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I Began Wanting to Like This Movie
This movie started off good enough to watch when the time is right to give something new a watch... I wanted to give it a fair shot as the story sounded cool, and the creators and production staff tends to put out mostly good quality work.
The mom and dad thing is incredibly corny but I was able to push past that. The awkward kid thing is a bit much but I let it go. The story grew more interesting and I was starting to enjoy it despite the corny family dynamic and the excessive awkwardness of life as a kid. In general, the acting and the script the actors were working with were just not very good.
The action came on fast, and the movie was never slow and boring. However more time could have spent wrapping things up more completely and putting some context around most of what happened regarding almost everything. Instead, it was just the kid being evil, the parents and everyone else being entirely vulnerable to and helpless against anything and everything the evil kid did, and absolutely no one was tasked with putting any effort into trying to figure things out what was going on or find a way to put a stop to it all.
Bam! Everyone is dead and a plane crashes.
Like I started off writing here, I began wanting to like this movie. But despite it being enjoyable at times, I could have lived my life just fine having never watched this movie.
Great New Show
Cool concept, solid story, good acting, and totally enjoyable and fun to watch (too easy to binge). I really loved watching this show.
The Handmaid's Tale: Mayday (2019)
I loved this entire season, and I cannot imagine a better finale. The way this episode ended was simply perfect. Writing, cinematography, acting, and storytelling at its finest.
As Enjoyable As Getting Stabbed In Your Eye
A rotten mix of Her, Ex Machina and a dumpster full of used diapers sitting in the summer sun for a month. This movie became really unenjoyable and quite absurd about ten minutes in. If you want to watch a movie featuring a par for the course always looking good damsel in distress interacting with a delusional sentient machine suffering from dementia with all things driven by a decent story with lackluster dialog and weak acting then you might like it. SFX and camera work were good and that's the only reason I will give this movie two stars.
If I wasn't the type of person that needed to know how stories ended then I wouldn't regret the time wasted and forever lost watching this movie.
Game of Thrones (2011)
The Story of "A Song of Ice and Fire" is not Being Told
*** Includes Spoilers - Do not read this if you love the books and have not started watching the show yet! ***
First, if you have not started with reading the books, then I suggest waiting until the show is finished. Then again, maybe I will be too nit picky with my review, and you can simply enjoy watching and reading...
A great production and a great show when based only on its own merits, but is a disgrace to the story of "A Song of Ice and Fire" and does a great disservice to the fans of the books it is to be based upon. The shows do not come close to being true to or measuring up to the quality of character development, world building and the just plain excellent storytelling enjoyed when reading the books. Season three did an especially bad job sticking to the story told in the first half of "A Storm of Swords" as it just goes off, messes a lot up, and tells it in a way that I suppose would be required when only ~10 hours of time is made available.
Since each season and every episode of this show have Martin's blessing, I am assuming that he is okay with "Game of Thrones" being loosely based -- in an extreme manner -- on his epic masterpiece of fantasy literature.
I could tolerate the first two seasons as they were not too incredibly far off from the the first two books (still, very far off). But the third season takes things way too far regarding the show's deviation from the books.
I watched the premier of the third season until I saw how badly the storyline of every primary protagonist of the books was going to be abused by the very excessive of creative license taken by the writers (and maybe Martin himself as well) of the show. What really struck me was that for some reason Selmy was on his own when he came to save Daenerys and that a simple yet important character such as Strong Belwas was absent. I decided at that point to stop watching. And the season ended and I was determined not to care, not even when the "Red Wedding" became national news during a slow news cycle.
However, as time crept on I came to terms with the fact that the show and the books are not the same and that the overall quality of the show cannot be compared to the far superior and actual story of the books. "Game of Thrones" is not "A Song of Ice and Fire" and I now view the show as telling one story and the books telling another.
After thinking on it, and being somewhat persuaded to do so by others, I decided to just watch the third season since I had mostly enjoyed the first two. The quality of production and (for the most part) dialog and acting are superior to just about anything else TV - I rank the show on its own merits being on the same level as The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire as far HBO shows and most any other shows on TV go. But, still, despite the fact that I have come to understand the show as being a very condensed and exceptionally loose adaptation of the books it is to be based on, and despite the fact that I do enjoy watching the show, I can only say I really half like it because of how much I loved reading and re-reading the books and how often I have to ask "Where is that character?", "Why did they leave that key event out?", or "Why would they change that when it would be just as easy to stay true to what was in the book?". Add to that the alternate story for Asha that starts up in the season finale of season three really irks me. Not to mention the bones I have to pick regarding Bran's story...
If only HBO could dedicate more than 10 episodes at ~50-55 minutes each for a season, maybe the story of "Game of Thrones" would be much more in line with the actual story of "A Song of Ice and Fire" and would be a much better show because of it. However, that is not the case. It will be interesting to see what they do with the second half of "A Storm of Swords" and exactly how great the show itself can be while still messing with my book-reading mind.
Yes, I enjoy the show, but my love of the books necessitates dropping my vote to a 5/10 and it's getting a 5 and not less because this is in part a show that is being overseen by Martin himself and I have come to appreciate how he has agreed with and influenced in whatever way he can the story being told in "Game of Thrones" and how it is being told.
Now, can we book fans please get "The Winds of Winter" sooner rather than way too much later???