Ugghhh, what junk...
Ugghhh, what junk...
The buildup surrounding this movie had me expecting to see a thrilling action drama with uncanny effects, and I was badly let down.
The film badly failed to deliver.
The characters were given no backstory and we couldn't care less about any of them.
The effects were OK, but did not provide any real excitement.
It's a story about a group of wealthy narcissists who put their own thrill-seeking above the needs of their families.
Do yourself a favor and see The Martian instead.
This movie strains so hard to make itself important that it is appalling.
What can be defined as the plot (and it's a stretch to call it that) is trite and a cliché. The lead actor is successful but inwardly unrewarded. He has also ruined his family in search of celebrity and wealth making Hollywood action movies, which he now considers to be junk. So, he wants to redeem himself and try his hand at serious theater. Throw in a disturbed junkie daughter, a long-suffering but understanding ex wife, and a producer pulling his hair out because the play isn't a success and you've got all you need to know.
The rest is a montage of hackneyed hallucinations, fake suicide red-herrings, gay kisses and naked male asses.
A bunch of Academy Award hype and a monument to pretentiousness.
I wish I could have those 2 hours of my life back. I hate wasting time on junk like this.
Michael Keaton was trying too hard and Ed Norton was totally wasted, and the rest of the cast were stereotypical stock characters. If actors and other creative types are really so messed up, it is even more of a crime than I originally thought that we make them so rich and honor them so much.
It's great! And very exciting! Watch it over and over to get the most out of it!
Mickey Roarke always showed signs of greatness, and now we see why.
It's a really sorry piece of work, anybody with the least knowledge of Sci Fi will Agree that this movie is just ridiculous.
Tony Scott jumped off a bridge in L.A. not too long ago, probably dismayed over the portfolio of junk movies he'd made during his career. While that is indeed a shame, at least we won't have to worry about more movies like this from him.
Why was Nicole Kidman in this? It seems an odd choice for her. Although I will agree she is breathtaking here both physically(she actually looks Russian-the girl is like a chameleon) and as an actress.
All of the other actors are stupid and ugly.
The writing is dreadful.
And what was up with that stupid car?
But I ultimately turned this off and watched something else instead. why you ask?
Boring. Unfunny. Weird. Stupid. Unbelievable. Unsexy. Embarrassing. Ridiculous.
Need I go on?
I'm mystified that so many people think this movie is great.
This movie starts off slow and then slumps off from there. Ridiculous characters, implausible behavior, clichéd performances, stupid story. It's all there, all the problems any film can have, all in one place. They should use this as a teaching tool in Film School: coursename = 'How Not To Make a Movie' , and a companion course: 'How To Ruin The Careers Of Actors Who May Actually Have Some Talent'.
Don't waste your time, life is too short and each hour is precious...
This is basically 'Good Fellas', but with Wasps instead of Mafiosi. Do whatever criminal behavior you want, steal anything you want, use as much drugs as you want, abuse as many women as you can. But, at the same time, "Don't you think I'm cute?" "Don't you wish you could be my friend?" Success has allowed Scorcese to amp up the debauchery to a ridiculous level. What's next for him, actual film of disembowelment? The main difference is that Goodfellas had a somewhat satisfying ending: they mostly got what they deserved, especially the guy who got shot in the head.
Scorcese now appears to be repeating himself (come to think of it, the plot isn't much different than 'Gangs Of New York' either).
It happens to most of the great directors: their originality runs out, the studio bosses don't rein them in because of their prior success, audiences continue to buy tickets for a while.
So long, Marty, it was good while it lasted.
All of this is driven by a belief that they must 'warn' people about this movie.
So please. Do not lump all Christians into the same basket and think that they cannot find truth or beauty in this work. Aronofsky explores beautiful truths and builds on them with this movie.
Typical stereotyping, even down to the 'honest' candidate. Bleehhh.
The acting was weak, there was no real plot and by mid movie it was an typical liberal Hollywood fantasy . The movie is just a total snooze as well. Only Democrat drones will dig the lies and propaganda that Clooney spouts off about same old tired nonsense.
His skills as a director are non-existent, and his acting consists of mugging for the camera with that stupid smirk on his face.
Yet this film presents Julia Roberts as some sort of naive Girl-Scout-turned-hooker, all shiny and clean and cute and perky. Are they serious? And, yeah, right, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist is going to bed down with a street walker. Not in a million years.
Just stupid, unbelievable and ridiculous.
Gary Marshall, director of Lavernce and Shirley, directed this farce. It displays the same stupid unrealistic view of life.
First, to address the comments that say "oh this is incredibly complex" and so-forth. No it isn't! It's about the dumbest thing ever made. Honestly, if you don't get it, it's because there is nothing to get. Guy Ritchie can bang on about how it's to do with the complexity of the human soul and an existentialist critique of modern society, but it patently isn't. It's like a thirteen year old attempting to write a suicide note, with all the subtlety of a year twelve English poem.
And so continues the movie. Lots of superfluous swearing, lots of shooting, lots of stagger cuts (they've been done before, Ritchie!)and absolutely no plot or character development. Add to which some hilarious mis-casting and you are left with a genuinely brainless, often misogynist idiotic mess by the man-child Guy Ritchie. Go away you vile, odious, talentless little man!
