Another really funny episode. Eleanor and Michael's excellent chemistry continues. Loved the last scene.
The plant monster was appropriately threatening.
The action is appropriately violent and nicely executed. There is one scene in particular that is wonderfully shot and may be near the top of my list. This is kind of a genre mix as this is much a war film as a horror one. You have to wait for the zombies, but there is enough violence and the basic fear of who could go next that it probably won't be an issue for you.
I liked that they the zombies aren't uniform. They're distinctive and freaky looking creatures.
There was a rumor that this was being considered for part of the Cloverfield series. I can see why. Overlord has a similar quality. Solid action horror is combined with tight dialogue and characterization. (There are even a few funny lines.) Also has a good cast all around.
I gave "The Girl in the Spider's Web" this rating based on the intellectual side of me that wants to give others an honest appraisal and recognizes the fault in the script. The movie jumps from plot point to point too quickly without much substance, and Blomkvist, one of the two main characters in the books, is treated as an afterthought here. Though, I must admit I didn't mind at all the change to Lisbeth's past and her dynamic with her sister. I rather felt it worked here.
The fun side of me, would've bumped this up a point. The visual presentation is pretty darn good. Director Fede Alvarez, who did the Evil Dead remake and Don't Breathe has honed his skills in dark action visuals. I found there to be some pretty impressive and at times freaky imagery in this. The fight scenes, though often brief, are well executed. As a whole, the movie looks good in general with a couple really nice shots.
Though Claire Foy does an admirable job as a decent job as Lisbeth Salander, she doesn't compare to Noomi Rapace or Mara Rooney. (Same can be said for the guy who played Blomkvist.) In fairness to Foy, the film pulls more punches as Lisbeth's anti-social/on-the-spectrum traits are toned down and the character feels a bit more average. Props should be give to Sylvia Hoeks as the villain. She is effectively unsettling.
This movie will probably infuriate some fans. It's impure. I would actually recommend this more to casual viewers.
Charlie seems interesting. However, I liked the actress who played her here so much I was a little disappointed we won't get to see her again.
Nate and Gary were great together.
For a humorous episode, Constantine trying to prevent his own birth was a bold, serious move that I congratulate.
Thought this episode had some nice character interactions. I like Manchester Black and his tragic origin story. Yeah, he doesn't have powers like in the comics, but you never know. They may come later.
The Graves are dead, and I couldn't be happier. They were just poorly written. Nice to see the return of a couple alien villains. The show doesn't reuse characters as much as it can.
I'm interested in seeing how James deals with his exploits being used as pro-human propaganda.
Although I think Unfriended is better, I thought this horror flick did a decent job of tackling today's obsession with social media. Basic plot works with both a relatable protagonist and antagonist and a an effective ending. The kills are freaky enough.
Like I said, the plot works, but there are moments where the dialogue can be better. The authorities are frustratingly dumb and illogical in reaction to the killings.
I was surprised by the visuals. There are some pretty effective images.
The acting isn't the best, which might be due to the director as there are cast members with experience on this.
Not to say that the film feels completely disconnected from the last two films. The dramatic and human moments really work here as the film is still about the characters. The relationship between Thor and Loki reaches a natural evolution as Thor has given up on trying to save his brother and Loki has run out of ways to manipulate and deflect from him. Only downside is that since this is a soft reboot, there are a few characters that are written out too quickly, jarringly and disrespectfully. (They could've had more scenes).
All the new characters work really well here. This may be Tessa Thomson's best performance as Valkyrie who's likable from the get-go. Cate Blanchett is a good villain here, both intimidating and dry-witted when need be, but it's actually Jeff Goldblum who steals the show as the supporting villain The Grandmaster, a wacky Caligula-esque character.
In costumes, sets, and special effects, this is one of the best looking films I've ever seen. I've heard this movie was inspired by seventies sci-fi and it really shows. The whole thing has this very colorful, flashy and retro style.
I highly recommend this.
The leads are Mr. Mackey and Kenny, which is nice because we on't get that much of them. We also get the rare occurrence of Mr. Mackey being upset. The best part is that yet again we get to see the the residents of South Park wildly overreact to a town crisis.
Great animation and design in this episode. The highlight being a wildly creative dream sequence.
The Tahani plot was also pretty good, but I think a little more time could have been spent on her relationship with her sister.
The whole thing looks great with deeply detailed sets, costumes, and makeup that evoke a classic fantasy feel. There are some clever design ideas, especially in the Land of Amusements.
Acting's pretty good. Admittedly the fantasy characters are more interesting. Keira Knightly is fun in a quirky over-the-top performance. There are a couple of fairly funny guards and the Nutcracker himself is likable. Unfortunately, those three are not as well-utilized as they could be, especially considering that the Nutcracker is one of the main characters.
Admittedly, the film is a little weak in the plot department. The main character Clara experiences a by-the-numbers getting over the death of a parent and learning to believe in them-self story-line. The Four Realms and its current threat could've been a lot clearer. Also, we could've spent more time exploring and experiencing the Realms. A little too much time is spent on throwing Clara from plot point to plot point. Her struggles are solidly delivered, but they spend so much time on it at expense of the world-building.
The movie's not perfect, but it's all about the experience. The Nutcracker is fun and looks good. And though the story is flawed, it isn't bad. I think kids will like it and parents will like it or be indifferent.
Since this film splits the death and rebirth of Superman into two parts, it manages to spend more time on Superman and Lois' relationship and it feels more fleshed out. In fact most of the characterization is pretty good. Although, I felt the introduction of one character who is being set up for the next film was handled a little awkwardly.
I felt the fight with the destructive alien Doomsday was well-handled since they had more time to focus on it, and we get to see him fight the Justice League. He's definitely violent and looks better than the BvS or previous simplified animated versions being the most faithful to the character's look.
On the other hand, the script could've gone through one more revision. A lot of the dialogue works, but there are a few clunky lines.
I wished this film was stand-alone instead of trying to fit into the current continuity. Though Superman does well interacting with the likes of Batman and the Flash, the team history moments weren't necessary, including an awkwardly executed scene with Cyborg's father and the reminder that Wonder Woman and Superman dated. In the the Aquaman and first Teen Titans movie they'd established Lex Luthor as being a traditional criminal setting up a Legion of Doom, but here they decided to go back to him being the owner of a company, which he was during the original comic, which results in him flimsily being under house arrested. (To be honest we didn't NEED Luthor in this. He was only a supporting player in the original comic story.)
Rainn Wilson might be the weakest Luthor performance I've heard. He doesn't sound clever or a threat, which is too bad because dialogue-wise I think he's one of the best written Luthors.
The animation is choppy. It never quite flows. Also, I'm still not a fan of the animated DC universe's Superman's look what with his pointy cheeks and uber-blue outfit.
The film isn't perfect, but overall I was entertained and I was moved enough by Superman in the end.