DaOmega_1's review of "Chronicle"

most viewed right now
 140
50 cent did something to Comedienne Aarona Lopez. She has her friends worried!!!
66 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 104
Akademiks: If you see EDS next year it won't be with me and Joe unless we get ..
51 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 58
Image(s) inside Fan Draws life like Picture Of Joe Budden
53 comments
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 49
NBA 5 Players Who Were Lebron Before Lebron
49 comments
@sports

section   (0 bx goons and 1 bystanders) Share this on Twitter   Share this on Facebook
 

Props Slaps
 6 years ago '05        #1
5635 pageviews
106 comments


DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
DaOmega_1's review of "Chronicle"
 

 

Summary for those who need it: Holy sh*t. Just read the review.
How is it that it is only February, and it's already a better year for film than 2011 was?

Something should be noted here, you may feel differently about this, and end up coming to this thread and telling me how wrong I am... It's okay. You are more than welcome to do so (and you probably will). But, I can't not love this movie. It was practically made for ME. So, I'm not gonna under-rate it just to make some of you guys happy.

Chronicle feels like a film that should've been made ages ago. It's such a simple yet brilliant idea, I'm shocked that nobody has thought of this idea before. And, they deliver on it in a big way. Because, what we have here is alternately fun, thrilling, funny, tragic, heart-breaking, intense, and best of all, SMART. All the pitfalls many found-footage films fall into, this film COMPLETELY avoids. All the pitfalls a superhero film falls into, this film COMPLETELY avoids. It mashes up two genres, and pulls from recognizable influences to craft something that is familiar, yet at the same time COMPLETELY original and new.

I don't feel like there is anything fundamentally wrong with the film. I think the movie is, in my eyes, absolutely Holy-Sh*t awesome. For me, I loved that it was a deconstruction of what creates superheroes and supervillains. It does something that I never see superhero movies do... EVER... It left me with a sense of awe.

For me, everything is tight on this. The character development is there, the script is tight, the pacing is perfect, the acting is solid, and the concept of it all is strong. And, it is EXACTLY the right length to avoid the story lagging or getting slow. For me, I felt as though that the found footage angle of it worked because it felt like the camera Andrew owns is a character in the film. How the camera moves, how he makes it move almost becomes a part of the character development of Andrew.

Speaking of Andrew, this kid is an AMAZING actor. His performance pulls the entire film together. If he was bad, the whole film would've been uneven. But, he totally brings something to this role that more-than-likely wasn't on the page. All of these characters, for me, had a lot more layers than I would've originally thought, and are well-acted. They develop Steve to the point in which he has a lot of layers, and there is infinitely more to him than what we see in the trailers. The same goes for Matt. In fact, their friendship anchors the entire movie emotionally. It is the moments that they're having fun that builds up to the heartbreaking climax of it all. I felt it, and I felt like I was with them through it, and it gave the movie more resonance as a result.

The scene in which
[spoiler - click to view]

was necessary, and set up the emotional hook of the 3rd act. It gave the movie more of a real factor. If it would've remained fun & light throughout, the whole thing would've deflated itself, and it would feel unfinished. I feel as though it shows these characters that they are not "invincible", and adds a sense of reality that makes the film infinitely more interesting.

I also felt that Andrew's character was relatable... I guess to me, because I've been where Andrew was when I was in middle school, so I can relate, and I could feel him. I feel like his shift makes sense, because he was already on the edge, and already in that place where it could take one thing to push him over the edge, and make him lash out the way he did. It was a natural progression, and it needed to happen.

Unlike the umpteen amount of found-footage or cinéma vérité films that have popped up recently, this one is clever and inventive with how its filmed. This genre, and the other filmmakers who populate it has just been put on notice. During the 3rd act stand-off, we see pure undiluted filmmaking creativity when we get points of view from news cameras, CCTV cameras, police cameras, people with the iPhones, etc... This is all a.ssembled and pulled together in such a clever and thoughtful way, that it leaves your jaw dropped... Like, why hasn't ANYONE else thought of doing something like this?

And also unlike those other found footage films, this one actually has an ending. It resolves, and its resolution makes sense. AND, the character interactions read as true and accurate.

This is also an introduction to several new talents. Josh Trank and Max Landis, the director and the screenwriter respectively, have crafted a story that not only works as a fun sci-fi film. It also works as a character study, and a deconstruction of superhero and supervillain mythology... Sort of like "Unbreakable" was (even though Unbreakable is better... if not by much). On that level, the film spoke DIRECTLY to me.

The only problems for me was that there was a female character in the film that was unnecessary, and was only there to serve as a 2nd camera in certain scenes. It didn't drag the movie down to me, but it was something that took me out of the film for a little bit. And, there were some scenes of slightly dodgy CG (specifically during the "talent show" scene).

Other than that, it had all the marks it needed to. I feel like this is one of the most imaginative films in both the superhero genre AND the found footage genre. It'd have to be an AMAZING year for film (which it looks like it will be) in order for this to somehow not make my year end top 10 list. It's that good.

