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What are the critics thinking? A very strong film
I Just watched the film and really enjoyed it as did my partner, the critics have clearly taken a swipe at this to jump on the Madonna bashing band waggon (luckily a few critics have been able to be subjective). Whilst it's not perfect (15 Min's could be cut easy) it's a very strong effort and the performances are fantastic. I thought i would hate the modern day story but it actually worked for me, it took awhile for the modern story to take off (they could have got the point much earlier) but when it did it was very charming.
Some critics have bashed it for scenes when the 2 women talk to each other, i thought these scenes were very strong and made total sense, Wally is going through something terrible and replaces living life with obsession over this story, it makes sense that she talks to her. The links between the 2 women (again despite what the press say) works, it helps that Wally is written as someone who grew up with the legacy of Simpson through her name. The moment she realised that her life would not go the same way as Simpson's did was brilliant and quite moving, in fact the whole scene where Wally read the letters was superb, every aspect of the film worked so well together in that moment.
Some of the shots Madonna has chosen are wonderful, sweeping shots taking you high above the trees to end the Simpson scene and coming back down from the sky to ground level to start a new scene worked extremely well. The fight scene between Wally and her Husband was heartbreaking and violent but shot with such beauty, the same with the opening scene with Simpson's horrific attack. Her eye for visuals is very clear and the camera choices and movements should be applauded. It did not look like any film I have seen in a long time.
For a film with only a 20 million budget it looks fantastic, the attention to detail is wonderful and the costuming is some of the best of the year (sadly I'm sure it will be overlooked come Oscar time). The score of this film is also magnificent.
Andrea is giving one hell of a performance, James Darcy and Oscar Issacs are also great. Cornish does well but her role is a little underwritten, but on the moments she is given to shine she really does.
I feel some of the modern day stuff could have been cut down to give more time to the Royal story line, but as for it debunking the film as some critics have suggested well that is just silly. The auction house is a perfect setting to take us back in time and to allow Wally's obsession to thrive. I would have liked to have seen more of Simpson and Edward falling in love as it was quite brief and in the modern story that they showed just how brutal the Husband could be before the big attack scene.
However for me this was a strong film by all involved, you can tell much love has gone in to the project, especially from Madonna and Andrea. The critics have got this one very wrong, and should not be critics if they cannot review fairly (my job is as a theatre critic so i don't hate critics, i just hate when they use their power for attacking).
Watch it for yourself, i think this will be a film that in a few years from now will have a very different reputation.
Make it stop
I have been watching slasher films since I was a kid, to say I've seen some rubbish in my time is putting it mildly, but this film has achieved something great in my eyes....it's the WORST film I have EVER SEEN and that's including all of the straight to video junk of the 80s which is rated 1 star on here.
To say this film is terrible is like saying Hitler was a bit nasty. I'm a playwright and if I ever wrote anything this bad I would want everyone around me to tell me I should quit....and fast.
Nothing in this movie makes sense, nothing is good, the Lighting, the Direction, the Sound, the Cinematography, the Acting, the story, the Suspense, the Humour ....hell even the costumes were bad.
As a slasher it fails at every turn, not one of the kills are well thought out, shot well or acted well. The lead guy (the Detective) is the most unlikeable hero (I was rooting for him to die) and the 'Twist' at the end was so naff I wanted to rip my own eyes out.
The shower scene had one of the worst body doubles I've ever seen and as far as shower scenes go it would seem more in place in a slasher (a bad one) from 30 years ago.
Most of the victims (grown men) pretty much sat there whilst the killer murdered them, not really fighting back and it looked ridiculous. The man who was getting his hair cut was a big muscle guy and instead of fighting back the oh so scary guy in cricket gear he just sat there.....so much for butch Aussie men.
It had the typical 'let's insult the brits' as most Aussie films do (get over it all ready) and the hairdresser characters sexuality was questioned (yawn).
The 'visual effects' shots were so bad, I've seen better in short film that were made for £10 and the gore was beyond stupid (and fake looking) The cast ranged from bad to bloody awful and the Director and writers should be ashamed for coming up with such garbage. Don't get me wrong I love slasher/comedy genre pics, I even like the tacky ones like Prom Night, Graduation Day, Silent Night Deadly Night etc but they all look like Oscar winners compared to this, this one does not just scrape the bottom of the barrel, it digs down deeper.
The biggest sin of all though is one thing a slasher film should NEVER be no matter how bad or good it is is boring......this one is coma inducing.
The name of this film is what will get people to rent it but PLEASE PLEASE Don't, you would have more fun staring at a blank wall.
