Blunt Reviews Presents: Drive (2011)

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I love this film. I’ve watched it countless times now, and every time I find myself remembering all the reasons why I love it. Nic Winding Refn is an extraordinary director, and with Drive he delivers a stylish but gritty masterpiece with an outstanding ensemble cast. I know a lot of people didn’t have the patience for it, but frankly that’s their loss, because this film is exceptional. From the incredible cinematography and stylish directing, to Ryan Gosling’s intimidating screen presence and the epic soundtrack, this film ticks every box and still stands as one of my favourite films.

Blunt Reviews Presents: The Place Beyond the Pines (2013)

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This is a clear example of a film that I admire, but I don’t necessarily like. I understand the levels within the split narrative and the different themes that are explored, it’s just the delivery is weak. It’s about 140 minutes long, which is a problem given the rather simple ideas the film attempts to communicate. It seems as though the film gets wrapped up in its own sense of importance, which results in it becoming very ill disciplined and baggy. Considering I guessed the ending halfway through the first act, the rest of the film becomes quite a tedious experience.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Seven Pounds (2009)

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 This is one of the most infuriating films I’ve ever had the misfortune of watching. It’s just tedious, self-important drivel that needs to pull its head out of its own arse. While there are numerous fundamental flaws I’d argue most are concerning the writing. The screenplay is beyond dull and the narrative completely lacks substance. If a film is based upon a secret twist, at least ensure the secret can’t be guessed ten minutes into the film. Gabriele Muccino is such a childish director, practically shouting “Look! Will Smith is in the rain! Look! It’s emotional!!” I don’t think so.

Blunt Reviews Presents: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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This film is an absolute mess. Performances from Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck are the best elements, otherwise it’s business as usual, just the same washed out, grey-scale bullshit that Zack Snyder specialises in. Snyder is a visual director yet he’s failed at his own trade, delivering a tedious and immature action flop that completely lacks any form of substance. Crucially, the fundamental flaws of the film are in the structure and diabolical writing. The narrative is composed of several different films, which have been badly stitched together by a hoofed animal on a broken sewing machine. Fucking disappointment.