10 Cloverfield Lane
Preface: The boys and I loved the first one. Saw this one opening weekend, even though I knew it was not a sequel proper. Watched with Talia this weekend.
This plays out as a very by the numbers thriller with near perfect pacing, a protagonist that is surprisingly smart, and a compelling premise that rewards you for not seeking out spoilers. Confined and trapped, with minimal cast, and near perfect pacing, doling out revelations at the requisite pitch, and leave you wondering if the antagonist is insane, or the only sane one around.
Was Goodman's character a good natured, if slightly deranged, prepper who saved everyone from an attack? Or a sick bastard who has abducted the protagonist? You alternate between questioning and cautiously believing in Goodman, to maybe even moments of trusting him as the savior.
And then there's the 15 minutes at the end.
When we find out Goodman has abducted a girl before, and the heroine makes her daring escape, only to find his most crazy theories were right, and aliens have invaded. Things quickly go over the top with the heroine fighting off the aliens.
Watching with Alec in the theater: He nervously chomped on popcorn through the movie followed by shocked horror and finger biting the last 15.
On Video: Gleefully watched up until that last 15, then fled the room, unwilling to watch that part again.
Talia: Hook line and sinker through the first of the movie, the movie playing every beat to her perfectly. Terrified right before the final 15...to look at me amused.
Those final moments moving it from a great movie to ridiculous in her eyes.
"OF COURSE there are mutant alien space slugs!"
I fall somewhere in the middle. The final moments are nowhere near as good as everything leading up to them, but they don't ruin it for me, either.
I haven't seen it, but know it's right up my alley. Just thrilled with the news Split has passed $100M and is #1 for the second week in a row. Hoping Hollywood gets the clue these are the types of horror films people show up for, not the rated R for the sake of getting an R rating torture porn crap.
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Uno's SPLIT review:
Friday night, 7 PM. Full theater still several weeks after release. Felt good.
Most the audience was 30+, few teens. Relatively strange for a horror movie.
As a horror movie, this was rather fairly paint by numbers. AND M KNIGHT PLAYS IT STRAIGHT. This is KEY.
The acting is what makes this movie tick, and we're fortunate to get someone at the top of their game in James McAvoy, and a really good supporting roll from Anya Taylor-Joy as well.
Knight keeps the movie on the horror movie pace near perfectly, though I've seen some complaints about this from some reviews, they've forgotten what the traditional pace IS by the new jump scare every 2 minute BS.
The plot revolves around Kevin's personalities and his psychiatrists' belief that they really ARE 23 different people. The world, of course, has a more traditional interpretation of the split personalities. It is this belief that drives 3 of the personalities (who we spend most the movie with, the others are cameos at best) to attempt to PROVE they are different by bringing out person #24 who provides the climax.
I'm going to tag this. It's "the twist". It's also what convinced hEt to go see the movie, and didn't lessen the viewing for us in the slightest, but others would have different reactions.
The film plays it out straight, and the final scene reveals it's all been a setup for a sequel as Split is essentially Unbreakable 2. This is the villains origin story. And Bruce Willis, as David Dunn is made aware and supposedly going to track down Kevin, who is loose.
Uno's gore rating:
Mola Ram's heart scene is worse than anything you'll see, but there's plenty of IMPLIED gore.
It's PG-13, but there's some VERY HEAVILY implied childhood sexual abuse.
Special shout out to West Dylan Thordson. Relatively new composer did a MASTERFUL job on the soundtrack. Lots of dark ambient music that is JUST off, and keeps the mood exactly where it needs to be, and hearkens back to The Shining just a bit. I could see myself actually using this soundtrack.
Dollar movie with the daughter.
Definitely attempts a mixture of potty humor, slap stick and self aware humor. IMO Tangled did a better job of that lot. Not quite as good as all the reviews made it out to be, really, but by the book NON PRINCESS disney movie. (did we really need to be continually reminded this is NOT A PRINCESS?)
Wife and I disagree on this villain.
The Chilling Adventure of Sabrina
The guy was a one crab joke factory. When defeated he cries "but did you like my song?"
I started this show out of curiosity with Talia. She made it about a half an episode. I finished the series with it on in the background only half paying attention.
Caveat, I haven't read the comic run it's based on.
It's not BAD, but it's not good. It's like the CW trying to put out a buffy clone. They really try to beat people over the head with political commentary in the first half of the season when it's trying to find it's legs.
Ralph breaks the Internet
There's an underlying commentary on religion as a whole that gets dragged on EVERY damn episode that if they ever let some of the side plots go on without reminding us how stupid 'the church of night' is. All the traditions and rituals of the church are bad. But not because it's a satanic church mind you, they are clearly just replacing any praise jesus with hail satan on 90% of it. No, it's bad because it's all outdated, lies, and stupidity. The leadership is corrupt even if the word of satan is good, and it's Sabrina's job to bring it all to task.
When they aren't clubbing you over the head with religion, it's with women empowerment.
These aren't subtle well done hints to social commentary, either, it's browbeating pure and simple.[/quote]
On the cast...One aunt is a devout member and very much pressuring Sabrina. The other is a doubting Thomas. Salem's role has been retconned, and we now have a cousin filling in as the general 'devil on the shoulder' adviser to Sabrina, while Salem the cat had a rather kick ass entrance and could have been a neat character, but was completely and utterly squandered.
Me and the kids went out to watch this after turkey dinner on Thursday.
Decidedly 'good, but nowhere near as good as the first' across the board. Granted, we may have enjoyed the first more than the average joe.
The princess scene you see part of from the trailers definitely steals the show, along with a scene just after, IMO.
perhaps the best princess song ever
I think there was a real missed opportunity in the movie...
the plot largely revolves around Ralph and Penelope needing some cash, and trying to make money on the internet. They give lip service to the digital item market: finding rare loot in random games to sell for real money via shady websites. It would have been REALLY FUN to see Ralph/Penelope playing through some spoofs of popular games. I'm guessing it was a licensing thing, but they instead have Ralph make a slew of stupid youtube...sorry, BUZZtube videos for cash. I get the emotional point they end up making by going this direction, but it was less FUN.
Another thing of note...
Most theaters around here have gone to the cushy recliner seating. Fewer seats, but super comfy. I'm starting to think this actually hurts the experience of going to the theater to watch a movie. The theater we watched this in seats, perhaps 75. It was sold out except the front row, because who wants to sit there? It's just not the SAME as the larger capacities of old. The whole Jungian crowd psychology effect doesn't really have the same impact, causing the jokes (in this case, but scares in a horror movie) to not quite hit as hard.
How would you have prevented the movie falling apart like it did?
Mostly, they drop the tone in the songs and nearly all the humor in the third act.
Ok. Here. This is from the first act, before the zombies (as all promotional material).
That thing is BEGGING a reprise in the third act. That's like musicals 101. It never comes.
Instead we are saddled with a 'villain' that really can't hold his own. (though I think the songs are as much to blame as the actor)
Keep the humor (it can be done), reprise that above song in the final act, and rewrite/recast the villain song, and you'd have a decent third act, which would not completely detract from the strength of the first.