Five Word Review: Monsters [Edwards, 2010]

Andrew (Scoot McNairy) and Sam (Whitney Able) find themselves a literal and metaphorical journey in Gareth Edwards' engaging, politically-aware film.

Andrew (Scoot McNairy) and Sam (Whitney Able) find themselves a literal and metaphorical journey in Gareth Edwards’ engaging, politically-aware film.

Monsters [2010]

Director: Gareth Edwards

Plot: In the near future, a cynical newspaper photographer tries to help his boss’ daughter get back to the USA, after both are stranded in a Mexico which has become inhabited by giant extra-terrestrial monsters. As their journey takes them deeper into dangerous territory, so more about their personalities and lives is revealed.

In Five Words: Characters.   Metaphorical.   Journey.   Anti-blockbuster.   Budget.

See this if you like… Children of Men (2006), District 9 (2009) or The Road (2009)

Rating: 4 out of 5

Five Word Review: Ted [MacFarlane, 2012]

Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) in a comedy about male fantasy and not growing up.

Ted (voiced by director Seth MacFarlane) and John (Mark Wahlberg) in a comedy about male fantasy and not growing up.

Ted [2012]

Plot – A slacker in his mid-30s whose best friend is his magical, foul-mouthed, washed-up celebrity teddy bear must re-evaluate his life as his girlfriend becomes increasingly impatient with his unwillingness to grow up.

In five words – Crude.  Unsubtle.  Funny moments.  Laziness.

See this if you like… Family Guy (1999-), Knocked Up (2009) or Harvey (1950).

Rating – 3 out of 5

Perrier’s Bounty [Five Word Review]

Father and Son - Jim Broadbent and Cillian Murphy in 'Perrier's Bounty'

Perrier’s Bounty (Fitzgibbon, 2009)

Plot:   Irish gangster Perrier seeks revenge on down and out gambler Michael, his ailing father and his heartbroken best friend after they accidentally kill one of his men.

Boiled Down:   Disappointing.   Second.   Rate.   In.   Bruges.

Rating:   2 out of 5 stars

 

2 Days in Paris [Five Word Review]

Adam Goldberg and Julie Delpy spend '2 Days in Paris'

2 Days in Paris (Delpy, 2007)

Plot:   Marion and Jack plan to spark their faltering relationship back into life with a romantic trip to Paris; but run-ins with various ex-boyfriends and a visit to Marion’s parents threaten to extinguish their romance forever.

Boiled Down:   Frenetic.   Minimalistic.   Discursive.   Uneventful.   One-dimensional.

Rating:   2 out of 5 stars

See How They Fall [Five Word Review]

The Odd Couple - Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz

See How They Fall (Audiard, 1994)

Plot:   A middle-aged business man gives up everything in pursuit of vengeance after his undercover cop friend is murdered, ultimately leading him on a collision course with a homeless hitman and his new-found impressionable protege. 

Boiled Down:   Bizarre.   Uneven.   Experimental.   Auteurism.   Claustrophobic.  

Rating:   3 out of 5 stars

Cemetery Junction [Five Word Review]

Rebel without a cause - Tom Hughes in 'Cemetery Junction'

 Cemetery Junction (Gervais & Merchant, 2010)

Plot:   In the early 1970s in a sleepy borough of Reading, three friends on the cusp of adulthood find themselves at a crossroads and must decide what exactly they want to do with their lives.

Boiled Down:   Light.   Conventional.   Inevitable.   Nice.   Inspiring.

Rating:   3 out of 5 stars


Ran [Five Word Review]

The visual spectacle that is 'Ran'

Ran (Kurosawa, 1985)

Plot:   A merging and retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear and a similar Japanese legend, relocated to Sengoku-era Japan and the children of the increasingly frenzied Hidetora, whose relationships with their ailing father become increasingly tumultuous when he decides to divide up his dwindling kingdom.

Boiled Down:   Epic.   Passionate.   Nihilistic.   PureCinema.   Stunning.

Rating:   5 out of 5 stars