Weekly Round-Up 30/01/15

Big Hero 6

Meet Baymax: your favourite character of the year.  While it hits a few bumps along the way, Big Hero 6 is full of great slapstick, funny gags, beautiful animation and general heart-warmingness, all grounded by some really quite powerful and grown-up themes.  Definitely an early contender for best animated film of the year.

Like the dancing Octupi in Penguins Of Madagascar, Big Hero 6 is worth seeing if only for the bit with Baymax getting ‘drunk’ on low on battery.  A stroke of genius.

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Inherent Vice


There’s much to love in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, but it sadly falls short of his best work (There Will Be Blood, Punch Drunk Love).  While the performances are terrific, the script is broadly funny and there’s a wonderfully alluring 70s look and feel to the whole thing, it’s narratively incomprehensible and most of the dialogue is frustratingly cryptic.  PTA himself has said that’s deliberate, but 148 minutes is an awfully long time to not really know what’s going on.

I kept falling in and out of love with this film, but in the end I realised I didn’t really know what I’d watched.

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