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Bml93's Film Experiences for 2017: Last Half

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Moana (2016)
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People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (155 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.1
Wonder Woman (2017)

One of the most appreciated things with Wonder Woman is that it truly understands the importance of emotion and character development. This is a film that takes its time in letting us in on the characters. Letting us know and care for them. This gives the film an emotional core that causes the action spectacle and CGI nonsense to have some weight and soul. It's exciting to see Gal Gadot fully transform into Wonder Woman, because we have spent a huge portion of the film getting to know her character.

I do in fact think that the action scenes are the worst part of this film. They are bit too relying on that Zack Snyder-type of slow-motion and it does eventually get a bit too much. The final confrontation is also slightly disappointing as it turns into just one big mess.
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People who added this item 4182 Average listal rating (2759 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1

I've not really had that much of interest in seeing this film over the years. I'm not really a huge fan of Jack Black, as I think he's a bit too obnoxious for my taste. So when my girlfriend expressed interest in watching it, I was slightly reluctant. I was however pleasantly surprised.

The film was not as funny, as I might have guessed it would be. But it was nonetheless a lot of fun. It was very charming and quite touching. The performances were good, and I was shocked to see that they managed to get so many great child performances. I didn't even think one of them were bad, which is unusual. The music is greatly mixed in the film, and it moves at an energetic pace. The story doesn't offer any surprises along the way, but this is a feel-good film that was well worth watching.
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People who added this item 2280 Average listal rating (1490 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.9

It's not for everyone. The humor is definitively only for certain people. The pointlessness, quirks and silliness of the film is certainly going to alienate a lot of people. It is however something that goes straight up my veins. I think it's hilarious, charming, heartfelt and extremely clever in its dumbness.
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People who added this item 958 Average listal rating (650 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.7

I decided to give this film a rewatch quite recently as I was up for some fun. I do absolutely dig this film, but I found that there were some elements this time around that bothered me enough to lower my rating. I didn't really enjoy that much of the training scenes in this film, and found them to be slowing the pace too much.

That being said, this film is top-notch entertainment. The action and humor is great. The characters are memorable. The amount of violence is appreciated and it's brilliant deconstruction of the spy genre. Top-notch entertainment.
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People who added this item 38 Average listal rating (29 ratings) 4.1 IMDB Rating 4.7

The third installment is an improvement over the last film, if only a minor one. The change of villain turned out to be a positive change, and it gave us some interesting family dynamics. Though that sub plot did turn a bit weird towards the end.

The film shares many of the same flaws that Darkman II suffered from. Arnold Vosloo reprises his role, but he's still unable to bring the gravitas this role need. In the end, it turns out to be too cheesy for its own good. Which is saying something, as the original is quite cheesy in its own right. There is some B-movie fun in here, but it's disappointing to see that this is what Darkman ended up as.
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It goes the route of every bad straight-to-video sequel out there. Bad dialogue, sub plots that leads nowhere and that only works as filler to lengthen this out to 90 minutes, and overall subpar action.

The film also really lacks someone as Liam Neeson in the lead role. Arnold Vosloo pales in comparison and fails to make something out of the role. It's also disappointing to see the film recycle the same villain from its predecessor.
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People who added this item 721 Average listal rating (473 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Darkman (1990)

This is my second time watching it and it remains just as fun as when I first saw it. The high amount of inventive filmmaking and lunacy that has gone through this film is something to celebrate. It's at times extremely goofy, but that's a part of the charm with it. Liam Neeson, at an early stage in his career, is brilliant as the title character. He manges to embrace the madness of the character with an hefty amount of heart and emotion. He also brings a certain level of gravitas to the film.

The films is very outdated. The low-budgeted effects, while slightly charming, is also slightly distracting. The poorly done green screen is the most obvious one. It's a fun film, but it's not one of those that ages well.
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People who added this item 378 Average listal rating (270 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.7
Hot Rod (2007)

I didn't expect to really like it as I'm not the biggest fan of Andy Samberg. Yet the Napoleon Dynamite style of random and pointless humour worked rather well with me. Not every joke managed to land, but a surprising high amount worked. It did probably help that I watched this with my girlfriend, who's laugh turned out to be really contagious.
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People who added this item 290 Average listal rating (163 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.9

I decided to give this film a second chance, just because I love the video game franchise and premise so much. I was just as disappointed as the first time, and my note from when I saw it in January 2017 still stands. Which you can read down below.

Even with the track record of poor video game adaptations in mind, the film adaptation of Assassin's Creed is one of my most disappointing film experiences ever. It is also one that frustrated me a lot. Because the film gets a lot of things right and there is much to admire here. Mostly the action scenes in the past. They are just damned cool. Wonderfully choreographed and beautifully shot. The performances themselves are fine and a lot of the themes the film brings up during the present time of the film is interesting enough. There are elements here to make good film, but shamefully the filmmakers have made some poor choices in where to put the focus of the film.

Everyone who knows the Assassin's Creed games knows that the segments that are centered around the present day are the least interesting parts of those games. It's to be able to explore the different eras in history that intrigues us. Which is why it's frustratingly mind boggling to see that the filmmakers have decided to keep the majority of the film during the present time. We spend roughly 70% of the film in boring Abstergo (the "evil" company in the film) landscapes. The film have reduced the scenes in the past to simple action scenes. Besides that, there's nothing. The character's are all essentially just stunt men. We don't get to know any of the characters in 15th century Spain. They're as paper thin as they can possibly be. So while the action is cool, that is unfortunately all it is. The film should have been around 80% in the past. That's where the meat is.

Whatever is happening during present day is fine enough. It's a bit overly plotted and character development and motivation is a bit scarce, but as someone who is really familiar with the games, I followed it closely enough without getting bored. It sets up for a sequel, and I must say that I'm slightly worried about it. Personally, I would think it's wiser to start from scratch and get it right.
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People who added this item 48 Average listal rating (38 ratings) 5 IMDB Rating 5.8
The Mummy (2017)

If only The Mummy were as dedicated to telling its own story as it was to trying to start a new franchise. This film is all about world building as it's trying to set up a "Dark Universe", in which Universal's horror monsters can roam together. From the very moment the film introduces us to Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll, the film loses whatever momentum it had going. It turns into an unfocused mess that sacrifices the story and characters in The Mummy for what's coming next instead.

This is all a shame, as there are parts of The Mummy that works quite well. All of this is mostly during the first act. There are a few entertaining action scenes and the visuals are well-done. Tom Cruise is always likeable in his films just because he's Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella is a convincing mummy. I'm interested in Universal monster films, but this should have been better.
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People who added this item 1621 Average listal rating (996 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Bean (1997)

I did chuckle every now and then, but I did quickly find out that this wasn't really my type of humor. There was quite simply no bite to it. All safe and sound. While that might occasionally work well enough, I was left unsatisfied this time.
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