Pretty simple concept which we've all seen a million times: Annihilation as a coming-of-age story in an animated kids movie. With shape-shifting penguins.
first time I've seen this in maybe 10 years. maybe not as funny and clever as it thinks it is, but still pretty fun. it's also a difficult movie for me to render a verdict on with any kind of appropriate critical distance, since it's associated with a time in my life when I was becoming a movie guy. like, this is my "fight club". anyway, I return to the "now, we are f*cked" freeze frame as a metaphor for the present political situation all the time.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
JJ Abrams helpfully put three metaphors for TROS into the movie itself.
1) a scene in which a character combs through some ruins from the original trilogy in search of a macguffin that will lead to that trilogy's villain
2) the reanimated corpse of the original trilogy's villain dangling from the strings of a giant machine, like a marionette
3) a scene in which a character returns from beyond the grave to explicitly disavow his actions from the previous film
Aside from the Star Wars Remixed philosophy, the other major problem with the sequel trilogy is their approach to their creative team. Either you have the same directors/screenwriters all the way through, in which case they can sort of make it up as they go along, or you can have different directors/screenwriters for each movie, but the basic storyline is outlined ahead of time. Maybe there's a reasonable explanation for the exquisite corpse approach they took, in which not only…