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vice

Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) was a ne’er do-well young man with a drinking problem who hung telephone wire for a living in Wyoming.  His girlfriend Lynne, (Amy Adams) was the one with the smarts and ambition in the family.  She threatened to leave Dick, unless he promised to stop drinking and get his act together, and so he did.  He won his first Congressional race in Wyoming, thanks largely to Lynne, and went on to work as an intern in the Nixon administration under Don Rumsfeld. (Steve Carell) Just before Watergate, Rumsfeld was named Ambassador to NATO, and Cheney went into the private sector.  Unscathed by Watergate, they returned to government in the Ford Administration, Rumsfeld as Chief of Staff, and then Secretary of Defense, and Cheney as Chief of Staff.  Cheney was then Defuse Secretary for HW Bush in 1988, and just when he thought he was done with public service, he got a fateful call from newly elected President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) in 2001, who wanted him to be his Vice President. Lynne Cheney thinks he should refuse, as the vice presidency is a do-nothing job, but Cheney is seriously mulling over his answer.  Does he take the job?

Vice is an alternately funny, and painful retelling of the life of Richard B. Cheney.  What a viewer thinks  is funny, and what a viewer thinks is painful depends wholly on his/her political point of view. Vice posits a lot of theories about Dick Cheney.  And whether a viewer believes the theories about Cheney’s power and his control over the policies of the Bush administration, and whether one believes all those theories or dismisses them is again viewed from a political prism.  There were things that were amateurish and overdone, like a ubiquitous all-knowing narrator, who seemed to be everyone and no one all at once, like a Greek chorus telling viewers what the writers thought was important.  There were also phony end credits half-way through the movie, for comedic effect, all of which manage to undermine the serious subject matter.  There is one moment that stands out, however and that is Cheney’s final soliloquy, it expresses Cheney’s world view perfectly, and justifies, at least in his own mind, what he did and how he did it.  But the script can’t decide if it’s a tongue-in-cheek satire or a documentary style fictional drama, and that hurts this movie a lot.  If it had decided on a tone, and stuck to it, Vice would have been a much better movie.

The one aspect for this movie that is clear is Christian Bale’s absolute mastery of the role of Dick Cheney.  It is more than an impression, he gets the mannerisms the facial gesticulations, the voice, everything  is perfect, he doesn’t become Dick Cheney, he IS Dick Cheney.  Even the way Bale walks after he amasses all this power, astride the world like a Colossus, he’s the most powerful man in the world and he knows it. The writers also portray Dick Cheney as ruthlessly Machiavellian, and Bale portrays the cold-bloodedness with a Cheshire cat grin.  Amy Adams gives a surprisingly strong performance, Lynne Cheney is not a shrinking violet standing by her man, she actually shapes Dick Cheney to be the man she wants him to be, and Amy Adams sinks her teeth into this meaty role and makes Lynne Cheney a fierce human being. Kudos to the writers, and also Adams for making Lynne Cheney much more interesting than I ever thought she could be.

From the dizzying heights of Christian Bale and Amy Adams, the acting precipitously descends into ham handed mediocrity.  Steve Carell is most guilty of horrendously bad acting.  He plays Don Rumsfeld as as a completely unserious person, and I’ve watched enough press  conferences with Don Rumsfeld and he always struck me as a serious person, not someone who  is used for comedy relief.  Sam Rockwell  does perhaps the best impression of George W Bush I’ve seen so far,  but the writers give him nothing to work with the character is a  dim-witted, hallow party-boy, not interested in governing, and willing to hand over power to Cheney.  This is a total caricature of a man who was our president.  And Tyler Perry was just the first available black actor to play Colin Powell, he brought nothing to the role. Go back to putting on a dress Tyler Perry.

The direction is gimmicky visually, using Cheney’s heart problems as a metaphor, as in black hearted Cheney, the heart of all evil.  The omnipresent narrator is gimmicky too, and totally unnecessary.  Audiences can understand a narrative without it being spoon-fed to them.  The performances by Bale and Adams were outstanding, but Adam McKay, who also wrote the movie, turned this movie into much more of a comedy routine than it should have been.

Vice:  The story of Dick Cheney’s vice grip on power.

