With stunning costuming and lead by the constantly great Anya Taylor-Joy (who killed it in The Witch, Split, and Thoroughbreds), the latest Jane Austen adaptation, Emma, is a treat to behold; but just that. Like a treat, it's light and sweet on the tongue, enjoyable and engaging whilst you taste it, but hardly nourishing, filling, or memorable afterwards. Actors who are clearly yearning to breath more life, sex, and snarl into these characters are stymied by its extremely clean approach,…
A very well done little film, with fantastic costume design, lush cinematography and an incredible lead performance by Stewart (one of the best from a 2019 release - genuinely award worthy). It's only held back by it's overly conventional structure and generic approach to some details and plot elements - like the FBI, Mackie's character, etc. - when it should have been tried less to make a "true story" film, be more delicate and incisive, and lean into it's true nature as a paranoia thriller.
Having seen 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' I have quite a few thoughts, but I shall save most of them for a later piece on the entire new trilogy. The long and short of it is that the new film is just OK - messy, rushed, trying to retroactively force a narrative arc for the whole trilogy that should have been and wasn't planned out from 'The Force Awakens'.
What's most disappointing about the film is that Star Wars…
Stepping out of LITTLE WOMEN, a nagging question lingered on my mind, demanding an answer; why doesn’t this work?
An auteurs vision, crafted in intricate detail, shot with a delicate beauty, and stellarly performed by its cast. I should be enamoured with Gerwig’s latest.
And yet, I’m not. But as with the best, most interesting films that don’t quite work, I was unsure as of why.
"Little Women is one of the most intelligent, nuanced and affecting pieces of feminist…