This is what can only be described as one of Steven Soderbergh’s between a blockbuster films. It shares a little with Adam McKay’s 2015 film The Big Short. I remember McKay’s film being a little more dynamic. It feels as though it might’ve been stronger if the narrative pull, and the fourth wall breaking, was in the hands of the innocents rather than the villains. It all feels a little episodic, like an anthology film, rather than a feature.
This film should be an 18. Thinking about it, all horror films should be 18. Especially those with flesh eating zombies. Where’s the horrific if it’s not an 18? Peter Jackson sets a great example with Braindead. Unfortunately this film lands somewhere between ironic and twee. It’s closer to a PG 13 than the gross bloody splatter needed to interest those old enough to vote.
This film is in love with mythologies. It’s less a story about the Hatton Garden robbery, and more a homage to the myth of movie gangsters played by the cast. The Hatton Garden plot is a distraction, a coat hook, to give hard men geezers one last job. I’d be more interested in a film about Charlie Croker as an old man, and how he knows Carlin, than a story about a real life robbery. That said, there’s still lots to like.
Channel 4 News is “wading into the murky water of political ads online.” I for one will be very interested to see who is doing what? I would hope after the Cambridge Analytica scandal all the parties would be a little gun shy of “targeted” political advertising. But considering the players involved, particularly those in Tory circles, I suspect things are going to get shit covered very quickly. If you have shit thrown at you, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They made me do it!
Not sure what to make of this. It’s competent on all levels, but lacks a conclusion. Will is an arse at the beginning, and worse by the end. There’s no final image to show us what his new badness looks like. We don’t see him change, only know something has happened to him. Who is he after all this has happened to him?
Apparently this video keeps dropping off Twitter. I hope Terry Harris doesn’t mind me posting it here. Everyone should watch a very articulate sixth year medical student unwrap Boris Johnson’s PR stunt, and the Tories attacks on the NHS.