Ron Howard gives us a brilliant portrayal of the brutality and daring risks that Formula 1 entails in this gripping true story of two fierce rivals. Not only is it memorable for its high stakes action sequences, but for the emotion it carries, particularly in Niki Lauda's character.
This is the surprise of the year for me. Didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did.
Gravity is one of those few movies that terrifies you to the core. It creates this feeling of despair when all seems lost. None of this is bad though in the case of this film. It is a spectacular filmmaking achievement which sends your emotions to levels that are rarely reached. Alfonso has given us a melancholic and unbelievably immersive film that is a huge step for cinema.
It was so tragic and just genuinely gloomy at times and Sandra Bullock is the sole reason for that. Her performance was very impressive and I think she lifted this film so much; not that it needed lifting anyway. The hardship of the situation they were in just felt so real and at times, deeply melancholic.
As for those technical aspects, Emmanuel Lubezki proved to be a convincingly consistent cinematographer of modern cinema, it's just absolutely breathtaking what he does with these long takes, absolutely flawless. The visual effects are undoubtedly of the highest standard and the score helps the film so much.
Alfonso is a genius.
★★★★½ (this is so close to 5 stars, I need a 2nd viewing)
I have not enjoyed a horror film this much for a very long time; this is horror at its peak. You're Next avoids the endless number of cliche scares and typical storylines and makes something very memorable out of what it is. It's intelligent, well crafted and has a story, unlike many horror films, that has great depth. Forget about the conventional horror protagonists who are normally weak and extremely vulnerable, this movie has side stepped all of that and created a worthy piece of horror cinema that should stand out from the rest.