21. INFP. Massive Attack on Titan stan. Triple majoring in English/Creative Writing, Cinema, and Screenwriting at the University of Iowa.
Hell yeah! This was a blast! Which is honestly quite surprising considering it took a hot second for it to get going for me – I honestly wasn't too into it for the first half hour or so. But there was a certain point in the film – I think it was around the montage sequence where big bad transforms a golden trophy knife into his own makeshift weapon – that I just started to go along with the film's…
I'm genuinely confounded by what I just watched here. While the first half is mostly just okay, though very well-directed with some interesting visual filmmaking throughout, the second half just completely veers off the narrative rails that were already pretty thin, to begin with. The third act in particular is maddeningly unsatisfying in the absolute worst way possible – it's the kind of ending that makes you go "That's it? That's really all you had to offer? What was the…
Fine, I guess? It was much more of a slow-burn than I was expecting; not a lot of mech fights like I assumed there would be, although there is plenty of that at the end. I wouldn’t mind so much but the central police procedural mystery at the center of the film leaves a lot to be desired. The characters are fun and the animation is pretty, which is why I’m giving this a 3 instead of a 2.5. Otherwise… eh?
I could literally imagine CinemaSins watching this and saying: This takes place over two hours but is only 90 minutes long. What the hell?! I thought it was gonna show the full two hours! What happened to those extra thirty minutes?! Realism ruined!
Sin counter: 5 x 7 x 120 = 4,200.
Also, no one gets a lap dance!
Sin counter: 4,201
A neat ensemble piece with a talented array of actors (with Rylance, Abdul-Mateen, and SBC standing out among the rest for me) coupled with a pretty compelling piece of history make this an interesting watch, but I really wish this wasn't directed like it was some TV pilot. The writing is a mixed bag as well, with some really eye-rolling bits of dialogue here and there. And this probably has one of the most cheesiest, cornball endings I've seen in…
The Green Knight is an absolutely stunning, absorbing experience from beginning to end. Despite its classic, centuries-old source material being deeply ingrained in several hundred generations worth of stories, David Lowery's adaptation feels new and refreshing in all the best ways – using the basic bones of its original story and deconstructing it from all angles.
The story itself is about a lot of things – honor, heroism, chivalry, testing and temptation, power, fate, masculinity – but my biggest takeaway…