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A real shame that it had been ages since I last seen this one before rewatching it today; it’s such a pleasant little film. Endearing, idiosyncratic, and the comedic chemistry between Jack Black and Yasiin Bey is so weirdly splendid. Also a very sincere love letter to movies, and the communal experience of watching and making them— with that sentiment the film ends on a note that’s quite poignant and genuinely comforting.
My favorite thing is when I watch a random movie and David Dastmalchian appears which has happened twice this week! Unfortunately his screen time is brief, but that’s tempered by how solid the rest of the cast is. Didn’t think I’d enjoy this one given how derivative and severely worn out the premise is but it’s executed with a surprising amount of style— it’s a relief to see a modern studio horror film (especially one where the premise revolves around…
Absolutely adored this! Genuinely hilarious, fluidly animated action, a gorgeously grimey ooze drenched aesthetic, and a killer hip-hop soundtrack— the necessary ingredients to make a kick ass TMNT film, on top of it's modernization of the turtles as true authentic teenagers while maintaining that tight-knit family dynamic. Also can’t praise the voice acting enough; they found an incredible cast for the turtles. Was immediately endeared by the film, and left the theater yearning for more!
The soulful conclusion I hoped for. Beautiful and utterly devastating. James Gunn again delivers his brand of comic book bombast, while leaning way more into his darker sensibilities with surprisingly strong allusions to his body horror roots— some viscerally effective subject matter compounded of humanity and empathy, taking a hard stance against animal cruelty and eugenics. Rocket is the star here and where the film gets the most achingly poignant; highlighting the special connection Gunn has to the character (yes…