2017 movie – short – reviews (getting up to date).

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T2: Trainspotting ***** / A-

A complete must-see, and almost on par with the original, T2: Trainspotting is not only a continuation of the first film, but also an essay on time going by and the unexpected consequences of past actions. Ewen Bremner shines again as Spud, and the rest of the cast is pitch-perfect, as otherwise expected. A more “mature” film in many ways, I can understand the disappointment by reviews and audiences alike, but I think they didn’t really get what Boyle was doing: expanding rather than rehashing, using the parallels in scenes now and then, to underline the commentary of time as something dynamic but which you can’t run in more than one single direction.

 

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Okja ***** / A-

Joon-ho Bong is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors, effortlessly. A movie that can turn anyone into a vegan, it’s not only fun and thrilling and moving, it’s also a multilayered satire about capitalism and dehumanization of society and how humans are mainly predators in total disconnection with nature. If there’s a single complaint from myself to the film, it would be that Bong decides to show the audience that our animal hero has an intelligence and personality as close to the human as possible, something I think undermines the message, overall. Everyone is excellent – so are the visuals – and Jake Gyllenhaal and Tilda Swinton have a lot of fun by letting themselves go, in their caricature of villains, they portray.

 

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Colossal ***** / A

Probably Nacho Vigalondo’s masterpiece, so far. Multilayered allegory about gender roles, gender violence, vanity, the ecstasy of ego due to newly discovered abilities, the lack of remorse for the violence we inflict (when we can’t see our victims), the movie suggests so many ideas, so many concepts that reminded me of the also outstanding “The Lego Movie”, which was also so stuffed with elements that made up por multiple viewings to fully explore its ideas. As “T2”, another movie that hasn’t been properly analyzed by american reviewers, specially Chris Stuckmann who “doesn’t buy Anne Hathaway’s character as an alcoholic”. He obviously didn’t really pay attention: she’s not an alcoholic, as she quickly changes to soft drinks once she realizes the consequences of her actions. The final shot and Hathaway’s expression is priceless. A likely candidate for my final top 10 of the year.

 

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Get Out ***** / A-

I have to say, there is one youtube analysis of this film that made me appreciate it even more than with its viewing. Get Out is not just an horror film but a commentary on the fascination – which in the end, is another kind of racism and bigotry – with african american culture and facts. With rich, white people, being completely fascinated with those who mainly suffer their racism, and with the consequences of not actually seeing them as human beings at heart, but being fascinated with their facts. I can’t develope without going into heavy spoilery ground, but it’s a must see, and a must understand, specially on how liberals/progressists can be as bit as dangerous as bigots.

 

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Alien Covenant * / E

Yes, the film is visually stunning. Yes, Michael Fassbender is outstanding again. Yes, even Danny McBride is really good in a dramatic role. Still, the movie is a visually stunning piece of crap, as Prometheus was. Pretending to be ambitious, it can’t really hide it is milking a mythology beyond extreme and without remorse in falling into utter stupidity which is undeniable. Seriously, Ridley Scott has thrown all the credit he re-earned after Prometheus with the great “The Martian”, back into the trashcan.

 

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Boss Baby *** 1/2 / C+

Alec Baldwin is this film and what saves it from mediocrity. It’s fun, but it is also bland, and my favorite parts are always those who caricature this american culture of power and success. It’s not reinventing the wheel, but it makes for a fun ride and the visuals are lovable.

 

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Wonder Woman ****  / B

It’s a really good superhero movie, and frankly, I would rate it higher, if it was not so shamelessly a rip-off of Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”. If you saw that one, you can almost guess every twist and turn of Wonder Woman. It’s the best DCMU film so far – by a wide margin – but still one inch under what Marvel is doing, and frankly, not really original. The rip-off, is so obvious, that even, as Captain America, a red haired soldier has to be in the heroine’s squad (Dum Dum Dugan in the MCU, Ewen Bremner’s character here).

 

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Highway to Hellas *** / C

Another “culture clash” comedy, with a German inspector supervising a Greek island’s use of the german money for development – and that of course, went in “other directions”. It’s fun, acting is good but not award-worthy, and it sends us back to miss better films like “Mediterraneo”. Not boring, not frustrating, just a movie for a bored afternoon/evening, and forgotten next day.

 

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