23 June 2017.
There’s usually the good news and the bad news – unfortunately this week’s big releases are only bad news. Two films that you should waste neither your time nor money on. Sorry, but that’s what happens to movies in the summer – they release the mindless blockbusters. Maybe so we get a chance to swim, hike, or drink and dine with friends under the stars…?
I wasn’t going to write about them, but I felt I should warn you. Alors voila.
VOYAGE OF TIME *
Terence Malick is considered one of the serious artists of the cinema world. Once in a blue moon he comes out with a lengthy film that makes critics swoon with superlatives at his grasp of the art of film, the mysteries of the world, a different way at looking at life, such as, “Days of Heaven”, “The Thin Red Line” or “The Tree of Life”.
With this one he’s gone overboard. If your idea of a film evening is to see repetitive scenes of clouds, oozing volcanoes, outer space in slow motion, or the molecules in our bodies, with the narrator (Kate Blanchett) calling out every so often, “Mother, where art thou?…”, this is your film. It’s the director’s conceit and utterly boring. Save your money.
Now this is the other end of the scale, the garbage part. Dumbing-down young minds with muscles on the beach, boobs, shiny blue eyes and constant juvenile references to sexual parts. It’s colorful, California and mindless. Save your money and brain.
Enough said. Go and have an alfresco dinner. Or catch the few worthy films that are still in the cinemas:
RETURN TO MONTAUK, ET LES MISTRAL GAGNANTS, L’ORDRE DIVIN (Die Göttliche Ordnung), A GERMAN LIFE, or for good fun: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2, WONDER WOMAN, or A BRAS OUVERTS.
Now some great news: The GRUTLI (next to Victoria Hall) will be screening Hollywood musicals all weekend long for the FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE – for free, of course. Go down and check their schedules. Click here for more on this great event.
Superb **** Very Good *** Good ** Mediocre * Miserable – no stars
Neptune Ravar Ingwersen reviews film extensively for publications in Switzerland. She views 4 to 8 films a week and her aim is to sort the wheat from the chaff for readers.