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Crazy Rich Asians
(2018)

What a disappointment this film was..........
After all the hype, and the fact that this movie had been grossing so well around the world my wife and I finally decided to see it for ourselves.

To say that we were disappointed is an understatement. In fact we disliked it so much, we didn't even wait to see the ending.

There was certainly no romance, or comedy here, and the story line must surely have been identical to a dozen other similar movies.

The characters were weak and shallow, and I have no doubt that the manner in which they were portrayed, was an embarrassment to the average person living in Singapore. Who bore no resemblance whatsoever to any of them.

In fact, I dare say that there would be many Asians around the world who would have been very unhappy with the way they were portrayed.

Overall I thought the acting was wooden, the sets way over the top, the storyline was not unique, and there were no real characters with whom you could connect.

I am pleased to see that I am not he only one here who has a similar take on this dreadful movie.

Cheers,

H

Isle of Dogs
(2018)

A must see if only for the brilliant animation.........
Well yet again I was hooked in with all the hype and outstanding reviews that I read about his movie. Whilst I thought the animation, I found the story line to be a tad on the weak side. I also thought that there was too much "japanese" being spoken, at times for quite some length, so I was unable to follow exactly what they were talking about. However, I loved the Japanese settings and the 100% authentic manner by which everyone went about doing things. As I said in my headline, for me it was all about the animation. It's been many years since I last saw an animated movie, and I have to say that this one was the best so far. There are a lot of famous A List actors doing voice overs, and it's fun trying to identify them all with their characters. All in all, I think it's a good night out, but for me it was below what I was hoping for, except for that wonderful animation!

A Quiet Place
(2018)

So quiet, that I fell asleep.............
Well I hate to say it, but I am one of the very few who found this film to be a waste of time. I had read so many 5 star reviews, I felt that I just had to see it for myself, but from almost the very beginning, I was bored, and had I been watching it on television, I would have switched channels after 10 minutes for sure. The cinema where I saw it, said that I should get there early to make sure I got a seat. So I was expecting something very special, along the lines of, Alien, The Exorcist or The Omen (Part 1), all of which I thought were outstanding movies of a similar genre. Unfortunately this film was not even in the same ball park. Instead of giving us a proper explanation as to what had happened on earth, that left a family of 5 living in fear of making even the slightest sound, we were left to our own devices to workout what was occurring. I also found it amazing that they were able to communicate perfectly using their own sign language. To me the story line was very thin, I was never once scared, and the ending was a complete let down. However, on the plus side. The monsters were excellent, and I felt that the acting by all cast members was good. Maybe I'm wrong, this movie will probably do well at the box office, and more critics will give it a rave review, but for me, well as I said in the headline, it was 'so quiet, that I fell asleep"....

Dunkirk
(2017)

A truly boring and tedious movie.
As a regular movie goer I was naturally looking forward to seeing what all the hype was about in regards to "Dunkirk". Well I was sorely disappointed, and came away frustrated at what the director could have done with such a large budget, instead of the tedious film he gave us.

Within the first 10 minutes we find ourselves on the beach, together with lines and lines of soldiers facing the water, waiting for the boats to collect them. Never mind the fact, that the boats had not even left England yet!

Needless to say, the soldiers were completely unprotected in the open, and made for great target practice for the German planes above them.

I found the lack of character building to be an enormous let down. Whilst there were three mini plots, the soldiers being evacuated, the trio of Spitfires, and the one small boat with the man and his son, there was little or no interaction between the actors in these mini plots.

I call them actors as we were never able to get to know them by name as such, and hence there were no characters in this movie per se. Kenneth Branagh spent the entire moving walking up and down the wharf trying to get the soldiers into whatever boats appeared.

The supposed armada that was dispatched from the other side of the channel, never looked more than a bunch of mates out for an afternoon cruise.

There were many scenes with little or no dialogue, which depicted what it was really like for mainly those on the beach, or in an unused trawler a group of them came across.

Whilst these may have been realistic, we had no idea who the characters involved were, as we had no opportunity to engage with them throughout the film.

There were many times when we switched from a night time scene to daytime one, and then back to night time, when supposedly all the action was taking place at the the same time.

In my humble opinion, Dunkirk could have, and should have been an epic movie, but I'm afraid to say that I found it boring, tedious, and without character.

I am well aware that I am in the minority with this opinion, but it really could have been so much better.

Cheers,

Hans

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