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Didn't expect a fourth Jackass casually dropping 12 years after the last one and having some of the most ingenious and creative stunts in the franchise, but here we are.
The most I've laughed in a film in years, filled with such anxiety-fueled, dangerous and torturous stunts, it borders on body horror at times.
The new additions are all great and utilized perfectly, setting up a potential passing of the torch, without sidelining the OGs or affecting the chemistry.
Smartly uses its premise as a metaphor for abusive relationships and manipulation, not only from a storytelling perspective, but a formal one as well.
Leigh Whannell effectively builds tension by creatively using silence and negative space as a way to create suspense and simultaneously relate to the main character.
It maybe could've used a tighter runtime but the effective direction and engaging, if frustrating, plot make for a technically impressive watch.
The Northman is as tense, brutal, strange and outright insane, as a Robert Eggers directed Viking revenge film could get.
It takes a simple premise and with it goes in both extremely violent and extremely bizarre directions, connecting both with patient directing, smooth and creative camerawork, and a focused and effective story.
There's very visceral long takes when the action happens, but there's also a beautiful location treatment, using the environment to highten the feeling of suspense. It also has…
What's more impressive about Top Gun Maverick isn't Tom Cruise's mind blowing stunts, that feel like a natural evolution to what he's been doing with the Mission Impossible films, but that a 36 year old sequel that no one asked for manages to expand upon the first one, have non-distracting references to it and in many ways improve upon it, while still being it's own thing.
This is not to downplay the dogfighting scenes though, which are some of the…