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Might want to check your favorite theater “coming soon” area because Knives Out is having some early access advanced screenings a week earlier than the opening date of 11/27, Thanksgiving 2019 weekend.
And yes, they are open to anybody wanting to pay the ticket price, they aren’t reserved for media or critics only.
This film Kara is emphatically wanting to see. We both enjoy good looking mysteries. The trailer has really cooked this one up as something that smells good:
As long as they avoid having it be “the butler did it” I’m so there!
Sheepishly I roamed out there a bit looking for others sharing previews and/or posts like this, but because this was part of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) a lot of the blogs and sources I use for news have already published reviews. Caught headlines only and most have appeared positive.
Are you planning on seeing this in the theater, waiting for it on streaming or unsure if you want to see at all?
Jojo Rabbit ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ is the kind of film ripe for discussion. Before reading further on this post, you really need to have already seen the film or are OK with massive SPOILERS … if you haven’t seen, just bookmark and come back after you’ve seen the film. We’ll keep a light on.
….you have been warned …
The film is presented as black comedy in the trailer, but my viewing experience was more like a coming of age during WWII drama with mostly unfunny, awkward moments. The only character and sequences I found to be even slightly humorous were the ones involving Jojo’s heavyset bespectacled friend (played by Archie Yates).
So, what’s the deal with Adolf Hitler? Let’s revisit the trailer:
Ok, does this trailer make it seem like Hitler is going to play a more important role in this comedy? Sure did for me.
And the whole burning books scene? It seemed like it might be funny in the trailer, but when it happens in the movie? Not a chair creak or any other sound in the theater. I felt deep sadness, because I love to read! They were burning information, history, creativity — yes, I realize it was a joke — but they weren’t burning them to make me laugh, they were excited that they got to burn them!
Maybe it’s the way the trailer is cut with the Beatles playing in the background that makes it all seem so much warmer than it actually comes off in the film. These scenes cut together are actually more comedic than when we see them in the movie.
So, back to the movie. You’ve seen it by now. Hitler is in it for like 20 minutes maybe.
Can anybody tell me why he was in this film except to be touted on promotional trailers?
Hitler wasn’t a central character. He wasn’t somebody with any real purpose other than a fleeting imaginary “friend.” He wasn’t as pivotal as George Burns to John Denver in Oh, God.
We’re left as viewers feeling like Hitler was used in the promotion primarily to bait moviegoers into seeing the movie. I would have seen it without Hitler dancing stupidly around in the trailer. Actually, didn’t need him in it at all.
What did the dreamy Adolf Hitler really add to Jojo’s story? Was Hitler necessary for any of the scenes? The rabbit explanation scene could have been handled by the Nazi commander who took a liking to Jojo. Why not him as Jojo’s friend?
No, we get Hitler. One of the most evil, despicable people to ever have walked the earth.
And the dream-Hitler changes as the war grows closer to an end in the film. Did we need to see the fancifully portrayed Hitler changed to the evil Hitler when the audience knows the monster was evil personified all along?
My positions is that Hitler was extraneous to the story. He seems to have been a marketing tool. A shill to shock and awe moviegoers into wanting to see the film.
A cheap attempt for the director/writer to be able to be controversial in the trailer, to create social buzz around a dark, divisive figure. Conversation like I’m now having right now to drum up publicity for the movie.
Suckers, we took the bait.
Adolf Hitler was indisputably an inhuman monster. There isn’t anything funny in this life or probably the next few million years about this creature in human form. Hitler is a useful prop piece for horror, maybe some sci-fi and scattered other genres, but he doesn’t work for comedy unless we’re laughing at him. Not for me, anyway. And certainly not in this film.
Let me get real and personal for a moment. My grandfather flew B-17 bombers in WWII. My grandmother was a telephone operator. Her brother died at 18 years old fighting Hitler’s malignant Nazi forces. I doubt seriously Nana, as we lovingly called her, would ever laugh at Hitler as portrayed in Jojo Rabbit. Doubtful that she could. I’d ask her, but she’s gone from this earth. Soon most of the people who lived through that nightmare won’t be with us any more.
