I’ve been pretty depressed lately and haven’t been in the mood to watch anything, so I decided to put on my comfort film. Obviously, this probably doesn’t deserve 5 stars but there is so much to like about it. The pacing is excellent as every scene in the lead-up of the characters entering the town seems important. The acting, at least of the main characters, is pretty solid. I wish Radha Mitchell and Jodelle Ferland were in more things. Aesthetically,…
I didn’t get to watch the last five minutes because I had to patrol the backyard for a cat but I think k got the gist because I was oddly engrossed for the majority of it. It kinda felt like a really pale imitation or Christmas magic. Great costume design, though. Christmas as cultural appropriation was just a weird angle.
“Why am I calling the police?”
Despite my better judgment, I absolutely loved it. The stupid dialogue brings some well deserved laughs, especially from our detectives. The aesthetic is gorgeous with a weird 90s goth vibe that’s interesting but not overwhelming, punctuated perfectly by that cover of Where Is My Mind. While I pretty much guessed the entire plot within the first ten minutes, it’s still completely shocking to see it all manifest. What a bonkers film.
I’m not even Chinese and I feel represented by this. For what this was, a Disney attempt at xianxia, this was so good. I definitely noticed some qigong forms and all the action was so entertaining and dynamic. Worth watching the fights in 3D. One of the best Marvel origin flicks for sure. Can’t wait to see more of Simu Liu; he was very adorable and both he and Awkwafina grounded this ridiculous story with humanity. I don’t care if I lose Letterboxd cred for rating this so highly. This was a hell of a cinematic experience.