10 Movie Review Examples That Will Help You Write Better Reviews

Studying movie review examples is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration for your own movie reviews. 

This article has gathered different kinds of movie review examples that will help you write better and more insightful reviews in whatever style you choose.

10 Detailed Movie Review Examples

The classic movie review.

A classic movie review example has a neat structure that clearly communicates the author’s sentiment toward the film in a clean, straightforward manner.

1. “North” by Roger Ebert

“I have no idea why Rob Reiner, or anyone else, wanted to make this story into a movie, and close examination of the film itself is no help.”

The opening sentence of this movie review example makes it clear to the audience that Ebert did not enjoy the film in question and if they would like to know why, they are encouraged to continue reading.

The whole first paragraph is chock full of strong adjectives setting the tone for the scathing critique this film is about to get.

“He [Elijah Wood] plays a kid with inattentive parents, who decides to go into court, free himself of them, and go on a worldwide search for nicer parents.”
“This idea is deeply flawed. Children do not lightly separate from their parents – and certainly not on the evidence provided here, where the great parental sin is not paying attention to their kid at the dinner table.”

In this movie review example, Ebert dives deep into the oddities of the narrative and what makes it so unbelievable.

“What is the point of the scenes with the auditioning parents?… They are not funny. They are not touching. There is no truth in them.”
“I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it.”
“‘North’ is a bad film – one of the worst movies ever made.”

After reading Ebert’s movie review example there is no question of whether he liked the movie or not. I don’t know, he might’ve even mentioned hating it at one point…

The Real World Parallel Review

A movie review that can parallel the events occurring within the movie with events occurring outside of the movie shows a deeper level of critical thinking.

2. “The Flash” by Justin Chang

“‘The Flash’ is a time-travel story and a cautionary tale, a warning of how dangerous it can be to change the past or mess around with alternate realities.”
“…this initially enjoyable, increasingly sloppy megabucks mess…”

This review, unlike the classic movie review, spends more time following the plot of the story through a biased lens, further walking readers through the details of the story.

“He gets stuck in the past and… winds up unwisely joining forces with a teenage version of himself (also Miller, with floppier hair), who’s had a much happier childhood but doesn’t (yet) have the Flash’s superheroic powers.”
“Really, though, is nostalgia that satisfying anymore?”
“Lost in an endless game of IP-reshuffling musical chairs, Barry realizes, possibly too late, the futility of dwelling on the past — a fatuous lesson from a movie that can’t stop doing the same.”

3. “Bonnie and Clyde” by Roger Ebert

“‘Bonnie and Clyde’ will be seen as the definitive film of the 1960s, showing with sadness, humor, and unforgiving detail what one society had come to… it was made now and it’s about us.”

READ THE FULL REVIEW OF Bonnie and Clyde BY Roger Ebert

4. “Black Panther” by Soraya Nadia McDonald

“Honestly, the worst thing about Black Panther is that it had to be released in 2018 and not during the term of America’s first black president.”
“Perhaps it’s even capable, just as The Birth of a Nation once was, of helping to steer an entire national conversation.”

The Storytelling Movie Review

If you have a story of your own that you can parallel with the movie’s story, then connecting the movie’s narrative with your own is a particularly entertaining way to craft your review.

5. “The Help” by Wesley Morris

“Three summers ago, I went to visit a friend in West Texas.”
“This pretty much captures the cognitive dissonance of watching “The Help’’: One woman’s mammy is another man’s mother.”

The following paragraph gives a synopsis of the film and introduces the audience to the main characters:

“Meanwhile, the heart of the film itself belongs to Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis) and Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), the two very different maids and best friends at the center of the story.”
“‘The Help’ joins everything from “To Kill a Mockingbird’’ to “The Blind Side’’ as another Hollywood movie that sees racial progress as the province of white do-gooderism.”
“And yet here’s the question you ask as you watch a black actor in 2011 play a white lady’s maid, decades and decades after that was the only job a black woman in Hollywood could get. What went through the minds of Davis, Spencer, and Aunjanue Ellis, who plays Hilly’s maid, as they put on those uniforms and went to work?”
“These are strong figures, as that restaurant owner might sincerely say, but couldn’t they be strong doing something else?”
“On one hand, it’s juicy, heartwarming, well-meant entertainment. On the other, it’s an owner’s manual.”

6. “Me Without You” by Stephen Hunter

This movie review example also tells a story although it’s not personal.

“Friendship isn’t rocket science. It’s much harder.”
“Oh, yeah, it’s easy to say just be loyal and true and that makes you a good friend. But suppose the other person does something that really irks you, like chew gum or vote Democratic?”
“And that thorniness, that dark underbelly of it, is the gist of the acerbic British import ‘Me Without You…'”
“But the truth is, of course, that friendship matters to those of us who still claim membership in the human race…”

READ THE FULL REVIEW OF ME WITHOUT YOU BY STEPHEN HUNTER (Under the title: ‘Me’: Friendship as Relationship)

The Unconventional Movie Review

7. “et” by roger ebert.

“Dear Raven and Emil: Sunday we sat on the big green couch and watched “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” together with your mommy and daddy.”
“The camera watches Elliott moving around. And Raven, that’s when you asked me, “Is this E.T.’s vision?” And I said, yes, we were seeing everything now from E.T.’s point of view.”

Ebert uses this opportunity to make a simplified analysis of the director’s use of POV in the movie, praising the film’s direction without losing the context of a grandfather’s letter.

“Some other filmmaker who wasn’t so good might have had subtitles saying, “E.T.? Are you out there? It’s Mommy!” But that would have been dumb.”
“Well, that’s it for this letter. We had a great weekend, kids. I was proud of how brave you both were during your first pony rides. And proud of what good movie critics you are, too. Love, Grandpa Roger”

8. “Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse” by IMO Flicks

I approached the film this way because I was tired of reviewing Marvel Superhero films but the thought of writing it as an out-of-touch grandma made the review so much more fun and less pressure-filled, even if it’s really not the most straightforward or informational read.

“My granddaughter told me to rate this spider film [ Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse ] out of 10 points. I initially wanted to give it 4 points out of 10… Apparently, my grandchildren think this rating is ridiculous. One of my grandsons almost threw a chair. He gave the film a 200/10, claiming it’s one of the best films he’s ever seen.”

The Self-Aware Review

9. “manchester by the sea” by ty burr.

This movie review example of Manchester By the Sea wants to encourage you to watch the movie but doesn’t want your expectations so high that you don’t experience the same subtle unexpected magic that the movie works on viewers.

“Nothing destroys an audience’s appreciation of a small good movie like advance praise.”
“So I won’t tell you that I’ve seen “Manchester by the Sea” twice now and both times felt haunted for weeks.”
“I won’t bother you with how the movie stands as a soul-satisfying comeback for its maker…”
“I could say, but I won’t, that we’ve all seen too many movies in which a lost soul comes out of his shell and rejoins the human race after he inherits a kid from a dead relative.”
“If I do tell you all this, forget I ever did. Just remember you heard somewhere that “Manchester by the Sea” is an experience worth having…”

10. “Mark Kermode” by Mamma Mia

Kermode’s review of Mama Mia takes his self-awareness in a different direction where he personally loves the movie Mama Mia and is not afraid of letting the world know it.

“One minute I was a miserable critic; the next, everything had gone pink and fluffy.”

Kermode continues the movie review example, touching on the actor’s performances, the director’s execution of the film, and the soundtrack before returning to how the film affected him as a critic.

“I feel duty-bound to report that I came out of the screening an utter wreck.”
“I have certainly mellowed, and perhaps my critical faculties have withered and died. But I simply can’t imagine how Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again could be any better than it is.”

A lot of the time, this personal voice can be merged with other review styles as well.

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Film Review: ‘The Favourite’

Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone play royal cousins who are scheming rivals in a savagely witty and stylish misanthropic baroque costume drama that's the most accessible movie yet from director Yorgos Lanthimos.

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In essence, the movie is a tooth-and-claw duel of elegant backstabbing that plays out between two cousins, played with contrasting styles of devious finesse by Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone . Weisz, reuniting with Lanthimos after “The Lobster,” is Lady Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough, who has grown up as the trusted servant and confidante of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman), a ruler who, to put it mildly, is not in good shape. She suffers a rash of ailments, which hobble her spirit, but the health problems play as emanations of her depression. She’s a woman of swirling emotion, but not all there. (She’s devoted to her pet bunny rabbits.) So Lady Sarah rules her from the sidelines, telling the queen what to do, even when it comes to the controversial war with France that England is embroiled in.

Enter Abigail (Stone), Sarah’s cousin, who was once a lady herself, but whose father gambled away his fortune and his good name. He even gambled away Abigail, who arrives at the castle with nothing (she’s even dunked in manure). But Lady Sarah puts her to work as a scullery maid, and it’s there that Abigail, with her grace and charm intact, begins to plot her rise. Stone makes her sweet and graceful on the surface, with a heart of tick-tock calculation. Yet the trick of her performance is that even as we see what a schemer she is, we don’t necessarily recoil. “The Favourite” is a sick-joke morality play in which the message is: Every woman has her reasons.

Abigail and Sarah are like Jane Austen characters for whom ambition has been heightened into killer instinct. The movie plays out as a clawingly competitive political-erotic triangle between Abigail, Sarah, and the queen, with a few key men as supporting scoundrels. Nicholas Hoult, as insinuating as he is tall, makes his presence felt as Harley, the caustic fop who represents the land owners (he’s fighting to cut the taxes that are paying for the war, and is therefore Lady Sarah’s enemy), and Joe Alwyn is Masham, the empty-headed court hunk who Abigail ardently woos — but the second she marries him, we see, on a bitterly hilarious wedding night, what he means to her.

