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Opinion of the Week (Feb. 26 ‒ Mar. 4, 2017)
Last week, three movies I watched were Hidden Figures, La La Land, and Arrival. All of them are nominated for Best Picture at the 89th Academy Awards, which are being ceremonialized today [Feb. 26]. In my opinion, all of these movies are moderately good movies, and in a way, I have a feeling that these movies in moderation are representing as a whole the moderate quality of all of the Oscar categories this year. I give all of these movies a 7 (Arrival with a 7+), and if any of these movies wins Best Picture, that's okay with me. For moral reasons I normally prefer for a movie that's not rated R to win Best Picture, and with that in mind, I'm rooting against Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight, though some R-rated nominees sometimes or often have positive messages anyway. There are two movies that are not rated R that I still haven't seen, which are Fences and Lion, though both of those have been recommended directly to me, and I may see those someday, but I haven't had the high interest level enough to see them yet. Mostly I'm rooting for the movies that I've seen, and I'm okay with any of them.
Hidden Figures is a movie that feels like an Oscar-contending drama, with race/gender imbalance themes combined with the math/science themes. The race/gender part makes it feel like a typical Oscar movie, but the math/science part combined with it made it feel like it was something that I could find interesting.
La La Land is a good and impressive movie with exuberant song and dance sequences that I would say are more good than bad, and there's a variety of emotional feelings in them, but I'm not able to say that it's a great romantic story more than an okay one, and I'm not right now taking it to be an inspirational and unforgettable musical. It's my least favorite of the three, but only by a minuscule amount behind Hidden Figures.
Arrival is a sci-fi story of a different kind, with aliens visiting earth and no invasively violent destruction going on. It looks like and tells its story as a more thoughtful dramatic story about communication, but it's not a very complete story. It's not great, but it's my favorite of the three, I guess because of the thought-provoking alien story that it is.
I'm in favor of Zootopia winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, the award I most closely care about, because it's the best movie of the year that earned an Oscar nomination, but it would have been a better Oscar year if Kung Fu Panda 3 and/or Finding Dory were able to secure nominations there.
Doctor Strange is the movie that best deserves the award for Best Visual Effects.
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