I'm a little baffled how disappointed I was with this. It's a totally serviceable film, but it really suffers under the weight of the original trilogy. Yet more characters injected into an already bulging cast means no one gets enough time at all, and the story becomes so contrived that you may find yourself wondering how a major Pixar movie could be so messy. There are a few laughs (but they are definitely fewer and farther between than usual), but…
I've only ever seen this once, and I sort of remember enjoying it, but speaking to people around me for the last 10 years I've heard nothing but strong negativity about it. Watching it fresh again, it is a stupendously dumb movie.
We're back into CG-ville in the action sequences, which are also so frenetically edited you cannot follow what's going on or even who's involved. Die Another Day demonstrated that CG was a bad idea for Bond, and although…
It's amazing what expectations can do to a film. I had heard that this direct to video movie deserved a proper cinema outing, so I was expecting something at least half decent, but it still took me by surprise. I'm already a sucker for a 90 minute movie, but add in morally dubious characters with vague back stories that don't have to be explained and I'm sold.
It really helps that the small amount of characters in this film are…
Holy shit, I'm exhausted.
Mandy is a movie that runs at its own pace. You could make an argument that it's baggy and slow. You could also make the argument that Mandy is a work of art that doesn't need to be 85 minutes.
You can see inspiration from Nicolas Winding Refn all over the pace of this, and I god damn loved it. Part brutal, part beautiful, part outrageous, part hilarious. Genius.
Oh, and Nicolas Cage is fucking brilliant in it.