And the prize for the most surreal film I'm likely to see all year goes to... This one!
I knew going in that this was a film that would likely set my teeth on edge (and I was right) but I went in because I wanted to make up my own mind.
Yes, it's surreal and yes it has flaws (a *lot* of them) but I have seen it and feel I can now weep for feminism.
I've now seen this twice, which should give a clue as to how much I enjoyed this film. Again it hit a good number of my (narrative) kinks as well as being a feast for the eyes and ears.
Granted, it shares a number of it's ideas with films that have gone before it but it carries off those ideas with the same aplomb as many of those other movies did. And unless I'm mistaken, it does so passing Bechdel* in the process too!
*according to my understanding - ymmv
I'm a latecomer to the movies of Steven Soderbergh, starting with Haywire which I loved and Magic Mike which I also very much enjoyed (for not the same reasons as many might think!).
This kept me entertained and guessing right to the end. All in all a very enjoyable film.
I originally saw this a long time ago, too early in the morning (couldn't sleep, I think) and was both enchanted and left cold by this film.
Maturity has it's occasional benefits;)
Parts of it have not aged well - some parts have. Certainly the roll call of actors who are in this (nearly all Irish actors of a certain age are in this - Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Ciaran Hinds) is rather impressive - two (now) real-life knights (Stewart and Mirren) make this a rather bloody, bawdy romp that's well worth a revisit
This is the second film to go on my 'Stinkers of 2013' list. And I say that as someone who enjoyed the 1st film. No, really, I did! And not just because Christopher Eccleston was smokin' hot in a three piece suit and a scottish accent.
Everything that made the 1st one enjoyable was thrown out of the window without so much a 'by-your-leave'. That Marlon Wayans is not in this should be a clue as to how *bad* this is.
The one saving grace of this film - the stuff with the ninjas should have been given it's own film; which would be far more enjoyable than this dreck.
Saw the 3D version of this - talk about gilding the lily, because this film is practically perfect as it is. Still a delight from start to finish and a lot better than most other animation films out there right now.
Whether this is Andrew Stanton's best film is a matter of debate (I'd say that honour firmly belongs to Wall-e) but it is still a classic. And the credits song will now remind me of a great night out with friends earlier this year.
I really liked this, could have done without the 3D but that's just me. It worked as a very good retelling of the old story. Nicolas Hoult was a very likeable hero, ably supported by the eminently dashing Ewan McGregor. Eddie Marsdan has a great line about cake, which makes perfect sense. Unlike most of my reviews but hey!
Also further proof that any film with Stanley Tucci in the cast is going to be worth a look (a theory that will be strained by his appearance in Transformers IV)
This is also on the list of films I want to show to my nephew when he is old enough for such things.
Danny Boyle does it again. Creates a gorgeous, twisty, turny film that keeps you guessing right up to the very end. Methinks that Mr Boyle might have been watching Christopher Nolan's Memento before filming but that's of no consequence - both are superb films that deliver on all counts.
As with all Boyle efforts - the soundtrack is a corker and did I mention that James MacAvoy has never looked more beautiful? He does and there is one scene for which a number of brain cells died happily for the cause of the female gaze. It also means that, if I wanted to, I could describe what both the young Prof X and Magento look like in the nude (other than extremely hot thank you!)
I'd like to think that if Del Toro had been able to direct The Hobbit - it would have looked a *lot* like this. I first saw this film when it came out and it has haunted me ever since with it's visual imagery and with it's darkness.
Is it a dream, is it reality? All I know is that the end makes me cry and the lullaby is possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of music in cinema