I couldn’t tell you what here cost $100 million and “good” would be too strong a word but seeing as how I went into Doug Liman’s late arriving YA programmer expecting an unmitigated disaster of Mortal Engines/Instruments and or Beautiful Creatures proportions I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this was … fine. Chaos walking may not be over-stuffed with pleasures, but it is well cast, Daisy Ridley’s effortless charisma is always a treat and honestly, just the irony of a film that could’ve been elevator pitched as Rey vs. Toxic Masculinity put a big smile on my face.
“That’s unfair. I wanted to hear the rest of that speech.”
There are two things you really do need to know about Adam Wingard’s neon soaked Tohoscope foray … The first is that its climax includes a rather well-earned beat where one of the titular titans has to Martin Rigg his dislocated shoulder into place before charging back into battle. Which is both a sign that the filmmakers took the right sort of care sculpting its spectacle and the kind…
Once upon a time a literal boogie man stalked Northern California, killing some of his victims with guns and at least one with a butcher knife, some while he was dressed in plain clothes, at least one while dressed in a masked-hooded costume. He killed at least five people but no one really knows for sure, because he may never have been fully identified and he was definitely never arrested. His crimes inspired at least two of the most widely…
There may not be more than one other director that you could say this about, but Brian De Palma literally never met a practical location that he couldn’t make look like a meticulously dressed stage or studio back lot when he shot it. He had this odd compulsion toward overtly mannered cinematic presentation that was totally at odds with his vérité obsessed era and that was probably never more in evidence that it is here.
Blow Out is overwhelmingly composed…