Interstellar is a frustrating film. The combination of stunning visuals, interesting sci-fi ideas and a powerful central relationship between the protagonist and his daughter should have added up to a winner, but it isn't quite able to pull it all together.
There's a great 100-120 minute film buried in here somewhere, smothered by a second act that feels like one big concession to the fact that this is an action blockbuster. Despite all the impressive water effects and exploding spaceships…
An enjoyable throwback horror let down by a couple of significant missteps.
Claiming in your marketing to evoke the likes of M.R. James is a dangerous game, but in Lord of Tears this is no hollow boast. The film is a very traditional ghost story clearly very strongly influenced by the likes of "A Warning to the Curious" and "Whistle and I'll Come to You", especially when it comes to the distant, ever watching menace of the Owl Man.
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…