In McKay’s look at this VP who had powers unchecked,
It seems there’s no trust that the audience will connect
The dots themselves.
So it’s all over-spelled.
Trying hard to be clever. Comes out smug. No real attempt to reflect.
A beautiful performance from Ali as a man with abhorrent prejudices to face,
Despite a script that’s disappointingly simplistic with regards to issues of race.
(And I just can’t believe
Shirley’d be so clueless/naive
RE: the contemporary popular music culture that he doesn’t embrace).
Lovely lead performances. Overall highlight: witty, clever princess stuff.
It’s a kids’ film unafraid to have an undying message that’s tough
(Being co-dependent and possessive
Can makes a friendship oppressive).
Won’t age well (‘today’ references: too specific; not generic enough).
Ms Israel (briefly known in the cliquey world of New York lit)
Refuses to play the game - and therefore just doesn’t fit.
The screenplay and direction here is sterling.
Grant shines, as does McCarthy (the unfurling
Life of Lee - audaciously impersonating departed writers of wit).
Exquisitely, masterfully told memories (many turbulent; chaotic),
Even repetitive tasks: with such depth, transcend the robotic.
Spans from the intimate domestic
To the sweeping and majestic.
Unforgettable: those waves - so expansive and hypnotic.
Charley’s struggling, after hardships and witnessing brutal crime.
Haigh’s direction and Plummer’s performance: both sublime.
Here’s a boy both determined and gentle,
Dealing with problems (monumental).
A beautifully mesmeric film, with so much welcomed breathing time.
We learn that even from the early days, Westwood was iconoclastic.
Her designs evoked the rebellious, the provocative, the fantastic.
Interesting work from Tucker who (in pursuing
Answers during interviewing)
Faced a main subject whose participation was less than enthusiastic.
Exceptionally skilled cast portray the loves, the longing, the slanders …
From source Chekhov, but overall the film panders
To uneven shifts in mood.
So, even with this talented brood
It doesn’t feel like a cohesive whole, but a collection of fab two-handers.
Young Lee came from working class roots,
Began apprenticing on Savile Row suits.
Along came adulation and fame …
We learn the cost of the game
In this beautiful executed study of McQueen’s pursuits.