I can find no laughter in the history of the systematic slaughter of Jews nor especially the evil puppeteer overlord master, Adolf Hitler. That red, white and black swastika is a painful reminder that millions and millions of human beings died because of this one man and his dangerously insane beliefs.
As for book burning. Think about that. What would Hitler say about movies like Jojo Rabbit? You wouldn’t be able to see it! He would never have allowed such “allied propaganda” to be produced, much less shown. That film would be in the fire along with everybody associated with making it.
Taika Waititi is 44 years old and from New Zealand. He might have grandparents, as he’s not that much younger than I, who were around in World War II. I wonder how humorous his WWII-living relatives think of him using Hitler to promote his “black comedy” film? The answer is his mother is Jewish (see the Jimmy Kimmel interview below), so she supported this film. Go figure.
I’m not here to tell other moviegoers what they should like or dislike, only to share my opinion of how I felt. Art is subjective and it is entirely possible that my perspective isn’t shared by the younger generation (maybe not even some my own age) who may not realize just how nightmarish the war was and how many young people lost their lives fighting for freedoms we now enjoy. Freedoms for me to write posts like this. Freedoms for Taika Waititi to make movies with him starring as Hitler and people to freely go see and enjoy them — or not. The sword of freedom slices both ways.
Peace is taken for granted until you no longer have it.
Am I saying Adolf Hitler can’t be spoofed? That Hitler should never be in movies? Of course not! Adam Sandler did him much better by shoving pineapples up his skirt-wearing ass:
So, that’s my primary item for discussion: was Adolf Hitler’s character necessary (as depicted) in the movie? Did his inclusion add anything whatsoever? For me, the answer is a gigantic NO. Jojo could still have idolized Hitler by fawning over his pictures and speaking about him with the same impact. We didn’t need scenes showing dream-Hitler for the film to work.
If we can set that all aside, I really enjoyed most of the rest of the story.
Thought it was clever and creative. I take some issue with Jojo’s Nazi allegiance. Yes, I realized children in Germany in these times were brainwashed — along with many others — but I would like to have understood a little better why Jojo so desperately wanted to be a Nazi from the get-go. We’re just supposed to accept this, and I would like to have understood Jojo’s motives better. Perhaps a scene or two, however brief, explaining why he wanted to be a Nazi.
The ending would have been even more powerful if the audience understood Jojo’s odd aspirations.
As for Roman Griffin Davis, the actor playing, Jojo? Excellent job. Waititi was fond of his performance:
Waititi said, “The thing about Roman is he cares so deeply about other people. He’s extremely sensitive and extremely kind. The character wasn’t born a Nazi. The things that make you fall in love with Roman exist in Jojo; they’ve just been covered over by this other thing for a while. So that’s what you’re aiming for; getting back to the kid you fell in love with.”
Scarlett Johannson also does a great job as Jojo’s mother. Wasn’t she lamenting being typecast into hyper-sexualized roles in her career? Ahh yes, but fortunately, that was somewhat blown out of context (imagine that, interweb!) here is what Scar Jo actually said:
“I feel when I was working in my early 20s and even in my late teens/early 20s, I felt that I sort of got, somehow, typecast. I was very hyper-sexualized,” she said. “Which, I guess, at the time seemed OK to everyone. It was another time. Even though it wasn’t a part of my own narrative, it was kind of crafted for me by probably a bunch of dudes in the industry. And I guess that worked then, but it was really difficult for me to try to figure out how to get out of being an ingenue or the other woman, because it was never anything that I had intended.”
Yes, I get what she’s saying now. Always seek for the full quote. Get the context!
Anyway, this role is about as far from that type of role as one could be. She’s no Black Widow character here. She’s Jojo’s conflicted, but sweet loving mother. I felt she played the role with the right sense of hesitation and it only made the “shock scene” in her shoes that much more dramatic. Scar Jo should seek out more dramatic work like this, even if/when it’s couched as “comedy.”
Reviews by Others
Let’s see, so far, what other moviegoers think of Jojo Rabbit. Keep in mind that some/many of these reviews contain spoilers.
Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs. Yes, even those who disagree with my reviews and vice versa.
Irus: “Watching Jojo Rabbit made me laughed, made me wonder and made my heart skipped a beat and sank.”
Joel Alexander (Grade: B+): “I daresay any movie can claim to both have Hitler as a central character and be one of the funniest movies of the year, and I can think of no other person but Taika Waititi who would successfully pull this off.” (ed. how can a “central” character have only 20 min screen time?)
Christene (Grade: A+): “This is something I thought I’d never say: Hitler was my favorite. OMG, every moment of his screen time had me in stitches!! This spin on him was so perfect that I’m going to watch it again. I’m going back tonight just to enjoy it.”
f/stopreviews: “Quaint, dark, and a little puzzling, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is probably the best movie I have seen all year.”
Fresh Film Takes (3.5/5): “With beautiful cinematography, and wonderful dialogue that echoes the greatness of Mamet, here’s a film that utilizes one of history’s darkest hours to teach us all a valuable lesson: “to err is human.” Now, the title might dismay some reticent movie-goers, but let me reiterate something: Jojo Rabbit is cinema at its most creative.”
Cinema Spotlight (5/5): “Using one of modern history’s most notorious hate groups and its infamous leader as the subject of a film about tolerance is actually pretty ingenious.”
Cameron Richardson (9/10): “Originality, great acting, hilarious, beautiful dynamics between our main characters, and just an overall joy to watch this movie is.”
Chriso Ruins Movies (4/4): “Remember this movie is about how ridiculous the Nazi’s were, and how ridiculous blind hate is. But as ridiculous as they were, they did many horrible, awful things. Thankfully, Jojo Rabbit does not lose sight of that within its silliness.”
Jonah’s Daily Rant: “…a fantastic film, equal parts hilarious and gripping. This is my favorite movie of the year, and any movie that hopes to topple it is going to have a hard time! This movie opened my mind and heart, then climbed right inside!”
Jared Jzyk (8.3/10): “…perfectly combines drama and comedy in ways not many films can. I can definitely see some people not liking this movie given it’s subject matter but I think more moments in history should be given this treatment. Sometimes comedy and poking fun at something in its absurdity is a great way to look at things.”
Darren Johnson (4.5/5): “The only major flaw in “JoJo Rabbit” is Rebel Wilson. The film could have easily done without her five minutes of over-the-top hysteria.”
From the mind of Victor (3.5/5): “Fortunately for Waititi, some might be offended either way (see above). And a lot of us will no doubt laugh. He’s a particular type of weirdo, that Taika, successfully turning something awful and serious into something outstandingly wacky. He is funny enough in the role, too. Alas, the next Chaplin he is not. Yet.”
sickflickblog (7.5/10): “Everyone is grate besides Rebel Wilson. This movie is more of a dark comedy and I think it works for the most part.”
Brett Garten (8.1/10): “Definitely out in left field, but that’s what director Taika Waititi does best.”
Tyler Hummel: “You’d think that would be overly serious and unbearable, yet it’s immensely funny. The film is a complex dance of darkness and humor interwoven together to lighten what would otherwise be a relentless film. As edgy as the premise seems, the film makes it an easy pill to swallow merely by being very funny. This proves to be a powerful contrast to several other recent, left-leaning comedians. There aren’t any references to modern politics”
Film Frenzy (3/4): “With its inclination to bolt from comedy to drama and back again at whiplash speed, it’s easy to see why Jojo Rabbit would upset many. Yet those inclined to movies with a dark comic bent should find it to be a rather savory stew.”
One Scene at a Time: “Waititi’s talent and strange, black humor is what made 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok one of the most absurd, but successful films in the superhero canon and The Hunt for the Wilder-People an enjoyable movie to pop in. Even at its boldest, there is a strange, sweet humor in his storytelling that this film maintains even when the tone shifts. And it does.”
Orthodoxy in Dialogue: “This movie left me with messages of hope and redemption, however. There is hope on the other side of anger and despair, but there is a journey to get there. Mistaken ideology does not need to be a permanent life choice.”
