Film Reviews by BW

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How can a film be this bad, yet totally fail to be so bad it`s rather fun?

I was vaguely aware that this film had not had decent reviews, but thought it might work as a DVD to watch doing exercise, especially with such a superb cast: what a big mistake. Some action film are pretty ropey, but work quite when doing a spin session, but this is one of those films that is so utterly awful that your heart rate drops steadily in response to the sheer tedium of the experience, and the only meaningful exercise is having your jaw dropping repeatedly at the inanity of the script and direction. The poor actors really try pretty hard, but what a thankless task trying to bring some measure of coherence to this pile of dog`s poo.

Venom can best be described as a film that Michael Bay might produce if he was given a large budget but no time to write and direct an episode of Teletubbies.

The post-credit trailer with Woody Harrelson in a horrible red wig picked up from the local Oxfam shop pretending to be a Lecter-like serial killer was beyond pastiche. Venom 2? I`d rather sit through a round of Brexit negotiations.

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Twee and sentimental drivel

This year I`ve seen two films which I found very disturbing to watch, not because of anything perturbing in the films themselves, both being utter tripe in different ways, but because they had each been pretty much universally well received. The first film was Wonder Woman, and the second The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro has always been unable to resist the sentimental, and combining this with the fantastical has generally led to a highly unsatisfying results. The Shape of Water is his worst film yet in terms of this gloopy mix, with a silly and predictable story where every character is drawn on the basis of a single attribute, either good or bad, and with a script seemingly written by someone who wanted to satirize the superficial liberal values of the privileged Hollywood set. Just like Wonder Woman, I had to spend quite a bit of time after watching the film searching out negative reviews, just to confirm that I wasn`t going completely crazy. The fact that The Shape of Water won several Oscars, including for the horrible soundtrack, has left me feeling completely bewildered. What the hell is going on?!

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