I'd recommend that you FIRST know if this film is for you. And, if it is, definitely go pay full price to see it on the biggest screen possible at your earliest convenience.

SCORE: 9.5 (out of 10) = DOPENESS


Last edited by DaOmega_1; 02-03-2012 at 09:46 PM..

106 comments for "DaOmega_1's review of "Chronicle""

 02-03-2012, 09:29 PM         #2
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  

[pic - click to view]



*goes to reread Armond White's review to boost IQ back up*
 6 years ago '05        #3
ReppinDaBurghh 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$53,456 | Props total: 7100 7100
 6 years ago '05        #4
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 youknowmystelo said:

[pic - click to view]



*goes to reread Armond White's review to boost IQ back up*
Good for you!

 02-03-2012, 09:34 PM         #5
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  
Chronicle’s frustrating misuse of dazzling cinematic technique raises the question of the era: Do youth audiences know what cinematic form is for?

Do you?
 6 years ago '09        #6
Jacc Blacc 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$25,308 | Props total: 7965 7965
9.5 out of 10????

i respectfully disagree.... 6/10

and steve's charcter has alot of layers?? so does matt??? there was a lack of charcter development in this film EXCEPT for andrew's charcter

we knew nothing about matt except he became popular ans stopped fukking with the unpopular kids and we didnt know sh*t about steve except he was the anti-andrew and had alot of trophies in his house lol


still a decent movie but far from great

edit:

and again it cant be compared to "found footage' type movies because it used multiple cameras not just andrews


Last edited by Jacc Blacc; 02-03-2012 at 09:41 PM..
 6 years ago '05        #7
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 youknowmystelo said:
Chronicle’s frustrating misuse of dazzling cinematic technique raises the question of the era: Do youth audiences know what cinematic form is for?

Do you?
Cinematic form in what sense? Because, it isn't one size fits all. You seem to be trying to somehow make Armond's logic make sense, because he changes his mind about 5 times during the review.

 Jacc Blacc said:
9.5 out of 10????

i respectfully disagree.... 6/10
Yeah, I can see the problems you had with it, and I totally understand. For me, it totally spoke to me and spoke to things that I wish movies like this would do.
 6 years ago '10        #8
Agentzer0oo0 209 heat pts209
space
avatar space
space
$67,897 | Props total: 21158 21158
:hmm::hmm::hmm:

If your review is correct then it's the complete opposite of what I thought this film would be

It looked nice & entertaining from the trailer but the way you're raving about the script, the characters, the actors acting out the characters well, the pacing, the 9.5 score............makes me think cotdamn either Omega is caught up in the moment or this film is a pretty damn good movie.
 6 years ago '05        #9
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 Jacc Blacc said:
and steve's charcter has alot of layers?? so does matt??? there was a lack of charcter development in this film EXCEPT for andrew's charcter

we knew nothing about matt except he became popular ans stopped fukking with the unpopular kids and we didnt know sh*t about steve except he was the anti-andrew and had alot of trophies in his house lol


still a decent movie but far from great
I disagree. I feel like Steve was ostensibly set up to be a charming shallow guy. But, I felt those conversations he had with Andrew kinda revealed a more empathetic side. He seemed to genuinely care about Andrew, and it made him seem like more of a person as opposed to a type, to me. The same goes for Matt. He kinda goes through an arc. He's kinda standoffish towards Andrew, but grows into a more confident person as the film goes along.
 6 years ago '07        #10
Ham Rove 3511 heat pts3511
space
avatar space
space
$55,231 | Props total: 20004 20004
Armond White hates anything popular, loves anything that's not.
 6 years ago '05        #11
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 Agentzer0oo0 said:
:hmm::hmm::hmm:

If your review is correct then it's the complete opposite of what I thought this film would be

It looked nice & entertaining from the trailer but the way you're raving about the script, the characters, the actors acting out the characters well, the pacing, the 9.5 score............makes me think cotdamn either Omega is caught up in the moment or this film is a pretty damn good movie.
Maybe I am in the moment... But, I'd like to think that I'm not alone in my opinion since its certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and the main critics I read are all talking about how much they adore the movie.
 02-03-2012, 09:47 PM         #12
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  
 DaOmega_1 said:
Cinematic form in what sense? Because, it isn't one size fits all. You seem to be trying to somehow make Armond's logic make sense, because he changes his mind about 5 times during the review.
Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and the Paranormal Activity movies have degraded cinematic form, but when the hand-held, real-time stunt isn’t trite, the matter of aesthetic purpose and artistic responsible must be pondered, as here. Do modern audiences know about (Godard’s theory on) editing as a political act or, having been raised on television and Internet excess, is cutting and camerawork just ignored in favor of dialog-based “content”?


