On the last day of the year it’s our last show of the year, in our newer, longer format. Which means more time for movie discussion! This week I review David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, which may finally bag Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, and Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.
This week we take a long look at X-Men:Days Of Future Past, the latest in a long series of mutant-obsessed action blockbusters and Disney’s Maleficent, a reworking of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale complete with yet another backstory, which prompts us to question the whole backstory obsession in today’s cinema.
David O. Russell’s American Hustle, based ever so loosely on true life events, is a camp, gaudy, almost cartoonish evocation of 70s exploitation cinema. Stand out performances from Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner do much to paper over a surprisingly lightweight script and create tension where the story often lacks any real bite.
American Hustle was discussed on our podcast, which you can listen to here.