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Sorcerer's Stone was overly faithful to its source material in a way that still tried to capture its magic. Chamber of Secrets is overly faithful in a way that only tries to capture its source's plot. Watching the film again, I can't believe this was written by the same screenwriter who handled 7 out of these 8 movies; everyone here speaks like a Wikipedia page, and the way characters are reintroduced feel like they're straight from video game cutscenes. It's…
Not great, but WAY better than its predecessor. It has the edge by simply being more interesting, even if it’s not always the good kind of interesting. Its Frankenstein-like notions on mob mentality and fear may not be well-handled, but it is very provocative. There’s a meanness and a nihilism here that I just couldn’t help but welcome; I must’ve been in the right mood.
David Gordon Green still doesn’t quite have a knack for horror, but his scares are at least more effective and consistent this time around, sometimes even a bit surprising. The overall tone isn’t nearly as all over the place either.
Might be top tier Pixar for me as I marinate on this. I often say how much I prefer films that limit traditional conflict in favor of natural conversation and simplicity, and Luca comes closest to breaking the typical Pixar formula. There's no grand worldbuilding, no evil villain (aside from one character who is more of a jokey bully in the vein of Skinner from Ratatouille), and no major scheme or goal other than two young (sea monster) boys trying…
For a film with the word 'metal' in its title, this is a surprisingly sensitive film that treats its subject matter (deafness and disability) with such strength and honorability. It advocates for the capabilities of the deaf community, regardless if Ruben (Riz Ahmed) isn't able to see that, even after being put in their shoes. Darius Marder's filmmaking also puts us in Ruben's shoes, with some of the best sound mixing and editing I've heard in years. I'll always advocate…