Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Adapted from: Dune (1965)
Starring: Timothee Chalamet,Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Mamoa, Oscar Isaac,Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Zendaya & Stellan Skarsgård
I went into this film with zero knowledge of the world the book or the old David Lynch movie and I was knocked the fuck out by this film. The story, the characters, the world and the visuals of this movie blew me away far far more than I thought. The world of Dune essentially revolves around the mining of spice for space travel in the year 10’000. This film is excellenly crafted and beautifully helmed by the incredible Denis Villeneuve. The fill is a slow burn and there’s scenes I’ve heard friends call boring and just okay but if you allow yourself to buy in and get invested into this world them you’ll have an incredible. The film feels so incredibly fresh and original. It seems like the origin for many sci fi films and franchises we see today. I can see where star wars got inspiration for Luke Skywalker and the Emperor as well as other smaller details. The world of Dune is endlessly fascinating to me and as beautiful and incredible the experience was I would love a mini series covering the books in great detail. I will say that it’s one of the most beautiful and intense cinematic experiences I’ve ever felt but that could have been the IMAX screen helping out too. Not since Mad Max fury road have I felt such an intense cinematic experience, that film also set in a massive dessert world so there’s a link to what I love.
House of Gucci
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Story by: Becky Johnston
Based on: The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed; by Sara Gay Forden
Starring: Adam Driver,Lady Gaga, Jared Leto,Jeremy Irons,Salma Hayek & Al Pacino
I found the first half to be so engaging and fun while the second more dramatic half failing to continue to exceed my expectations. House of Gucci has a great film here but there’s something holding it back from being a classic and as rewatchable as some of Ridley Scott’s other film’s. Lady Gaga really does an amazing job and does genuinely deserve the praise she is getting as does Adam Driver. I loved Pacino and Jeremy Irons too but Jared Leto and his stupid accent and acting choices here and a big swing and a miss again for the actor, he’s such a dose he’s the sole reason I won’t watch the film again. The character is a joke and played that way but it’s done in such a showy and look at me way that it makes me feel like I’m watching a scene with the characters and Jared Leto doing a Mario impression. Overall the story, acting, writing and settings in the film are brilliant but I wanted more when the end credits rolled.
The French dispatch
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Story by: Wes Anderson; Roman Coppola; Hugo Guinness; Jason Schwartzman
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Timothee Chalamet,Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Benecio Del Toro & Bill Murray
I had so much fun with this movie from Wes Anderson. There’s so much happening and so many characters that the film feels and remains fresh right from the opening scene. With Bill Murray housing a building full of unusual writer’s you know that you’re in for a ride. The story, visuals and cast as usual for Anderson are pitch perfect in their roles. I found this film to be so much fun and such an enjoyable and refreshing original film. This film is more of what cinema needs, original film author’s with a vision that they stick to and we can take it or leave it. I really enjoyed but more importantly I appreciated this film. Timothee Chalamet is on a roll to ye really is the next it guy, the new Johnny Depp potentially to the acting world. I think he’s brilliant and here he shines through. Frances McDormand is a scene stealer although her and Chalamet have many many scenes together and he holds his own with the titan of acting that McDormand is.