I liked the movie as a whole and the story is a good one. Actors are great.
There are too many dark scenes and the speaking parts are way too quiet, I barely understood what the characters are saying.
There's a discrepancy in the scenography and the time we live in. It might be compelling visually but kids that go on swimming classes don't live in such homes. If say it is an exception, because yes some people live that way, the scenery is drastic. It feels like the story is set in 1994 just with smartphones and instagram.
Checking in 9 years after the release, I am really happy to see the score of this movie.
First, comparison with the book, I don't remember if I read the book first and I will give a provisional "the book was better", but on the other hand it wqs som much easier in the movie to follow the different incarnations of each character.
It is an epic exploration of the human soul on am individual level, but also the humanity in humans as a species throughout many epochs, including the future.
You really need to keep an open mind and don't expect to discover the meaning of life while watching the movie.
Read the book too.
The cast is wonderful, although it is noticeable when an imcarnation does not work well for some of the actors.
The show promises good acting skills, it will not disappoint in that department, however the story is all over the place, so much character development and for a single finale moment that barely fits the rest of the story.
The personal drama is way too much, that the actual murder is completely sidelined and not only the murder, but also the kidnappings.
Not sure how it looks from someone else's perspective, but imagine this, you live in a town where there is a serial girls kidnapper/rapists that keeps them locked. Meanwhile, your drug addicted son kills himself and you need to take care of his son while his drug addicted girlfriend and mother of his son is in a recovery center. All the while the husband of you best friend is having an incestuous affair with his niece (daughter of his cousin) and their son kills the niece. The child of that affair is being taken care of some other woman who thinks is the childs grandmother. All the while another grandmother (while on chemotherapy) takes care of the son of her missing (kidnapped) daughter.
Another thing is, you don't want to give up your grandson to his mother who apparently is doing well in recovery and is looking for custody over her son, SO, you, a state detective steal two packs of heroin from evidence room, temper with the logs and plant the heroin in your grandson's mothers car. The punishment is "administrative leave", and after you find the kidnapped girls (and getting your partner killed and you are not even on duty) you are all forgiven and you get to get back as a detective, no one needs to know about this, it is all fine. This was the most ridiculous part of the series.
Your best friend in order to protect her son who killed the girl, is lying that his uncle killed the girl.
But lets throw in a writer, who has absolutely no consequence to the story or character development and a priest, with a shady past, who barely affects the story in any way.
Exactly two times there are comedic moments in the entire series, feels really wrong watching that, considering what these people are going through. It is amazing that they are not all in therapy, psychiatric and heavily medicated.
Just started season 2 and the writing has not improved one bit.
All that budget and great production value wasted on silly plots and dialogues.
All the time you're watching you're asking yourself why, why, why.
And the villain, played by Parker Posey, again why would someone keep so close by someone who has tried to kill you so many times.
Suspense of disbelief works for the sci-fi parts of the show, not for how stupid people can be.
The series is original in most ways considering it dealts with super heroes.
The show is an alegory of today's society and the division of society between the regular people and the untouchables so to say.
In second season this is way more aparent, along with the influence of social media, influencers and political influencers, what does democracy mean etc.
To be honest it gets a bit overly political in season 2 with Trump at its core. Did not appreciate that tone but the show managed to keep it relevant in all aspects and no matter the time period.
What I liked: the cast, the storyline, the plot twists, the humour, the dialogue and pacing. Also Frenchie and Kimiko.
What I didn't like is specific:
The Deep is really sidelined for a main cast character, but that really reflects the character as well, so I guess it goes really meta there. Its like they made a contracy with the actor and had to keep him in the show, his storyline is barely relevant to the main story.
-not that I did not like it, but Jack Quiad character is often referred to as "the kid", he is only 28 and somehow they made him look 40. If you check his Instagram acc, he really does not look as old as in the show.
The plot is not exactly stellar, however the performances are good and the jokes are funny and smart.
It is relevant to the present, even though not exaclty easy to relate to the characters.
The message of the movie is also a nice one, inspirational and motivational.
In any case the movie does not have any serious flaws rhat would make it a 3.3 stars movie, it hds the storyline together and coherent, as said it is smart and funny.
If you came across on this movie on TV do not chnage the chanel, it is worth the watch.
It is a fast paced (slightly too fast) PI story, where the PI is an alcoholic flight attendant.
The style is clearly comic-bookish detective story, and it starts to grow on you pretty fast.
Visually appealing, however the music dors seem a bit too loud at some moments, which is a bit distracting.
I am only 5 episodes in and so far no complaints on the story or character development, pacing is great.
Very pleasantly surprised by Kaley Cuoco, not that there is too much to compare to, hence maybe the surpirse, but she does a great job in this one. The rest of the cast has been chosen well too.
Can't say that it would win any awards, but it is quality TV entertainment, and it might win some awards what do I know.
I saw this movie about 20 years ago, and back then it made me read about Myanmar.
Inspirational movie to say the least.
Well written script, acting is great and emotional story, all the while the background scenery is beautiful.
20 years after, reading about Myanmar again and the progress they've made on democracy, the movie teaches you about the historical accuracy or inaccuracy of inspirational leaders and democracy.
Never the less, the movie is worth the watch, absolutely.
How did they spend the budget of 200 million dollars?
How did they spend 200 million dollars on this?
And the headlines are that Jenkins and Gadot are on the move to make a third one, please don't.
Not only does it overwhelm with 80s memorabilia and styling it also looks like a movie made in the 80s, with the style of directing and action scenes.
The mall scene at the beginning looks like a Spiderman helping people scene in a cartoon.
Gal Gadot as a narrator is horrible, it was the first hint that it will be a bad movie. Her acting does not improve throughout the movie.
The storyline is based on "things happening".
A lot of inconsistencies and plot holes and missed out on some key points to be presented in a cinematic dramatic way.
For example the Asteria golden suit was horribly introduced as an element in the movie to the point where it makes no difference to the plotline. It was just a shining suit for WW to change into. It would not have made any difference if it was not in the movie at all.
The appearance of Steve is somewhat controversial, that is the way he was brought back, you can't help but wonder what's wrong with the writer who came up with it and with the rest of the people who read it and said, ok that's great, let's do that, it's not a rape scene, not at all. But I guess it's how they made movies in the 80s :-)