Monday, 9 June 2014

Crisp Criticism: "How to Train Your Dragon 2", "The Fault in Our Stars", "The Trip to Italy"

Julien Faddoul

How to Train Your Dragon 2 ***

5 years after the events of the first film, the Riders of Berk must deal with a new threat to the dragon race and in the process discover more phenomenal things about them.
Radiant, ravishing animated-film that pleasantly feels independent from its predecessor. It substitutes that film’s soulfulness and humour for serene wisdom. Visually, it is a true beauty to behold. Who could ask for anything more?

wd – Dean DeBlois   (Based on the Book by Cressida Cowell)
pd – Pierre-Olivier Vincent
m – John Powell
ed – John K. Carr

p – Bonnie Arnold

Cast: Jay Burachel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrara, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristin Wiig

The Fault in Our Stars

Two sick teenagers have a romance.
Love Story (1970) for the moderns, trying to have its cake and eat it too by belittling the conventions of teen-romances while indulging in them to the same extent. Human logic is continuously passed aside in favour of sap.

d – Josh Boone
w – Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber   (Based on the Book by John Green)
ph – Ben Richardson
pd – Molly Hughes
m – Mike Mogis, Nate Walcott
ed – Robb Sullivan
cos – Mary Claire Hannan

p – Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Nat Wolff, Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, Willem Dafoe, Lotte Verbeek

The Trip to Italy **

Two comedians, six meals, six Italian restaurants.
The same mix as before: Impressions and insults are traded, but this time in Italy. Funny but bland.

wd – Michael Winterbottom
ph – James Clarke
ed – Mags Arnold, Robbie Gibbon, Paul Monaghan, Marc Richardson

p – Melissa Parmenter

Cast: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan

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