It’s blockbuster season. Dr B and I have been to cinema a LOT in the last few weeks, and the quality of this year’s batch is varied, to say the least. Here are some very small reviews (this is where my hard-earned Sight & Sound training kicks in):
Coraline. Fantastic, and my first and only experience of 3D, which seemed to work okay.
Wolverine. Okay until you walk out the cinema and realise it was utter rubbish and has completely wasted several great characters and the X-Men continuity in general.
Synecdoche, New York. Overlong pretentious dullness. Hugely dissapointing.
Star Trek. Lots of fun. More please.
Terminator Salvation. A lot better than expected. Some bits of it actually made me think “hmm, this McG character would actually be a good choice for a new Mad Max film”. Too much growling. As with any time-travelly film, if you think too hard about it, it makes no sense whatsoever.
Last Chance Harvey. Sweet, not very good, but okay. Is Dustin hoffman the only seventy-year-old who can carry a romcom?
Drag Me to Hell. Excellent. One of the best cinema experiences I’ve had in a long time. Scary and fun. Am now scared of buttons.
The Hangover. Quite funny but forgettable. The climactic photo-montage at the end neatly mirrors the photo-montage at the opening of Swingers, the grandaddy of the current “bromance” cycle of films. No more please.
Transformers: Revenge Of Michael Bay. A long stupid mess. See graph above.
So yes, a very mixed bag. Not a classic blockbuster year. Still a few things I’m looking forward to though, including: Public Enemies, Moon, Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Shutter Island, Zombieland, Where The Wild Things Are, The Road, and, just to confuse matters, District 9, 9 and Nine.