When's the last time De Niro has carried the weight of his name in… MoreWhen's the last time De Niro has carried the weight of his name in anything? And who the hell is this Jennifer Lawrence everyone is so ga-ga over?
This film, an ensemble piece about communal hope (individual hope, yes, too, but remarkably tied to communal hope in this) and incredibly ... family, and dysfunctional family no less, warts, farts, and all, just sparkles.
Okay, sure, the minorities felt tagged onto the whole, sort of a politically correct bow to the current public forum, but other than that ... a jewel.
This David O. Russell is one to watch.
Truth in advertising would demand a title change, something more… MoreTruth in advertising would demand a title change, something more appropriate like: "not quite as epic as we would have you believe". Yah sure, unbelievably eye-popping animation, but the story doesn't allow for anything deeper than mere character introduction. The action happens but you'll hardly give two shiny pennies. Yer grammar school children won't feel gypped but you'll be looking out the window. Is the neighbor taking out the trash this time of day?
A sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest… MoreA sad tone poem about the lives of clones developed purely to harvest their body parts.
Can't say more than that, can one?
But I'll try.
Good performances, solid production values and yet ...
the whole movie's like getting a bowl of hot, melted ice cream at your dearly beloved grandmother's funeral.
Like taking a group of puppies to the animal shelter.
Like being the only one to work on Christmas Day and finding you have to do a double cause yer relief's not coming in.
You get it. I kept asking myself: " How long can this go on?"
Yes, a tip of the hat to the origins of filmic storytelling, and yes,… MoreYes, a tip of the hat to the origins of filmic storytelling, and yes, made by one of the acknowledged best in the field, but lacking the essential heart connection it reaches for, misses it but only so much ... and that's unfortunate. Nonetheless a good work, with competent professionals all over the place, but when Sasha Baron Cohen steals your film, and as only a minor character, you should know you've got a communications mix up.
The only lockdown escaped from herein is the obscurity given aging… MoreThe only lockdown escaped from herein is the obscurity given aging actors by the youth addicted society we inhabit. To that cause these crafty dinosaurs punch and grunt mightily to remind us of who they once were in the celebrity scheme of things, to curmudgeon-y effect, sorta like ol'grand-dad insisting he be allowed to try to open the stuck lid on a jar of mayo. You'll find yourself smiling despite yourself. They'll need to do better than this for a full return but you can't fault the effort made.
Don't get excited. It's another entry into the fantasy/action genre… MoreDon't get excited. It's another entry into the fantasy/action genre (as per League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Van Helsing), with steampunk inspirations, alt soundtrack, and some little gore quotient. Add supposed to be catchy catchphrases whenere a baddie is dispatched and its pretty much predictable before the opening shots. Time passes quickly however and while not surprised you'll not be completely bored either.