Warning! This review contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War!
Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, is absolutely a success in what Marvel set out to do 10 years ago. Now, a film of this magnitude; with the number of characters it was juggling, and the scope of the threat it is dealing with; means it of course falters in a few places – there are elements to this film that absolutely didn’t work for me. But in the context of the larger film; what it had to juggle; what it needed to accomplish; and the massive audience that it has to serve – especially after 10 years’ worth of well-loved films leading up to it. I think Marvel and the Russo brothers have accomplished what could have easily been a massive bin fire full of disappointment and broken dreams. Having said that though, there is one glaring issue to this film that could easily bring all those positive comments / feelings crumbling down. So, now I have to try to review this film in a coherent way; touching upon all the necessary little moments that need to be talked about. Wish me luck.
Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, is… a Marvel film. It is fun, entertaining and had me laughing along and enjoying the spectacle of it all. It seems that thanks to other Marvel films, they’ve finally found the voice and tone of a Thor film and they capitalise on that find well. The film is also aided by the comically inclined joy of director, Taika Waititi who guides the film on a journey filled with jokes. If I’m begin honest, this review will pretty much be more of the same when it comes to talking about another Marvel film but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things worth saying… I think. Anyway, on with the review. Read more
So now that I have seen all the films nominated for best picture, and reviewed them all, I wanted to go ahead and create an easy place for anyone to be able to find and read my full and in depth reviews on all of them. I also wanted to rank the films from what I felt where the best to the not so best. Now what I mean by not so best, is that while the films are certainly still good they just don’t compete on the same level as the ones higher on the list. At no point am I saying that these films are bad or shouldn’t be seen, simply that they lack the same level of quality and deserved attention as some of the others.
Before I jump into the films I want to give my thoughts on the selection itself. Personally for me this year the assortment of films was weak compared to previous years – that’s frustrating because there have been some films that have more than deserved the attention and recognition, but for some reason where overlooked or perhaps not even considered (I’m not sure).
Personally for me, four films that have certainly been overlooked and were much more deserving of a place in the best picture category were Sicario – directed by Denis Villeneuve (you can read the full review for that here), Carol – directed by Todd Haynes (full review for that here), Steve Jobs – directed by Danny Boyle (the review for that is here) and finally Creed – directed by Ryan Coogler (of which the review for that is here). In my mind all these film were astounding watches and far more deserving of the nomination. What would I have taken out in place of those films? That’s easy – Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, The Martian and most definitely The Big Short. Again all great films (except one of course) but let’s be honest nowhere near the same level as the films I’ve just mentioned.
But anyway that’s my two cents on all of that. Now I want to get onto the main purpose of this whole piece – The Best Picture Nominations. So what I’m going to do is rank the films from 1 to 8 (favourite to least favourite) and then give you a quick snippet of what I liked (or didn’t like) about the film. Also if you want to know more, you can click on any of the films and get taken to my full reviews which will let you know more fully what I thought about the film. Sound good? Great, then on with the show then. Read more
Spotlight, directed by Tom McCarthy is a film that before anything else puts its story first, as it should. There is almost no superfluous content within Spotlight – in fact there are moments where it could perhaps do with some. This is a film that has an important story to tell and it just goes out and does it, and does it well. Now perhaps there are some minor but crucial elements missing, but when it is all said and done, Spotlight is a film that feels like it achieved its purpose. Read more
Avengers: Age of Ultron, directed by Joss Whedon is a film with a darkness throughout it, a film that perhaps for the first time tries to deal with the realities of its universe. This is a Marvel film that will certainly divide its hardcore fan base but it is one that in the end will be seen as a necessary evil in the grand scheme of things. Read more
Foxcatcher directed by Bennett Miller is a film of remarkable performances and chill inducing storytelling, all which goes towards creating a captivating film that leaves you enchanted and at the same time uncomfortable from the films content. Read more