It's still not the Ben Wheatley film I want. I was holding out so much hope for it since it's the first he's written as well as directed since Kill List, but it's only good, not great, as everything he's done since that film has been. He needs to pack in the comedic elements everything bar A Field in England (his best post-Kill List work) have included and come back with something played straighter, or I'll start worrying Kill List…
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A solid follow up that leans a little heavy on the nostalgia and undermines some of its own themes.
On the whole I quite enjoyed it. The humour is spot on and when it's at its best it's every bit as good as the first film. The sequence in the unionist pub is pure gold.
I think the major failing is that for a film about how shite nostalgia and living in the past are, there's far too much it…
Reasonably entertaining whenever Kurt Russell is on screen, but the excessive foot fetish bullshit and lack of interesting characters mean only the pretty average action sequences provide any real enjoyment. The deliberately sloppy editing and film damage gimmick quickly wears thin too.
If you were asked to describe a smug, self-satisfied "hipster" film, you'd probably come up with something like this. This just makes it all the more surprisingly that Frances Ha is a genuinely funny, relatable picture.
Having such an instantly likeable protagonist certainly helps. Gerwig is fantastic, and even pulls off some excellent physical comedy in a film which mostly runs on clever, snappy dialogue. This is constantly amusing but never delivers any belly laughs, so dropping a pratfall or…