Jason Dennis (JasonDennis91786)Omaha, NE
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Seemed to have a different tone and feel than the other movies of this series. It was much less Oscar-baity and much more action-movie-y. There were a bunch of ludicrous action scenes and some of these were just mindblowing. On the other hand, other scenes seemed like they had their budget cut, especially early on. The story is more by the numbers when it comes to screenwriting, and an evaluator would rate the script a significant improvement over the first Hobbit. At the same time, the story was nothing like the book, even more so than the first, which could have been called an extremely bloated version of the book. There was a hokey love story put in it, and all sorts of other deviations, all formulaic. The film is basically good, of course, but it is really hard to fully judge its merits on a lot of fronts.
I was relatively disappointed, honestly. It was still good, don't get me wrong, but best picture quality? No way. Firstly, despite the color patina I wasn't immersed in the time period. I felt like I was watching hipsters pretend they were in the time period. The acting was not great outside of Goodman. Every plot device in the film was so blatantly transparent, so obvious and heavy handed, so much forced conflict and cheap thrills in every scene. The character development was super hackneyed. It felt like an Oliver Stone film. The daunting images of Iran offered nothing. As a screenwriter, there were also structure issues. No midpoint, for example. Too long of a denouement. Lots of things. However, the dialogue was good, and as far as acting goes, Goodman was excellent and Affleck was also excellent, though others clearly mailed it in. To me, this was a prestige film with nothing special about it. It relied wholly on concept and image.
Jason's Favorite Movies
every time i have ever put up one of my scripts for review, the reviewer has always cited the godfather for at least half of their examples. that tells you something, and i mean something besides "so that's the only script they study."
de niro's performance is one of the top ten of all time. incredibly deep examination of a disturbed man who finally gives up the fight while bluffing incredible endurance. magnificent direction and cinematography fill the movie with lasting, powerful moments.