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Wacky Reviews: Various Movies 2018

CaptainWacky

I want to smell dark matter
#1
John Wick Chapter 2 - If you liked the first one you'll like this one because it's pretty similar but bigger in every way. I guess after the first was a hit they could spend more money on this because it looks slicker, the action is more elaborate and there's like ten times as many kills. And it's fun! These movies are really silly but they get the tone just right somehow. They don't take themselves too serious, but they take themselves seriously enough that you're not laughing at how stupid it is. It's a cool kind of silly rather than a silly kind of silly? Like the bit where he was walking through the train station having a lowkey shootout with another assassin. And the fact that it exists in a world where seemingly everyone is an assassin. Those are silly things but they work! One thing the original had over this one though was a more personal story (they killed his fucking dog!) whereas in this one it's basically just "John Wick versus the World" and the only stakes are staying alive. But otherwise it improves on the first in every way.
 

Fuddlemiff

Is this real life?
#2
Yes, I loved it and actually saw it in the cinema twice. Both films have a lot of character to them, with slightly surrealist ideas, like the assassin hotel and those sort of 1940s telephone exchange ladies. It does go too far sometimes (he got hit by a car twice in this and both times carried on like nothing happened), but for the most part they get away with it.

Highlights:
“It’s not just any man... it’s John. Fucking. Vick!”
The guy getting sideswiped by a car.
The thing with the pencil.
Anytime he reloads and he’s sat on some guy who’s just waiting to die.
Anytime Lovejoy says “ex.........communicaaaado”
When Morpheus goes a bit Sisko with “Somebody PLEASE... get... this... maaaaan. A gun.”
The ridiculous ending when literally everyone is an assassin with a shit phone.
 

CaptainWacky

I want to smell dark matter
#3
I liked how they had beloved character actor Peter Stormare set up the pencil thing by mentioning his pencil kills at the start.
 

CaptainWacky

I want to smell dark matter
#4
Baby Driver - This was...okay. I've enjoyed every other movie (and episode of Spaced) directed by Edgar Wright a lot. And this is certainly very impressive in terms of editing and syncing the action up to the soundtrack and looking cool. There's some really impressive sequences: the opening car chase in particular is very memorable and gets you pumped for the rest of the movie. But I don't know if the rest of it ever really lived up to that promise? This is a staight-up action movie rather than using the action as a metaphor for other things like his films with Simon Pegg, and I'd be fine with that if it managed to make me care about the characters more. The main guy's acting was okay but his character isn't that sympathetic. The female lead was kind of dull and underwritten. Kevin Spacey (urgh)'s character takes a bizarre turn near the end. Really Jamie Foxx was the actor who impressed me most in it (and what was with Jon Bernthal being in one scene then disappearing?) So yeah there's some exhilirating sequences and it's probably way better than a typical Fast and Furious type movie (I've never watched one) it never really transcends to become more than just cool?
 
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CaptainWacky

I want to smell dark matter
#6
I was going to watch Justice League today (without paying for it) but I just couldn't bring myself to. So I watched Mad Max: Fury again instead. I think I mad the right decision! Not a review since I've probably posted about it before, but you should watch Fury Road if you haven't.