Thin, is the best way to describe Transit, very fucking thin. It’s as if the team behind it had a beast of a muscle car for a few days and decided to make a film; thus giving them an excuse to drive it moderately hard and skid to a stop dramatically, before then pulling away dramatically. This film offers nothing more.
I’m not entirely sure Palo Alto is as challenging as it wants to be. It isn’t diminished because of this, but it does leave it betwixt and between. It isn’t as edgy as the work of Korine, but it isn’t light, or structured enough to kick it with a film like Linklater’s Dazed And Confused.
It is visually arresting at times and occasionally feels like a Lana Del Ray sonnet, but it lacks power. There’s no figurative gut punching or teeth kicking and that’s what it needs. It feels trivial, both in form and function; then again, maybe that’s the point.
It isn’t the best war movie, but it is a good war movie. Fury is machismo to a fault and Brad, although brilliant, does come over a little Lt. Aldo Raine… These are minor gripes though, essentially the film holds up fine around guts and gears action that is a marvel of mechanical brutishness.
There is a lot to like about Stranger By The Lake, it’s smart and immersive. Tension abounds as the lines between passion and death merge in the isolated other-world location of a homosexual cruising spot. It’s a wonderful example of simple film making driven by powerful direction, strong performances and a refined, razor sharp script.
If you liked the first one then you’ll like How To Train Your Dragon 2. The details in the imagery, animation and colour of the spectacle is impressive, but the plot is aimed at kids, there’s very little in the way of ‘nods’ to adults… In fact thinking back I can only really recall a Game Of Thrones quip involving the Kit Harington voiced character. Of course this is great if you’re a kid, despite many who might argue otherwise, I am not…
Amsterdamned is quite possibly the most fun you can have with a snorkel, wetsuit and a dutch city… which is really saying something. It’s made by Dick Maas and is actually way better than you think.
I had high hopes for X-Men: Days Of Future Past; a mistake as it turns out. Nothing seems to actually happen, a meandering hang out and blast for those involved no doubt, but considerably less fun for the viewer. The plot is awkwardly contrived to suit the larger story and superpowers at hand, which feels staggeringly lazy, and as far as I can tell there’s no climax. At least one not worthy of being dragged uncomfortably through the entirety of the movie’s runtime.
Expecting Boyhood to be a decade long gimmick was a mistake. Linklater has crafted a film that sits perfectly within his body of work. It’s an eloquent ode to the tricky path of adolescence and the discovery of one’s self. This film is a delight.