Monday, 26 May 2014

Crisp Criticism - "X-Men: Days of Future Past", "Blended", "The Babadook"

by
Julien Faddoul











X-Men: Days of Future Past

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
Another self-serious piece of etching-turned-cinema. Flat, dull, stylistically unimpressive and with hubris oozing from every frame.

d – Bryan Singer
w – Simon Kinberg, Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn
ph – Newton Thomas Sigel
pd – John Myhre
m – John Ottman
ed – John Ottman
cos – Louise Mingenbach

p – Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer

Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, Evan Peters, Josh Helman, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, Adan Canto, Booboo Stewart












Blended

After a bad blind date, a man and woman find themselves stuck together at a resort for families.
Patronizing Sandler film without a single successful joke.

d – Frank Coraci
w – Ivan Menchell, Clare Sera
ph – Julio Macat
ad – Alan Au, Andrew Orlando
m – Rupert Gregson-Williams
ed – Tom Costain
cos – Christine Wada

p – Jack Giarraputo, Mike Karz, Adam Sandler

Cast: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Nealon, Terry Crews, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Emma Fuhrmann, Bella Thorne, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Joel McHale













The Babadook

A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house.
A great deal of expert artistic direction is wasted here on watery characters and scares without a means to an end.

wd – Jennifer Kent
ph – Radoslaw Ladczuk
pd – Alex Holmes
m – Jed Kurzel
ed – Simon Njoo
cos – Heather Wallace

p – Kristina Ceyton, Kristian Moliere

Cast: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney




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