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Saint_Samantha's Movies of The Week #3
Hey, there! So, I watched another 5 movies. You care, so here are my thoughts!
5. 300: A friend on here likes this movie, and another guy on here called Leonidas a strong character, Snyder has overall impressed be with his visuals, and "THIS IS SPARTA!" is already iconic in my head, so I decided to check this one out. And it was awful, very awful!
Not really, it was actually above average. Not as good as I'd hoped for (I've read people on here call it the best movie they've ever seen). Yes, I get that it's a pop culture sensation, but it is also very, very flawed. Yes, it's manly, which is cool. But that isn't enough to redeem it for me.
Here's the problem with 300. It is not a good looking movie. People like to cite Snyder for his visuals, but this is not a visually appealing movie. All Zack does is match up colour here and call it a day. The primary colours here are gold and red, and Snyder repeats that for all of the films.
That's why people find this movie beautifully shot, but his shots in this movie are legitimately very simple. There is barely any range in the shots. Not to mention that it is severally lacking in detail. This here is a good shot. This isn't a good shot. Because all it is, is pretty colours matched together w/o detail to appreciate. There is hardly background in this film. It's mostly close ups. This movie has the aesthetic of a painting, but none of the detail.
Not to mention that the supernatural and natural elements did not match up well, and the transitions are jarring. BUT, it is such a manly movie. There is literally a slow motion scene of Leonidas The fight scenes are alluring, it's always nice to see Michael Fassbender in things, and above all, Gerald Butler did a very good job and his character rolled in nicely. I actually enjoyed his shouting.
4. Warrior Tom Hardy, you magnificent Bastard. I meant it. I hate Tom Hardy after this movie. He performed so well that I hated his character. Tom Hardy is too good at being assholes. Makes me think he is one. I wasn't a fan of the first hour of this film. I found it bland and uninteresting.
But when the film entered it's second half, I really enjoyed the rest of the movie. It isn't remarkable from a filmmaking standpoint, it is a cliched movie, but the movie finds it's strength through a heartfelt narrative. By the second half, I was engaged. The fight scenes are not as well choreographed as Creed, but it was still a fantastic fight!
Why? Because of the emotional resonance. I was engaged in the characters, which made the climax enthralling to watch unfold. Before I move onto the next film, I'd like to mention that Joel Edgerton did a surprisingly good job. I haven't seen much of him previously, but the point is that I was expecting Hardy to be the only good performance in the film. Edgerton is no Tom Hardy, but he still did a commendable job.
3. Good Will Hunting: I've been interested in this movie for a while. But regardless of all the praise surrounding it, I didn't expect to be a big fan. But Good Will Hunting wowed me. I'd heard of the "It's not your fault" line previously. And no, I didn't cry. But it hit me hard. This is not a perfect film. It still irks me that the reason for Will Hunting being kickass at math is shallow. He's practically a junkie, yet he's a BA at Maths. Why? Because according to him, he "looks at Math and he just understands it." That doesn't cut it for me. The rest of the film then made up for it. This is a fantastic movie. Nothing from a filmmaking standpoint, but the performances and script of the film elevated it to new heights.
I heard that Affleck and Damon (cousins) wrote this script for the sole purpose of acting in something, which is why we've gotten nothing from them since this, although as it stands, Good Will Hunting is an excellently acted, excellently written film.
2. Dawn of The Planet of The Apes: IMO the best summer blockbuster since The Dark Knight, and a near masterpiece.
The visual affects are some of the best, if not THE best, I've seen put to film. There are characters in this film that, if I didn't know better, I'd say were real life characters. By that, I mean the apes. Holy shit, especially Maurice. This film is both complex and entertaining, which is the same reason The Dark Knight is such a resounding success. The story is not black and white in the slightest. Hell, the villain the movie is not a villain. He's a sympathetic character that wants nothing but the best for the Apes.
Not to mention that the imagery of an ape on a horse, holding a machine gun, is epic. This film is epic, yet intimate and emotional. It is told in the same fashion of a Shakespearean tragedy + entertaining and complex. That is why the storytelling in this movie is so effective. Feel free to disagree with me on the rating, call me "liberal w/ ratings" or "low standard", but I'd be lying to you if I said otherwise.
Verdict: 10 out of 10
1. Apocalypse Now I saw two 10/10's this week, and the first of them I've seen in a while. Apocalypse Now is an achievement in cinema that deserves to be remembered. This film was made before Computer Generated Imagery existed, yet Francis Ford Coppola blew my away with the film that he managed to craft with nothing but practical effects. The helicopters in the air, the music, the imagery, the Agent Orange, the epic war set pieces. That is w/o mentioning the tragedy of the death of Perry Black.
I didn't expect less for Marlon Brando after watching The Godfather, On The Waterfront, The Men, and A Streetcar Named Desire. And he blew me away again. I hear he improvised a 2-minute iconic speech in this film. If so, fantastic job, Brando. But then again, it wouldn't surprise me. The thing is that this film is somewhat of an accident. He accidentally made a masterpiece. For example, Brando actually showed up overweight to set. That's why for a majority of his screen time, Colonel Kurtz is shrouded in darkness. Hell, I hear this film almost didn't get made. Good thing it was. The horror - the horror of this movie wasn't made.
Verdict: 10 out of 10
Bye bye. You better not leave your garbage lying around.