Video Views Extra: New Review of an Older Movie
The timeless quality of the story and animation make it as much a pleasure to see on the second or third time as it is on the first.
Epic in scope and respectful in presentation, it makes up for any factual inaccuracies with the depth and power of its characterization.
The passage of time hasn’t been kind to the attempts at worldbuilding through image-oriented spectacle.
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Although it qualifies as solid entertainment for a 2019 family with its technically superior look, the film struggles mightily to find the magic that came so easily to its predecessor.
The movie doesn’t do anything well and it’s an open question why anyone would pay money to see a reworking of a premise that offers so little.
With its sprawling tapestry and mini-series length, Edward Yang’s 1991 gangster drama deserves the label of "epic" and warrants comparison to Francis Ford Coppola’s "The Godfather."
It remains funny (at times uproarious), romantic, honest, and touching – all the kinds of things one wants from a smart rom-com that refuses to be guided by the genre’s tropes.
Doesn’t embody the standards nor incorporate the tropes one associates with escape films yet, in its own quiet, insistent way, it’s as good or better than most of them.
Contains all the elements of good, deep drama; believable acting and strong, down-to-earth writing allow the characters’ relationships to come to the fore.