Series Review: The Comey Rule (2020)

Politics, a clusterfuck of ideologies clashing. I will never find myself truly understanding it, but I’ll do my best. So anyhow, let’s talk about a political drama.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gents… “The Comey Rule”.

The story follows FBI director James Comey (Jeff Daniels) as he and his team investigate allegations of Russia attempting to meddle with U.S. politics leading up to and following the 2016 presidential election. So yeah, we’re dealing with sensitive shit here. And I honestly think the storytelling here isn’t great. And before you accuse me of some political bias, no, stop. The story here feels like it skims over a lot of details, like it only plays the “greatest hits” of those strange times. And even those moments feels rushed, so as to get onto the next one. There are admittedly moments I do like in the series, most relating to Comey’s reaction to certain events, and I was also never bored. But the storytelling feels incomplete and undercooked, making for an unmemorable and hollow experience, despite the potential for a great narrative.

The characters in this are whatever… yeah, that’s it. I don’t think they’re the most uninteresting necessarily, but like the story they feel slightly underdeveloped. Jeff Daniels plays Jeff Comey, a hard-working, kind, well spoken man who also happens to be the director of the FBI. He’s our main focal point throughout the very short series, and we do get to know him decently well, and he’s a pretty interesting character. And Daniels is great in the role. Brendan Gleeson shows up in this too playing Donald Trump (oh dear), and it’s uncomfortable how fucking good his performance is. We also get really solid acting from other people like Holly Hunter, Scott McNairy, Michael Kelly, Steven Pasquale, Shawn Doyle, Amy Seimetz, Oona Chaplin, Jonathan Banks, Brian d’Arcy James, Jennifer Ehle, and many more. So yeah, mediocre characters, great performances.

The score for the show was composed by Henry Jackman, and it was pretty good. It’s overall well composed and could fit in almost any drama… and that’s the issue here. It doesn’t stand out, it doesn’t say “THIS is the Comey Rule score!”. It just says “Drama!”. I love Henry Jackman, but just like any other person, you can’t always hit a homerun.

Based on “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey, “The Comey Rule” was created, written, and directed by Billy Ray, and I have mixed feelings here. I am a fan of Billy Ray’s previous works, he’s made two movies I’d happily put in “best of the year” lists. I do however feel like this isn’t as strong as those. A lot of scenes are nicely helmed and have this beautiful cinematic quality. But then there are also times where Billy Ray wants to hammer home a point so hard that his imagery is a bit too abrasive. And let’s not talk about the inconsistent color grading. Sometimes it looks somewhat believable, if mildly exaggerated to create a beautiful cinematic image… but then there are times where it looks insanely artificial and bafflingly bad. I want to give them the benefit of the doubt that some of it came from rushed production… but it’s hard to tell.

This show has gotten mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 64% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 58/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6.8/10.

“The Comey Rule” is a disappointing biopic that at times does entertain. It has a meh story, meh characters, great performances, pretty good music, and mixed directing/cinematography. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Comey Rule” is a 5.9/10. So while very flawed, I can still kinda recommend watching it.

My review of “The Comey Rule” is now completed.

*sigh*. So much missed potential.

Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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In the world of movies, there is a common trend of setting up cinematic universes that cross over several different films. Most noticeably we have Marvel who, let’s face it, fucking nailed it with their cinematic universe. Well, let’s see how DC handles the start of their universe with this thing.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”!

So after the events in “Man of of Steel”, Superman (Henry Cavill) is in a lot of hot water. Is he a hero, is he a dangerous alien, is he good, is he bad? These questions are constantly asked by people. Well after all of that trouble, the eyes of one Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) are on Superman. So Wayne decides to suit up again to try to stop Superman, while Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) hatches his very convoluted plot in the background. Meanwhile, we also have Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being up to her own little thing too in the middle of all of this. Also, the plot of this movie is trying to set up the rest of the Justice League and WHY ARE THERE SO MANY THINGS GOING ON!? *Deep breath*. Okay, this isn’t a good sign. There is a bit too much stuff going on for me to fully enjoy the plot. The Batman going after Superman stuff, that’s good. Lex Luthor’s plan, very convoluted and actually kinda dumb. The plot of this movie is a fucking mess! Did I enjoy it? I guess. But it’s so messy, I can’t appreciate it. Too much stuff going on in this movie.

Okay, the plot is a mess. But how are the characters? Well, they’re not bad. Henry Cavill plays Superman, just like in “Man of Steel”. And he’s not bad. A bit too brooding and dark for the character, but his performance overall is pretty good. Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane and she was really good. Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman… absolutely fantastic. I cared about Bruce Wayne, I cared about Batman, Affleck perfectly captured the feel of the character. Sure, he kills people and I don’t know why, but overall his performance is fantastic. Jeremy Irons as Alfred, he’s great. Then we also have Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… oh boy. I don’t know what to say. There were parts where he was somewhat interesting and he did a decent job, but most of the time he was twitchy and eccentric and crazy and not Lex Luthor. And finally, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While her character was very tacked on, she was still very awesome. Seriously, her performance was good and her action-based entrance is so amazingly badass. So the acting overall in this movie is good and I find the characters interesting and entertaining.

