17 May, 2019
Catchy songs and fun dance numbers rush you through and unevenly paced story. Plot twist and redemptions happen in the wink of an eye while jaw dropping power ballads ("He's My Boy") take their time and are spectacle in their own right. Over all, it is a celebration of inner joy and the people who dare to believe they deserve it.
11 May, 2019
A maddening plot that would (and did) confuse a whovian – old characters are sent off and new ones are reappointed. It was fun and frenetic to watch old characters reappear. It was ham fisted in it's care bear movements – as any good comic should be. It was a satisfying conclusion to what has been an uneven, but fantastic 11 year ride.
12 Apr, 2019
Uh, why not? I mean, I wasn't being picky about super hero movies. This was a feel good cheese puff. You left happy but I couldn't remember much about it a week later.
31 Mar, 2019
Everyone should know about and see this movie. It is rare to see something so honest, affirming, and wonderful. Beautifully acted, written, shot, costumed – everything. The movie transported you to a time, and took you through a girl's journey to become herself. It is filled with all the obvious coming of age, girl from the country, rocky love troupes. But like any good story, it is good because already know where people will end up, we know the sign posts along the way – but we don't know how they will walk the road. This movie was made for walking.
16 Mar, 2019
In the Marvel tradition, a total crowd pleaser based on the near perfection of comic book formulas. The 90's LA was a glorious nostalgia trip. The actors were solid. And speaking of 90's nostalgia, young Samuel Jackson!
17 Feb, 2019
Billing itself as a dark comedy, it doesn't offer many laughing moments. It is an unblinking look into the human soul and our ability to remove it as necessary. It starts as mean girls in a bodice ripper, but as you past the politics and cringe worthy behavior; you get to the substance. You watch the truly powerful heap abuse on each other, down the pecking order for entertainment, but come to see it is as survival. The chicken who doesn't peck, get's pecked.
02 Feb, 2019
Wow, nothing but a wow! The movie touched on inhuman behavior from very human people. It showed how people could have pride and integrity at all stations, and how the same people lived with shame and humility. It created a very real world populated by multifaceted, real people – based on real people and events.
It was painful and cathartic to watch, showing how far we can and haven't come. But also showing a real friendship that shows how much we are capable of.
12 Jan, 2019
It was impossible not to love the imagery, the costumes, the settings. It was impossible to like the two queens. The movie positioned them as two implacable forces that were slowly colliding even as they didn't want to. The historical rewrite being that both were women in a man's world, and thus felt a bond to each other. Mary would no bow. Elizabeth could not risk Mary's claim to the throne. The pacing was off, glacial for about the first two thirds, it kicks into high gear as it realizes its running out of time. As it bumps along the majestic Scottish views, the wheels come off somewhere in the journey. It is well worth watching for strong acting and amazing images – but plot wise, it is a thin bodice ripper filled with silly twists of the imagination.