Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Crisp Criticism - "Dumb and Dumber To", "The Imitation Game", "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them"

Julien Faddoul

Dumber and Dumber To *

20 years after the dimwits set out on their first adventure, they head out in search of one of their long lost children in the hope of gaining a new kidney.
Essentially unnecessary sequel with the jokes landing only about a third of the time.

d – Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
w – Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone
ph – Matthew F. Leonetti
pd – Aaron Osborne
ed – Steven Rasch
cos – Karen Patch

p – Riza Aziz, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Joey McFarland, Bardley Thomas, Charles B. Wessler

Cast: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin

The Imitation Game

The story of cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his race against time in breaking the German codes at Bletchley Park during the darkest days of WWII.
Infuriating, counterfeit depiction of an underrated figure that presents only shallow waters of the science involved and reduces his life to that of the homosexual martyr who is surrounded by the almightily sympathetic. It is yet another example of a distorted display of progression for idiots.

d – Morten Tyldum
w – Graham Moore   (Based on the Book by Andrew Hodges)
ph – Oscar Faura
pd – Maria Djurkovic
m – Alexandre Desplat
ed – William Goldenberg
cos – Sammy Sheldon Differ

p – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, James Northcote

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them *

A New York couple's relationship is tested after the loss of their child.
Heartfelt and slickly devised drama presenting both sides of the story from both the male and female perspectives. But the writing just isn’t there to carry it all off.

wd – Ned Benson
ph – Christopher Blauvelt
pd – Kelly McGehee
m – Son Lux

p – Jessica Chastain, Cassandra Kulukundis, Todd J. Labarowski, Emanuel Michael

Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciaran Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, Jess Weixler, Nikki M. James

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