The Taika touch works a treat
Marvel movies operate within a fairly narrow band of quality. They’re never going to be truly bad (though some have come close), but they’re never going to be amazingly good either. The trick for the studio now is to find directors who excel in...
Empty spectacle.
In effort to maintain suspension of disbelief, 47 Ronin withholds the information that this film is based on a true story until it is over. Japanese audiences will be way ahead, knowing already that Carl Rinsch’s version of the 18th Century real...
A solid, if somewhat uninspired, comic book adaptation.
Somewhere in the avalanche of publicity material generated by this latest Marvel comic book adaptation actor Chris Hemsworth declared that the filmmakers aimed to '"¦keep it real." Reality can be relative, especially in actor movie-speak. In the...
A sweeping historical epic in the grand tradition.
Films don’t get much more international than this: co-production credits aside, there’s a Japanese lead actor, a Russian director and a Chinese and Mongolian supporting cast. Mongol is a sweeping historical epic in the grand tradition. As the...