Posts tagged "2012"

I can’t quite decide how I felt about this. On one hand it’s pretty darkly funny and oddly compelling - Matthew McConaughey in particular is pretty mesmerising in it - but on the other it didn’t quite deliver enough story or character for me to really care. I thought it was really lacking in humanity and it’s always hard for me to enjoy a movie when I can’t find an emotional core.

Interesting. I have a feeling it might be a bit “love it or hate it”, but I just thought it was okay.

Grade: ***

I thought this was decent enough. There’s nothing to surprise you and it’s completely throwaway, but the jokes are relentless and Will Ferrell alone is enough to make sure that plenty land. It’s silly, over the top and overall the hits outweigh the misses. Passable stuff.

Grade: ***

What a hugely pleasant surprise this was. It was so much fun. I mean, there’s nothing particularly special about the narrative, but everything around it is so perfectly executed it’s completely absorbing and adorable. It’s funny, it looks great and the character design is just sublime. For someone who loves both children’s films and monster movies, it’s a really fine combination.

Very good.

Grade: ****

I had a feeling I’d be disappointed because I had really high hopes for this, but I thought it was about as perfect an adaptation of the show as it could have been. It’s funny, thoughtful, personal, honest, slightly more focused than the stage act - I really enjoyed it.

Grade: ****

I think when I saw this it was the first classic musical I watched and thought, “hey, these things aren’t all dopey nonsense after all!”. It’s clever, it’s funny, the cast are all great and it’s got some classic songs. The one thing I absolutely cannot stand, though, is that ‘Gotta Dance’ sequence. It’s so detached from the story and it’s so fucking long it’s unbelievable. It almost makes me want to switch off a movie I think is otherwise pretty close to perfect. Almost.

It’s still really good.

Grade: ****

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It’s a little one-paced and consistently downbeat, so I kind of see why it wasn’t brilliantly reviewed, but I enjoyed this. I absolutely love Steve Carell in sadsack roles and this one was right in my wheelhouse. It’s sweet and romantic and light, but tinged with loads of regret and melancholy. It may not be the best ever use of the ingredients, but it’s a ‘can’t lose’ combination. Nice.

Grade: ***

This pretty much lived up to everything I’d heard people say about it. It’s just really clever and interesting and compelling. Typically for sci-fi it didn’t quite bring enough of the human element for me to really connect with it, so I couldn’t love, love, love it, but I did really enjoy it. In terms of actual quality it’s probably one of the better films I’ve seen all year.

Grade: ****

I enjoyed this a fair bit. I don’t actually remember the book that well, to be honest, so I can’t speak on how well it works as an adaptation, but my instinct is that it does so very well. It’s just so wrought by emotion. And, y’know, I have a feeling, actually, that when I read the book I wasn’t able to really embrace that, but a decade or so later I’m a different person and it really got me here. I really loved how unrelentingly earnest and emotive it was.

I’d understand anyone who thought it was too much - too whiny, too emo - but, yeah, I found it very affecting. I think I’ll dig the book out and give it another go some time next year.

Grade: ****

It’s not a surprise that I liked this really. It features two things I really like seeing in movies: shy, closed-off characters coming to life and a really weird, mental guy being treated with inexplicable patience, kindness and empathy. But let’s not focus on what that says about me. There were other good things about it that weren’t to do with my psychoses. The story’s inventive and it’s the first time in a while I’ve watched a movie and felt clueless as to how it might end.

Solid, enjoyable movie.

Grade: ****

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So obviously I’m now into catching up on these Seuss movie adaptations and seeing how I feel about them. I liked this one a fair bit. The problem usually comes with fleshing out these really small stories into a full ninety minutes, but the way this one did it seemed to be to give Jim Carrey and Steve Carell full license to have fun and be goofy. Oh, and a tremendously out of context but fun anime fantasy scene. It was everything it needed to be and maybe a tad more.

And, y’know, I think I’ve said it before here, but Jim Carrey does not get the appreciation he deserves. For all the shit he gets for being in stuff like Mr. Popper’s Penguins or whatever, his catalogue has so many fine and fun films in which he is the fulcrum. I’ll say it: modern Jimmy Stewart!! Okay, I won’t say that. But let’s not cast him as the “weird Emma Stone video” guy either. He’ll have a lot more lasting work than many actors who get more respect.

This is another one in the win column, I think.

Grade: ***