There is absolutely no vision to this concert film. The camera work is sloppy, there are very few interesting visuals, and it makes an incredible performer look old and bland. If the subject wasn't such an amazing songwriter with a storied history, this would be an absolute zero. Very underwhelming.
What does director Hamilton showcase well? That women of all ages love Neil Diamond and his earlobes are giant and distracting.
I was excited to see this but came away very disappointed.
I assume the director is taking cues from the cell phone camera footage and trying to create a consistent feeling, but the result is a very ugly film. The screenplay is a distraction, frustratingly leaping back and forth from good Oscar examples to bad Oscar examples.
The last 15 minutes are certainly effective, no thanks to the direction, but due to the audience's knowledge of what ultimately happens, the built-in effects of a true-story, and the solid performance of Octavia Spencer.
About 20 minutes in I thought I had this film figured out, only to have my expectations turned on their head. It was very satisfying to see the path the filmmakers took over the cliche that I dreaded was coming. I suppose I should have looked to the title to squash my fears...
The film sneaks up on you a bit, engages you more than you thought, and feels genuine throughout. It's funny and entertaining, and I would recommend the…
This movie looks incredible. One of the best looking films of the year. Seek it out on Blu-ray.
The performances are good, the story is engaging, and the tone of the film is one of dread from start to finish.
The film sags slightly in the middle and suffers a little from the easily spotted red herrings, but overall it was an intense and satisfying thriller. The kind they used to make.