Film fanatic and aspiring critic who hasn't seen Gone With The Wind, but has caught at least 10 Pokémon movies. Go figure.
Taking on directorial duties, George Miller has no interest in retreading old ground ala Home Alone 2. He relocates the beloved pig to the big city, while cranking up the darkness for a film that would undoubtedly traumatise kids in how close it comes to killing off dogs. The result is a film driven by Miller's distinctive style, carrying the visual inventiveness and imagination often seen in animated films amidst this story of broken outcasts looking out for each other against the distrusting gaze of society, complete with a finale where they disrupt high-society. Also, it has operatic cats.
This film left me absolutely stunned. I'm not a theatre kid and had no prior experience with Jonathan Larson's work prior to this film, yet I found this musical tribute to the departed creative hit me hard. Set on the backdrop of the AIDS crisis and never forgetting it, Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut emotionally details the struggle of creativity while acting as a reflection of mortality. The excellent performers deliver terrific performances and perform the musical numbers exceptionally,
The future world is an irradiated waste land. Somewhere off an eastern coast lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban police force known simply as the "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of a dangerous drug epidemic named "Slo-Mo".…
Danny Boyle delivers a brilliant central premise that feels well thought out and fully realized, with the cast giving great performances for their good characters. However, the final act feels like it's been taken from an entirely different film and some of the characters could've done with a bit more development.