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« #60 : December 25, 2019, 11:28:05 AM »

That final half an hour is obviously what the movie is about, I don’t understand how anybody would want to cut it out. I mean you either dislike the movie as a whole or like the ending. Any other opinion is inconsistent, absurd.
It’s like saying “I like OUATITW but did these aging gunslingers really have to die?”
100% passionately disagree with this. OUATITW doesn't painstakingly dive into the minutiae of being elderly and facing mortality. The last half hour was incredibly inefficient storytelling and shows 10 examples of being elderly when one could have made a much bigger impact. It would be like the last 25 mins of OUATIA featuring an elderly Noodles getting stuck on the toilet, forgetting his address and not being able to open a jar. We. Get. It.

The movie as a whole is messy. The anti-aging CGI was just absolutely terrible ("young" DeNiro looks a DeNiro impersonator - not a young one) and it's ironic that Happy Meal Marvel did a hell of a better job with this technique in that Ant Fart movie. There's way too much exposition introducing too many characters and this doesn't have the storytelling grace of a Casino (Goodfellas is a perfect movie and not fair to use as a comparison) that seamlessly weaves through all the exposition introducing plotlines and new faces in a very natural way.

This is like if Goodfellas and OUATIA had a baby but the baby came out like the CGI gone wrong de-aged Deniro. This movie certainly has value (and would have more if the score was replaced with more era specific popular music), but I don't know if I would revisit this any time soon, possibly if ever. B

« : December 25, 2019, 11:29:50 AM T.H. »

Claudia, we need you to appear in LOST COMMAND. It's gonna revolutionize the war genre..
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« #61 : December 27, 2019, 04:47:11 PM »

It may seem like a mess on a first viewing, a second watch shows it isn’t. It is flawed though (and not only in the deaging department) but it’s still one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen (and is in my top 10 movies of the 2010’s). I’ll watch it once a year for the next decade.

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