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…
Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is a character study without any characters. His film is increasingly at odds with itself as time goes on, with the evocative cinematography and assured direction jarring against the the script's building ridiculousness. It is never anything less than entertaining, though, even in its most contrived moments.
Most of the cast acquit themselves well, although the screenplay often struggles to justify the female cast's presence at all, given how little they have to work with. That imbalance…
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…