Tag Archive: based on the novel
The latest Nicholas Sparks novel-turned-film is a terribly uneven effort. It has its moments of charm, but they’re far outnumbered by bland performances, shallow characterization, and worn-out clichés.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is a rare example of a film that vastly improves upon and is far more enjoyable an experience than the book it is based on.
“Mortdecai” is goofy, over-the-top fun thanks to Johnny Depp and to director David Koepp’s efforts to keep the running gags and physical comedy rolling at a good clip.
As a film, “Inherent Vice” is an almost incoherent mess, which believe it or not, is entirely by design.
Peter Jackson’s final (?) film set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy realm of Middle-Earth is as gorgeous and spectacular a send-off as any fan could have hoped for.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” mainly sets the table for the series’ conclusion, but it sets that table very, very well.
“Before I Go to Sleep” features solid performances from its cast, but not enough originality in its execution.