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Average User Score: 6.5Jan 28, 2019The book was hypnotizing and everybody I know who read it, couldn't put it down -- page by page it's like: incredulous laughter -- "oh my GOD"The book was hypnotizing and everybody I know who read it, couldn't put it down -- page by page it's like: incredulous laughter -- "oh my GOD" -- stunned silence -- "wow!"...
Now, it's a very tall order to match this book but they've made a good effort in this film. Woody Harrelson gives an Oscar-worthy performance as the toxic dad. Details from the book are faithfully presented. But this is a personal narrative story that just doesn't transpose strongly to the screen; it's the author's unique voice, and pacing, and style that gives the power to the book, and there's no way to duplicate that in film without actual voice-over. Well worth watching though.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jan 28, 2019Reminds us that yellow cars are the best cars, and that 80s music is the best music. The gag at the end is a great ending, lol.
Other thanReminds us that yellow cars are the best cars, and that 80s music is the best music. The gag at the end is a great ending, lol.
Other than that... pretty silly stuff! As an adult I really shouldn't be wasting my time. A kids movie.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7Jan 28, 2019Lost in a limbo somewhere between Masterpiece Theater and Monty Python, this artsy-fartsy cutesy-pootsy "period drama" is neither convincinglyLost in a limbo somewhere between Masterpiece Theater and Monty Python, this artsy-fartsy cutesy-pootsy "period drama" is neither convincingly "period", nor very dramatic, nor does the occasional half-hearted comic scene redeem it. A lot of work obviously went into this, and we have to respect the efforts of all involved but... it all turns out to be an odd and rather dreary affair that's more depressing than entertaining.
While there are many lingering close-ups of Emma Stone to show that her agent has negotiated a generous portion of exclusive screen time for her, the cinematography in general is notably annoying and distracting. In particular the "fisheye" wide angle shots with peripheral curving and distortion of the images, help to destroy any immersive experience here, and distance us from the story. A story which is often a bit hard to follow, and hard to swallow. That most of the cast don't make any attempt at English accents, and talk essentially L.A. street talk, additionally sabotages the historical ambience we expect. Maybe this was supposed to be campy, like it was in "Marie Antoinette", but it doesn't come across that way here.
Finally, the irritating score compounds the strange off-key quality of the film. While some period music is used, it's performed and mixed in a way that sounds inauthentic. Then we have long, long periods where the score is some kind of inexplicable, monotonous, modernistic knocking, tocking noise that again distracts us from the action at hand and reminds us that this is an artsy-fartsy director getting in his artsy farts instead of entertaining us.
On the positive side, the bunnies are cute; ducks are always a plus in any film; and when the horsies prance along with their feathered crests on, that's pretty darn cool.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.7Dec 29, 2018The future may end up being like this film, if humans keep on the way they are. It has a prophetic, warning feel to it, which is part of itsThe future may end up being like this film, if humans keep on the way they are. It has a prophetic, warning feel to it, which is part of its power. It chillingly rings true to human nature. "They had built a house of straw..." and we're living it today. Yep, we'll probably all end up killing for gasoline, banding together in terrified groups in improvised fortresses with medieval jury-rigged weapons, and eagerly eating canned dog food (if we can afford it in the post-apocalyptic barter economy). The bands of marauding killers will prey on the ever-shrinking bands of decent people trying to sustain a remnant of civilization. Basically, it will be like Attila the Hun vs. the peasants of Europe, with the occasional lone heroic knight showing up to help the good guys. And that's more or less what this film is about, with Mel Gibson as the nothing-left-to-lose knight of the road.
A highly original, superbly well-made, riveting and immersive nonstop rampage through a grim and grotesque future that may well come to pass in 50 years or so... let's hope not.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Dec 29, 2018Seeing it in 1982 I expected just another SF film, so the initial eruption of that dog in the beginning took me totally by surprise. It wasSeeing it in 1982 I expected just another SF film, so the initial eruption of that dog in the beginning took me totally by surprise. It was so shocking that I had to leave the theater for a few minutes. No other film has ever even come close to doing that to me! No question -- this is one of the grimmest horror films ever made, a diabolically powerful masterpiece of a futile fight for survival by a small and shrinking group of terrified humans against an utterly alien, unimaginably ancient entity, surrounded by the deadly, primeval, Antarctic winter night.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.8Dec 25, 2018This classic (the original 1984 film) is a FAR better film than it gets credit for. Original, gripping, somewhat chilling storyline, wellThis classic (the original 1984 film) is a FAR better film than it gets credit for. Original, gripping, somewhat chilling storyline, well executed. "What if?" ... and if accept the premise, we are drawn into a very entertaining heroic tale that isn't so utterly far-fetched, and includes some striking and vivid combat scenes that go far beyond our low-budget expectations. Like the scene where the helicopter shoots up the enemy roadblock... that was money for sure, and it's almost just a background cameo. Makes it feel unexpectedly real and immersive. We really feel, "yeah, this is kind of how it would be, if the US homeland were actually invaded". Hence, we identify with the high-school kids turned patriot soldiers in a shattered world where they don't even have any news of what is happening, at least until the downed pilot shows up.
