It doesn't take itself too seriously, which translates in an… MoreIt doesn't take itself too seriously, which translates in an intelligent, immersive and charming adventure of survival. Untouched by sappiness and thoughtful in execution. A triumph for Mr. Scott.
In the vast ocean of clichéd rock star biopics, this plunge into the… MoreIn the vast ocean of clichéd rock star biopics, this plunge into the troubled but brilliant mind of Beach Boys' leader Brian Wilson wisely tries to avoid much of the saccharin and focuses only in two of the most important events that led Wilson to his much publicized mental disruptions, without neglecting his sparks of genius, both instances are treated with visual and sonic sensitivity. Paul Dano and John Cusack manage to define the man, separating the young persona with a stubborn but evolving artistic vision from his broken down older self, who has ceased to strive for perfection, but now does for acceptance.
Guy Ritchie tries to emulate nineteen-sixties eye-popping aesthetics… MoreGuy Ritchie tries to emulate nineteen-sixties eye-popping aesthetics from people like Ken Russell, Mario Bava, Roger Vadim, Norman Jewison, Sergio Leone, Jean Luc Godard, and obviously the hit TV show and the Bond Franchise. His dedication in that department shows, but what compromises the rest is a bland and unoriginal Moonraker like plot. Nevertheless, it's funny and stylish enough to worth the price of admission. Henry Cavill is a bit too mannequin to inspire charm, while Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander share some of the best moments.
Claustrophic and taut espionage tale with an impressive second half… MoreClaustrophic and taut espionage tale with an impressive second half and overall enormously benefited by a good measure of romanticism, both in its coastal setting and in its musical score, courtesy of the great Miklos Rozsa, who would sadly go into retirement soon after.