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First Man (2018)
After watching the trailer I felt that this film would be an uplifting biopic of human achievement told from the personal perspective of Neil Armstrong. After seeing the film I came away feeling disappointed and let down. The film starts up slow, with the feeling that one has started in the middle or somehow missed something important. I feel that Ryan Gosling's portrayal of Neil Armstrong was a bit weak and very stoic; I'm not sure he smile more than twice. The script (or lack of it) was very bad; there is very little dialog, and a lot of staring into space. The visual effects are very good; however, many of the views feel incomplete (for instance: you hardly ever get a good look at the Saturn V Rocket). The score wasn't bad, it wasn't over the top either. I believe if there would have been more dialog, and less feelings and emotions this film would have been much better. As it is, I personally think they could have cut around a half hour of the film and nobody would ever notice.
The 15:17 to Paris (2018)
A Profound Disappointment
Having seen and enjoyed Sully and knowing the extent of director Clint Eastwood's ability, I was very disappointed with this movie.
After seeing the trailer, I imagined that the story would be mostly centered on the attack and preceding events, with occasional flashbacks into the characters lives to reinforce their individual personalities and beliefs . I also thought that there would be more insight into the terrorist, and the passengers.
Instead the story begins when the main characters are in middle school. It then dwells at that age for about a quarter of the movie, depicting their irregular childhood's and blossoming friendship. I believe this part of the film is quite unnecessary; as it really doesn't add very much to the story.
As the characters move into adulthood, the storyline remains somewhat bland without any real major plot themes being developed. Other than their remaining friendship, and two of the characters joining different branches of the military; which would give them added skills in the areas of weapon disarmament and the treatment of arms related wounds, this section too is much to long and it is quite boring.
When the characters finally get to Europe, the scenes are long with very little speaking; it is, as a reviewer said above "like watching from a home movie of someone you don't knows vacation".
There is also a scene in a Amsterdam nightclub, which should be totally unacceptable in a PG13 movie, and doesn't add anything to the tone or character of the movie.
The scenes of the attack are very short and not very well developed, the aftermath is hardly shown, and you don't get any of the other passengers point of view.
Also I find that the choice to use the actual heroes and not actors backfires, as they do not convey emotion and feeling as well as professionals would have done. I also would wished for a end note detailing the current lives of the heroes and the fate of the victim; and what happened to the terrorist.
All in all this is a very good story, with many great lessons and themes, but it falls very short, and I think I got just as much out of the trailer as I did the movie.
Great Survival Story!
Dunkirk is a amazing movie, with great acting, an amazing score, and astonishing sound effects! Fionn Whitehead delivers a amazing although almost wordless performance. That an actor could portray so much emotion without speaking is simply dumbfounding. This movie has a way of drawing you in, and you lose yourself in the story! I couldn't believe that it was only 106 minutes.
A Quiet Passion (2016)
Slow and Pointless
This movie is way to slow, and does not contain enough substance for a two hour film. The opera scene was way to long without enough script to justify it being there at all. The actor simply say their lines with little or no emotion, and there is really no point, they just walk around the garden or the camera pans the room while nobody talks. I only made it through the first 40 minutes before being bored to tears so I cant fully judge this movie. however; from what I DID see I would never recommend this film.