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Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
Beautiful visuals and colours
Very pleasant to see, a lot of work was put on the graphics, the attention to details is appreciated, artistically coherent, good actors, but the ending could have been less basic.
The Irishman (2019)
Good but not a "10/10 masterpiece"
First of all, I want to make clear that I am reviewing the film itself, and not praising the actors or the director only because of their names. (don't hate me, I like 'em)
First, this film is way too long for what it tells. I saw it at the cinema (because I don't subscribe to Netflix) but I think that it's not the right place to watch this film. It was definitely meant to be seen at home on Netflix. I would advice to consider this 3 hours and a half long film as two 1 hour and 45 minutes long films.
The director, Martin Scorsese, obviously made the choice to not edit his film to a standard 2 hours duration, like directors are usually forced to do to fit the cinema format. But the liberty about the film duration that Netflix gave to Scorsese doesn't play in his favor. It leaves a lot of uninteresting scenes that slow down the film way too much. I usually don't mind watching slow paced films, but I felt bored multiple times watching "The Irishman". It doesn't tell enough. The dialogues are streched too hard, and you immediatly forget some scenes and characters because they are not relevant to the story. Altough it may seem paradoxal, I thought that the film lacked pauses, like wide shots with a music or something, just to let the viewers a moment of reflexion about the state of the story. But in place you only get dialogues over dialogues...
Though I must say that the last hour is really good. You finally see where the film is going, you finally care about the characters' decisions and you want to know how it ends. But you first have to go through two very long hours of boredom.
About the esthetic of the film, I really liked the recreated look of the 60's and 70's, but not the look of the characters themself, especially Al Pacino. Why so much makeup ? It gives Pacino a quiet weird face. De Niro's rejuvenation and aging don't work that well. It's overdone thus unnatural.
It's a good film, yes, if you shorten i to two hours, but definitely not a "10/10 masterpiece".