Not many filmmakers actually "get" what makes Lovecraft so great. And even fewer have the technical skill to be able to translate this to the screen. The Endless is the closest I've seen anyone come, even if it the wheels kind of fall off towards the end when their ambition finally exceeds their budget.
Tom Cruise retire bitch.
I guess this deserves a more reasoned comment than just a pithy four-letter dismissal. A lot of people smarter than me are giving this four and five star reviews, and so mine is probably going to be an outlier, so I should give more context for why I think this is firmly a two-star film and why I think Tom Cruise should retire (bitch).
We’ll skip over the screenplay for now. The dreadful words the…
If you were to draw a venn diagram of three of my favourite films — Rocky, Full Metal Jacket and The Social Network — right in the middle you’d find Whiplash. In the same way that Jaws isn’t really a film about a shark, this isn’t really a film about drumming. It’s a film about obsession. It’s a film about drive and being driven. It’s a film about sacrifice.
There’s so much to like about this film. The performances from…
If Casino Royale was a post-Bourne Bond, then Skyfall is most certainly a post-Tinker Tailor Bond. For a modern blockbuster, the pace is positively glacial, and for the first time in years, we see Bond engage in actual spycraft. This is a welcome relief to the exhausting parkour and shooting that so dominated the previous films.
What's not so welcome, though, is the fact that Sam Mendes has delivered an origin story not for the modern, 21st century Bond, but…