A knife in your gut, twisted ever so delicately
Perfectly serviceable with the action scenes and Tony Leung being the highlights. Simu Liu and Awkwafina as a team are also very good. It did irk me slightly that the latter half of the movie focuses on Simu having this dark night of the soul over killing people because 1. people definitely died in that skyscraper fight and 2. they’re having Simu apply like modern regular world ethics in Marvel land but also specifically to actions around his dad who has been a warlord for 1000 years? Kind of silly to try and have it both ways.
All the Oscar stuff and the casino stuff worked for me but everything else (especially with the kid) just kind of washed out honestly. I think Paul gets points for being one of the only directors to try and reckon with the actual reality of the war on terror stuff without it being the only focus of the movie (like the Adam Driver one) but he wasn’t able to pull it all together imo.
I’ve realized that the thing I dislike most in movies is when I’m primed to like something, or feel like I want to like something but the movie itself prevents me from doing so.
Or in simpler terms, if a movie purposefully shoots itself in the foot, almost nothing can redeem the movie for me at that point. Rise of Skywalker does this CONSTANTLY. If you have the pressure of ending a nine movie arc, and one of your…
I love shop talk movies and I love seeing real vehicles move on film so this was extremely enjoyable for me to see in IMAX. I don't think this will be everyone's cup of tea as it were, but I think a lot of it, even most of it, is incredibly re-watchable, which I think may help its chances for awards.
Matt Damon does a good job, but the gods really were listening when they granted me a 2…