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A decent action flick, but felt too rushed for its own good
I saw this film today. As a former WoW player, and someone who has read up on some lore about various characters, here are my thoughts on the film:
Pros: 1. Visual details are very faithful to the WoW games. If you're a WoW player, you would feel like watching the leveling zones come to life. 2. It is a balanced movie; not too dark not too light. It has the even formula of a good action movie. 3. Visual effects - one of the things that I had reservations with initially. This applies mostly to the Orcs, and I think they pulled it off. They don't look too CGI, which is good. 4. Storyline is good. The lore is pretty good, so I don't expect less from the movie.
Cons: All the cons I have found in this movie is because of the fact that the movie is too short. I cannot believe it is only 2 hours long.
1. Too rushed - this lore is very extensive, with a lot of key players shaping up this era and also the future era. 2. Characters lacking soul - the movie serves cohesion for both casual and knowledgeable audiences, making it very easy to understand for the latter while not doing a disservice to the former. However, I just personally feel that the characters sacrificed a lot of their background in order to fit the main plot into a 2h movie. 3. Lack of build up - the war, the key characters, the resolution, they all lack build up because of time constraints. The plot just moved way too fast for its own good. 4. Action scenes could've been better - there is no drama, no anticipation, just pure action. This is mostly because of #3.
In conclusion: It is a very typical summer action flick. It is not a bad movie, but it is also not the best.
I am a bit disappointed because I expected something to a more of a LotR format where they build the characters and the plot to a point where the audience would gain empathy and understand where they are coming from.
This could've been epic but really got affected because it was rushed. There is no apparent character development, if they die, you really don't feel anything. If someone dies, as a new audience, you won't even realize how much impact that would be.
There is no soul between characters, the action scenes are generic. The lack of orchestration on the final confrontation was sub-par. There is no excitement, no fire, just something you'd say "ok, that was cool" and then you move on with your life.
But for me, the movie was decent. But I'm not sure if it's going to entice new audiences towards reading up on the lore as it is not as detailed as LotR. It just felt like a flash in the pan movie that people will just say "it's a movie I saw last summer."
You cannot underestimate people that reads up on interesting lore like LotR, Harry Potter, etc., this would've massively boosted WoW in terms of mainstream success, but for me, it was just there really.
The whole thing could've been an intricate saga, but they really went the other way. It's like, instead of going for TDK, it went for BvS (but with a better faith to lore). Instead of going for The Avengers, they went for X-Men: Apocalypse. Take it however you want.
Fails in comparison
I thought the trailer was good, and the posters are definitely conspicuous enough-make you wanna see the movie and all. With the recent success and great cinematography from Apocalypto and 300, I thought this movie would've been on par. The problem is, it wasn't. It failed miserably compared to the two movies mentioned, which this movie has so many 'similar traits' from, by the way. I'm not saying that Pathfinder is a rip-off, but any average movie goer who have both seen Apocalypto and 300 would not really find it hard to bring up the comparison. The climax is similar to the former and the action sequences is similar to the latter. But on both accounts, this movie failed miserably to compare. The action sequences were so hard to keep track since the cinematography is just too poor. I don't know if this is really done by someone who has experience in doing this kind of films, but I felt it was done by an amateur. I can't understand what was hit, or who has hit, for that matter. It was just utterly confusing. There were even some scenes that they like to focus on more 'artful' scenarios, pulling a 300-ish type of slow motion and focusing, but it was just bland and ineffective. It certainly didn't help the scenes.
For the acting, well, Karl Urban did a decent job. I mean, he has to pull off some facial expressions due to the lack of lines. But above average? No. Thank god for CG that saved this whole movie. The acting, the banal story, the uneventful release here in my country after 300 and Apocalypto-I'd say that this movie is just not worth your money and your time. Disappointing.
P.S. I've never had more hatred than Moon's character. I mean, she followed Ghost (Karl Urban) without being asked, and when she was captured and treated like trash, she had the guts to throw a tantrum on him. Major PMS much? What a bitchy character. He should've left her in the cliffs.
Yi ge dou bu neng shao (1999)
A substitute teacher set on a search for her lost student in the city.
Nothing like an insightful and touching film like "Not One Less". I can't understand Chinese, but it didn't hinder me for getting the message it was portraying. This movie is so good, you could cry your heart out. It makes you wonder how many people in our world today would risk something like that in order to find one little boy in a giant crowded city. I was just floored with the story, I was touched with the characters' personalities, I was impressed with the acting. I could've passed it as a Hollywood blockbuster, but it was certainly not a Julia Roberts caliber can do. It was innocent, heartwarming, and straight to the point. There were no hesitation, it was a direct hit in telling the fact that there is a hero in all of us and other people need to be told to be aware of how much our fellowmen is suffering while they live in the comforts of their own home.
Definitely, one of the saddest movies I've seen. And the actors did an AMAZING job! 8.5/10