Month: November 2016

Arrival

Denis Villeneuve is an exquisite, visionary director. He is one of the few who is able to challenge their audience with the execution of his films. Every single scene is placed in sequence for a reason, each movement is flawless and integral to unraveling the story. Arrival is possibly the best science fiction film that has ever been created because of how well the narrative is structured. The separate ideologies of science and language bleed into each other and both are effective as a whole. This film is deeply rooted in humanity and is relevant to where society is today.

Villeneuve created such a beautiful film, filled with experimental elements and unique compositions that truly left me speechless. He invents new ways to position the camera and fill the space with art. The story itself was brilliantly written and Amy Adams delivered a strong performance. There were many aspects of her character’s mind that filled the edges of the screen and the emotional connection to her humanity was felt.

I can go on and speak about the symbolism of the film but I do not have enough words to express how important this film is. The power of unity is the main theme of this film, among many other spiritual elements that exceed the science of humanity. Denis Villeneuve is a master of his craft, he deserves endless recognition for what he did with Arrival and I sure hope he gets it.

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Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them

David Yates brings us into the world of magic and wizards yet again and it was a pretty decent opening to another saga. David Yates did wonders with Harry Potter and creating such a magical atmosphere. Yates knows what he is doing and it showed with the extension of the wizarding world in New York. It felt like I was going back home, with every flick of the wand or memorable composition it was a rather comfortable film to sit through. I enjoyed the fact that it was not an introduction to magic but it was an expansion of the magic that we have seen used in the past.

It was light-hearted and fun, Eddie Redmayne was fantastic as Newt Scamander. Eddie was incredibly charming, caring and tender with everyone, not only his Beasts. He normally exudes kindness in reality so in the wizarding world as a protecter of magical beasts he was perfection. We have some lovely new additions to the world with Tina and Queenie who are both such strong witches who use their own advantages. You will fall in love with Queenie within the first few seconds of meeting her. Ezra Miller, surprised me as Credence, I thought he developed a wonderful complex character!! Once everyone began working together, there was a nice flow to it and it was exciting to see what popped out of his little briefcase.

Perhaps, I’m biased because I grew up with Harry Potter and Hogwarts always felt like home but Fantastic Beasts was a wonderful addition.

It had a slow start because of the many subplots they had to setup but that wasn’t the problem I had with this movie. Colin Farrell was a wonderful addition, the second the cast him I was so ready to watch the power he would bring as an Auror but sadly he was wasted. I never thought I’d see the day where they would waste a talent like Colin Farrell. For those who have seen this, you will understand what I mean because the second they announced Johnny Depp as Grindelwald I knew they were pulling a Dr. Parnassus. I understand why they cast Depp, for the longevity of the character and the series but they did Farrell so dirty in this and it disappointed me.

Doctor Strange Review

Well Marvel, you have finally made a film that made me die of boredom. I have never been so disinterested in a character’s journey in my entire life and I never thought that this company would be the one to deliver on that.

Doctor Strange is nothing more than a failed inception-esque acid trip that could literally double as a lego movie. I have never been so disappointed in a Marvel film in my life and I watched The Incredible Hulk. This film was a magic trick in itself, Marvel managed to make it look visually stunning so that it could trick you into thinking that this film was revolutionary. The sorcery and effects took you away from the uninventive story structure and the lack of substance from literally every aspect of this film except for the score.

Stephen Strange is a self-absorbed, condescending, egotistical asshole and I did not gain one ounce of sympathy for him at all. He is not a likeable character and it’s not Benedict’s fault. They tried to make him relevant, they tried and tried to make him fit into the Marvel universe but there is no way I can see him fitting in with the rest of them at all. There is no character development, he was weak, he lacked any form of humanity. There is a problem when the secondary characters are funnier and are written better than the main protagonist. Every other person in this film deserved so much more, Chiwetel, Rachel and Mads were wasted. The three of them are so extremely talented that they were actually wasted on something like this.

This did not need to be a standalone. There was no need to show his origin story because it was so boring. I just wanted him to be Doctor Strange already. I just wanted him to perform his magic tricks, I don’t care how he got them, he just needed to have them. This is was cringeworthy to sit through because of how formulaic and repetitive it was. I probably laughed once or twice and it was forced laughter, this entire film felt forced and unnecessary.

I won’t even begin to touch upon how incredibly offensive and horrendous The Ancient One’s whitewashing was because I was angry every time I saw Tilda on screen.

I am very disappointed in Marvel. They gave us a Phase 1 calibre film when we are opening Phase 3. I don’t understand how people can be blinded by the visual effects (which were excessive, over done and borderline insane) and still say it’s fantastic. I don’t understand what movie you all are watching to say that this was Marvel’s best? I just can’t believe how overhyped this was and that we are stuck with Doctor Strange taking the place of Tony Stark, which the character is incapable of doing.