Mini Reviews #12

Tammy_poster2-140x200Tammy (2014)
Director: Ben Falcone
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney

A comedy that promises so much and delivers very little. Tammy seemed as though it would be a personal home run for me, starring a handful of my favourite actresses and having Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids mode at the helm, but the movie about a hot mess of a woman and her Grandma hitting the road to let off some steam falls short in just about every aspect. Not once did I laugh out loud, and whilst Kathy Bates brings a brief air of real star quality to the proceedings, the film feels rudderless and cannot be saved by its promising cast. 3.5/10.

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budapestThe Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, Jude Law

Wes Anderson is on top form with this whimsical and charming tale of a hotel concierge and his new lobby boy. Ralph Fiennes gives an enjoyable and memorable performance, combining likability with an air of utter falsity that keeps the audience on their toes. The film boasts Anderson’s unmistakable aesthetic and it is a real pleasure to spend a couple of hours in his universe full of caricatures and oddities. Easily on par with some of the director’s other works like Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr. Fox, the film is a sheer delight and a must see. 9/10.

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boyhoodBoyhood (2014)
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

A staggering cinematic achievement, Boyhood is the coming-of-age tale of a Texas boy from the age of 5 to 18. Filmed over the course of twelve years, to see the characters physically age over the course of three hours is a stunning experience, with authentic performances throughout from all involved. The film manages a brilliant feat of using astronomic filmmaking scope to portray the smallest intricacies of growing up, and the audience begins to forget they are watching a film as they become attached to these real ageing characters and their evolution. 9/10.

4 thoughts on “Mini Reviews #12

  1. I just loved Grand Budapest and Boyhood. Wes Anderson was magical, inspiring, I just hope to have at least a slight creativity and a power of storytelling through images. While Boyhood might be my favorite film this year. It left me wanting for more. It left me wondering, what’s next …for me.
    So if moment seizes us, I just hope that some passionate film bloggers like you, would seize the moment with my little stories :

    Take care and keep on writing.

  2. Pingback: The Boss (2016) | Oh! That Film Blog

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