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I watched the last hour or so of the original April Fool's Day a week or so ago. I really liked the movie. Clever ending I thought, which is pretty funny, but also sort of makes you want to see the survivors kick the lady's butt all over the place. :lol:
 

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Sorry for the double post, but discussion is to be made!

Been picking up the horror movie watching with it being the season and all. Caught Quarantine, ATM and See No Evil 2. Dug Quarantine, I love ATM, it holds up well from the first time I saw it a few years ago, and See No Evil 2 was pretty enjoyable.
 

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I always feel left out this time of year as I'm not a fan of horror movies. Ah well.

Watched Stardust for the first time and loved it. Didn't realise Matthew Vaughn was behind it, that's 4 out of 4 for films he's directed from where I'm standing.
 

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So I watched Ragnarok today and it was good. People shit on last two Thor movies. While I don't remember them much, I kinda liked it as Thor and Loki is there. This one is much better than them. It's GoG like and better than the second one. Lots of fun and comedy in the movie. Also Hela looked cool. Some negative parts are still there but still it's a 7.5/10 movie.
 

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So I watched Ragnarok today and it was good. People shit on last two Thor movies. While I don't remember them much, I kinda liked it as Thor and Loki is there. This one is much better than them. It's GoG like and better than the second one. Lots of fun and comedy in the movie. Also Hela looked cool. Some negative parts are still there but still it's a 7.5/10 movie.
I have a feeling Marvel's strategy now for the solos is to make them feel like Avengers films without the title.

Was that the case here?

I got that sense from the trailer with Hulk and them joking about being called The Revengers.
 

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I have a feeling Marvel's strategy now for the solos is to make them feel like Avengers films without the title.

Was that the case here?

I got that sense from the trailer with Hulk and them joking about being called The Revengers.
Since in movies you can't have a lot of interaction we wanted to see, I think that's pretty clever.
 

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Since in movies you can't have a lot of interaction we wanted to see, I think that's pretty clever.
Same. I mean I probably enjoy the last two Captains more than the Avengers films tbh.
 

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Same. I mean I probably enjoy the last two Captains more than the Avengers films tbh.
Civil War was amazing. And Winter Soldier? It's a great movie. Not only a great superhero movie.
 

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Civil War was amazing. And Winter Soldier? It's a great movie. Not only a great superhero movie.
Winter Solider is probably my favorite Marvel film to date.

So great and not just as a superhero film like you said.
 

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Yeah Brando my favourite is probably Winter Soldier as well
 

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The Irishman

The digital de-ageing isn't poor, as much as the need to have De Niro there at all times limited it. The early stuff is hilarious, because you clearly have this older guy trying to move like he's 40 years younger and it's very noticeable. The de-aging would have looked better if they put younger stand-ins to perform the physicality. Then in post-production slap the actors' faces on them. Maybe if Scorsese watched a Marvel movie or two, he might have seen good to great examples of how to do digital de-ageing properly. Thankfully, everything else is strong enough to not make the de-ageing gimmick become a complete hindrance.

The story is well crafted and this film is deliberately far more languid and somber than Scorsese's other gangster pictures. This is a movie made and spoken by an old man contemplating his morality and the life he has led. By the end we are stripped away all mythos and opera, leaving just the truth to sit before you.

Stellar performances across the board from De Niro, Pacino, and Pesci as we knew these giants in acting would deliver. It was wonderful seeing De Niro and Pesci back together on screen. They always play so well off each other. Pesci played his character with such a silent confidence and aged bravado that we haven't seen a lot of. Quiet but deadly. Al Pacino steals the show as a fiery Jimmy Hoffa with an endlessly charismatic presence, dynamic line delivery, and chewing up every second of screen time afforded. Mad funny too.

Frank's daughter Peggy is possibly the most powerful presence in the film as she brings a moral view that cuts like a knife through all the BS. It's the subtlety of this character that makes Peggy's viewpoint the most powerful. I saw Peggy's power as a character grow as she grew from quiet little girl to estranged daughter. The way they insert shots of her watching her father at all the pivotal moments, it's actually her silence that ultimately plays an essential role in Frank's inward look toward the sins of his life, which makes this film more reflective, introspective, and a stark confrontation of choices than any other mobster film I've seen. It's a powerful storytelling choice.

This entire picture was structured masterfully. Given the film's themes, it's like a funeral, the end of an era. This is a case where everyone's ages help enhance the film and its themes. I don't think it would have been as powerful if anyone else or even Scorsese fifteen years ago made it. These are all guys who hit their peak a long time ago, but are still the best at what they do and that is telling incredible stories. They have come a long journey as artists and people. You really gotta live quite a life to make this movie.

The coda of this film whittles away the gangster tropes until there is nothing left but the solemn and universal truth of our frailty, of the ways our choices can impact our lives, and the fact that every earthly thing we strive for can't really be counted on when the sun is going down on us. The door will eventually close, like it or not. It is an existential elegy that doesn't just make this a worthy entry for Scorsese in his crime movie canon, it makes it a necessary final statement.
 
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