All great directors drop the ball from time to time. Brothers Grimm by Terry Gilliam, Alexander by Stone, Bonfire of the Vanities by De Palma not to mention Ridley Scott's collapse of recent times. Like most paths that lead to legendary status, there will be stumbles along the way. I have no doubts what so ever that Aronofsky will elevate again and in 25- 50 years will be talked about amongst the greats. Black Swan, Requeim for a Dream, The…
I absolutely loathed James Gunn's muddled ethics in Super and found Slither passable fare. The trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy(lets just use its acronym to keep things simple from now on) also did not engage the senses. So with these pre conceptions going through my head it is a credit to the film that i ended up coming out of it with a big smile on my face. Marvel really are on a winning streak at the moment.
Jeff Wadlow needs his behind kicked thats for sure as his take on a subversive satirical superhero movie is disappointingly weak. Violence without moral consequence and despite some neat set pieces there was too much high school mucking about and not enough Jim Carrey. And not really enough of kick-ass or Hit-girl in action either. tacked on predictable ethics education at the end too.
The door is left open for a sequel, but a fresh approach is required if Kick-Ass does not want to become what it originally intended to satire and homage.
Much of Stoker garners a supernatural tone, even dare i say it, a Lynchian feel at times. It is said to have subtexts surrounding adolescence and sexual awakening and although beautifully shot I really didn't 'get it'. It turns into some hokey, misguided homage to film noir type films and murder mysteries with De Palma-esque edges that frankly makes the film a bit of a boring mess come the final narrative twist.
Despite some interesting symbolism and ideas about how…