Slow West is one of the prettiest films I've seen in a long time. As immaculately framed as it is and as gorgeous as the locations are, it's the colour that really struck me. It has this bright, vibrant palette that almost looks wrong at first. This isn't how westerns are supposed to look. It's a bold choice and one that pays off big time, because the film isn't just beautiful, it's also unique.
It's a leisurely paced film, more…
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Jurassic World is not a Jurassic Park film. The series have always been adventure movies, this is straight up action. It isn't a change for the better. It's full of stock characters, from the prudish love interest who secretly loves the rugged, quipping action hero to the comic relief nerd and bullheaded military man. Coming from a series previously lead by a grumpy scientist and then Jeff Goldblum as Jeff Goldblum, this is a big step backwards.
The dialogue is…
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…