I can’t believe they made a film based around that meme of Denzel saying BOOM but I’m glad they did. It’s pretty good!
I enjoyed this so much more than I expected to.
I had no knowledge of the books or the character beforehand so I thought the introduction was super smart: Enola has these family members we know, but her upbringing was very different. Sherlock and Mycroft take on supporting roles, one seeing her for what she is and the other disappointed in her for what she isn’t, and that’s the central theme throughout the film.
It’s a very lighthearted film and…
Trying to ascertain where Kevin McCallister ranks up there among film’s greatest action heroes and/or psychopaths has become an annual Christmas tradition for me. It’s becoming a real problem, to be honest.
That aside, I love this film. There’s so much potential for things to have gone wrong but the performances from everyone involved (including a genuinely likeable child actor!), the John Williams score, the genuinely wonderful church scene and the charming sense of humour that permeates the whole troubling ordeal mean I have to watch this every time it’s on.
Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci are deathmatch legends, up there with the greats.
Martin McDonagh only makes films about fucked up people in a fucked up world fucking things up for everyone they interact with. This is no different. Everyone in this film is “shades of grey” but it’s definitely from a “glass half empty” perspective, with characters ultimately bonding over their one shared trait: a broken moral compass.
For two hours we’re asked to question all of the characters and by the end not even the characters themselves seem to be sure who they are or what they’re about to do. It gave me a severe case of melancholia and I loved it.