A very (too) faithful adaptation of the animated film that completely lacks of imagination, inspiration or even magic.
Lily James in the eponymous part is rather bland and forgettable and Helena Bonham-Carter does her usual tiresome British posh/eccentric shtick that so many British actresses do and that Americans lap up. I won't even mention the male cast as they are all barely noticeable, with the least charming Prince in history.
But at least we have Goddess Cate Blanchett... She is…
Not another found footage film I hear you say. Premise might sound like your generic "dumb tourists in peril in Europe" derivative fare, yet As Above, So Below will surprise you. After its opening act with its fun Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones/The Da Vinci Code vibe, it seems as if the film is about to settle for cheap and silly jump scares and horror. Yet it is particularly unnerving and disorientating, and it takes an unexpected direction, with a couple of…
Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.
Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…
An exhilarating and exquisite space folly, that is surprisingly involving and enormous fun.
The art direction is more 70's/80's French sci-fi graphic novels (with whom the film shares a punk/queer sensibility) than modern calibrated blockbusters, which is why some will call it "silly".
Proving that they still have the knack for it, the Wachowskis deliver some of the most exciting action scenes of recent memories and some fantastic set pieces (the chase in Chicago, the "eye of Jupiter" section...)