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  1. Came here to post about 'Legos' - immediately took me out of it. There better be a reshoot. Also the trailer looks really bad. The special effects (I realise sometimes they're not finished for trailers but still...) look ropey as hell and none of the effects, costumes or environments look well integrated. Even the London street dressings like the pub signs look SUPER cheap.
  2. Hah! I actually didn’t notice that before now. They did not get their money’s worth.
  3. Just saw this. Holy forking shirtballs. It was incredible. Absolutely love the soundtrack too. The only minor downside was the continual and exceptionally blatant Nike product placement. Kept taking me out of the movie as the only singular branded product in the whole thing. They really really got their money’s worth.
  4. I usually never notice accents but yes, his was real bad. Kept dropping back to his natural Aussie mid sentence.
  5. Back on topic... I enjoyed this film more whilst I was watching it than after. It felt like a pastiche of Tarantino's style... which is already a pastiche of 70s b-movies. It was a Tarantino-esque setup and story, but with a lot less style, less interesting dialogue and confusing motivations in the end game. That said, I enjoyed it, especially Cynthia Erivo and Jeff Bridges' characters who were at least moderately well fleshed out. Hemsworth's character was woefully underdeveloped though.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Totally agree with this and touched on it in my posts upthread. The weirdest part for me is doing this in a prequel: we know that nothing changes and R2 and Threepio are still enslaved a decade later.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    I disagree with all her reviews and takes on everything, am I likely to disagree with this too? Ok tried to watch but stopped when she called Solo DOA (!).
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Nails it:
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    I think the box office takings don’t reflect quality as much as frequency. My non nerdy friends who are still very into Star Wars but don’t actually keep track of these things didn’t even know it was out. There’s been so little hype/buzz/marketing I expect it’ll pass half of them by and be off screens before they even realise.
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    Deadpool 2 - 2018

    I enjoyed this, but definitely less so than the first. It did take a lot of things to 11 which is probably a bit much for me. I also thought it was tonally all over the place. It's really hard to pull off serious/emotional AND funny and I think they didn't succeed. I did really enjoy Brolin as Cable though. VERY hard to pull off playing that straight against Reynolds without turning into self-parody. He managed to pull off poking fun at the terminator style 'badass from the future' without being the joke himself.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Liked this a lot. Had medium expectations and they were completely smashed. the basic plot arc, characters, casting and acting all landed for me. Thought Alden nailed a perfect non pastichey impression that was utterly believable as the same man but younger and less jaded.
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    SOLO: A Star Wars Story

    Looks good. Still not sure about the casting though. They must've seen the Beastie Boys recut and realised putting a modern sounding/feeling piece of music on it would fit a lot better.
  13. The syfy article is so hilariously wide of the mark. If Aech likes the Iron Giant and wants to ironically use an anti-violence character to blow up the bad guys that's both completely fine and completely in line with the sort of reasons people choose avatars in online worlds. It's just a skin. The film doesn't remotely suggest ANYTHING about what Wade is doing being the 'one true path' to fandom. Quite the opposite. It portrays Halliday as someone obsessed with the pop culture of HIS youth and forgoing human connection for it and dying regretting it. His 'challenge' is supposed to teach those lessons to the gamers who take it up so they don't make the same mistakes he did. I find it hard to believe the author of that piece has even seen the film. And if he has, he's conflating the COMPLETELY DIFFERENT themes in the book with the ones in the film.
  14. I just don't think they're remotely comparable. SP is great, and I definitely like it more than RPO, but its pop culture appeal and nods are far more niche, oldschool and high minded. The friend of mine that likes it most has never touched a videogame in her life but just likes Edgar Wright, whilst I can imagine many a teenage videogame fan FAR preferring RPO to SP.
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