So here’s a bunch of smart, pretty people in space,
On the ISS (cue co-operating human race).
But these characters had me surprised
At some actions (ill-advised),
In this quite ridiculous, but scary / fun survival-chase.
Tim’s happy, until little bro comes through the door …
The ensuing story could have been so much more.
The film’s not much of a hoot,
Though the Looney Tunes-ish look is cute,
And there’s a sweet nod to The Apartment‘s 19th floor.
A glorious film (both funny and dark). During the Blitz:
The MOI’s making morale-boosting films for the Brits …
(Such delicious scenes of each set visit).
Scherfig’s work here is exquisite.
Highlight: delightful McCrory and Nighy matching wits.
Though not hitting its fab predecessor’s heights,
It still boasts a fair share of delights.
Ultra rapid-fire gags
(With no grace for brain lags) …
And fun visuals (look how Condiment Man fights!)
Due to local marriage laws (with racism ingrained),
The Lovings are cruelly arrested and detained.
Two great leads play subtle and stoic,
Rather than brow-beating heroic …
In Nichols’ film that’s (at times, to a fault) restrained.
Joyous story of trailblazing Aisholpan (forward spurred) …
Stunning shots (particularly: her majestic bird).
Though the elders prescribe
That no girl from their tribe
Should pursue this path, she remains undeterred.
Fierce lobbyist Sloane, with a reputation for success.
Working under pressure (often extreme duress).
Despite Chastain (so commanding
In a role that’s demanding) ….
The film misses its mark (some plot points: a mess).
Over 50 years after Stratton flew into town,
A lovely tribute to this critic of world renown.
Here’s our film history: humour, guts …
Terrific editing, with witty cuts.
Best manual filing system? David’s takes the crown.
Now middle-aged, with nostalgia in their hearts …
Engaging in capers (re: the criminal arts).
Poignant scenes of past-clutching
Are melancholically touching.
Plus a number of genuine, outrageous laughs.
Jasper and others negotiating life in Corrigan’s cage,
With its spectre of inherent racism and bigoted rage.
Performances: universally strong
(Great discovery: Kevin Long).
An assured genre mix of drama, mystery and coming-of-age.