"what if THE SOCIAL NETWORK... but about big macs?"
yeah sure i guess that could be interesting.
"okay great let me just write a script on this napkin and hire the guy behind THE BLIND SIDE to direct it."
wait what no
"your awards screener is already in the mail"
does it at least come with fries?
"no, only a very funny joke about how you should consider michael keaton for best actor. now get out of my office."
Maybe it's because I've never had much of an attachment to this series as most have (I remember reading the first three books/seeing the first three movies and only particularly enjoying the former) or maybe it's my bias over seeing any form of magic/wizardry on the big screen (see my "Warcraft" and "Doctor Strange" reviews to see further detail on it), but this was really fun.
Granted, it's got problems (mostly technical in regards to the visual effects ((IS CGI…
Loving isn't understated, it's *barely* stated. Jeff Nichols' new installment in his consistently boring filmography utilizes a kind of languid serenity which is at peace with the chosen story and the larger resonance of its ramifications in modern culture, but it's also not a very exciting situation or one which lends its hand to engaging, articulate drama. Nichols was the perfect fit for the project, but just because sensibility lines up with intention doesn't mean it's a story meant…
So here's the thing.
Foreshadowing is a powerful storytelling tool if used correctly. It can give you a feeling of unease in a story that conveys a sense of normalcy. Without being able to put your finger on it, you get the sensation something is off, making you feel tense without knowing why.
The Invitation gets this. For about ten minutes. What remains is 60 minutes of foreshadowing with bits of story and character development in between. It lacks any…