If you’re pregnant, firstly congratulations and secondly you should probably wait until after you’ve delivered to watch this. I’m going to have to split this one into 3 sections. The first hour was very, very slow, melodramatic and well, Twilighty. It felt like there was a bit of padding going on to stretch out the material, they could easily have cut out 20minutes. It wasn’t necessarily all that bad though. The next 25 minutes were beyond terrible. It was like they’d got a competition winner in from a local primary school to write and direct a portion. I laughed out loud a couple of times at the dialogue and also when the wolves (which carry about as much threat as a gaggle of affable butterflies) started talking in their human voices. It was a bizarre scene. Having said all that though, I actually thought the final 25 minutes were pretty good, and surprisingly shocking. Any film with a ‘demon baby’ gets points from me and the fact that I found myself vaguely reminded of the final scenes in ‘Requiem For A Dream’ can only be a good thing. Also, the best scene of the film is during the end credits.
Question, what has happened to the music in these films? The soundtrack to ‘New Moon’ featured songs by great bands like Radiohead, Muse and Metric, whereas Breaking Dawn seems to rely almost entirely on generic piano tinkling.
Finally, i’ve heard a lot of criticism of the acting in these films, but I have to say with the exception of the wolfpack I don’t think they’re acted that badly at all. Just one more to go and it’s all over.
Since ‘Lock Stock…’ and ‘Snatch’ i haven’t much cared for any of Guy Ritchies films, but he was the perfect man to direct this. Robert Downey Jr. has also proved himself to be very capable of playing characters with an arrogant and slightly irritating streak (Tony Stark, Iron-Man) and slides effortlessly into the role, as does Jude Law as Watson. The action scenes are impressive, the plot is completely ridiculous and the dialogue is fast and witty. Entertaining nonsense.
A gripping ,tense and sinister mystery/drama/thriller. Jennifer Lawrence delivers a magnificent performance as Ree, a strong and resourceful teenage girl living in a small Ozark community. She raises her younger siblings alone, and must hunt and reluctantly accept offerings from her neighbours to put food on the table. When she is informed that her absent drug-dealing father has put up the family house as collateral for his bail, she has to track him down or risk losing their home. A great central performance and one of the hardest scenes to watch i’ve seen in a long time. Occasionally it meanders, but it’s generally tense and pretty taut.