Great, creepy, tense first half. Goes a bit wrong in the second half – too many cheap scares and obvious beats – but still solid overall.
This was fine, but I expected more. I was too conscious of the person on screen being Natalie Portman doing a Jackie Kennedy impression, sometimes to the point that I felt (only momentarily, but repeatedly) like it could've been something out of a comedy sketch. Also, for whatever reason, that Camelot song annoyed the hell out of me. Not as good as Lana's 'National Anthem' video tbh.
One of my vast collection of films I've watched about a thousand times because I can stick it on in the background while I'm writing, doing some work, reading a magazine, cooking, cleaning etc and not really have to concentrate. It had the potential to be much better, but I don't actually think it stands up too badly next to the book, even with the altered ending. Some of the casting is good (Nicole Kidman and the Magisterium officials, especially…