I actually enjoyed the camp, self-aware stupidness of this film. However, the whole anti-hero thing didn't gel with me, mainly because the film is portraying actual real-life kidnap/murderers.
Being asked to laugh at/with and perhaps sympathise with these knuckleheads is a bridge too far. It's also made worse when you read the true story and realise that Michael Bay (and whoever wrote the screenplay) turned the poor victim into a bumbling idiot.
Ryan Gosling is my new favourite actor. He has more lines in this film than Drive, but his ability to "act" without speaking is again incredibly well used in Ides.
Add in a touch of Philip Seymor Hoffman, some George Clooney, and the guy from Sideways; and you end up with buckets of "soft power".
The storyline kept me interested, with perhaps my only criticism being that it felt more like an episode rather than a film. But then I…
Why have I not seen this film before? I suspect it's because I thought it would be too scary for my little kids, but not "adult" enough for me to watch alone.
Correct on the first count (some of the early scenes are batshit-insane and would have kept my 4-6 yo awake for many nights), wrong on the second.
Great story, but the jaw-dropping animation really made the film. The day after watching Spirited Away on a 42" TV, I saw TinTin (2011) in 3D, at Gold Class, on a giant theatre screen. Spirited Away is still stuck in my mind.