Saturday, July 22, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

*Disclaimer* once you all see this a lot of you will probably think I'm an absolute madman :P
Space operas are my bread & butter.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets feels like it was made specifically for me. This movie is so far up my alley it's not even funny. Luc Besson created this immersive and beautiful world that I never wanted to leave. It is easily the most bonkers film I've seen. There's truly no other movie quite like it. I'm still in awe of what I just saw. A fantasy science fiction epic for the ages. It's a totally new and refreshing experience that I ate up like a fucking meal from one of Gordan Ramsay's restaurants.
From the very start I was completely absorbed in this film's world. The visuals, the colors, and the aesthetic are astonishing. I was blown the fuck away by Luc Besson's vision. This is what happens when a visionary has complete freedom to make the film they want to make. The fact this movie actually exists is a wonder. People are always complaining about the lack of originality in film nowadays; well here you go. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is one of the most original and imaginative films I've ever seen. SEE THIS IN 3D!!! The visuals and special effects are nothing short of spectacular to put it lightly. Everything looks absolutely incredible.
I enjoyed Cara and Dane quite a bit. I was worried the most about them going in because based on reviews, they seem to be getting the most flack. I really dug them both in this movie. They're pretty goofy, but the tone of their performances worked perfectly for this movie considering the movie itself is a big bloated fantasy science fiction space film. Between the two, I definitely liked Cara more. Her best performance to date imo.
Look y'all I don't think this movie is perfect and I admit that. However, I had such a fantastic time watching it and was totally amazed; the minor issues I had with it never once bothered me or took me out of the movie. Yeah, the story and script could have been a little better. But I think they were good enough. Again, those things didn't really bother me because of how invested I was into this thing. Valerian is literally like nothing you have ever seen before. There isn't a single movie in existence like this movie. This is groundbreaking cinema that is YEARS ahead of it's time. Yes, 10 years from now Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be getting the Speed Racer treatment. I'm just glad I'm here from day 1.
I highly recommend seeing both Valerian and Dunkirk this weekend. They're both so similar, yet so different at the same time. One is a creative and imaginative science fiction film and the other is a grounded in reality World War II film. But they are both movies that take the audience through a spectacular experience.

Rating: 4.5/5 (A-)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Dunkirk (2017) Review

Remember when I said Baby Driver gave me an adrenaline rush like I had never experienced from a movie before?
Well the adrenaline rush I got from that film PALES in comparison to the rush I just experienced during the entirety of Dunkirk.
Dunkirk is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. The wonder, the scope, and the magnitude contained in this film is something I've never experienced before. I teared up a few times because of how overwhelmed I was. Between the score and what was happening on screen, I was at a total loss. Hans Zimmer has really outdone himself. The score is nothing short of phenomenal.
Watching Dunkirk is perhaps the most visceral viewing experience I've ever had. It's some of the most masterful filmmaking ever; period, point blank, end of story. In a way, it's a silent film with a booming score. There is dialogue, but the speaking is minimal through out the movie. Most of the time we just hear the score, bullets flying, and bombs being dropped.
Tom Hardy is the MVP. WTF I like Harry Styles now!? Harry was surprisingly outstanding and he gets a lot of screen time. He very well might have a serious future in movies; I was VERY impressed with his performance. If it wasn't for Tom Hardy's pure badassery, Styles would have been my favorite character. Fionn Whitehead who plays another young soldier is also fantastic. Two gents who'v never been in a movie come into Dunkirk and KILL it!
I'm so shook right now. I'm not even sure if I can drive home right now. Saying this movie is epic would be totally underselling it.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) Review

I'm glad this movie exists because it's just another reminder that Sam Raimi's first two Spider-Man films are in a league of their own.
Michael Keaton is awesome, but sadly VERY underutilized. Marvel, you have MICHAEL KEATON playing a villain in your super hero movie! How does he not get so much more screen time!? His backstory is really good. He's a very sympathetic villain. Definitely my favorite villain of the MCU thus far. I just wish he was in the movie A LOT more than he was.
Tom Holland is quite good as Spider-Man. However, I enjoyed him much more in Captain America: Civil War. He's super reckless in this movie, which I thought was a good thing. He's a kid after all. I mean if I was a Super-Hero at the age of 15 I'd probably be pretty rebellious as well.
Zendaya was the other standout in Spider-Man: Homecoming. She was hilarious. I didn't care for a large chunk of the jokes, but her lines always landed for me. She has some great comedic timing. I was very surprised and very impressed. She's the thing I look most forward to in future installments.
Another thing I really liked was the twist in the third act. Truthfully, I didn't see it coming at all. M. Night Shyamalan would have been proud of this twist.
Aside from Michael Keaton, Tom Holland, and Zendaya there just isn't a whole lot to like about the movie. The action is very underwhelming and not very well done. I really can't get over how poorly done the action was aside from a select few tidbits. Many of the jokes missed and fell flat. The movie sort of just went through the motions. It does a fairly decent job, but could have done so much better.
The biggest issue with this movie is that it manages to make Spider-Man seem like he's unnecessary. Honestly, I don't think he actually helps one person. Through out the entire film Peter is constantly putting tons of people at risk. Had Spider-Man just stayed away, things wouldn't have turned out as badly. Every time he makes an appearance to stop a crime, he escalates the situation and everything goes to shit. Had he just stayed away collateral damage would have been minimal or even completely non-existent. I guess this might be due to the fact he's just a kid and doesn't really know when he's doing? I understand he's just trying to help and wants to do the right thing. I wish the movie would have thrown him a bone or two and actually made him the hero of the situation instead of making it seem like it would have been better had he not even showed up.
I'm not going to lie, I think the director Jon Watts was kind of in over his head. I did enjoy it, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. I left the theater mildly disappointed. I expected this to be one of the better films in the MCU, not one of the weaker ones :(. Perhaps my expectations were too high. Spider-Man is my favorite Super-Hero and my expectations were rather enormous. Here's to hoping I like it more after a re-watch!

Rating: 3.5/5 (B)