By Bo Nicholson – Managing Editor, Pop Culture
Each week The Pioneer Australia will give you a guide to the films hitting cinemas in Australia. This week we’ll discuss the new Marvel film, a heist film that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and a drama starring Saoirse Ronan and Elizabeth Moss.
Despite Fleischer making Zombieland and the interesting enough Gangster Squad, and despite having Woody Harrelson and Michelle Williams (both Oscar nominated in the last couple of years) amongst the cast, I just have no faith that this film will rise above the tired tropes of a genre that has well outstayed its welcome in recent years.
Verdict: A charismatic cast and a director capable of finding humour in any situation may find a decent movie amongst this rubble, but I’m not optimistic about that.
Bart Layton’s filmography is filled with documentaries, so this is an interesting direction to take in his directorial career. In truth, this ‘based on a true story’ film probably started out as non-fiction before he realised that it was so ridiculous that he had to turn it into a fictional film.
After impressing audiences and judges at the Sundance Film Festival, it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. All this for a big-screen debut starring a largely unheralded, young cast. Evan Peters gives the film a name it can hang its hat on, but the hype generated is mostly because of the exuberance of the filmmaking, as it should be.
Verdict: It’s nice to have a genuinely exciting and original heist-film to see at the movies. It’s on limited release so make sure you seek it out and enjoy the ride!
Critics have been largely ambivalent about this period-piece about a young woman (Ronan), who becomes infatuated with a local celebrity (Corey Stoll, who played Ernest Hemingway in the wonderful Midnight in Paris), which causes some unrest in the local community. Critics are saying that the film simply doesn’t capture the nuance of Chekhov’s play, instead presenting a fairly bland waltz through a bygone era of romanticism.
Verdict: Seems like a bit of a waste of such a talented cast, but if you’re a fan of period pieces doused in drama and romance, this could be for you!