The way I discovered this film was very interesting. I was scrolling through the local cinema app's coming soon section, when I suddenly spot three strange films. All three films were French. Now if you know anything about Dubai, you would know that the overall film taste does not encompass indie French films. So I was really surprised to see three films screening here. Then I saw that they were only showing in one specific theater, and only for a limited time. Out of three, Au Revoir La Haut was the only one that had a timing that fit my schedule. That's how I found out about the film. I did not know anything about it. Didn't watch the trailer, don't know the director, nothing. All I knew was the title and the poster. I went in with nothing, and was surprised by the outcome. It is films like these that really make me disappointed with the current film industry. If this low budget French film can create an engaging and original story, why can't all these huge companies do the same?
Oscar season is here and biopics are upon us. One of the easiest ways to grab the attention of the academy is to bring a talented actor and make him play in a biopic. Lincoln, Last King of Scotland, Jackie, The Iron Lady... etc. The list goes on and on. Darkest Hour joins these films as becoming an Oscar grab for its lead actor. When watching this film I realized that I had a serious issue with most of these biopics. I feel like a lot of them (especially ones that only manage to get best actor/actress award and nothing else), have great acting coupled with a bland film. Darkest Hour unfortunately follows this trend.
The first 20 minutes of The Disaster Artist went by and all I was feeling was... Cringe. I felt this awkward feeling all around me. No one in the theater was laughing, and everything James and Dave Franco were doing felt really strange. Then it clicked. That's the whole point. The film is giving us the feeling of why The Room became so beloved. Because after half an hour of no laughter from the audience, you start hearing hysterical laughter with every scene that comes. This is what The Room did to audiences back in the day and this is what The Disaster Artist did as well.
Scott Cooper's Hostiles starts out with a scene that sets up the tone of the film immediately. A mother is teaching her children while the father is outside working. He looks to the horizon and sees a group of horses. He instantly runs in and everyone is aware of the situation. The children run and the father tries to fend them off. Here the audience sees that they group are Native Americans. They come in and kill the father and scalp his head. Later on they kill all three children leaving the mother alive who managed to escape. I came into the film with no clue what the film was even about, but the opening scene took me by surprise and had me sitting straight and paying attention. However, I was wary of how this depiction would come off, and thought maybe the film would be another "Native Americans are savages and the Caucasians are victims". However, the film immediately showed in what direction it was heading.
Well, it's that time of year again when everyone goes out during Christmas time to watch the new Star Wars film. At this rate it seems like Disney is going to do to Star Wars what its been doing to Marvel all this time. Which is unfortunate since Star Wars is a very beloved franchise and seriously does not benefit from this style of production. This over saturation will kill the franchise and everything people loved about it. Nevertheless, Disney will continue to be Disney, and we will continue to go every single year and watch Star Wars during Christmas, because that's how it goes. Although I always repeat again and again that I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan, I can always appreciate when it's done well. Unfortunately for Star Wars, this isn't.
What happens when you give 150 million dollars to an art film? You get Blade Runner 2049. Because that is essentially what Blade Runner 2049 is, a very expensive art film. But hey, I'm not complaining, I wish they did this more. But seeing the box office numbers it seems that we will be stuck with constant cookie cutter action blockbuster films moving forward. Which is a shame because if there was a film that needed to be praised with admissions, its this one.
When the first Kingsman film came out I was very dismissive of watching it at the time. I thought it would just be another one of those Hollywood cash grabs. But I remember when I watched it, I still thought it was just some fun on a screen, but I felt like it had something else, something felt natural about everything. Obviously it wasn't something that elevated cinema or the art form of film but it was just a film where you can switch off your brain and have a bit of fun. So when I heard they were making a Kingsman sequel I was scared. I was afraid that the level of success the first film got would get to their heads and they would end up ruining the franchise. Well, those fears were a reality. The film was just..... Awful in every sense of the word. Let me break it down for you.
I would like to preface this review by saying that I am not a big fan of horror films, especially modern ones. I feel like they just do the same thing over and over again, yet people still seem to go for the sake of those few jump scares that get them. Never have I seen a genre that continued this long with no evolution or new and interesting ideas. However, I am glad to say that in the past two years a couple of films have started to change one of the most overused genres. Movies like Get Out, Don't Breathe, and now It have started a new trend in modern horror films of trying to refine and do something different with the genre. I am glad to say that It is a good movie, I always wish to see films pushing boundaries. It still has its faults which I will get to shortly, but for a modern horror film, it is a breath of fresh air that the genre desperately needed.
Well, I know its very overdue but my last semester in uni just started and its been a real big mess. Nevertheless I wanted to try to get this out as quickly as possible so that I don't keep on delaying it as my work keeps building up. So, this film. I honestly have no clue how to react and what to say in this review. The film was just, ridiculousness and confusing. But from what I read from other reviewers that is the greatest appeal of this film. I am still not sure about that statement but nevertheless I am going to try to talk about this film and make some sense of it.
The poem at the beginning of the film holds such importance when it comes to the themes of the film. We notice that throughout the film, Theeb will go through the verses of the poem. What Theeb does to the challenges he faces is what the audience are curious about. This is the first time watching a Jordanian film. I have seen my fair share of Arabic films, but never something serious or passionate such as Theeb. I am glad I watched this film because of the complexity it holds within. Just as the poem says, it applies to this film, "He who swims the Red Sea cannot know it's true depth. And not just any man Theeb, can reach the seabed my son"