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The Tree of Life
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Slow paced and full of visual imagery, The Tree of Life is a stunningly original feat in film. Malick's film works on numerous levels of interpretation, from a simple tale about growing up to existential ideas. There is no doubt that the film is aesthetically beautiful, with its images and Lubezki's masterful cinematography, but praise must go to Brad Pitt for one of his best performances to date. The Tree of Life is well worth a watch, simply because it is a feat in what a film can be: a reminder that a successful film can still be art and mean something.

Skyfall (2012)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Skyfall is a seriously entertaining film. The action sequences will keep you glued to the screen and the dialogue is absorbing to say the least. Both Craig and Bardem come into the limelight with amazing performances that keep you hooked; Bardem gives a disturbing performance and makes and excellent villain, while Craig portrays Bond as being very human. The screenplay is smart, funny and full of plot twists to make you constantly on edge. Mendes has taken on a challenge of trumping Casino Royale and has succeeded. Skyfall is the must-see twenty-third instalment of the James Bond franchise.

The Great Gatsby
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It occurs to me that Baz Luhrmann was completely the wrong person to adapt and direct Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The film focuses far too much on the visual and aural aspects and jumps around so much in some schizophrenic nightmare. Luhrmann's overemphasised style creates a 1920s that can't be taken seriously, with music not suited to the era and film that revolves around the context of the book, not the material itself. As a result of the imbalance between style and content, the film falls flat, detracting from romantic human story at the heart of the novel which ultimately seems less important. Despite the overemphasised style, the adaptation is faithful to the novel, complete with symbolic motifs, and DiCaprio provides a captivating performance as the tender-hearted Gatsby. But not even this can save The Great Gatsby from falling short of expectations.

Flightplan (2005)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Flightplan may seem like a mysterious and intriguing thriller at first, but as the film progresses, it become more and more predictable. Yes it's a little different being set on an aeroplane and yes, it does offer some tense moments, but we can all tell where the film is going. The psychological edge to the film is definitely what it has going for it, yet this aspect isn't as prominent as it should be; developing Foster's character in this way would have made the film far more intriguing and chilling. But there's no doubt it'll hold your attention for the time you'll spend watching it, but it is undeniably a forgettable experience, nothing special.

Adaptation (2002)
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Adaptation is a stunningly original film in that it almost redefines what a film can actually be. The elements of metafiction make this film an intelligent and complex drama about the creation of the film itself. It's the kind of intelligence that is subtle; Adaptation doesn't go out of the way to tell you specifically that it is complex and smart, it's almost humble which makes the film far more likeable and watchable. For that reason, the screenplay is very well written and translates on screen excellently. Cage is also worthy of praise, playing the roles of both Charlie and Donald Kaufman, managing to give convincing and realistic portrayals of two very different characters. The film is also filled with satire and black comedy, making Adaptation an enjoyable experience as well as a thought provoking and inspirational piece of visual art.