Though its epic grandeur is somewhat diminished on television, Godzilla vs. Kong is still pretty damned entertaining and looks great on Blu-ray, allowing one to really appreciate the painstaking effort put into monsters’ expressions and the creative production design – especially the neon splendor of Hong Kong and its subsequent destruction. Like the best heavy metal music, this is the kind of film that’s meant to be played loud and the impressive Dolby Atmos track serves it well.
Like that old paperback I was once duped into buying, The Great War of Archimedes isn’t a bad movie, just not the one suggested by the trailer, cover art and synopsis. The performances are decent and the story has an intriguing premise similar to The Imitation Game, though it’s just a damn shame we’re immediately made-aware it’s all for nothing.
Though it positively reeks of deja vu, American Fighter does boast some exciting, brutal fight scenes and the performances are decent. Kasturos keeps Ali likable, while the always-reliable Tommy Flanagan is good as a shady fight promoter. Nothing in the film leaves a lasting impression, but there are far worse ones out there milking the same formula.
Thuppakki’s running time of 2 hours and 45 minutes didn’t bother me as I enjoyed the story and the thrill of the action sequences. My only gripe was the RomCom element of the film but it’s a slight nitpick and nothing more. Thalapathy Vijay has a great supporting cast and the lead shows again his range in acting is top notch. Director A.R. Murugadoss (Kaththi and Sarkar) once again delivers a frenetic action packed thriller with some twists on the journey.
Some of the restaurant’s backstory is kind of interesting, though not entirely necessary. There are moments that tend to over-explain things, throwing-in serial killers, satanic pacts and the town’s dark past. It might have been more effective – and a little creepier – if no reason was given. Still, Willy’s Wonderland is worth checking-out for another bout of Nicolas Cage craziness, owning the entire movie without uttering a single word. It makes a fitting conclusion to his “Bonkers Trilogy,” though none of us really think it’s gonna end here, do we?
Since disaster has been my favorite genre since the glory days of the 1970s, my appraisal might be considered overly generous. I imagine there are plenty of hopelessly cynical viewers who’ll scoff at the inherently-goofy premise and wild implausibilities. But for old school fans who feel those same qualities are part of what makes the genre endearing, Skyfire is a blast.