All in Review
It’s been around 5 years since we heard from Alfonso Cuaron. His ambitious film Gravity back in 2013 had many people excited for what he was going to tackle next. Many including myself expected something as grand if not bigger than Gravity. He needed to top it off. He surprised us all by coming out with his most personal film yet. A film that shines in its simplicity. I heard a lot of Oscar buzz surrounding this film. I was looking forward to watching it and seeing what everyone was talking about. I sat down a couple of days ago and watched it. I was enamored by the films simplicity. It is the type of film that is made for me. Simple human stories with a lot of emotion and passion ingrained into the work. To my surprise, I felt a bit disconnected from the story and the characters. It is not like I did not understand or “get” what was intended. It’s just one of those things where it just doesn’t click with you. That isn’t to say the film is bad. On the contrary, it is a VERY good film. It just did not connect with me as much as I would have hoped. Maybe it is the hype surrounding this film and the reactions that people have had. I don’t know what it is. Anyway, I will not let that cloud my judgement because this is a film that needs to be praised.
Buckle up boys and girls because this review is going all out. I deserve to let my anger out because of what this film did to me. I have never gotten out of a film with such a massive headache before, and Aquaman did that to me. I mean I hated Pacific Rim 2, but that film was just boring and flat. Aquaman is just a mess, a huge stinking mess. I don’t know when DC will get it. It is so sad. Because I am huge fan of DC’s comics. They have so much content, flavor, and character when compared to Marvel’s comic books in my opinion. Their world has so much potential. Not only that, I actually like Aquaman’s comics. I know he has become somewhat of a meme over the past few years. But I thoroughly enjoy his comics. It doesn’t stop there, Black Manta is one of my favorite villains in comic books ever. The way they portrayed him in this film was such a shame. It makes me so sad. I think the only solution for DC is to stick with independent films that don’t all tie into one “universe” like the MCU. Which is why I am hopeful for the new Joker film. They need to scrap everything, and just get experimental. Do something different. For example, Man of Steel, although it has many flaws, it was still trying to do something different. Now they are just trying to follow the same formula that Marvel is doing. And its all just so sad. Anyway, let’s get into this stinker.
Yorgos Lanthimos has been on my radar for quite some time. His films would always be mentioned in discussions made by cinephiles or having posts dedicated to his films on r/truefilm. His films looked interesting to me from the get go, but for some reason I never felt that “need” to want to watch them. It always felt like something that I will one day get to see. Especially with my busy schedule this past year, I haven’t had any time to watch movies. The thing that tempted me to watch The Lobster was a friend of mine, who watched it and kept insisted that I see it as well and discuss it with him. As my other friends started watching it as well, I could see completely polar reactions from some of them. Some of my friends absolutely despised a film and thought it was a waste of time, while the one who recommended it loved it. I love films that result in such a polarizing reaction, you either love it or hate it, no in between. Last year’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri is a great example of this type of polarizing film. You either think its genius or you think its trash. With Three Billboards, I fell on the “I hate it camp”. Well with The Lobster, I’m on the other side. I think this film is brilliant, and here’s why.
When the trailer for Into the Spider-Verse came out, I was cautiously optimistic. You see, aside from the X-Men, the Miles Morales series is actually one of my favorites Marvel has put out. I had always seen the potential in Spiderman. There is so much in the character that just feels right for comic books. He is relatable, fun, quirky, and most importantly real. That sentiment was even truer when I read the Miles Morales series that was just riddled with so much character and realness into the whole series. So when I saw that they were creating a movie based on the comic, I was excited. Then I was scared again, at the end of the day it was Marvel. I know its Sony, but I was scared that producers would play around and force generic decisions onto the film that would just ruin it. Nevertheless, the film came out and I decided to give it a shot. The animation looked nice, so why not? Well, I definitely wasn’t expecting coming out of that film and thinking it was the best Marvel film ever released. That’s what happened by the way.