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Allied is directed by Robert Zemeckis, and it stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, and Jared Harris. During World War II, a British Intelligence Agent, Max Vatan, is informed that his wife could potentially be a German spy. Tensions build as he attempts to uncover the truth about his wife while trying to seem inconspicuous about it.
I’d like to start by saying that Robert Zemeckis is probably one of my favorite directors. Whether it be the Back to the Future trilogy, Forrest Gump, or even his criminally underrated film The Walk, Zemeckis just knows how to make a great movie experience. Allied, however, isn’t going to be the next great film on his resume. Allied is not a bad film. It just fails to stand out as being very good. There aren’t really any bad things about this film, it just fails to make an impact, which I suppose is the overall most important thing a film needs to do.
The trailers for this film did an absolutely amazing job at building suspense. The tension built in the trailers made the audience uncomfortable, and that was the thing that had me most excited about this film. I was looking forward to Zemeckis doing a sort of espionage-thriller. While I suppose this film fits into that category, the tension in this film never reaches the level it did in those trailers. So bravo to the marketing department for cutting together a really good trailer, but the film itself really didn’t follow through.
Brad Pitt, I thought, did a decent enough job in the film, although in some scenes he did feel a little scripted. Which yes, I understand that every actor is on a script in every film, but you don’t want that to be evident to the audience. You want every line to feel natural; some lines Pitt delivers in this film don’t really hit the way they should’ve. Marion Cotillard, however, gave a fantastic performance. She really played with the idea of this “Is she? Isn’t she?” character. She seemed to master the art of the mysterious look in this film. There were several shots of her just looking at something, and you can’t tell what she’s thinking, but you could tell it was something important. Your imagination runs wild trying to decipher what she is thinking. You were able to pick up on all of that due to Cotillard’s performance. She is definitely one of the best actresses working right now, and that’s no exaggeration.
One thing that was kind of distracting in this film was the poor green screen in some of the shots. There are moments, particularly early on in the film, where it is painfully obvious that these actors are on a set. If you look at the backgrounds, you can almost tell exactly where the set ends and the green screen begins, which is a really bad thing in today’s age of visual effects.
Overall, Allied was a pretty okay movie. It didn’t really stand out as having great characters, it failed to build significant amounts of tension, the visual effects were noticeable, and the film just fails to stand out. The only thing saving this film from the despairing pit of mediocrity is Marion Cotillard’s performance. Allied isn’t a bad film, but it is a pretty forgettable one.
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Moana is the latest film from Disney Animation, and it features the voice talents of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel House, and Temuera Morrison. It tells the story of Moana, the daughter of the leader of a tribe of people living on an island in the Pacific. When food supplies dwindle and the island starts dying, Moana sails across the ocean seek the demigod Maui for help.
Moana was a heartwarming film that fits extremely well with the other Disney “Princess” films. Disney is known for their fun animated films. Moana is a film that follows that trend, but it stills stands on its own. Disney makes great animated films that are similar, yet they are different enough to be their own entity. They don’t recycle all of their material from film to film. Disney’s originality is what makes films like Moana incredibly enjoyable.
Disney has done a fantastic job making their “princess” films take place throughout a variety of places with all sorts of people. Moana takes place throughout the Pacific Islands. Not only that, but they also enlisted Pacific Islanders as the leads in the film with “The Rock” as Maui, and newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as Moana. Disney was able to really capture a Pacific feel in Moana. It didn’t feel like a Disney Princess film featuring islands. Disney was able to portray the cultures of the Pacific Islands very well through this film.
As with almost any animated film from Disney, Moana features many different songs. These songs, in my opinion, were one of the standout parts of the film. They don't all hit it out of the park, but there are several songs from this film fantastic. In fact, after seeing this film, I was compelled enough to even purchase one of them to listen to. Also, “The Rock” does sing in this film, and he is actually a really good singer. Though, I wonder how much of it was actually him. If it was edited later on, Disney did a really good job making it convincing.
The only real complaint I have with this film is a character that shows up about half way through. They show up, sing a song and everything, and it was blatant that they were just to make kids laugh. For lack of a better word, the character was a little cringe-worthy at times. Granted, this character appears again at the end of the credits for another short laugh, and the joke made is actually really funny.
There are a lot of really good messages throughout this film. Moana portrays really well how to be an individual and chase your dreams, while simultaneously loving and appreciating your family. However, there’s much more to this film than that. There is a lot more to be said about the themes in this film, but that would be heading into spoiler territory. This film is one that can pleasantly surprise a lot of people by the amount of heart that it has.
Moana is yet another great film to come from Disney Animation. It features great songs, fun characters, and an interesting plot that is sure to entertain everyone in your family. You don’t even need to be with your family to see this. Anybody can enjoy this film no matter who they’re with. This year’s Best Animated Feature category at the Oscars was already a close race, but Moana just made it even more so.
