Thursday, 18 May 2017

Crisp Criticism - "Alien: Covenant", "Snatched", "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword"

Julien Faddoul

Alien: Covenant *

The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape.
In many ways, a tighter film than Prometheus (2012) with more focus on scares. But, like all of Scott’s films, it ultimately buckles under the weight of the solemn anthology he thrusts upon it and becomes another unsatisfactory franchise film on autopilot.

d – Ridley Scott
w – Dante Harper, Michael Green, John Logan, Jack Paglen   (Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett)
ph – Dariusz Wolski
pd – Chris Seagers
m – Jed Kurzel
ed – Pietro Scalia
cos – Janty Yates

p – David Giler, Walter Hill, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott

Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Alexander England, James Franco, Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce, Uli Latukefu, Goran D. Kleut, Tess Haubrich, Javier Botet, Lorelei King

Snatched *

When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Lamentably dull mother/daughter road trip comedy that moves way too slow. At least it’s short.

d – Jonathan Levine
w – Katie Dippold
ph – Florian Ballhaus
pd – Mark Ricker
m – Chris Bacon, Theodore Shapiro
ed – Zene Baker, Melissa Bretherton
cos – Leesa Evans

p – Peter Chernin, Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Jenno Topping

Cast: Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn, Tom Bateman, Christopher Meloni, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, Óscar Jaenada, Randall Park, Joan Cusack, Raven Goodwin, Arturo Castro, Bashir Salahuddin, Nicholas J. Lockwood, Pedro Haro, Katie Dippold, Kim Caramele

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

Robbed of his birthright, Arthur grows up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy.
Atrocious deconstruction of the Arthurian legend, filled with both clumsy cinematic rhythms and illogical history by one of the hackiest directors working today.

d – Guy Ritchie
w – Joby Harold, David Dobkin, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram
ph – John Mathieson
pd – Gemma Jackson
m – Daniel Pemberton
ed – James Herbert
cos – Annie Symons

p – Steve Clark-Hall, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram, Tory Tunnell

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou, Eric Bana, Aidan Gillen, Annabelle Wallis, Katie McGrath, David Beckham, Freddie Fox, Craig McGinlay, Tom Wu, Kingsley Ben-Adir

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