I really do think this is a wonderful movie. Almost everyone in it is so fucked up or sad or frustrated or disappointed, and yet it’s so funny and ridiculously feel-good. The cast are great, the Danna/Devotchka score is tremendous… I remember when it came out I left the cinema in this trance of joy and wonder and I still feel that somewhat when I watch it again. Another favourite.
Well, the opening part was really good, I thought. Exciting, tense, and filled with that sense of fear of both zombies and humans that The Walking Dead does so well. But then suddenly it all got a bit boring. I mean, I hate this poster I’ve chosen to put up here, but I think it sums up a lot of the film pretty well: Brad Pitt flies around looking at zombies ravaging the world from a safe distance. Does that sound awesome to you? No. Of course it doesn’t. And though it’s not terrible or anything, it’s hard not to feel mostly dissatisfied after a glimpse of what could have been.
Oh dear. Why is this so hard? Wolverine is a good character with an interesting and distinct style upon which to build, and yet they just can’t get it right. This was closer, I guess, in terms of the character himself, but almost everything around it annoyed me a bit. Poorly executed villains, clunky plotting, bad acting: but for the budget, it was all very reminiscent of a dodgy 80’s kung-fu film. It’s a bummer that Hugh Jackman, who actually plays the part well, looks like he’ll never get to star in a decent Wolverine movie. Here’s hoping Days of Future Past is enough to salvage the character a bit before he eventually decides to hang up the claws.
I’ve been watching way too many children’s and family movies recently because obviously I’m going braindead or something, but this actually wasn’t too bad. I went in hoping Nicolas Cage would bring his normal crazy self to the proceedings and he didn’t disappoint. And there was definitely more for adults - or “adults” - in general than in some others I’ve seen lately. It was light, it was positive, there was a big thread about trying to conquer fear… I enjoyed it.