His Dark Materials
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Surprising lifeless with a total lack of humor. There are some decent action pieces, but nothing you haven't seen in many other movies. Kirsten Stewart was strong in her role, but everyone else seemed like they were in a bad straight to DVD movie. A total lack of surprises, and overlong run time made for a long afternoon at the theater.
A historical war movie pretending to be a popcorn action flick. The story is moving, but the overuse of special effects takes away from the action. The script isn't that good either, with painfully unfunny jokes peppered throughout. I did enjoy the pacing of the movie, and the actors did the best with what they were given. Probably better for a home rental.
A worthy follow-up to The Shining. A well paced and interesting film, with great performances (especially Rebecca Ferguson), and a sense of dread that hangs over all of the happening. I enjoyed how the film extended on the lore from The Shining and also tied up a couple of loose threads from that movie. If you are looking for the typical horror movie jump scares you will be disappointed, but if you are into more psychological horror than this is a movie for you. Like it's predecessor there are a few illusions to historical events and societal issues that had depth to the happening onscreen. A strong film overall.
I am quite surprised that this film is not getting more media buzz. Equal parts satire, comedy, and drama; it is a funny and heartfelt movie. When I saw the first preview I was unsure that the concept would work. To think of a film revolving around a child with a imaginary friend who is Hitler, most people would think it would be overly offensive or crass. It is the exact opposite. The characters are well fleshed out, and each one has a central part to the plot. The main cast is great, but the start of the movie is Sam Rockwell. His role as a jaded captain who has a few secrets steals every scene he is in. Even if JoJo Rabbit doesn't catch on with mainstream audiences, I see it becoming a cult classic in the future.
A slow burn movie with great acting and a unique style. You will feel the deeping dread of the characters and the film keeps you guessing as to what is real or imagined. If you liked The Witch this is right up your alley.