I definitley need to give The Irishman a watch then...Wow...I'm more excited than I have been.The Departed was amazing, but Goodfellas has always been my favorite. Though personally, The Irishman is definitely up there with his best. It was 3 and half hours and it honestly didn't feel like it because you're never bored by the film. So many great scenes, quotable lines, and excellent use of music. Scorsese assembled an iconic cast one last time, even got Joe f*cking Pesci out of retirement and he absolutely nailed it. This felt like an end of an era for the gangster film genre, and it couldn't have had a better send off with such an amazing story that highlights how unglamorous the gangster life is and it's all the more interesting when you dig into the real story after the film. Like I said, I haven't stopped thinking about it..
Rogue One underrated? Man, people are crazy. I think Rogue One is the second best Star Wars film of all time behind Return of the Jedi. But I also think The Last Jedi is the second worst Star Wars after Attack of the Clones lol. So all in all, Disney has me pretty divided. Somethings they do I like. Others I don't. I will say, Phantom Menace and Revenge of the Sith I genuinely enjoy, and think they're like Adam Sandler and Guy Fierri. People make fun of them because it's popular and easy, not because they're actually as bad as people claim.Star Wars, on the other hand, I feel differently about. I think Disney is putting out better work than Lucas would have and I get that may be an unpopular opinion. Of course the original series is untouchable and iconic but when I think of the prequels... I have no interest in sitting down to rewatch them. Fans got upset over The Last Jedi straying away from the Star Wars formula (granted there were bits about the movie that I didn’t like but still it’s nowhere near being the worst film in the series). What they will do with episode 9 remains to be seen- apparently they want to end it with a darker mood so I’m curious to see how that plays out. But The Mandalorian has been fairly enjoyable and one that many fans have taken to. Rogue One was also under appreciated and is a far better movie than at least the first 2 prequels- imo.
Anyway, I mainly felt the need to point out that the entire Star Wars franchise has always been a bit of a spectacle/moneymaker and had a formula even before Disney got their hands on it. Perhaps some fans think that the story Disney is focusing on isn’t living up to some of the comics/books or CGI films that came before it, but others are finding the good in it and enjoying it.
Speaking of Adam Sandler...
To be fair, even his comedies aren't as bad as people claim in my opinion. Pixels was dumb, but funny. Which is exactly what I expected. I think the Do Over was funny AND well written. The Hotel Transylvania films are well done family movies. And I think Sandy Wexler is an underrated gem of a dramadey.Not completely
Having said that, though, Ford v. Ferrari, Knives Out and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood were all great films and Uncut Gems looks to continue that trend of great original movies to round out the year (it looks like Adam Sandler CAN still make quality movies, just keep him away from comedies). This has certainly been one of the better years for original films, but let's not act like Hollywood still isn't largely turning out remakes, reboots, sequels or adaptations.