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killing eve

Episode 1: Nice Face

MI5 Security Agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is doing her own private investigation of the murder of a shady Russian politician.  She is making side bets with her boss, Bill Pargrave, (David Haig) about how the politician was killed and who killed him.  Eve is tasked with protecting the only witness to the killing, the politician’s girlfriend, Kasia Molkovska  (Edyta Budnik)  Can Eve protect her?

This episode is a great introduction to what looks to be a very good show, the plot is interesting and unexpected in a lot of ways and the acting is very good.  The cast is mostly British, except for Oh, who I never really cared for as an actress.  I did not like Sideways at all, but Oh shows good timing here and the humor is very dry understated British humor.  Pretty impressive for the opening salvo.  There are even some good production values here and the show looks stylish.

Episode 2:  I’ll Deal With Him Later

After being relieved of her duties, Eve is offered an opportunity by Carolyn Martins (Fiona Shaw) of MI6 to track down the assassin whom Eve seems obsessed with.  The assassin , Villanelle (Jodie Comer) is having a little trouble controller her bloodlust, despite being warned by her handler, Konstantin(Kim Bodnia)  many times to tone her flashy behavior down. Has Eve met Villanelle before?

It’s interesting that this episode spends most of this episode is devoted to Villanelle, because she is the much more interesting character.  Eve and her gang of detectives seem to be comedy relief, and play second fiddle to Villanelle in a show named after Eve.  I don’t know if that was intended, but that the way it seems.  Great performance by Julie Comer who seems to enjoy killing way too much, her performance has hijacked the show from Sandra  Oh.

Episode 3:  Don’t I know You?

After Villanelle kills a Chinese cyber expert, Zhang Wu (Simon Chin) in a dubious location in Berlin, Eve and Bill try to track her down, even while Konstantin warns  Villanelle that they are in town, and that she should report their doings back to him.  The Chinese government representative, Jin Yeong  (Lobo Chan) seems more interested in Eve  then finding out what happened to his dead compatriot.  What is he after?

This is the first, and I hope, only, weak episode of Killing Eve, the plot breaks down in silly and correctable ways, the secondary characters are cartoonish in their simplicity, and most shocking of all the script has some really old and tired female objectification. I guess the #MeToo movement hasn’t reached the UK as of yet.  And this script was written by a woman.  The ending of this episode is very predictable, and Villanelle, who should be the most unpredictable character is predictably crazy.

 

 

Episode 4:  Sorry Baby

Eve is distressed about what happened to  Bill.  Chinese intelligence points to a mole in British intelligence.  At the same time, Villanelle is part of an assassination team that wants to kill the same mole?  Who I the British mole and do Eve and her time save him from Villanelle?

This was another weak episode,   because it makes Mi6 so inept, Eve and pals spend half the episode tailing the right person, and then half the episode wondering who’s after the mole.  There’s an assassin on the loose, and they can’t figure out why the mole is running for his life?  Don’t ask Eve Polastri to protect anyone, she is unable to o it.

Episode 5:  I Have A Thing About Bathrooms

Eve tries to protect the mole, while being chased by Villanelle.  Is she successful in either catching Villanelle or protecting the mole? Villanelle also finds out that Nadia, who was part of the hit squad on the mole, is alive, and sharing information with the British authorities,

I used to like this show, but it has left  the realm of reality, and entered some fantasy world, trying to make a point other than anything to do with spying.  There is no way an MI6 officer would act this brazenly stupid all the time.  And on top of it, Eve screams, proving the sexist point that spying is not women’s work.  Whatever point this show is trying to make, it’s making the opposite point.

Episode 6:  Take Me To The Hole

Villanelle travels to Russia to find Nadia, and Eve and Carolynn Martins follow suit.  Following Villanelle puts a strain on Eve’s marriage. At dinner, a surprise guest joins Eve and Carolyn, who is it?

This was an interesting episode, because instead of trying to psychoanalyze Eve, it got back to the central premise of the show which is spying.  The spying aspect is more interesting than any of the personalities involved.  The writers tend to overplay Villanelle’s character, like she’s a superhero that can’t be destroyed.  They should stop that.

