Largely perfunctory in its depiction of history, The Butler stays afloat through sporadic flashes of style - although Daniels' personality as a director seems to have been largely suppressed by the material - and Whitaker, Winfrey, and Oyelowo's strong performances. All of them are acting in different registers, which often gives the impression of three different films, colliding haphazardly, but all three are compelling in their own right, and the feeling of disconnection often enhances the narrative and themes.
Often feels slightly ramshackle in structure, and Pegg pushes too hard in the first act. However, the third movie in the Cornetto Trilogy probes its themes in a more nuanced way than either of the films that preceded it. As a result, there are less laughs, but Wright is aiming for something more than that. In essence, all of these films are about growing up and conformity in some way, but The World's End brings an unexpected poignancy to its…
The only sequel I've ever seen that not only betters the original, but also makes the original better in retrospect. Linklater brings his usual excellent sense of time and place to Before Sunset, and the second encounter between Celine and Jesse is even more poignant than the first.
Hawke is just as excellent here as he is in the first: he's fantastic with the dialogue, but my favourite moment of his performance is on the boat, with Hawke watching Delpy…