What film did you watch last night?

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A late review of Dune (the wife wanted to re-read the books again), and it was pretty good. A few small things were moved around, but it was a visual and aural tour de force. The actors were good, although Timothy Chalamet only just carries the part of Paul Atredies by dint of the fact that the character is a fifteen year old boy who's highly trained, but also quite sheltered in his life of privilege. Everyone around him has more screen presence except for Zendaya, but she's got very little to do, so is well within her acting abilities.

The experience in terms of visuals and sound are immense. As with other Villeneuve's films, there are just so many moments when what's on screen is iconic, powerful imagery, and the otherworldly nature of the setting lends itself to that.

The biggest problem I had with the film is that nearly all the internal monologues are gone, so much of the background info is lost. So many films nowadays do "tell, don't show", so I'm torn about this, as it's much better when films do "show, don't tell", but so much seems to have been moved to the immense visuals and audio, and some of that internal monologue is not just character, but also background and world building, and it doesn't always translate.

Some of the best lines were also not present ("For the father... nothing"), and even the Litany Against Fear was only half mumbled. A lot of this wouldn't affect you if you've read the books, as you'd already know the background info that wasn't in the movie. Many important parts (such as Yeuh, the Emperor, Baron Harkonnen, etc) were just glossed over and not explained fully.

All in all, it's a great adaptation as long as you're willing to lose the finer background details in exchange for the visual and audio immensity that Villeneuve brings.
 
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The Father (2020)

Hadn't heard of it until it came up as suggested on the Fire TV. I took a punt on it as it starred Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins, two actors I love watching.
Glad I did. A rather sad and short story, about a man suffering from dementia being looked after by his daughter, but an excellent watch with some outstanding acting. Really highlights how terrifying it must be to suffer from dementia. One of the best films I've seen over the past year or so.

9/10.
 
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Eternals - 5/10

I really want to hate it, but aside from being a bit long and drawn out, it was still fairly enjoyable.
Can relate to others saying it could almost be a generic scifi film rather than part of the MCU.
 
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Dark city 8/10
Has quite a bit in common with the matrix, even down to using some of the same sets. Dark and creative film that holds up well today. Especially as most modern films are rubbish reboots and sequels. Oh and Melissa George and Jennifer Connelly are worth an extra point too :p
 
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Halloween Kills - 5/10

Pretty poor follow up really to the first modern take on Mike Myers. Seemed to mainly consist of a hapless vigilante posse running round Haddonfield, progressively getting offed in all manner of ways which allowed the SFX department to go to town on squashed heads and gouged eyes etc. The last ten minutes were laughable
MM down but definitely not out, so instead of cutting his head off or torching the guy to actually try and finish him, what was left of the posse stood around holding their metaphorical yanks until the inevitable happened, paving the way for movie No.3
Jamie Lee Curtis definitely taking a back seat on this one too, after being the lead character in the first movie.
 
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The 355 - Not great, not crap. Doesn't deserve the panning it's been getting. A couple of hours of decent action with five hot chicks with guns. Good enough for me! 6.5/10
 
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Dark city 8/10
Has quite a bit in common with the matrix, even down to using some of the same sets. Dark and creative film that holds up well today. Especially as most modern films are rubbish reboots and sequels. Oh and Melissa George and Jennifer Connelly are worth an extra point too :p

Iirc dark city came before the matrix? I still need to get round to watch it!
 
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Eternals

Beautiful with an excellent cast, it's more conceptually interesting than most superhero movies yet it feels like less than the sum of its parts. It failed to grab me, and I found myself checking my phone rather than tuning in. It also feels like a film and story that shouldn't be trying to sit in the shared universe with the familiar Marvel superheroes. The CGI in the aftercredits was weirdly bad, especially given the quality throughout.

Doesn't quite work 5/10.
 
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@Steampunk Agree with pretty much everything you said. It is a beautiful film I enjoyed it but a lot is missing that provides context.

I think as a viewer, you get so much more out of it if you already know the story. The Jamis scenes are quite poignant, but if you didn't know Paul was seeing potential futures and that in the end he is forced
to take a first step into his blood-soaked future by killing Jamis,
it doesn't resonate. There's little explanation of the vendetta between Harkonnens and Atredies. Jessica is portrayed as selfish and arrogant to try and give birth to the Kwizatz Haderach, but she's unaware of the breeding program and just has a son out of love for Leto. Piter de Vries and Thifur Hawat and a mentat's abilities are very glossed over, as is Yueh and how he's broken. Paul has been trained as soldier, duke, mentat and Bene Geserit, but even he doesn't know all that's been done to him. I could go on about all the important details that Villeneuve has had to simply paint with a broad brush to get into the film at all, even though he's taken two and a half hours of screen time to get halfway through the first book.

I'm glad the film has been made, and I'm glad it's so good and so well received, but film is such a shallow medium for a story like this. I enjoyed it anyway, but I'm not sure anyone not familiar with the books would consider it as kindly as I do. I think a lot of people who went to the movie without the background story and enjoyed it anyway simply don't know what they are missing, and I'm okay with that.
 
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The White Tiger. Not a bad film. Starts off well then goes sinister; its not your average Hollywood ending where the good guys wins the day but the struggle for lower down to get a grasp of a broken ladder to move up. Its like watching what may happen if Slumdog Millionaire did not win. Pretty enjoyable film.
 
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The White Tiger. Not a bad film. Starts off well then goes sinister; its not your average Hollywood ending where the good guys wins the day but the struggle for lower down to get a grasp of a broken ladder to move up. Its like watching what may happen if Slumdog Millionaire did not win. Pretty enjoyable film.
It is a decent film, but it was a brilliant book that goes far deeper into the themes.
 
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