Fairly standard, brainless stuff lifted by a hilarious Brosnan accent and Chan
Just come out of the cinema and I’m really not sure how I felt about this. I can’t even really say that I enjoyed it or disliked it. What I can say is that there were far too many stories going on all at one time, far too many characters trying to stamp their claim on the film and as a result, despite it being a two and a half hour film, the action was spread far too thinly for any of them to stand out.
To mangle the saga’s most famous quote, “Look, use the focus.”
How to make a modern horror film:
1 - Start with the certificate: Under no circumstances should you consider an 18/R rating
2 - Assemble your cast: Make sure they fit the white, American, middle-class, 2.4 children archetype
3 - If you have given these cast members any positive traits, immediately remove these. The audience can NOT have any reason to bond with these people.
4 - Place your horror elements sporadically throughout the film, allow plenty of time for…
To make something so beautiful, so tender out of something so tragic and heartbreaking takes a real skill. Hirokazu Koreeda has perfected it.
Not since Elephant Man has a film had this much of an emotional effect on me, it actually made me feel quite sick in my stomach in the last half hour and in the last 15 minutes or so I realised I was holding my breath.
The young actors have left me gobsmacked at how flawlessly they…