Movie of the Month: February 2015
March 1, 2015 by fandangogroovers
January was an impossible act to follow but there were still a few good films. This is what I saw:
Inherent Vice: the incoherent plot is both the best and the worst thing about Paul Thomas Anderson’s detective thriller. It looks good and has a great dream like tone but ultimately it left me cold.
Trash: Written by Richard Curtis and directed by Stephen Daldry. showing a more gritty side of Rio concentrating on the backstreets and favelas. Often darkly funny but ultimately uplifting and rewarding.
Jupiter Ascending: The thinly written and poorly conceived characters are a waste of Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Ultimately rubbish but enough fun to get away with it.
Selma: It is criminal that it has been more than more than 50 years since Martin Luther King’s most famous speech. On the other hand it is fitting that the film is so good. David Oyelowo is sensational in the lead role.
Focus: Will Smith and Margot Robbie are likable leads in this con man comedy drama, but the plot is flimsy and the twists signposted. Fun but forgettable.
Fifty Shades of Grey: Groundbreaking erotic thriller about a BDSM relationship, sadly NO! It is a dull and vanilla love story with laughable dialogue, to put it another way Pretty Woman with less edge.
Blackhat: Michael Mann is back with a cybercrime thriller. A solid and enjoyable film let down by a disjointed final act. A good film but not amongst Mann’s best.
Project Almanac: Teenage time travel movie that isn’t afraid to refer better films of the genre. Let down by clichéd characters and a plot that offers nothing new.
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