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KING Of All Schmoes
Surprised and delighted to say that JA is definitely, definitely worth the big screen trip. A very unique, complex and thrilling flick that is a big technical feat, but also comes through on the emotional beats and despite being batshit crazy in terms of its scope, creatures/species and everything else -- it totally works. What a unique experience. What a trip. So glad this one did not disappoint (like I was kind of expecting it to, to be honest).
|Directed by:||James Marsh|
|Written by:||Anthony McCarten|
|Cast:||Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, David Thewlis|
+ solid cast (a great performance by Redmayne, a good performance by Charlie Cox and a solid performance from Felicity Jones)
+ solid direction (well shot overall with a few cool out of the norm stylistic choices)
- script (it's by no means bad, but it certainly could've been better. It just doesn't flow well. This is the trouble with making a biographical film, you have to cover such a great amount of time in such a short amount of time - and even here it's not an entire life yet the script still has trouble with making it feel connected and smooth. It too often feels like a jumping montage of events and not all the key elements of the script are fleshed out enough)
A solid film, but ultimately a disappointing one. It is by no means bad or even mediocre, just simply a letdown for me. Based on the trailer I was expecting a really moving experience with a great romance (traditional or untraditional, either or) but didn't get either. And, honestly, I was expecting more from Redmayne's performance. Now it's still a great performance, and I do think he did all he could do with it, it's just that a different or better script could have helped his character and in turn allowed him to deliver an even better performance. I would've liked them to explore Hawking's sickness more (they barely mention why he was supposed to die in 2 years and lived for 50+ more) or even explore his theories more, looking back they don't even really do much of that. The romance was one of the biggest letdowns too as it kind of goes from first meeting to marriage in an instant and for the majority of the film it's portrayed as a rather cold and unimportant relationship, despite them still caring deeply about one another. I thought that aspect could've been a lot more effective. All in all its well acted, well directed and has a few solid funny moments in the script but the overall script is it's downfall. Honestly it's a light, light 6 for me.
|Directed by:||Damien Chazelle|
|Written by:||Damien Chazelle|
|Cast:||J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser|
+ solid cast (great performance from JK Simmons in a pretty brutal role, but one that's balanced out by some depth as we see flashes of a different side to the character. Miles Teller is overshadowed but deserves props for his performance which is very, very good as well)
+ good direction (well shot, more simplistic but effective in bringing the intensity through)
+ good script (pretty straightforward and relatively simple, but it shines in its intense dialog exchanges and is helped by a few unexpected twists and turns)
- ending too abrupt
A good movie. I didn't absolutely love it or find it particularly great, but I really enjoyed it through and through, largely thanks to the two main performances. The only real thing that held it back for me was the ending, which I thought could have been extended with another scene or two to create a more fulfilling conclusion, but looking back it still works as it is and perhaps an extended conclusion would have felt too cookie cutter/bowtie-like. All in all an intense, brutal film that is a very solid and affecting little ride. Recommended.