Thursday, 16 July 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Ant-Man", "Paper Towns", "True Story"

Julien Faddoul

Ant-Man *

Armed with the ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, a con-man must embrace his inner-hero and protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
The leanest of the Marvel films so far, which doesn’t expunge any feeling of gross overfamiliarity. It is lighter in tone, but just as smug and cinematically pedestrian as one might expect.

d – Peyton Reed
w – Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd   (Based on the Comic Book by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby)
ph – Russell Carpenter
pd – Shepherd Frankel, Marcus Rowland
m – Christophe Beck
ed – Dan Lebental, Colby Parker Jr.  
cos – Sammy Sheldon

p – Kevin Feige

Cast: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Wood Harris

Paper Towns

A young man and his friends embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.
Disgustingly manipulative teen-romance that palls immediately, mainly because it resembles no known reality.

d – Jake Schreier
w – Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber   (Based on the Novel by John Green)
ph – David Lanzenberg
pd – Chris L. Spellman
m – Ryan Lott
ed – Jacob Craycroft
cos – Mary Claire Hannan

p – Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey

Cast: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Caitlin Carver, Austin Abrams, Griffin Freeman, Jaz Sinclair

True Story *

The relationship between journalist Michael Finkel and Christian Longo, an FBI Most Wanted List murderer who for years lived outside the U.S. under Finkel's name.
An admirable but highly unfocused attempt to dramatize this story with no nuance solicited.

d – Rupert Goold
w – Rupert Goold, David Kajganich   (Based on the Book by Michael Finkel)
ph – Masanobu Takayanagi
pd – Jeremy Hindle
m – Marco Beltrami
ed – Christopher Tellefsen
cos – Catherine Marie Thomas

p – Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner

Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones, Maria Dizzia, Ethan Suplee, Conor Kikot, Charlotte Driscoll, Stella Rae, Payne Robert, John Burke, Byron Jennings

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