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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 December 2019 01:02 (A review of Rocketman)

Following the massive box-office success of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, it was hardly surprising that they would right away develop another high-profile musical biopic. To be honest, I have to admit that I don’t know much about Elton John’s career so, only therefore, it was already an interesting watch and I was actually surprised to discover that the guy was and still is some kind of musical genius. Still, even if the damned thing was better made than ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was, it was still too damned straightforward. To compensate this, they did try to add some musical and/or fantasy scenes but theses scenes were neither really interesting or entertaining. Of course, you could blame Dexter Fletcher for his rather uninspired/uninspiring directing style but, at the end of the day, if Elton John definitely had a very successful career, he didn’t really have a fascinating life, at least, that’s my opinion. Basically, you get the usual struggle with his identity resulting in the usual substance abuse but it didn’t have much impact, especially since his career went mostly smoothly right from the start. At least, Taron Egerton was a perfect choice to play the main  character and he definitely delivered a really solid performance. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch and I think it is worth a look, especially if you are interested in Elton John’s life and work. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 1 December 2019 06:23 (A review of Frozen II)

To be honest, I wasn't exactly a huge fan of 'Frozen' but my youngest daughter was quite eager to check it out so we went to see it, and for the first time, in 4DX. Concerning the 4DX stuff, I have to admit that I was actually quite impressed. Indeed, my seat was constantly moving through all the numerous action scenes with some wind, water, smoke, light flashes and even some freaking bubbles. I can't say I will watch from now every movie this way but it was definitely a lot of fun. In fact, this flick turned out to be a perfect choice in combination with this technology. Indeed, like its predecessor, it was once again quite gorgeous and there were plenty of spectacular scenes. The downside with all the physical effects going on live in the theater is that you are really distracted from the plot but, in this case, since the story was rather weak, it didn't matter much. Indeed, of course, since 'Frozen' had been a massive box-office, it was pretty obvious that they wouldn't let it go... And, I have to admit that it was neat to see all these characters coming back for another adventure. However, I can't say I cared much for this new tale which felt forced upon these characters. On top of that, to have one strong female character is somehow something difficult to handle but to have two of them was apparently an impossible task for Disney as the makers never managed what they exactly should do with Anna and Esla and, as a result, the conclusion was rather bewildering. Anyway, to conclude, even if I didn't care much for the damned thing, this sequel will probably make a lot of fans happy and I guess it is still worth a look but only if you really loved the previous installment. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 30 November 2019 08:54 (A review of Earthquake Bird)

To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Alicia Vikander and since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, even if the damned thing really had some potential, it turned out to be rather half-baked, I'm  afraid. I think that the director Wash Westmoreland wanted to create some kind of Hitchcockian thriller set in Japan which did sound pretty cool but, unfortunately, the story was just rather weak. First of all, I think I have seen too many thrillers starting with a murder suspect being interrogated by the police with the rest of the story told in a flashback to show what happened before. Then, to cover everything from the characters to the plot in a thick cloud of mystery was just a rather lazy gimmick to make a rather tedious story more interesting than it actually deserved. At least, it was really neat that it was taking place in Japan. Above all, while everything else didn't really work, Alicia Vikander gave another really strong performance and she was once again quite spellbinding to behold. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it was still a decent watch but it would be nice that Vikander finally gets some more interesting material in the future. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 29 November 2019 09:07 (A review of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad)

To be honest, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this flick but since it was available on Disney+, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it is definitely one of Disney more obscure animated features, one of these Package films they released during WWII, before going back to some more prestigious work like 'Cinderella'. Well, to be honest, I really struggled to care about the damned thing. Concerning the animation, some characters looked fine but most of it felt rather cheap. Above all, these two stories might have worked as short movies but they really pushed the running time by adding some rather tedious bits. I was above all surprised by what they did with 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. Indeed, from a classic Gothic tale, they turned it into some rather bewildering  vintage romantic-comedy during which Icabod Crane basically chases some girl not because he actually loves her but because she is rich. At least, the Headless Horseman, still considered as one of the scariest villains ever displayed in a Disney animated feature, was pretty awesome but he came just so late, during the last 2 mins, and, as a result, he felt more like an afterthought which didn't have much to do with the rest of the story. Anyway, to conclude, I think I was rather generous with my rating here but I think it is still worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 29 November 2019 09:41 (A review of Habemus Papam)

