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Phantasmal Illusions and Other Apparitions

by SnowForge


Who doesn't want to know what is in store for their future? Our lead goes to a tarot reading for this exact reason and draws many unusual cards or toys only for a presence to appear and events to spiral out of control.

For mine, seeing what won let alone was nominated for cinematography in Hamilton I'm pretty surprised you weren't up for that award. The film was visually slick, with really good camerawork, lighting and cinematic touches throughout. I can see how the inserted footage of buildings and candles might have rubbed some the wrong way though as it was a little bit extrenuous.

Performances were also good in terms of line deliveries and screen presence and the original soundtrack which was really strong was the highlight of the whole thing.

But I need to talk about the elephant in the room. That ending, was, in my opinion, absolutely dire. An eye for an eye cold blooded revenge. I get it, I think, that brothers would do anything for each other but to just go for the cold kill left me feeling absolutely freezing and nonchalant about the whole thing that had come before in the previous 3 minutes. An absolute shame.
My personal opinion is that you had 2 more minutes you could have used to give depth to characters and make the ending actually resonate. Why was the revenge so important? What satisfaction did the audience gain? Why did the first murder happen? Being open ended is all well and good but when even a shred of detail about who the characters are is stripped away like this it just creates a mean spirited film.

Story: 1/5
Technical: 3.5/5
Elements: 2.5/5
Overall: 1.5/5

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