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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
What did I miss?
Can someone please tell me what this film was about? The visuals were great and the actors also but the end of the movie had me scratching my head. It left me feeling ultimately unfulfilled. How is it that the evil and all powerful grandfather turns into a meek half blind feeble old man with no memory? Where did his 2 aunts go? And why were they wearing masks the whole time? Something must have actually happened as his parents did die so this story was not just a fantasy the boy was having about his cranky grandfather. Why did his grandfather remove the boy's eye and want to take the other one too? My friend and I just looked at each other when the film was over, not sure what to think. We had gone through a beautiful adventure, one that ultimately did not make sense to either one of us. Had I known that this film was 99% about art and 1% about plot, I know I would not have gone.
La isla interior (2009)
All the acting was good, scenery, everything like that but none of the characters made me want to care about them. And worse than that, the storyline just kept getting more and more depressing.
I gave it four stars because it was adequately well done but if I had known how dreadfully depressing it was with no redeeming characters, I surely would not have wasted my time.
And I agree that not every movie has to have a happy ending but I just cannot see enough of a reason to recommend this film.
The subtitles were better executed than most foreign films, though even those weren't perfect.
So if you want to have a down day, this is the film for you.
I Was So Disappointed
Listening to the end of the year best movie lists on Fresh Air with Teri Gross, I couldn't wait to watch the director's cut of this film. He said it was the best film of 2012 even though it came out in 2011 because the director's cut came out in 2012.
That said, I was so ready to see the best film of the year and instead found myself thinking that I should just stop listening to the end of the year best lists of movies.
Something I did not see addressed in the reviews I read here was the focus on music. Sometimes, a lot of times actually, the score was so loud I could not understand the dialogue. And then the opera music and shots of birds in the sky went on forever and often. If this is what the director's cut brought to the film, I think I may want to avoid this director in the future.
I was sorely disappointed as I kept waiting for it to redeem itself and it never did. It just kept going on and on in seeming futility until, I guess they ran out of time and the film just ended.
A Complete Waste of Time
How do I begin writing a review for a movie that was a complete waste of time? Firstly, can anyone tell me what the title had to do with the film? Reading some of the reviews, I can see how this film might be seen as poetic as the landscapes were lengthy and nice but the movie made absolutely no sense to me whatsoever.
Perhaps, as one reviewer said, if you saw it in the theater you might better appreciate it because there were vast vistas of rural Mexico, places I've never seen and most likely, will never see. It could be that when sitting in the theater, the exceedingly slow pace of the film would not seem so overwhelmingly boring and useless.
Secondly, who was the woman at the very end, the one with the dark shawl over her head? Nothing was explained, nothing made sense.
I would encourage you to not make the same mistake that I did and waste your life watching this film.
Waste of Time
Reading through everyone's reviews, I'm wondering if we saw the same film. I thought it was a complete waste of time. Only one redeeming quality--that it was a true story, that's it.
The lead character was so unsympathetic, a total jerk of a guy who did not appear to have any talent or insight, yet everyone was continuously trying to please him, over and over and over again. He showed no consideration for anyone and was completely self absorbed. It was hard to watch as he had no redeeming qualities. I kept thinking that it was going to get better so I watched to the end. Only when I saw that it was a true story and that the characters were played by the real people depicted in the movie did it have a tiny bit of saving grace.
So, finally, if you enjoy seeing others being emotionally and sometimes physically abused by a spoiled and unrepentant drug addict, this is the movie for you.
Hollow Reed (1996)
Well done but seems dated
Everyone did a great job and I'm sure that when it came out, it was very timely. It might even still be timely in the Bible belt or in Muslim countries. But in today's America, it seems dated as the main focus of the film was about whether or not gays should have custody of their children.
I suppose if plot is not what you're interested in, you could get lost in the performances as they were all perfect, particularly that little boy. He was really great. I went to see what else he was in on IMDb and was surprised to see that he has not had much of a career. Too bad. He was fabulous.
So, see it for historical reasons or for the performances but I don't think it's anything one should rush out to see, if you have not already seen it.
Lame Teen Film But Edward is YUM!!!
