Saulnier's visual storytelling and wonderful cinematography, along with a superb, soul-destroyed, ordinary man, performance from Macon Blair, elevates this relatively simple tale of revenge. Theres minimal dialogue, so, its highly dependant on Blair's expressive and emotive performance; the eyes being the window to the soul was never more true. Its extremely tense throughout and quite unpredictable (thanks, in part, to the barest of backstory), and when violence does occur, its sharp and brutal. I admit to wincing a number of times!
Eurgh. Where to start...
I'll be kind and start with the good -
Spidey swinging through the city
De Haan was really good as Harry Osborn
The final scenes
Now, the bad -
Awful script and dialogue
Overblown and overlong
Rubbish, 'Schumacher-ised', villains - Electro dweeb, comedic grunting Rhino and Troll-y Goblin
The bouncing rap music guff for Electro
Special mention for the woeful evil german scientist straight out of 'Allo 'Allo
Feck, i can't be arsed...
it was a steaming pile of Rhino poo!
I wasn't enamoured with the first film so this definitely surprised me; i didn't expect a rather dark political thriller. Right from the start we're thrown into the action, theres very little padding and the story moves along at quite a brisk pace. It actually feels more like Avengers 1.5 rather than a Captain America film due to the amount of screen time devoted to supporting characters, but i wasn't complaining as it was très entertainin'!
Hiddleston great. Hemsworth good. Portman lifeless. Dennings godawful. Eccleston tries his best through a face caked in makeup but his villain is possibly the most bland, motivationless villain ever.
Even through my cold addled state there was little enjoyment to be had. 2hrs of meh!
Stan Lee's cameo was about the highlight of it all.
A satisfying, fun-filled, sci-fi actioneer with healthy dollops of humour (mainly provided by the entertaining deaths of Cruise). As many have mentioned, it bares comparison to Source Code and Starship Troopers, but, really, its a video game shooter brought to the big screen. With Cruise having to replay until he gets good enough to bring down the big bad. Unfortunately though, the ending lets it down a bit. The straightforward, generic, Hollywood ending is made even more disappointing upon discovering the end of the original manga.
A story about the distortion of the american dream and a satire on sensationalist journalism, Dan Gilroy's debut feature is captivating from the outset and hands down the best film i've seen this year.
Gyllenhaal's performance as the creepy, bug-eyed, sociopath, Lou Bloom (with a touch of Bale's Bateman) is a revelation; he completely embodies the character. Russo as the newsroom exec and Ahmed as Bloom's employee play the immoral / moral roles and produce fine performances but its Gyllenhaal…
With Interstellar, Nolan strives for a similar profoundness to that found in 2001: A Space Odyssey but he doesn't quite achieve the level of Kubrick's masterpiece; his reach does extend his grasp somewhat.
It has a fairly hefty runtime yet the film still feels a little rushed throughout. Its a bit disjointed with cuts through to certain scenes, such as, the shift from earth to space. I can understand this to a certain extent due to its already lengthy runtime…
Its not particularly scary and to be honest theres not a lot of wolf action (some of it is hidden behind trees!) but the performances and the wonderful, creepy, set design and atmosphere enhance the really, quite tragic story.
Btw, Lon Chaney Jr as Claude Rain's son? His mother must have been some size, he certainly didn't take after his father!