Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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Obviously this is a kids' film and tbh I can do without a twee cartoon bear and ladles of slapstick. It's still worth the price of admission for a grown-up though, to see the cream of British character actors doing their thing, and the charming, witty production design and shot-making. 5 stars as a family film, 3.5 without the kids in tow.
This is not as grim and difficult as it sounded, though it is still a curious transplant of a Jacobean revenge tragedy. The moving bits are moving, the grotesque bits grotesque, the characters characterful and the themes thematic. It's still quite jarring and not entirely satisfying, but an engaging watch with excellent performances.
Always a fan of the way GdT films look, and this is no exception. Sea-green, dreamy and gorgeous. Here the lush visuals are successfully married to a grown-up fairytale, with ever-so-slightly pantomime performances to match. Charming.
This film has rightly been lauded for its clever technology and educational subject matter. This was certainly moving material, but I was also very impressed with how it was put together. The choices of image, edits and veterans' voices are all excellent. The moment when the footage enlarges, stabilises and blooms into colour and sound is spine-tingling; but the reversal at the other end of the film is a masterstroke, both soothing the audience after a grim half an hour and reminding us never again to dismiss those jittery films of people in funny old clothes.
I need to stop watching stuff just because Ben Wheatley is involved! His undoubted talent as a director, as well as the considerable charisma of the stars here, is smothered by a smug, rigid concept and fake nostalgia. Didn't hate it but felt like someone somewhere was having a much better time than me.