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Average User Score: 7.0Mar 13, 2019The characters are a bit shallow, but the story keeps you interested. Or the journey I should say. It is exactly that. A journey where stuffThe characters are a bit shallow, but the story keeps you interested. Or the journey I should say. It is exactly that. A journey where stuff just keeps happening. Unplanned stuff. Or maybe just stuff they had coming all along. As the movie goes on, you start to realize how naive they, and you as the viewer, were at the beginning of the movie. Everything makes sense at the end. Everything that happened made sense. But somehow each thing that happen is a surprise when it happens. A new layer of naivety being peeled off. A new reality they come to accept.
Great movie.… Expand
Average User Score: 8.8Mar 12, 2019The Alita character is captivating. The effects are so good that the real humans sometimes seem more off than Alita herself. But it's only inThe Alita character is captivating. The effects are so good that the real humans sometimes seem more off than Alita herself. But it's only in the scenes where they put a human head on the CGI bodies. And it's not badly done at all, it just has that uncanny valley feeling when they mix it. But it's a tiny complaint when that's all I can come up with.
I absolutely loved this movie! Crossing my fingers for the very obviously set up sequel.
The style of the world they built reminded me at times of Blade Runner, but only as dark still shots. The pace of the world is a lot faster in Alita - when it needs to be.
You really root for Alita - she's a character you feel for. I think most people can relate to her in some way. Feeling excited but lost at the same time. It's an interesting take on the "I forgot everything about my past" trope. And I love that they feed it to the viewer in bits. Not just her remembering who she is. Also literally her physical appearance throughout the movie. It was like playing a video game where you upgrade your skills and items - but as a movie. Worked well if you ask me.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.6Jan 29, 2019This movie was a lot better than I expected. I knew it would at least be good given that it has Mikkelsen as lead character. And indeed heThis movie was a lot better than I expected. I knew it would at least be good given that it has Mikkelsen as lead character. And indeed he elevates the movie to the next level. Without him, it would loose the contrasts between dark / gritty and goofy / silly that this movie utilizes to almost create two different dimensions that the characters exist inside.
At the beginning I was a little confused with the flashy characters set on hunting down Vizla. They seemed to exist in a parallel universe with their silly make-up and gumchewing attitudes. But as the movie progressed it started to click for me. It started making sense. Both visually and how the movie uses the "young spunk" energy to make Mikkelsen seem out-of-place whenever the two dimensions mixed. Just as he is supposed to be. He's done with that life. He just wants to be left alone.
They should have left him alone.
Interwoven two the hunting is an entirely different story which makes for a good twist. The ending is good, but does make you wonder if a different ending would have been better. I mean, there's so many ways this movie could have ended. They went with a cliffhanger ending I guess. At least somewhat.
Thoroughly entertained throughout.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.2Jan 6, 2019Just watched this after Kojima tweeted about it. I had previously decided against watching it after reading reviews. After having watched it,Just watched this after Kojima tweeted about it. I had previously decided against watching it after reading reviews. After having watched it, I am quite annoyed with how low scores this movie gets from the pro reviewers. The tension this movie establishes is beyond what I've seen in a long time.
It is absolutely fantastically put together. It reveals just enough throughout to keep you curious about the whole thing. The acting is top-notch, especially in the scenes where the group is falling apart from sheer psychological pressure.
And the effects, oh boy, is it well done! And there's a twist to the story that I'm not sure people will get unless they think the whole situation through. And it's a nasty realization when you do.
This movie surpassed my expectations on pretty much all levels.… Expand
Average User Score: 5.8Dec 29, 2018A lot of this movie works. I don't mind that we never actually see whatever it is the characters are seeing. It helps the imagination creatingA lot of this movie works. I don't mind that we never actually see whatever it is the characters are seeing. It helps the imagination creating those images by simply hearing what they utter when they see it. And that sort of turns it into a ghost story. Which I really like. I love it when things are moving around by themselves as if a poltergeist grabbed it.
I understand that this movie is more about Malorie's personal journey than it is about the forces at play. And it portrays that well - well-acted performance from Bullock. But it does make the movie feel lackluster in explaining whatever the phenomenon is. You keep expecting things to conclude or be explained. The things they introduce that are a certain way "just because". All we get is the vague explanation from that dude who did "internet research" on a similar topic.
If you can go in not expecting things to be explained, there's a lot to be enjoyed in the characters and personal journey. Enough to keep me interested. But I would have loved the other things to have been concluded better.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Nov 23, 2018Get ready for long strides of Ryan Gosling staring stone-faced around rooms and space capsules. I get it, Neil was never a talkative guy, soGet ready for long strides of Ryan Gosling staring stone-faced around rooms and space capsules. I get it, Neil was never a talkative guy, so the portrayal, while snooze-inducing, is probably on point. Sadly, it makes for some really slow, devoid of dialog and almost lifeless passages. And those are the scenes on Earth! Neil's demeanor pretty much kills all of the drama as it happens. Completely devoid of emotion. Might be accurate, but it makes for some damn boring scenes.
