Friday, 15 June 2012

Crisp Criticism - "Prometheus", "Men in Black III", "Take This Waltz", "Rock of Ages"


Prometheus (2012/US)   *

A team of explorers in 2089, who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, receive immense funding for a mission to find out more.
Philosophical, scrupulous, solemn sci-fi sequel in the Alien canon that is less akin to that film and more to the TV series Lost. Its attempt to elevate theoretical thinking by raising meaningful questions is commendable, but it ultimately buckles under the weight that those questions thrust upon it and becomes another unsatisfactory futuristic adventure with an ambiguous conclusion. It comes from a director with nothing interesting left to say.
 
d – Ridley Scott
w – Jon Spaihts, Damon Lindelof
ph – Dariusz Wolski
pd – Arthur Max
m – Marc Streitenfeld
ed – Pietro Scalia
cos – Janty Yates

p – Walter Hill, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Mark Huffam

Cast:    Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan
Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall


Men in Black III (2012/US)

Agent J travels in time to MIB's early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.
Totally unnecessary and unsolicited sequel which, despite Brolin’s uncanny impression, sinks without a trace.
 
d – Barry Sonnenfeld
w – Etan Cohen   (Based on the Comic Book by Lowell Cunningham)
ph – Bill Pope
pd – Bo Welch
m – Danny Elfman
ed – Wayne Wahrman, Don Zimmerman
cos – Mary E. Vogt

p – Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes

Cast:    Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, Emma Thompson,
Michael Stuhlbarg, Mike Colter, Nicole Scherzinger, Bill Hader, David Rasche, Michal Chernus, Alice Eve


Take This Waltz (2012/US)   *

A happily married Canadian woman falls for an artist who lives across the street.
Slight, affectionately acted domestic drama which alternates between pleasing humor and monotony.
 
wd – Sarah Polley
ph – Luc Montpellier
pd – Matthew Davies
m – Jonathan Goldsmith
ed – Christopher Donaldson
cos – Lea Carlson

p – Sarah Polley, Susan Cavan

Cast:     Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Luke Kirby, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Poemski


Rock of Ages (2012/US)

A small town girl and a city boy meet at a popular nightclub on the Sunset Strip, while pursuing their Hollywood dreams.
Dreary adaptation of the light jukebox musical, of which it actually bears only occasional resemblance; it’s bland and flaccid from beginning to end.
 
d – Adam Shankman
w – Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo, Allan Loeb   (Based on the Musical by Chris D’Arienzo)
ph – Bojan Bazelli
pd – Jon Hutman
ed – Emma E. Hickox
cos – Rita Ryack

p – Jennifer Gibgot, Garrett Grant, Carl Levin, Tobey Maguire, Scott Prisland, Adam Shankman, Matt Weaver

Cast:    Julianna Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Paul
Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman, Bryan Cranston, Will Forte, Anya Garnis


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