A movie that mixes sci-fi with nearly all genres. I loved it. I haven't read the books but am going to, and although the shaky cam is slightly overdone I thought the action scenes were cleverly put together. It was nice to see a movie that was smart with it's action and story. Jennifer Lawrence gives a brilliant standout performance, and the supporting roles were great. I could talk about this movie all day.
Robert De Niro. Susan Sarandon. Diane Keaton. Robin Williams. Amanda Seyfried. How did they get it wrong?
Wait... what? Katherin Heigl and Topher Grace?
Oh... That's why.
To be fair, I'm not as much a Heigl basher as others. She didn't bother me here, as the whole film is so fluffy that any performance wouldn't bother you.
Except for De Niro who did feel like he was phoning it in a little bit here, he must have been given a pretty good pay check to be in this, as I can't understand why else he would want to be a a part of this.
I did properly laugh twice here, and they were funny lines I think delivered by the same person, but the main reason why the comedy mostly doesn't work is because it concentrates on so many visual gags that just feel old, and a little awkward. The comedic timing is just wrong.
It is just a bit over the place, with too much raunchy comedy included just for the sake of it. Some scenes feel forced, but at the heart of it, it's harmless and completely forgettable.
Emma Thompson is the star, and I definitely sense a nomination towards her. I've seen some negative reviews but I just can't see how people can not at least have an easy watching, fun time. This film is warm, charming and very funny.
The biggest surprise for me was that the film was not afraid to show the flaws of Disney, and the ridiculousness of some of the aspects. They also do hint at some of the famous flaws of Walt Disney himself, they don't go into too much detail, but I thought they dealt with him very effectively.
As I said the film is about Emma Thompson and Walt Disney really is a side character. The flashbacks then open up a parallel story with Colin Farrell. Colin Farrell is also spellbinding here, and again could be in for at least a nomination for Supporting Actor.
Saving Mr Banks is the definition of a warm hug. It is a film that you can be cynical about if you really want, but I just don't see the point. I really loved it. And to be honest, I actually can't see why you can be cynical about it.
Stronger than the original, and a great middle chapter that leaves you wanting more.
Although it is a glossy film, it is definitely darker than the original in the way of story, and the main thing that I loved about it is that it felt like it was leading somewhere in the bigger picture, not just in it's own self-contained story. it had confidence and didn't try to make an ending just in case it didn't get a sequel. We knew it. The film knew it. the movie was going to make money, and the ending is brilliantly crafted, leaving you craving more.
Jennifer Lawrence is still as good as other, but I thought that Josh Hutcherson was the biggest surprise here, being the weakest link in the first film, he definitely was a major improvement here. but the stand-out for me was Elizabeth Banks, who went all 'Julie waters in harry Potter', and just left me wanting to see her let rip, which she probably won't, but still she had some great moments, where she starts to see the cracks in what she believes in.
The film catches fire through it's direction. See what I did there. Pun. I bow down to whoever edited and paced this movie, as it is paced to perfection- at two hours and twenty six minutes this film flew by, and left me wanting more.
I am very much looking forward to the next in the franchise, even though I hear it is the weakest book.