Uneven but very pleasant. It's not lazy criticism to say that the film heavily evokes Woody Allen, without ever reaching its heights, but I like the mellow screwball vibe, and there are a couple of laugh out loud set pieces. Having the play within the film mirror reality is a little clumsy but they way the coincidences are interwoven in the script works brilliantly.
The casting is just as hit and miss. Imogen Poots in the lead is the weakest…
A bit of an oddity, and a film that doesn't seem to know which audience it was targeting (not that it's necessarily a bad thing). It starts off as a gothic, scary tale before turning into a "prestige" fable about sanity and madness. The starry cast and the relatively high production values makes me think that the producers were aiming high yet the film seemed to have never made it to cinema screens. It is adapted from a story by Edgar Allan Poe, which was also very loosely brought to the screen by Jan Svankmajer in a much more interesting way in Lunacy.
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...)