November 4, 2011
All Stly and No Substance
To be fair, this is a movie that looks very good. And if you like the '80s, you will love the soundtrack.
However, this movie is just incredibly boring. If you have seen any amount of movies at all in your lifetime, and have a decent pattern-recognition ability, you'll know all too well who these characters are, and where they're going to end.
My biggest problem with this movie is that every single shot (alright, that may be an overstatement) can be found in another movie - Nolan's Batman movies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Grease, Taxi Driver (just for example) - but in a clearly obvious way (and it has to be obvious because I'm generally not clever enough to catch those things). This reads as more pretentious to me than clever film-making because they don't actually read as nods to other movies, they read as direct copies. Their inclusion in this movie does nothing to elevate either this movie, or the original they were in.
Also, it's not noir, so stop saying that it is.
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