I guess I've changed my tune on it. I gave it 2 stars the first time I saw it, and I remember being incredibly aggravated with some of the characters, even the technicolour rubbed me up the wrong way.
I managed to catch it again after watching A Matter of Life and Death, another Powell and Pressburger film, and this time in HD. It just clicked. Suddenly it became to vibrant, the sets and matte paintings dazzling, it was easier to empathise with the characters and the technicolour was dazzling. I was pretty stubborn when I gave it that low rating.
I hereby bestow the title of "FILM OF THE SUMMER" on Guillermo Del Toro's smasher-flick. The film's human elements under the guise of Mako's and Raleigh's relationship are overshadowed by the final act's high stakes, but EVERY fight, EVERY moment involving the film's sworn enemies- the Jaegers and the Kaiju- hits the right notes. While the dialogue drifts into exposition at points, the slack is wound almost immediately with the next big surprise in Guillermo Del Toro's toolbox. The overarching…
I've often knocked this film in the past. My propensity to dismiss Michael Bay as "dumb Hollywood" was ignorance of the highest order.
I finally sat down and properly watched one of his films. Do you know what I admire? The narrative doesn't stand still. It is constantly moving, the writing is sharp, humorous and entertaining.
I'll have to watch The Rock or Armageddon at some point. The combination of a rough week and illness has probably swayed my hard-line stance on Bay.
Also, damn the haters. I can never get enough Shia LaBeouf.
Inception wasn't intelligent and it wasn't explorative. The themes it dealt with have been explored already (obviously the Matrix is an influence, anything related to solipsism in theme). Nolan has masqueraded complexity as depth, and it has fooled the pseudo-intelligentsia. It's a glorified bank-heist... structual complexity is no replacement for actual characters and decent writing. Too much bloody exposition.
Anyone can understand the rules of chess, y'know? But not everyone is receptive to Shakespeare. It's like the worked example in an instruction manual and it never really improves. Particularly cringeworthy was the cliffhanger, I wonder who saw that coming.