Episode 7:  I Don’t Want To Be Free

Something has happened to Nadia, and Villanelle wants to get out of the jail cell she’s in desperately, but Russian officials are making it difficult.  Carolyn is considering shutting down the operation tracking Villanelle, what does that mean for Eve?  Villanelle has a new target, who is it?  Eve follows up on a promising new lead.

This is another interesting episode, because Eve is doing actual detective work, and there is more backstory about Villanelle. This is what the show should have been about all along, but it took a few episodes to find its footing.

 

 

Episode 8:  God I’m Tired

Villanelle has taken a hostage in order to get to her target safely.  Eve disregards orders from Carolyn to go back to London, and instead goes to Paris to continue tracking Villanelle.  Does Eve find Villanelle?  Is she prepared to kill Villanelle?

This was an ok episode, it was hardly a cliffhanger for me, because I knew something about the show that others may not know, but what I knew sort of ruined the ending for me.  The last three episodes almost redeemed the show for me, more on  why I said almost in my season 1 summary.   This was a good closing episode, not a great one.

Season 1 Summary:

After the first episode of Killing Eve, I was genuinely excited about this show and the seemingly limitless directions in which it could go.  By episode two, my enthusiasm for the show was dampened, because Eve was not even the main character in a show named after her.  The show made Villanelle a supervillain, incapable of being hurt, tormenting people and leaving them in awe of her supreme evil. Villanelle is written like Freddy Krueger or some other horror movie bad guy, an evil that will never die.  I’m reminded of Dr. Evil’s son Scott, who, “Don’t overcomplicate things, just take a gun, and bang.”  But Eve seemed incapable of doing anything to Villanelle, either frozen with fear, or moist with admiration.  The last 3 episodes get back on track, but the show was too far gone for redemption. The middle three episodes take the show way off track, and to the point of being silly and inconsequential.  When there are only 8 episodes in a season, 3 episodes off the rails are much too much.

Sandra Oh was absolutely the wrong person to play Eve, she plays Eve as a frightened, screaming  unsubstantial person.  This character undercuts women having serious jobs like an analyst in MI6 and this is clearly not what the writers intended, but this is how the show appears.  Eve is a bumbling goofball who can’t find her bottom with both hands, and the MI6 brain trust seem like the Keystone Kops.  It’s groundbreaking, even revolutionary to have two female leads, but the  Eve character undermines serious women everywhere by being a frightened immature woman child.  Even Villanelle is pure Hollywood psycho, the character is fun at first, but ears thin after 8 episodes.  Both Oh and Julie Comer could have done more to add dimensions to their characters.  Oh’s  heavy handed approach  to the comedic aspects to her character really  ruin the character.  She won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Eve Polastri. Go figure.

Julie Comer has a lot of fun with this role, and why not, she gets to play a seductress and cold blooded assassin, and she takes great joy in killing people.  Julie Comer does a great job playing the remorseless Villanelle, so much so, that she takes over the show, and leaves nothing for the rest of the cast to do.

The direction is not very visually stimulating, there are some moments interior and exterior shots that pop with color, but on the whole, it’s not a visual show.  The pacing is god and most of the acting is good from the ensemble cast. I don’t know how much of a role the directors play in the acting of the cast, so I really can’t comment on that.  The paving was good most of the time, and the episodes were short enough not to be burdensome.

 

Killing Eve:  Didn’t  slay me.

 

 

 

spiderman spiderverse

Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) is a typical teen from Brooklyn, he likes his tunes, he hates the magnet school he goes to, and he has an artistic streak, which he likes to express by painting murals in the subway. One day, while finding a spot for his latest mural with his Uncle Aaron, (Mahershala Ali) Miles is bitten by a radioactive spider, but he convinces himself that it’s a regular spider, after all Peter Parker (Chris Pine) is  patrolling the city, so why would there be a need for another Spiderman?  But then, Miles feels his hands getting sticky and all of a sudden, he can climb walls, but he’s clumsy, which ruins any chance he thought he had with the new girl at the magnet school, Gwen. (Hailee Steinfeld)

Just as suddenly as he got his powers, Miles finds himself in a warehouse fighting Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) with Spiderman.  Peter/Spdey tells Miles that Kingpin has a supercollider, and he is trying to open up different dimensions to bring back Kingpin’s wife and kid.  Peter gives Miles a key and tells him to use it to destroy the supercollider if he doesn’t make it out of this battle alive.  Kingpin has already succeeded in opening up five dimensions.  What else has Kingpin succeeded in doing?  Does Miles get to use the key to blow up the collider?

