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The script's bold and direction are bold, Carrey and Winslet are game, but Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind feels a little less than the sum of its parts. The ideas and themes are there, but it can feel a little directionless at times; which works to detriment its beautiful, immersive visuals. Its fast pace and jumps through time are a times unclear and can leave you in the back foot, making it more likely for you to lose touch with its evident emotional potency. It's ambitious to a fault, and you have to go cr it points for that —- even if the fault creeps up on you earlier than expected.
Iroh's grade: B-
Hilarious, layered and heartfelt. St. Vincent is a quiet delight that is emotionally manipulative in the best way, juggling tones with a witty assurance that fuels this feature‘s charm —- anchored by excellent performances from its cast, led by a powerhouse turn from the great Bill Murray. All hail Bill Murray!
Iroh's grade: A-
Funny, well-paced and thematically rich. Reitman's Up in the Air is a light and easy watch, largely thanks to an outstanding central performance from George Clooney, who effortlessly weaves in and out of tones, tickling your funny bone, widening your eyes, tugging at your heartstrings and even reaching into your soul at times —- oooh... that's why George Clooney became so popular... he's actually a great actor too!
Iroh's grade: B+
Wild, Wacky, funny, but also cleverly layered and deftly plotted. McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths is a really great time, largely due to its cracking cast and witty script... but also because it's smart enough to know to not take itself too seriously, and just have some fun; and with that, earning the freedom to maybe even surprise us with some deeper, more poignant notes —- that's a sign of a true artist, and a true comic!
What a perfect place for a final shootout!
Iroh's grade: B
A true cinematic delight. Little Women is a somewhat unqualified sophomore success for writer-director Greta Gerwig, who crafts a pleasantly refreshing modern adaptation of the famous novel; thats charm and effect is made potent through its beautiful visuals, unique auteurship and affecting performances —- Saorise Ronan is really something special.
Iroh's grade: A-