Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crisp Criticism - "The Theory of Everything", "What If", "Men, Women & Children"

Julien Faddoul

The Theory of Everything *

A retelling of the relationship between famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
Flat and dull biopic with only the occasional insightful observation seeping through its tameness. It’s ironic that a film about a man who was so revolutionary can be so stodgy.

d – James Marsh
w – Anthony McCarten   (Based on the Book by Jane Hawking)
ph – Benoit Delhomme
pd – John Paul Kelly
m – Johann Johannsson
ed – Jinx Godfrey
cos – Steven Noble

p – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Maxine Peake, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, David Thewlis, Abigail Cruttenden, Guy Oliver-Watts

What If **

A young British man living in Toronto, trying to get over the collapse of his last relationship, becomes infatuated with an animator who is involved with someone else.
Borrowing its themes from When Harry Met Sally, this is a funny, wry romantic comedy of the kind that is almost extinct.

d – Michael Dowse
w – Elan Mastai   (Based on the Play by T.J. Dawe, Michael Rinaldi)
ph – Rogier Stoffers
pd – Ethan Tobman
m – A.C. Newman
ed – Yvann Thubaudeau
cos – Lea Carlson

p – David Gross, Macdara Kelleher, Andrew Rouleau, Jesse Shapira, Marc Stephenson

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall

Men, Women & Children

A group of High School Students and their parents attempt to grapple with how the Internet has affected their lives.
Vapid and banal from the first frame: To say that every aspect of its director’s argument is childish would be an insult to children everywhere.

d – Jason Reitman  
w – Jason Reitman, Erin Cressida Wilson   (Based on the Novel by Chad Kultgen)
ph – Eric Steelberg  
pd – Bruce Curtis  
ed – Dana E. Glauberman  
cos – Leah Katznelson

p – Helen Estabrook, Jason Reitman

Cast: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Emma Thompson, Timothee Chalamet

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