The worst film of the year
- The Double review by PV
This film is terrible: boring, dull, confusing, pretentious, and a waste of the acting talent on show. I like Jesse Eisenberg and no doubt he wants some arty actorly kudos and status from starring in an arty film. But but but...
I like arty movies - I like films which do not rely on Hollywood tropes and special effects.
But really, this pretentious and over-rated film is the worst film I have seen this year - maybe the worst in 3 years.
I know hipsters will praise anything this director does, because he is trendy and so an 'emperor's clothes' effect takes place.
But I have to be honest - this film really is dull and up itself - and is, frankly, boring to watch.
It thinks it is really clever - and is trying hard to be Gilliam's Brazil in a steam punk way. And BOY is it trying! I struggled to the end and wished I'd turned it off after half an hour.
Only watch if you like this sort of thing...
I would recommend reading the book where this story came from though - - because this film is evidence, if more were needed, that some books and stories on the page just do not translate well onto the screen.
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Can't please everyone...
- The Double review by Schrödinger's Cake
Contrary to the prior reviews of this film, my daughter and I sat through the entirety, and as a rule we're not faint hearted when it comes to bailing out on a film midway through. In that regard, I would say that it is a long way from the worst film I have seen this year, and if it holds this acclaimed position for someone, then I suspect that they really could be trying harder: there is after all a lot of insipid tosh in the running for that prize.
As to the work itself: if you took an episode of Dr Who and glued it to Alfred Hitchcock, it would feel a lot like this film does. A bit weird and awkward, but reasonably entertaining none-the-less.
The gem is of course Jesse Eisenberg, but you knew that already.
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