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Nanni Moretti’s work, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, it was some kind of satire about the nomination of a new pope but even if it did have some potential, it still turned out to be a rare misfire for the Italian director, I’m afraid. Basically, the idea was that, behind the whole theatrical protocol, there is actually a human being with feelings, thoughts, fears and frustrations and the concept was intriguing. However, the first major mistake they made was that, even though Michel Piccoli was not bad, his character was pretty much reduced to a confused scared old man and it didn’t help that his background was not developed at all. A bigger issue was the fact that, after the poor guy escaped from the Vatican, the damned thing became increasingly random. As far as I’m concerned, it gave me the feeling that Moretti liked his original idea but actually had no idea what to do with it after all so it just filled half of the running time with some random and only slightly entertaining scenes. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, it still think it is was decent watch but there is no doubt that it could have been much better. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 28 November 2019 12:52 (A review of The Irishman)

Of course, like many other movie buffs, I had been anxiously waiting for this movie. Indeed, after almost 25 years, Martin Scorsese was working again with Robert De Niro on a massive gangster epic involving an impressive cast including the likes of Al Pacino. I mean, this combo Scorsese-De Niro-Pacino sounded already like movie heaven and when the critics turned out to be wild enthusiast, my expectations went sky high. Well, eventually, I find it rather difficult to judge this movie after all and, to be honest, I wasn’t really blown like I was expecting to be. First of all, even though the CGI deaging of the main cast had pretty much doubled the costs of the production, I didn’t feel it was really convincing. Seriously, I was constantly wondering what age their characters were supposed to be and it was pretty obvious through the whole duration that all the actors (Robert de Niro (75), Al Pacino (78) and Joe Pesci (75)) were so much older than their respective characters. Even if ‘Gemini Man’ was a major flop and a rather average action flick, at least, the 20 year old version of Will Smith was just mindblowing to behold. Concerning the character themselves, I thought that Russell Bufalino was actually the most interesting one. Indeed, if Al Pacino delivered a solid performance, to be honest, Jimmy Hoffa felt rather clueless or at least really reckless considering the way he handled the threats from the mob. Concerning Frank Sheeran, De Niro was fine as well but I was missing some kind of drive behind his actions. Still, even if this story might seem to be pretty basic, it was not a simple movie, especially due to the fact that it was Scorsese’s longest movie so far and I think I would need to rewatch it at some point to make up my mind for good about the damned thing. Anyway, to conclude, even if I wasn’t completely sold, this gangster flick from Martin Scorsese was still miles better than most of the movies that came out this year and it is definitely worth a look. 



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A good movie

Posted : 2 months, 3 weeks ago on 27 November 2019 10:14 (A review of Captain Fantastic (2016))

To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since I have a weak spot for Viggo Mortensen, I was quite eager to check it out. Personally, I have always been intrigued by such alternative lifestyles and, with the current worsening climate change, it has become more and more an interesting and valid option. Coming back to our main feature, I really loved the fact that these kids seemed to be really happy without all that stuff which seem intrinsicaly linked to our way of life (television, internet, smartphones, junk food, social media, shopping malls,… ). However, even if this movie had some compelling arguments, it was still too quirky though and you can see that Viggo Mortensen, who gave here another really strong performance, worked really hard to keep the damned thing as grounded as possible. For example, even if such kids might get a better education than if they would go to an average public school, it is highly doubtful that a 8 year old could provide such an analysis on the Bill of Rights. Even more important, should such a young child be able to do such a thing? At least, it was interesting that this father was displayed as being far from perfect and the best scene was probably the one during which his oldest son confronted him about the fact that, even though he was maybe super smart, he didn’t know anything about life after all. Anyway, to conclude, even if it wasn’t a complete home-run, it was still pretty good and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 



