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I had decently high expectations for this film. I thought this movie would good fun. It was. I thought it would be well acted. Doubly so. ItI had decently high expectations for this film. I thought this movie would good fun. It was. I thought it would be well acted. Doubly so. It was far better than I expected. The two words I think best describing it are optimistic, and engaging. I think that in this day, people don't like optimism so much; they see it as naive. I often see it that way myself. I can be very cynical, and tell myself that is just the way the world is. This movie is very optimistic, but it is not naive. They have an actual, clear point, that I believe is very well made, despite the fact that I can't see the world that way. I think those who say the plot is off, or lacking in substance, simply disagree with the message. One sentence summary of the review: This is an amazing movie, and anyone who has any real interest should definitely see it.
Onto specifics (this is long):
Visually, the movie was very appealing. The CGI was not always spectacular (though it was always very good), but it was always on point, serving its purpose very well. The non cgi stuff was very well done, perhaps better than the cgi. The world was bright and colorful when appropriate, and the opposite when that was appropriate.
The action sequences were very well done, and somewhat more serious than you might expect in a PG Disney movie. There was more weight to them than I expected. Nothing to worry about showing to children, of course, but not dumbed down either.
Coming into this year, I expected my favorite movie would be the second Avengers movie. That was reinforced when I saw it. That said, Tomorrowland is a better movie. It has better acting, more of a point, and is more intellectual. It is also a lot more fun. This is coming from a big-time Joss Whedon fanboy.
My favorite member of the cast was Britt Robertson. She was note perfect the entire time. It wasn't unusual to have her reaction to what was going on around her cause my own. I've liked her for a while, but she far surpassed my expectations.
That said, all of the actors and actresses surpassed my expectations considerably. While that probably means I underestimated them, that is also a major credit to the director, Brad Bird. I didn't know his name before the lead up to this movie, but I looked up what he's directed, which includes The Incredibles and a number of other relatively famous movies, and I think this is easily the best thing he's made.
I would like to make a special note of Raffey Cassidy; most kids can't act. She most definitely can.
I've described this movie as fun and optimistic, but there is definitely some pathos to it. It doesn't try to pretend things are better than they are. The full spectrum of emotions is there. It shows the world in all of its bleakness. It just isn't willing to write us off.
If you've read this far, see it. You'll probably love it, but even if you don't, even if you disagree entirely with its message, it is well worth your time. It was well worth mine.… Full Review »
I kept waiting for this movie to be intresting. But that never panned out. visialy it was nice but the stoy was just so borning. so vary, varyI kept waiting for this movie to be intresting. But that never panned out. visialy it was nice but the stoy was just so borning. so vary, vary borning..… Full Review »
Incredibly symbolic throughout, Take Shelter is a film that really rides on Michael Shannon's terrific performance and Jeff Nichols' greatIncredibly symbolic throughout, Take Shelter is a film that really rides on Michael Shannon's terrific performance and Jeff Nichols' great direction. Showing incredible vulnerability, Shannon stars in this character study of a broken man dealing with some troubling visions that threaten not only himself, but his relationships, and his marriage. Shannon does a great job portraying this troubled man. The writing here is also very good and it does a great job drawing connections between the storms, both exterior and interior. Overall, I would say this film has many strengths, but none that make it a truly great film. As it stands, it is pretty good, but is missing that "it" factor. Its main negative is that it is a touch too long, even though it is two hours. Some scenes could have been cut and the final result would have been just as effective. However, as it stands, the film shows both the talents of Nichols and Shannon quite well and show is a pretty emotionally impactful film.… Full Review »
This extremely good family movie is funny at times. I disagree with many people as I think it is better than the first. Everything was just aThis extremely good family movie is funny at times. I disagree with many people as I think it is better than the first. Everything was just a lot bigger and better and the minions are cute. They need the minions as their little icon or the movie would just be some plain, boring kids movie.… Full Review »
Who cares are the key words that surround this movie. All the characters are terrible people who you realize in the first 20 minutes are justWho cares are the key words that surround this movie. All the characters are terrible people who you realize in the first 20 minutes are just a waste of time. The end of the movie is absurd don't waste your time. D-… Full Review »