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Despite Tom Hardy being a decent choice to play the title character, he's not able to do much with what he's given. The script was absolutely awful - some of the worst writing for a superhero movie in recent years. There's one fun chase scene, but not much else here to be enjoyed.
Almost Laughably Bad
The scenery and designs were decent, and that's it for the positives. The writing was atrocious, and the acting was even worse. Jack Black sadly gave the best performance, and even THAT was garbage. Cate Blanchett didn't sound like she had a clue what she was talking about. And the kid...this is Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker levels of bad. There was one scene in the beginning where he talked about the death of his parents, and his fake crying was so unconvincing that I burst out laughing. Everyone looked at me like I was a sociopath, but it was THAT bad! I urge everyone reading this to save your money. Stay home and pop in a DVD to watch with the kids.
Eighth Grade (2018)
Accurate Portryal of Modern Youth
Despite some hokey writing, this film stands out as an achievement thanks to its deep and sometimes depressing look into current youth culture. The struggles of arguably the most awkward time of a young person's life is captured perfectly through Elsie Fisher's great performance. Definitely check this film out if you are currently or have recently been in eighth grade.
Leave No Trace (2018)
One of the Year's Best
This film is not the most energetic. It doesn't have the most riveting story. Its camerawork is nothing special. But that's not what the director was going for here. This film is driven by deeply complex characters who exist to explore the human condition, critique pointless elements of society, and still praise the importance of community. Very touching and extremely genuine. Easily one of the best films of 2018 so far.
Biggest Surprise of 2018
Other movies have tried to pull off this style of storytelling and failed miserably, coming across as lazy. This film, on the other hand, boasts the most creative visual presentation and most tightly-written plot of any film this year, as well as a stellar cast and some deep commentary on the hypocrisy of a lot of the people who use social media.
Whereas gross-out and shock humor is criticized in almost all other films, "Teen Titans Go! To the Movies" is for some reason the exception. I'm not sure what makes its brand of toilet humor any less lazy or undeserving of a laugh than any other movie that exploits it, but a lot of people seem to love the film, and I just can't wrap my brain around it. I understand that the movie is intended for children, but children deserve better, smarter movies than this.