Capsule Reviews: Week 35 / 2020

songofghostman
6/10

Son of Ghostman

Kurt Larson

2013 | USA | 94m
Comedy, Horror, Romance
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The lead actor is likable and has the friendliest smile ever, the other actors are all ok to not so good, but all bring something positive to the film and help give the film a genuine feel. There are some funny moments (I even laughed out loud a few times) and also some cringey jokes. The romance part of the film is the weakest aspect. The actor playing the love interest is good, and the character is ok, but the ‘date’ is the weakest part of the film and not at all convincing. The story is pretty generic and simple, and I think it could’ve been stronger if there was more at stake. Overall, it’s entertaining enough, funny at times, and has a lot of heart which keeps it glued together when it should fail.
Thunderstorm
6/10

Thunderstorm

John Guillermin

1956 | UK | 84m
Drama
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This is a beautiful film, some really crisp black and white cinematography, nice use of close-ups and the ocean and sea-side village. The acting was good all around, but the characters were underdeveloped, particularly the ‘siren’ character, and I don’t think they really did enough with that concept–though I did like the avoidance of the ‘male gaze’ aside from the creepy nipple shot. Another problem for me was that despite the visuals and the decent acting, it all felt like a play and was never convincing. The plot was also just a bit shallow and simple. It lacked atmosphere and tension and so just felt humdrum and pointless. I think it would’ve been more thematically interesting had it mixed genres a little, giving it a mysterious/ethereal feel, or dark/tense/psychological, and even something like full-on Jallikattu madness.

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