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joel-w-m

Film Freak - 690 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 7, 2015

Location: Canada

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65 26% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) - Jun 25, 2019
"Dare I say it starts off with almost cool neo-noir vibes? It ain’t no Blade Runner but the mystery plot, dark city setting, and moody Anakin make for a compelling first act (dated SFX aside, that city chase was great-and the Jedi duo generate surprising humour). The rest is solid as it sticks with a straight forward dual-narrative following Obi’s investigation and angsty Annie’s relational drama. Gets cheesy as it goes on (and on-it's too long) but it's fun (see C3P0's head gag)."
75 64% Toy Story 4 (2019) - Jun 24, 2019
"It's not unnecessary, with its expanded universe, deeper themes, and bevy of fun new (or just newly developed-badass Han Solo-esque Bo is great) characters, but it does feel a little detached from its three predecessors with no strong central plot thread or thematic thrust and the usual gang sadly neglected (which makes the emotional climax a little underwhelming). Slightly unmet expectations aside, it's still very fun (the action set pieces are great), very funny, and very well-animated."
80 81% Body of Lies (2008) - Jun 20, 2019
"An eye-rolling America-centric terrorist thriller at first blush thanks to Hoffman's disturbing opening monologue, but in actuality, it's more mature, with decently nuanced political drama that's expertly intertwined with espionage action. The contrast of Crowe's detached CIA boss (his suburban activities during tense phone calls are a great touch) with DiCaprio's emotional on-the-ground agent makes for an excellent central character dynamic (see the memorable final exchange). Very well acted."
65 26% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) - Jun 14, 2019
"The massive scope of the worldwide adventure plot and the monster lot is great and it's pretty cool rooting for Godzilla as the film's superhero of sorts-a reclusive and proud personality taking on all the big bads even when he seems down and out. The human side of things is a harder to engage; props for effort but the family drama is a bit convoluted, the environmental discussion is one and done, and overall it bloats the film. Dr. Serizawa's emotional monster moment was a nice touch though."
80 81% Booksmart (2019) - Jun 05, 2019
"Feels a little contrived as it sets itself up but the payoff is well worth it: the oddball central duo have great chemistry (see their mutual flattering outside the party) and the rest of the diverse character ensemble all have their moments and even arcs (see Jared's tear-jerking vulnerability). Good writing is made even better by stellar direction: Wilde's theatrical flair (see the ceremony entrance) and excellent use of music perfectly capture the extreme drama and emotion of teen life."
70 44% Unicorn Store (2017) - May 27, 2019
"A little unevenly constructed at points, and at others a bit too on the nose (horn?), but like quirky Kit and her krafty kaboodle, it's mostly just wonderfully, colourfully odd, humourous, and heartwarming (see the fantastic vac presentation with her adorable two sidekicks), with an interesting ending that adds some nuance to the creativity/individuality/child-like-ness vs. conformity/uniformity/grown-up-ness theme throughout. Larson and Athie have lovely chemistry and the music's great too."
65 26% Dr. No (1962) - May 23, 2019
"A pleasantly paced detective/spy drama. Bond's predictable womanizing is eye-rolling but fortunately his cool and collected investigative work in the missing-person mystery takes center stage ("One takes cyanide, another would've stood for her arm being broken, neither would talk. Who puts that sort of scare into people?"). Bond's climactic convo with Dr. No is no cinematic slouch but the control-center action sequence to follow feels a little silly and the stakes aren't made clear."
70 44% Stockholm (2018) - May 09, 2019
"Strikes a great balance between high-stakes hostage thrills and quirky character comedy, led by Hawke's notable turn as the volatile and eccentric "(just call me) The Outlaw", who clashes with straight-laced cops and forms an odd bond with his captors (see the excellent Dylan-backed montage of pear-eating in the vault). A barely-there epilogue makes you wish more time was spent on his background and motivations though, as well as on the event's aftermath for Rapace's enigmatic Bianca."
65 26% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) - May 07, 2019
"The core here is solid: one part engaging political power-games plot, one part planet-hopping adventure (loved the journey underwater: "There's always a bigger fish") with some moments of intrigue on the side (see the princess twist, Jedi council debate on the kid, the mysterious menace). Its often distasteful decoration (sorry Jar-Jar, you're just a bit much; annoying Anakin isn't helped by the script: "I'll try spinning, that's a good trick!") weakens it but overall it's still enjoyable."
75 64% The Terminator (1984) - May 03, 2019
"A time travel twist, a garish synth soundtrack, and a (literally) robotic Arnold with one-liners galore (see his choice from the "possible responses" to the cleaner) add just the right amount of retro-futuristic flair to an easily engaging chase-thriller. The special effects are pretty dated (see the stop motion robot; fake horizon at the end) but that doesn't mean the climactic fight isn't great or the open-ended epilogue isn't supremely satisfying ("...there's a storm coming in" "I know")."