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JackRyan2014

Cinema Addict - 1002 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 17, 2014

Bio: 'When science shits the bed I'm the guy they call to change the sheets' - Rampage (2018)
'You're always sorry, Charles. And there's always a speech. And nobody cares' - Dark Phoenix (2019)

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Under 50 - Not worth watching, to varying degrees

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85 92% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) - Feb 20, 2017
"An improvement on the original which was already pretty good. The action is high quality throughout and everything is filmed so that you can clearly see whats happening with a sequence in Rome that mixes action and music to create a fantastic action scene. I really like the world building where there's a whole world of assassins and little is explained so the audience has to work out the ins and outs. Neo meeting Morpheus is great and it has a few moments of black comedy which were pretty funny"
35 21% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) - Mar 26, 2016
"ULTIMATE EDITION. Slightly improved but worse than Man of Steel. Some plot holes were resolved. Clark Kent has multiple scenes added which provides some depth. Longer running time improves the pacing however it is still too long. Doomsday looked like a cross between a Cave Troll and The Abomination, another generic CG creation, and the ending was a sea of pixels. Gadot and Affleck were fine. THEATRICAL. Poorly paced, at times incoherent. Very little Superman. (Original review linked) [Read Full Review]"
75 82% The Shape of Water (2017) - Feb 26, 2018
"Beauty and the Beast for adults. While the movie romanticises the fairytale relationship it doesn't shy away from the more animalistic traits of the Merman. In general the cast were all believable in their roles and felt fleshed out as characters with special mention to Michael Shannon who is scarily convincing as the main antagonist. The film is well directed, looks great, has a good score and the costume for the Merman is really impressive."
80 88% War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) - Jul 14, 2017
"The Great Escape: Apes style. Slower and more introspective than expected. Caesar was the standout; lifelike and completely believable, created by layering photoreal CGI onto the motion captured performance of Andy Serkis. The main story was Caesar and his trusted Ape allies journeying but a surprising amount of time was set in a POW camp. Newcomer Bad Ape was great and brought some welcome levity. 'War' doesn't quite match the best parts of 'Dawn' but was more consistently engaging throughout"
75 82% Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) - Dec 15, 2017
"TLJ is the most interesting of the new SW films. Instead of purely good Jedi and evil Sith SW8 introduces ambiguity. The Rey and Kylo dynamic is the most interesting plot thread but Mark Hamill as Luke isn't far behind with a great performance and an unexpected character arc. There's quite a few funny comedic beats, Finn's story is an entertaining diversion and how the rebel fleet section ends is visually spectacular. My main issue is the pacing isn't quite right and I felt the long running time"
40 31% The Great Wall (2016) - Feb 24, 2017
"Very silly but it wasn't terrible watching it. This has some inventive actions scenes and I liked the colourful visual style, especially the armour of the various soldiers. The dialogue was middling, Damon was merely okay and the pacing was a bit off as although the film is only 2 hours at times it felt longer. If I had a choice between the typical big dumb American Blockbuster and this film I can do worse than watching a Chinese version of the battle of Helms Deep from LOTR: The Two Towers "
40 31% Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) - Jun 08, 2018
"Competently made, fairly enjoyable but unremarkable. Even more so than The Force Awakens or Rogue One this feels like big budget fan fiction. A Wookieepedia article made for the big screen, designed to satisfy old school Star Wars fans by answering every single question you have about Han Solo. Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos is good, effectively menacing but didn't have enough screen time. Although the weakest entry of the new Star Wars movies it's still watchable but in the end quite forgettable. "
80 88% The Death of Stalin (2017) - Oct 30, 2017
"A satirical drama that is informative and often darkly comic. Shows what life was like under totalitarianism in Stalinist Russia and illustrates how fear pervades and brutal violence was commonplace. The Death of Stalin doesn't hold back and is filled with great actors reciting witty dialogue along with good characterisation. The problem is virtually every character is a terrible human being, except Olga Kurylenko as Maria, meaning it's difficult spending time watching such odious individuals. "
65 69% Star Trek (2009) - Mar 17, 2014
"This first film in the new rebooted Star Trek universe was an enjoyable watch that had every science cliche squashed into a single movie. Black holes, doomsday weapon, enormous enemy warship, time travel, alternate history and seeing young versions of memorable characters interact with an older version of themselves. Good cast of characters who are engaging to watch but the main villain was poor. A diversion to visit Spock for an info dump, although necessary, negatively affects the films pacing"
51 51% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) - Aug 10, 2017
"Impressive spectacle with an imaginative in-depth world design that felt lived in. The plot was nonsense where the fairly interesting setup fizzled out and the ending sequence has the entire plot laid out in a leaden exposition dump. The two leads are miscast and have zero chemistry with each other. Uniformly wooden dialogue where the more characters spoke the worse the film became. At it's best is reminiscent of Star Wars or The Fifth Element, it's worst of Jupiter Ascending. Looks great though"