Good level of stakes, 2nd act villain reveal was hilarious, I enjoy the mix of teens. Much more enjoyable than Homecoming. Probably a top tier marvel movie at 3.5 stars
A nice comfy Halloween movie that is never very scary and feels a little long at an 1hr 45m but nonetheless worth a spot on a Halloween marathon; the monsters are fun if rare, their designs are great, and the teens are much more tolerable than the IT kids. It also has some interesting politics seemingly leftover from Del Toro's screenplay that I was impressed by, for a mass feature.
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Lou Bloom is a capitalistic force of nature. The film's not really about him, but about the tragedy he brings in tow. Lou doesn't get worse—by the end, we realize he always had it in him. He gets hungrier the more eats. That is his arc. He's a growing hurricane, he's the logical end of The American Dream. He's the man with a five year plan.
This is how you make characters.
This is how you drive a plot.
This is how you build tension.
This is how you indict media.
This is how you indict the audience.
This is how you make a movie.