This one's ace. I forgot to record it off air, and I'm so glad I went back and picked it up via iPlayer. It's very plausibly Glasgow; the characters and scenario are harshly credible. It's a comedy, and a tragedy. beautifully filmed, excellent score, lovely plot line. Characterisation of the whole cast is good, and James Cosmo is outstanding.
Very poor. Lots of badly-cut chase scenes, and Daniel Craig getting into implausible situations and killing people without really trying. There's not a lot of chemistry here. Must have been good in a cinema if your intention was to be audibly and visually battered with a blunt instrument. Expensive, humourless, illogical mayhem.
Well it's a chick flick, and it wasn't a brilliant one. But it wasn't as bad as the reviewers would have it. It has a set of decent actors, and a plot that does actually work as a comedy of manners set in 21st Century New York. And I liked that there are no men in it!
Very enjoyable. Reminiscent of Cinema Paradiso and similar Italian narrative movies seen from a child's point of view. Very straightforward structure, rose-tinted but based on realities. Full of larger than life, wholesome personalities, fittingly for a film that's broadly speaking a memoir of young Boorman's wartime childhood.
Could be better. It raises important issues about parenthood and marriage, but I found the narrative more than a little implausible. Is this really how life is lived in California? Maybe, probably not. It's good on the kids' experience, less so on the adults' lifestyles. Ruffalo's character grows cucumbers and fucks around; Bening is a buttoned-up doctor and Moore a mixed-up 'failure'. There are segments here that are pure comedy, and others that address serious issues. This is Hollywood does indy and it doesn't work for me. The critics appear to have loved it, though.