Lots of good imagery and competent filmmaking, like any James Gunn. I cannot entirely explain why this, like all of his films, just rubs me the wrong way. Like all of his emotionality (and there's lots in this one) is cynical and insincere, like the killing is a hoot but the saving is contractually mandated. I dunno, man. The vibes have always been off for me.
From "The Holdovers" Trivia on IMDb:
Despite the film being adored for its "cozy" Christmas atmosphere, director Alexander Payne said he finds that label "nauseating."
Well guess what, bitch, you made a cozy movie
It *looked* so damn good, had some nice moments - I understand why a director would say "I don't want to be clever or ironic again, I just want to make a straightforward movie like I remember from my childhood" - but the final product, at its core, is just so soft, too soft for me
This movie sucked shit. I am a huge fan of the franchise overall, but they choked in spectacular fashion. Somehow the same team that made movies I LOVE cranked out probably the most offensively stupid piece of professional screenwriting I have had the misfortune to hear in a movie theatre in years. I mean they are still assembling some of the coolest action setpieces in Hollywood today, but almost every intervening dialogue scene made my skin crawl with its maddening…
First off, the pacing is astounding. Three hours long and not one moment I felt I could run to the bathroom (I did anyway, I am me). This is good-ass filmmaking. Felt like I could barely breathe for the middle hour (in a satisfying way). Good acting, great score, looks great, moves great.
Really loved the two hour movie pondering "What is the emotional toll of creating an unfathomable superweapon?" so my enthusiasm waned a little when I realized we…