Roman J. Israel, Esq. – Review

✯✯½

Dan Gilroy’s follow-up to Nightcrawler is a film that seems to exist, but you only ask yourself what would have happened to the same skill you will have recognized prior because in the case of Roman J. Israel, Esq., it all seems to have gone away. It all seems to have gone away because compared to the cleverness and the overall visceral nature of that past effort, it seems to have gone away in the favour of what I would only assume is Denzel Washington speaking in the veins of an imitator of Aaron Sorkin. Granted, it may be entertaining to see Denzel Washington just merely being Denzel Washington like we always have seen him as, but at its worst, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is just absolutely boring.

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Kong: Skull Island – Review

✯✯

As a result of Kong: Skull Island, I think the best way to express how I felt having come out was that I wanted to give Gareth Edwards’s take on Godzilla more credit. While I already did walk out of the theater watching Godzilla with a rather disappointed look on my face, it seemed that Edwards had a better understanding of how to raise the stakes inside of a monster movie compared to Jordan Vogt-Roberts, another independent filmmaker who came up on Legendary Pictures’s end to expand their MonsterVerse. The idea already should have sounded exciting but to my surprise (and eventual disappointment), the final results of Kong: Skull Island were merely disposable as opposed to fun.

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