By no means a bad film, but not a very good one either. Condon keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace, jumping from cut to cut, trying to generate energy and momentum. It mostly succeeds at being moderately entertaining, but never anything more.
Condon presents an evenhanded depiction of Assange for the first half of the film's 2hr. running time, but once the Afghan war logs are released, the film quickly segues into character-assassination territory, repeatedly insisting with relentless…
“Do you want to hear a scary story?”
“Um... do you?”
“So, there’s this disabled kid...”
“This isn’t scary.”
“It gets scary, so there’s this kid...”
“What’s wrong with him?”
“That’s... not a thing.”
“He’s sort of lumpy.”
“You’re a terrible person.”
“...and he drowns.”
“A terrible, terrible person.”
“Then his mum comes back and kills all the kids that were responsible for this death, then they kill her.”
“Okay, getting better.”
“Then one of…
PTA’s long-awaited and uncompromising chronicle of cultdom, the elusive nature of power, and the deep need for acceptance in the wake of debilitating post-war angst is as over-stuffed with on-screen talent as it is lacking in coherent engagement. Hoffman and Phoenix lay themselves bare, but are hampered by a failure to fulfil a basic tenet of the medium: there isn’t a soltitary developed character for which to feel an ounce of identification or sympathy.
Phoenix is a marvel as he…
Before I start this review, I’d like to say the following: If you liked or even loved the film, that is fine. I frankly envy you. This is a film I wanted to love. But I didn’t, for reasons I will go into during this review.
Previous to this rewatch, I had last seen The Dark Knight Rises at the midnight premiere. The idea of a filmmaker finishing off a comic book trilogy and summing up their run of a…
This film has no right to be as good as it is. It is predictable, it is about guys beating each other up, it is a testosterone filled fight film with all the subtelty of a freight train and it is unbelievably melodramatic.
Yeah, whatever, this film (wait for it, there's an incredible pun coming) knocked me out cold.
Films like this don't need to be groundbreaking, they need to be engaging. If Rocky was someone you couldn't root for,…