Love this cast, but, my god, I hate these characters. I hate this miserable take on romance, which mistakes wallowing in self-pity for introspection, and people being awful for philosophical depth.
Beattie Edmondson adopts a dog; Shailene Woodley goes to sea; more…
Shailene Woodley faces disaster at sea; Claire Danes confronts trouble at home; and more…
I’m floored by its breakdown of toxic masculinity and toxic femininity… [This post is not behind the paywall.]
A gripping précis of what Edward Snowden learned at the CIA and NSA, why he went public, and why it matters. Entertaining yet also deeply unsettling.
A disappointing downfall from the previous films, the appealing metaphor for nonconformity giving way to dull good-vs-evil battle and dumb plot conundrums.
Sneakily undercuts tropes of the young-adult hero’s journey. But in a more adventurous movie environment, this wouldn’t feel this fresh as it does.
Yes, it’s a teenaged girl’s romantic fantasy. And some of it might be in a secret code for young women. Imagine that.
No, it’s not wildly different than other science fiction, hero’s journey, and adventure movies. Sometimes we call such stories archetypal. Mythic, even.
If Hollywood were truly all about money, Hollywood would know this already.