“The Favourite” comes off as an upper-crust concoction, but it’s rooted in events and relationships that really took place. That’s most apparent in the character of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman (from “The Crown” and “The Lobster”) as a genuine dysfunctional monarch. She’s a creature of drooping but vibrant flesh, and of stubborn mood swings: now raging, now lusty, now scalded, now consumed by melancholia. Yet Colman, who’s like Melissa McCarthy as a tragicomic figure, somehow melds those moods into one majestically mercurial presence. She’s the most soulful character in a movie that says that too much soul, in a world as ruthless as this one, is something you can’t afford to have.

Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (Competition), Aug. 30, 2018. Running time: 120 MIN.

  • Production: A Fox Searchlight release of a Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment production. Producers: Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos. Executive producers: Daniel Battsek, Deborah Davis, Rose Garnett, Ken Kao, Andrew Lowe, Josh Rosenbaum.
  • Crew: Director: Yorgos Lanthimos. Screenplay: Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara. Camera (color, widescreen): Robbie Ryan. Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis.
  • With: Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn, James Smith, Mark Gatiss.

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‘Titanic’ Is My Favorite Movie. There, I Said It.

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets; this is mine.

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By Jessie Heyman

A year ago, I went on a date, and the guy asked me what my favorite movie was. A simple question, but I stammered. His brow furrowed. “Didn’t your profile say that you love movie quotes?”

I didn’t want to reveal the truth — not so soon, at least — so I hid behind the Criterion Collection (“ ‘La Strada,’ ‘Rebecca,’ etc.”). Then a scene flashed in my head — a swell of music, an enormous hat: “You can be blasé about some things, Rose, but not about Titanic!”

A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets; my secret is that I love “Titanic.” This has been true since I was a 10-year-old in a darkened theater, weeping uncontrollably on my mother’s lap. Like the children onscreen waving farewell to the doomed steamer, I marveled at the grandeur of what was passing before my eyes: a sweeping history lesson and a devastating romance between a first-class passenger named Rose (Kate Winslet) and a below-decks dreamboat named Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio). Until then, my cultural diet had consisted of Rodgers and Hammerstein singalongs and the Disney canon. “Titanic” — rapturous, tragic, real — was an awakening. In just over three hours, the film colored all my notions of grown-up life: love, loss, the female struggle, the unbreakable bond of a string quartet.

To my child’s mind, “Titanic” was impossibly vast: It felt as though the movie encompassed the entire mysterious range of human life. It was, unequivocally, the most powerful experience I’d ever had with a work of art — but I was 10. I couldn’t fully understand this feeling of transcendence, so I just kept rewatching. I saw the movie three times when it was released in 1997. The following year, when it came out on VHS — a fat brick of a box set, neatly split into two acts of happy and sad — I routinely popped in the pre-iceberg tape to enjoy with my after-school snack. I began fixating on unlikely features of the film, delighting in its ancillary characters’ banal dialogue: the clueless graybeards (“Freud? Who is he? Is he a passenger?”); the poetry of the bridge (“Take her to sea, Mr. Murdoch. Let’s stretch her legs”); the snobbery of Rose’s mother (“Will the lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they’re not too crowded”).

As I matured, I stopped my regular viewings, but the movie continued playing in my mind. I was a melancholy indoor girl myself, and Rose perfectly articulated my teenage ennui: “the same narrow people, the same mindless chatter.” Even in the face of more complex ideas and challenges — like the travails of gender politics or problems of class — I found myself leaning on its casual wisdom and glossy sentimentality. The film’s unsubtle gender commentary began to feel revolutionary. (“Of course it’s unfair,” the chilly matriarch says while tightening the strings of her daughter’s corset. “We’re women.”) In the late ’90s, everyone I knew adored “Titanic,” but I felt in my heart that my own love affair with it was something special.

It was, unequivocally, the most powerful experience I’d ever had with a work of art — but I was 10.

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The True Story Behind The Favourite

W ith its acid-tongued wit and blunt physical comedy, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite is anything but a typical stuffy period drama. The acerbic Oscar contender depicts the bitter rivalry between Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) and Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) as they compete to influence an increasingly unhinged Queen Anne ( Olivia Colman ) during her early 18th-century rule.

While based on real historical events, the film certainly indulges in the sensational. As TIME’s film critic Stephanie Zacharek puts it in her review , “this period drama or comedy, depending on your mood, is sort-of based on fact, gorgeous to look at, and features a trio of marvelous performances.”

The Favourite was nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (for Colman) and Best Supporting Actress (for both Stone and Weisz).

Here’s what’s fact and fiction in The Favourite.

Abigail Masham and Sarah Churchill were well acquainted prior to the events of the movie

In the film, Abigail Hill (later Masham, following her marriage) first meets her cousin Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, when she arrives at the palace seeking employment after her family has fallen on hard times. Abigail procures a job as a scullery maid, but she quickly ascends in the ranks by playing on Sarah’s sympathies. While the movie accurately represents the circumstances of Abigail’s family misfortune, the real Abigail began working for her cousin long before she arrived at Kensington Palace (which, by the way, was not where The Favourite was filmed, for obvious reasons ).

Born in 1670, Abigail worked as a servant in various houses of nobility throughout her early life. She eventually came into contact with Sarah, who took pity on her and employed her at her own home, prior to Anne’s ascent to the throne in 1702. It wasn’t until around 1704 that Abigail was first employed at the Queen’s household, and by that time, Abigail and Sarah were already close.

Sarah Churchill did hold great influence over Queen Anne

As portrayed in the film, Sarah and Anne grew up together and were incredibly close for much of their lives. During Anne’s reign, Sarah exerted political influence over the queen, who, according to a biography by the historian Anne Somerset, was not well educated in matters of state.

Queen Anne did not have pet rabbits

According to the film’s historical consultant , Anne did not have a pet rabbit for each of her 17 deceased children. During the 18th century, rabbits were considered to be a “foodstuff or pest.”

It took Abigail much longer to rise in Anne’s favor

The movie does not specify a timeframe for its events, but it seems to suggest that Abigail rose in stature in a relatively short period of time. However, the events portrayed in the film actually happened over the course of several years. Abigail arrived at the palace in 1704 and married Samuel Masham in 1707, and Sarah was stripped from her royal position in 1711. It wasn’t until after Abigail’s marriage to Lord Masham, which occurred without Sarah’s knowledge, that Sarah began to harbor adversarial feelings toward her.

Sarah and Abigail’s rivalry was political in nature

As in the film, the real Abigail aligned herself with Robert Harley (Nicholas Hoult) to swing Anne in the direction of the Tories. Sarah, on the other hand, was staunchly aligned with the Whigs.

Abigail did not poison Sarah

This dramatic plot point was more of a narrative tool to get Sarah out of the palace and was not drawn from history. Nonetheless, the real Sarah was frequently absent from the court for long periods of time, which frustrated Anne. These absences allowed Abigail to seek and earn Anne’s favor.

The three women were not known to be sexually involved

The most sensational element of the film involves the sexual nature of Anne’s relationships with Sarah and Abigail. Most historians maintain that it was unlikely that Anne was physically intimate with either of them. However, rumors about the women are part of the historical record of Abigail and Sarah’s rivalry. A song circulated by the Whigs suggested that Anne committed “dark deeds at night” with a “dirty chambermaid.”

The real Sarah also threatened to blackmail Anne with personal letters she penned to her, many of which included romantic sentiments expressed toward Sarah. Since it was common at the time for close friends to employ romantic language in correspondence with one another, the letters aren’t definitive proof that Sarah and Anne were sexually involved. Nonetheless, the letters, which demonstrated Anne’s considerable dependence on Sarah, were still incriminating enough to be used as blackmail. In the end, Sarah chose not to publish them , despite her dismissal by Anne.

Queen Anne had a husband

While he doesn’t make an appearance in the film, Queen Anne was married to Prince George of Denmark. George died in 1708, meaning that he would have been alive during the majority of the timeline covered in The Favourite.

Pineapples really were new to England at the time

In the movie, Abigail makes a comment about how her “maid is on her way up with something called a pineapple.” Her lack of familiarity with the fruit is played for comic effect, but it’s also historically accurate: pineapples were brought to Europe by the Dutch in the mid-17th century and weren’t cultivated in England until the early 1700s, meaning that the fruit would have been unknown to Abigail.

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The last place one would expect to find hope would be a prison. Likewise, the last movie in which one would expect to find hope is a prison movie. However, in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) hope is exactly what we get. The Shawshank Redemption is without a single riot scene or horrific effect, it tells a slow, gentle story of camaraderie and growth, with an ending that abruptly finds poetic justice in what has come before. Adapted from the Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. He is given two life sentences and sent to the notoriously harsh Shawshank Prison. Andy always claims his innocence, but his cold and measured demeanor led many to doubt his word. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

The first night for everyone in every prison is apprehensive, be it the prison of marriage or the literal meaning of prison. During the first night, the chief guard, Byron Hadley (Clancy Brown), savagely beats a newly arrived inmate because of his crying and hysterics. The inmate later dies in the infirmary because the prison doctor had left for the night. Meanwhile Andy remained steadfast and composed. Ellis Redding (Morgan Freeman), also known as Red, bet against others that Andy would be the one to break down first, but he loses a considerable amount of money.

