This is an enjoyable western that hits the spot in all the right places.
The movie kicks of essentially in the middle of a bigger tale (you will understand what I mean) which works well as you try to understand the motivations of the key players in the film.
As the movie roles along it does start to become more predictable which is a shame but still retains the viewers (mine) interest.
Solid piece of western movie making that adds to this excellent genre.
John Wick has proved to be a welcome breath of fresh air in the action/spy/hitman genre.
The movies have been bombastic with a really nice undercurrent of layers of character mystery underneath.
I enjoyed Parabellum, I gave it a 7 BUT, the awesome fighting sequences (that I love) are starting to be overused and repetitive. Halle Berry is cool in this movie but why is she using the same moves as Wick? She could have had her own unique style that would have been great, instead her character reduces the Wick character because his moves become less HIS moves.
Totally great movie but I will be interested in a fourth to see if they realise that the action is great but the Wick character is greater?
Its still entertaining, the characters are fun, especially Woody but they basically took the ingredients of one cake, moved them around a little and made another cake. I love cake but aside from making coin I feel like this movie needed more of an artistic reason to exist.
John Cho leads the story of Searching with an earnest performance of a man looking for his daughter. I was immediately connected and invested with the story.
Unlike other movies such as Unfriended, the use of technology as the prism the movie takes place (largely) within, works really well here, adding contemporary moments reflecting the current way of life, to the story.
But it is the desperation of the Cho character that really drives this winner home.
Rarely these days do film makers attempt to make movies on such a grand scale that involve characters of legend. Its a daunting undertaking.
Troy sits in that zone of pretty good, could have been better and thankfully not worse.
It does have its flaws but they are easily overcome, generally by the credible performances of the cast and the strength of the core story.
I'm also thankful that this is a long movie, much shorter and the compression (or omission) of story elements would have had a major negative impact. As a longer film it does deliver well with pacing, never allowing the view to get bored.
Yes it does have plot holes and yes some of them are pretty big but for the sake of entertainment, allow those to pass. If you do you will be taken into a world full of drama and fear that is so well expressed by both the director and the actors.
The design of the baddies is really cool and they are super terrifying.
The story is simple and yet provides more than enough, history, pride, ambition honour blending together to lead us to battle.
The character acting is ok, the lead actor in this movie is Frank MIller. The over the top visuals of this movie are as good as any I have ever had the pleasure to see.
They are so dramatic, rich, dirty and dark, drawing the viewer into this historically based alternative universe.