A man is surrounded by strange events and odd neighbors in this adaptation of Chris Millis' novel.
Produkts atslābušiem seriāla Little Britain cienītājiem. Kā arī mēģinājums vēl viena dīvainīša (par iepriekšējo uzskatu austrāliešu Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids) ievilkšanu meinstrīma amerikāņu komēdijās) iesakņošanai Holivudā. Ceru, ka neizdosies, jo gluži vienkārši - viņš ir garlaicīgs. Tāpat kā filma. Tā būtu nostrādājusi kā viena 20-30min gara seriāla sērija. Šķita arī James Caan, Juno Temple, Johnny Knoxville, Dolph Lundgren (jā!), Peter Stormare, Billy Crystal u.c. dalība šajā, par filmu dēvētajā, veidojumā, garlaiko un liek kaunēties vienlaicīgi.
Laikam jau naudu visiem vajag.
Spun is one of my favorite movies, this is now one of my least favorites.
This movie is strange, and I can't quite decide if it was good strange or bad strange. It's certainly unique, which I like, containing a crazy cocktail of quirky, disturbing, amusing, and depressing, but I'm not sure if all of it works well together or not. I may need another viewing to decide.
Small Apartments is an off kilter black comedy that initially was reminding me of a more manic and coke fueled Oliver Stone effort. It was bothering me that the movie seemed familiar, so I looked up the director (Jonas Ackerlund) during it and saw that he did Spun. That was it…it was Spun, but replace the meth use with psychosis. I was not much of a fan of that movie, nor this either, but the cast and their willingness is inspired.
Matt Lucas leads an assortment of players including Juno Temple (underage sexpot), Billy Crystal, James Caan, Peter Stormare (plays a mean dead body), Johnny Knoxville, James Mardsen, Amanda Plummer, Dolph Lundren etc. Has its moments, but too edit heavy…
A frustrating watch. Akerlund assembles a truly unique cast (Matt Lucas, Johnny Knoxville, Dolph Lundgren, Juno Temple, James Caan, Billy Crystal...) and then proceeds to completely squander their talent in this meandering, clumsily told tale of a bunch eccentrics sharing an apartment building.
Weird but good.
I considered just writing "awful" over and over again until I felt that I had made my point, but where would that get me?
Small Apartments is... odd. Urgh, I'm just cringing at the thought of it. It wasn't exactly messy, it had a good structure and characters were well developed; Jonas Åkerlund obviously knows how to make a good film, or to adapt one at least, but the film itself was a bizzare catastrophe.
I enjoyed some of the characters - Juno Temple, Johnny Knoxville and Billy Crystal all had their moments - but I couldn't stand Matt Lucas' character from the moment he appeared in his pants blowing a Swedish cowhorn, so it was all rather wasted in the end.
Worst of all, it wasn't funny in the slightest. Not one laugh. I kind of hate it.
"Iets op een mooie manier in beeld brengen, is echter niet hetzelfde als een verhaal vertellen. Er is weinig aandacht besteed aan het script of aan de invulling van de personages."
I was always a big fan of Jonas Akerlund's Spun, which I thought had a bravura style and a great cast. Small Apartments doesn't quite have the same amount of visual fireworks (though it is definitely stylized, especially the color) but it shares with that film a pretty great cast. Billy Crystal is legit excellent as the tired Fire Investigator, the great James Caan as a pissed off artist, Dolph Lundgren in an incredibly over the top and hilarious role of a grossly tanned, dyed and slicked haired self-help "psychologist" who also seems obsessed with body building.
It wasn't anything brilliant but it was funny, surprisingly heartfelt and fun to look at.
Film strange, weird characters, strange scenes is what I remember about the movie.
The film could have been better if it had a more developed argument, there are times when the film loses a bit because of that aspect.
Still I think he deserves to be commended ;)
Cleary I'm not destined to be a fan of anything Akerlund does that is longer than 5mins.