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Ang Lee's new film looks stunning - it's just in other aspects that his latest falls down, and not for the first time

Colour is rearing its pretty little head in all kinds of ways this holiday season. On the sober, monochromatic end of the scale we have Lincoln, whose palette rarely ventures beyond blues, blacks and wood tones, and Skyfall, whose second half lingers in my mind only as a mudslide of undifferentiated browns. Over on Multicoloured Mountain, however, the film-makers are simply drunk on colour, quite pie-eyed: Cloud Atlas floated through recently, like a dizzying succession of 70s prog-rock album covers brought to life – and even that seemed somehow sedate after the Wachowskis' previous flop, Speed Racer, whose candy colours will give you toothache. Soon we'll have The Hobbit, shot by Peter Jackson at a "controversial" 48 frames per second, everything in pin-sharp focus with colours burning deep into the greedy, »

- John Patterson

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