17 March 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - THE SHAPE OF WATER

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The Shape of Water
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Year of Release: 2018
Date Watched: 09 March 2018 (at SM Cinemas - Rosales)
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"They Lived Happily Ever After..."

⭐️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ⭐️

POSITIVES
➕ The Amphibian
➕ Elisa
➕ The Sex Between Woman and Fish
➕ Use of Minority Characters
➕ 1962 Baltimore Setting
➕ The Highly Aesthetic Ending
➕ Aesthetics and Style by del Torro
➕ Use of Classic Music, TV and Film
NEGATIVES
none








Astounding from start to finish, The Shape of Water explores a unique fairy tale / love story masterfully concepted by Guillermo del Torro on film. The Shape of Water never failed in it's distinction as the Best Picture in the 2018 Academy Awards. Upon the government holding captive a creature that is worshipped as a god in South America, Elisa, a mute orphan who works as a janitress in the military facility, becomes fascinated with the captive being, developing a connection with it unlike no other. Elisa soon is challenged to escape the creature from the facility in order to save it from possible experimentation and thereby death from it's captors. The beauty of the film relies heavily on its unique story and its two main characters. The creature in this film is just a masterwork, a beauty in what is perceived to be as a beast by the antagonists. I can't help but feel awe when the creature lights itself and even show its healing capabilities. The story is so unique, an ode indeed to the many fairy tales that we come to see as kids. Take caution though as some sensitive scenes are in this film but are definitely necessary. The movie almost had a tragic ending but fairy tales indeed should always have hope and a happy ever after ending. It's one of the most aesthetic endings I have seen in film. One notable thing about this movie also are its use of minorites to expose a propaganda on the harrased and unfair treatment of them within the society. It's what I think the most obvious moral of this film that Del Torro wants to convey. Del Torro's story complemented by his direction and aesthetics is just wonderful. The Shape of Water is a future classic deserving a chance to be seen by everyone and for generations and generations to come.

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Time Published: 17 March 2018 (8:00 PM)

18 February 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - YOUR NAME

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Your Name
YOUR NAME
Year of Release: 2016
Date Watched: 17 February 2018 (DVD)
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"A Japanese Animation Masterpiece That Makes You Believe in Love"

⭐️ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ⭐️

POSITIVES
➕ The Entire Unique Concept and Story
➕ High Attention to Detail
➕ Use of Japanese Culture
➕ Taki and Mitsuha Romance
➕ "Kuchikamizake"
➕ Sad Moments & Fulfilling Resolution
➕ One of the Best Japanese Animation Films
➕ Hopeful Ending
NEGATIVES
none








While the American movie market is up and dominating, this Japanese animation masterpiece made waves in 2016 making them believe with the magic known as love. Your Name explores the "switch" between two high school students' everyday lives, meddling with each other's decisions and lifestyles. Taki, the male lead in this movie, soon learns that he is made to save Mitsuha, the female lead, from a meteorological disaster that plagued a town in Japan years ago, where Mitsuha's life was set. Everything in Your Name is just art in the greatest sense, a candy both for the eyes and heart. The attention to detail was high and pristine, presenting both traditional (Itomori) and contemporary (Tokyo) sides of Japan in the purest and truest sense. The true magic in this film was the idea of love, making you believe in its unique power used aesthetically in a concept and story that is unlike no other. There are many sad moments in this film (too many to mention) but never lose hope when you see how the story transitions on a hopeful note with an ending open to personal interpretation and imagination. Your Name made me believe in the true power of love which makes you cry at the most random of times. Your Name is truly an outstanding feat in Japanese animation. It's one with Spirited Away that the genre has best to offer. It is an immortal masterpiece worth watching and sharing to inspire generations and generations.

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Time Published: 18 February 2018 (8:00 PM)

16 February 2018

JR's Movie Reviews - BLACK PANTHER

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Black Panther
BLACK PANTHER
Year of Release: 2018
Date Watched: 14 February 2018
JR's Rating:  (10 out of 10, Masterpiece)
"Wakanda Forever"

POSITIVES
➕ Wakanda
➕ The "Car Chase" Scene
➕ T'Challa's First Challenge
➕ The Afterlife
➕ Two Post-Credit Scenes
➕ All Black Cast
NEGATIVES
none






Marvel did it again with its unique take on the richest superhero in the entire universe. Leading a country that controls the world's only source of Vibranium, Black Panther is a lesser known superhero amongst Marvel's Avengers but remains a dominant force to be reckoned with. Black Panther brings us to the isolated, rich, advanced and disguised nation of Wakanda where T'Challa is to succeed his father's throne as the country's new king. Horror ensues as the son of T'Challa's uncle acted revenge on him upon the former father's murder. Dawning his purple and black suit, Black Panther is up for a personal battle of his own while we learn who he really is. With a more personal story towards its superhero and with a somewhat political and social propaganda, Black Panther, hands down, bests Iron Man, Captain America and Thor as the best solo superhero movie that Marvel has made. Because of this film's stunning production design, the wondrous country of Wakanda is its marvel as it is very well presented. It's culture, technology and economic wealth are some of the reasons why I want to be a citizen of Wakanda. Wakanda, indeed, is forever. One scene however really caught my awe, the car chase scene is just worth that jaw drop for its upbeat and well-directed style. I recommend you stay throughout the entirety of the movie as both post-credits are worth the wait opening doors for the Infinity Wars timeline. This movie is also unique for its amazing "all black" cast, that isn't typical for a superhero flick. Black Panther is a new favorite of mine and very well worthy addition to Marvel's cinematic take on its many properties. Black Panther is worth a recommendation as it stands with Civil War and Wonder Woman as the best the genre has to offer. Damn amazing.

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Time Published: 16 February 2018 (8:00 PM)