What’s bizarre about this movie is that whether you love or hate Michael Bay you know exactly what you’re going to get.
The action set pieces here are genuinely impressive if not only for the fact that no one does them like this. This isn’t focused on clean choreography or long takes or “reality”, this is all about kinetics. After a dull meandering VO from Reynolds the film slams you into a ridiculous set piece that is without context and…
1) The Burrow
2) Flying Car
4) Great Mystery
5) best Quidditch match
6) GILDEROY LOCKHART
9) Hagrid backstory
12) Dumbledore’s office
14) Madam Pomfrey
15) Tom Riddle
17) “A free Elf”
18) cake on that lady’s head
19) it’s the longest film in the entire series and adapts the most of the book of all the films. Prisoner adapts the material well, but 4 should’ve been longer, 5 should’ve been longer etc etc. Chamber adapts the source material the most faithfully. Chamber is the movie for book lovers.
20) Colin Creevey
This has always been my favorite Wes Anderson. It came to me at the right time and struck the the right chord.
Today was the first time I watched the Criterion Blu-Ray and realized that Connie Neilson and *the* Dennis the Menace were in the cast and then Wes Anderson mentioned Powell and Pressburger which totally made connections in my brain I didn’t know were there.
Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and Red Shoes are my top two P&P films and they get name dropped and suddenly all became clear.
This film is fantastic.
Thank you Criterion.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Hey guys, did you know that this film is inspired by Taxi Driver?
I think where this film suffers is in its connection to the DC universe, and how it muddies it’s own point in the end. Okay, Gotham, sure, Thomas Wayne running for Mayor? Sure. Having a whole sub-plot about Thomas Wayne being Arthur’s dad? Yeah, no.
Taxi Driver on the other hand follows through with its characterization and the films leads to an inevitability that is then upended…
“Even the stars up here in the sky look like a mess. There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no harmony as we have conceived it. But when I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it, I love it, I love it very much, but I love it against my better judgment.”