What I'm out for is a good time. All the rest is propaganda.
There's a lot to be said for taking a deranged premise and going hell for leather with it. Especially when said premise involves a plethora of John Woo action set-pieces (yes, *obviously* they should fight in a speedboat).
I hope to one day have a tenth as much fun as Cage is having in this.
*Partridge voice* Stop getting Bowie wrong!
In this woefully inert biopic, Johnny Flynn plays a young, callow, pre-fame David Bowie. Now, according to Wikipedia, Johnny Flynn is 37. By age 37, David Bowie had released fifteen albums, including Ziggy Stardust, Station to Station, Heroes and Let's Dance. He was a living legend, not the awkward Bromley boy of his first American tour. Flynn isn't the only one who's too old for his part -- Ron Oberman and Tony DeFries were…
As ever, Kitano has a tone and pace all of his own. Hana-bi switches from lugubrious to hilarious to shockingly violent in a heartbeat, yet always feels true to itself. The director maintains an unerring eye for moments of beauty, no matter how grubby their context. Often scenes are funny and tragic simultaneously: see the depressed, paralysed cop thinking a beret is an essential component of painting. But then his paintings (Kitano's own) are gorgeous and evocative. This tonal blending…