Spiderman Into The Spiderverse is an interesting take on Spiderman, but as hard as the writers try to make Miles a laid-back cool guy, they fail.  Miles uses spray paint to create art, lives in the cool borough, Brooklyn, wearing  the ever-present ear buds, leaves his shoes untied , it’s all meant to make him relatable to teens everywhere.  Having said that, it’s important to have an Afro-Latino superhero on screen, just for the message that it sends to all kids, that they could be heroes regardless of their race, ethnicity, or the neighborhood they grow up in.

Undoubtedly, the really cool character is Gwen Stacy, but she takes a backseat to Miles, despite having the vastly more interesting backstory.  And the other character like Penni Parker, are woefully underdeveloped, and are only in the movie to bring in a certain demographic, in the cynical way movies are made these days.  There’s a twist to the story, but the ending is as expected, and I suspect there will be sequels aplenty.

The acting is good, voice acting is difficult.  Shameik Moore does  a good job as the gangly clumsy Miles, trying to fit in and find a way to use his new powers.  Mehershala Ali does his usual fine job, as Uncle Aaron, the cool uncle, he really does bring all his skills to any role he plays.  Hailee Steinfeld does a good job as Gwe, she does a good job of keeping her mysterious and distant, the unattainable girl.  Brian Tyree Henry does a good job as a supporting actor, playing Miles’ supportive overprotective dad.  The father son bond is evident in Henry’s performance.

There are three directors in this movie.  The animation is great, eye-popping comic book animation, which is probably why it won an Oscar, but the pacing is awfully slow for an action flick.  The performances are good, but the actors deserve more credit than the directors for that.

Spiderman Into The Spiderverse:  A web of intertwined characters.

Green Book

In 1962, when classically trained pianist Dr. Donald Shirley (Mahershala Ali) hires Italian American bouncer Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen) to drive him on a cross-country tour, including through the segregated South,  Dr. Shirley expects trouble.  He hires Tony Lip as he’s known, for his very particular set of skills, but a strange relationship ensues, where Shirley tries to teach Tony the Lip some diction and manners, and Tony tries to teach Dr. Shirley all he knows about black popular culture, can these two polar opposites, the prim and proper Dr. Shirley, and the streetwise Tony, ever become friends?

The Green Book that the movie derives its title was an actual travel guide used by black people to find lodgings in the segregated South, which is why it’s disappointing that the movie is nothing more than clichéd schmaltz. Green Book doesn’t work because it oversimplifies complex people, during a complex and tumultuous time, and tires to reduce the importance and scope of the Civil Rights movement into bar fights, and segregated hotels, and it does this through the use of stereotypes.  Tony is a massive Italian stereotype,  filled with easy racism, aggressive mobster like  attitudes, poor diction, which are all lazy shorthand for Italian Americans. Dr. Shirley who defies an easy definition is shoehorned by the script into eating fried chicken in the back of a car, because that’s what black people eat, isn’t it? The script’s clumsiness is brought to hilarious and disturbing heights when Tony introduces black popular music to Dr. Shirley.  How insulting this is, it presumes that Dr. Shirley did not know these artists, and even if he didn’t, it’s his choice to play the style of music he wants to play.  The whole narrative of Dr. Shirley’s estrangement from the black community is a false one, and there’s the whole white savior narrative, because black people never gotten through racially tenuous situations by themselves have they?  The ending is predictable, which wasn’t exactly surprising, but disappointing all the same.  Now that I’ve seen If Beale Street Could Talk, and Green Book, Beale Street is undoubtedly the better film.  Green Book is almost cartoonish in its simplicity, in contrast, If Beale Street Could Talk is jarringly honest, and pulls no punches.

Green Book essentially is a two person movie, so it hurts the movie that the performances are mixed.  Mahershala Ali gives a restrained performance, until one of the later scenes, but when he lets go of the restraint, it is a powerful moment in this movie, and worthy of an Academy Award.  Viggo Mortensen gives an outlandishly broad performance as an Italian American man.  Luigi or Mario from Super Mario Brothers have more subtlety than this performance. He’s a low budget Joe Pesci, it’s a bad Pesci impersonation.  At least Pesci is Italian Mortenson delivers such a ham-handed over-the-top performance that it was hard to take him seriously, even when the tone of the movie changed.  He definitely did not deserve an Academy Award Nomination, I wonder how many voters actually saw his performance.

