As a Walken fan for over 20 years, I have no idea how this phenomenal movie has managed to pass me by for so long. Odd, chilling and just plain mesmerising; Yes, it's a bit far fetched at times, but all that is forgiven because there are so many masters at work on this one, including The King Of New York himself.
I didn't expect to like this. Which is strange really, because this is just the kind of movie that I thrive on. Tormented souls, stylishly lit and shot. A movie with great performances, a haunting soundtrack and a story with little hope of a happy ending. Just my cup of tea. If you share my warped view of entertainment, then this is for you!
Although you can't fail to be wowed by the animation, I didn't find myself particularly engaged by this one.
It does have some great stuff in it though. My kids enjoyed it, and after all, it was for them that we went to see this it!
Let's start with the bad. This film has very little directoral style and suffers as a result. It is essentialy a docu-drama, but man is it a good 'un. It's main saving grace is the perfomances ,and Jessica Chastain is at the head of this. It's worth seeing for her alone. Overall howver, you come out of the film with a very hollow feeling. It makes you think what a brutal species the human race can be. A point worth making, and if you can withstand all that this entails, then you should really see this movie.
Visually stunning, yes. If you think about how much of the movie is computer generated, but looks so real, then you have to commend an amazing acheivement. Trouble is, I wasn't captivated by it. There's only so much boy and tiger in a boat that one man can take. Yes, I know he's becoming a man and yes I know it's life affirming etc etc. But visuals aside, its a bit dull. And the 3D? As pointless as it always is.