The Coen’s never fail to write great characters (I know they didn’t create these characters but they’ve reinvented them in their own style). Their use of language and accents has always been one of their great strengths, their characters always fit perfectly into the landscapes and surroundings of the film. True Grit is no exception. There’s also plenty of the Coen’s trademark humour, all the performances are strong (special mentions to Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld who is absolutely outstanding in the lead role, see the video below) and it is beautifully shot by Roger Deakins. The only issue I had was struggling to understand Jeff bridges, genuinely could have done with subtitles at times.
“I’m a Texas Ranger”
A catastrophic failure. As a serious horror film, which is what it was meant to be, it is unbelievably terrible. As an accidental comedy, a spoof even, it’s quite funny. Unfortunately for director Drake Floyd, the hard truth is that when you’re finished film ends up working better as a spoof of what it was actually meant to be, you know something’s gone badly wrong. If you watch it for a laugh as I did, it’s pretty entertaining. There’s more than a hint of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace about the acting, script and special effects. Strangely there is absolutely no mention of trolls during the film, it’s all goblin this and goblin that.
“Nilbog! It’s goblin spelled backwards! This is their kingdom!”
Wow, someone’s seen The Shining then.
Thor is comparable to most of the Marvel films i’ve seen in that it’s purely a money-making exercise with little to no substance that thinks it’s a lot funnier than it actually is. It’s a shame because there was potential for some good comedy with Thor arriving on Earth, I suppose in a similar sort of way to Crocodile Dundee arriving in Manhattan. There are a couple of passable action sequences and the acting is solid enough, but it’s VERY predictable.
Pretty amusing at times and George Clooney is very good as Lyn Cassidy who claims to be a former member of the New Earth Army, a special branch of the US army that specialised in using paranormal and psychic powers on missions. I like Ewan Macgregor, but I don’t think he’s particularly good at accents, it was a little distracting. The best moments are when it is poking fun at the paranormal believers, and satirising the army and Cold War.
“So they started doing psy-research because they thought we were doing psy-research, when in fact we weren’t doing psy-research?”
“Yes sir. But now that they are doing psy-research, we’re gonna have to do psy-research, sir. We can’t afford to have the Russian’s leading the field in the paranormal.”