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Slow paced storytelling which proved to be too generic...
Granted I hadn't even heard about the 2018 movie "The Golem" before I happened to come across it by random luck in 2019. Knowing what a golem is, I was of course immediately drawn to the movie. And I must admit the movie's cover helped win me over.
And now that I've finished watching "The Golem" I must say that this movie wasn't really as interesting as I had dared hoped it to be. And after sitting through 1 hour and 35 minutes I must admit I am left with a sense of 'was that really it?'. Directors Doron Paz and Yoav Paz just seemed to squander so much potential for a great movie.
First of all, the storytelling in "The Golem" was slow, incredibly slow. And to make matters worse, then very little of any interest happened throughout the course of the movie, which only prolonged the suffering of what was already a movie that dragged on.
Then the storyline itself just seemed a bit too simplistic. The entire first segment with the massive golem showed so much interesting potential, but then the movie fell into a slowed down tempo and just trotted mundanely onwards leaving very little of any interest to the audience.
As for the golem itself... Well, the first golem that we only get to see in silhouette proved very interesting, but then that was taken away and we were left with a much less interesting golem. Sure, the concept of a child golem was interesting in theory, but in actuality on the screen it just didn't pan out all that great.
It should be said that the acting in the movie was fairly good, taking into considerations the severe hindrances the actors and actresses had to work with in terms of a very bland script and storyline.
The special effects in the movie were good, and "The Golem" was thankfully not a movie that relied too much on special effects to carry it. That was a nice treat for the audience, at least.
All in all, "The Golem" is a less than mediocre movie. It had a lot of potential really, but it was just squandered. My rating of "The Golem" is a mere four out of ten stars.
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