We need more homeland survival dramas in this genre. It's a fascinating theme, and plenty of room for more "What if...?" stories about what ordinary folks in America would have to do when the country is falling apart.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.9Dec 25, 2018This is a fantastic recruiting film for the drug courier industry! Makes me want to sign up right away! Just a nice road trip once a month,This is a fantastic recruiting film for the drug courier industry! Makes me want to sign up right away! Just a nice road trip once a month, easy driving, listen to the radio -- see America! $30K waiting at the end... not bad at all, beats Uber driving! Wonder if there's an app for it, LOL! Actually I suppose these days, the cartels probably *do* just call a few Ubers to get their loads along the road.
All kidding aside, though, I was pleasantly surprised by this very original and engrossing, well-acted film. As you know it's closely based on a true story, and truth is always both stranger and more interesting than fiction. Very entertaining, with wry humor along the way. Thought it might be hokey and corny, but it wasn't. Very VERY similar story to "American Made", which was also based on true events and characters.
Definitely see or rent this film!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.0Nov 24, 2018They sure as hell gave it everything they had to convey the spirit and legend of Queen -- especially the lead actor, who totally earns anThey sure as hell gave it everything they had to convey the spirit and legend of Queen -- especially the lead actor, who totally earns an Oscar in this film! By the time we get to the grand finale at Wembley, it feels like we're watching the real band, it's that good. This could have been cut shorter and edited a little better, but on the other hand it's rather nice that they took the time to give Freddie's cat all those glorious full-screen close-ups -- especially the purring scene. :) Gotta love a movie that has frequent feline focus moments.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.2Oct 31, 2018Well, this ain't no Red October or Crimson Tide. But, it's a pretty good naval combat drama which could have been much better. Good effects,Well, this ain't no Red October or Crimson Tide. But, it's a pretty good naval combat drama which could have been much better. Good effects, talent, reasonable script, decent story -- but it somehow doesn't carry any real voltage except in a few scenes. The subtle flaw here is the editing! The editing is constantly episodic -- one set scene, then another, but few of the little connecting scenes that a director and editor are supposed to fill in to create a smooth, immersive story narrative. Example: the officers climb up into the hatchway to the mini-sub. Then -- boom -- cut to the officers sitting at the controls 3 min. later. Jarring "jump cut" just skips over a whole segment of time! We're like, "huh?" Normally a director will fill in a few 1-second, 2-second transitional scenes quickly showing the guys scrambling up out of the hatch -- urgently running to the controls -- strapping in -- flipping switches. This creates a series of shots pulling us along through an urgent and suspenseful part of the story where time is of the essence. Instead, we just cut to the guys sitting kind of relaxed at the controls. No tension! No voltage! It's "limp", and destroys the suspense.
This sort of thing happens over and over again throughout the film. It's as if they used the spec script as the shooting script -- as if they shot the whole film as a series of storyboards, with no interpolation or connecting material. It damages the film badly, but it's also very educational -- a shining example of what "episodic" really means, and why it's avoided by professionals.
Despite this, it's still an entertaining film, and I felt like I got my money's worth. The scene where the sub is getting kicked around by all those mortar depth charges is epic! Excellent punchy sound and visual effects, reasonably well cut, thasss what I wanted to see, oh yeah.
If they'd had more of that, and the director/editor had worked harder at transitional details (rather than just leaving them all out), it could have been a really tight and memorable war drama. Maybe they were trying to cut out scenes to shorten the run time? If so -- penny wise pound foolish. DON'T cut the 1-second transition scenes, that won't save any real time, but it'll hurt your film bad Mr. Director!… Expand
Average User Score: 8.4Oct 15, 2018This is the only film I have ever seen where the entire cinema audience, spontaneously, stood up at the end with a standing ovation. It'sThis is the only film I have ever seen where the entire cinema audience, spontaneously, stood up at the end with a standing ovation. It's that engrossing, and that well done, and stays true to the spirit of Tom Wolfe's book, which is itself one of the great masterpieces of American literature, vividly conveying the drama, humor, tragedy, and glory of US experimental aviation and spaceflight in the 1950s and early 60s.
One of the greatest ensemble casts ever put together delivers many simultaneous career-best performances as the Mercury Seven. Astoundingly well-cast, with the slight exception of Sam Shepherd who's just a little too movie-star for the Yeager part and whose fake drawl doesn't quite make it. However, they managed to get the *actual* Yeager in there, as a local yokel in a bar scene, so it all evens out I guess.
Considering the relatively primitive special effects technology available in those times, it's notable how good the flight scenes are compared to more recent big-budget films -- in many scenes better than "First Man", for example. The director, editor, and cinematographer just had superior skills and execution compared to their counterparts today. They did much more, with much less.
This film needs to be brought back for another go-round, another wide release, so that a new generation can stand up and cheer one of the great stories of American history.… Expand