I must begin this with the blindingly obvious fact that Andra Day is fantastic as the legendary singer ‘Billie Holiday’. Day clearly studied Holiday closely and that has paid off with her Golden Globe nomination and it’s that last point I want to move onto now. The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) tries to hard to tap into the upcoming awards season and as a result it neglects a seamless narrative progression required to make a biopic of this…
This film was on a hiding to nothing from the outset with a story so disengaging and songs so unforgettable for the most part. Then to add to the pain we are given an awful score, the costumes are nonexistent literally as it seemed 99.9% of everything was CGI and on that last note the visual effects looked rushed, I mean there are some real Windows Movie Maker moments here. The cinematography looked impressive at times, but it really was too little too late.
Format: Digital (UHD)
It goes without saying, this film had to be bigger and better than any other MCU movie to go before it...and it was, with eleven years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being celebrated in style. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo deliver an action film that not only pays homage to all the actors and filmmakers involved in this series to date, plus a few familiar movies, it also does it with a touch of class, some of the best visuals…
I am genuinely blown over by the negativity War Horse (2011) has received. Overly sentimental, unrealistic, not brutal enough and too manipulative all seem to be the favoured opinions. For what it’s worth I think the cinematography and production design is incredible and the screenplay very effective, focusing on a cyclical structure that delivers both emotion and bags of heart. The war scenes are really impressive and respectfully done considering the demographic the book was written for. John Williams score is beautiful and Steven Spielberg’s direction graceful. A wonderful experience that would not have had the same impact had the sentimentality been toned down and the violence turned up.