This article will contain short reviews about the following films in this order: Fant4stic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, The Breakfast Club, Café Society and The Open House.
2015’s Fantastic Four had more than just one problem. Even more than four. The pacing was absolutely terrible and so was the directing. The re-shoots were as obvious as a red spot in a sea of blue, due to Kate Mara’s obvious wig and Miles Teller’s hilarious facial hair. There wasn’t really a redeeming factor at all. The acting was bad, the story incoherent and the dialogue awful. It’s not even so bad it’s funny, it’s just a mess.
Valerian was surprisingly a fun film. Unfortunately, though, “fun” doesn’t mean good. The only thing good about this film were the visuals and some of the action sequences, and that’s really it. The actors were horribly miscast, gave terrible performances and had no chemistry whatsoever. The screenplay didn’t really help at creating some good banter between them either, as it was filled with hilariously bad one-liners and seemingly only existed out of them. It’s a fun film, just not in the way you want your film to be fun.
I was expecting an incredibly cheesy 80’s film, and boy was I wrong. There is, of course, the usual cheese that you can find in every 80’s movie, but this film’s much more than that. It’s incredible how all of my attention was kept, even though 99% of the film occurred in the same place. This was mostly due to the incredible writing and creative directing. The dialogue was amazing, but how John Hughes was able to turn walking stereotypes into real people, was beyond amazing. The only issue that I have with the film, is that sometimes character changes happen a bit too drastically, but other than that I had a blast watching it.
Café Society is Woody Allen’s love letter cinema in the 1930’s. The silly dialogue, the clichéd voiceover, the bumpy camera movements, the music, the sets and the acting all paid homage to how films were made in that era. The accumulation of all these things surprisingly worked out quite well. Unfortunately, though, the film has one downside and that is that it isn’t really memorable. There’s nothing really exceptional, except for the cinematography. The story’s quite simple and the performances were good, but just nothing that’ll stick with me. The film’s meant to be a love letter to Hollywood in the 30’s and it’s exactly that, unfortunately, nothing more.
The Open House was not very good. It was boring, the directing was bland and the writing was awful. The characters were paper thin and constantly made bad decisions or were bickering over nothing for no reason at all. Both Dylan Minette and Piercey Dalton tried to save the film by giving some good performances, but the material they had to work with limited them to delivering just okay performances.
With it being a horror film, I was expecting to be scared throughout, which wasn’t really the case. There were only a handful of moments that had me genuinely on the edge of my seat, but mostly I was just rolling my eyes or laughing at how stupid some of the things were.
The most frustrating part of this film was that it did show potential. The film sets up these things that could’ve been used in the third act to make it more riveting and have it end on a satisfying note, but sadly the film failed to do that and gave us a relatively disappointing ending, that doesn’t really make any sense on further thought.