After spending 20-odd years, Andy finds out the way out of the prison. How he manages to do the impossible and break the invincible chain of the prison forms the crux of the movie. The Shawsahank Redemption is not a movie; this is a lesson in itself. It preaches patience and perseverance. The Shawshank Redemption works not only as an excellent prison drama, but also as a metaphor for overcoming our own private prisons.

As usual Morgan Freeman delivers a long lasting performance and is very gripping and compelling to watch. Cinematography has been outstanding. The last wide shot of the blue Pacific ocean is enthralling and simply awesome. Costumes were designed that perfectly fits with the attire worn by prisoners.

A film is a director’s portrayal of sensibility on the screen. Director Darabont explores the range of human kindness and cruelty as he lovingly and patiently sculpts his large cast of characters against magnificent scenery.

Ultimately, the standout actor is the venerable James Whitmore, doing his finest work in years. Whitmore’s Brooks is a brilliantly realized character, and the scenes with him attempting to cope with life outside of Shawshank represents one of the film’s most moving and effective sequences.

“Salvation lies within,” advises Warden Norton at one point. It is the presentation of this theme that makes The Shawshank Redemption unique. Prison movies often focus on the violence and hopelessness of a life behind bars. While this film includes those elements, it makes them peripheral. The Shawshank Redemption is all about hope and, because of that, watching it is both uplifting and cathartic.

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Though Forrest Gump, a Tom Hanks movie, won the Oscar for that year (1994), yet The Shawshank Redemption won my heart. And winning hearts is more important. Prison is the only place where the value and importance of freedom can be realized. The Shawshank Redemption establishes the truth. Watch the movie and break free yourself from the prison of life’s problems.

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Vicious, darkly funny, brilliantly cast costume dramedy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Cleverness and strength are used to pursue selfish

No genuinely good people in this movie. Main chara

A character is dragged by horse, with bloody wound

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Several uses of "f--k," plus "c--t," "c--k," "a--h

A main character is extremely drunk in one scene.

Parents need to know that The Favourite is a period drama about two women (Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz) vying for the favor of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) in 18th-century England. Expect some strong violence, including a woman being dragged by a horse, with bloody wounds on her face. Men push and shove women,…

Positive Messages

Cleverness and strength are used to pursue selfish purposes, such as power and vengeance.

Positive Role Models

No genuinely good people in this movie. Main characters are strong, ferocious women, but they don't try to help others or behave in any kind of admirable way; they're selfish, pursuing power and vengeance.

Violence & Scariness

A character is dragged by horse, with bloody wounds to her face. A character is briefly whipped with a birch branch. Birds shot with rifles. A character shoved out of a carriage falls into mud. Men push and shove a woman in several scenes. A woman smacks, hits, kicks a man. A character hurls books at another. A character smacks herself in the face with a book. Slapping. Poisoning. Description of a violent dream: "covered in blood, holding a human head." Description of boy holding a girl down, spitting in her face. Dialogue about queen having lost 17 children. Mentions of rape. Dialogue about being whipped. Threats. Vomiting. Placing foot on rabbit's neck.

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Sex, Romance & Nudity

Naked breasts and bottoms. Partial full-frontal male nudity (a man covers his genitals with his hands). Couples have sex while standing up, partly clothed; repeated thrusting shown. Passionate kissing, embracing, sensual moaning. Same-sex and opposite-sex kissing. Woman in a sheer dress. Brief image of implied masturbation (nothing graphic shown). Strong sexual dialogue.

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Several uses of "f--k," plus "c--t," "c--k," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "va-joo-joo."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Favourite is a period drama about two women ( Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz ) vying for the favor of Queen Anne ( Olivia Colman ) in 18th-century England. Expect some strong violence, including a woman being dragged by a horse, with bloody wounds on her face. Men push and shove women, and women hit back. (Women hit each other, too.) Rape and other types of violence are spoken of, and guns are fired at birds for sport. Women's naked breasts and bottoms are shown, and a naked man tries to cover his genitals with his hand. Sex/kissing scenes between both same-sex and opposite-sex couples include sensual moaning and touching, plus some thrusting. Masturbation is implied, and there's strong sex-related dialogue. "F--k" is used several times, as are "c--k," "c--t," and "a--hole." A character gets very drunk in one sequence. The movie is pessimistic and vicious but also quite funny, and it's gorgeous to look at. Viewers over 17 searching for something off the beaten path may like it. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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Truly Disgusting

What's the story.

In THE FAVOURITE, it's 18th-century England, and Abigail ( Emma Stone ) heads to the palace. There, her cousin, Lady Sarah ( Rachel Weisz ), works for and is the close confidante (and sometime lover) of Queen Anne ( Olivia Colman ). At first, Abigail is asked to work in the scullery as a maid, where she's picked on by cruel co-workers. Meanwhile, Lady Sarah more or less runs things, taking charge of the war on France during the queen's frequent bouts of illness or sulking. Abigail sees an opportunity to improve her own station by preparing a homemade salve for the queen's gout. With Lady Sarah away running things, Abigail becomes ever closer to the queen and even seduces her. But when Lady Sarah realizes that her position is threatened, she starts an all-out war -- a war that the crafty Abigail herself is only too qualified to fight.

Is It Any Good?

Director Yorgos Lanthimos adds a dose of wicked, whiplash humor to his usual bleakness in this largely effective costume movie, filled with deep-focus visuals and strong, ferocious women. Lanthimos' previous movies -- like Dogtooth , The Lobster , and The Killing of a Sacred Deer -- were relentlessly dystopian and malicious, and The Favourite continues that worldview. There are few, if any, good people in Lanthimos' movies. But this time, thanks perhaps to a screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, the iffy behavior can at least inspire laughter.

It helps that both Stone and Weisz are so good and so brilliantly cast. Most actors in these kinds of movies tend to get swallowed up by the costumes, the stiff dialogue, and the stagnant visuals. But Stone is clever, perky, and playful, and Weisz is cool, decisive, and sensual; they clash beautifully. Lanthimos uses an ultra-wide-angle lens that causes rooms to warp as it pans, and this creates a distinctly off-kilter quality, adding to the nightmarishness of the world. (It also makes things a bit more kinetic.) But in the end, the back-and-forth between the two central characters doesn't really have an ending, and The Favourite drags on too long before fizzling out. Thankfully, Colman's winning, unfettered performance as the petulant queen is a memorable takeaway.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

Families can talk about The Favourite 's violence . Were you expecting that type of content in a costume drama? How does that affect its impact?

Is the violence directed at women mitigated by the fact that the women can "take it" -- and also dish it back out? Why or why not?

How does the movie depict sex ? Are relationships based on love? Other things? What values are imparted?

Do you consider any of the characters role models ? Why or why not? What's the appeal of watching characters behaving badly?

What did you learn about Queen Anne? Did the movie inspire you to learn more about her? Do you think this is an accurate portrayal of history?

Movie Details

  • In theaters : November 21, 2018
  • On DVD or streaming : March 5, 2019
  • Cast : Olivia Colman , Emma Stone , Rachel Weisz
  • Director : Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors
  • Studio : Fox Searchlight Pictures
  • Genre : Drama
  • Topics : History
  • Run time : 119 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : strong sexual content, nudity and language
  • Awards : Academy Award , Golden Globe - Golden Globe Award Winner
  • Last updated : June 20, 2024

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One of my favorite feel-good movies just crashed the Netflix top 10 — and it’s 95% on Rotten Tomatoes

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is guaranteed to improve your mood

(L-R) Zack Gottsagen as Zak, Dakota Johnson as Eleanor and Shia LaBeouf as Tyler in

Sometimes the right movie comes along at the right time, and that was definitely the case for me with “The Peanut Butter Falcon." This delightful comedy-drama appeared at a period in my life when I needed a little boost, and it provided just that. 

The movie celebrates its 5th anniversary later this year and has recently arrived on Netflix U.S. where it’s making quite an impression. As of Thursday, May 9, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is ranked No.6 in the Netflix most-watched list ahead of high-profile favorites like “Blended” and “The Equalizer” as well as pacing ahead of the terrible blockbuster “The Great Wall” (seriously, why is that in the streamer's top 10?) 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” flew a little under the radar upon release in 2019, so I’m delighted it’s getting a richly deserved warm reception on Netflix. But if you want to know more before adding it to your watchlist, here’s why you need to watch this feel-good movie…

What is ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ about? 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” focuses on the unlikely friendship between a trio of likable characters. The heart of the movie is Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from his state-run care facility to chase an outlandish dream of becoming a professional wrestler under the guidance of his hero, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). 

On the road, Zak meets Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small-time crook on the run from the law, and the two become fast friends. Tyler teaches Zak various life skills and takes up a role as his coach. Meanwhile, in pursuit of Zak is Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee, who is convinced to join the pair on their journey. 

Alongside its three leads, “The Peanut Butter Falcon” also features John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal and even rapper Yelawolf. It’s an eccentric cast, and the range of talent involved suits the movie’s "band of misfits coming together" vibe.

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ reviews — here’s why critics love it 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” was warmly embraced by critics. It holds an impressive 95% rating on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes , and its audience score is even higher at 96%. Those are the highest scores of any movie currently in the Netflix top 10, which is a real testament to the quality of this comedy-drama.   

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Critics were particularly impressed with the performance of Shia LaBeouf. “This is LaBeouf at his best, stripped down to his bare elements and bookended by two luminous performances from Gottsagen and Johnson,” said Beth Webb of E mpire Magazine .

