In theory, this film could be an overly sappy 'feel-good' movie - you know, the kind that makes you 'feel-bad'. But it is executed with real sensitivity and humour, and the performances are very, very good. I was totally charmed.
Not a bad film - fun premise, good use of mockumentary style, quite funny in parts, quite scary in parts. But ultimately it feels as if it is stretched a little thin premise- and plot-wise. Worth a watch, but not something I'll be re-visiting ....except maybe just the scenes where the troll hunter dresses as Ned Kelly....
This starts out as a great, tense, ultra-violent hostage film, then - without warning - morphs into a fairly boring, self-consciously B-grade vampire splat-fest. All the tension built in the opening scenes goes out the window in favour of un-scary vampire being shot to pieces by cardboard cut-out characters. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty good fun in its way, but disappointing after such a great start. Also, could've done with another 30-1000 minutes of Salma Hayek dancing!
Hypnotic, lush, but ultimately un-engaging, portrait of Louis XIV. The film is technically quite amazing in many ways, the costumes are perfect, the details of court rituals are masterfully re-created, but it all feels very academic and forgettable. One of the biggest problems is the lead actor, who gives the flattest, most boring, performance I've seen in ages - other characters keep referring to Louis being a man of pleasures, a womanizer who loves the hunt and gambling, but it is hard to reconcile these descriptions with the dull bureaucrat that we actually get. Something of a chore to finish, and left almost no impression.
Fantastic Christmas comedy, really evokes what Christmas is like for a little kid, and is filled with strangeness and hilarity. I liked having the little boy's life narrated by himself when he is gruff and older, as it highlights both the ways the kid is like a grumpy old man, and the way his older self is still a little kid. Loved the family dynamic, the sensual leg lamp, even the racist ending was funny (reminded of Kin Jong Il) - just about perfect for this kind of film.