Not gonna lie, my expectations for this film were not particularly… MoreNot gonna lie, my expectations for this film were not particularly high, despite of the numerous awards it received. But, boy, is this a fun ride. That's mostly thanks to the hilarious writing and outstanding acting. Especially Lawrence and Cooper fill their roles with so much life you can't help but fall for the mentally ill couple. I never would have thought a film about football, depression and dancing could be this engaging and easy-going, despite of the serious undertones. How Russell manages to turn that into a romantic comedy without the audience even noticing is a little wonder. A highly entertaining one.
The attempt to tackle the story of a young man's cancer diagnosis with… MoreThe attempt to tackle the story of a young man's cancer diagnosis with dosages of juvenile humor could easily have backfired. Director Levine finds just the right tone between the tragic and the funny, the optimism and pessimism. His protagonist duo Gordon-Levitt and Rogen work great together creating a genuinely realistic friendship on screen, which is no small feat. Especially in the last act of the story Levine does everything right, from the music, to the camera work and solution. Optimism has to prevail and it will!
The untold and little known story of Alan Turing's part in the… MoreThe untold and little known story of Alan Turing's part in the decryption of the infamous German Enigma code during WW2 can rely on a charismatic star. Cumberbatch does not beg for the audience's sympathy, but gains it nonetheless. The rest of the cast is equally strong, the cleverly timed script Oscar-awarded. The result is a moving and entertaining history lesson about brilliancy and injustice that should leave no viewer untouched.
In the not-too distant, easily relatable future, a man falls in love… MoreIn the not-too distant, easily relatable future, a man falls in love with his cell phone's operating system. The film's biggest feat is how that does not seem far fetched at all and how natural this development feels. Even as a viewer it's easy to fall in love with Johansson's voice and her joyful personality. Phoenix, who carries most of the film in his conversations with her, delivers a great performance too. Their chemistry is so enchanting and interesting the film requires little more than well-written dialogs to tell its story. Sadly, the final act fails to deliver a real punchline, the emphasis on emotions and refusal the get into technological aspects of the development took me out of the story a bit. The result is still deeply fascinating, also thanks to the outstanding production design of future L.A. and the gorgeous camera work.
Basically the Anti-Boyhood, this film hints at a horrible crime… MoreBasically the Anti-Boyhood, this film hints at a horrible crime carried out by a teenage son and then tells us in flashbacks about his upbringing and the mother's coping with the tragedy. That's quite a demanding task for Swinton who aces her role in every aspect. She's the center of attention. While we get glimpses of Kevin's childhood and how things already went badly there, we're never told why or what exactly went wrong. In the end, his final act of violence is so unadulterated evil and shocking, that it feels like you have been watching a horror film all along. Of course the director was out for that, while refusing to give a comfortable explanation. But it also takes away some of the realism and leaves you so disturbed you're wondering what you've been watching for two hours. A film that is hard to love but should be viewed at least once. I bet some of the images will stay for a very long time.
Every frame of this dystopian thriller wants to remind you how… MoreEvery frame of this dystopian thriller wants to remind you how excellent Niccol's Gattaca was. He is simply trying to tell a similar story set in a different futuristic world. As far as the premise and the first couple of acts go, that really works. Once you accept the idea of people paying with time, the plot is quite fascinating at first. Sadly, it feels like they didn't know where to go with it and what to do with the minor characters. The interesting cop is entirely wasted, for example. That's still entertaining enough but by the end you feel like this could have been so much more.
For a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is… MoreFor a film about murdering grave-robbers the final product is surprisingly harmless. Sure, there are plenty of dark-humored jokes about murder and death. but the story never quite manages to make you care about anything that's going on nor exactly burst out with laughter. The comedic timing is off, most of the time. Considering the talent involved here, that's quite shocking. At least the early 19th century Edinburgh setting looks really good. Wasted opportunities aplenty.
Well-intended but somewhat simplistic in its depiction of the problem.… MoreWell-intended but somewhat simplistic in its depiction of the problem. It doesn't exactly help that the performances vary from excellent to overacting. Entertaining enough but hardly doing justice to the topic.
Leave it to the Scandinavians to take a rather simple premise of an… MoreLeave it to the Scandinavians to take a rather simple premise of an art thief and go absolutely crazy from there. The film gives you only few minutes to feel certain about anything before the next twist catches you entirely off guard. The mix of grim humor and sudden bursts of gore and violence works surprisingly well, as the protagonist falls further down the spiral and the viewer is right there with him. A highly entertaining and unique thriller Hitchcock would have enjoyed greatly.