The Wrap ’s Yolanda Machado called it “A beautiful story about human connection, heroes, and finding the joy of simply living your truth” and Peter Debruge of Variety labeled it “A feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place.”

Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle was a little more mixed, but overall fell on the positive side of the scale: “‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ is a nice little movie that barely goes anywhere, but audiences, in a certain mood, might be willing to drift along with it.”

Should you stream ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ on Netflix?  

The short answer is yes, you should 100% stream “The Peanut Butter Falcon” on Netflix. 

It’s the perfect pick when you’ve had a less-than-stellar day and want a movie that will put a big smile on your face. Granted, its slow(ish) pacing might not appeal to viewers demanding a twist-every-minute thrill ride, but give it a chance and the movie’s engaging characters brought to life by wonderful performances will stay with you long after the credits roll. So long as you’re in the mood for something a little low-stakes, it’s hard to believe you won’t also come to love this charming flick. 

“The Peanut Butter Falcon” isn’t the only critical darling that has arrived on Netflix this month. Check out our roundup of all the new to Netflix movies with high RT scores for even more top movies on the world's most popular streaming service . 

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Essay on My Favourite Movie | Short & Long Essay For Students

If you are trying to write an essay on the topic my favorite Movie then you can read here a sample essay on topic of my favorite movie. Everyone loves different movies my favorite movie can be; 3 idiots, fast & furious, harry potter, bahubali 2 etc.

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Essay on My Favorite Movie For Children & Students

The entertainment industry is very popular for making hundreds of exciting movies to entertain us. Each film has a different genre like there are social, historical, science, fiction, documentary-based, religious, thriller, or horror movies.

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I also like to watch movies in my spare time. According to me, a good movie is the one in which we can relate with the characters and share the excitement or sorrows.

My Favorite Movie Essay

The movie that I like the most is “Taarezameen per”. It is my favorite movie and I have seen it so many times. There are no bold scenes in this movie and people of every age can watch it. This is my favorite movie because the story is very touching. This movie is both entertaining and educational. All the characters have acted so well in this movie.

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It is an emotional movie which always keeps me glued to the screen. It tells about the story of a boy who suffers from dyslexia due to which he is unable to identify speech sounds and how they relate to letters. Because of this disorder, he cannot excel in any activity.

He finds all the subjects difficult to study. Even with this disorder, he is very good at painting. However, he gets expelled from school because of his poor performance.

All the teachers tell his parents that their boy is not normal and he should be sent to school which is especially made for special children like him. Later, his parents send him to boarding school. There he sinks into a state of nervousness and fear because of new environment. Fortunately, he finds an art teacher there who is very supportive and caring.

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His teacher realizes that it is not ishaan’s fault to get bad grades but a disorder which makes it difficult for him to focus. He visits ishaan’s home and gets surprised to see his drawings.

He also gets to know that ishaan’s dad does not understand him and often shouts at him for not getting good grades. Because of this, ishaan no longer paints and suffers from anxiety.

He gets motivated to improve ishaan’s writing and reading by using techniques developed by dyslexia specialists. These techniques help ishaan to score good grades in school. In the end, he also wins a painting competition because of his striking creative style.

I like how this story is relevant in today’s society. According to me, this is a movie which gives best moral to parents, teachers and every child. It is a marvelous piece of work which shows a perfect relationship between a teacher and a student. It highlights the issue that sometimes, parents do not understand that every kid is different.

If he is not good at studies then there must be some other thing which he is good at. He might be interested in painting, acting, singing or sports. Therefore, parents should not discourage their children but help them in what they like.

I like how the director of this movie has brought out a clear message that parents should not ignore the interests of kids and they should not snatch their childhood from them by giving them burden of getting good grades or efficient performance in every field.

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I just hope that this movie will change the thinking of parents and society. I have seen this movie so many times with my family. Every aspect of this movie, from cast to location selection is amazing. All the actors have done an amazing job. I really cried while seeing this movie. I know, I will never get bored from this movie.

Essay on My Favorite Movie Harry Potter

My love for movies started when I was a kid, and ever since then, movies have been my favorite pastime. From action-packed thrillers to romantic comedies, there’s a movie genre for every mood. But if I have to pick just one movie as my all-time favorite, hands down it would be the Harry Potter series.

For those who are not familiar with the name, Harry Potter is a fictional character created by British author J.K. Rowling. The series consists of seven books and eight movies, which follows the journey of a young wizard named Harry Potter, who discovers his true identity as “The Chosen One” and battles against the dark wizard, Lord Voldemort.

I was first introduced to Harry Potter when I was in elementary school, and I still remember the excitement of reading the books for the first time. The magical world of Hogwarts, spells, potions, and flying broomsticks had me completely captivated. As a kid, I would often daydream about receiving my acceptance letter to Hogwarts and attending classes with Harry, Ron, and Hermione.

When the movies were released, I was ecstatic! It was a dream come true to see my favorite characters and their adventures brought to life on the big screen. The cast, especially Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, did an incredible job of portraying their characters and staying true to the books.

One of the things I love most about the Harry Potter series is the way it tackles important themes such as love, friendship, courage, and good vs. evil. The characters face challenges and overcome them by staying true to their values and relying on each other for support. This message of unity and strength in the face of adversity resonated with me, and I believe it’s one of the reasons why the series has such a huge fan base.

Moreover, the world-building in the Harry Potter series is impeccable. J.K. Rowling’s attention to detail and ability to create a vivid and complex magical world is truly impressive. From Diagon Alley to Hogsmeade, each location has its own unique charm and adds depth to the story. The spells and magical creatures introduced in the series are also fascinating, and I love how each one has its own history and significance.

Apart from the story and characters, the music in the Harry Potter movies is another aspect that makes them stand out for me. The iconic theme song composed by John Williams never fails to give me chills, and it perfectly captures the essence of the series. The rest of the soundtrack is also beautifully crafted and adds to the overall magical atmosphere of the movies.

As I grew older, my love for the Harry Potter series only intensified. I started noticing and appreciating the deeper themes and symbolism in the story that went beyond just a tale of magic and adventure. The series also taught me valuable life lessons about courage, friendship, and standing up for what is right.

Even today, I find myself re-reading the books and re-watching the movies whenever I need a break from reality. The Harry Potter series has become a timeless classic, and I believe it will continue to capture the hearts of audiences for generations to come.

In conclusion, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in my heart as my all-time favorite movie. It’s not just about magic and adventure, but it’s a story about love, friendship, and overcoming challenges. The series has sparked my imagination and taught me valuable life lessons that I will carry with me forever. And for that, I will always be grateful to J.K. Rowling for creating such a magical world and to the cast and crew for bringing it to life on the big screen.

My Favorite Movie PK

Are you a big movie fan? Do you ever find yourself eagerly waiting for new releases, rewatching old classics, and discussing plot twists with your friends? If so, then you probably understand the feeling of having a favorite movie. For me, that movie is PK.

Released in 2014, PK is an Indian satirical comedy-drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The film stars Aamir Khan as the lead character, an alien who lands on earth and becomes stranded when his remote control to return home is stolen. He then embarks on a journey to retrieve it and encounters various aspects of human society, including religion, superstition, and love.

The first time I watched PK, I was blown away by its unique concept and thought-provoking message. The film uses comedy to address serious issues, making it both entertaining and meaningful. It challenges societal norms and beliefs, encouraging viewers to think critically about their own values.

One of the things I love most about PK is its ability to make me laugh while also making me reflect on larger societal issues. The character of PK himself is endearing and hilarious, with his childlike innocence and curiosity about human behaviors. Aamir Khan’s performance as PK is outstanding, bringing the character to life in a way that captures the audience’s hearts.

The film also has a stellar supporting cast, including Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, and Boman Irani. Each actor delivers a memorable performance, adding depth and complexity to the film’s themes. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, making their relationships feel authentic and relatable.

One of the most impactful aspects of PK is its commentary on religion. The film presents a thought-provoking argument against blind faith and superstition, showcasing how religious leaders can exploit people’s beliefs for personal gain.

It also highlights the importance of questioning and understanding one’s own beliefs rather than blindly following societal norms. This message resonated with me deeply and has stayed with me long after watching the film.

In addition to its thought-provoking themes, PK also boasts stunning cinematography and a captivating soundtrack. The music adds emotion and depth to key scenes, enhancing the overall viewing experience. The film’s settings, from the bustling streets of Mumbai to the tranquil beauty of Rajasthan, further immerse viewers into PK’s world.

But what truly makes PK my favorite movie is its ability to make me feel a range of emotions. I laughed at PK’s antics, cried during emotional moments, and felt anger towards societal injustices portrayed in the film. It takes skillful storytelling to evoke such strong emotions from the audience, and PK does it flawlessly.

PK has received both critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. It also won several awards, including Best Film at the 60th Filmfare Awards. However, what matters most to me is its impact on society and its ability to spark important conversations.

The film’s message is timeless and relevant, making it a must-watch for people of all ages and backgrounds.

In conclusion PK is more than just a movie to me. It’s a thought-provoking masterpiece that challenges societal norms and encourages viewers to question their own beliefs. Its unique blend of comedy, drama, and social commentary makes it my favorite movie, one that I will continue to rewatch and recommend to others. If you haven’t seen PK yet, do yourself a favor and add it to your must-watch list. Who knows, it may become your favorite movie too. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some popcorn and hit play on PK – an unforgettable cinematic experience awaits!

