Representing a significant drop in quality and believability, the second installment of the Transporter series is still pretty fun, but nowhere near as good as the original.
And that teal/orange color grading.... UGH!
Remaining one of my favorite films of all time, this in-name-only adaptation stuns you with it's flawless acting, gorgeous vistas, brutal action, and heart-wrenching story. The 90s truly was the king of the melodramatic historical drama, and this films stands among it's greatest.
Easily Michael Mann's best film as well.
Correctly tries to fix the horrific twist at the end of the first film (clearly shoehorned in when the writers realized that Stephen Lang's character was hella sympathetic and the bitch protagonist who was robbing him was the real villain) that ruined the whole thing by trying to make a redemption/lesser of the two evils arc, then ramps up the brutal death count to 100, but completely fails at the atmospheric thrills of the original.
Goes waaaay overboard into the silly territory and takes away the chemistry between Banderas and Hayek. Too many side characters, a ridiculous coup plot, Banderas is basically not the same character. The whole thing feels like a different universe. And...uh... Enrique Iglesias is in this for some fucking reason.
Utterly adorable, innocent, and full of life. One of the best of the Silver Age and just pure goodness. The postwar British setting is also really nice, and it's the first Disney animation where the human characters are as important as the animal ones.
Oh, and Cruella deserves death, not a revisionist film where she's the poor victim of muh pAtRiArChY.
Adding half a star because this film is better than I remember it being. From the same director that made the series highlights Joseph and Jesus (and also, oddly, the series low point Moses) this film details the rise, reign, and fall of Solomon. Like Joseph, this is a character story and not one that requires spectacle, which is where this series is strong. Director Roger Young brings back the beauty and the sensuality that was so strong in Joseph…
The character models are ugly. The backgrounds are ugly. The crowd scenes look like cardboard cutouts pasted onto the backgrounds. There is no character interactions with their surroundings. (look at the difference between this and Bambi. In that film the backgrounds look like elaborate oil paintings with the characters animated, and yet they interact beautifully). This makes the whole film feel disconnected, shallow, and hollow.
The film is also... boring. Nobody has any real motivations. The "filler fun" in the…