2015 Movie Project | #34
Some of the randomness that Sorrentino seems to love wears thin after a while. And not everything clicks. It's sort of in the middle of a spectrum between The Grand Beauty and This Must Be the Place. A little less story than the latter with more of the former's visual flare. Sorrentino also again relies, successfully, on music as a large part of the movie's charm.
Pretty good. Not great. To be fair to Sorrentino, though, this was the first Paul Dano movie I've seen where I didn't want to punch him.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was the only Star Trek movie from the original series that I saw as a kid. It left an impression on me and I remember it fondly and watching it today reaffirmed that fondness. Everything seemed to be clicking in this movie between the cast, the direction, the story and its execution. The first 15 minutes of the Enterprise crew in present day San Francisco is some of the best fish-out-of-water stuff you'll find in a movie anywhere.
It's very easy, too easy, to slam God's Not Dead purely because it's straight-up Christian propaganda. And not just propaganda but antagonistic crap designed to reach to the converted and preach to those on the fence. This movie is fully representative of the excessively defensive Christian victim complex movement that's plaguing America today. It's a bad movie with bad acting and bad direction and bad everything else but no worse than any other Lifetime made-for-TV movie.
Long story short: This…