Bella Baxter (or the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Victoria Blessington)
"Brilliance makes up for a lot." (J. Robert Oppenheimer)
Leave it to Christopher Nolan to make a dialogue-heavy, three-hour biopic in the guise of a historical thriller one of the most engrossing cinema experiences I've had in recent years.
Oppenheimer is a deeply immersive character piece about the man who gave the world the power to destroy itself, in which the least intriguing part is actually the first ever demonstration of that power. It's everything leading up to this moment…
Even talented actors can't overcome a script this uneven and direction this clueless.
Margaret Qualley acts a lot here, and that's part of the issue. A good director would have made her take it down a notch so that her character doesn't come across as a petulant brat.
Neither did I find the character dynamics believable, nor did I find the dialogue convincing. For a two-hander with nothing else going on (the alleged erotic element vanished after the opening scene),…
Rewritten & Reshot to Death: The Movie
Slightly less soporific than Morbius, but that's hardly a compliment. Nothing outside of Dakota Johnson's lead performance and the occasional interesting cinematographic choice works. In theory Cassie Webb's superpower yields the potential for some intriguing stories, but they cooked up the blandest possible version. Eowyn's stew had more nutritional value.
What little of a plot there is, isn't exactly brimming with memorable moments. I was about to point out that the underwhelming action sequences…
Well, that wasn't very good.
Dune collapses under its gargantuan ambition. Denis Villeneuve builds a world so stupendously large in every frame, and yet he spectacularly fails at creating space for his characters to exist in. There isn't a single character that has more to offer than mere surface level traits. Without proper introduction it feels like we are thrown right into an ongoing story. Despite being littered with clunky exposition - and dialogue so wooden it would give Christopher…