The thinking man’s zombie flick and another step for Boyle’s vision and storytelling. And, for those that like commentaries, he can really talk about his craft.
Simply wonderful. Heavily influenced (I suspect) by the style of Genndy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack, but with a Celtic pallet. Much as Jack’s world is Japanese paintings come to life, so is Kells an illuminated manuscript taking form. It is a just dark enough to be entertaining for older kids and adults alike, though perhaps a bit scary for younger children. For lovers of the craft of anime, this is a must see.
Silly? Yes, but loads of fun and enough for kids and adults to latch onto. Probably effecitve in large part to Jay Baruchel’s portrayal of disaffected youth, Hiccup. Few, though some pointed surprises sell the experiene… .and, of course, the modelling of dragons on cat behavior cannot be ignored as an amusing plus.
Easily the best film you didn’t see this year. Fabulous performances by both the young and established (Tucci and Clarkson rock as our heroine’s parents) but really sold by Stone’s wry, and often sweetly baffled, delivery. It is all at once an homage, a riff, a satire, and an update of John Hughes’ films and right up there with Joss Whedon on dialogue.