Hereditary (2018)

[official site; IMDB; en.wikipedia]

Horror movie? Well, there are some scary moments, but just a few. It tries so hard to build tension and momentum, but kind of fails most of the time and certainly doesn't exploit it when it gets it right.

Storyline? Kind of inconsistent & incoherent.
Paranoid. Psychotic. Insane.
Maybe it makes sense to some viewers, dunno.

Feels as if has been written by someone mentally ill and addresses a mentally ill public.

Feels as if the writer has treated their own trauma and obsessions by pouring them carelessly in the script.

The story made sense to me, i.e. I could finally fully grasp its logic, the next day (after a good night's sleep :D)... but it still is rather inconsistent & incoherent...

So slow paced... really slow paced... slower than slow :))

Stupid, maybe?

Implements the classic European philosophy/vision on life (that I personally reject) of intense pessimism, sadness, depression, confusion etc.

Cheap & Boring special effects.

So little sound... I could call it a "half silent movie" :)
There's actors voices and that's about all the sound there is :))
No soundtrack whatsoever. There are some other sounds from now and then :) but that's not a soundtrack:))
Nota bene: the soundtrack in the trailer is kind of all the soundtrack that I can remember... it's like they've put in the trailer all the real soundtrack they have in the movie :))

Look, I understand the movie looks, sounds and feels the way I've described it because that's the way they wanted to make it: cinematography, post processing, soundtrack etc. - I do understand & feel & appreciate their work & effort, but I just don't like it, it just doesn't touch me...

Oh, and what's with the huge IMDB rating?!


Hereditary (2018) feels as a waste of both time and money to me.