Ben has written 282 reviews for films during 2019.

  • Tears of the Sun

    Tears of the Sun

    ★★½

    I really enjoyed the last 30 minutes of this, the cinematography was engaging and the action was handled well by Fuqua. Unfortunately the first hour and 30 minutes were not great, Fuqua focused too much on location and not enough on character. I didn’t care about any of the characters in this film and I didn’t know the names of any of the side characters. Bruce Willis was fine, he did what her had to do, but I didn’t like…

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★½

    This feels pretentious and unfulfilling. Linklater’s direction was solid and Blanchett was fine as the lead. Unfortunately the story never really takes off and I found myself getting bored with characters that I had little care for.

  • Once Upon a Time in London

    Once Upon a Time in London

    British gangster films can so easily feel cheap and badly narrated and this is exactly that. The characters are unlikeable and uninteresting, there is nothing unique about the film or the characters. The camera work and sound selection is scrappy and the music is inter played badly. The dialogue is laughable exaggerative.

  • The Kill Team

    The Kill Team

    ★★½

    It’s evident that Krauss is mainly a documentary director, he obviously knows everything there is to know about this story, but I don’t think he managed to capture the war feeling and pay credits to these characters. The dialogue is often blunt and choppy and the direction isn’t strong despite some enjoyable cinematography. The story is one that doesn’t set itself apart from other war films of a similar calibre. The main two characters are the only two that feel differentiated and impactful to the story, the supporting cast had nothing to properly work with.

  • Brexit: The Uncivil War

    Brexit: The Uncivil War

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly entertaining and witty. The writing was impressive and with talented people working behind the camera, the mess that “Brexit” is was portrayed in a poignant yet enjoyable fashion. Cumberbatch is impressive, although his character never has to make much leaps and bounds despite a few memorable lines.

  • Finding Steve McQueen

    Finding Steve McQueen

    ★★

    This was a poorly executed film, I found the direction sloppy and uneven. I believe that this story could have been told in a more interesting way, with a few more rewrites and a more capable director, this could have been so much better. The performances didn’t stand out for me either, Forest Whitaker was one of the only actors who gave a somewhat memorable performance. The breaking the fourth wall element was handled badly and felt out of place.…

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★

    *This review was not written for Letterboxd, I wrote it as a piece of GCSE Journalism coursework. The target audience was 12-16 year olds. I’m deciding to post it here, so excuse the obvious cringe.* 

    Put down your school books, switch off your phones, grab your mates and come down to the local cinema because Taika Waititi is in town! 

    “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is finally coming to cinemas across the UK and it is undoubtedly the funniest film of…

  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★½

    I admire Scott’s work, but his films have never fully sided with me. Gladiator is really no different, I loved the performances and large chunks of the story, but I felt that my admiration was on hold as the film was missing something to take it to an elite level. The direction is smart, and the whole film has gradually become influential.

  • The Day Shall Come

    The Day Shall Come

    ★★★

    A well made, easy going film with good performances and well placed shots. The story didn’t immediately drag me in but I ended up enjoying the outcome in the end. The film is very funny, the subtle humour works very well. The tone was inconsistent, the lightheartedness of the humour along with the serious FBI scenes didn’t fit particularly well along side each other. Anna Kendrick was great here, I was surprised to see her in a role like this,…

  • Killers Anonymous

    Killers Anonymous

    ★½

    This is such a weird film, I’m still trying to work out how Gary Oldman was in it. The characters were so conventional and no proper character development was invested in. Instead weird plot twists were thrown in our faces as the film gradually got crazier and crazier. Gary Oldman was fine, but I have no idea what is character was doing, by the end I didn’t care about any of the characters whatsoever and I honestly gave up on…

  • The Notebook

    The Notebook

    ★★★

    Not overly sad, as I was never fully satisfied by the couple’s chemistry. The setting is well fitted to the era and I really enjoyed all the costume work and backgrounds. I just never felt connected to the story, despite enjoying the romance aspect for what it was.

  • About Time

    About Time

    ★★★★

    Curtis’ best work, brilliantly written. Honestly, this just fills me with hope as a tall, ginger, skinny guy. Looks beautiful, with all round fantastic direction and performances. The story is moving at times, hilarious at times and always engaging.