The thought of watching a war movie makes me nauseous, but I welcomed 2022 watching Saving Private Ryan and loving it, and I’m continuing that trend by watching this 1930 Best Picture winner. Wasn’t expecting much, but dammmnnn this one is incredible. Incredibly sobering take on the depravity of war and honey, NO ONE is safe. Still holds up today. A bit too long (war sucks we get it), but that last scene gave me goosebumps.
A crying shame the lead is so stiff! I appreciate and love all the Filipino references, but ultimately this movie withered when it was given to Jo Koy. Eugene absolutely steals this movie and Tiffany Haddish is right behind him but yikes Jo is so bad.
Could also have worked as a Black Mirror episodes with how incorrectly cell phones work in this movie. It’s officially a sci-fi flick!
Not the movie I expected but nonetheless a movie I enjoyed. Was it perfect? No. Did I know what Jordan is getting at making this movie? I’m not sure. But it kept my attention the entire time and all performances (minus two in particular) were stellar. Deeply wished Barbie Ferrera and the other switched roles. I think it would have been way more dynamic.
One last thing I’ll say is that this movie speaks to a irrational fear I have of wild animals, which worked for me!
Would have given this one less star if I saw this by myself or with my cynical friends, but the kid that I used to nanny for, who is now 21, bought us tickets to see this (I introduced him to Spider Man comics when he was 6) and, heck, it was pretty damn magical. It also helped that the screening was filled with other geeks that cheered and clapped at literally every single thing that happened, and normally I…