His Dark Materials
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There are elements of this Film that Are well done & somewhat enjoyable, but they are ultimately overshadowed by some major idiosyncrasies in the script/story -&- the Direction, which in certain scenes in the later half of the film teeter on looking embarrassingly sloppy when watched from a critical/critiquing viewpoint.
It's a mild pass, but makes you really appreciate the Tightness & Solidity of 'NAM films like 'Platoon" -or- 'We Were Soldiers', which were virtually flawless in their inception & execution.
Why does almost EVERYTHING coming out of Hollywood these days have to be such a disappointing Dichotomy of Nitro-Charged Special-Effects -&- Woke PC/SJW Politics propped up with Mediocre at best Story -&- Characters (?)
"This Movie is ignorantly Woke and takes all of the ground that was broken in previous films and Pi*ses all over all over it."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
Holy Cow......what terrifically perfect piece of Sh*t!
Anyone brave enough to sit through this disaster should at least receive a (now defunct) 'Nobel Piece Prize', just for the effort alone.
(Did Gary Oldman have some unpaid Gambling Debts to tidy up.....how'd he get roped into this conflagration ?)
One day I think this will be shown at Film schools as an example of less than prodigiously creative Film-making.
'JOKER' was a really exceptional Flick for the most part, I can honestly say I was genuinely entertained, especially in the 3rd Act of the Film.
It suffered from a bit of Ambiguity narrative wise, but overall this was overshadowed by Phoenix's masterful performance ~&~ the terrific (grimy) 80's themed Production Design & Sound (The scene in the Subway w/ the two 'Gum-shoes' was masterfully done)
And one of the best parts: Little to No divisive Politics thrown in our faces / shoved down our throats.........which is Nice For A Change!)
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Good graces, Saints preserve us: what an abominable "Film". Unlike the original S.K. Book, which was Mostly coherent, if a bit messy & protracted, the Movie is mostly** incontinent, narrative wise a complete mess and runs an hour+ too long.
The film also couldn't figure out if it was a Horror Comedy -or- a Comedy Horror: The balance between Levity & Spook/Scare factors were all over the place, almost happening intermittently one after the other
(Jump Scare >> Then a Joke >> Then creepy "everyone Look scared for some reason moment >> Then another quip >> BOOO!!!.....etc.)
(Surprise) [STAB] [BLEED] [STAB] >> "Hey Bowers, you should really think about cutting that MULLET of yours, it's like 25 years outta style."
You can't be Funny AND Scary at the same time, it just doesn't work and makes the Audience feel like their watching neither a Horror Film nor a Comedy Film.
Like many things in the Arts then & now, Timing & Delivery of well written Material in a film depend on Nuance in order to be ultimately effective in making the audience feel the emotion which you want them to feel at that particular moment.
If you've got Happy, Funny, Scary, Suspenseful emotions swirling around all within 15-30 seconds of each other, the Viewer won't know what to Feel.
A little advice Hollywood: LOUD, SHAKING CGI MONSTER EFFECTS AREN'T SCARY -or- CONVINCING
(**with small bytes of passable material & semi-scary moments that could've worked had the rest not been what it was)