I'm not extremely religious, but I find so many of the comments here to be disconcerting. There is a lot of hatred towards religion apparent in these remarks, as though faith were a bad thing. Certainly, there has been a lot of horror committed in the name of religion over the last 2000 years. That is a failing of mankind, not a failing of religious belief - regardless of the religion in question.
To see so many people who are turned off by religion and denounce any reference to it is sad. So many people lack faith and also regard with disdain those who do have it. Not a positive path to be on, in my view...
This movie was a disappointment. Most jokes were either little-to-half intelligent groaners, inside jokes or pop culture references that most people today wouldn't catch or remember. The acting was quite amateur as was the movie as a whole. I was not in a good mood after watching this years ago, and I certainly will not watch any of that pervert's movies now.
If you like movies made by a child-molester, be my guest...
Awful, just awful.
A little bit of Vanishing Point, a little bit of Bullitt, a little bit of The Professional, a little bit of The Transporter, a little bit of Heat.
All of it bad.
Scenes that were totally silent for minutes at a time. The sum total of the dialog could fit on 2 pages. Half of this movie was silent, I'm not kidding.
Note to the producers: making a movie that is crammed full of enigmatic gazing into someone's eyes does not make it an 'art film'. It just makes it BORING.
Excruciatingly gory violence, totally unneeded in a film like this. The lead guy is a skinny little nothing with no discernible muscle mass, and yet he dispatches the bad guys as though he were The Terminator.
Zero character development. The lead character is a cipher: who is he, where did he come from, where did he learn all that stuff, was he hatched or born? Who cares?
Oh wait, the hero must be a genius! Not only can he drive fast and kill people twice his size with one hand, he can rebuild a Holly 850 carburetor on his kitchen table using just a screwdriver.
And Albert Brooks playing the Chief Bad Guy? Albert Brooks? Are you serious? In his old age, Albert Brooks looks like a retired accountant, not a tough guy. Albert Brooks? Really?
A film like this makes Stallone's The Expendables look like a Shakespearean tragedy.
Come to think of it, I know what this film is. It's a chick flick. Just like the ones seen on Lifetime. Sure, it has cars, guns and violence. But they're just there to sucker the guys into going along with the ladies to see it.
Quite a nice bit of bait-and-switch.
I want my money back.
The movie is disjointed, stupid, badly written and not funny. At all.
Was the bit with the neo-Nazis really necessary? In a musical movie? I don't think John Landis has ever directed a really good film. Even Animal House is loaded with weaknesses and serious flaws...
Belushi and Ackroyd are terrible actors and cannot sing a note. The whole movie plays out like a lame SNL sketch, which is no surprise since that is the source of the material.
Avoid, avoid, avoid...
Anyone who began to pay attention to what politicians said and what their policies brought about would vote for Reagan. I saw us go from a national "malaise" under Carter the weakling into a nation that once again felt pride, hope and self-sufficiency. Reagan brought us back to Amercian Exceptionalism, small government, low taxes, strong national defense.
We can see what happens to whole generations who have been cocooned in the modern welfare state, expecting to be taken care of and never even attempting to stand on their own. While progressives believe they are more compassionate in that they want to take care of these people, few recognize the truth. They are told that not only should they be taken care of but that it is unreasonable of anyone to expect them to be self-sufficient. These people made more and more unableof taking care of themselves, and the children who grow up in these homes grow up without any concept of any other way of life.
So, do we wish to hand over all of our decisions, our monies and our choices to a handful of "elites" who will create a Master Plan for us all or shall we get back to the messy business of running our own lives, preferably with less and less federal involvement?
Why would anyone buy a ticket for this junk? It makes The Expendables look like Masterpiece Theatre.
Why are current audiences so fond of blood and guts? Have we debased ourselves to the point of having virtual chariot races as entertainment? It was the fall of the Roman Empire, and we are witnessing the fall of western culture.
And the thinly veiled political statements are offensive as well. You want to convince people to share your view? Buy an ad on TV or rent a billboard. But in this insane world we willingly pay money to sit in a dark room and have someone else's view of how things should be forced upon us.
It's offensive. And this movie is offensive.
Stallone is his usual dominating presence, but his supporting cast deserves kudos, from old rival, later friend and trainer 'Duke', to seemingly minor characters like 'Spider Rico' and 'Marie'. Burt Young as brother-in-law Paulie presents a slightly more mellow and softer side than his earlier turns, which were more of the brutish and thuggish "loser". Rival boxer 'Mason Dixon' and his handlers are even offered in a somewhat sympathetic and appealing manner.
In the end, Rocky is able to lose the beast within and find a measure of personal redemption, inner peace, and closure, and that is a fitting and satisfying way to end the Rocky saga. He does it his way, in the ring, engaged in the sport he loves that has shaped his life, but also in the quiet of his grieving and memories at Adrian's grave. We know that Rocky will endure and fight on, if not in the ring then in life, because it is what he does. And that is a fitting message to leave us with, because it is what we all do.