This isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the best Marvel film to date. I don’t know how it works, but the Russo Brothers nailed it. There’s so much content and substance packed in, and so many characters, yet they all get the right amount of screen time so the narrative is clear and cohesive and every character is well developed. From its sense of humour and expertly directed action, to its compelling story and outstanding performance from Chadwick Boseman, this film ticks enough boxes for me to tolerate its flaws. Most importantly, there’s some serious arse-kicking from strong female characters!
I don’t think I can adequately describe just how much I love this film. Of course it’s Woody Allen at his most neurotic, but the chemistry on screen between him and Diane Keaton really gives this film a beating heart. On a comedic level it has some classic Woody Allen moments, but what stands out the most is just how poignant the commentary on love is. It strikes a perfect balance between showing the positive and negative side of a relationship, forming one of the most honest romance films I’ve ever seen. It’s charming, witty, surreal comedy at its finest.
This is still one of the greatest superhero films of all time. Sam Raimi’s passion for the source material is evident in his work, as we see this film focus so heavily upon the characters. Of course there’s action and excitement as we would expect from a superhero movie, however for me the best element was the writing. In between the action sequences there’s a beating heart and intelligent brain that explore complex issues that really aid the characterisation of Peter Parker. This was three dimensional, well executed filmmaking whose heart and brain are placed firmly in the right place.
Considering the cast list and the fact this was written and directed by Terry Jones, a living legend of comedy, this film should have been a lot better. It’s disappointing because I like the concept, I just wanted more from it. The majority of this film is based upon a sense of humour that consists of nitpicking and being incredibly pedantic about specific word choices, which as a student studying linguistics I admit I found funny. For about ten minutes. After that the film becomes incredibly annoying and repetitive and becomes a film to endure rather than enjoy.
I can’t lie, Aliens is great and I will forever respect and enjoy it. On a technical level this film is brilliant, and visually it holds up even thirty years later. However, what I dislike is that it removes the original vision Ridley Scott created in 1979. Instead of Scott’s delicate and chilling approach, this sequel feels like James Cameron charging into the room shouting “BANG! BANG! MARINES! CHIN-UPS! EXCITEMENT!” which for me makes the film less interesting. Don’t get me wrong, this is a masterclass in action film making, but it lacks the substance of good sci fi horror.
This isn’t the best work from solo writer and director Ricky Gervais, and it’s proof that he’s at his best when collaborating with Stephen Merchant. Ultimately it doesn’t amount to an awful lot, and it is absolutely suited to a limited release through Netflix. If this were a cinematic release it wouldn’t have been received well, and would have ended up on the scrapheap with Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying. It clearly doesn’t pack an emotional punch as much as other Gervais pieces, which combined with the absence of well written jokes makes for a rather hollow film.