Holmes Movies: “…a film that truly is going to divide people into two groups: those that will love it and those that will hate it. And I hope there are a lot of people who will love it and see and understand the message behind the film and discuss it afterwards.”
Not Recommended (or unclear/undecided)
Critic for Hire (2.5/5): “If there was anybody else attached to direct this, I sincerely doubt it would be getting the positive reception that is getting. The only time I really laughed at this was Waititi as Hitler, but he is only in the movie for about twenty minutes at the most. This is one of the biggest letdowns of the year for me.”
Logan Coleman Film Reviews: “The film in my honest opinion has a hard time balancing the comedy and drama elements of the film. The film has elements of Inglorious Bastards and the Constant Gardner. I am going against most other film critics; I am giving this film 6 stars out of 10.”
Matt Vetrano: “Do I recommend it? It’s hard to say. I’m leaning towards no, but then so much of this is tied up in my own feelings about the way things are going right now that may not be shared by everyone. Then again, if you DO feel the way I do about current events and the climate in which this movie was made in, perhaps waiting for a home release would be the more prudent strategy. “
swampflix: “…ultimately just didn’t feel as confident or personal as Waititi’s previous experiments in light-and-dark tonal clashes. It’s the first time I can assume one of his films didn’t fully achieve whatever it set out to accomplish.”
Alan French (2/5): “…it squanders a unique premise and delivers a perfectly serviceable, if not poorly executed film about war. Like an imaginary friend, we’ll move on from JojoRabbit with little reason to look back.”
Let me reclarify that I liked this movie and recommend that others see it.
I enjoy when filmmakers take risks, applaud and appreciate originality. Sure, they might stumble sometimes, but it’s better to take risks than to be boring. Nobody likes watching boring films. Taika Waititi took some amazing risks with this film. Some paid off, others didn’t.
Now, if you like, let’s discuss Jojo Rabbit. Do you agree/disagree with my criticism? What did you like and dislike, if anything, about the film? Please keep it civil, folks, or we’ll have to conjure some pineapples!
Wednesday hump day yay! This weekend I’m looking stoked to see Tom Hanks portrayal of Mister Rogers. Something tells me this movie is going to be a bit of a tearjerker, kind of in the way that we knew about Titanic and Judy.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Recently, watched the documentary Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and that has me prepped and excited for this film. Am also a big Tom Hanks fan, the guy just seems to pick great roles that fit him well. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a bad Hanks film, so that amps up my enthusiasm.
Can’t say I was excited about this one, but just saw Frozen and really liked that. Animated films do often catch me off guard and I like them more than I expected to. This happened with Klaus on Netflix, which I thought was excellent, so I’m putting this at 2 out of 10 for anticipation. Our grandchildren will want to see this, so their anticipation is off the charts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (anticipation is 10/10 for them lol)
Anticipation: 2 / 10
Of the three movies, this one I’ve seen and heard the least about (and haven’t gone looking to learn much more about it). The surprise factor can lead to a truly enjoyable movie experience for me, so hoping this one catches me off guard in a good way.
Anticipation: 5 / 10
Bonus Opening Movie
Have seen multiple previews for Dark Waters, which is also opening this weekend. This has a bit of an Erin Brokovich meets John Grisham type story. No idea how many screenings it will get (shows as “limited” as of this writing at Box Office Mojo), however, but including on this list as it is a film we want to see.
ANTICIPATION for Week of 11/21/19 MOVIES
How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 11-21-2019 movies?
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – 7/10
21 Bridges – 5/10
Frozen II – 2/10
Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?
All are wide screenings and available in our area, so the plan is to see all of them. Since A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is an early Thursday screening (4:30pm), will likely catch that first, then catch 21 Bridges the late Thursday showing and on Friday with the grandchildren see Frozen 2.
“Billion Dollar Babies” is a fun Alice Cooper song. Also, it gets me thinking about the billion dollar club of movies.
