Don’t forget to select your favorite films!
By all accounts David Fincher is an intense, methodical, borderline tyrannical director. But could a gentle, lovely, amiable guy make films like him? Who knows. I suppose we’ll never find out, and when the standard is this good, who really minds? Zodiac is a frightening mystery and famously unsolved. The film is suitably scary but in a foreboding kind of way, and fits the story well. Creepier than most horror and no catharsis. Like real life.
Paul Thomas Anderson is a great director and he works an ensemble cast better than almost anyone. Keep an eye on the directors that actors kill to work with. They’re onto something. This is his most mainstream film and that’s saying something, given it’s about the 1970s porn industry. It’s not a film you watch with your grandma (well, depending on your grandmother I guess) but it is a captivating dark tale. Burt Reynolds has distanced himself from the film…
Nothing I say will really add to the commentary around this film. It is fantastic on a technical and visual level as well as narratively and textually. This film is the reason we all love going to the movies. It probably won’t win Best Picture (although, can you imagine?) but is easily one of the most memorable films of 2015. A bottle of lightning captured. For the whole opening sequence I was literally on the edge of my seat, holding my breath. Not every film can be like this of course and that’s what makes the achievement even greater.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm a massive fan of the TV series (my friends call me Will), so I was probably already going to love this no matter what, but not many TV series make the jump from small screen to big. The Inbetweeners makes it look easy though, creating a film that could easily have been just a overlong episode (which it sort of is still, but there's more plot and character development). I have slight problems with Simon's arc (He didn't deserve the girl, he should have grown up to realise he doesn't need a girl to obsess over, but whatever) but overall a strong film.