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Edge of Seventeen is written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, and it stars Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, and Blake Jenner. It tells the story of Nadine, a seventeen-year-old girl who doesn’t have many friends and generally dislikes everything. Just as it seems everything couldn't get worse, her best friend starts dating her brother. This film is a coming-of-age film for modern audiences, but is it actually any good?
This streak of excellent movies Hollywood seems to be on just keeps going. The Edge of Seventeen is a truly brilliant look at life through the view of a modern 17-year-old. Speaking as a teenager, I thought that the environment and portrayal of the characters in this film were incredibly realistic. All of the characters in this film are the kind that you know someone similar to. The Edge of Seventeen is a film that near perfectly captures what it’s like to be a teenager in today’s world.
A few years ago my friends and I had a conversation. In this conversation, we came to the realization that if there was to be a realistic film about High School and teenagers made, most teenagers wouldn’t be able to see it because it would have to be rated R. This film is that conversation incarnate. It portrays teenagers in an incredibly realistic, uncensored way. The characters in this film are genuine teenagers, not their PG-13 counterparts.
This film has a fantastic blend of humor and drama that reflects the way our world actually is. This is shown well through Woody Harrelson’s character. He plays a teacher that Nadine often goes to in order to vent about all of her problems. He’s not the usual kind of teacher, though. He’s blatantly honest with her about everything, even though it could (and does) hurt her feelings. At one point he straight up tells her “It sounds like people just don’t like you.” Harrelson’s character is one of the best parts of the film, and his performance backs it up.
There are a lot of messages in this film that are really important to learn, especially for teens. One such lesson is that life doesn’t always go the way you want it to. In fact, it usually doesn’t, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Sure, that can make you feel kind of hopeless, but only if you let it. Furthermore, this film shows that people aren’t always who you think they are or who you want them to be. People are just people, and you can't change them. One of my favorite lines from this film says something along the lines of “On bad days, I remind myself that everyone is just as miserable as me, they’re just better at hiding it.”
The Edge of Seventeen is one of my favorite films of the year so far. Sure, that might be because I’m the perfect age to connect to it, but as a whole, I think this is just an excellent film. The performances throughout it are fantastic, it features incredibly realistic dialogue and characters, and it has enough humor to keep the film light-hearted. This is one of the best modern coming-of-age films that I’ve seen. I would definitely recommend it to people who are in their teenage years to maybe about their late twenties.
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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is written by J.K. Rowling and directed by David Yates; it stars Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Katherine Waterson, and Ezra Miller. It is a spinoff/prequel to the incredibly popular Harry Potter series. After many of Newt Scamander’s magical creatures escape from his suitcase and start roaming New York City, he must track them down and stop them from causing any damage.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m a fan of Harry Potter, but I’m by no means a die-hard Potterhead. Going into this film, I had no idea what to expect. I was just hoping that it would be enjoyable and that it would have an interesting plot. It did not disappoint. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was an incredibly fun return to the Harry Potter universe.
The thing that stands out to me the most about this film is that it is not a Harry Potter film. You can tell that it takes place in the same universe, and there are a few references here that elude to what might happen in the future, but for the most part, this film stands on its own extremely well. It connects to Harry Potter just enough to satisfy fans, but it’s just separate enough to be its own entity. This is a testament to the fantastic (no pun intended) script penned by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. She knows this universe better than anybody out there, and all of the new additions and returning themes work extremely well.
The characters in this film are ones that I can’t wait to see again. Newt Scamander is just this fun loving guy that you actually want to be friends with. Does he make mistakes? Yeah, definitely. But you can’t get upset with him because he is just so likable. Eddie Redmayne shines in this role, and he fits extremely well into this universe. All of the side characters, particularly Jacob Kowalski and Credence Barebone, are just as interesting as Newt. Jacob, who is a No-Maj (Muggle), has no magical powers, but he makes up for that with his humorous personality. Credence, played by Ezra Miller, is a very nuanced character. He becomes an extremely compelling character throughout the course of the film, and Ezra Miller played him perfectly. There is a lot more about this character that I want to say, but I don’t think I can without spoiling anything. So, I’ll just leave it there.
Fantastic Beasts is an extremely fun film, and there are so many factors that go into making that happen. The creatures themselves are one of the biggest. They are all so incredibly creative and original! They are intricately designed, and they don’t feel like somebody just made them up. They feel like something you’d expect out of the Harry Potter universe, and it’s wonderful.
While this film is extremely fun, it’s not afraid to bring some of the darker tones that accompanied the later Potter films. At times it feels like it’s actually two films: the fun adventure across New York, and the serious side involving some things that I won’t spoil. However, both of these sides work very well together to make a really entertaining film.
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, I think that you’ll absolutely love Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It’s a wonderful return to the universe that won’t disappoint. If you didn’t love Harry Potter, you can still have a really fun time with this film. I would very much recommend Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ll definitely be seeing this one more than once, and I cannot wait for its sequels!
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