Peter Farrelly’s direction is uninspired.  He’s better known for his comedies like Dumb and Dumber, and There’s Something About Mary, and he treats this movie like it’s a comedic road trip movie and the subject natter deserves a more serious treatment than that.  The pacing is awfully slow, the 2 hours seem more like 4, and the performances vary greatly.

Green Book:  It gave me the blues.

the favourite

Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) ruled England in the early 1700’s.  Anne presided over a war with France, the second of the French and Indian wars, and there were two factions, Robert Harley, (Nicholas Hoult) leader of the opposition Tory party, wants to sue for peace.  Lord Marlborough’s wife, Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) is in favor of continuing the war with France, and Queen Anne is closer to Lady Sarah than anyone else so the war continues.  But Queen Anne is quite sick and obese, so a new chambermaid is sent for, Abigail Hill, (Emma Stone) who was left destitute by her father’s financial speculation, seems to want to return to her former high station, so she begins a charm offensive to win the confidence of Queen, does the Queen let Abigail into her inner circle, or continue to be influenced by Lady Sarah?

The Favourite is pretty historically accurate, but it strays from historical accuracy when it illustrates the more salacious aspects of the film.  There was a war with France, there were two women bidding for Queen Anne’s attention, they were rivals, both looking to increase their own power and influence, but that’s where the similarities and movie ends.  The salacious parts of the movie are obviously written to add spice to the film, and generate a buzz.  It works to an extent, as does the addition of humor, but this is a period piece, after all, and if the viewer has no interest in this period of history, no amount of humor or sensationalism of events will pique the interest of a social media crazed populace. And whether one of the favourites actually influenced Queen Anne to the extent that this movie implies is an open question.

The acting is good, very good in some instances.  Olivia Colman won the Best Actress Academy Award for Best Actress, and deservedly so.  She handled both comedy and drama adroitly, and the way she could switch from comedy to drama effortlessly and at a moment’s notice was an incredible thing to watch.  She was also very good as one of the detectives on the BBC television show Broadchurch. Rachel Weisz was also very good as the caustic, catty, ambitious Lady Sarah.  Weisz brings a sense of entitlement to the performance, and it fits thee character perfectly. Emma Stone is less convincing as Abagail, she does a pretty good British accent, but she didn’t seem to bring enough gravitas to the role when acting with the likes of Colman and Weisz.  Nicholas Hoult didn’t seem like the best choice either, he seemed to be more play acting at a role that should have been played by someone older and more seasoned.  It seems like some of the casting was based on appealing to a younger demographic.

The director tries to bring some visual flair to the film, using some kind of fish-eye lens in some of the scenes, which definitely makes things more interesting, but the pacing is awfully slow, and that makes the viewer think why he/she is watching this slow ponderously paced film, the answer is the acting, but  the viewer might not last past the first hour.  The performances are good, how much credit does an unknown director get for good performances?  That is another open question.

The Favourite.  Do yourself a fovour and watch it.

 

captain marvel

Vers (Brie Larson) is a Kree warrior, who is captured by the Kree’s archenemy the Skrull, who search her memories for some information vital to the Skrull civilization.  Vers escapes her captors and crash lands on Earth circa 1995, followed in hot pursuit by the Skrull, who can shapeshift into any human on earth.  Vers and the Skrull are met by two Agents of SHIELD Nick Fury, (Samuel L. Jackson)  and Agent Coulson. (Clark Gregg) Fury kills one of the Skurlls, an takes part in an alien autopsy with his superior, Keller, (Ben Mendelsohn) who is really the Skrull leader, Talos in disguise.

Using Fury’s security clearance, Vers finds out about a secret Air Force project called Pegasus, run by Dr. Wendy Lawson.(Annette Benning)  Vers has some dim memories of Earth, and of Wendy Lawson, but she’s not sure if she can trust these memories.  So Vers and Fury go to Louisiana to see Maria Rambeau  (Lashana Lynch)  Does Maria remember Vers, or is Vers’ mind playing tricks on her?  What about Talos, is he a terrorist as the Kree think?

