Dumbo, directed by Tim Burton, certainly has some charm to it, and on a few occasions won me over with its dazzling visuals and its lovingly endearing big eared character, but for the most part, Dumbo was a pretty formulaic and unimaginative experience that offered no surprises and never had me as emotionally invested as the original did. Let’s see what it is about this film that has it feeling so… bland, and discover if it’s worth your time. Read more
American Assassin, directed by Michael Cuesta, is as bland as an action movie can possibly get. Almost every element of this film is either failed in its execution or overlooked as a possibly stimulating addition to the film. Nothing ever pays off in a way that makes sitting through this film worthwhile and nothing ever happens that makes it an exciting watch. It is nothing but mundane. But where does the problem lie? Is there anything that perhaps sneaks to the surface and creates some level of interest? Let’s dissect the film in my review and find out. Read more
Spider-Man: Homecoming, directed by Jon Watts, is pretty much… well… it’s a Spider-Man film. For me it didn’t really do anything new or particularly interesting with the webbed slinger, but what it does do with him is still enjoyable to watch. I was certainly entertained by the film and I think that Tom Holland is a brilliant choice. But still, I couldn’t ever get past the fact that I’d seen all of this before and while it was slightly enhanced by the Marvel way of doing things, it was still something that left me feeling lukewarm on the whole thing. There’s much to dissect about this film, so let’s get onto the main review and see what it is this film has to offer. Read more
The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock, is a film that by the end of it, I felt defeated and completely detached from all that happened. The film’s main focus is a person who is utterly reprehensible. I had no want to see him succeed and as his success grew, I only became more and more disconnected from the film – soon wishing it to just end, so that I could go on with my day. My review will be unkind but fair, so let’s get to it. Read more
So now that I have seen all the films nominated for best picture, and reviewed them all, I wanted to go ahead and create an easy place for anyone to be able to find and read my full and in depth reviews on all of them. I also wanted to rank the films from what I felt where the best to the not so best. Now what I mean by not so best, is that while the films are certainly still good they just don’t compete on the same level as the ones higher on the list. At no point am I saying that these films are bad or shouldn’t be seen, simply that they lack the same level of quality and deserved attention as some of the others.
Before I jump into the films I want to give my thoughts on the selection itself. Personally for me this year the assortment of films was weak compared to previous years – that’s frustrating because there have been some films that have more than deserved the attention and recognition, but for some reason where overlooked or perhaps not even considered (I’m not sure).
Personally for me, four films that have certainly been overlooked and were much more deserving of a place in the best picture category were Sicario – directed by Denis Villeneuve (you can read the full review for that here), Carol – directed by Todd Haynes (full review for that here), Steve Jobs – directed by Danny Boyle (the review for that is here) and finally Creed – directed by Ryan Coogler (of which the review for that is here). In my mind all these film were astounding watches and far more deserving of the nomination. What would I have taken out in place of those films? That’s easy – Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian and most definitely The Big Short. Again all great films (except one of course) but let’s be honest nowhere near the same level as the films I’ve just mentioned.
But anyway that’s my two cents on all of that. Now I want to get onto the main purpose of this whole piece – The Best Picture Nominations. So what I’m going to do is rank the films from 1 to 8 (favourite to least favourite) and then give you a quick snippet of what I liked (or didn’t like) about the film. Also if you want to know more, you can click on any of the films and get taken to my full reviews which will let you know more fully what I thought about the film. Sound good? Great, then on with the show then. Read more
Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy is a film that before anything else puts its story first, as it should. There is almost no superfluous content within Spotlight – in fact there are moments where it could perhaps do with some. This is a film that has an important story to tell and it just goes out and does it, and does it well. Now perhaps there are some minor but crucial elements missing, but when it is all said and done, Spotlight is a film that feels like it achieved its purpose. Read more
Birdman directed by Alejandro Gonzalez is a film that has a lot to say about not just the landscape of modern film but also how it is consumed and how people express their opinion after that consumption. At the heart of the film though is the story of a troubled man and his search for his true identity. This film absolutely succeeds in expressing those themes and though it may be a struggle for some cinema goers it is a film that I think tells an important message and in a very fulfilling way. Read more