Paints itself into a narrative corner ultimately. Sharlto Copley, as usual, steals the show. It's sort of fun for a good chunk of its runtime but like a lot of Ben Wheatley stuff struggles with creating sympathetic characters.
Remote insane asylum movies are a genre unto themselves it feels like. Actually, the similarities between Get Out and this film are sort of interesting. They both follow pretty similar paths toward their conclusion. But there's no real social commentary here, at least none that rang true with me. It's got some amazing imagery and is just weird enough to be sort of watchable. But ultimately I found myself wondering why and how it got made.
First off, this is in my opinion the best superhero film ever made. Easily. It also might be my favorite animated film of all time.
Secondly, when the character design in a movie is so darn good, one bad design stands out like a sore thumb. Dash's teacher with the round and oversized head who appears in an early scene absolutely drives me crazy. He looks terrible by comparison to everyone else. Bad enough that I'd love to see them…
I didn't expect to have this reaction to Boyhood, especially given how much I like Linklater's Before trilogy, but I feel like Boyhood is really only noteworthy for the "filmed over 12 years" gimmick.
Linklater seems to have been shooting for a film about an entirely normal kid. That's great, I guess, if you like realism (although I think the two dimensionality of most of the background characters is anything but realistic), but if I'm making a choice between "realistic" and "compelling", I think I'm always going to side with "compelling".