McDonagh's second feature, after the superb "The Guard", being another collaboration with Gleeson was an incredibly exciting prospect, and for the most part Calvary doesn't disappoint.
The switch to comedy drama rather than straight up comedy works well for the most part, with Gleeson shining in the lead and the black humour working just as well as always, but it's not without its faults.
In some ways it feels a bit too Father Ted. Gleeson, much like Dermot Morgan's Ted,…
Having now seen Gravity in both 2D and 3D I feel confident in saying that, despite what some critics are saying, it's not the saviour 3D was waiting for. The effect is impressive for the first 10 minutes or do, but beyond that I stopped noticing it and kept wishing I could go back to watching it with less blurring and better brightness and colour.
The film itself is phenomenal either way. The first viewing absolutely blew me away, and…
Reasonably entertaining whenever Kurt Russell is on screen, but the excessive foot fetish bullshit and lack of interesting characters mean only the pretty average action sequences provide any real enjoyment. The deliberately sloppy editing and film damage gimmick quickly wears thin too.
If you were asked to describe a smug, self-satisfied "hipster" film, you'd probably come up with something like this. This just makes it all the more surprisingly that Frances Ha is a genuinely funny, relatable picture.
Having such an instantly likeable protagonist certainly helps. Gerwig is fantastic, and even pulls off some excellent physical comedy in a film which mostly runs on clever, snappy dialogue. This is constantly amusing but never delivers any belly laughs, so dropping a pratfall or…