Having seen the stage version of this musical more times than I care to mention, I was pretty reluctant to see the film, but after hearing good things I thought I'd give it a go. My reaction is mixed.
Anne Hathaway completely steals the show. Her performance is astounding; tragic, totally moving and utterly compelling. She is wonderful to watch.
It is gorgeous to look at. The aesthetic things, sets, costumes, cinematography etc. are spectacular and beautifully done…
Django Unchained is a whole world away from anything Tarantino has bought us before. It is not a genre film with the kind of postmodern nihilistic attitude that one has come to expect from him. If Inglourious Basterds was Tarantino leaving behind the cartoon gangster tropes of his earlier career, Django Unchained is him truly growing up. Even as a long term fan of Tarantino's work, the film is difficult to watch. It's a harrowing & uncomfortable depiction of an equally…
Half a star is generous for this saccharine, irritatingly quirky, vomit inducing and barely veiled pro-life tirade.
Ellen Page's character Juno is a self-righteous cow with a ludicrously high opinion of herself, Jennifer Garner is face-punchingly dumb and all the other characters are suffering the same post-Napoleon Dynamite need to be quirky as every other indie movie is at present.
I wish I could wipe the part of my brain that remembers seeing this film.