I often spend so much time picking and choosing a film, that I run out of time to watch it.
Céline Sciamma's latest outing left me confused. With "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" she delivered a scintillating film with clarity of vision. In "Petite Maman" too, there are moments of real tenderness and beauty, capturing a daughter's concern for her mum or a spell of genuine fun with a friend. However, I couldn't shake the thought that this felt like (very good) film school graduation project, showing great promise but otherwise not yet fully formed.
"C'mon C'mon" filled me with excitement about seeing my 3-year old grow up. It's that good. Such a simple premise ('uncle cares for nephew for a few weeks), such warm and steady execution. Gabby Hoffmann is just beautiful as the boy's mum who has to guide her brother by phone through the uncertainties of childcare . And how wonderful to see a film featuring a man who is not innately clueless in the vicinity of a child.
Even if people's innate propensity for dissatisfaction is an interesting driver for villainy, Wonder Woman trips over the sheer ludicrousness of her plot. The so-called 80s setting is wasted (no synthesizers?!). In fact, the whole thing would have been better if it were just two hours of Chris Pine experiencing things for the first time. And really, NO-ONE wished for world peace..? Come on!
This is the saddest comedy I've ever seen. It's also the stuff of my nightmares. Whether it's a refugee or an ecological crisis, conflict resolution or a pandemic - humanity does not have a stellar track record of banding together in times of trouble. Adam McKay sees this as comedy gold, and it kind of is. And it isn't. Many may find the film's one-the-nose liberal sentiments smug and insufferable. Or its runtime indulgent and the pacing poor. I guess…