Essay on My Favorite Movie Fast and Furious:

The Fast and Furious franchise has been a staple in the action movie genre for over two decades. With its adrenaline-fueled car chases, heart-stopping stunts, and diverse cast of characters, it’s no wonder that this series has become a favorite among fans worldwide.

My love for this franchise began when I first watched The Fast and the Furious back in 2001. From the very first race scene, I was hooked. The sound of revving engines and the sight of sleek cars racing through the streets had me on the edge of my seat. But what truly drew me in was the chemistry between characters Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner.

Their bromance and loyalty to each other despite their differences resonated with me. It’s not just about fast cars and action-packed scenes, but also about the bond of family and friendship that has kept this franchise going strong.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Fast and Furious series is its diverse cast. From street racers to former criminals, each character brings their own unique skills and personalities to the table. And as the franchise grew, so did the representation of different cultures and backgrounds.

The shift from street racing to heists in Fast Five not only upped the ante with thrilling action sequences but also introduced us to fan-favorite characters like Han, Tej, and Roman. Even more diversity was brought to the franchise with strong female characters like Letty, Mia, and most recently Hattie Shaw. Seeing people from all walks of life come together and form a strong bond is what makes this series stand out for me.

But it’s not just the characters that make this franchise special; it’s also the crazy stunts and over-the-top action sequences. From driving cars off cliffs to jumping between skyscrapers, each movie manages to push the limits of what we thought was possible. And the fact that most of these stunts are done practically is a testament to the dedication and hard work put in by the cast and crew.

It’s also worth mentioning how well this franchise has evolved over time. From humble beginnings as a street racing movie, it has now become a global phenomenon with spin-offs, video games, and even a live show. The Fast and Furious franchise has proven that it can adapt and continue to entertain audiences with each new installment.

While I have enjoyed all the movies in this franchise, there are a few that stand out for me. Fast Five, in particular, holds a special place in my heart. It was the first movie that fully embraced the heist aspect of the series while still maintaining its signature car chases and fight scenes. The addition of Dwayne Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, also added an extra layer of excitement to the movie.

Another favorite of mine is Furious 7. Not only did it have some of the most thrilling action sequences in the franchise, but it also served as a touching tribute to Paul Walker, who tragically passed away during filming. The emotional impact of his absence was felt throughout the movie, and it truly showed how much this cast had become a family both on and off-screen.

In conclusion, the Fast and Furious franchise holds a special place in my heart as my favorite movie series. Its diverse cast, heart-pumping action sequences, and themes of family and friendship make each movie a joy to watch. While the franchise may have started as a simple movie about street racing, it has now become a global phenomenon that continues to entertain audiences worldwide.

And with more movies and spin-offs in the works, I can’t wait to see what other exciting adventures this franchise has in store for us. So, if you haven’t watched any of the Fast and Furious movies yet, I highly recommend you give them a chance and join in on the ride. So buckle up and get ready for some high-speed action with the Fast and Furious franchise!

Essay on My Favorite Movie Twilight:

My favorite movie of all time is Twilight. I know, I know, it may sound cliché but hear me out. The reason why it’s my favorite movie goes beyond the romantic vampire and werewolf love triangle that captured the hearts of millions around the world.

Twilight is not just a typical romance film. It’s a story about self-discovery, acceptance, and the power of love to transcend all boundaries.

The movie is based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer and follows the story of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father. There she meets Edward Cullen, a mysterious and handsome vampire who she falls in love with. However, their love is not without challenges as they must navigate the dangerous world of vampires and werewolves while also facing their own personal demons.

One of the reasons why I love this movie is because of its strong female lead. Bella is not your typical damsel in distress waiting to be saved by her prince charming. She is independent, brave, and unafraid to stand up for what she believes in. Her character development throughout the series is inspiring and relatable, making her a role model for young girls everywhere.

Another aspect of the movie that I enjoy is its beautiful cinematography. The stunning scenery of the Pacific Northwest adds to the mystical and enchanting atmosphere of the story. It’s no wonder that fans from all over the world travel to Forks to visit some of the filming locations.

But what makes this movie truly special to me is its theme of love conquering all. Despite their differences, Bella and Edward’s love for each other remains strong and unwavering. It shows that true love knows no boundaries, whether it be race, social status, or even species.

Twilight may have its fair share of critics but for me, it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s not just a movie, it’s a reminder that love is the most powerful force in the world and can overcome any obstacle.

In conclusion, Twilight is more than just a teenage romance movie. It’s a beautiful story about love, growth, and acceptance. Its captivating characters, breathtaking scenery, and timeless message make it my all-time favorite movie. It’s a film that I can watch over and over again, always finding something new to love about it. And for that, it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

So the next time someone asks me why Twilight is my favorite movie, I’ll simply smile and say “because it’s not just a movie, it’s a love story that transcends all boundaries.” So, if you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend giving it a chance and experiencing the magic of Twilight for yourself. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Essay on My Favorite Movie Dangal:

As a movie buff, I have watched hundreds of movies spanning different genres. But there is one movie that stands out amongst them all and holds a special place in my heart – Dangal.

Dangal is an Indian sports biographical drama based on the real-life story of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the movie stars Aamir Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat and Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra as his daughters. The film was released in 2016 and has since become one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

What makes Dangal my favorite movie is not just its box office success, but the powerful message it delivers. The film challenges societal norms and stereotypes by showcasing the struggle of a father who defies all odds to train his daughters in a male-dominated sport like wrestling. It breaks gender barriers and inspires young girls to pursue their dreams, no matter how unconventional they may seem.

Apart from its impactful message, Dangal also delivers exceptional performances by its lead actors. Aamir Khan once again proves his versatility as an actor with his portrayal of Mahavir Singh Phogat. He not only physically transforms himself to play the role of a wrestler but also brings out the emotional side of a father who is determined to see his daughters succeed. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra also shine in their roles as the Phogat sisters, displaying strong-willed and determined characters.

The film’s screenplay and direction are top-notch, keeping the audience engaged from start to finish. The wrestling scenes are choreographed brilliantly, making them look realistic and intense. The soundtrack of the movie is another highlight, with songs like “Dangal” and “Haanikaarak Bapu” becoming instant hits.

In addition to its commercial success, Dangal has also received critical acclaim. The film won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and three Filmfare Awards. It was also India’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

In conclusion, Dangal is a movie that has it all – a powerful message, exceptional performances, and top-notch execution. It not only entertains but also educates and inspires its audience. For me, it will always remain my favorite movie and one that I highly recommend to everyone. So if you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and add it to your must-watch list. You won’t be disappointed. So, keep watching amazing movies!

Short Essay on My Favorite Movie Bahubali:

Bahubali is an epic Indian movie that swept the nation off its feet with its grandeur, action-packed scenes, and compelling storyline. Released in 2015, this movie was a game-changer for Indian cinema as it broke all box office records and took the world by storm.

Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, Bahubali tells the story of two brothers, Amarendra Bahubali and Bhallaladeva, who fight for the throne of the ancient kingdom of Mahishmati. The movie is set in a fictional world filled with political intrigue, love, war, and betrayal.

One of the reasons I fell in love with this movie is its incredible action sequences. From sword fights to larger-than-life battle scenes, Bahubali has it all. The special effects and CGI used in the movie are top-notch and make the fight scenes even more captivating.

But what truly sets Bahubali apart is its strong characters, especially its female lead Devasena. She is a fierce warrior who can hold her ground against any opponent. Her character challenges traditional gender roles and stands out as a symbol of strength and resilience.

Apart from the action, Bahubali also has a heart-wrenching love story between Amarendra Bahubali and Devasena. Their chemistry is palpable, and their love for each other is portrayed beautifully on screen. This adds an emotional depth to the movie that makes it even more impactful.

Moreover, what I admire about Bahubali is how it showcases the rich culture and traditions of India. The sets, costumes, and music all beautifully capture the essence of Indian mythology and history.

Aside from its entertainment value, Bahubali also has a powerful message about good triumphing over evil. Through the character of Amarendra Bahubali, the movie teaches us that true strength lies in compassion and not violence.

In conclusion, Bahubali will always hold a special place in my heart as it is not just a movie but an experience. It has set the bar high for Indian cinema and has left its mark on audiences worldwide. This movie truly represents the magic of storytelling and proves that with passion and dedication, anything is possible. So, if you haven’t watched Bahubali yet, do yourself a favor and experience this masterpiece for yourself. So, don’t wait any longer and dive into the world of Bahubali – you won’t regret it!

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Answer: To write an essay about your favorite movie, start with an introduction, provide a brief summary of the film, discuss the plot, characters, and themes, share personal insights and emotions it evoked, and conclude with your overall assessment.

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Answer: To write an essay about a movie, introduce the film and its context, summarize the plot, analyze elements like characters, themes, and cinematography, discuss the impact and significance of the movie, and conclude with your evaluation and personal reflections.

How would you describe your favorite movie?

Answer: My favorite movie is “The Shawshank Redemption.” It’s a powerful and poignant drama set in a prison, focusing on the themes of hope, friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. The film’s characters and storytelling are exceptional, making it a timeless classic.

What is your favorite movie and why?

