Monday, 18 June 2018

Movie review: Hereditary (2018)



[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]

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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 :))

Boring.
Dull.
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?!


Conclusions


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

Monday, 28 May 2018

Movie review: Deadpool 2 (2018)



[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]

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Deadpool (2016) [Liviu review] has been awesome and funny... and I’ve been looking forward for the sequel, remember? Well, they've done the sequel - half to please me, and 2/3 to annoy me - yeah, I run at 112% by default :))


Deadpool 2 (2018)

[official site; IMDB; en.wikipedia]


Entertaining.
Awesomely funny jokes & situations, from the start and after the end (oh, those brilliant hidden scenes that have opened so many options for continuing the story!).
... and I’m done with the good parts of the movie :))

What’s bad? Well, everything else :))

Inconsistent & Incoherent storyline.
It’s mostly a collection of (yeah, I’ve told you, but I need to repeat it) awesomely funny jokes & situations, but so badly glued together.
Besides, why on Earth would any writer make the same mistake as in Mechanic: Resurrection (2016) [Liviu review] of creating a shallow/inconsistent/stupid love story in order to get the action going? However, I must note that Deadpool 2 makes better use of the love story throughout the movie and opens the option of using it in the next installments of the franchise... but still is a shallow/inconsistent/stupid love story.

Cheap background & really cheap special effects: looks as they’ve collected the leftovers from other movies. I mean the leftovers that nobody else wanted. The left leftovers. :))

Uninspired soundtrack - adds no value whatsoever to the movie - could be that they acquired it for free when collecting the left leftovers special effects? Hmm, that makes so much sense...

Poor cinematography - by poor, I mean there's nothing special about it; probably they let Firefist and Dopinder handle the camera alternatively - in that case, congratulations, good job!

Acting is ok, I guess. Given the awesomely funny script and the overall quality of everything else, it’s kind of hard to make the difference between bad acting and [the effort of doing] funny acting.

$110 million budget [en.wikipedia]? 'r you kidding me? What for? I hope more than half has been used to advertising the movie or they've been money laundering... :))

There’s no reason to watch it at the cinema, really. One might watch it on TV and get the entire cinematic experience.


Conclusions


Entertaining, awesomely funny jokes & situations - that's worth watching for sure.
... and just close your eyes and turn off your ears when there's nothing funny. Easy, right?

Hope they get it better in the third installment of the franchise!