A light and surprisingly fun watch. It's a unique premise, subverts a lot of the tropes you'd expect of the genre it's in and turns out pretty funny. Maybe a bit too heavy on the references in some places but hey, these people love quizzes, I'd be the exact same. Also, shout out to Meth Damon who is glorious here and made me laugh every time he was on screen. And Rachel McAdams, who is just...the best.
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Had to see it twice to really get together my thoughts on it. I've been following the MCU since it kicked off in 2008 and I think I'd have to slightly begrudgingly accept the title of 'fan' by this point (I mean, I did see this at midnight). So, there is an unquestionable childish glee for me in seeing all of these characters assemble and play off of each other. The film is non-stop, not allowing a moment to breathe…
A believable and smartly made film, with effective editing to provide a great drama and tension to the narrative. Miles Teller announces himself as a competent lead, and while JK Simmons is no stranger to the 'angry superior' character, that doesn't make it any less of an intimidating, strong performance.
My personal favourite film from 2014 so far.
A splendid coming-of-age tale about a young witch, Kiki (accompanied by her cute and whimsical cat Jiji), who has to leave home in search of independence. As charming as Ghibli can be, I feel they've reached the pinnacle with this one. It always amazes me the fact Ghibli can take such simple characters, a simple setting and a simple premise and bring them to life so effortlessly. But they never compromise on providing a positive message to the viewers (in this films case, the importance of maturing and pushing on through adversity). One of Miyazaki's finest, if not the.