All the pieces are there to make a great movie: strong performances, emotional conflict, spiritual contemplation, M. Night’s artist eye. And yet, it still falls flat and is sort of boring. More than anything though, the aliens don’t make sense. If it wasn’t for Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin, this would mostly suck.
Five reasons for five stars:
#1- It’s an incredible play, period.
#2- The diversity of the cast brings an extra layer of depth to this already unbelievable story.
#3- The soundtrack goes so hard
#4- It perfectly contextualizes history in a way I’ve rarely, if ever, seen before.
#5- Disney is a marketing and capitalist titan that seized on the most perfect opportunity to bring this already incredible, oddly relevant story back into the cultural zeitgeist, while making the bourgeois…
Haven't seen this in ages and it semi-holds up. First and foremost, F. Gary Gray is a fantastic director (taking some restraint not to stay filmmaker...). He has a great eye for striking shots and character blocking and he does wonders with how he frames the central four throughout. He's an underrated master of action sequences too, which makes watching the heists go down a straight-up blast. But the crowning glory, and contrarily the weakest elements, of this are the…