at Unbreakable being just a little bit better.
 6 years ago '09        #13
Jacc Blacc 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$25,308 | Props total: 7965 7965
 DaOmega_1 said:
I disagree. I feel like Steve was ostensibly set up to be a charming shallow guy. But, I felt those conversations he had with Andrew kinda revealed a more empathetic side. He seemed to genuinely care about Andrew, and it made him seem like more of a person as opposed to a type, to me. .
thats the thing, at no point did i think steve was shallow, i knew he was popular but i never thought he was shallow, he seemed like a decent kid from start till end but like you said. from personal experiences you could relate to andrew's charcter

i can relate more with steve and i know just because your popular dont make you shallow or ungenuine

but to each his own, i can respect your likes for the film i just fell it felt short and was just average
 6 years ago '09        #14
Jacc Blacc 55 heat pts55
space
avatar space
space
$25,308 | Props total: 7965 7965
 all3rd said:
I gave it 8 out of 10 but the guy that played Matt especially his ending scene


hell yeah....that whole "this is for you bro" sh*t was corny and i didnt like that ending AT ALL

i like the ending TH35 posted

 TH35 said:


[spoiler - click to view]



.
would have made the movie even better, not sure why they didnt go with this ending


Last edited by Jacc Blacc; 02-03-2012 at 09:53 PM..
 02-03-2012, 09:53 PM         #15
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  
Look no further to when Steve approached the queer crying outside to see he wasn't a shallow guy.

Its simply bad imagination and terrible cop out to go that route.
 6 years ago '05        #16
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 youknowmystelo said:
Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield and the Paranormal Activity movies have degraded cinematic form, but when the hand-held, real-time stunt isn’t trite, the matter of aesthetic purpose and artistic responsible must be pondered, as here. Do modern audiences know about (Godard’s theory on) editing as a political act or, having been raised on television and Internet excess, is cutting and camerawork just ignored in favor of dialog-based “content”?


at Unbreakable being just a little bit better.
You're referring to the Cinéma vérité? Dude, you seem to be forgetting that this type of storytelling has existed LONG before The Blair Witch Project, one of the first being "The Battle of Algiers" which was made back in 1966...

1966.

You seem to think that this form of cinema is new when it is not. And, you also seem to be forgetting that "cinematic form" is subjective from genre to genre. And, it is NOT one size fits all, no matter how many Armond White review you can quote indicating otherwise.
 6 years ago '05        #17
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 Jacc Blacc said:
thats the thing, at no point did i think steve was shallow, i knew he was popular but i never thought he was shallow, he seemed like a decent kid from start till end but like you said. from personal experiences you could relate to andrew's charcter

i can relate more with steve and i know just because your popular dont make you shallow or ungenuine

but to each his own, i can respect your likes for the film i just fell it felt short and was just average
Yeah, you're reasons for not liking it as much are not unfounded, and I can see the issues you have with it. I definitely respect where you're coming from with it. Like I said, this film was practically made for me.
 6 years ago '05        #18
DaOmega_1 271 heat pts271 OP
space
avatar space
space
$13,838 | Props total: 4133 4133
 youknowmystelo said:
Look no further to when Steve approached the queer crying outside to see he wasn't a shallow guy.

Its simply bad imagination and terrible cop out to go that route.
After which he went to him because he had a camera, and wanted to use it so they can film something.
 02-03-2012, 09:58 PM         #19
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  
 DaOmega_1 said:
You're referring to the Cinéma vérité? Dude, you seem to be forgetting that this type of storytelling has existed LONG before The Blair Witch Project, one of the first being "The Battle of Algiers" which was made back in 1966...

1966.

You seem to think that this form of cinema is new when it is not. And, you also seem to be forgetting that "cinematic form" is subjective from genre to genre. And, it is NOT one size fits all, no matter how many Armond White review you can quote indicating otherwise.
Hes saying these young cats are growing up to post-911 destruction of pop cinema and have been misguided to understand what real cinema is suppose to bring forth.
 02-03-2012, 09:59 PM         #20
youknowmystelo 
space
space
space
$n/a | Props total:  
 DaOmega_1 said:
After which he went to him because he had a camera, and wanted to use it so they can film something.
so he was being super nice to him just so he can record something? There is no whatsoever one indication of Steve showing a bit of shallowness. If so he would have kept the "flying" a secret.
Home      
  
 

 






most viewed right now
 46
Image(s) inside Thread worthy Cute thick Latina
26 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 40
Image(s) inside Lawyer with big ass t1ttys
109 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 38
Image(s) inside T1tty Meat from Nicki Minaj
45 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 17
Image(s) inside Houston Better Stop Playing With Me 😩
49 comments
1 day ago
@thotsdimesetc
most viewed right now
 16
Star Wars Last Jedi Spoiler review
79 comments
2 days ago
@movies
most viewed right now
 14
Five MORE women accuse Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct - bringing total t..
119 comments
1 day ago
@hiphop
most viewed right now
 10
Lil Duval with the joke of the year
56 comments
1 day ago
@wild'ish
most viewed right now
 9
When You Catch The Homie Wearin Fake Red 11s
15 comments
1 day ago
@gear
back to top
register contact Follow BX @ Twitter Follow BX @ Facebook search BX privacy