Glad that Rachel McAdams gets as much time and attention here as Will Ferrell. Wish the material had been stronger for her.
I like Ferrell and he mostly delivers the funny here, but for this movie to work not just as a comedy but as a romantic comedy, it really needed a better partner for McAdams—who is, no surprise, great as ever. Any scene between the two of them turns the movie into an SNL sketch and the movie wants to be more. (Not much more, but at least a little bit more.) Let’s just go ahead and imagine it was Adam…
Continuing my Filmspotting oeuvre-view…
So, it seems like it’s Inception which is going to be the movie that, on my rewatch of Christopher Nolan’s movies, is going to be the one which rises up in my rankings the most.
I always recall really liking Inception on previous viewings but also feeling a little cold towards it. Whereas I had never felt the narrative holds together as tightly as it needs to, this time everything clicked for me… the dreams within…
Watched as part of Filmspotting’s oeuvre-view...
As someone who counts himself as quite a Christopher Nolan fan, I couldn’t remember much about Insomnia... and, well, no wonder... as it’s largely very forgettable.
The script is so straight-forward and, at times, just bad... and there’s also none of the usual directorial creativeness which makes people hold many of Nolan’s other movies in high esteem.
The movie improves once Robin Williams enters it with his very untypical, dark performance and Hilary Swank is also very good.
The rest? It’s absolutely sleep-inducing.
This movie is a lot.
I'm not saying we needed a racist movie about how the south lost its soul in the years before the Civil War, but goddamn we've got one so we might as well watch it.
In the Movies About America seminar that I will never actually teach, we'll spend at least three weeks on this movie.
Doesn't hurt that it's brilliantly directed by Wyler with a God-level Bette Davis performance.