This movie is close to being good, there are only a few things missing that instead puts it in that straight to DVD bracket.
But lets start with the good, Robert De Niro & John Cusack are on top form, De Niro looks like his older self in Goodfellas, Cusack plays that moody character well as usual, but this time he is carrying a gun!
When he is told that he will pick up big money as long as he doesn’t look into the bag he is being asked to carry the intrigue comes thumping through the screen, it’s a shame the reveal is not quite as good, in fact it seems quite pathetic when I think of what they could have put in the bag instead.
As a side note I have always thought of Crispin Glover as a proper wanker for his role in trying to force the Back to the Future team out of more money to take part in the sequal, I would think there was a time when most producers gave him a wide birth, but after all of that he performs in this average film with that creepy character that he pulls off so well.
The bag(man) has decent content but the delivery is all wrong!
I was really disappointed with this film, to have so much talent at your disposal and do nothing of value with it is an artistic crime, when I say talent I am talking about;-
* Michael Fassbender
* Javier Bardem
* Brad Pitt
The number one crime, which is a unusal criticism, is that 80 % of the cast are giving speeches, I don’t mean at an awards due, just in their dialogue, with the likes of Cameron Diaz giving long boring speeches on life and what it takes to become dominant in life, give me a break Cameron, but she is not alone, apart from Michael Fassbender who plays a clueless sheep throughout, everyone else just loves the sound of their own voice, the style is so over the top that it looks like some well-known names can’t act, I am not saying they can’t, I just think they struggled with the direction of this film and the terrible lines written for them, you always have a wise owl in this type of film, this film has five wise owls!, this would be laughable if it wasn’t for the fact that the speeches go on and on and on………………………
I love it when a film tries to break new ground and tell you tale that is new and deliver it with style and edge, this film tries to do this but in my opinion misses the mark, I would still prefer to watch more of these type of efforts than the cloned crap that arrives on our screens each week.
It kicks off with a woman being kidnapped and drugged, a guessing game then begins, the only problem is I was left guessing right til the end, I wont lie, I am still guessing, I did not want the director to lay everything out for me, but this goes in the other direction of not explaining anything fully, with no real love for the main leads it becomes a case of do I care to look into the reason behind the event’s that are not clear on the first viewing.
* Spoiler alert *
If anyone has any answers to the following questions I would be grateful -
Who was the boss of this crime ?
Who actually stole the money, the young chap or the Farmer, or somebody else not featured in the film ?
Why did they fall in love with the pigs in the end ?
The ” Ordeal ” is one of my favourite films, and that was very weird, as well as being weird it also had quirky interesting subjects matched with dead pan humour and dialogue, this movie has the strangeness but fails to bring anything else to keep you involved with the story.
I was looking forward to this film, the story behind a charismatic man who could make the world smile with a simple sentence, the makers got the drama side of this story right in respects of the crimes against Mandela and his people but if there is film that is supposed to capture the beauty and love of Mandela, this unfortunately is not it.
Naomie Harris was a bit of a let down playing Winnie Mandela, I don’t really rate her as a serious actress, she may be OK for the quirky Bond role, but for a serious dramatic portrayal of Winnie and the pain and anguish she went through just wasn’t there in Naomie’s face, I did not believe her, or her terrible accent. (Not Naomie’s fault but her make up to make her look old just did not work)
Idris Elba is a monster of an actor, being a HUGE ”Wire” fan I always follow his career with great interest, he lets no one down with his performance but he fails to capture that joyous Mandela, instead of the wise and witty man you get a very serious Mandela throughout apart from a few moments near the end I really failed to see any of the true Mandela in Idris, if you had never seen Mandela or heard his story this film would be interesting alone, but if you are looking for an insight into how Mandela became the beacon of light to so many, I think you will be disappointed as I was.
I would definitely recommend seeing it, I just think it could have been so much better, when the huge moments arrived in the film they turned into such an anti-climax, which is the films and the directors problem, this film never get’s out of second gear.
I have to admit I am not a cycling fan, I would have struggled to pick this American hero out of a crowd before his scandal broke.
This documentary is good to a point that it magnifies his lies and zoom’s in on how Lance managed to hoodwink the world and cheat in a national sport, I have no love for cycling so the cheating element did not affect me emotionally, I thought I would be intrigued as to why he chose to cheat, I thought his reason’s would give an insight into a complicated mind.
My conclusion is that Lance Armstrong is a psychopath, if you look into his eyes at times I swear you can see fire, he is so convincing when lying to hundreds of journalists or as convincing when joking with friends about how ridiculous the idea of him cheating was.
I have big sympathy for the people who came runner-up to him over the years, not only have they missed out on all the financial rewards but to have their medals downgraded and hero status stolen is morally evil,
This is the type of movie that could easily pass most people by, but as a few days have passed since I watched this film my feelings for the film are all positive, Cate Blanchett is simply outstanding, she plays a woman who chooses to live her perceived life and not her real life, the movie does in fact pose an interesting question, if you could have all the money and luxuries in the world, would you end this relationship if you suspected your husband was cheating on you, I know what most ladies would say to that question but I know of people in my own life who live their life, like politicians, given the choice the embarrassment would not be worth finishing with their partner.
Alec Baldwin delivers a solid performance along with a surprising showing from Andrew Dice Clay.
This is my first Woody Allen film that I have watched from start to end, I will have to invest some time viewing his back catalogue, I fear I was too young to appreciate his artistic and witty mind prior to aging and observing the characters he writes about.
Film facts -
Costume designer Suzy Benzinger had a budget of only $35, 000. The Hermès bag that Jasmine carries was worth more than the entire budget and was borrowed, as were most of the designer outfits.
Loosely based upon Tennessee Williams‘ “A Streetcar named Desire”.
Louis C.K. originally auditioned for the part played by Andrew Dice Clay. Woody Allen felt that C.K. was too nice to play the role and offered him another part.
The third Woody Allen film in which Alec Baldwin has been cast.
Bradley Cooper was considered for a role but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
I remember this franchise fondly from my childhood and early teens, a doll that kills and is witty at the same time.
I should have hated this latest installment but I think any failings the film had were given a pass just to see my scary little friend once again, that said they have improved on what was cheap horror tricks, it’s as if the director purposely went out his way to avoid all the obvious jump moment’s, and instead decided to tease you with the return of the evil one.
I would avoid the trailer as it pretty gives everything away, not that it matters, the plot is not that hard to get your head round.