Yes, this is very late. Lots happening this year, so these posts took a backseat. January has 7 films…
#FF19 The Favourite follows a power struggle in the court of Queen Anne.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 2, 2019
The three leads are excellent, with Colman in particular delivering a brilliant performance.
The moments that use wide-angle lenses and odd rotations felt a bit off, but that’s the point.
Stan & Ollie
#FF19 Stan & Ollie is a sweet, but somewhat lightweight look at professional respect turning to a kind of friendship.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 20, 2019
Both lead performances are great, and the film captures the comedy of Laurel & Hardy well.
It does, however, feel fairly sanitised and safe. It has no teeth. Ok
#FF19 Glass is bad. From the mess of a plot, to the bad dialogue, to the generally terrible delivery, basically nothing works.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 20, 2019
Shyamalan’s usual flair for visuals are constrained by an obviously low budget and short shooting time.
Heavy handed, dreary, and unimpressive. Avoid.
#FF19 Fyre is a decent look at hubris. Reasonably put together in a talking-head/oral history format, it tells the story of how a musical festival for the rich turned into an epic meltdown.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 24, 2019
As well as insights into fraud, it also tells us about the nature of compliance. Good
#FF19 Close is a fairly generic action film about a kidnapping, with some dumb thriller beats attached.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 28, 2019
Noomi Rapace does her best, but the rest of the cast really don’t do much.
The action is fairly flat, the dialogue trite, and the direction stock. Avoid.
Mary, Queen of Scots
#FF19 Mary, Queen of Scots is the story of how the titular queen became exiled… or not, it’s quite inaccurate. That’d be fine if it made the plot more interesting, but it’s fairly slow.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) January 28, 2019
The two leads are the saving factor: fantastic performances from each.
An average drama.
#FF19 Polar desperately wants to be John Wick, but doesn’t on any front: visuals, action, pacing, or setting.— Gary Fleming (@garyfleming) February 4, 2019
Polar has long, dull stretches of comic book bright visuals; fairly meh action; and some of the most needlessly gratuitous scenes I’ve seen in years. Avoid.
The January Winner
The clear winner for January is The Favourite, an excellent drama and contender for film of the year.