With Joker⭐️⭐️⭐️½ most recently added to the list, there are now 44 movies that have made at least a billion dollars. I created a Billion Dollar Movie list at Letterboxd that you can clone and compare to what you’ve already seen. Those that have reviews are listed below. Those with an asterisk (20 of 44 = 45.4%) I have not yet seen. Those reviewed are clickable linked with star rating (5 / 44 =11.3% ). Those remaining are seen, but not yet rated/reviewed (19 / 44 = 43.1%)
Superhero movies make up 7 of the 20 (35%) movies I haven’t seen yet, with most of them being from the MCU. The only Avengers movie I’ve seen is the first one, which I enjoyed.
I don’t think it says that much about one’s viewing tastes if s/he hasn’t seen most of the top box office movies. Have said before that I have some MCU burnout, which explains why I haven’t seen all of the MCU films. Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean? Neither franchise have I been that interested in seeing. Beyond the first Transformer’s movie, I lost interest in seeing the sequels. Some/most/all/none of these movies might be awesome or suck or somewhere in between, I can’t say until I finally watch them, but it is fun to look at what’s not be seen and try and build a watchlist.
How many of these billion dollar films have you seen? More than 20 of the 44 would be more than me.
Seems like the movie studios are about to get back some legal flexibility, er muscle, that was stripped from them in the 1950s.
Some are saying it’s not a question of what if, but when and how soon before the current movie theater environment will be impacted.
We’re talking about legal mumbo jumbo called the Paramount Consent, which allowed studios — with less red tape — to own their own theaters, have more ability to control and dictate minimum ticket pricing and group movies together upon release (force theaters to show duds if they want to show more prominent titles).
Why would the United States government roll back these changes that were put in place after a win in the courts against Paramount in 1948?
They say the laws are obsolete in the current environment.
It’s true times have changed. We have the internet and streaming in 2019. In 1950 most people didn’t even own one television, much less a color TV set. The internet wasn’t even a wet dream.
No Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple … yeah, the technology world was non-existent.
We shouldn’t be too panicked as moviegoers, yet, because there will be a two year sunset provision before these laws are fully rolled back.
The one shred of hope came when Delrahim explained that “antitrust enforcers remain ready to act” if studios begin engaging in behavior that harms consumers, but wiping these decrees off the books unquestionably gives studios huge freedoms to establish more dominance across the industry. I hate to be fatalistic, but if antitrust enforcers are our last line of defense against corporate greed, the future of an already dwindling industry could be more dire than ever.
Forgive my rolled eyes for trusting government intervention.
The studios are already reeling over their own competitive environment. Disney is locking up more titles in their vault perhaps planning to release them on their own streaming service (Disney+!).
Several articles are decrying that this will most negatively impact the small, independent theater chains who may soon have an even more difficult time getting first run movies to show.
This is difficult with the laws in place now.
At a time when the average moviegoer sees 3-4 movies in theaters a year, I don’t see this rollback — yet — as the end of the world. Maybe it will create more competition among the big three theater chains (AMC, Regal and Cinemark). Let’s not forget that these industry titans were investigated for possible anti-trust violations five years ago over clearances:
…the Department of Justice will be looking to determine whether or not the three major movie chains are unfairly using their positions in collection with the film industry to prevent smaller and/or independent chains from receiving the all-important first run movies. Interviews with executives from these smaller chains in multiple states are already being carried out, and more are scheduled for the future.
Ford v Ferrari ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ is an adrenaline filled race car mechanic and automotive engineer’s wet dream.
The bitter rivalry existing between the two brands in the lead up to the endurance challenge of ’66 had its roots in a business deal turned sour. In 1963 Ferrari – in dire need of an injection of capital for the company – had embarrassed Ford when, at the final hour, the Italian businessman walked away from a deal which would have seen the Ford Motor Company buy into the Italian brand and the two become a combined, transatlantic automotive racing force.
Before seeing this, I wondered how it could cost $100 million? Certainly there were expensive cars and my guess is a bulk of the budget went to car crashes and explosions plus hefty pay to Damon and Bale the co-stars. Just a guess.
After seeing it, I still feel like this could have been made for less and would have been just as good, but there was obviously attention paid to detail and those cars are not inexpensive cars.
Other Blogger Reviews
Let’s see what other moviegoers think of Ford v Ferrari. Keep in mind that some/many of these reviews contain spoilers.
