so much pretensions. the director really wanted this to be an american classic of sorts, but the slew of religious motifs, political insinuations cannot mask the fact the movie really doesn't have anything profound to say
You're Next 3/10. The most ridiculous movie I've ever seen in awhile.
Just watched this and loved it. Actually had some decent twists and turns for a home invasion slasher among a few other things, knew it got pretty good reviews for a horror flick but didn't want to get my hopes up. Start of it had some of that creepiness that reminded me of The Strangers too.
Can understand somebody not feeling it tho. In it's defense the plot is about people invading a house with animals masks, ridiculous was probably unavoidable before things even got started
Run of the mill found footage. Bad but hilarious to watch because of campy scenes.
Grave Encounters 2: 5/10
Has zero suspense, which the original pretended it had. It's almost 100% jump scares and treads the same water the original did, except this time it's neither new or exciting. Still funny campy scenes, but not enough to carry the film.
Very powerful and brutal. Ejiofor and Fassbender both did some award-worthy work here and the supporting cast were mostly great. I didn't know much about the kidnapping industry during Slavery, it's crazy to think that happened to many people- One day you're living your life the next you're someone's property. I still think that 'Black movies' need to become more diverse than the hackneyed domestic help/slave and buffoon paradigm, but this was a very well-made film and should do well come award season.
I think my only real issue with the film could be viewed as a nitpick but... why did the dialogue consist largely of Shakespearean verse? That really threw me off- I could understand Northup since he was a free man and clearly well-educated, but the life-long slaves who were intentionally and systematically kept ignorant? I'm not saying that it should've been forced 'slave lingo' ala Roots, but it was still very odd.
I liked it, I thought it was very entertaining but it did leave me disappointed. I was just expecting more. I thought it was a bit slow at times. All the characters were entertaining but I didn't really attach to any one of them. Overall it was entertaining, but it ended up being disappointing for me.