Answer: My favorite movie is “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” I love it because of its epic fantasy world, compelling characters, and the timeless battle of good versus evil. The storytelling, visuals, and music combine to create an immersive and magical experience that never gets old

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The most interesting proposal of The Favourite is the change of socially imposed roles regarding gender, here these canonical mandates are transgressed and inverted. While the men flirt and use makeup, the women have the real power.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10 | Jan 27, 2024

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Yorgos Lanthimos defies expectations and gives us a slow-burning analysis of politics and power dynamics that might be set in the 18th Century but couldn’t be more relevant to our day and age.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Aug 3, 2023

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Technically, The Favourite is undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2018. The impressive production and set design plus the addictive score definitely elevate the film, but the costume design tells a whole story through what the characters wear.

Full Review | Original Score: A- | Jul 24, 2023

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The Favourite is yet another triumph from one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema.

Full Review | Jul 19, 2023

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Olivia Coleman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone bring the kind of acting calibre you expect to this Yorgos Lanthimos misadventure.

Full Review | Apr 19, 2023

Robbie Ryan's lens captures the world's excesses with rhythm and pleasant malice - a world that's simultaneously funny, grotesque, decadent, and perverse. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5 | Dec 8, 2022

The tone is delightfully bawdy and irreverent, but director Yorgos Lanthimos has some serious things to say about history, war, politics, gender and the human heart.

Full Review | Dec 7, 2022

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“The Favourite” shines brightest through its top-notch performances across the board and in the sheer beauty of the filmmaking. That light fades when you get down to the meat of the storytelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Aug 20, 2022

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The Favourite is a showcase of great acting, a witty script, and thoughtfully considered direction.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Mar 4, 2022

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Yorgos at his zany peak, Amadeus via Kubrick, the royal court scenes from The Devils run blisteringly amok - blackbirds dancing on the tips of diabolical hat pins

Full Review | Jan 14, 2022

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Episode 21: Alps / Dogtooth / The Favourite - Yorgothon

Full Review | Original Score: 88/100 | Sep 3, 2021

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There are moments when you feel like you're watching a spoof, but Lanthimos manages to keep the film's tone perfectly on the right side of bizarre, making it also pass legitimately as a historical drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Sep 1, 2021

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[A] double chocolate and cream cherry cake of a film, served on the finest cinematic lace, chock full of arsenic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jul 30, 2021

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While some viewers may argue with The Favourite's often cruel tone, no one finds any room to downgrade its acting and superb production values.

Full Review | Jul 22, 2021

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The Favourite is delightfully outlandish and uproariously funny.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jun 25, 2021

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I have to say [Rachel Weisz] is fantastic in the role.

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Just sublime.

Full Review | May 10, 2021

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Yorgos Lanthimos is the reigning king of bizarre filmmaking. Unfortunately for The Favourite, they don't add up to much entertainment this time around.

Full Review | Apr 29, 2021

Supplementing Lanthimos's satirical approach is the bold cinematography of Robbie Ryan, whose static and often exaggerated fisheye shooting style emphasizes both the interior loneliness of the three main characters as well as the absurdity...

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While a politically charged, 19th century, somewhat slapstick comedy isn't the filmmaker's usual wheelhouse, maybe it should be.

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How to Write an Essay on My Favourite Movie

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When you receive such an assignment, you most probably think that it is the most straightforward task ever, and you will deal with it in an hour or two. Stop right here and erase that thought from your brain, because nothing can be farther from the truth. It is a demanding task, though it can be more engaging than others. Professors know that this assignment seems very simple for students and wait for many to come up with some mediocre essays. With these tips shared by essay experts from WriteMyPaperHub.com who professionally write papers for students, you will be able to surprise your professor.

Watch the movie at least twice

Even if you know it by heart, you need to watch it in a different role now. You are a critic, and you should notice the plot switches, operator’s work, etc., which you normally don’t do when just watching a movie you like. That is why, actually, it is easier to write and analyze the movie you don’t like that much. Watching the second time, make notes, they will be very helpful later.

Start with a hook phrase

“It is my favorite movie” is not a hook phrase; it is a bore. You need to come up with something better if you want your audience to keep reading enthusiastically. Of course, you may argue that your only audience, in this case, is your professor, but it is a good idea not to bore him or her either.

Give brief information about the plot, but don’t go into details

Your task is not to retell the entire movie. You just need to give a general understanding of the plot and plot twists, so the reader can understand the movie’s idea in general. If you go in too many details, it will be a movie’s summary, not review or analysis. Focus on the plot twists that really move the story forward, not the ones you find the most amusing.

Talk about the favorite characters

Again, “I like this character because he is my favorite actor and is very cute in this role” is not an assessment you should add to your academic essay. We believe you wouldn’t, but, unfortunately, many students still do. Describe the characters in terms of their dilemmas, choices, and development. The development of characters along the plot is especially important.

Talk about the context

Every movie is created in social, cultural, political, and many other contexts. Analyzing those contexts and making conclusions about their influence will make your essay look much more professional. Even if you are writing about some silly comedy, you can find some social-cultural jokes, jargon inherent to a particular social group, mentioned political events, etc.

Talk about operators work

It is an important part of any movie. It is not surprising that Oscar for operators work is one of the most valuable ones according to the Academy’s opinion. One of the best examples of stellar operator’s work in recent years is a serial movie Euphoria. Check on it, if you have not seen it yet. Even two episodes can give an understanding of what really cool operators work with it.

Make comparisons with other movies of the same director/screenwriter

Comparisons save essays. If you don’t know what to write about, and you still have several hundreds of words to fill, just start comparing your movie with everything. Compare it with other works of the same director, screenwriter, operator. Compare it to the movies of the same genre. Compare it with the movies of the difference genre, but with a similar set of characters.

Talk about the emotional component

Warning! This part should be really short. You should not burden readers with endless emotional explanations on how the movie changes the world, or how it makes you laugh or cry 20 times per hour. However, it is a good idea to mention several moments that play with emotions and show how, in your opinion, those moments are created.

Talk about the flaws

You cannot write a good review without mentioning some drawbacks. It is not a recommendation to a friend. Find several flaws from different areas — actor’s work, plot twist, etc. and describe it without judging. Remember, you are not a real critic with years of experience, so don’t be a snob.

Don’t forget about grammar check and formatting

No matter how interesting your essay is, if it is poorly formatted or has many grammar and style mistakes, you will fail. Don’t forget about proofreading and read your paper several times before submitting it.

Just follow these tips one after another, and you will come up with a quality paper on time. Don’t mistake this assignment for an easy one; take it seriously. It is a good chance to impress your professor.

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If I must make a list of the Ten Greatest Films of All Time, my first vow is to make the list for myself, not for anybody else. I am sure than Eisenstein's " The Battleship Potemkin " is a great film, but it's not going on my list simply so I can impress people. Nor will I avoid " Casablanca " simply because it's so popular: I love it all the same.

If I have a criterion for choosing the greatest films, it's an emotional one. These are films that moved me deeply in one way or another. The cinema is the greatest art form ever conceived for generating emotions in its audience. That's what it does best. (If you argue instead for dance or music, drama or painting, I will reply that the cinema incorporates all of these arts).

Cinema is not very good, on the other hand, at intellectual, philosophical or political argument. That's where the Marxists were wrong. If a movie changes your vote or your mind, it does so by appealing to your emotions, not your reason. And so my greatest films must be films that had me sitting transfixed before the screen, involved, committed, and feeling.

Therefore, alphabetically:

" Casablanca "

After seeing this film many times, I think I finally understand why I love it so much. It's not because of the romance, or the humor, or the intrigue, although those elements are masterful. It's because it makes me proud of the characters. These are not heroes -- not except for Paul Heinreid's resistance fighter, who in some ways is the most predictable character in the film. These are realists, pragmatists, survivors: Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine, who sticks his neck out for nobody, and Claude Rains ' police inspector, who follows rules and tries to stay out of trouble. At the end of the film, when they rise to heroism, it is so moving because heroism is not in their makeup. Their better nature simply informs them what they must do.

The sheer beauty of the film is also compelling. The black-and-white closeups of Ingrid Bergman , the most bravely vulnerable woman in movie history. Bogart with his cigarette and his bottle. Greenstreet and Lorre. Dooley Wilson at the piano, looking up with pain when he sees Bergman enter the room. The shadows. "As Time Goes By." If there is ever a time when they decide that some movies should be spelled with an upper-case M, " Casablanca " should be voted first on the list of Movies.

" Citizen Kane "

I have just seen it again, a shot at a time, analyzing it frame-by-frame out at the University of Colorado at Boulder. We took 10 hours and really looked at this film, which is routinely named the best film of all time, almost by default, in list after list. Maybe it is. It's some movie. It tells of all the seasons of a man's life, shows his weaknesses and hurts, surrounds him with witnesses who remember him but do not know how to explain him. It ends its search for "Rosebud," his dying word, with a final image that explains everything and nothing, and although some critics say the image is superficial, I say it is very deep indeed, because it illustrates the way that human happiness and pain is not found in big ideas but in the little victories or defeats of childhood.

Few films are more complex, or show more breathtaking skill at moving from one level to another. Orson Welles , with his radio background, was able to segue from one scene to another using sound as his connecting link. In one sustained stretch, he covers 20 years between "Merry Christmas" and "A very happy New Year." The piano playing of Kane's young friend Susan leads into their relationship, his applause leads into his campaign, where applause is the bridge again to a political rally that leads to his downfall, when his relationship with Susan is unmasked. We get a three-part miniseries in five minutes.