It did have one good thing going for it.....it was short AVOID AT ALL COSTS
Brilliant, a genre piece that delivers more
Anyone on here who describes this in anyway negative is not a film fan. Triangle is a fantastic original thriller that allows an audience to fill in the blanks instead of pushing every detail down their throats. The UK critics raved about the movie when it came out, however the audiences were not huge, I feel however that this will be a cult classic and it deserves to be. I won't go in to detail about the story as it's hard to without giving anything away but ultimately this is story about redemption, doing anything to find a second chance, the twists keep coming but the film allows you to decide what you think happened, was it all in her head, was she dead etc etc. Visually it's stunning, its art house cinematography meets mainstream as the movie is itself. The directing is on the ball and the choices made right down to the minute details (didn't they just go left, why are they on the right?), it's clever without being self indulgent and thrilling without being predictable. Mellissa George gives a tour de force performance and I was thrilled that the critics recognised her, to handle the 3 versions of herself the way she did and to keep the audience on her side with a very blank starting performance is the signs of a great actress, this is by far the best and most interesting performance she has given. Some people have spoke of plot holes but I didn't see any, I think it's hard to call plot holes on this film when the writer intentionally chooses not to give you all the answers, for me the film played beautifully. Triangle is the kind of film that should be praised. It's not more teen thriller rubbish with a basic stalk and slash premise, it's a clever, thought provoking and almost morality piece that we just don't see in this genre very much. From what I can tell the movie has not had an American release, this film needs to find a US distributer now as it's far better than the wide release commercial movies of this genre that plague the box office. People who found this movie boring, pretentious or confusing must be the people who sit through movies like Hostel and Prom Night and find them thrilling. A brilliant piece of genre film making which feels anything but genre 10/10
Halloween II (2009)
Is this the worst film of the decade?
OK the original Halloween remake was bad, lets not kid ourselves, i know the 18s and under found it fun and gory with lots of swearing but that was not Halloween. Rob Zombie has to be one of the worst writers ever, hes directing is not much better. His idea of Horror is to add as much bad language as he can and throw blood at the screen. The problem with this though is that he's remaking a film that was known for its atmospheric dark and almost silent tones to add tension rather than gore. The 1st remake was a huge misfire, tripping up at every point from script continuity to destroying the myth of Myers. Halloween 2 (2009) managed to make his first remake look like a masterpiece. Never have i been so stunned at what was happening on the screen as i was with this.
The major problem (apart from again the swearing for the sake of swearing, far to much OTT gore) is he failed to create one likable character (which is an achievement). We the audience are supposed to root for the last girl standing, a common theme in slasher movies since the late 70s but Zombie's Laurie is annoying and vile, her friends are made up of the kind of people you are hoping die violent deaths and the one girl who you can attach to (Harris Character) suddenly turns in to b***h before her big send off.
The script was uneven at best, the acting horrid. The only reason Myers mum was in the film was to give Zombies wife some work because her scenes were laugh out loud bad and made no sense whatsoever, the ending was dreadful, the plotting slow and to have Myers walking around looking like a hitchhiker for the most film was possibly one of the most idiotic decisions ever made in a horror film (don't get me started on him grunting and talking).
If Zombie is the future of American Slashers and Horrors then god help us all. The industry would be a better place of Zombie vanished in to the night. His directing was horrid (you have lighting people, use them) the shots had no continuity (you have a script supervisor use them) his shots are stolen from other movies and he knows nothing about pacing. His writing is beyond a joke, people don't talk that way, the youth of America does not talk or act that way. His vile representation of that youth is misguided and quite odd. Learn to write a character, give it a go, just once, you might like it.
The world (except a few) knew this film would be a stinker after the dreadful 1st one and that's why it did so bad at the box office because people stayed away, let's try and forget that Zombie ever did anything to the Halloween series. He did achieve in one way though...he made Halloween Resurrection look great.
The Final Destination (2009)
Is The Final Destination one of the worst films EVER?
So I'm a big fan of the original, it came at a time when slasher films were dying out (again) and gave the horror scene and kick in the arse. It was clever, well written, had some good acting and some genuine characters who you liked.
The second was not bad, if not a bit campy, death killed off the 3rd film except for the impressive roller coaster scene and a few others........and now The Final Destinantion How the hell did they get away with this? The story (again) is recycled from the original, nothing new in anyway shape or form happens, how hard could it be to come up with a new twist on the story? (they almost found one with the suicide guy but then didn't bother exploring it) The deaths are poor, and if this is all the franchise has left now then they sure as hell ran out of ideas, not one shocking/scary/clever death (the swimming pool and the lawnmower were rubbish) The effects have to be some of the worst i have ever seen, the opening set up at the race track was horrid, and it looked like it cost about 10 quid to make the whole thing.
The opening also suffered one of the worst and dullest of the franchise. An airplane crash, a pile up on a highway, the roller-coaster are all fears we have, so many things can go wrong and we all worry. The new opening did not tap in to any of that and had no balls to back it up and make it shocking, it was cheap and tacky.
The Directing is awful and the poor actors try their best with what they have but ts not a lot. There is nothing in here but a series of set ups for the deaths. The first few had great scenes away from the set ups, character work, plot development, you can tell they have none of that when the film comes in at around 70 mins.
And the ending, that was a cheap and horrid cop out and a rip off from the original only with that strange effect which made it look like they ran out of money.
The only one bit which was amusing but tacky was the 3D Film the 2 girls went to see getting a little too 3D, but the effects were so bad for that that you were let down again. This HAS to be the last unless they can come up with something darker, fresher with a new twist on the story.
1/10 (and that's just because some of the poor young actors really tried)