Watched Deepwater Horizon:
It was a Peter Berg movie. To me, the defining thing about Peter Berg's films is that they are totally forgettable. Not that they're all terrible, but that he does absolutely nothing interesting. I wouldn't even call it workman-like. It's near-workman-like. He's not quite there. It's like watching a competent, bland Youtube creator make a big-budget movie.
The movie isn't terrible or anything, but it's not that good, either. Berg has the same notion as a lot of big-budget popcorn-flick directors to try to appeal to US audiences by just shoving in shots of flags for no reason. The saddest thing about this movie is that J C Chandor was originally going to direct it and was working on his own version of the script alongside the NY Times writer that the script was based on, and they were both apparently really happy with the resulting script. Shortly afterward it was announced that Berg was taking over and Chandor was leaving due to 'creative differences'.
I would liked to have seen Chandor's version of this film, but I'm certain that the 'creative differences' were due to Chandor wanting to make an actual movie and the studios just wanting to have some focus-tested broadly appealing safe tentpole movie. Which sucks, cause Chandor's version would most likely have been memorable in some way. This version will be totally forgotten.
It's not terrible, tho. it's just half-assed. There are a few attempts to be schmaltzy, with guys going above and beyond and risking their lives to save their buddies, but it's all done kinda blandly. Not gritty and realistic, but not like 'movie' style, where music swells and you watch a dude struggle to his last breath to do the thing that's gonna save his friends, and the friends in harm's way and then realizing they're alive, but then realizing that their friend died to save them... Like a big dumb movie is supposed to do to get the idiot audience members all weepy and shit. It's trying to be that kind of movie, but Berg is and always has been fucking terrible at it. The only thing worse than a Micheal Bay or Roland Emmerich is a guy like Berg who endeavors to be that and fails miserably.
Bottom line, tho, is that it's not unwatchable and has its moments, but at the end of the day it's just bland and forgettable.
EDIT: Nice Guys:
It was pretty good. I guess I generally don't have a lot to say about movies that I like, cause the ones I like a lot I never tend to write big-ass, multi-paragraph posts about how much I like them. Maybe I'm too negative.
I didn't like the part where he finds the body by the tree. It felt like Gosling fucked it up and decided to go big for the blooper reel but then they actually put it into the movie. Aside from that, I thought it was a pretty great flick, though I don't think the two of them had the best chemistry. Clever script, tho. That Shane Black fella sure can write a movie. It's weird that it wasn't set during christmas, tho.
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