Hail Caesar! (2016) – 3/10
Visually appealing Coen brothers film about a ‘golden age’ in Hollywood. Mostly disappointing though as it lacked the rich characters and engrossing story telling expected by Coen brother’s enthusiasts.
A star studded ensemble cast cavorts on screen. Vignettes occasionally deliver provocative thoughts that peter out or collapse with a frenetic leap to another superficial glimpse. Does the golden age deserve this honour?
An homage to the Hollywood film industry perhaps with a meta-story perspective. Just wanted more I guess.
Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – 0/10
The ridiculous opening narrative was the first confirmation of this woeful excuse for a movie. Well, that and the movie poster.
Sorry Rupert. I think you can do better. Or I thought you could. . .
The Homesman (2014) – 3/10
The women are mad, all four of them. Wide horizons. Flat barren land; brown and dusty. Nothing thrives. Women are utilities. Men are brutal, naive, a sad parody of themselves.
A serendipitous meeting between Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) and George Briggs (TLJ). George is old, his balance is bad, a coward, a drifter. Yosemite Sam. Mary Bee Cuddy is strong and capable; kind and courageous. Lonely.
Disjointed story, confusing plot. They trek east with the crazy three. Walls are breached, trust grows.
AND THEN – Mary Bee stays behind to fill in some dirt; gets lost; sleeps on the horse; eats grass with the horse; the horse finds George; Mary is broken. Mary sleeps with George and hangs herself. Consummate the union in death.
An absurd encounter with James Spader in a solitary blue hotel. Incinerate it. Hand the crazy three to a pious Meryl Streep. Time to settle down with a 16 year old; saved from her ill fate. Dance in the moonlight, memories of Mary Bee adrift.