The reason I think this film is funnier than Bruno, and Bruno funnier than Borat is that each relies less than the one before on making real people uncomfortable. Im not entirely against the sort of comedy Borat employed as some sort of social commentary about the treatement of people from other cultures, but it never really aspired to or acheived those heady heights. So here, and better for it, we have a film which makes fun of dictators, which most people will agree is a legitimate target (it also mocks independent health food stores and those who work in them, beware if you are either a dictator or health food store worker, you might be offended, the amount depends on which category you fall into, health food store dictators will hate it) Some parts are genuinely funny, and the main character is pretty likeable after a while mostly because he has some organisational talents and is rather lonely, more a victim of circumstance than a genuinely bad person. After all I think there is some truth in the assertion that nuclear missiles should be pointy rather than rounded, after all their primary purpose is to look badass and scare the crap out of everyone.
If there is one thing hollywood does well it is making films where there is barely a second where something isnt happening, which makes watching a film like Las Acacias an even more exciting experience … well as exciting an experience as watching a film where literally nothing happens can be. I did nearly fall asleep near the start, just when I was thinking how brave it was of the director to have waited so long before anyone said anything to each other, and wondering what the script looked like at this point, but this film draws you in, though very little is said you cant help but identify with the characters and although you know that the stony faced truck driver will eventually warm to his passengers (after all if he didnt it wouldn’t be a very good film at all) the little moments which lead to this are all part of the journey. This film was a little like that David Lynch disney film (yes it exists) The Straight Story in that its all about the journey rather than even something remotely interesting as a pay off at the destination. Because the whole film hinges on just one journey I cant really say much more without ruining it, and dont take my insistence that nothing happens to mean that you shouldnt watch this film, you really should, even if just for the baby, who the film makers have somehow trained to do cute things on demand!
I couldnt wait to rent this, I remember being so scared watching this when I was about fourteen, I remembered it being BRILLIANT! What I did not remember however is that it is ridiculously … weird… there are some parts that make absolutely no sense at all! I suppose fourteen year old me didnt really register that I didnt really know if I was supposed to feel sorry for the Candyman character or be scared of him, watching it now I just sort of wanted to give him a cuddle and say “look, I know you had it rough, but that was literally hundreds of years ago, things are different now, stop killing people with a giant hook”, that said the occupants of the tower block where much of the film takes place are all pretty much negative stereotypes …
Candyman is the third best hook operator after Abu Hamza and … Hook, who was so good at hook operation that he named himself it. Still wont say it into a mirror five times though.
If like me, you are a man, and like to conform to gender stereotypes to such an extent that you actively seek out films with lots of guns and fightin’ in them, then you can get much more guns and fightin’-ey than ‘The Raid’! To not put too finer point on it, this has the most fightin’ in it that I have ever seen, more than most movies that are ostensibly about fightin’. I use fightin’ to demarkate between the sort of ridiculous hand to hand face smasherry on show here from the fighting of war films or things like rocky. This fightin’ is brutal! Were you to just watch someone, as they watched this film you’d have a great time documenting all of the “owwww” “urrghhh” moments crossing their face as our hero literally smashes his way through a building full of an unending stream of bad sorts. There is a pretty basic storyline underpinning the whole show, but it is suitable and makes you hate the baddies enough that when they get killed in all sorts of brilliant ways you cant help but think they (probably) deserved it! Definately not one to watch with your mum, but certainly worth watching if you are feeling a little low on testosterone.
Usually when a film begins by showing how pathetic/awful/unlikable its main character is I woefully unlookforward (or whatever the term for looking forward, but with woe might be) to spending the rest of the film trying ever so hard not to hate them, eventually failing and thinking “well why and earth did THEY get a happy ending”, unless of course its a nice tragedy in which case I sometimes think “well they pretty much deserved that, the idiot” (see Coreolanus, or sticking with good old Shakespeare that Juliet amd Romeo could have solved a lot of their problems if they had just solved their communication issues). But this film, this is different! The brilliant captain of Pirates! Is a complete and utter tool, but eventually comes good and does the right thing. The concept isn’t exactly new, person is idiot, realises idiocy is ruining friendships/lovelife/life in general, then changes their ways, but those other versions of the story don’t have pirates…or scientists!
Fairly soon after watching this I was lucky enough to see the ship used in the film, it was pretty beautifully made, if pirates, scientists and a good “not being an idiot anymore” story are not enough for you then watching this film alone just for the “its so cool how they made this” momemts is almost worth it.
Blue sky almost pulls off the trick of making you forget that its animated, then helpfully reminds you by having something incongruously cgi come and hit you in the eyeballs. Its a nice story though, rather too heavy on the love story side of things but the basic repressed masses rising story has been done better, maybe just watch metropolis (the original) its nearly as futuristic. Light cycles from tron rating – 10/10 random pikachu type thing appearing for no reason rating 10/10 character development rating 4/10
If this film had been made by film students I can picture how they would have excitedly described the project to their friends “ok, its like a serial killer movie, except it really makes you think about like…the whole process you know, how they get to the point that murder becomes a response”, which is sort of what this slow (slow slow slow) film does, though this is giving it a little more credit in the `thought provoking` department than it deserves. The characters are as predictable as the plot (which begs the question, why couldn’t it all have been over a little quicker?) so you never really end up contemplating the feelings which drive the story and just end up wishing SOMEONE would hurry up and do at least a tiny bit of killing.