OKAY, I celebrated the New Year by going to the pictures with a bunch of my mates! We were going to see Assassin's Creed, and while we were there stubacca01
suggested going to see Silence, which I hadn't really been planning on seeing? But eh, I have a cinema card, so...
(WEIRD TONAL WHIPLASH: GO.)
I don't think I enjoyed Silence, but I'm like 99% certain that you're not supposed
to enjoy Silence. It is very grim, and very bleak, and I don't think that a movie about people being tortured and killed for their faith is a film I want to see, especially when there are several points where the film explicitly says that this pain and suffering the secondary characters go through is specifically to hurt the white male leads.
I dunno, it's really strange. It's based on a novel by a Japanese author, I think? So I might want to look at that and see how much of the commentary on Japanese culture is from that and how much from the film-makers. And I've seen someone describe this film as attempting to examine religious colonialism, but I'm not sure how much it really dug into that.
BASICALLY IT WAS SUPER DEPRESSING AND BLEAK, TAKE FROM THAT WHAT YOU WILL.
(I want to make the joke about Kylo Ren and Spiderman teaming up to track down Ra's Al-Ghul, but...)
But Assassin's Creed, though, I SURE HAVE THINGS TO SAY about that! The tl;dr is that it is so bad!
Gorgeous action sequences, but the script is legitimately awful. Although the visual effects are good, and I feel like rionaleonhart
is Sure Going To Have Opinions on how they handle the Bleed or whatever it was called. Spoilers behind the cut!( Read more... )
So, my 2017 in media is starting off SUPER GREAT. :D At the very least, we've had a lot to talk about!