13 years ago when Avatar entered the theaters and shocked the world with its jaw-dropping CGI-created world and characters I was 12 years old. I remember watching the film at home and being dazzled by how pretty the movie was but overall, I wasn’t impressed. I didn’t see the film again until about a decade later when it was playing on television and I decided to revisit it.
As a movie buff, I saw the movie with different eyes. I realized how impeccable the screenplay was, I absorbed the beauty of the film and its characters in a way I never had, and I was impressed by the movie. But I still wasn’t certain if people would get hyped for its sequel after such a long wait.
I’ve recently revisited the film a couple of times and with every viewing the movie seems to get a little better…and then I watched it in IMAX 3D yesterday.
Last Friday I went to see Nope with my family. It was a personal milestone for me because it was the first horror film I’ve seen in theaters and as someone who’s deathly afraid of scary movies this was a huge achievement. But I was determined to see this film because Jordan Peele is forging a path in the horror industry that is always fresh, new, and exciting. And this movie, a horror sci-fi flick, seemed like the type of story I had to see in IMAX.
Nope, thankfully, wasn’t one of the scariest horror movies I’ve seen and yet it just might be one of the most disturbing movies I’ve watched in a while as well.
From the literal first scene, Nope is not the movie that you think it’s going to be. The story then plays out in chapters broken up by the reveal of animals’ names important to the narrative of the film.
So, to give some early context to this review, I am a young Black woman who loves Tom Cruise movies and yet never had an interest in watching the original Top Gun film. I knew it was one of his most iconic movies, I knew it had a major following, I knew that it became one of the iconic films of the 80s’, and yet there was always something that made me not want to watch it. Even as I prepared to watch its highly-anticipated sequel, even as I noticed that it was available to watch on Netflix, I could never get the urge to watch the film. That being said…the sequel is a phenomenal movie.
So, I saw The Batman in IMAX for the second time yesterday and it’s official, I love this movie. It’s dark (literally), gloomy, intense, mysterious, oddly romantic, and piercing to the very soul.
Surprisingly, this movie is at its best in its first twenty minutes and last twenty minutes. The film’s opening is shockingly fantastic; from the gruesome murder scene that actually makes The Riddler incredibly scary to Pattinson’s ICONIC debut as this decade’s newest iteration of Batman, the movie starts with a bang.
And then the ending is just as moving. Batman is now looked upon as an official hero of Gotham. The Riddler, now in Arkham Hospital, is cooking up a “comeback story” with The Joker. And Selina Kyle and Batman have to part ways despite having incredibly strong feelings for one another. The final shot makes me giddy just thinking about the sequel.
And then there’s the rest of the movie which happens to be a heck of a mystery/thriller with some of the most beautiful shots I have EVER seen in a film, period. There’s so much to love about this film; the perfectly choreographed action scenes (particularly the car chase and the hallway fight), SELINA KYLE, the brooding music, Pattinson’s totally emo take on Batman and Bruce Wayne, the way he uses his eyes in every scene. Oh, I could go on and on about this fantastic film but there is one major problem with this movie: The Riddler.
The Batman was a really good movie, far better than I could’ve possibly expected, becoming my second favorite Batman movie of all time.
And now I’m going to see it again this weekend. I’m actually really excited about it because the film had so much going on. Every frame was fascinating, each act was exciting to watch, and yes, that car chase scene is going to be really fun to see again in IMAX.
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I know it may seem like a long shot but hear me out. The Mandalorian has become one of the most universally loved properties in Star Wars. Just look at what happened last week when Mando took over an entire episode of The Book of Boba Fett. People couldn’t stop talking about it.
So, with all of this love for this character and his story, just imagine if there was ever a movie.
I could see The Mandalorian‘s third season leading up to a nail-biting cliffhanger whose story continues with a powerful conclusion in the form of a massive, epic movie that we could see in all formats, including IMAX.
It would be the biggest movie event for Star Wars fans since The Force Awakens.
And even though I’m pretty sure this won’t happen it’s always fun to dream, right?
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