What happens when one has low expectations for a movie, and is happily surprised?  Captain Marvel happens.  The writers do an excellent job of turning the usual superhero narrative on its head.  The writers also make Vers relatable, they do this in several ways, and all of them work.  The movie also works as a buddy movie between Fury and Vers, although some of the banter seems forced, the characters seem pretty natural and comfortable with each other.  There are some sloppily written political messages interspersed in the movie, and probably one too many 90’s references, but above all, this movie is about a person’s search for her true identity.  The women’s empowerment message layered on top of the identity crisis is unmistakable and powerful. And the ending is satisfying, unlike Avengers Infinity War.

The performance by Brie Larson is multifaceted.  She gives her character vulnerability, but also strength, and wit and confidence, she makes the character her own, and the question of gender becomes irrelevant.  Samuel L. Jackson is very comfortable playing Nick Fury, and he’s clearly having fun with the character.  His chemistry with Larson is obvious, and it redounds to the benefit of the film.  Lashana Lynch plays a key role in this movie, and she makes it absolutely authentic, for the movie to work, Lynch’s character has to work, she has great chemistry with Larson and Jackson.  Annette Benning is another actress who is enjoying the complexity of her character.  It’s fun for the audience too, to see actors, not just play one dimensional characters.  Ben Mendelsohn also does a great job giving Talos multiple dimensions.

There are two directors, and they often work together on projects, even though this is the first big budget film they have worked on.  They keep the pacing brisk, after getting past the origin story and the exposition, the story moves along nicely.  The directors are smart to visually tell the story of a woman trying to reconstruct her life through montages and still pictures, and those visuals support the written story hand in glove.  The pair is also smart not to overuse special effects and let them dominate the story.

Captain Marvel:  Tip your cap to the filmmakers.

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Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and their family Violet (Sarah Vowell) Dash (Huck Miller) and Jack Jack (Eli Fucile)  are arrested after stopping The Underminer (John Ratzenberger) because superheroes are now illegal.  But a wealthy family now headed by Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk)and his sister Evelyn  (Catherine Keener) want to start a campaign to bring back superheroes and make them legal again.  Winston wants Elastigirl to lead the campaign, Mr. Incredible reluctantly agrees to stay home and mind the kids. During Elastigirl’s first tv appearence, a new villain appears, Screenslaver (Bill Wise)  tries to hypnotize the television audience, and carries a troubling message.  Elastigirl tracks Screenslaver down almost immediately, and is surprised to find out that he is only a pizza boy.  She can’t shake the feeling that the capture of The Screenslaver  was too easy, that there was something deeper to Screenslaver.  Is she right?  Do the Supers become legal once again?

The second installment of the Incredibles has some good ideas, but if the viewer doesn’t listen carefully, those ideas are lost.  There are ideas about the role of superheroes in society,  the role of technology, including social media in society, but those ideas are contained almost exclusively in one soliloquy, and then those interesting ideas get obscured by more mundane ideas, and the Incredibles 2 just turns into another routine Hollywood action flick.  This movie is a case study in why sequels shouldn’t be made.  Sequels shouldn’t be made unless they have something new or different to say.   This one could have had interesting things to say, but it restrains itself.

The acting is good but predictable.  The idea of a superhero as househusband seems like it’s been done before, Craig T. Nelson tries to breathe life into this character again, but there’s not enough in this character in this movie to make him fun again.  Holly Hunter tries to make Elastigirl a feminist hero, but again that aspect of the character is not fully developed.   Samuel L. Jackson brings his usual energy and fun to the role of Frozone, but again he doesn’t have enough material to make the character interesting,  Catherine Keener is given an interesting role, but the viewers are never given insight into why the character behaves the way she does.  There just seems to be too many characters in this movie, and not enough depth in any one character

The direction is ok, there’s nothing visually spectacular in this movie.  Pixar has had some really visually breathtaking movies, but this one didn’t even try to have one scene that caught the audience’s eye.   The result was underwhelming.  The pacing was slow at times, during exposition, but sometimes had the pacing of an action movie, a brisk pace.  The performances were ok, not great.

The Incredibles 2:  Incredidull.