Four new Easter week reviews from Don Shanahan on Every Movie Has a Lesson

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I KILL GIANTS

For the YA film demographic, I would trade the dozens of run-of-the-mill repetitive and mindless roller coaster rides for more stories and movies that engage and matter like I Kill Giants.  Following in the footsteps of the likes of Pete’s Dragon and A Monster Calls in recent years, we have a more adult fairy tale that is not shy about heavy themes and strong emotions and enlightens them with a level of imagination that is fragile and brutal with its beauty at the same time.   It’s the kind of film, with its underlying sensitivity covered by a tough shell, that teen audiences need to absorb for their own good of maturation.

READY PLAYER ONE

Ready Player One is the liveliest Spielberg film in a decade or more.  You could spend hours pausing every frame of this film to discover and relish in the multitude of buried treasures, making the film’s rewatch and replay value tremendous.  The nostalgia factor of this film should be a high-score badge of achievement and not a knock of pitiful pandering. Dream fulfillment is a worthy and ambitious target for audience inspiration.  That tangible sensation equals the desired blissful excitement this film delivers.

MOHAWK

Their maddening pursuit for prisoners takes the opponents into a rustic valley of Mohawk turf with a river bordering one side and the full war on the other.   One by one, grizzly deaths dwindle numbers on both sides until the prophetic zinger line of “we’re the only monsters left out here” brings forth another plane of peril.  The aggressive hunt turns ethereal and truly primal towards a crackling climax of mist and fire.

PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST

Removing the religious marrow from the bones of Paul, Apostle of Christ will not weaken the story being told by the film.  At its core, the reverent desire to document an enlightened jailed man’s life story before his pending death is a respectful measure of learning and commitment anyone from any walk of life can appreciate.  Moreover, when the purpose of recording is to carry on the prisoner’s mission, the sense of regard grows. Once the spiritual gravity of the “who” and the “what” is applied, the importance of this chronicle increases even further.

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