The original score was composed by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL and it’s fine. Not great, but fine. It’s not a soundtrack that I’m gonna go out of my way to listen to. But it worked for the movie and it sounds overall fine. Not bad, not great.

This movie was directed by Zack Snyder and let’s face it, he has trouble balancing story… but holy shit, this movie looks amazing! The visuals are terrific, I could look at shots from this movie all day and be happy with that. And that is something Zack Snyder does well, he knows how to make a really good looking movie. It’s a wonderfully directed movie. The action scenes are brilliantly handled. Sure, a lot of them are very big and bloated, but I can also say that they were a lot of fun. Out of all the action scenes in the movie, my favorite might be the warehouse scene that everybody knows about. Seriously, it’s like something right out of one of the “Arkham” games. And the main one between Bats and Supes… it’s good. It’s brutal, it’s badass, and it’s only like 8 minutes long. In a 2,5 hour movie, you’d think that the scene the movie is named after would be a bit longer. But what you see in it is pretty great. The reason why they stop fighting, pretty bullshit… but the fight before that end is really good. There are a ton of CGI in this movie, and at one point I felt like there might’ve been a little too much, but I guess that’s jsut what I have to handle when they decide to put *SPOILER* in the movie even though it made little to no sense. At least the visual effects in the movie are very well done.
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This movie has not been too well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 27% positive rating (ouch). On Metacritic it has a score of 44/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,9/10.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a really mixeed bag for me. The plot is convoluted and filled with too many things and Jesse Eisenberg is a little too over-the-top as Lex Luthor. But then we also have a whole bunch of other great performances/characters, pretty good music, beautiful camera work, and terrific action scenes. Time for my final score. Tell me… do you review? You will. My final score for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a 7,03/10. While not as great as one could hope for, it’s still worth a rental.
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My review of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is now completed.

Hey, at least Batfleck proved all the naysayers wrong!

 

Movie Review: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

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The Coen brothers…I don’t know what to say. They make weird, funny, cool movies. If you didn’t know, I am a big fan of their 1998 classic “The Big Lebowski”. I also really liked their version of “True Grit” that came out in 2010. But none of those movies are the film of this review. Today we are talking about one popular, but not as much talked about shift-of-the-millenium movie.

Brothers and sisters…”O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

“O brother, Where Art Thou?” follows a group of escaped criminals. This group is made of the smooth, hair-gel obsessed Ulysses Everett Mcgill (George Clooney), the short-fused, impulsive Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and the not too bright but still good-hearted Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson). These men have escaped the law to go find a large treasure that Ulysses (usually called Everett in the movie) have talked about. So naturally they run, find a person who can get their chains off and then run off to find said treasure. And that is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in a nutshell. Sounds simple enough huh? Well that is what it is…simple. But in execution it does so much more and adds more meat to the bone than you’d imagine. Our “heroes” get put into different situations throughout the story that are just amazingly fun to watch. This story in it’s execution is really well done and just so funny. The story is simple, yet perfectly executed.

The characters are so colorful and hilariously original. Okay, original maybe isn’t the right word, but you get what I mean. Like in any Coen brothers movie they are unique and just so likeable. And the acting is really good in this movie. And that is something that is kind of difficult for me to say when it comes to comedies considering comedies aren’t ment to impress, just entertain. But when it comes to comedies from the Coens, they are usually well acted. But when it comes to characters in general I really enjoyed the hell out of them all. I especially enjoyed Tim Blake Nelson’s character. He was just this guy who wasn’t really too clever, so he was olways kind of oblivious to everything but never dumb enough to just be annoying. So yeah, I really liked the characters in this movie.

The music is in my opinion so damn good. And the fun thing is, there is not only music that’s been edited in, there is also a lot of times the actors just singing and playing it in the middle of a scene. But in general I really loved the soundtrack, it really worked for the overall feel of the movie. I will leave a link to the best song in the soundtrack…sung by the main three actors of the movie.
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This movie is so well filmed that I just wanna appreciate every second of screen time…which I do. This movie looks beautiful. Also, this movie was ALWAYS on, it was never boring. It always had something happening which never got dull. Funny thing is, this is loosely based on the classic/epic poem “The Odyssey” by Homer. For example, main protagonist of “The Odyssey” was named Ulysses and the main protagonist of this movie is also named Ulysses. There a lot more similarities which the Coens masterfully parody and I think they are kinda fun to look for.

Now for the reception for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”. Rotten Tomatoes has a 77% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. Metacritic’s score for the movie is a 69/100. Roger Ebert gave this 2,5/4 stars and said this:

“wonderful in their different ways, and yet I left the movie uncertain and unsatisfied.”

imdb.com scored this with a 7,8/10. This movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars. Best screenplay based on previously published material and Best Cinematography.

I have thrown out some opinions on a few aspects of the movie and I am ready to hand out a score. My final score for “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is a 9,69/10 which not only makes me recommend you to buy it but also makes me give this funny, well directed, well acted movie with great music the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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“O Brother, Where Art Thou?” is at last reviewed.

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