I didn't care much for the first one (mainly because Alex Pettyfer was annoying and the weakest link), and yet I loved MAGIC MIKE XXL, such a joyful film, mellow yet full of energy, with so many smiles! Elizabeth Banks, Jada Pinkett Smith and Andie MacDowell slayed, Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello are incredible, and I love the representation of male friendship and female empowerment. Wish I had seen it at the cinema
The first Sinister was scary and fun but bloody hell this sequel doesn't piss about. It's more sombre and serious in tone, with a narrative that includes domestic abuse, and a subtext of of juvenile psychopathy. With zero laughs and an unnerving atmosphere throughout, this sequel manages to be its own thing. The Super 8 clips this time around are really gruesome!
Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.
Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…
An exhilarating and exquisite space folly, that is surprisingly involving and enormous fun.
The art direction is more 70's/80's French sci-fi graphic novels (with whom the film shares a punk/queer sensibility) than modern calibrated blockbusters, which is why some will call it "silly".
Proving that they still have the knack for it, the Wachowskis deliver some of the most exciting action scenes of recent memories and some fantastic set pieces (the chase in Chicago, the "eye of Jupiter" section...)