Co-host of the Cinematic Universe podcast. This is what I watch when I'm not watching superhero movies (and sometimes when I am).
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Hard to rate this as anything other than a Bond film, though in that sense I enjoyed it. The strongest script since Casino Royale, with side characters that actually have fun personality traits. Decent thematics and recurring motifs make the story an engaging exploration of Bond as a character which, I must reluctantly accept, is the only thing in which this franchise is interested. When I saw the runtime I thought I might break it into two sittings and while it could be shorter, it a never lost my interest. Doubt I’ll watch it again but I don’t regret seeing it once.
First time watching this for decades and I was pleased to see it immediately as good, if not better than my memory of it. A perfectly constructed noir mystery that is nonetheless packed with jokes and a slew of brilliant characters. Bob Hoskins does brilliant work bringing pathos to Eddie, and the cartoon characters are instantly iconic. The repurposing of animation tropes gives the world a strange yet relatable logic, but dig beyond the comedy and you’ll see commentary on LA’s transformation since cinema’s golden age. A genuinely fantastic film that still feels modern even 30+ years on.
Exactly the type of movie I love: dense with action and ideas, visually inventive, at times high-minded as often wantonly puerile. There’s a huge amount going on thematically which I think makes it a story I’ll chew over again and again - it’s about parenting, about family, about the choices we make and never knowing whether they were right, it’s about the toxicity of depression and cynicism, the value of kindness, the search for meaning in an existence of infinite…
Props to Disney for making a film that acknowledges there can be toxicity in the idea of a family. The message of embracing imperfection is welcome, but it’s lack of narrative focus on the protagonist’s emotional journey prevented it being as engaging as the likes of Frozen or Moana. Strong musically and it’s good to see LMM branching out a little, but not one I’m interested in revisiting.