By this point Dan Brown resembles a disobedient child; we’re telling him to stop writing rubbish and he responds by continuing with his writing whilst looking us directly in the eyes. Basically take the main features of The Da Vinci Code (stupidity, ludicrous plot, boring characters etc) and raise them to the next level whilst giving Tom Hanks a haircut. I love Ron Howard but fucking hell he needs to move on. The whole film feels like Dan Brown is painting your face with a pot of his own liquid shit, with the intention of spoon feeding you the leftovers.
I feel sorry for anyone that has had to sit through this film, because I approached it with an open mind and found that it was surprisingly rubbish. It’s just unimportant, badly written drivel that owes me a refund of my time. I think I would hate it more if it actually mattered, but because the film is so insignificant I can’t even get angry enough to rant about it properly. All I know is that the relief I felt once the end credits started rolling was similar to the relief felt when an arsehole finally leaves the room.
I know the Coen Brothers are capable of better, and I am aware this is an overindulgence, but it proves that even when the Coens are not at their best they are still fantastic writers. It is all over the place and falls apart like a house of cards in the wind, but it is still massively quotable and gets funnier every time I watch it. If you’re looking to analyse it then you’re an idiot. If you don’t take the film seriously you’ll have a better experience than if you were to dissect it.
I know it’s part of Woody Allen’s tourist period that some found troublesome, but I still maintain that this is one of his better modern films. I admire the approach Allen takes to romance, showing how it is often complicated and destructive,whilst also capturing the excitement and happiness people in love experience. It’s not as weighted as other Allen projects and at times feels too flimsy, but I think it has an overall charm that other recent projects lacked significantly. The film would ultimately fall apart if it weren’t for the screenplay and a brilliant supporting performance from Penelope Cruz.
It’s refreshing to see a genuinely funny comedy that stands as an impressive piece of film. The screenplay is really something special; written to be both subversive and relevant, but also with an appropriate amount of melancholia. The performances are as you would expect, with George Clooney playing roles similar to what we’ve already seen, while the supporting roles from Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga pull the film forwards. With a strong structure and impressive input from the director of photography the film is a smooth but detailed look into a modern and conflicted lifestyle.