• Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon / Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018) - A vast improvement over the first part . 8/10 (06/01/19)

    Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon / Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2018)

    Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days is the sequel to Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and a vast improvement over the first part that suffered from a chaotic story line, exaggerated special effects and shallow characters. This sequel gives the characters involved more depth by telling their moving background stories that are all cleverly interwoven. The plot is more structured despite numerous flashbacks and side stories and leaves no questions unanswered at the end. The special effects are still present but used with precision, intellect and care this time around.

    There are only a few minor elements to criticize. The movie is slightly overlong with a length of one hundred forty-two minutes. The film could have been shortened by at least fifteen minutes or so in the middle section. Another problem is that the film tries to be a tearjerker and while several scenes are genuinely moving, the last third of the film feels overtly melancholic. It's so intense towards the end that it almost becomes a parody.

    Still, the character development, detailed plot and better use of special effects make this blockbuster a vast improvement over the first part. If you haven't watched the first movie however, you won't fully understand what's going on in this one. If one puts the two movies together as a complete piece of art, it's a decent to very good blockbuster comparable to contemporary Hollywood cinema with its breathtaking effects but at times shallow stories.

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