Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Pan", "Everest", "The Visit"

by
Julien Faddoul














Pan

The story of an orphan boy who is spirited away to the magical world of Neverland.
Campy, shrill, stolid and claustrophobic origin story to the J.M. Barrie character, with its director once again exhibiting his aesthetic fetishism with little cinematic instinct.

d – Joe Wright
w – Jason Fuchs   (Based on the Character by J.M. Barrie)
ph – John Mathieson, Seamus McGarvey
pd – Aline Bonetto
m – John Powell
ed – William Hoy, Paul Tothill
cos – Jacqueline Durran

p – Paul Webster, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter

Cast: Levi Miller, Rooney Mara, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund, Nonso Anozie, Kathy Burke, Cara Delevingne, Paul Kaye, Emerald Fennell















Everest *

A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snowstorm.
Effectively frightening disaster film, based on true events, that doesn’t compensate for an overcrowded set of characters, confusing discord and a script of clichés.

d – Baltasar Kormákur
w – William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
ph – Salvatore Totino
pd – Gary Freeman
m – Dario Marianelli
ed – Mick Audsley
cos – Guy Speranza

p – Nicky Kentish Barnes, Tim Bevan, Liza Chasin, Eric Fellner, Evan Hayes, Brian Oliver

Cast: Jason Clarke, Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Sam Worthington, Robin Wright, Keira Knightley, Clive Standen, Emily Watson, Mia Goth, Michael Kelly, Martin Henderson, Elizabeth Debicki, Tom Goodman-Hill, Vanessa Kirby, Naoko Mori, Mark Derwin, Thomas M. Wright, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson














The Visit

A single mother finds that things in her family's life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.
Another first-person agitator that can’t justify its existence, with its writer/director completely phoning it in. 

wd – M. Night Shyamalan
ph – Maryse Alberti
pd – Naaman Marshall
ed – Luke Franco Ciarrocchi
cos – Amy Westcott

p – Marc Bienstock, Jason Blum, M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Kathryn Hahn




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