The first ten minutes had me squirming with fructose overload but then I settled in to the joyous magic of this film.
Once Cate Blanchett arrives with one of the best reveal shots ever and starts milking every frame wonderfully the film can do no wrong. It's crack for young girls dreaming of being princesses if they still do such a thing, but happily gives Cinderella much more bite as a character and stops her being the simple pushover of…
Subtle, even and carefully paced. Foxcatcher is lifted into the realms of great films by what it doesn't choose to do, rather than what it does. The plot and pacing shows fantastic restraint to let the actors carefully and honestly play out each character's arc to what becomes a startling conclusion after such measured pacing.
Each of the 3 main actors nail their performances and Carell is only let down by the obviousness of his prosthesis. He's terrific, as is…
There are some real nuggets of brilliance in this, particularly the end which has parallels with District 9, but otherwise is a bit let down by the obvious lack of acting skills in the Die Antwoord pair and some other poor casting (the bad boss guy in particular). It's a shame too, because Chappie's characterisation and animation is excellent.
The film smuggles in such rich ideas but that it still feels amateurish, even with such amazing VFX is bizarre. It's excellence in the last act just made me wish it could go on another 2 hours as it really got interesting then.