Originally Posted by psk2310
No, I don't dislike him just kinda tired of seeing big action movies from him. I'd rather spend my theater $$$ elsewhere...
Well...Edge of Tomorrow
is the best Tom Cruise movie since Collateral
? Minority Report
It's not bland like Oblivion
, or just good enough like the Mission Impossibles
. It's like...I don't know how to talk about the film, because all I wanna do is break down moment for moment how pitch perfect and impressed I was with the movie. Emily Blunt did work. It's the best she's ever been in anything. I thought...it's stupid that she has a sword...no. They're trying to make her badass? She is. She owns every moment that she's in this film. There aren't just 2 characters in the movie like the trailer makes it seem, and I don't wanna spoil you on the others. And the bad guy is so much better than I thought it'd be.
The marketing was so awful, but at at the same time, it did a service to anyone who might go see the movie, because you haven't seen 90% of the stuff that makes it great. The mech suits looked stupid as hell in the trailers. This grounded them, made them make sense against the enemy they were facing, and made them awesome in a realistic way. The whole time travel mechanism, felt like bs that they just stole from whatever was lying around in the trailers, but they make it work in such a seemless way.
It's the Tom Cruise movie for people who hate Tom Cruise. And they use his particular type appeal (and unappeal) towards the audience against him. He's not really the hero of the movie. And they break down his character as a scumbag from go. It's so clever. It's so ridiculously well written. I haven't seen anything like it since Memento
. And the action scenes are awesome. They're so consistently well done and surprisingly just kick your *** at times.
You never expect awe when things are cgi, but there are so many moments in the film, you just lean back and think damn...they nailed it. And the pace is perfect. The whole middle of the film could've kept going on forever and I would've been happy. It's brilliant the way they edited the movie. You never feel like you see any sequence for longer than you needed to. For a movie that relives the day over and over, it actually never feels repetitive. I mean, it has that up on Groundhog Day
. In that, Bill Murray was a cynical god-man, who knew all and just lounged around playing tricks on people. In this Cruise never, ever knows enough, no matter how many times he's been through.
It's the beauty of the filmmaking. They knew exactly how many takes they needed to get things across, with the movie never getting stale. And the comedy just always hit. Not punchlines, but just super witty. It reminded me of Casino Royale
. A movie with so many great action beats, that was just witty top to bottom and flowed relentlessly to new emotional beats and tense scene you never saw coming, but always felt like it fit. And since you followed his emotional journey through the time jumps there was such a strong core to it. I forgot that Tom Cruise was a movie star until right now. I knew he was popular and always did a good job, but we been making due with Aaron Johnson and Jax from SoA and Chris Evans, and all the great ones like Damon doing trash, that I forgot what the real looked like.
And the realest cleverness of the writing and storytelling is that they built a world that mattered to you. They built a scenario that shouldn't work, but it just does so immediately. They never made the film so simple that you could plot it out, because the differences in each take wasn't just pick Door #1 or Door #2. The movie was constantly ahead of you, but so damn accessible. The only knocks I could give it are maybe the very beginning jumps into things real quickly so you don't get a chance to think..."well wait a minute..."
And something at the end, but honestly, that'll be down to who you are, how you feel about the characters and the movie, and what you wanted out of the story, cuz for me...I knew it didn't make sense, but I smiled anyways
. It's all the side characters that got their points and gags across. It's the feel of the movie. I mean this is the man who made Bourne Identity
and you can tell, in every little chracter moment peppered all over the film that just hits.
There's something about this movie. And I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about it not being a sequel or the first part of the next thing. Something about them getting to build their own world and tell a complete story in it. This is what Pacific Rim
should've been. It's what all these big blockbusters should be. It's so complete and singular.
At the very least it's Top 4 with Lego Movie
, Grand Budapest
and Cap 2
. But a part of me really wants to say best movie of the year.