I'm working my way through Oscar nominees with regular detours into horror and TV movies.
Extraordinary how insufferable all these characters are. I absolutely love that when Leslie Hope fails to get hired on the spot at both a clothing store and a hair salon, she immediately insults the hiring managers. Good thing she had an emotional breakdown outside of a real estate agency or she never would've found that unexpected love.
Not sure I've ever seen a third act come from behind like this! What goes from classically slow '50s sci-fi turns into a rampaging monster movie for the ages. Ray Harryhausen's work on the attack on Manhattan and the rollercoaster finale is brilliant. Too bad the rest of the movie doesn't stack up.
The height of hubris for Gerwig to think she could improve upon Louisa May Alcott’s structure. By fracturing the timeline, it cuts most character arcs off at the knees. Emotional moments are dulled or simply don’t work. To compensate, the tone is manic as characters are constantly breathless, giggling and smiling to suggest connections that otherwise aren’t established. Contrasted with Gillian Armstrong’s warm, heartfelt, definitive 1994 version, it’s an abject failure.
I wouldn't see another film projected at 48 fps if I were held at gunpoint. In the state of the art venue I saw The Hobbit, the film looked like it was being screened in fast-motion. It was distractingly cartoonish and never managed to trick the eye in the way 24 fps does.
Issues with the projection aside, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is deeply problematic despite the artistry of its production design, effects and sound work. This story is…