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The design is to die for. But the storytelling doesn't do anything the 1947 version didn't do better.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, 12 January 2022 02:01 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

I knew there was going to be a black-and-white version. But on 35mm in some theaters? Damn you Del Toro, but take my money.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:07 (one year ago) link

The man's been "style over substance" since Pan's Labyrinth - his last great film, in my opinion.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 22:28 (one year ago) link

The design is to die for. But the storytelling doesn't do anything the 1947 version didn't do better.

This is otm. It's remarkable how little del Toro adds to the 1947 version, yet it somehow manages to be 40 minutes longer. The additional material del Toro did come up with - Stanton's "did he or didn't he?" backstory with his father, the revelation that Grindle is a serial killer (wtf?!) - didn't add anything to the film imho & just felt like padding. Still, completely gorgeous to look at.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Sunday, 6 February 2022 22:23 (one year ago) link

I liked this more than I expected to.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 6 February 2022 22:35 (one year ago) link

why this thing so fucking looooooong

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 6 February 2022 22:55 (one year ago) link

Annoyed me less than most other GDTs or maybe it a just that I’m glad not to be watching The Shape of Water whenever I’m watching literally any other movie that isn’t The Shape of Water. But to not show you know who biting the head off a chicken in the final shot means he’ll never shake off the prestige.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Friday, 18 February 2022 05:57 (eleven months ago) link

one month passes...

It had been a long time since I had last seen the original 1947 one, and even with Darryl F. Zanuck shitting all over it (Ms. Telecom's reaction to the Zanuck-mandated ending was a raw "what the fuck is this?), the screenplay and acting feels more like something you would see 20-30 years later. I still hope folks got a chance to see the remake even though it's the more old fashioned of the two.

Kinda shocked to see how much of a flop this was.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 20 March 2022 20:12 (ten months ago) link

I kinda expected a genre nerd like GDT to do noir homage right, but this suffered from the usual trappings of such things, lingering over cosmetics to the determinant of any kind of narrative momentum. And, echoing several posts upthread, that running time is absurd.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Sunday, 20 March 2022 22:06 (ten months ago) link

I kinda expected a genre nerd like GDT to do noir homage right, but this suffered from the usual trappings of such things, lingering over cosmetics to the determinant of any kind of narrative momentum.

Replace "noir" with "Victorian gothic horror" and the same criticism applies to Crimson Peak

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 20 March 2022 22:19 (ten months ago) link

three months pass...

I’m sad Morbius didn’t get to see the remake.

This was a perfect airplane film - ate up lots of time and pulled you into its weird world extremely effectively. I loved it. Did a great job making you root for Bradley Cooper for far longer than you should.

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 3 July 2022 11:45 (seven months ago) link

And like.. the cast! My god.

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 3 July 2022 11:45 (seven months ago) link

I liked it a lot as well. My fave GdT in a while.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 3 July 2022 12:04 (seven months ago) link


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