This is to Martin Scorsese's great '70s movies as the McRib is to authentic Memphis barbecue: you know it's a pale imitation of the real thing, but you enjoy it while you're in the middle of it. But then again the whole film is about con men, bullshit, fakery, and people pretending to be something they're not. So maybe that's not entirely a bad thing.
I did like this movie, but if I had to give it "one big note"…
"Humanity dreams of flight, but the dream is cursed. Aircraft are destined to become tools for slaughter and destruction."
I'm not a Miyazai expert. I still haven't seen several of his early films, and I've been pretty mixed on most of his recent stuff. But I thought this was an absolute masterpiece about how the perfection we seek to achieve in life is only really attainable in dreams -- or, on rare occasions, in art.
I'm not reviewing this for anyone, so here are some notes on KICK-ASS 2:
-This movie takes the biggest problem with the first film, its uncertain tone, and amplifies it. The whole gag of these KICK-ASS movies and comics is supposed to be super heroes in "the real world." "This isn't a comic book, this is real life!" characters in KICK-ASS 2 say on multiple occasions. But Mark Millar and Jeff Wadlow cannot resist an opportunity for a puerile gag…