I can’t place this film, and it annoys me. What I like is that each of the narratives genuinely mean something and make an important statement in unique ways; what’s annoying is the overly pretentious attempt to link the narratives together across the globe, suggesting that in life’s rich tapestry everything is somehow connected in tiny ways. That pisses me off and doesn’t actually hold together as well as it needs to. I admire Alejandro González Iñárritu as a filmmaker, and whilst I believe this is his worst film, his directing is still impressive, if not somewhat wasted here.
It’s time to say goodbye to Martin Campbell and welcome in Marc Forster as director, ready to nearly butcher the James Bond franchise for good. Removing all substance and character, this film focuses entirely upon action and forgets that a plot is needed. Interestingly the second unit director, Dan Bradley, who has worked on projects such as Superman Returns, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Bourne Ultimatum appears to be in charge as we see the action becoming the focus. This is ultimately a loud and boring action film that made Die Another Day look like fucking Citizen Kane.
Gavin Hood directs one of the worst superhero films to have ever been made. When this film was released I was thirteen years old, and even then it managed to bore me senseless. It isn’t gritty or mature enough to handle the back story of a character as complex as Wolverine so what we have instead is a boring action film with tangents all over the place and visuals that make you question whether the film is actually finished. It is utterly without merit and is essentially the public execution of Marvel’s most popular character.
When a television series runs out of steam it sends the characters abroad. So what does that tell us about The Inbetweeners, considering they’ve done this twice. We all enjoyed the series a couple of years ago, but this much unwanted sequel was unbearable. The writers are merely reworking things they’ve already done so the gags are more disgusting and less funny. There’s no advancements in plot, and overall the whole thing feels too rushed, hence the narrative is distorted in terms of pace. Boring and uninspired. In the 1930s this rabid dog would have been shot already.