Gloriously gothic but....my brain just kept leaping down the logic holes. How did Edith (Mia Wasikowska) know how to dance the waltz? Why would you build a house on top of a red clay pit? Or vice versa. Wouldn't a house with a massive hole in the roof be rotting? And stink? Etc. So although the ghosties are really well done and visceral (although not seminal del Toro) and Hiddlestone as Thomas Sharpe is practically perfect (and Jessica Chastain as his oh-so-close sibling, Lucille is suitably nutso) it's more of a visual feast than a mental meal
Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) has just been released from jail on Christmas Eve. She buys a christmas doughnut and meets her friend Alexandra (Mya Taylor) who accidentally lets slip that Sin-Dee's boyfriend - and pimp - has been seeing another girl. This kicks off the search for Chester and Sin-Dee and Alexandra travel through the streets of Hollywood, encountering drug sellers, punters, taxi drivers, cops, prostitutes and Armenian mothers-in-law. The film has a real heart and you come to care for both women as their shells are cracked open to reveal their vulnerabilities and their true friendship.
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Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.
I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…
Sublime. Beautiful. Mesmeric. And such perfect leads, both a mix of vulnerable and bravado. Also the costume, cinematography, direction - and the score! Wonderful. I also loved Haynes' focus on how the interactions between women are made to seem unimportant by the men in this film, almost trivial and yet the opposite is true. It's the small things that matter, like a smile across a crowded restaurant.