With a cast as superb as this there is cause for excitement, however from the footage already released there is also cause for apprehensiveness. I want this to be good, I want this to be a proper homegrown British comedy that leaves me smiling from ear to ear, however with the screenwriter of Mr Bean’s Holiday and Johnny English Reborn at the helm I dare say the ship is already sinking before it’s even cast off. The trailer was chuckle worthy but nothing more, leading me to believe this could either be a surprise knockout or an absolute misfire.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu is staying firmly in the right place as he delivers one of his best films. It was as gritty as the story demanded and Iñárritu’s ruthless directing style was applied perfectly. The cast is fantastic, with Leonardo DiCaprio stealing the show, while Tom Hardy and Will Poulter lead the superb supporting cast. The genius behind the film is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, using only natural light and stunning landscapes to present some of the most beautiful shots I have ever seen in cinema. This is the epitome of brilliant story telling, and a masterclass in film making.
Knowing very little about this film before the screening, I found this to be one of the most powerful and thought provoking films from recent years. Tackling heavy themes linked to identity and the human condition, the fragmented narrative successfully tells this captivating story from different angles to paint a comprehensive picture. The cinematography is impressive, delivering detailed shots of the human body to aid the characterisation and transition of the protagonist. Eddie Redmayne’s performance is good, however what drives the film is the outstanding and superior performance from Alicia Vikander who makes the film an emotional and captivating experience.
It’s difficult for a biopic to stand out due to the high standard set by previous films of the genre, and yet Get on Up manages to do this through one element, and that is the central performance from Chadwick Boseman. The film itself is solid and it is clearly based on a passion for the music, but what really holds it together is Boseman’s performance, because he is utterly fantastic. It wasn’t just an impression of James Brown, it was complete immersion into the role and it showed audiences that he can drive a film.
This film intrigued me for about thirty minutes, it was different and appeared to have the backbone to address heavy topics without flinching. However I soon found that it morphed into a typical cheesy story about love, friendship and second chances, becoming over sentimental and losing the nerve to finish walking the road it started on. With characters that become increasingly irritating it’s difficult to follow them on their journey and hope for a happy outcome because there’s only so much of their bullshit behaviour you can tolerate. Toni Collette is superb, but even she can’t salvage a sunken ship.
This is the type of film I live for. A surreal and intelligent comedy that I can keep coming back to, knowing that I will enjoy it even more each time. It centers on man trapped in a time loop experiencing the same day over and over again, with Bill Murray bringing heart and soul to the three dimensional lead character. It’s a simple concept but the execution is superb, spreading the message that we should not waste a single minute we are given in life. Harold Ramis was a fantastic writer, and this film will always be his masterpiece.