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A visually lavish film, the visuals in Prometheus never disappoint.
It’s just too bad. One one hand, Prometheus will be a victim of hype. There’s almost no way it could ever have lived up to the amount of anticipation that’s been fueling it for over a year. That said, Ridley Scott and writers John Spaihts and Damon Lindelof are the most at fault for what is essentially 2/3 of a good, possibly great film and 1/3 total fucking bullshit. A lot of people are saying that it’s the 3rd act that is weak and are blaming Lindelof for being unable to stick yet another landing with his non-existent, sequel-bait ending. I’d say that even though I’m somewhat facetiously dividing it in thirds myself, the problems start much earlier than the third act. Prometheus is a huge disappointment but there’s an extent to which we have to look in a mirror to find the source of that. Thankfully, this isn’t one of those movies where anyone’s ever going to be taken seriously for “you didn’t get it” defenses. There just isn’t that much to get. Prometheus is a beautiful film with some great ideas and decent performances, but it is also the kind of film that falls apart the more you think about it.
Usually seeing one of these “it people” match-ups is a lot less fun.
Snow White and the Huntsman is sort of the anti-John Carter. This is to say that it’s actually a good movie and one not saddled by a number of crippling flaws and ridiculous creative choices. Why compare it to John Carter (and the many movies like it) though? Let me explain how this works. Read the rest of this entry »
Young Adult is more a bleak character study than a comedy. Because it was written by Diablo Cody, it may also be a pretty personal film. If you don’t like Cody (and honestly, there is no reason on Earth why you shouldn’t), you’re probably not going to like this movie. Then again, there’s a lot of wit to go with the arrested development and the performances are pitch-perfect and scouring in their honesty. Read the rest of this entry »