I have 2 problems with this film. First, I never believed the progression of the relationship between Bella and Edward. He seemed freaky and she seemed freaked out. When he told her that he could no longer keep away from her it seemed like it came out of nowhere. I don't know if it was the fault of the actors or the direction or the script but it did not make sense as it did not appear either one of them had any interest in the other.
Secondly, the cast, for the large majority was very poorly chosen. The vampires were all supposed to be breathtakingly beautiful. Jasper looked like he kept his finger in a electric wall socket for the whole movie, never changing expressions and he was not at all even cute, much less beautiful. And the way they had Nikki Reed made up for Rosalie, she was not at all attractive. I've seen Nikki in Thirteen and she was a stunner. I was surprised this was the same person. And the same with Carlisle. Not good. So I had a hard time buying their performances since the first impressions were so stunningly off character. I did not feel any connection with any of them.
2 exceptions to this are Alice and Edward. Alice was cast perfectly. She was the sprite, energetic and happy person described in the book. But the most perfect of all was Edward. I remember having seen Robert Pattinson in #4 Harry Potter film and was not particularly impressed but in this film, WOW, no one could have done a better job. He was the personification of the perfect chiseled stone the author described. And for added fun, I'd recommend you watch the portion of the DVD where the director, Bella and Edward talk over the film, discussing the scenes. It is hilarious hearing how self-deprecating Robert Pattinson is....talking about how much mouse was in his hair....how he could understand how the other kids in the school would be afraid of him because he wore lipstick and so much mouse in his hair and those clothes. He was a stitch! So, watch the film for Robert Pattinson and Alice (Ashley Greene).
Kiss the Bride (2002)
Cheesy and Horrible
This film is shockingly bad. A complete waste of life. Don't make the same mistake I did by watching it. The actors were bad, the music was bad, the story was worse than anything else. It was put together like a high school project. Shocking how bad this film is. One of the worst I've ever seen. I cannot understand how it got any favorable reviews.
It felt like a really bad B movie. The dialogue was completely contrived and predictable. The syrupy sweet family scenes are so unrealistically wonderful that their unreality is grating. And I wonder how many families siblings are all stunningly beautiful and highly economically successful---aka Rich Rich Rich?
It's the kind of movie that insults one's intelligence over and over. It is completely brain dead and useless. Save yourself from this mess.
What the Heck?!
The reason I was so generous and gave it a 4 was because the actors were good and the special effects were interesting. That's it. The good will these things provided lasted for about halfway through the film then it all started falling apart for me. There was so much confusion that at 3/4 of the way through I didn't care about anybody or anything and just couldn't wait for it to be over.
As I read these glowing reviews and the many thoughtful comments, I find myself wondering if we saw 2 different films. Also, I enjoy complex plots and a good story but this was abstraction for abstraction's sake. I don't have the time or energy to review over and over and over some film and wonder what this might have meant or that might have meant. I suppose if one is a David Lynch fan, one might be able to enjoy this film.
A waste of 2 hours of my life. That's what I call this film.
Read The Book
I think the only reason to watch any of the Harry Potter movies is to be able to hold on to that Potter "magic" a little longer and to be able to see the perfect casting that was done on all the films. The perfect cast only falls short on one occasion and that was the Dumbledore replacement. I just never believed he embodied the humor and deep strength required for that role.
Anyway, that said, I saw this film before I read any of the books and walked away not having a clue of what it was about. I saw it twice and still couldn't figure out what it was about. After I finally got around to reading the books and saw it again, I was able to make some sense of it. The problem was, by then I saw how much they left out and so it was unsatisfying for that reason too. Of course, it looks great but that's as far as it goes, particularly if you've read the book.
I cannot understand why, when these books and films are so enormously popular worldwide as they are, why the film makers are not willing to turn each book into 2 separate films? There is SO much material, so much that is vital to the story and then to cut it out just to keep the film around 2 hours in length is criminal. Given that the cast is so strong, I can't imagine a remake in years to come ever being better than this one. My fondest wish is that they will at least do this for the last 2 books. Make 4 films please!!! People will go and love them and the film makers will make tons of money. What's wrong with that?! Think "Lord Of The Rings" and all the Oscars they received..... Oh, I hope they do Harry justice in at least the last two books!