TL;DR – A beautiful look at how the pain of the past can define us even when we don’t know that it is happening.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Walking into this film I didn’t know what to expect, I knew it stared Antonio
Banderas, but not a whole lot else. Indeed, I think that was the same for a lot
of the people sitting around me, with one person mentioning that they “hoped it was more glory than pain.”
However, as the film went on it became clear that this was a film about how
pain and glory can find themselves intertwined.
So to set the scene, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas) was once a famous film
writer/director in Madrid, but these days he spends most of his time in his
house alone with his painting and his thoughts. Over the years his body has
slowly been causing him more and more pain culminating in major back surgery
that he has never really gotten over. Being a filmmaker was everything to him
and now when he can’t physically do it anymore he has lost his purpose for
life. One day he is contacted by a local cinema who has remastered Sabor one of his earlier films and they
have asked him and the lead actor Alberto Crespo (Asier Etxeandia) to come to
host a Q&A. The only problem is that Salvador has not spoken to Alberto in
30 years. But more than that, this event starts dredging up the past in all its
beauty and dysfunction.
TL;DR – An abomination of film with no redeeming qualities, don’t waste your money on this drivel
Score – 0.5 out of 5 stars
Oh Mark Strong, you are a good actor, a really good actor, by why, oh why do you end up cast in these truly terrible films. Grimsby tells the story of two brothers split up in their youth, one moves to London and becomes a spy for the MI6 and the other stays in Grimsby a post-industrial decline town in the coast of England. After being apart for thirty years they crash into each other’s lives and mischief occurs, and just now you are thinking ‘hey wait that actually sounds like an interesting premise to a film, it has all the makings of a solid narrative’, and you would be right, it could have been a great film, but it’s not, to put it in perspective it is –
TL;DR – It’s not the worse film I have ever seen, but it’s not that great, the last third is even pretty good, it is unfortunate that you have to sit through the rest of the film to get to it.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
So at the start of this film, you are reminded that the first Zoolander came out in 2001, wow, it has been a long time between sequels. So the question is, was it worth the wait? did we need a sequel to a reasonably good comedy from 2001?, will the fact that they killed of Justin Beiber in the first 5 minutes of the film absolve it of all wrongs? well not really. With that being said it’s not the worse film I have ever seen, it is just, well, to be honest, a bit of a disappointment.