From once-secret art during post-war repression
To open appreciation of Tom’s artistic expression.
Well-acted, but too safe/clean.
Pool party cops (subverting our assumed impression).
J Law’s home renovation from hell
With imagery that your mind may well dwell,
Love or hate it – maybe true,
Tries too hard to please few,
Controversy is this film’s only sell.
As this ‘based on a true …’ story is told,
It’s a big-hearted joy to behold.
Family pressure to wed,
An existential health dread,
And an abundance of comedy gold.
Remarkable ape movements and fights.
For comic relief: Zahn’s Bad Ape delights.
Caesar’s so deeply expressive.
Serkis’ work here: impressive.
Great film (though shy of Dawn‘s lofty heights).
A heavy burden hangs over Conor’s head:
Impending loss; an existential dread.
Enter: an anthropomorphic tree.
Can its fables set him free?
Impressive (dark) visuals. Tears to be shed.
Time, loss and grief (with its profound feeling of sinking).
Watching, there were fluctuations in my thinking:
From ‘I’m gonna cry. Where’s my hankie?’
To ‘Ugh, now this feels wanky.’
To me, a misstep: sheeted neighbour, with memory shrinking.
Artistry in the choreography (soundtrack with scene).
Elgort: charismatic; battling demons re keeping ‘clean’.
Such questionable character motivations
Relating to some third act situations.
Jones stands out, with the best performance on the screen.
As before: big laughs, majestic scenery, lots to eat.
New: added melancholy for Steve (kept discreet).
Highlight: the guys out-swaggering
Each other when Jagger-ing.
Only letdown: dubious end scene (an odd conceit).
Here in the Civil War’s South, seven women and girls reside.
Enter wounded Corporal John, who otherwise would have died.
Both dark and funny (an abundance of wit).
Stunning performances. Gorgeously lit.
Reflections on vengeance, survival, strength and pride.
A perfect film. Unforgettable, in ways most profound.
Beautiful story of two who are inexorably bound.
‘… they’re ridiculous?’: the best line.
Exquisite framing. Superb use of music and sound.