Garland’s unwillingness to compromise has resulted in a film whose ideas and philosophy demand thought and dissection and are not easily dismissed or forgotten.
With a svelte running time of about 70 minutes, "The Party" doesn’t overstay its welcome.
The allegorical central subject matter encompasses themes of guilt and cultural repression.
The movie feels like what it is – a moderately low-budget action/adventure outing designed primarily for the Asian market.
Calling the next sequel "Resurrection" was appropriate because "Alien 3" killed the series and left it dead and stinking in the cold vacuum of space.
Although the screenplay knows how to set things up, it fails to deliver down the stretch, leaving us with a by-the-numbers resolution.
U.S. Release Date: 2018-02-16
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity)
Director: Ryan Coogler
Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Sterling K. Brown
It sloughs off the generic label that adheres to many films of the genre, providing an experience that is by turns exciting, emotional, and funny.
The movie touches on issues of duality and psychology but often uses shock tactics to shake things up.
A forgettable merging of a fish-out-of-water story with a cross-cultural romance, this musical lacks personality.
With doses of magic realism icing a cake assembled using layers of Jungian psychology and quantum mechanics, the movie goes in ambitious and unconventional directions.