Rock At The Movies (8/10): “If you are a film lover, you need to see what is arguably the best racing movie ever.”
HookedOnFilmWA: “…is absolutely thrilling. It features the best racing sequences I’ve seen since Rush (2013). Perhaps even better, because it feels like it has actual cars speeding at 300km/h down actual roads, which, quite often, it does.”
Ulkar Alakborova (5/5): “Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby and Christian Bale as Ken Miles shine in every scene. Their strangely impressive on-screen chemistry creates the most tender relationship showing the power of friendship off-race and on-race at the same time.”
Rachel’s Reviews (9/10): “…it’s a wonderful film everyone will enjoy. The story is interesting, the acting is great, script is well done and the racing scenes work.”
Ken Murray / The Nerd Templar: “I loved Ford v Ferrari. It’s without a doubt my favorite film of the year so far. Bale is just astonishing and Damon holds his own opposite him.”
Dan Gardner/Runpee: “It’s not often that a movie gets perfect marks on writing, acting, and directing, but — pardon the pun — Ford v Ferrari hits on all cylinders.”
Mike Shutt: “This is a movie that is two and a half hours of sheer entertainment without needing you to “turn your brain off” at the door. The characters are charming and interesting enough to get you invested, and the craft is sleek and exciting.”
Jason Bleau / Cinema Spotlight (5/5): ” This might be one of the most perfectly balanced, entertaining and all-around well-made motorsports movies of all time.”
Alex Brannan (B-): “The narrative loses itself in the politics of corporations and in the superficial conversations about the art of the race. The beating heart of Ford v Ferrari is in its climactic final act, which is then let down by the abrupt emotional appeals of the denouement. But, if only for a moment, the film pushes to 7,000 RPMs.”
reelhit: ” a fun, well-made film that feels more like a classic film, in the sense that it feels like an older type of film, perhaps made for an older audience. It’s a slower, character-focused drama that I personally feel has been lacking in cinema lately.”
Society Reviews: “…the type of oscar bait that restores your faith in the genre as well as the industry. The film’s window into classic California Conservatism is one that should be savored because you won’t get much of it from Hollywood these days so enjoy while you can.”
Doc / Embrace Your Geekness (4.4/5): “a very strong film with some top notch performances and a compelling story. The third act race is about as well done as you are going to get.”
Keith Loves Movies: “…not only a thrilling cinematic tale but it is also the kind of film we need.”
LittleFrog Scribbles (8/10): “…not just for racing fans, I knew nothing about Ken Miles or Le Mans going in (and quite frankly: what utter madness is driving for 24 hours?!), and while the story could be said to slip into cliche of true life biopics, it’s a gripping ride along the way.”
Polar Bears Watch TV: “I’d take this over a lot of the stuff we got last year, at least. ALSO: it has absolutely no business being 150 minutes long, and you really do feel the length”
Lee’s Movie Reviews (5/5): “I’m in awe of how good this movie is and how much I was enjoying myself, and if this is how much I enjoyed it while not being a racing fan then I can’t even begin to imagine how cool this movie would be to someone actually interested in the subject matter.”
13oldschool: ” This movie was totally entertaining and just plain fun. At times it was exhilarating!”
Island Movie Blogs: “The real focus of this movie, is what it takes to be an artist or a creator, and what it takes to please people. Having that at the core of this movie, really does give it a great emotional core for everything else to swirl around. All in all, Ford v Ferrari is a really well made, and even better acted movie that really should be seen in cinemas.”
TK Theater Production (4/5): “…a well-done racing drama. It had strong performances, an entertaining dynamic between the two leads, great racing sequences, and it delivered the right amount of emotion to make all of those things matter in the end.”
Todd Mesirow / The Review Garage: “If you love cars, and speed, and racing – then you have to not only see “Ford v Ferrari” on a big screen, you have to put it on your list of films to buy.”
CJ at the Movies (3.5/5): “The story is not always understandable, maybe because of the British dialogue or big motor mouths, but you’re still able to grasp the concept. In fact, you’re rooting for the Ford Motor Company, and their best driver to win the 24 hour race.”
