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Perfect casting on every level, a witty script and some inventive set design make this a delight to revisit. Hard to believe this sort of thing wasn't unusual back in the 90s. The steady stream of remakes and nostalgiafests has worn me down. This, of course, is the same sort of repackaging of IP, but it does it so much better. Same with Mask of Zorro. We used to be better at reinventing classics.
An interesting Cagney thriller. I like how it actively encourages audiences to think critically about the propaganda of authoritarian regimes. The cynicism which Cagney instinctively embraces feels perfectly appropriate, and the villains are never ridiculous. It's obvious they can and will kill. The middle of the film has a half-baked love story which I didn't really buy, but an intense final showdown ratchets the tension right back up and the ending is striking.
I Got That Reference: The Movie.
Marvel has always relied on the intertextual thrills of carrying references from one movie to another. In this film, for the first time, the references can talk back. Of course, they would - since this is a [GENRE REDACTED] movie. The question is how you engage with that history in a way that illuminates the past and enhances the future, without erasing the stakes of what went before.
For the most part, the Russos…