I’m surprised to say I didn’t hate it. It’s boring and clunky, juggling way too many things at once while feeling seemingly clueless about how to effectively tell its story, but I still found myself enjoying the visual style and liking the characters more than I thought I would. Zhao’s hand is clearly buried under the weight of Marvel’s production line, but the little life that comes through helps elevate this slightly above the MCU average. I also appreciated the…
It might be a huge jumble of themes and situations, every one of which could easily sustain their own film, and they might not always feel earned or improve each other, but they all evidently come from the heart of the director, whose style and talent are enough to make this mess (intended in the best way possible) thoroughly interesting and enjoyable, if not poetic at times.
I have to admit that I was extremely disappointed by The Nightingale. It's overlong, boring and predictable. The writing sucks, every character is a stereotype with no depth and it's full of cliches and useless scenes. It's needlessly violent (there were even a few walkouts) to the point that after an hour or so it became completely uneffective. The cinematography is inconsistent and the 4:3 aspect ratio serves no purpose at all. Everything is surface level, nothing is left to…
No amount of neon lights and camera tricks can make up for the awful, awful mess Last Night in Soho is, also because if you take out the scenes from the trailer it is a surprisingly and risibly ugly movie. Not one part of it works, not one character feels even remotely real. It’s never funny and never scary. It’s even incapable of setting an atmosphere. I was perplexed from start to finish by what is just an impressive showcase…