" Floating Weeds "

I do not expect many readers to have heard of this film, or of Yasujiro Ozu , who directed it, but this Japanese master, who lived from 1903 to 1963 and whose prolific career bridged the silent and sound eras, saw things through his films in a way that no one else saw. Audiences never stop to think, when they go to the movies, how they understand what a close-up is, or a reaction shot. They learned that language in childhood, and it was codified and popularized by D. W. Griffith, whose films were studied everywhere in the world -- except in Japan, where for a time a distinctively different visual style seemed to be developing. Ozu fashioned his style by himself, and never changed it, and to see his films is to be inside a completely alternative cinematic language.

" Floating Weeds ," like many of his films, is deceptively simple. It tells of a troupe of traveling actors who return to an isolated village where their leader left a woman behind many years ago -- and, we discover, he also left a son. Ozu weaves an atmosphere of peaceful tranquility, of music and processions and leisurely conversations, and then explodes his emotional secrets, which cause people to discover their true natures. It is all done with hypnotic visual beauty. After years of being available only in a shabby, beaten-up version usually known as "Drifting Weeds," this film has now been re-released in superb videotape and laserdisc editions.

" Gates of Heaven "

This film, not to be confused in any way with " Heaven's Gate " (or with "Gates of Hell," for that matter) is a bottomless mystery to me, infinitely fascinating. Made in the late 1970s by Errol Morris , it would appear to be a documentary about some people involved in a couple of pet cemeteries in Northern California. Oh, it's factual enough: The people in this film really exist, and so does the pet cemetery. But Morris is not concerned with his apparent subject. He has made a film about life and death, pride and shame, deception and betrayal, and the stubborn quirkiness of human nature.

He points his camera at his subjects and lets them talk. But he points it for hours on end, patiently until finally they use the language in ways that reveal their most hidden parts. I am moved by the son who speaks of success but cannot grasp it, the old man whose childhood pet was killed, the cocky guy who runs the tallow plant, the woman who speaks of her dead pet and says, "There's your dog, and your dog's dead. But there has to be something that made it move. Isn't there?" In those words is the central question of every religion. And then, in the extraordinary centerpiece of the film, there is the old woman Florence Rasmussen, sitting in the doorway of her home, delivering a spontaneous monolog that Faulkner would have killed to have written.

" La Dolce Vita "

Fellini's 1960 film has grown passe in some circles, I'm afraid, but I love it more than ever. Forget about its message, about the "sweet life" along Rome's Via Veneto, or about the contrasts between the sacred and the profane. Simply look at Fellini's ballet of movement and sound, the graceful way he choreographs the camera, the way the actors move. He never made a more "Felliniesque" film, or a better one.

Then sneak up on the subject from inside. Forget what made this film trendy and scandalous more than 30 years ago. Ask what it really says. It is about a man ( Marcello Mastroianni in his definitive performance) driven to distraction by his hunger for love, and driven to despair by his complete inability to be able to love. He seeks love from the neurosis of his fiancee, through the fleshy carnality of a movie goddess, from prostitutes and princesses. He seeks it in miracles and drunkenness, at night and at dawn. He thinks he can glimpse it in the life of his friend Steiner, who has a wife and children and a home where music is played and poetry read. But Steiner is as despairing as he is. And finally Marcello gives up and sells out and at dawn sees a pale young girl who wants to remind him of the novel he meant to write someday, but he is hung over and cannot hear her shouting across the waves, and so the message is lost.

" Notorious "

I do not have the secret of Alfred Hitchcock and neither, I am convinced, does anyone else. He made movies that do not date, that fascinate and amuse, that everybody enjoys and that shout out in every frame that they are by Hitchcock. In the world of film he was known simply as The Master. But what was he the Master of? What was his philosophy, his belief, his message? It appears that he had none. His purpose was simply to pluck the strings of human emotion -- to play the audience, he said, like a piano. Hitchcock was always hidden behind the genre of the suspense film, but as you see his movies again and again, the greatness stays after the suspense becomes familiar. He made pure movies.

" Notorious " is my favorite Hitchcock, a pairing of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, with Claude Rains the tragic third corner of the triangle. Because she loves Grant, she agrees to seduce Rains, a Nazi spy. Grant takes her act of pure love as a tawdry thing, proving she is a notorious woman. And when Bergman is being poisoned, he misreads her confusion as drunkenness. While the hero plays a rat, however, the villain (Rains) becomes an object of sympathy. He does love this woman. He would throw over all of Nazi Germany for her, probably -- if he were not under the spell of his domineering mother, who pulls his strings until they choke him.

" Raging Bull "

Ten years ago, Martin Scorsese's " Taxi Driver " was on my list of the ten best films. I think " Raging Bull " addresses some of the same obsessions, and is a deeper and more confident film. Scorsese used the same actor, Robert De Niro , and the same screenwriter, Paul Schrader , for both films, and they have the same buried themes: A man's jealousy about a woman, made painful by his own impotence, and expressed through violence.

Some day if you want to see movie acting as good as any ever put on the screen, look at a scene two-thirds of the way through " Raging Bull ." It takes place in the living room of Jake LaMotta, the boxing champion played by De Niro. He is fiddling with a TV set. His wife comes in, says hello, kisses his brother, and goes upstairs. This begins to bother LaMotta. He begins to quiz his brother ( Joe Pesci ). The brother says he don't know nothin'. De Niro says maybe he doesn't know what he knows. The way the dialog expresses the inner twisting logic of his jealousy is insidious. De Niro keeps talking, and Pesci tries to run but can't hide. And step by step, word by word, we witness a man helpless to stop himself from destroying everyone who loves him.

" The Third Man "

This movie is on the altar of my love for the cinema. I saw it for the first time in a little fleabox of a theater on the Left Bank in Paris, in 1962, during my first $5 a day trip to Europe. It was so sad, so beautiful, so romantic, that it became at once a part of my own memories -- as if it had happened to me. There is infinite poignancy in the love that the failed writer Holly Martins ( Joseph Cotten ) feels for the woman ( Alida Valli ) who loves the "dead" Harry Lime (Orson Welles). Harry treats her horribly, but she loves her idea of him, he neither he nor Holly can ever change that. Apart from the story, look at the visuals! The tense conversation on the giant ferris wheel. The giant, looming shadows at night. The carnivorous faces of people seen in the bombed-out streets of postwar Vienna, where the movie was shot on location. The chase through the sewers. And of course the moment when the cat rubs against a shoe in a doorway, and Orson Welles makes the most dramatic entrance in the history of the cinema. All done to the music of a single zither.

I have very particular reasons for including this film, which is the least familiar title on my list but one which I defy anyone to watch without fascination. No other film I have ever seen does a better job of illustrating the mysterious and haunting way in which the cinema bridges time. The movies themselves play with time, condensing days or years into minutes or hours. Then going to old movies defies time, because we see and hear people who are now dead, sounding and looking exactly the same. Then the movies toy with our personal time, when we revisit them, by recreating for us precisely the same experience we had before. Then look what Michael Apted does with time in this documentary, which he began more than 30 years ago. He made a movie called "7-Up" for British television. It was about a group of British 7-year-olds, their dreams, fears, ambitions, families, prospects. Fair enough. Then, seven years later, he made "14 Up," revisiting them. Then came "21 Up" and, in 1985. " 28 Up ," and next year, just in time for the Sight & Sound list, will come " 35 Up ." And so the film will continue to grow... 42... 49... 56... 63... until Apted or his subjects are dead.

The miracle of the film is that it shows us that the seeds of the man are indeed in the child. In a sense, the destinies of all of these people can be guessed in their eyes, the first time we see them. Some do better than we expect, some worse, one seems completely bewildered. But the secret and mystery of human personality is there from the first. This ongoing film is an experiment unlike anything else in film history.

" 2001: A Space Odyssey "

Film can take us where we cannot go. It can also take our minds outside their shells, and this film by Stanley Kubrick is one of the great visionary experiences in the cinema. Yes, it was a landmark of special effects, so convincing that years later the astronauts, faced with the reality of outer space, compared it to "2001." But it was also a landmark of non-narrative, poetic filmmaking, in which the connections were made by images, not dialog or plot. An ape uses to learn a bone as a weapon, and this tool, flung into the air, transforms itself into a space ship--the tool that will free us from the bondage of this planet. And then the spaceship takes man on a voyage into the interior of what may be the mind of another species.

The debates about the "meaning" of this film still go on. Surely the whole point of the film is that it is beyond meaning, that it takes its character to a place he is so incapable of understanding that a special room--sort of a hotel room--has to be prepared for him there, so that he will not go mad. The movie lyrically and brutally challenges us to break out of the illusion that everyday mundane concerns are what must preoccupy us. It argues that surely man did not learn to think and dream, only to deaden himself with provincialism and selfishness. "2001" is a spiritual experience. But then all good movies are.

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“It’s No Wonder That People Reject Westerns”: Kevin Costner Explains What “Lazy” Westerns Get Wrong & Why Horizon’s Better

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  • Horizon: An American Saga faces poor early reviews and box office woes, potentially repeating Costner's past failures like Wyatt Earp .
  • Part 1 's lengthy 181-minute runtime mirrors past criticisms of his bloated Western films, dampening box office expectations for the epic saga.
  • Costner's personal and financial stakes are high, with millions invested and potential consequences for his legacy and future projects.

Kevin Costner's marathon Western movie series Horizon: An American Saga is off to a rough start thanks to some poor early reviews , which puts him on track to repeat one of the most infamous failures of his career. The sprawling Western adventure will weave together a series of interconnected stories across four movies, each theorized to run around three hours. Horizon: An American Saga - Part 1 will hit theaters on June 28th, 2024, with the immediate sequel set to release just a few weeks later on August 16th, 2024.

