While once again I can see a film's technical brilliance I am once again annoyed at the stupidity of the message. The whitewashing and upgrading of history this time from a personal/corporate angle.
No one is that smart, no one talks that well, has that amount of foresight and is so unbearably present for everything. Like the West Wing before it, Sorkin has presented his version of things they way we wish they were, not the way they are.
Unfortunately no one sees this is as a fiction, but as a dramatisation of real events.
Stop making movies that pretend to act out documentaries.
Well it was not all it was cracked up to be but there were good elements.
Idris Elba, Gerard Butler were wasted in this film and obviously only there to draw the ladies.
Handsome Bob, Johnny Quid and Archie were great and every one else was just cardboard cut outs of more Improbable London Hard Men in the same bloody Guy Ritchie movie he's been making since Lock Stock.
Well delivered plaigiarism of his first and only good work.
Pretty, but nonsense.
Definitively styled and shot by Wes Andersen so that it is almost an homage to himself or a parody of his work, but brilliantly so.
Excellent cast of the usual suspects and the story is swimming with imagery (and a few nods to the Shining perhaps?) and the symmetry of his camera shots is played, then overplayed and played again for good measure.
The pace is rollicking, the dialogue witty and erudite, the shocking gruesome brutality of reality is presented…
Great moments and some new ones mixed in, but only funny if you know it in context I think.
Delivery is rusty in places and odd cameos jar the experience but still funny because these guys just are funny.
But for a bunch of septuagenarians running about the stage, they hold their own.
Ooerr, know what I mean, nudge nudge, wink wink!