The script has just borrowed ideas and scenes from lots of other sci fi films like The Matrix and I Robot, but where those films had elements of mystery and a story that unfolded gradually giving the viewer pieces of information gradually, this one just meanders along, switching between so-so CGI action scenes and boring exposition scenes. The script is just bad. In order to get from one action scene to the next, characters just phone Alita up and say stuff like, "Hey Alita something bad is about to happen a few miles away, can you get there?" And then the film cuts to the scene in question, Alita shows up and the action happens.
There are lots of bad guys but their motives are virtually non existent. It's just "Kill Alita, or Hugo" Why? "Because, the boss says so" And who is the boss? Dunno.
A series of action scenes involving Alita beating up the same characters again and again doesn't make for an entertaining film. And a villain who doesn't show his face or reveal his motives isn't interesting either. Total waste of some decent performances from the lead actors.
The ending is brilliant too. And even though I loved this show, I hope it ends there.
Those first three seasons are possibly the funniest TV show I've ever seen. I only discovered this show in 2019, so the fact that the first 3 seasons were so funny is a sign of how well it's aged, and also of how shockingly awful most sitcoms are now. This is the first sitcom I've enjoyed since Friends, Seinfeld and Frasier ended.
Give it a go. It took me about 3 episodes to start to "get" the humour and after that every episode got funnier. Until season 4....
Overall, the film starts off okay with a few good laughs and a very funny wedding reception. But after about half an hour the jokes dry up almost entirely. The obly laughs in the last hour come from the occasional moments of physical comedy from Alba, but she's not in it enough unfortunately.
On the plus side, when he's being rude to people (something Gervais does well) it's very funny and I enjoyed the excessive use of the C-word. His character Tony uses his grieving as an excuse to tell people what he really thinks of them, so if you found Jack Nicholson amusing in As Good As It Gets then this should be right up your street.
On the downside, the one hangdog expression that Gervais does all the time to convey his depression has absolutely no subtlety to it. In fact subtlety is seriously lacking here and that's the only thing that stops this from being brilliant. Instead of showing the viewer how he comes through his depression, you are constantly told word for word what is happening. Characters launch into long monologues explaining what depression is all about and how to cope with it, which is a fairly lazy and amateurish way to do it. And every time one of these monologues takes place there's the sad music and the characters have tears welling up in their eyes. It's a classic example of telling the audience what's going on and how to feel instead of showing it, which is a more powerful way to do it.
Overall though, I did like this show. It was easy to watch, and even though the characters were stereotypes, they were all likeable, although if you weren't sure, Gervais does make a point of announcing that each person is wonderful, because, you know, no subtlety.
I like the village that it's set in too, and the message of the show is sound, without getting all political (apart from Gervais's usual rants about social media etc). Either way, I agree with most of his rants about people, and the show is at its best when he's calling people out for being disingenuous. It's also made well enough to hide its limited budget. Each episode sees Gervais in the same settings, - with a woman on a park bench, in a therapist's office, visiting his father in a care home and in his workplace. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these sections were filmed in less than a day. For example, the six scenes on the park bench could all be filmed in one day. Gervais is usually wearing the same clothes in each episode too.
I suspect most people will quite like this show, although it depends on whether you like Ricky Gervais or not. I find him funny when he's abusing people, but I wish he'd find some new things to moan about.
What follows is a classic Columbo style investigation with a very satisfying finale. One of the best episodes in the series, in my opinion.
What this film has going for it is its unpredictability. It frequently surprised me, often not going the way I expected, taking a left turn instead of a right. It's rare to find a film like that these days because everything seems to be dumbed down for people who can't handle anything that doesn't stick to a formula.
The lead actor was someone I hadn't seen before and at first I was a little put off, thinking he wouldn't be able to carry the film, but he does. In fact he really grew on me as the film went on. All of the performances in this film are good, and there's even an appearance from Daniel Larusso's mom and the girl from Sex Drive (who I've never seen in anything else, but she's good in this too).
The plot in a nutshell sees a dodgy psychic, Michael Vaughn get caught up in an absurd Ben Stiller style comedy, although there's no slapstick humour here, it's a dark thriller, but Vaughn repeatedly makes bad decisions and tells lies that lead to more lies. His female sidekick acts as his conscience, which helps to make it believable when he discusses his plans with her, listens to her advice and then usually ignores it, leaving you shaking your head. The whole thing escalates quite magniificently without ever taking a mis-step that leaves you rolling your eyes. The script is solid and I found myself really rooting for Vaughn even though he's a weasel.
The only negatives I can come up with are that on a couple of occasions the film dragged for a few minutes, but fortunately it always recovered. And although I couldn't predict how it was going to end, I found the ending a little disappointing. It tied everything up perfectly, but because of how the film had gone up to that point I was hoping for something a little more original. But those minor gripes aside, this film is a breath of fresh air and worth your time, in my opinion.
The big secret about Count Iblis is revealed with impeccable timing, and it's a great twist. The first time I saw this two parter I was blown away by it. It's the kind of mystery that modern day superhero films should take a look at. Nothing is spooned to the audience, it's cleverly paced with a twist at the end. As a viewer you become involved in the mystery the same way you would with an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents. This really is magnificent television.
The first part of War of The Gods has action, intrigue and some cool SFX (for it's time). First up, some mysterious lights flying through space, followed by a giant spacecraft lead to the disappearance of some of the Viper pilots who are out on patrol. Then, when Starbuck, Apollo and Sheba investigate a crash site on a nearby planet they come across a mysterious stranger, Count Iblis (wonderfully played by Patric McNee, who also does the voiceover in the opening credits of every episode). Iblis convinces the three warriors not to inspect the crash because of radiation issues. He then comes aboard the Galactica and some strange things happen. It's a perfect set up for the second episode. Well written stuff and well acted.
It's an episode where Boomer gets to do more than usual and it has some interesting stunts performed in and around the fire, but it adds nothing to the series as a whole. You could easily skip this episode and it wouldn't make any difference.
The gang of "Loonies" who initially seemed quite annoying start to grow on the viewer after a while and by the half hour mark you find that you care about all of the characters.
The problems start when a second predator arrives with his predator dogs. I can see why this decision was made. It adds something new to the franchise but that's about it. At around the same time in the movie, one of the "evil" human characters shows up with a bunch of henchmen. What follows is a chaotic sequence of events involving far too many characters. The film is edited at such a frantic pace that I lost track of what was going on a few times. There's a few minor plot holes too, which I won't spoil.
Overall for me this was really good for about an hour but then it gradually went downhill and although the pace never let up there were so many sudden deaths that I didn't have time to care about the loss of some of the likeable characters. But, gripes aside, this is easily the second best Predator movie after the first one. It's worth watching, but the ending is quite underwhelming, which is a shame.
This episode is definitely all action and therefore despite some great stuff with loads of cylons, there's also the obligatory stock footage of Vipers destroying cylon ships, which you will have seen before..... a lot.
Overall though this is an exciting conclusion to the two-parter and the ending leaves you with some unanswered questions which is pretty cool.