Quick Reviews of the films Stoker, The Bling Ring, You're Next and Behind the Candelabra
Shot beautifully with a stellar cast, the script just doesn't live up to the rest of the its production. Stoker excels in its camera work and deception after its rather slow start to become an un-nerving Hitchcockian dram. Or is it?
A cast of unlikeable characters bare the only male who deserves only sympathy for his bewildering sheepish attitude. The Bling Ring could have delivered laughs/party life and delivered a still well deserving message of modern culture and celebrity idolising and obsessive behaviour, instead The Bling Ring is around an hour and a half of The Hills gone rogue with a bit more artistic flare.
What starts with interesting family drama that could have continued well into and with the slashing once it began, You're next simply becomes an average slasher. Held up with some interesting death scenes and a synth score, not managing to reach its full potential though.
Matt Damon and Michael Douglas give mesmerising performances well worth of an Oscar nod if studios- as Director Steven Soderbergh put it- hadn't deemed this movie 'to gay.' The life of Liberace behind the scenes is glorious, dark, funny and put together nearly perfectly for this straight to TV movie.