I cannot tell you the immense relief I felt when each new scene started and I knew for a FACT that C3PO wasn’t going to wander into frame.
A wonderful, adult scifi film. Fantastic.
Wright’s films these days are so hurredly trying to find ways to justify all of the visual flare and needle drops that story and characters become whatever he needs them to be in that scene to make it all work. I don’t understand the rules or the motivations, or the story’s logic, but it all looked pretty. Also, there are three good concepts for a film bloatedly stuffed into this and not one of them is done justice by the end.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
So i’m rewatching Starship Troopers the other night, right?
And Rico makes it back to the starbase and in my mind I’m like “Oh shit! Here comes that moment where he’s getting the laser tattoo and somebody pours tequila on his arm”
When all of a sudden Denise Richards and her new BF show up and I’m like “oh yeah, they beat the shit out of each other first”
And out of goddamn NOWHERE Mazzy Star’s “Fade into You” starts…
This movie shouldn’t work - it’s bloated, underwritten, the performances are nuts and the story barely follows any kind of logic. It’s a movie that can’t sing Michael Bay, but hums the tune alright, then gets bored and launches into a terrible Silence of the Lambs solo. But nobody puts this much work, and creativity, and fun into a bad movie anymore - it’s a unique thing relic of a different time, and as much as it is a cobbled…
A realistic and grounded take on Godzilla that simultaneously satirizes bureaucracy, presents a horrifying body-horror version of the creature, and builds a compelling human narrative with fabtastic dialogue, editing, and direction. Goddamn that night scene is so gorgeous, brutal, and terrifying.
Shame about the “American” characters, though.