The scenes in space are pretty much a mix of fast cutting between zoomed in buttons and displays, a lot of shaking and the occasional view from outside the capsules. The technical details of pretty much everything is cut down to the bare minimum. Most of the time you have no idea what is going on. And the worst part is that even the moon landing itself seems so devoid of excitement that I just didn't care about it. I just wanted the movie to end!
Normally, when I watch movies or documentaries on this stuff, I am almost in tears when they reach the points of great significance. Not the case for this one! I just sat there. No interest in the scene. Nothing but boredom.
Bottom line: This movie is 90 minutes of Neil Armstrong getting in and out of capsules mixed with some incredibly slow-moving family moments on Earth being interrupted by calls about colleague accidents. Then he goes to the Moon, quickly skips to being back on Earth and the movie ends.… Expand
Average User Score: 6.7Jun 17, 2018This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There's some pretty decent scares in this movie, but that's just about all it has going for it and it quickly becomes a scare-fest with 30 sec daytime dialog scenes inbetween. Then cut to the next night and the next scare takes place. So you would sortof expect some sort of story to develop through that, but there's not really anything to grasp at here. And the scares don't make much sense. Is it the doll that's evil? Is it the girl? And why is the girl evil in the first place?
Well, you get an answer to that about halfway through the movie. The scene is about 1 minute long, and that's it. No more story, just more scares. So the entire story of this movie can pretty much be compress to 5 minutes. 4 minutes at the beginning and 1 minute halfway through. Other than that, just scare scene after scary scene.
It's not that the scenes by themselves aren't well done. But it's the lack of narrative progress between them that make it get old really quickly.
The only thing that differs is which girl gets exposed to the next scare and in what room it happens.
So I guess it's something like this: Until the nun have seen the demon, they aren't leaving the damn house. And because of that, **** keeps happening.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.7May 20, 2018Let's get straight to it. If you liked the first one, you are gonna fall in glorious manlove with this one. It is basically the destilledLet's get straight to it. If you liked the first one, you are gonna fall in glorious manlove with this one. It is basically the destilled essence of everything I love about movies. Dark humor, gore, action and most important of all? It doesn't take itself seriously. Not in the least. I rarely like action hero movies. They seem pretentious and too full of themselves. Deadpool 1/2 is the antithesis to this. As is Guardians of the Galaxy (I loved the first one, and enjoyed the second). It's the same ingredients basically, but with Deadpool it just nails all of it. To a wall. Through a head. It's so unconventianal it just keeps throwing surprises at you. And... Yes, this movie actually has depth aswell! I have to admit to a bit of choke-up a couple places. Didn't expect that, but I gladly welcomed it.
Can't wait for the third.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.4Apr 2, 2018I read the book twice and in my opinion the movie does a pretty good job at portraying the story, with a few minor and a couple major thingsI read the book twice and in my opinion the movie does a pretty good job at portraying the story, with a few minor and a couple major things changed. Nothing that messes with the story though.
The visuals are just as I imagined them when reading the book - so job well done there! It's pretty much spot-on. The IOI makes me think of RoboCop.
It is, obviously, a CGI heavy movie. This both works in its favor, but also against it. Against it because it makes the movie seem a bit synthetic - which it is of course. But it does seem to struggle in finding a way in which it should portray people wearing the goggles versus what they are doing inside the Oasis. For instance, there's several scenes where people wearing VR goggles in the streets are running down the street to mimic that motion in VR. That makes absolutely NO sense. People would be running into walls, and into each other. That was just silly, and they do it several times. But I can see past that.
The story is pretty good, the characters are interesting although some of them should have been fleshed out better.
All in all I was very well entertained, and some of the scenes were downright fantastic! Not gonna mention which, but you'll know when you see it.… Expand
Average User Score: 4.4Dec 26, 2017Watched it a couple days ago. It's starting to sink in. Initial reaction was that it was a good/ok movie. But now, having stepped back a fewWatched it a couple days ago. It's starting to sink in. Initial reaction was that it was a good/ok movie. But now, having stepped back a few feet, I realize how awful the script was. It's a stunningly beautiful movie. But the plot? The characters? The lack of follow-up from The Force Awakens and thereby insane loss of potential!? It's terrible! And the lackluster story and amount of just, well, stupid stuff going on all the time is just sad... I'm glad we at least got Rogue One, which is fantastic! My anticipation for Star Wars IX sure dropped to the floor after this one...… Expand