I'm pretty rusty when it comes to the history of cinema so I wasn't watching this and thinking "wow! 'La Dolce Vita' really did set a precedent for untraditional plot arches and character development". Instead I watched this and thought "wow! Italians are cool - I wan't to party with these guys". Maybe thats not the legacy that La Dolce Vita intended to leave, but part of me likes to think that it would still be pretty happy to hear that 55 years on from its release.
It's easy to imagine that in a few years time the following conversation will happen in hundreds of homes:
"So did you just go to bed when you came in?"
"Actually no, I turned on the TV and ended up watching this crappy movie."
"What was it?"
"Oh, it was called Penthouse Robbery or Apartment Theft or something."
"I can't remember any of it, but yeah it was actually pretty ok!"
Tower Heist - adequately watchable
Beautiful and tragic; Never Let Me Go is the type of film which creeps up on you and leaves you devastated for hours afterwards. Romanek's take on Kazuo Ishiguro's novel is note perfect - capturing the writer's ability to never force the story, he bravely allows for the impact of the tale be told through the delicate and muted performances of his excellent cast.
Sobering yet essential viewing.