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An average movie

Posted : 2 months, 4 weeks ago on 26 November 2019 09:36 (A review of Night Moves (2013))

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this flick but since there was a decent cast involved, I thought I might as well check it out. First of all, while watching this flick, I was wondering why there is nowadays no radical environmental groups blowing some sh*t up. Indeed, the current situation with the world climate is getting worse each day and people are getting pretty much vocal about their discontent so it is actually surprising that we don’t get such leftist groups like there were in the 70’s (like the Italian Red Brigades or the German RAF). I don't think we should, all forms of terrorism are pretty much awful, it’s just that it is surprising that we don’t have (yet) some extreme environmental terrorism. Anyway, coming back to our main feature, even if the material was really interesting, to be honest, I can’t say I was really impressed by the damned thing. Indeed, the intro felt rather awkward and it took at least 20 mins for the damned thing to finally look like and sound like an actual thriller. A bigger issue was probably the choice to focus only on Jesse Eisenberg’s character though. Eisenberg is a decent actor but he was stuck again playing his usual spineless weasel and, to make things worse, even though the movie only focused on him, we never learned anything really worthwhile about the guy after all. Eventually, I think it would have been more interesting to see also the story from the perspective from the other characters’s point of view. The fact remains that we don’t get to learn much about their background and their motivation after all so it was rather difficult to care about what they were going through. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of its flaws, I still think it is worth a look because it is one of the very few movies dealing with this subject but there is no doubt that it could have been much better. 



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A good movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 24 November 2019 09:18 (A review of Ford v Ferrari)

To be honest, I have to admit that I'm not a car race fan but when I heard that they were making a movie about the 24 hours of Le Mans, I thought it would be really cool to watch it with my film club.  Well, even if it didn't turn out to be anything really groundbreaking, the damned thing still turned out to be so fun and entertaining. First of all, it is pretty clear that Matt Damon and Christian Bale had a blast here as they both delivered some strong performances, especially Bale who was often quite hilarious. It was also nice that they didn't rush this tale, that they took their time to show that car racing goes beyond than only building up the fastest car. As a result, it is probably the best film I have seen dealing with this genre and the racing scenes felt really realistic and were quite thrilling to behold. To be honest, I thought it was rather odd that the Ford company, in particular Leo Beebe and even Henry Ford II, were turned into some villains when the whole point was to show how Ford managed to win this legendary race but it wasn't a big deal. Anyway, to conclude, it turned out to be one of the most entertaining films I have seen this year and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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An average movie

Posted : 3 months ago on 22 November 2019 09:12 (A review of London Has Fallen)

To be honest, since I didn't like 'Olympus has Fallen' at all, I wasn't expecting much from this sequel but, since it was available on Netflix, I thought I might as well check it out. Well, I have to admit that I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed the damned thing after all which turned out to be a vast improvement on its predecessor. First of all, after 09/11, it is not unthinkable that a major state funeral with many prominent  heads of state could be the target of some terrorist attack. Of course, instead of simply blowing up the cathedral with everyone inside, they came up with a way too elaborate plan involving deeply infiltrating all the British security agencies which seemed rather unlikely. Still, compared to the tedious mess displayed in 'Olympus has Fallen', it was quite entertaining to see London turned into some war zone. Furthermore, Gerard Butler and Aaron Eckhart had a solid chemistry with plenty of fun oneliners. Concerning the rest of the cast, they had a ridiculously long list of talented actors who showed up for just a few scenes but they all properly got a nice paycheck for their effort. Anyway, to conclude, in spite of or because of my really low expectations, it turned out to be a solid action flick and I think it is actually worth a look, especially if you like the genre. 


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