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Holmes & Watson (2018)
Serious sense of humour needed
If you enjoyed watching Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies, you will love this film. Peter Sellers is long gone but his spirit lives on in this film. ("That's not my minky.")This movie uses the same playbook: satire, slapstick humour and buffoonery. If you try to take it seriously or look at it as insightful social criticism you miss the point. There are so many clever references in this movie that it's hard to keep track of them; Like the elephant man in the waiting room. This movie is a blizzard of gags, anachronisms and laugh at itself episodes. The part where Holmes visualizes how to take out the giant wrestler is masterful; Reminiscent of the scene when Indiana Jones shot the scimitar wielding assassin and poking fun at Roberr Downey Jr.'s Sherlock. This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. On the other hand, if you take yourself seriously, you probably won't like it.
Excellent but painful journey of male bonding
Reviewer after reviewer criticizes this movie for its phony depictions of the war, clichés and unrealistic battle scenes. There is only one significant fact that is crucial to know when it comes to the accuracy of the depiction; Shermans were going to be your coffin in a face-off with a Tiger. If you want serious historical detail then consider watching a WWII documentary. I think the overall depictions were secondary and only serve as the backdrop for the director's real message which was the painful slow process of the relationship that was built between these guys in a tragic situation. I think Ayers did a masterful job at this. You think Brad Pitt is a second rate actor? Watch his facial expressions during the scenes in the room with Logan Lerman and the 2 women; Watch his nervous breakdowns. Watch him in the "Why are you such an asshole?" scene. Watch him as he jokes with his guys about Hitler and chocolate bars. Even with Wardaddy's personal weaknesses, by the middle of the movie you understand why these guys liked, admired and respected him, and I'll bet you do also. His timing and delivery, in my opinion, are better than Tom Hanks on this best day. Watch LaBoeuf's nervous leg, and a list of other endearing nuanced details; He plays a very convincing religious proselytizer. During the tank battle if you didn't feel like your life was threatened then you were probably on xanex. I'm not sure that there is another film that conveys this kind of claustrophobic camaraderie from a tank crew's viewpoint. If there is, I've never seen it.