Wes Anderson presents his best film to date as director and writer of The Grand Budapest Hotel, a fantastic film that runs like intricate clockwork that is finely tuned. Spanning across time periods and intriguing settings it is a strong narrative that unfolds like layers of gift wrapping and ribbons. The screenplay has all of the wit and lexical experimenting you would expect from Wes Anderson, delivered perfectly by the exceptional cast, most notably Ralph Fiennes and F. Murray Abraham. With an interesting historical setting and a beautiful colour pallet, it is a film one could only describe as delightful.
The Imitation Game is not only well executed and utterly mesmerising, but it also matters greatly. As a piece of storytelling it is one of the most important films of our time, telling a story many have never heard of but should hear; the story of Alan Turing. Turing is played brilliantly by Benedict Cumberbatch who carries this emotional film, with director Morten Tyldum immersing the audience in the darkness of war and code breaking. Graham Moore deserves the utmost respect for his writing as he delivers one of the most thought provoking screenplays I have experienced. Pure genius.
Richard Linklater writes and directs this profoundly moving film about a young boy’s experiences as he grows up. The screenplay is fantastically written and really gives this film its beating heart and intelligent brain, along with a wonderful performance by Patricia Arquette. The pacing is a little slow so many will lose patience with it but it is definitely worth watching in its entirety. It stands as an impressive piece of filmmaking, having been filmed across a number of years and then pieced together, it is not only a film to be watched, it is one to be appreciated.
Clint Eastwood directs the big screen biopic of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle, with many praising is as the best film of the year. Personally I didn’t love it but then I didn’t hate it either, I just wanted more from it. Eastwood is a director I admire greatly but this is not his best work. It is an interesting and gripping film with outstanding performances, most notably from Bradley Cooper, but it just needed a bigger kick in the right direction. It is well worth watching and certainly isn’t bad, but it unfortunately hovers rather too close to mediocrity.
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s chaotic and fantastically written look into the world of acting and fame stands as one of the best films of modern years. The entire cast is superb with Michael Keaton giving the performance of his career, and the harsh directing style of Iñárritu is utterly brilliant to ensure this tightly wound film holds together. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki worked to make the film flow and move constantly as a continuous shot with close to zero scene changes, making this a technical triumph within filmmaking. It is an obscure, hilarious and often thought provoking experience; I loved every minute.