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IT: Chapter 2 was a very good follow up. Not as good as the first but certainly had some scary scenes, although it was a little over reliant of effects at times. It certainly completed the story well.

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1 hour ago, Daniel said:

IT: Chapter 2 was a very good follow up. Not as good as the first but certainly had some scary scenes, although it was a little over reliant of effects at times. It certainly completed the story well.

I'm seeing it tomorrow night, so I hope I like it. I've been hearing very mixed things, which is unfortunate because I love Chapter 1. Glad to hear you enjoyed it. :thumbup:

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Seen It: Chapter 2 on Saturday and quite enjoyed it, personally! Enjoyed the banter scene when they were together at the start. 7.5 to 8/10

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IT: CHAPTER 2 (2019)

3/5* (No spoilers)

Empire Magazine gave this a 5 star review. WTF?! The first film I liked a lot and it was much fun bit this new chapter is just really average and too long. It's tough though cos Chapter 1 was always the better and more interesting coming-of-age story laced with 80s nostalgia but for Chapter 2 I'll even go as far to say the 1990 version was better and more concise.

The film pretty much suffers the same flaws as the first film but worse: there is so much story to be told for each individual character that pacing is compromised as a result. The mid-section is especially clunky as we are shown each character's story in turn and it seems to take forever to do so. By the time we've seen each of their stories you forget what the scene was before it that set them off.

Also it feels like James MacAvoy and Jessica Chastain's character's are at the forefront of what ought to be an ensemble story with the remaining character's left in the sidelines especially the Mike Hanlon character. We see even less of the bully, Henry Bowers, this time around too and his relationship with Pennywise and the clown's influence on Henry is hardly touched upon.

It doesn't feel like anything new has really been added to the story either. We still aren't clear where Pennywise came from or what he's about. And a lot of the film seems to re-tread old ground that was already covered in the first film namely the character's fears and going back to the old house - it's basically The Losers Vs Pennywise round #2. There is also a scene here which is a direct homage to THE THING (1982) and one character even repeats a famous line from that film which I found totally unnecessary and just took me out.

The best scene (for the wrong reasons) was actually the brutal controversial opening but it never really picks up from there and the film in general is a rather unsatisfying and disappointing conclusion to a two year wait.


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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX (2019)

2/5* (No spoilers)

I knew this film would be no good as soon as it was announced that series producer Simon Kinberg would make his directorial debut with it. Films by producers or writers trying their hand at directing are almost never any good (apart from Matthew Vaughan) and this final X-MEN film from Fox (before the Disney hand-over) is unsurprisingly by far the worst.

Actually, I was already tired of the X-Men series by the time the last film arrived, I just never liked the new younger cast (Sophie Turner as Jean Grey especially) and felt this latest film was just scraping the barrel. The worst thing about the film is its direction; in the action scenes especially it just feels like a TV movie or straight-to-DVD - gone is the spectacle and grand scale of the previous films and even Hans Zimmer's score is a bit flat.  It really seems like the production was given a smaller budget (it was actually the 2nd highest budget of the franchise) and that Fox are relying on the X-Men brand name to do all the work for them, why else risk a producer directing the film?

Other than Sophie Turner making a bland Jean Grey, Jennifer Lawrence also seems to be phoning in her performance and I bet she's secretly glad she doesn't have to be in any more of these films.

The story is a bit s*** and so is the writing leaving many blank spaces around the antagonists and their cause. What's worse is that only the main four or five X-Men characters are really given anything to do, the rest of them are just space-fillers and even Quicksilver does almost nothing. Didn't he just reveal to Magneto in the last film that he was his son?! Where was the continuation of that arc? This is a very unsatisfying end to the X-MEN films.

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4 hours ago, nicky said:

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX (2019)

 Didn't he just reveal to Magneto in the last film that he was his son?! Where was the continuation of that arc?

 

IIRC as I saw the last film fairly recently he didn't.  He was going to during the final battle but decided not to.  But the rest of your review is spot on.  I'm not as invested in the backstory as a lot of people as I'm not into the lore, so for me it was an OK film and I may watch it again when it's out on sky, but it's mediocre at best.

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Let's go retro once more.

A 1967 crime/war thriller featuring Omar Sharif as a German Major (?) investigating the murder of a woman in 1942 Warsaw who happened to be a German agent. It becomes clear that the killer is one of 3 German Generals.

Great cast: Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Peter O'Toole as the Generals, ably supported by Tom Courtney, Joanna Pettet, Patrick Allen and Ealing favourites John Gregson and Gordon Jackson as German officers (that took a bit of getting used to).

Harry Andrews and Christopher Plummer make appearances too.

A solid thriller-recommended.

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Alita battle angel: I really enjoyed it, a very beautiful movie. the graphics were amazing, ofcource what you would expect from a James Cameron movie. The story was well done, impressive fighting scenes. Great acting, great music. 

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The Predator (2018).  Starring:  A Team The Next Gen.  Spacedogs.  People with very white teeth.  Scary Starey Busey who totally looked at lady Dr's boobs whilst they were in those ridiculously low decontamination booths.  Annoying leading man.

That was without a doubt the worst film I have watched for a long time, and I'm comparing it with The Meg which says a lot.  The entire cast was utterly annoying, and the best parts of the films were when they were wiped out.  I could not have cared less for a single one of them including the good guys and Aspergers when convenient kid.

This film is so pants it makes Aquaman look like oscar material.

 

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3 minutes ago, Raylenth said:

The Predator (2018).  Starring:  A Team The Next Gen.  Spacedogs.  People with very white teeth.  Scary Starey Busey who totally looked at lady Dr's boobs whilst they were in those ridiculously low decontamination booths.  Annoying leading man.

That was without a doubt the worst film I have watched for a long time, and I'm comparing it with The Meg which says a lot.  The entire cast was utterly annoying, and the best parts of the films were when they were wiped out.  I could not have cared less for a single one of them including the good guys and Aspergers when convenient kid.

This film is so pants it makes Aquaman look like oscar material.

 

So you're saying there's boobs?

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Just now, natedammit said:

So you're saying there's boobs?

Well, there are women in the film (I saw at least 2 - go female empowerment), controversial I know, so yes, by default there were also boobs (at least 4 of them).

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