Patrick Beatty Reviews (9/10): “I loved this movie, it does run pretty long and some side stories are a little less fleshed out than others. It’s a crowd-pleaser, and I would definitely recommend seeing this in IMAX!”
Reel Movies Matter (7.5/10): “…a film with true grit that preaches about the benefits of determination, loyalty and commitment to a cause. Despite my issue with its lack of strong character arcs, a script telling an awesome true story with spellbinding performances by its award-winning cast could still be enough to land Ford v Ferrari in several winner’s circles this movie awards season.”
Movie Nation: “It stands with the greatest racing movies ever, and it’s certainly the most entertaining. But there is no doubt about one last superlative. “Ford v Ferrari” is one of the best pictures of the year.”
Filmaholic (4.5/5): “…an undeniable crowd-pleaser, but it’s the incredible talent at display both behind and in front of the cameras that elevate the material and truly make something special of this fascinating true story.”
Mark Glendenning / Racer: “…captures the essence of two seriously hardcore racers; likewise, while exercising poetic license with the timeline, the film offers a revealing look into the exhausting, thankless and dangerous development work that went into one of America’s most glorious international racing triumphs, along with the reptilian politics behind it.”
Not Recommended (or undecided)
Consequence of Sound: “…a classic Hollywood underdog film about friendship and overcoming obstacles. Mangold’s direction is serviceable, but unspectacular, while Bale is a dynamic presence. The film could have done with a less familiar narrative approach.”
Screen Zealots / Louisa (2.5/5): ” It’s disappointing because the story on which it’s based is so interesting, but this too-straightforward retelling of history is too mainstream, too dull, and squanders a considerable opportunity.”
The Mandalorian is transporting baby Yoda (not really Yoda, but sure looks like him) and runs into Jawas scavenging his spaceship. Trapped on the planet, he is offered a plan to recover the parts, but it’s not without risk.
Almost as amazing an episode as the first — further proof that we are (finally!) returning to familiar waters that we love — it’s awesome seeing characters being explored from — or at least strongly inspired by (in the case of the “child” — the original Star Wars. Also, this episode is shorter, clocking in at 33 minutes compared to 40 minutes for the first. Some others commenting on the length saying that it was too short.
Reviews By Others
Warning: the links that follow may contain significant SPOILERS. They are here to see what others think of the episode after you’ve watched once, twice or more.
CJ / But Why Tho (10/10): ” After an outstanding pilot episode, the second episode of The Mandalorian, “Chapter 2: The Child,” made its debut on Disney+ and it manages to live up to the sci-fi/Western aesthetic that the series has embraced so far.”
C.T Grey: “Another thing that I started to wonder, while I watched this excellent episode was that doesn’t parked ships in the desert command some sort of respect. Do not touch me, kind of thing or does the Jawas simply not care?”
Talking Films: “I am fascinated to see what the next couple of episodes will reveal as well in terms of the main character’s intentions with the asset.”
Jason Ward: “All I know is Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s second chapter was really badass.”
Ricardo (9.3/10): “My only problem is that the episode was shorter, and I could’ve sworn that they said that the episodes were an hour long. Overall, this was a great episode. Also, I love baby Yoda, and I would do anything to protect it.”
Tyler Hersko (Grade: C+): “…has the potential to deliver on the gritty, morally grey action its prerelease publicity machine promised. It’s just a shame to see the flagship Disney+ series kill much of its momentum so early in the season.”
Nerdrotic (7/10): Vlog, on the long side (52 minutes!), but has some good commentary if you want to watch/listen to it in the background.
A Middle-Aged Geek: ““The Child” is yet another variation on the ‘bandits with a baby’ premise of 1936’s classic western, “Three Godfathers.” The tale of non-paternal guys being saddled with an infant is a very old story loosely re-adapted many times, as seen in the popular 1987 comedy “Three Men and a Baby””
How are you liking The Mandalorian series so far, we’re only 20% in (2 episodes of 10 total for the first season)? What do you think of Episode 2, Chapter 2 “The Child”? Use the comments below.