Unfortunately for Costner, who has a massive personal stake in the epic saga that has been his long-developing passion project, the box office prospects for Horizon look bleak if not outright disastrous. While the Academy Award winner is no stranger to box office flops, Costner is now in danger of repeating a particularly similar failure from 30 years ago if box office projections hold. Horizon' s failure may in fact surpass that earlier Western flop due to how much Costner has given up personally and professionally to will it into existence.

Horizon Could Be Another Expensive Western Box Office Failure Like Wyatt Earp

The 1994 epic didn't even recoup its budget.

While the sci-fi epic Waterworld may be his most famous box office bomb, Kevin Costner was also the driving force behind the lengthy 1994 biographical Western drama Wyatt Earp . Based on the real-life exploits of the eponymous U.S. Marshal, Wyatt Earp was released just a few months after the profitable and acclaimed ensemble Western classic Tombstone , which featured many of the exact same characters, settings, and events. While Tombstone nearly tripled its $25 million budget at the box office, Wyatt Earp managed just $56 million on a budget of $63 million .

Kevin Costner was actually supposed to be involved in Tombstone , but his disagreement over the prominence of the character of Wyatt Earp led to him creating Wyatt Earp with director Lawrence Kasdan.

Ironically, many of the reasons that reviews for Horizon: An American Saga are so bad were also prevalent in criticisms of Wyatt Earp . Primary among them was that the movie's bloated 190-minute runtime obscured the better elements of the movie, such as the direction, cinematography, and acting. Horizon: An American Saga - Part 1 has a runtime of 181 minutes, with a similar runtime projected for the three subsequent parts of the story. All other criticisms aside, a traditional Western with a runtime like that stands little chance of box office viability.

Why Horizon Being A Box Office Bomb Will Be Worse For Costner Than Wyatt Earp

Costner's personal and professional stakes are greater.

While Wyatt Earp was critically panned and a failure at the box office, it did very little to dim Kevin Costner's star power. He bounced back in the next few years with the classic sports movies Tin Cup and For Love of the Game , and he has remained one of Hollywood's true A-listers in the last two decades. However, Horizon: An American Saga 's failure would be even more disastrous for Costner than Wyatt Earp due to the damage it could do to him both personally and professionally.

Kevin Costner's Highest-Grossing Movies

1990

$366.6 million

1991

$329.8 million

1992

$246.8 million

1995

$170.2 million

1987

$163.6 million

Costner has famously invested millions of his own dollars into the project, even mortgaging coastal land that he owns to put the funds together to produce the first two parts of Horizon . A box office failure would be financially disastrous for the actor/director/producer , and could impact whether the final two parts of the saga can even be completed. Costner has already begun filming Part 3 , which means even more money is going into the project before the first two parts have even hit theaters.

Additionally, Horizon 's struggles make Costner's exit from the hit drama Yellowstone look even worse. While it could have truly just been about his desire to pursue his passion project, the bevy of rumors about behind-the-scenes drama on the Taylor Sheridan show cast doubt and suspicion over Costner's decision. The potential failure of Horizon: An American Saga after his abandonment of Yellowstone could be a black mark on the record of the Hollywood icon.

What Went Wrong With Wyatt Earp's Box Office

The 1994 movie was overambitious and poorly timed.

Kevin Costner as Wyatt Earp Shoots a Pistol Into the Distance in Wyatt Earp 1994

Overall, the biggest issue with the Wyatt Earp box office was most likely the movie's proximity to the 1993 hit Tombstone . The Costner movie came to theaters just six months after the similar title, which likely took a significant chunk out of its theatrical potential. While it didn't underperform by a significant margin compared to the earlier movie, its production budget being more than twice that of its competitor nevertheless stymied its ability to scrape together a profit . Below, see a comparison of the critical and commercial success of both movies:

Movie Title

Release Date

Budget

Box Office

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score

December 25, 1993

$25 million

$73.2 million

73%

94%

June 24, 1994

$63 million

$56 million

32%

61%

If Wyatt Earp had similarly only cost $25 million, it would have come much closer to being in the black. Between theaters keeping half of ticket sales and marketing costs likely being somewhat high on top of the bloated budget, the 1994 Western may still not have earned a pure profit in theaters. However, its performance on home video could have bolstered its financial prospects considerably if its budget wasn't $63 million, which likely meant that its break-even point was $126 million or more .

There are also other factors that likely bled into its underperformance. The first is its run time, which was three hours and 11 minutes as compared to the still epic but considerably slimmer run time of Tombstone , which only lasted 2 hours and 10 minutes. Reviews for Wyatt Earp were also overwhelmingly negative. While modern audiences on Rotten Tomatoes have responded to the movie better than critics at the time, word of mouth likely wasn't as strong for the movie as it would have been for Tombstone .

Why Horizon's Box Office Projections Are So Bleak & What It Means For Parts 2, 3 & 4

Will kevin costner get to complete his western quadrilogy.

There are several likely reasons that Horizon 's box office projections are suffering, and they are almost the exact same issues that plagued Wyatt Earp . The first is the critical reaction. The early Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 reviews that came out of its May 19 premiere at Cannes landed the movie a thoroughly rotten Tomatometer score of 43% at the time of writing. The movie may also be hampered by a bloated 3 hour and 1 minute run time, which reduces the amount of possible screenings per day in addition to potentially scaring off viewers with busier schedules.

It seems likely that Chapter 2 will still be released in theaters as planned...

The box office performance of the upcoming Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 could make or break the franchise. It still seems likely that Chapter 2 will be released in theaters as planned, considering its proximity to Chapter 1 . Tickets are also being sold to both titles in tandem, so it seems unlikely it would be pulled from theaters unless the box office is truly catastrophic. However, if both installments are substantial failures, it could potentially force Chapter 3 to reduce its budget and see Chapter 4 get scrapped entirely.

Ultimately, the first movie may connect with Costner's Yellowstone audience and become a success when it reaches VOD and audiences can watch it at home. However, it remains to be seen if the project's substantial budget prevents it from ever breaking even, just like Wyatt Earp . The first two chapters of Horizon: An American Saga reportedly cost around $100 million altogether (including $38 million of Costner's own money), meaning they will likely have a collective break-even point of $200 million or more.

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Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1

Horizon: An American Saga - Chapter 1 is a Western film directed by Kevin Costner, and sees him in the starring role. The film explores multiple generations surrounding the expansion of the American West before and after the Civil War. Horizon is the first in a series of four films, all of which were greenlit by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Westbrook Middle School students Bella Zollarcoffer, Priscila Nzolameso and Sarikong Oak held tables educating and informing the community on Black hair history at Westbrook’s Juneteenth celebration last year. Cullen McIntyre/Staff Photographer

Juneteenth, which became both a federal and state holiday in 2021 , celebrates the anniversary of federal troops’ arrival in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to ensure all enslaved people had been freed. This year, the holiday falls on Wednesday, but celebrations are happening over the next two weeks.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. –  Indigo Arts Alliance presents The Welcome Table, an intergenerational symposium celebrating global cultural and culinary histories. Activities include art, movement and meditation workshops led by activists and cultural workers. 60 Cove St., Portland.  indigoartsalliance.me

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  Victoria Mansion is hosting a community day with free admission and a recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation by local actors. 109 Danforth St. Portland.  victoriamansion.org

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –  Space and the Tate House Museum are putting on a Juneteenth community day with free admission and tours of Ashley Page’s “Imagining Freedom” exhibit at the museum. The historical art piece puts viewers into the shoes of an enslaved woman named Bet. 1267 Westbrook St., Portland.  space538.org Advertisement

1-6:30 p.m. –  The first event of “The City that Carries Us: Pain, Streets, and Heartbeats” will take place at the Public Theatre in Lewiston. The celebration will have a parade and a block party with performances, as well as scheduled activities and rituals throughout the day. It is hosted by the organization Maine Inside Out. 31 Maple St., Lewiston, maineinsideout.org

2-3 p.m. –  Through “Poems of Reckoning and Resilience,” the Portland Museum of Art and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance seek to honor the legacy of Black Americans. Featured poet Nathan McClain will join local poets in the Great Hall at the museum to celebrate Black liberation and creativity. The museum is also offering free admission Saturday through Monday, in celebration of both Juneteenth and Pride Month. 7 Congress Square, Portland.  mainewriters.org

11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. –  The fifth annual Juneteenth Celebration on House Island in Casco Bay will focus on Black joy, as well as nature, health and economic opportunity. Guests can stay for one or two days, and partake in activities like camping, hiking, yoga and games, all led by BIPOC leaders. Fortland, House Island, Portland.  eventbrite.com

4:30-7 p.m. –  The Community Organizing Alliance is putting on an event with speakers, live performances, poetry readings, a voter registration drive and catering by Bab’s Table. There will also be opportunities to get involved in the racial justice movement. The Atrium at Bates Mill, 36 Chestnut St., Lewiston.  eventbrite.com

1-3 p.m. –  Riverbank Park in Westbrook will host a community event with art, poetry, music and guest speakers. There will also be a barbecue picnic, a student fashion show, hair braiding, pick-up soccer and more activities sponsored by the city. 667 Main St., Westbrook.  On Facebook.

7-8 p.m. –  The Portland Yoga Project is putting on a class called “Liberated Breath: A Juneteenth Yoga Experience” that seeks to reflect on the holiday through yoga. The class is free for BIPOC community members and is sponsored by the Portland Public Library. 7 Bedford St., Portland, allevents.in

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