Prisoners is more than the sum of its parts. Jake Gylenhaal's enigmatic, aloof but not all together dedicated cop staring into the abyss in most of his scenes might come across as insipid and empty but look closer and it is one of the most fascinating performances of the year. There is despair and despondency mixed with frustration and idleness and an almost care free attitude in his approach and yet all the while his sole directive remains finding the…
Forest Gump, Titanic, Les Miserables, Avatar. These films and many more are manufactured in a way that they become media savvy, critically hyped and crowd pleasingly manipulative. However, its all subjective i hear you cry..of course it is and i am not about to crucify Gravity but i am here to say 'lets all just calm down a little bit'.
It is not churlish to begin with the fact Gravity is stunning on a visceral level. The 3D isn’t added…
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…
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.