Villain-deficiencies aside, while Black Widow was never made with the intention be groundbreaking – it is more than worthy as a solo outing for Natasha Romanoff.
What sets Cruella apart from Disney’s other live-action attempts is that it does not feel shackled by the need to stay true to its source material.
Killing Eve writer Emerald Fennell, shines with her feature directorial debut with Promising Young Woman, a story that follows Cassie (Carey Mulligan) – a woman traumatized by her past, and vows to take revenge on the men who wronged her.
Australian director Kitty Green is able to portray a dry and unsettling environment within the production company, making it more akin to a house of horrors rather than an office.
Soul’s main strength is its willingness to let its characters simply breathe, and meander within the world they’ve so beautifully constructed.
When people cheer for the death of movie theaters, they think they’re going to get the next Avengers, Star Wars, in their living room. But what you’re probably going to get is the next Trolls sequel, and some low-budget action flicks because no studio in their right mind is going to spend $250 million for a movie to put it in streaming, that’s financial suicide.
Everything from the character interactions, to the dialogue, and the action sequences derive from a very energetic, and joyful sense of direction. This feels very much like an unabashed love letter to Richard Donner’s Superman (1976).
On its surface, Palm Springs doesn’t seem all that complex. But by tweaking a few things in the time loop movie formula, and having very likable characters – Palm Springs ends becoming something quite special.
Dave Bautista is a decent fit as the lead, his rugged, awkward persona is a perfect fit for this role.
All work and no play makes You Should Have Left a very dull film.